Bolens Lawn Mower 5264D User Manual

Operator’s Manual  
SERIES 5000  
TRACTOR  
MODEL 5264D  
IMPORTANT: READ SAFETY RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY  
Warning: This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimproved  
forest-covered, brush-covered or grass-covered land unless the engine’s exhaust system is equipped with a spark  
arrester meeting applicable local or state laws (if any). If a spark arrester is used, it should be maintained in effective  
working order by the operator. In the State of California the above is required by law (Section 4442 of the California Public  
Resources Code). Other states may have similar laws. Federal laws apply on federal lands. A spark arrester for the  
muffler is available through your nearest engine authorized service dealer or contact the service department, P.O. Box  
361131 Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019.  
CUB CADET LLC P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-0019 [www.cubcadet.com]  
PRINTED IN U.S.A.  
FORM NO. 769-01947  
(11/05)  
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RECORDING MODEL AND SERIAL NUMBER INFORMATION  
Product identification plates are provided for major components of your tractor. The numbers on these  
plates are important if your tractor should require dealer service, or if you need additional information  
on your tractor. Prior to using your tractor for the first time, record the numbers from the identification  
plates in the appropriate spaces provided below.  
The tractor model plate is located on the right frame rail behind the right front tire.  
The engine model, type, and code information is located on a plate affixed to the top of the valve  
cover, beneath the air cleaner/muffler mounting bracket.  
The transmission serial plate is located on the rear of the transmission, below the PTO shaft.  
The ROPS information plate is located on a vertical leg of the ROPS.  
Tractor Model Plate:  
Model Number  
Engine Model  
Mfg. Date (Serial No.)  
Date Code  
Engine Information:  
Type  
Transmission Serial Plate:  
Serial Number  
ROPS Information Plate:  
ROPS Serial No.  
TRANSMISSION SERIAL PLATE  
TRACTOR MODEL PLATE  
XXXXXXXXXXX  
Model Number  
XXXXXXXXXX  
Mfg. Date  
CUB CADET LLC  
P. O. BOX 361131  
www.cubcadet.com CLEVELAND, OH 44136  
DEALER LOCATOR PHONE NUMBER: 877-282-8684  
ROPS INFORMATION PLATE  
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IMPORTANT SAFE OPERATION PRACTICES  
WARNING: THIS SYMBOL POINTS OUT IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS WHICH, IF  
NOT FOLLOWED, COULD ENDANGER THE PERSONAL SAFETY AND/OR PROPERTY OF  
YOURSELF AND OTHERS. READ AND FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS MANUAL  
BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO OPERATE YOUR UNIT. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE  
INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN PERSONAL INJURY. WHEN YOU SEE THIS SYMBOL,  
HEED ITS WARNING.  
WARNING: The engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components  
contain or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other  
reproductive harm.  
DANGER: Your tractor was built to be operated according to the rules for safe operation in this  
manual. As with any type of power equipment, carelessness or error on the part of the operator can  
result in serious injury. To help prevent accidents, read and take the following precautions before  
operating this tractor. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in serious  
injury or death.  
Be aware of the mower and attachment  
discharge direction and do not point it at  
anyone. Do not operate the mower without  
either the entire grass catcher or the chute  
guard in place.  
1. GENERAL OPERATION  
Read, understand, and follow all instructions in  
the operator’s manual and on the machine  
before starting. Keep this manual in a safe  
place for future and regular reference.  
Slow down before turning. Operate the  
machine smoothly. Avoid erratic operation and  
excessive speed.  
Only allow responsible individuals familiar with  
the instructions to operate the machine. All  
operators should evaluate their ability to oper-  
ate the tractor safely enough to protect  
themselves and others from serious injury.  
Know controls and how to stop the machine  
quickly.  
Never leave a running machine unattended.  
Always turn off the blades, place the  
transmission in neutral, set the parking brake,  
stop the engine and remove key before  
dismounting.  
Do not put hands or feet under the cutting deck  
or near rotating parts.  
Turn off blades when not mowing.  
Stop the engine and wait until the blades come  
to a complete stop before (a) removing the  
grass catcher or unclogging chute, or (b)  
making any repairs, adjusting or removing any  
grass or debris.  
Clear the area of objects such as rocks, toys,  
wire, etc. which could be picked up and thrown  
by the blades. A small object may have been  
overlooked and could be accidentally thrown by  
the mower in any direction and cause injury to  
you or a bystander. To help avoid a thrown  
objects injury, keep children, animals,  
bystanders and helpers at least 75 feet from  
the mower while it is in operation. Always wear  
safety glasses with side shields or safety  
goggles during operation or while performing  
an adjustment or repair, to protect eyes from  
foreign objects. Stop the blades when crossing  
gravel drives, walks or roads.  
Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.  
Do not operate the machine while under the  
influence of alcohol or drugs.  
Use extra care when loading or unloading the  
machine into a trailer or truck because the unit  
could tip over causing serious personal injury.  
Never make a cutting height adjustment while  
the engine is running if the operator must  
dismount to do so.  
Be sure the area is clear of other people before  
mowing. Stop machine if anyone enters the  
area.  
