Cub Cadet Snow Thrower Maintenance and Safety

Your Cub Cadet snow thrower can be your best friend on cold, snowy mornings. If you don’t take care of your snow thrower, though, it can be 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 becomes 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, ticks, 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 temperatures outside.

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!

 

Prepare your Snowblower for Winter

Nobody wants to think about winter just yet, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Making sure your snowblower is in fully working condition just might save you on that first blustery, snowy day. Follow these tips to prepare your snowblower for winter.

– Change the oil. Once you start using your snowblower, you’ll want to change the oil after its first five hours of use. Make sure you also change the oil at the end of the season.

– Inspect the spark plugs. Do they need to be cleaned? If you notice any rust or corrosion when cleaning the plugs, replace them.

– Make sure all of your belts are ready to go. Inspect all belts for any wear or tear. Replace if necessary.

– Before you add any new fuel, drain the task tank. Only refuel with a fresh fuel that includes a stabilizer. A stabilizer will prevent your fuel from going bad if you’re lucky enough to keep your snowblower in the garage through the first few weeks of winter.

– Inspect all other parts of your snowblower. Lubricate the drive and chassis. Tighten nuts and bolts.

– If you’re in need of a full tune up or other service for your snowblower, contact P&P Small Engines for an appointment!

How to Replace the Blades on your Husqvarna Tractor

Replacing the blades on your Husqvarna tractor is a quick and easy, though necessary, maintenance step.

Husqvarna Blade Care

-To begin, raise the mower deck to its highest position.

-Always think of your safety. Wear appropriate, heavy clothing, like leather gloves. Wrap the cutting edge of the blade with a heavy cloth.

-Using either a ratchet or socket (you can refer to your owner’s manual for your model’s specifications), remove the blade by turning the bolt counter clockwise. You may find it difficult to remove the bolts. If so, try sharply banging the wrench with the heel of your hand to break the bolt free.

-Before replacing, make sure the fins of the blades face upwards towards the deck.

-Repeat this process for the other two blade attachment bolts.

-Attach and align your new blade to the mandrel with the ‘This Side Up” stamped surface facing away from the ground.

-Insert and tighten the 5/8 inch blade attachment bolt. If you’re in possession of a torque wrench, torque the bolt from 45-55 pounds.

-Repeat the attaching process for the other two blades.

-Congratulations! You’ve successfully changed the blades on your Husqvarna tractor. Remember to lower your deck back to its regular height before mowing again, and always refer to your owner’s manual for model specifications. If you have more concerns, you can always contact a trained specialist.

How to Mix Oil and Gas for STIHL Equipment

What happens if you put diesel in your car that usually takes unleaded gasoline? Well, the answer is simple: nothing good. The same goes for your outdoor power equipment. You never want to operate your equipment with the wrong type of fuel. Using the right fuel type is critical for the longevity and efficiency of your STIHL power equipment.

STIHL equipment runs on a 50:1 mixture of gasoline and 2-cycle engine oil. Follow our guide below to learn how to properly mix oil and gas.

1. Make sure you refer to your manual before beginning any work on your STIHL equipment. Your manual will outline any specific concerns for your equipment’s fuel mixture.

2. Only use an approved gasoline container to avoid spillage, evaporation, and permeation.

3. Do you put the cheap stuff in your car? Well, even if you do, avoid downgrading your gasoline when purchasing for your outdoor power equipment. A minimum octane rating of 89 is recommended for the STIHL oil-gas mixture. If you opt for a higher octane rating, you may experience increased engine temperatures, in effect increasing the possibility of piston seizer and engine damage.

4. As mentioned above, gasoline-powered STIHL equipment operates on a 50:1 gas and oil mixture. Follow the chart below in making your mixture:

1 gallon of gasoline = 2.6 fluid ounces of oil
2.5 gallons = 6.4 fluid ounces
5 gallons = 12.8 fluid ounces

5. Shake it up! First pour the oil into your approved container, and then add the gasoline. Make sure your container is properly closed, then shake it to make sure the fluids mix together.

