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Cub Cadet Snow Thrower Maintenance and Safety

Your Cub Cadet snow thrower can be your best friend on cold, snowy mornings, but without proper maintenance, it can quickly become your worst enemy. Follow our Cub Cadet Maintenance and Safety Guide to ensure your Cub Cadet snow thrower starts when you need it most.

Snow Thrower Maintenance

After the first 5 hours of use:

1. Change engine oil

After every use (or every 5 hours):

1. Check engine oil level

2. Inspect and clean around the exhaust area

After every season / 25 hours:

1. Inspect spark plug

2. Lubricate gear shift

After every season / 50 hours:

1. Change engine oil

After every season / 100 hours:

1. Service spark plug

Snow Thrower Safety

Snow throwers are a necessity during the winter months in many parts of the country, but if you don’t know how to properly operate them, they can become machines of danger. Make sure you follow these safety tips for proper operation of your Cub Cadet snow thrower.

Before turning your snow thrower on: 

Familiarize yourself with the control panel. Read through your operator’s manual, and make sure you know how to quickly stop and disengage the snow thrower.

Do not allow children under 14 to operate the snow thrower. If you have child over 14, make sure that you read through the operator’s manual with them, and go over any and all safety concerns.

Plan your snow throwing path. The last thing you want is discharge shooting in the direction of bystanders, your home, and roads. Discharging at objects can cause serious injury and damage.

Go over the area you plan to snow blow. Make sure you remove all objects in your way. This includes things like newspapers, doormats, boards, and anything else that might be tripped over.

Remember to use protective eyewear while operating your snow thrower. Also, avoid wearing jewelry, or other loose clothing like scarves that may become tangled while using your equipment.

If your snow thrower is equipped with an electric start engine, use a grounded three-wire extension cord and receptacle.

If you need to remove crushed rock or gravel, make sure you adjust your collector housing height appropriately.

Before you start up your engine, disengage all control levers.

While operating your snow thrower: 

If you need to make any adjustments to your snow thrower, make sure you turn off the engine.

You should always have a safety area surrounding where you’re doing your snow throwing. Make sure all pets, children, and bystanders stay at least 75 feet away while the snow thrower is operating. If anyone enters your safety area, stop the thrower.

If you’re using the reverse function of your snow thrower, pay special attention to your footing as to avoid any falling or slipping.

Cold weather means your snow thrower will take a moment to warm up. Before you begin clearing the snowy areas, let your machine and engine adjust to the outside temperature.

If you must take your snow thrower on mild slopes, use extreme caution. Do not use your snow thrower on steep slopes. If there is difficult visibility caused by snow or wind, don’t use your snow thrower.

Do not use your hands to unclog your chute. Never attempt to unclog with the snow thrower engine on. If you need to unclog your chute, shut off the engine, and follow these steps.

If you need any additional assistance in the operation, maintenance, or safety guidelines of your Cub Cadet snow thrower, contact a P&P Small Engines specialist!


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