Wear sturdy, rough-soled work shoes and  
close-fitting slacks and shirts. Do not wear  
loose fitting clothes or jewelry. They can be  
caught in moving parts. Never operate a unit in  
bare feet, sandals or sneakers.  
Never carry passengers.  
Use extreme caution when shifting into reverse  
and backing up. Always look down and behind  
before and while backing.  
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Disengage all attachment clutches, thoroughly  
depress the brake pedal and shift into neutral  
before attempting to start the engine.  
Check overhead clearance carefully before  
driving under power lines, wires, bridges or low  
hanging tree branches, before entering or  
leaving buildings, or in any other situation  
where the operator and/or roll bar may be  
struck, which could result in serious injury.  
Your mower is designed to cut normal  
residential grass of a height no more than 10”.  
Do not attempt to mow through unusually tall,  
dry grass (e.g. pasture) or piles of dry leaves.  
Debris may build up on the mower deck or  
contact the engine exhaust presenting a  
potential fire hazard.  
If the tractor becomes stuck, use reverse to  
free the tractor to prevent tractor upset.  
2. SLOPE OPERATION  
Use only accessories approved for this  
machine by Cub Cadet. Read, understand and  
follow all instructions provided with the  
approved accessory.  
Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control  
and tip-over accidents which can result in severe  
injury or death. All slopes require extra caution. If  
you cannot back up the slope or if you feel uneasy  
on it, do not operate this unit on that area or serious  
injury could result.  
Use the roll bar and seat belt for safe operation.  
Overturning the tractor without a roll bar, or with  
a roll bar and the seat belt unfastened, can  
result in death or injury.  
Do not operate on inclines with a slope in excess of  
15 degrees (a rise of approximately 2-1/2 feet every  
10 feet). The tractor could overturn and cause  
serious injury  
Always use the seat belt, except if the roll bar  
has been removed or, if applicable, the roll bar  
is in the folded position.  
DO:  
Use the handholds and running boards when  
getting on and off the tractor to help prevent  
accidental falls. Keep the running boards clear  
of mud and debris.  
Operate up and down slopes, not across.  
Remove obstacles such as rocks, limbs, etc.  
Watch for holes, ruts or bumps. Uneven terrain  
could overturn the machine. Tall grass can hide  
such obstacles.  
Keep all safety decals clean and readable.  
Replace any missing, illegible, or damaged  
safety decals.  
Place the transmission in the low range. when  
climbing or descending slopes. Always keep  
machine in gear when going down slopes to  
take advantage of engine braking action.  
Always sit in the tractor seat when starting the  
engine or operating controls. Do not start the  
engine or operate controls while standing  
beside the tractor.  
Follow the manufacturers recommendations for  
counterweights to improve stability.  
Never tamper with safety devices. Check their  
proper operation regularly. Contact your Cub  
Cadet dealer if safety devices malfunction.  
Keep all movement on the slopes slow and  
gradual. Do not make sudden changes in  
speed or direction. Rapid engagement or  
braking could cause the front of the machine to  
lift and rapidly flip over backwards which could  
cause serious injury.  
Avoid accidental contact with control pedals  
while the engine is running, as this can cause  
unexpected movement of the tractor.  
Pull only from a drawbar or the lower hitch links  
in the down position. Make certain the drawbar  
pin is locked in place. Pulling from the rear axle  
of the tractor or any point above the axle could  
cause the tractor to overturn.  
Avoid starting or stopping on a slope. If tires  
lose traction, disengage the PTO and proceed  
slowly straight down the slope.  
Maintain the weight balance of the tractor.  
Install front end weights to counterbalance  
heavy implements attached to the three point  
hitch. Do not operate the tractor with a light  
front end.  
DO NOT:  
Do not turn on slopes unless necessary; then,  
turn slowly and gradually downhill, if possible.  
Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches or  
embankments. The mower could suddenly turn  
over if a wheel goes over the edge of a cliff or  
ditch, or if an edge caves in.  
Do not leave equipment in the raised position.  
Watch for traffic when operating near or  
crossing roadways. If local laws permit road  
travel, use the flashing hazard lights and SMV  
signs when traveling on public roadways.  
Do not mow on wet grass. Reduced traction  
could cause sliding.  
Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting  
your foot on the ground.  
Make certain all tractor lights are illuminated  
when operating at night.  
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Never attempt to straighten or reweld any part  
of the main frame or retaining brackets that  
have been damaged. Doing so may weaken  
the structure and endanger your safety.  
3. CHILDREN  
Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not  
alert to the presence of children. Children are  
often attracted to the machine. Never assume  
children will remain where you last saw them.  
Never secure any parts on the main frame or  
attach the safety frame with anything other than  
the special fasteners specified.  
Keep children out of the mowing area and in  
watchful care of an adult other than the  
operator.  
Never attach ropes, chains, or cables to the  
ROPS for pulling purposes.  
To avoid back-over accidents, always disen-  
gage the cutting blades before shifting in  
reverse. The "PTO Reverse Overide Switch"  
should not be used when children or others  
are around.  
Although the ROPS provides you the maximum  
protection possible, never take unnecessary risks.  
6. SERVICE  
Be alert and turn machine off if children enter  
the area.  