6. To make sure no dirt falls in and contaminates the mixture when fueling, clean the fuel cap and the surrounding area before you fuel up your equipment. Remove the fuel cap on your equipment slowly so any pressure build up releases slowly and don’t inhale any vapors.

7. STIHL recommends that you only mix as much fuel as you need for a few days’ worth of work. If you’re storing fuel, the storage period should never exceed three months. If you’re going to use fuel that’s been stored, make sure you return to step 5 and shake the fuel up before fueling your STIHL equipment.

How to Properly Fuel Your STIHL Tools

Using the proper fuel is critical in maintaining the safe and effective operation of your STIHL equipment. All STIHL gas-powered tools run on a 50:1 mixture of gasoline and 2-cycle engine oil. When it’s time to mix your fuel, follow these step-by-step instructions.

1. Refer to your manual for specific fueling and fuel mixture level information.

2. Make sure you’re using an approved gasoline container.

3. When choosing your gasoline, we recommend mid-grade unleaded gasoline with a minimum octane rating of 89. Lower octane ratings can result in increased engine temperatures and risk of engine damage.

4. Make sure you have the correct mixture levels. All STIHL equipment runs on a 50:1 ratio of gasoline and oil.


GALLONS OF GASOLINE                  FLUID OUNCES OF OIL

                 1 gallon                                                 2.6 ounces

                 2.5 gallons                                            6.4 ounces

                  5 gallons                                              12.8 ounces


5.  Pour the oil first and then add the gasoline to the canister. Close the canister and shake by hand to ensure proper mixing.

6. Before fueling, be sure to clean the cap and surrounding areas so no dirt falls into the tank. Your machine should always be positioned so the cap points upwards. Remove the fuel cap slowly so any built-up pressure in the tank is released slowly.

How to Start Your Chainsaw

To achieve peak productivity, safety, and performance, follow these steps when starting your Husqvarna chainsaw.

When your chainsaw is cutting or running, be sure the chain brake is always on. If it is off, start by turning the brake on as well as the decompression valve. The decompression valve eliminates 40% of the starting efforts, giving you an easier start every time. When you have a cold saw, pull out the choke.

Always refer to your manual for specifics regarding the starting process, as some models offer an integrated stop/choke feature which will slightly change the starting process.

-When you’re about to start the saw, always make sure the blade and bar are away from the ground — you never want your saw starting into the dirt.

-Always secure the saw when starting. You can use either a standing or kneeling position for this step. -If standing, leg lock the saw. You do this by locking the saw behind one leg with the choke out, and pulling to start. You should hear a pop, but if the saw doesn’t run, push the choke in and give the saw another start. Hit the throttle and lower it to idle.

-If you want to start the saw on the ground, put the toe of your shoe through the strap or put your knee over its base. Again, be sure the bar is away from the ground, then follow the steps described above.

-Once the saw has started, let it warm up. To prepare your saw for its best performance, let the motor and the throttle run. Your saw won’t pump out oil unless the chain is moving. In addition to letting the motor run, you’ll want to warm up all of the speeds on your saw.

-Take the brake off and run the equipment up to full throttle. Wait to hear a “soar throat sound.” You’ll want to hear the sound jump rather than a constant, high straight sound. If you experience the latter, your saw is getting too much air which means too much heat. To adjust this, change the “h” or high-speed screw.

-After the saw has been in high speed, adjust the throttle again. There should still be no movement in the chain. With the T-Screw, or “LA screw,” and the chain brake still on, rotate the chainsaw as shown in the video below. This is a function of the low speed and helps ensure your machine doesn’t stall.

-Finally, wight he brake off, put the saw in low speed. In the “L” or low-speed circuit, you want a very snappy response up and down, which tells you that your L-speed has properly adjusted.

To ensure a safe and productive work session with your chainsaw, all three circuits need to be running appropriately. While you can manually control the circuits as outlined above, you can also invest in an auto-tune chainsaw. These saws have no carburetor adjustments because all adjustments are made with a micro-processor which magnetically controls the air and fuel, monitoring 7 times per second for changes in altitude and adjusts accordingly for maximum efficiency.

Always remember to use caution when operating your chainsaw, and refer to your manual for model specifications. If you have more questions about your Husqvarna equipment, you can contact a trained specialist.

