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Operator's Manual Hydrostatic Lawn Tractor Models 1515 1517 IMPORTANT : READ SAFETY RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY Warning : This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should net be used on or near any unimproved forest - covered , brush - covered or gross - covered land unless the engine's exhaust system is equipped with a spark attester meeting applicable local or state lows ( if any ) . If a spark orrester 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 orrester for the muffler is available through your Cub Cadet 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 PRINTED IN U . S . A . FORM NO . 770 - 10586 ( 12 / 2001 )
TABLEOFCONTENTS Content Page Important Safe Operation Practices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Slope Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Tractor Set - up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Know Your Lawn Tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Operating Your Lawn Tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Making Adjustments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Maintaining Your Lawn Tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Off - Season Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Maintenance Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Attachments & Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Label Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 FINDINGMODELNUMBER This Operator's Manual is an important part of your new lawn tractor . It will help you assemble , prepare and maintain the unit for best performance . Please read and understand what it says . Before you start assembling your new equipment , please locate the model plate on the equipment and copy the information from it in the space provided below . The information on the model plate is very important if you need help from your Cub Cadet dealer . You can locate the model number by looking beneath the seat . A sample model plate is explained below . For future reference , please copy the model number and the serial number of the equipment in the space below . Copy the model number here : Copy the serial number here : I _ _ _ J , _ . / _ r _ . _ = _ . CUB CADET LLC P . O . BOX 361131 www . cubcadet . com CLEVELAND , OH 44136 â¢ DEALER LOCATOR PHONE NUMBER : 877 - 282 - 8684 CALLINGCUSTOMERSUPPORT If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls , operation or maintenance of this unit , please call the Customer Dealer Referral Line . Call 1 - ( 877 ) 282 - 8684 to reach the Customer Dealer Referral Line . Please have your unit's model number and serial number ready when you call . See previous section to locate this information .
SECTION1 : IMPORTANTSAFEOPERATIONPRACTICES 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 this machine . Failure to comply with these instructions may result in personal injury . When you see this symbol - - heed its warning . DANGER : This machine was built to be operated according to the rules for safe operation in this man - ual . As with any type of power equipment , carelessness or error on the part of the operator can result in serious injury . This machine is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects . Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death . California Proposition 65 Warning : or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other i _ WARNING : Engine exhaust , some of its constituents , and certain vehicle components contain reproductive harm . GENERAL OPERATION 10 . Be aware of the mower and attachment discharge direction and do not point it at anyone . Do not 1 . Read , understand , and follow all instructions on the operate the mower without the discharge cover or machine and in the manual ( s ) before attempting to entire grass catcher in its proper place . assemble and operate . Keep this manual in a safe 11 . Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts or place for future and regular reference and for under the cutting deck . Contact with the blade ( s ) ordering replacement parts . can amputate hands and feet . 2 . Be familiar with all controls and their proper 12 . A missing or damaged discharge cover can cause operation . Know how to stop the machine and blade contact or thrown object injuries . disengage them quickly . 13 . Stop the blade ( s ) when crossing gravel drives , 3 . Never allow children under 14 years old to operate walks , or roads and while not cutting grass . this machine . Children 14 years old and over 14 . Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing should read and understand the operation roadways . This machine is not intended for use on instructions and safety rules in this manual and any public roadway . should be trained and supervised by a parent . 15 . Do not operate the machine while under the 4 . Never allow adults to operate this machine without influence of alcohol or drugs . proper instruction . 16 . Mow only in daylight or good artificial light . 5 . To help avoid blade contact or a thrown object 17 . Never carry passengers . injury , keep bystanders , helpers , children and pets 18 . Disengage blade ( s ) before travelling in reverse . at least 75 feet from the machine while it is in Back up slowly . Always look down and behind operation . Stop machine if anyone enters the area . before and while backing to avoid a back - over 6 . Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment accident . is to be used . Remove all stones , sticks , wire , 19 . Slow down before turning . Operate the machine bones , toys , and other foreign objects which could smoothly . Avoid erratic operation and excessive be picked up and thrown by the blade ( s ) . Thrown speed . objects can cause serious personal injury . 20 . Disengage blade ( s ) , set parking brake , stop engine 7 . Plan your mowing pattern to avoid discharge of and wait until the blade ( s ) come to a complete stop material toward roads , sidewalks , bystanders and before removing grass catcher , emptying grass , the like . Also , avoid discharging material against a unclogging chute , removing any grass or debris , or wall or obstruction which may cause discharged making any adjustments . material to ricochet back toward the operator . 21 . Never leave a running machine unattended . Always 8 . Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles turn off blade ( s ) , place transmission in neutral , set during operation and while performing an parking brake , stop engine and remove key before adjustment or repair to protect your eyes . Thrown dismounting . objects which ricochet can cause serious injury to 22 . Use extra care when loading or unloading the the eyes . machine into a trailer or truck . This unit should not 9 . Wear sturdy , rough - soled work shoes and close - be driven up or down ramp ( s ) , because the unit fitting slacks and shirts . Loose fitting clothes and could tip over , causing serious personal injury . The jewelry can be caught in movable parts . Never unit must be pushed manually on ramp ( s ) to load or operate this machine in bare feet or sandals . unload properly .