Use extreme care in handling gasoline and  
other fuels. They are extremely flammable and  
the vapors are explosive. Use only an approved  
container.  
Before and when backing, look behind and  
down for small children.  
Never carry children, even with the blades off.  
They may fall off and be seriously injured or  
interfere with safe machine operation.  
a. Use only an approved container.  
b. Never remove fuel cap or add fuel with the  
engine running. Allow the engine to cool at  
least two minutes before refueling.  
c. Replace the fuel cap securely and wipe off  
any spilled fuel before starting the engine as  
it may cause a fire or explosion.  
Never allow children under 14 years old to  
operate the machine. Children 14 years and  
over should only operate machine under close  
parental supervision and proper instruction.  
Use extra care when approaching blind  
corners, shrubs, trees or other objects that may  
obscure your vision of a child or other hazard.  
d. Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and  
other sources of ignition.  
e. Never refuel the machine indoors because  
fuel vapors will accumulate in the area.  
f. Never store the fuel container or machine in-  
side where there is an open flame or spark,  
such as a gas hot water heater, space heat-  
er or furnace.  
Remove key when machine is unattended to  
prevent unauthorized operation.  
4. OPERATING THE PTO  
When operating PTO driven equipment,  
disengage the PTO, stop the engine, and wait  
until the PTO stops before dismounting the  
tractor and disconnecting the equipment.  
Escaping hydraulic fluid under pressure can  
penetrate the skin. If fluid is injected into the  
skin, seek immediate medical attention. Do not  
use your hand to check for leaks. Use a piece  
of cardboard or paper.  
Do not wear loose fitting clothing when  
operating the PTO or when near rotating  
equipment.  
Never run a machine inside a closed area.  
To reduce fire hazard, keep the tractor free of  
any debris build-up. Clean up oil or fuel spillage.  
To prevent injury, do not adjust, unclog, clean,  
or service PTO driven equipment while the  
tractor engine is running.  
Before cleaning, repairing or inspecting, make  
certain the blades and all moving parts have  
stopped.  
Make certain all PTO shields are always installed.  
Check the blade fasteners at frequent intervals  
for proper tightness. Also visually inspect  
blades for damage (e.g., excessive wear, bent,  
cracked). Replace with blades which meet  
original equipment specifications.  
5. SAFETY FRAME (ROPS)  
Your tractor is equipped with a rollover protective  
structure (ROPS) which must be maintained in a  
fully functional condition. Use care when driving  
through doorways or spaces with a low overhead.  
Never modify the ROPS in any way.  
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Keep all nuts, bolts and screws tight to be sure  
the equipment is in safe working condition.  
Prior to disposal, determine the proper method  
to dispose of waste from your local  
Environmental Protection Agency. Recycling  
centers are established to properly dispose of  
materials in an environmentally safe fashion.  
Never tamper with safety devices. Check their  
proper operation regularly.  
After striking a foreign object, stop the engine,  
and thoroughly inspect the mower for any  
damage. Repair the damage before restarting  
and operating the mower.  
Use proper containers when draining fluids. Do  
not use food or beverage containers that may  
mislead someone into drinking from them.  
Properly dispose of the containers immediately  
following the draining of fluids.  
Mower blades are sharp and can cut. Wrap the  
blades or wear gloves, and use extra caution  
when servicing blades.  
DO NOT pour oil or other fluids into the ground,  
down a drain or into a stream, pond, lake or  
other body of water. Observe Environmental  
Protection Agency regulations when disposing  
of oil, fuel, coolant, brake fluid, filters, batteries,  
tires and other harmful waste.  
Check brake operation frequently. Adjust and  
service as required.  
Engine components become hot during  
operation and can cause a burn. Allow to cool  
down before touching.  
We do not recommend the use of a pressure  
washer or garden hose to clean your unit. They  
may cause damage to electrical components;  
spindles; pulleys; bearings; or the engine. The  
use of water will result in shortened life and  
reduce serviceability.  
Do not change the engine governor settings or  
overspeed the engine. Excessive engine  
speeds are dangerous.  
Observe proper disposal laws and regulations.  
Improper disposal of fluids and materials can  
harm the environment and the ecology.  
WARNING: - YOUR RESPONSIBILITY: Restrict the use of this power machine to persons who  
read, understand and follow the warnings and instructions in this manual and on the machine.  
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SAFETY LABELS  
WARNING  
WARNING  
KEEP HANDS  
AND CLOTHING  
AWAY FROM  
AVOID SERIOUS  
INJURY OR DEATH  
1. GO UP AND DOWN SLOPES,  
NOT ACROSS.  
2. AVOID SUDDEN TURNS.  
3. DO NOT OPERATE UNIT WHERE  
IT COULD SLIP OR TIP.  
4. IF MACHINE STOPS GOING  
UPHILL, STOP PTO AND BACK  
DOWN HILL SLOWLY.  
5. DO NOT MOW WHEN CHILDREN  
OR OTHERS ARE AROUND.  
6. DO NOT ALLOW PASSENGERS  
ON THE TRACTOR AT ANY TIME.  
7. LOOK DOWN AND BEHIND  
BEFORE AND WHILE BACKING.  