How to Purge the Transmission on your Husqvarna Hydrostatic Lawn Mower

Before operating your Husqvarna lawn tractor for the first time, it’s recommended that the transmission be purged. Purging your transmission removes any air trapped inside which may have developed in the shipping of your tractor.

Follow the steps below for proper operation and performance of your Husqvarna lawn mower.

1. Make sure your tractor is on a clean and open level surface with the engine OFF and parking brake set.

2. To disengage the transmission, place the freewheel control in FREEWHEELING position.

3. Sit in the tractor’s seat and start the engine. Wait until the engine is running, then move the throttle control to the SLOW position. Make sure the motion control lever is in NEUTRAL, and slowly disengage the clutch/brake pedal.

4. *At any time during step 4, the drive wheels may move.* Now, move the motion control lever to the full FORWARD position and hold it there for 5 seconds. Then, switch the lever to the full REVERSE position and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat step 4 3 times.

5. Return the motion control lever to the NEUTRAL. Shutoff the engine and set your parking brake.

6. To engage the transmission, place the freewheel control in the ENGAGED position.

– Start the engine again. Once running, adjust the throttle control to 1/2 speed. Make sure the control lever is in NEUTRAL position and slowly disengage the clutch/brake pedal.

-Slowly move the motion control lever FORWARD and allow the tractor to move about 5 feet. Then, slowly move the lever into REVERSE. When the tractor has moved about another 5 feet, return the lever to NEUTRAL. Repeat step 8 3 times.

Your tractor is now ready for normal operation.

Cub Cadet Mower Maintenance

Performing regular maintenance on your Cub Cadet mower is critical to its durability and longevity. If you ever have questions about operating or maintaining your Cub Cadet outdoor power equipment, refer to your owner’s manual or contact a specialist at P&P Small Engines. Your owner’s manual may provide you with a more in-depth maintenance schedule, but today we’re discussing four of the main tasks to complete to ensure your equipment’s effectiveness: changing the oil, the gas, and air filter, and sharpening your mower’s blades.

How to Change the Oil on your Cub Cadet Mower

Safety is always first when maintaining your equipment. Place the mower on a level, flat surface. Make sure the mower’s power is off.

1) Once the engine is cool, disconnect the spark plug wire.

2) Take the dip stick out of the oil fill tube. Take your Arnold Siphon Pump and place the orange tube into the dip stick hole, and the black tube into the oil pan.

3) Pump the handle 3 or 4 times to prime the pump. When oil begins to flow, stop pumping.

4) Remove the orange tube from the dip stick hole and add new oil as detailed by your owner’s manual.

5) You can also change your oil the “traditional” way by removing the dip stick and tipping the mower onto wooden blocks. With the air filter facing UPWARDS, let the oil drain completely into a catch basin.

6) After new oil has been added, you can replace the dipstick. Reconnect the spark plug ignition wire.

7) You’ve successfully changed the oil on your mower, but make sure you properly dispose of the used oil.

Changing the Gas on your Cub Cadet Mower

1) Disengage the spark plug ignition wire.

2) Unscrew the gas gap.

3)Now take your Arnold Siphon Pump. Place the orange tube into the gas tank and the black tube into the appropriate used-gas receptacle.

4) To prime, pump the handle three or four times. When liquid begins to flow, stop pumping.

5) After you’ve pumped out the old or bad gas, remove the pump.

6) Add new gas.

7) Replace the gas cap. Reconnect spark plug ignition wire.

8) Don’t forget to properly dispose of your used gas.

How to Change the Air Filter on your Cub Cadet Mower

It’s important to change the air filter regularly to be sure that debris and dust aren’t harboring the operation of your mower’s engine. The filter ought to be changed once a year, though more difficult environments and operating conditions may require a more frequent inspection and replacement.

Be sure to obtain a replacement filter before beginning this process. You can find some models that offer a wash-and-reuse filter, while others will require a brand new filter. Your owner’s manual can tell you exactly which filter you need.

1) Disconnect the spark plug ignition wire.

2) Unscrew bolts securing the air filter casing cover.

3) Separate the air cleaner body and the casing cover.

