Smack in the middle of winter, your Cub Cadet mower might be feeling a little left out of all the action. Rather than leave this outdoor power house stored away for the rest of winter's snowfall, a quick install of tire chains can transform your Cub Cadet mower into an all powerful workhorse, no matter the season.
How to Install Tire Chains on your Cub Cadet Mower
1. Familiarize yourself with the owner's manual. This handy guide will note any special concerns you might have about the operation of your mower, or the addition of tire chains for your model.
2. When you're ready to install the tire chains, your mower should be on a flat, level surface. Disconnect both the red battery cable and the spark plug ignition wire.
3. Make sure your tire chains are not twisted, and lay them flat on the ground. Open sides of the cross chain hooks should be facing upwards, and the C-hook should be placed along the inside edge of the tire.
4. By taking hold of the middle of the side chains, you can now lay the tire chain over your tire. Make sure that the open ends of the cross chain hooks are facing away from the tire.
5. The loose ends of the chain can now be tucked underneath the tire. Carefully and lightly push the mower forward. Link the chains by taking the hooks at the ends of the chain and connecting it with the C-hook. You should connect the C-hook to the second or third link of the side chain located on the inside of the tire.
6. Pull your tire chain tight. Connect the locking link to the second or third link of the chain located on the outside of the tire. Make sure to fold the locking link back and under to lock the chain in place.
7. After both sides are attached, tighten until the tire chain is appropriately snug. Chains should be even on both sides of the tire. If you need your chains to fit more tightly, deflate the mower's tires before beginning these steps.
8. After you've locked the tire chains in place, use cable ties to secure any unused links.
Prepping your trusty 2X or 3X snow thrower for yet another winter, or getting ready to face its first blizzard, these snow thrower maintenance tips can help ensure you're prepared for cold and snowy weather this winter.
Step 1: Prepare your snow blower for maintenance.
Place your snow blower on a flat surface. Turn the engine off and let it cool down. Remove the safety ignition key to prevent accidental starting of the engine.
Step 2: Change the engine oil in your snow thrower.
Best to have the engine warm. Drain plug is usually located on the bottom side of the engine. Drain oil into pan. Refill to proper level with 5w30 engine oil. This should also be done after the first five hours of use.
Step 3: Install a new spark plug if necessary.
Check your spark plug at the start of every season. Its best just to replace spark plug every year.
Step 4: Inspect belts for wear.
Remove the belt cover to inspect the belts. If you see any wear or cuts in the belts now is the time to replace them. It's wise to keep a extra set of belts and shear pins on hand so you can make replacements quickly when necessary.
Step 5: Fuel tank.
Drain the fuel tank and replace with fresh fuel. Check and replace fuel filter if your machine has one.
Best to use premium fuel and add stabilizer, so it stays fresh longer. Consider starting it every so often if it sits for an extended period.
The Difference Between Winter-and Summer-Blend Gas: Refiners often blend winter gasoline with butane, a relatively inexpensive additive with a high RVP. They adjust the RVP of the final formulation to as high as 15.0 psi to help the gasoline ignite readily in the cold.
Step 6: Lubricate the drive and chassis.
Make sure all your parts are moving smoothly, also check the machine over for any missing or loose nuts and bolts that may have come loose. Start machine and run through all the gears and adjust cables if necessary.
Step 7: Adjust Scraper Bar and Skid shoes.
Check the scraper bar and skid shoes for wear, Adjust or replace for proper clearance.
After you've prepared your snow thrower for winter, start it up and let it run for a few minutes in a well-ventilated area just to be certain there are no surprises when it storms. Consider starting it every so often if it sits for an extended period.
Always use genuine OEM replacement parts when servicing your equipment. Use our parts finder to locate and order any replacement parts you may need for maintenance. Refer to your owner's manual for additional maintenance information.