8. KEEP SAFETY DEVICES  
[GUARDS, SHIELDS, AND  
SWITCHES] IN PLACE AND  
WORKING.  
ROTATING FAN  
AND BELTS TO  
PREVENT  
9. REMOVE OBJECTS THAT  
COULD BE THROWN BY  
THE BLADES.  
SERIOUS INJURY  
10. KNOW LOCATION AND  
FUNCTION OF ALL CONTROLS.  
BE SURE THE BLADES AND THE  
ENGINE ARE STOPPED BEFORE  
PLACING HANDS OR FEET NEAR  
BLADES.  
11.  
FAN WARNING LABEL  
LOCATED ON EACH  
SIDE OF RADIATOR  
12. BEFORE LEAVING OPERATOR'S  
POSITION, DISENGAGE PTO,  
ENGAGE BRAKE LOCK, SHUT  
OFF ENGINE AND REMOVE KEY.  
13. SLOW DOWN FOR TURNS,  
ROUGH GROUND AND SLOPES  
TO AVOID UPSET.  
14. ON PUBLIC ROADS USE SMV  
EMBLEM AND HAZARD LIGHTS.  
WHEN ADDING FRONT AND / OR REAR  
MOUNTED ATTACHMENTS, COUNTER  
WEIGHT MAY NEED TO BE ADDED TO THE  
TRACTOR. REFER TO TRACTOR OPERATOR’S  
READ OPERATOR'S  
MANUAL  
MANUAL FOR DETAILS  
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INSTRUCTION / WARNING LABEL  
ON LEFT RUNNING BOARD  
INSTRUCTION LABEL  
ON RIGHT RUNNING BOARD  
WARNING  
WARNING  
BATTER IES CON TAIN ACID AN D EX P LOS IV E GAS .  
EXP LOSION CAN R ES U LT FR OM S PAR KS , FLAM ES ,  
OR W R ON G CABLE CO N N ECTION S . TO CON N ECT  
JU M P ER CABLES OR CH AR GER S EE M AN U AL FOR  
COR R ECT P R OCED U R E. FAILU R E TO FOLLOW TH E  
ABO V E IN S T R U CT IO N S CAN CAU S E S ER IO U S  
P ER SON AL IN JU R Y OR D EATH .  
To avoid personal injury, keep PTO shield in place.  
Pull only from draw bar. pulling from any other point can cause rear overturn.  
Disengage PTO and stop engine before servicing tractor, or implements,  
or attaching or detaching implements.  
FAILURE TO FOLLOW ANY OF THE INSTRUCTIONS ABOVE CAN CAUSE  
SERIOUS INJURY TO THE OPERATOR, OR OTHER PERSONS.  
PTO WARNING LABEL  
LOCATED ON REAR PTO SHIELD  
BATTERY WARNING LABEL  
LOCATED UNDER HOOD  
WARNING  
EXPLOSION AND INJURY CAN  
RESULT FROM THE USE OF  
STARTING AIDS WITH HOT GLOW  
PLUGS, DO NOT INJECT GASOLINE  
OR ETHER IN AIR INTAKE  
When improperly operated this tractor can  
roll over or upset. Use of the ROPS and  
seat belt minimize the possibility of injury  
or death if roll over or upset occurs.  
ROLL OVER WARNING LABEL  
LOCATED ON RIGHT/REAR FENDER  
STARTING AID  
WARNING LABEL  
LOCATED UNDER HOOD  
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SECTION 1: CONTROLS AND FEATURES  
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Figure 1  
A. Steering Wheel  
B. Throttle Handle  
C. PTO Switch  
D. Ignition Switch  
E. Brake Pedal  
F. Reverse Pedal  
G. Forward Pedal  
H. Hand Holds  
J. Trans. 4WD Shift Lever  
K. Hydraulic Lift Lever  
L. Cup Holder  
R. PTO Reverse Override Switch  
S. Parking Brake Lever  
T. Differential Lock Pedal  
U. Hazzard Light Switch  
V. Headlight Switch  
M. Amber Hazzard Light  
N. Seat Adjustment Lever  
O. Seat Belt  
W. Foldable ROPS  
P. Fuel Fill Cap  
Instrument Panel  
X.  
Trans. Hi/Lo Shift Lever  
Q.  
* Steering Wheel, Seat, and ROPS Transparent for Clarity  
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OFF - Engine and electrical system is turned off.  
ON - The tractor electrical system is energized.  
NOTE: References to LEFT and RIGHT indicate  
that side of the tractor when facing forward while  
seated in the drivers seat. Reference to FRONT  
indicates the grille end of the tractor; to REAR, the  
tow plate end.  
START- The starter motor will turn over the engine.  
Release the key immediately when the  
engine starts  
A. Steering Wheel  
E. Brake Pedal  
The steering wheel is centered on the dash panel,  
and used to change the direction (left or right) of  
the tractor while driving.  
Brake Pedal  
Symbol  
NOTE: This tractor is equipped with hydraulic  
power steering. With this feature, the cap and  
spokes of the steering wheel may change position.  