4) Now remove the air filter from the mower.

5) Replace the new filter into the base of the casing.

6) Replace the air cleaner lid and slide it into the air cleaner body. Fasten the bolt until it’s securely attached.

7) After replacing the filter and lid, you’re ready to reattach the spark plug ignition wire.

How to Sharpen the Blades on your Cub Cadet Mower

A sharp mower blade is your best friend when you want a cleanly cut lawn. Even if you don’t intent to sharpen the blades, you should regularly inspect the blade for any nicks, rust, or cracks. If you notice any damage, you can use a mower blade sharpener to grind a new edge.

1) Disconnect the spark plug ignition wire. Place the mower on its side with the air filter and carburetor facing UPWARDS.

2) Never try to sharpen the blade while it’s still on the mower. Using thick work gloves is highly advised when performing any mower maintenance.

3) To remove the blade, first remove the blade ball support and hex bolt. Now you can remove the blade and adapter from the crankshaft. Secure the blade in a vice.

4) You can use either a grinding wheel or a mower blade sharpener. To sharpen, follow the blade’s original angle and grind. Equally grind each cutting edge to keep a balanced blade.

5) Test the balance on your blade before replacing. Place the blade on a round shaft screwdriver and shave the metal from the heavy side until the blade is at an even balance.

6) Before replacing the blade, lubricate the inner surface of the engine crankshaft and the blade adapter with light oil. Now you can slide the blade adapter back onto the crankshaft.

7) When replacing the blade, make sure the blade marked “BOTTOM” faces the ground when you turn the mower right side up. The blade needs to be aligned and seated on the blade adapter flanges.

8) Now replace the blade bell support and align the notches with the small holes in the blade.

9) Replace and tighten the hex bolt to the recommended torque that’s discussed in your owner’s manual.

10) Once you turn the mower right side you, you can reconnect the spar plug. If there are any vibrations or noises once you’ve started the mower, adjust the blade balance as necessary.

Husqvarna Zero-Turn Specials

Husqvarna is offering some fantastic package deals on two of their most popular zero-turn mowers.  Check out the specials below and call or visit us to purchase!

M-ZT61-deal M-ZT52-deal

The Right STIHL Blower

STIHL blowers can make maintaining your home, ranch, or farm property even easier, but it’s important you select the right blower for the job. When purchasing a new STIHL blower, make sure you consider these four elements:

-Type of material you’re blowing

-Size of property

-Noise considerations and/or restrictions

-Special features

STIHL has a blower equipped for nearly every scenario. Need a quiet operating machine? no problem. Have a large yard with lots of debris? STIHL has you covered.

City Blowers

If you have light debris, like grass clippings or small leaf piles, the STIHL BG 50 blower is recommended for clearing small areas like your sidewalk, patio, and driveway. Starting up the BG 50 model is standard — once you switch the on-off position to “on,” lock the throttle trigger, set the choke, and start the blower by pulling the cord.

You can also upgrade this model for the BG 56 C-E, which provides a simplified starting mechanism and Easy2Start features. On the 56 C-E model, the “start” position is the default position. Simply pull the cord and the Easy2Start system makes the starting of your STIHL blower effortless.

Out on the Farm

For more rural locations, the BG 86 or BG 86 C-E is recommended. These models are professional handheld blower units that help clean up light debris in a larger environment. The BG 86 and C-E model provide an anti-vibration system as well as the Easy2Start feature discussed above.

Lighten Up

STIHL’s considered those that have a longer operational time than others. If you plan on working with your blower for an extended period of time, consider purchasing one of STIHL’s backpack blowers, such as the BR 200. These models feature a lightweight design that includes anti-vibration technology. The backpack blowers are ideal for rural landscapes, like farms, ranches, and even construction worksites. If your worksite requires you to move debris like wet leaves or other, heavier fragments, the BR 350 will pack the power you need.

Shh! Quiet over there!

Some neighborhoods and construction zones have noise restrictions. If you find yourself in one of these areas, don’t worry. STIHL has manufactured the gas-powered BG 66 L, a quiet but powerful blower with a muffler in the blower tube designed especially for noise-sensitive areas.