B. Throttle Handle  
Figure 4  
The brake pedal is located at the front of the right  
running board above the forward and reverse  
pedals. Depress to engage the tractor brakes and  
neutralize the hydrostatic transmission. Fully  
depress the brake pedal to activate the safety  
interlock switch when starting the tractor.  
This symbol indicates the  
fast position.  
This symbol indicates the  
slow position.  
The throttle handle is located to the right of the  
steering wheel on the dash panel. When set in a  
given position, a uniform engine speed will be  
maintained. Rotate the handle rearward to increase  
the engine speed.  
F. Reverse Pedal  
Reverse  
Pedal  
Symbol  
C. PTO Switch  
Figure 5  
PTO  
Switch  
Symbol  
The reverse control pedal is located on the right  
running board below the brake pedal. Press the  
pedal down to move in reverse.  
Figure 2  
WARNING: Check behind the tractor to  
be sure the area is clear of people, pets  
or obstacles and use a slower speed to  
maintain control of the tractor when  
traveling in reverse.  
The PTO switch is a rocker type switch located to  
the right of the steering wheel on the dash panel.  
Push the top of the PTO switch downward to  
engage the PTO. Push the bottom of the switch  
downward to disengage.  
G. Forward Pedal  
D. Ignition Switch  
NOTE: To prevent accidental starting and/or battery  
discharge, remove the key from the ignition switch  
when the tractor is not in use.  
Forward  
Pedal  
Symbol  
The ignition switch has three positions as follow:  
OFF  
Figure 6  
STOP  
ON  
The forward control pedal is located on the right  
running board below the brake pedal. Slowly press  
down on the pedal to start moving forward. The  
forward ground speed of the tractor is directly  
affected by the distance the pedal is depressed.  
START  
Figure 3  
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H. Hand Holds  
P. Fuel Fill Cap  
Hand holds are built into both the left and right hand  
fender covers. The handles can be used to assist in  
mounting and dismounting the tractor.  
The fuel fill cap is located on the left fender beside  
the operator’s seat.  
Q. Transmission Hi/Lo Range Shift Lever  
J. Transmission 4WD Shift Lever  
The Hi/Lo range shift lever is located on the left  
fender. The lever has two speed range settings and  
a neutral position. The lever must be shifted into  
either the high or low range prior to depressing the  
forward or reverse pedal to drive the tractor.  
The 4WD shift lever is located on the right fender.  
This lever is used to engage the transmission drive  
that powers the front transaxle. Push the lever  
forward to engage the 4WD, and pull the lever  
rearward to disengage.  
Push the lever forward to shift into the high  
range.  
Pull the lever rearward to shift into the low  
range.  
K. Hydraulic Lift Lever  
The hydraulic lift lever is located on the right fender.  
This lever is used to raise and lower the three point  
hitch lift arms.  
Move the lever to the center position to shift  
into the neutral position.  
WARNING: Never attempt to shift the  
Hi/Lo range lever when the tractor is in  
motion.  
Move the lift lever fully rearward to raise the lift  
arms.  
Move the lift lever forward to lower the lift arms.  
Move the lift lever fully forward and inward to  
lock in the float position.  
R. PTO Reverse Override Switch  
The PTO reverse override switch is located on the  
left fender. Depress the front of the switch to  
engage the override which allows the PTO to  
operate while the tractor is traveling in the reverse  
direction. Once activated, this function remains  
activated until the ignition switch is turned to  
the OFF position for a duration of at least 20  
seconds, regardless of the number of times the  
PTO is turned off using the PTO switch.  
L. Cup Holder  
The cup holder is located on the right fender.  
M. Amber Hazard Lights  
The hazard lights are located on each side of the  
ROPS. The lights illuminate in a flashing mode  
when the hazard light switch is turned on. Always  
use the hazard lights when it is necessary to warn  
others that the tractor is being operated in the area.  
WARNING: Use EXTREME caution  
when operating PTO driven attach-  
ments while traveling in the reverse  
direction.  
N. Seat Adjustment Lever  
The seat adjustment lever is located at the right/  
front of the seat. This lever is used to adjust the  
seat forward or backward.  
S. Parking Brake Lever  
Parking  
Brake  
Symbol  
O. Seat Belt  
The seat belt, when properly adjusted and used in  
conjunction with the Rollover Protective Structure  
(ROPS), can greatly reduce the risk of serious  
injury or death to the operator if an accidental  
tractor overturn occurs.  
Figure 7  
The parking brake lever is located below the  
steering wheel in the dash panel. With the brake  
pedal fully depressed, push the parking brake lever  
downward and release the brake pedal to lock the  
parking brake.  
WARNING: DO NOT use the seat belt if  
the ROPS structure has been removed  
from the tractor.  
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T. Differential Lock Pedal  
Diff. Lock  
Pedal  
Symbol  
Figure 9  
WARNING: Always activate the flash-  
ing hazard lights when operating the  
tractor on, or near, roadways.  
Figure 8  
Located at the front of the left running board, the  
differential lock pedal engages the transmission  
differential lock.  
V. Headlight Switch  
The differential lock is used to gain additional trac-  
tion when operating the tractor on wet or loose soil.  
When the pedal is depressed the rear wheels of the  
tractor are prevented from rotating independently of  
one another.  
Headlight  
Switch  
Symbol  
WARNING: When operating with the  
differential lock engaged, the tractor  
will be difficult to steer. Do not drive  
the tractor on roadways or at high  
speeds with the differential lock  
engaged.  
Figure 10  
The headlight switch is a rocker type switch located  
to the left of the steering wheel on the dash panel.  
Push the top of the headlight switch downward to  
turn on the headlights and instrument panel gauge  
lights.  
NOTE: Disengagement of the differential lock is  
recommended prior to turning the tractor on grass  
or other maintained surfaces — tire damage to the  
turf could occur.  
W. Foldable ROPS (Rollover Protective Structure)  
The ROPS is installed to prevent or reduce injuries  
to the operator should the tractor accidentally  
overturn. The foldable feature allows the ROPS to  
be lowered when operating in areas with low  
overhead clearance. The protection provided by the  
ROPS is minimized if the seat belt is not used, and  
is eliminated when in the folded position.  
U. Hazard Light Switch  
The hazard light switch is a rocker type switch  
located to the left of the steering wheel on the dash  
panel. Push the top of the hazard light switch  
downward to activate the flashing amber lights.  
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X. Instrument Panel  
7
Green  
Range  
3
4
8
9
2
1
HOURS 1/10  
RPM  
FUEL  
E
F
0
4
x1000  
5
6
Figure 11  
6. Brake Engaged Indicator  
1. Fuel Gauge  
The fuel gauge monitors the fuel level in the fuel  
tank. The needle pointing to the right indicates a full  
tank. The ignition switch must be in the ON position  
to activate the fuel gauge.  
This indicator illuminates whenever the brake pedal  
is fully depressed or the parking brake is engaged  
and the key switch is turned to the "ON" position.  
Check this indicator if the engine will not crank when  
the key switch is turned to the "START" position—  
the indicator should be illuminated. If necessary,  
fully depress the brake pedal.  
2. Tachometer  
The tachometer shows the engine speed in revolu-  
tions per minute (RPM). Optimal engine operating  
speed is approximately 3000-3500 RPM. When  
operating PTO driven attachments the RPM indica-  
tor needle should be within the green range on the  
tachometer dial.  
7. Hour Meter/Battery Display  
The hour meter records the hours and tenths of an  
hour (right most digit) that the tractor has been  
operated.  
3. Battery Indicator Light  
The hour meter is activated when the key switch  
is turned to the “ON” switch position. Because  
the key switch may be accidentally left in the  
"ON" position, a record of the actual hours of  
operation should be kept to assure mainte-  
nance procedures are completed according to  
the schedule in this manual.  
Bulb illuminates and battery voltage is displayed  
briefly when the ignition switch it turned to the  
"ON" position.  
Illuminates to indicate the battery voltage has  
dropped below 11.5 (+0.5/-1.0) DC volts. The  
battery voltage is also displayed on the hour  
meter. If this indicator and display come on  
during operation, check the battery and charging  
system for possible causes and/or contact your  
Cub Cadet dealer.  
When the key switch is turned to the "ON"  
position, the battery indicator light briefly  
illuminates and the battery voltage is briefly  
displayed. The display then changes to the  
accumulated hours.  
4. Oil Pressure Indicator  
This warning lamp indicates low engine oil pressure.  
If this indicator illuminates, stop the tractor  
immediately and check the engine oil level. If the oil  
level is within the operating range, but the light  
remains on, contact your Cub Cadet dealer. NOTE:  
The oil pressure indicator may illuminate when the  
key switch is turned to the on position, but should  
turn off when the engine is started.  
8. Engine Coolant Temperature Light  
Illumination of this warning lamp indicates the engine  
coolant temperature has risen above the prescribed  
operating range. If the light comes on while operat-  
ing the tractor, eliminate all loads and try cooling the  
engine by running at mid throttle for a few minutes.  
Stop the engine and allow to cool; then check for  
possible causes (e.g. low coolant level, plugged radi-  
ator screen).  
5. PTO Engaged Indicator  
This indicator illuminates whenever the PTO switch  
is pulled upward in the "ENGAGED" position while  
the key switch is turned to the "ON" position. Check  
this indicator if the engine will not crank with the key  
switch in the "START" position—the indicator should  
not be illuminated. If necessary, move the PTO  
switch to the "DISENGAGED" position.  
9. Glow Plug Indicator Light  
Illuminates when the ignition switch is turned to the  
ON position. The light remains lit for a preset time  
while the glow plugs heat the precombustion  
chambers of the diesel engine.  
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SECTION 2: OPERATION  
ROLLOVER PROTECTIVE STRUCTURE (ROPS)  
WARNING: A folded ROPS does not  
provide rollover protection. When the  
ROPS is in the folded position, the seat  
belt must NOT be used.  
This tractor is equipped with a foldable Rollover  
Protection Structure (ROPS) and seat belts. When  
used together they are effective in reducing injuries  
to the operator in the event of an accidental tractor  
rollover. The safety provided by the ROPS is  
minimized if the seat belt is not properly adjusted  
AND buckled. Refer to ADJUSTMENTS for seat  
belt adjustment.  
Reposition the ROPS as follows:  
Loosen the two clamp knobs on the front of the  
ROPS to relieve their pressure on the ROPS.  
See Figure 13.  
Remove the two internal cotter pins, and, while  
supporting the ROPS, withdraw the hitch pins.  
See Figure 13. Carefully lower the ROPS.  
ROPS  
Reinstall the hitch pins and internal cotter pins  
for storage.  
SEAT  
BELT  
HITCH  
PIN  
INTERNAL  
COTTER PIN  
CLAMP  
KNOB  
HITCH  
PIN  
Figure 12  
WARNING: Always wear the seat belt  
when operating the tractor equipped  
with a ROPS. However, if the ROPS has  
been removed, the seat belt must not be  
used.  
Use the following guidelines when using a tractor  
equipped with a ROPS:  
Figure 13  
To raise the ROPS:  
Be aware of overhead clearances in the area of  
operation. Check for clearance of door open-  
ings and other overhead objects such as utility  
lines and tree branches. Overhead objects  
could catch the ROPS and upset the tractor.  
Remove internal cotter pins and hitch pins and  
lift the ROPS into position.  
Insert the hitch pins and secure with the  
internal cotter pins.  
Tighten the clamp knobs against the ROPS.  
Do not modify the ROPS by drilling holes for, or  
welding accessories to the structure.  
Do not use the ROPS to pull objects with the  
tractor. Use ONLY the tractor rear tow plate for  
pulling.  
SAFETY INTERLOCK SYSTEM  
This tractor is equipped with a safety interlock  
system for the protection of the operator. If the  
interlock system should ever malfunction, do not  
operate the tractor. Contact your authorized Cub  
Cadet Dealer. The safety interlock system prevents  
the engine from cranking or starting unless the brake  
pedal is fully depressed, and the PTO is “OFF”.  
In the event of an accident, have the ROPS  
carefully inspected and, if necessary, replaced  
by your Cub Cadet dealer. Do not attempt to  
repair the ROPS.  
FOLDING THE ROPS  
The safety interlock system will shut off the  
engine if the operator leaves the seat before  
engaging the parking brake.  
The foldable ROPS feature allows the operator to  
quickly lower the ROPS to operate in areas where  
there is low overhead clearance. However, the  
ROPS should be used in the lowered position only  
when absolutely necessary. Operate with the  
ROPS in the ‘up’ position whenever possible.  
The safety interlock system will shut off the  
engine if the operator leaves the seat with the  
PTO “ON”, regardless of whether the brake  
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lock is engaged. NOTE: The PTO switch must  
be moved to the “OFF” position to restart the  
engine.  
NEW TRACTOR BREAK-IN PROCEDURES  
Proper care in the first hours of operation will help  
to assure optimal performance of your new tractor.  
The safety interlock system will shut off the  
PTO if the reverse control pedal is depressed,  
unless the reverse override function is  
activated. NOTE: If the reverse override  
function has been activated, it will remain  
activated until the ignition switch is turned to  
the "OFF" position for a 20 second duration.  
Never operate a new engine immediately under  
full load. Allow the engine to warm up.  
Avoid operating the engine for prolonged periods  
at either high or low speed with no load.  
Use the transmission’s low speed range for  
heavy loads to avoid lugging, or stalling, of the  
engine due to overload.  
Closely monitor the engine oil and keep filled to  
the recommended level.  
FUELING THE TRACTOR  
Fill the fuel tank with only clean, fresh, diesel fuel  
with a minimum cetane number of 40. To ensure  
the freshness of the fuel, purchase fuel in a quantity  
that can be used within 30 days.  
After the first ten hours of operation, check the  
front and rear wheel lug nuts. If necessary, re-  
torque the lug nuts to 60-70 ft. lbs.  
Perform all break-in maintenance procedures  
found in the MAINTENANCE section.  
NOTE: DO NOT USE KEROSENE OR GASOLINE  
in your diesel engine. Damage to the engine will  
occur.  
STARTING THE ENGINE  
WARNING: Always sit in the operator’s  
Generally a good grade Number Two Diesel Fuel  
should be used in your diesel engine. In extremely  
cold temperatures a quality Number One Diesel  
Fuel, or a blend of the two, should be used. In most  
areas, diesel fuel is properly blended for seasonal  
use as ambient temperatures change. Therefore, it  
is important to monitor fuel purchases so that  
seasonal grade fuels are not carried over after the  
average ambient temperature has changed.  
seat when starting the tractor, Never  
attempt to start the engine while  
standing beside the tractor.  
WARNING: Never use starting fluids,  
such as ether, as a starting aid. Severe  
engine damage or fire could result.  
Operator must be sitting in the tractor seat.  
WARNING: Never fill the fuel tank to  
the top of the filler neck. Expansion  
could result in overflow through the  
vents in the cap, allowing fuel to come  
in contact with the operator.  
Move the throttle handle to approximately the  
“SLOW” throttle position. Refer to Figure 14.  
Make sure the PTO switch is in the “OFF” posi-  
tion. NOTE:The PTO light on instrument panel  
will be illuminated if the switch is in the ON  
position.  
Do not smoke while refueling the tractor.  
Do not fill the fuel tank when the engine is  
running or while the engine is hot.  
The fuel fill cap is located on the fender to the  
left of the seat. Unscrew the fuel cap and fill  
tank from an approved container. Do not fill the  
fuel tank to capacity. Allow room for expansion.  
THROTTLE  
HANDLE  
SLOW  
Tighten the fuel cap securely, and immediately  
wipe up any spilled fuel.  
To minimize condensation, keep the fuel tank  
as full as possible without filling to capacity. It is  
a good practice to fill the fuel tank at the end of  
the day to reduce overnight condensation.  
FAST  
PTO SWITCH  
IN ‘OFF’  
POSITION  
Do not allow the fuel tank to run dry. Running  
out of fuel requires bleeding air and repriming  
the fuel system.  
Figure 14  
WARNING: Fuel in the engine injection  
system is under high pressure. If not a  
qualified mechanic, do not attempt to  
service the fuel injection system. Do  
not use your hand to check for leaks.  
Either fully depress and hold the brake pedal,  
or engage the parking brake. NOTE: The park-  
ing brake indicator on instrument panel will be  
lit when the pedal is properly depressed.  
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Turn the ignition key clockwise to the "RUN-  
PREHEAT" position, and observe the glow plug  
indicator light on the instrument panel. Wait  
until the glow plug indicator light turns off  
before cranking the engine.  
NOTE: Preheating may not be necessary if the  
engine has been running and is warm.  
disconnect the jumper cables in the exact  
reverse order of their connection.  
Have the tractor’s electrical system checked  
and repaired as soon as possible to eliminate  
the need for jump starting.  
STOPPING THE ENGINE  
Turn the ignition key to the “START” position  
and release it as soon as the engine starts;  
however, do not crank the engine continuously  
for more than 30 seconds at a time. If the  
engine does not start within this time, turn the  
key to “OFF” and wait at least one minute to  
allow the engine’s starter motor to cool. Try  
again after waiting.  
Place the PTO switch in the “OFF” position.  
Place the throttle control lever in the “SLOW”  
position and allow the engine to idle for about  
one minute.  
Turn the ignition key to the “OFF” position and  
remove the key from the ignition switch.  
NOTE: Always remove the key from the ignition  
switch to prevent accidental starting or battery  
discharge if the equipment is left unattended.  
After the engine has started, allow the engine to  
run for approximately three to five minutes at low  
throttle before putting the engine under load.  
Observe the instrument panel. If the battery  
indicator light, oil pressure light, or coolant  
temperature light comes on, immediately stop  
the engine. Have the tractor inspected by your  
Cub Cadet dealer.  
DRIVING THE TRACTOR  
WARNING: Avoid sudden starts, exces-  
sive speed and sudden stops.  
WARNING: Do not leave the seat of the  
tractor without disengaging the PTO  
and engaging the parking brake. If  
leaving the tractor unattended, turn the  
ignition key off and remove key.  
COLD WEATHER STARTING (BELOW 14° F)  
Move the throttle handle to approximately the  
"FAST" throttle position, then follow the normal  
engine starting instructions above.  
NOTE: An optional engine coolant heater is  
available from your Cub Cadet dealer. This heater  
will aid in starting the tractor when ambient  
temperatures fall below 10°F (-12°C).  
Adjust the operator’s seat to the most comfort-  
able position that allows you to operate all  
controls and pedals. See seat adjustment in the  
ADJUSTMENTS section.  
USING JUMPER CABLES TO START ENGINE  
WARNING: DO NOT use the seat belt if  
the ROPS is in the folded position or  
has been removed from the tractor.  
WARNING: Batteries contain sulfuric  
acid and produce explosive gasses.  
Make certain the area is well ventilated,  
wear gloves and eye protection, and  
avoid sparks or flames near the battery.  
Adjust the seat belt to fit snugly but comfortably  
around your lap, then buckle the seat belt.  
Refer to ADJUSTMENTS section.  
If the battery charge is not sufficient to crank the  
engine, recharge the battery. If a battery charger is  
unavailable and the tractor must be started, the aid  
of a booster battery will be necessary. Connect the  
booster battery as follows:  
Shift the transmission Hi/Lo range shift lever on  
the left fender to the desired speed setting.  
Refer to USING THE HI/LO RANGE SHIFT  
LEVER in sub-section below.  
Use the tractor and/or auxiliary hydraulic lift  
lever(s) to raise all tractor attachments from the  
ground if transporting the tractor to a work site.  
Connect the end of one cable to the disabled  
tractor battery’s positive terminal; then connect  
the other end of that cable to the booster  
battery’s positive terminal.  
Depress the brake pedal to release the parking  
brake, then slowly release the brake pedal.  
Connect one end of the other cable to the  
booster battery’s negative terminal.  
Connect the other end of that cable to the  
frame of the disabled tractor, as far from the  
battery as possible.  
Move the throttle handle to the position where  
the engine operates best for the load to be  
handled (normally 3000-3500 RPM).  
Slowly depress either the forward or reverse  
pedal to move the tractor in the desired  
direction. Refer to USING THE FORWARD  
and REVERSE PEDALS in paragraphs below.  
Start the disabled tractor following the normal  
starting instructions previously provided; then  
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