4 . Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for 23 . Mufflear ndenginebecomehotandcancausea burn . Donottouch . wheel weights or counterweights to improve 24 . Checkoverheacdlearancecsarefullybeforedriving stability . underlowhangingtreebranchesw , ires , door 5 . Use extra care with grass catchers or other openingsetc . , wheretheoperatomr aybestruckor attachments . These can change the stability of the machine . pulledfromtheunit , whichcouldresulitnserious injury . 6 . Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual . 25 . Disengagaellattachmenctlutchesd , epressthe Do not make sudden changes inspeed or direction . brakepedacl ompletelbyeforeattemptintgostart Rapid engagement or braking could cause the front engine . of the machine to lift and rapidly flip over backwards 26 . Yourmachineisdesignedtocutnormarlesidential which could cause serious injury . grassofa heighnt omorethan10 " . Donotattempt 7 . Avoid starting or stopping on a slope . If tires lose tomowthroughunusualltyall , drygrass ( e . g . , traction , disengage the blade ( s ) and proceed pastureo ) rpilesofdryleaves . Drygrassorleaves slowly straight down the slope . maycontacttheengineexhausat nd / orbuildupon DO NOT : themowedr eckpresentinagpotentiaflirehazard . 27 . Useonlyaccessorieasndattachmentaspproved 1 . Do not turn on slopes unless necessary ; then , turn forthismachinebythemachinemanufacturer . slowly and gradually downhill , if possible . Read , understanadndfollowallinstructions 2 . Do not mow near drop - offs , ditches or providedwiththeapprovedaccessoroyr embankments . The mower could suddenly turn attachment . over if a wheel is over the edge of a cliff , ditch , or if 28 . Dataindicatetshatoperatorsa , ge60yearsand an edge caves in . abovea , reinvolvedinalargepercentagoefriding 3 . Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your mower - relateindjuriesT . heseoperatorsshould foot on the ground . evaluatetheirabilitytooperatetheridingmower 4 . Do not use a grass catcher on steep slopes . safelyenoughtoprotectthemselveasndothers 5 . Do not mow on wet grass . Reduced traction could fromseriousinjury . cause sliding . 29 . Ifsituationsoccurwhicharenotcoveredinthis 6 . Do not coast downhill . Over - speeding may cause manualu , secareandgoodjudgmentC . ontacytour the operator to lose control of the machine resulting Cub Cadet dealer for assistance . in serious injury or death . 7 . Do not tow heavy pull behind attachments ( e . g . SLOPE OPERATION loaded dump cart , lawn roller , etc . ) on slopes Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and greater than 5 degrees . When going down hill , the tip - over accidents which can result in severe injury or extra weight tends to push the tractor and may death . All slopes require extra caution . If you cannot cause you to loose control . ( e . g . tractor may speed back up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it , do not mow up , braking and steering ability are reduced , it . attachment may jack - knife and cause tractor to overturn ) . For your safety , use the slope gauge included as part of this manual to measure slopes before operating this CHILDREN unit on a sloped or hilly area . If the slope is greater than 1 , Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not 15 degrees as shown on the slope gauge , do not alert to the presence of children . Children are often operate this unit on that area or serious injury could attracted to the machine and the mowing activity . result . They do not understand the dangers . Never DO : assume that children will remain where you last saw them . 1 . Mow up and down slopes , not across . Exercise a . Keep children out of the mowing area and in extreme caution when changing direction on watchful care of a responsible adult other slopes . than the operator . 2 . Watch for holes , ruts , bumps , rocks , or other b . Be alert and turn machine off if a child enters hidden objects . Uneven terrain could overturn the the area . machine . Tall grass can hide obstacles . c . Before and while backing , look behind and 3 . Use slow speed . Choose a low enough speed down for small children . setting so that you will not have to stop while on the d . Never carry children , even with the blade ( s ) slope . Tires may lose traction on slopes even shut off . They may fall off and be seriously though the brakes are functioning properly . Always injured or interfere with safe machine keep machine in gear when going down slopes to operation . take advantage of engine braking action .
e . Use extreme care when approaching blind lock - open device . corners , doorways , shrubs , trees or other e . Extinguish all cigarettes , cigars , pipes and objects that may block your vision of a child other sources of ignition . f . Never fuel machine indoors . who may run into the machine . f . Disengage the cutting blade ( s ) before g . Never remove gas cap or add fuel while the traveling in reverse . The " No - Cut - In Reverse " engine is hot or running . Allow engine to cool feature is a reminder not to cut in reverse and at least two minutes before refueling . h . Never over fill fuel tank . Fill tank to no more to help avoid back over accidents . Do not defeat it . than three inches below the top of the filler g . Keep children away from hot or running neck to allow space for fuel expansion . engines . They can suffer burns from a hot i . Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely . muffler . j . If gasoline is spilled , wipe it off the engine h . Remove key when machine is unattended to and equipment . Move unit to another area . prevent unauthorized operation . Wait 5 minutes before starting the engine . g , Never allow children under 14 years old to operate k . To reduce fire hazards , keep machine free of the machine . Children 14 years old and over should grass , leaves , or other debris build - up . Clean read and understand the operation instructions and up oil or fuel spillage and remove any fuel soaked debris . safety rules in this manual and should be trained I . Never store the machine or fuel container and supervised by a parent . inside where there is an open flame , spark or TOWING pilot light as on a water heater , space heater , 1 . Tow only with a machine that has a hitch designed furnace , clothes dryer or other gas for towing . Do not attach towed equipment except appliances . m . Allow a machine to cool at least five minutes at the hitch point . 2 . Follow the manufacturers recommendation for before storing . GENERAL SERVICE : weight limits for towed equipment and towing on slopes . 1 . Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly 3 . Never allow children or others in or on towed ventilated area . Engine exhaust contains carbon equipment . monoxide , an odorless , and deadly gas . 4 . On slopes , the weight of the towed equipment may 2 . Before cleaning , repairing , or inspecting , make cause loss of traction and loss of control . certain the blade ( s ) and all moving parts have 5 . Travel slowly and allow extra distance to stop . stopped . Disconnect the spark plug wire and 6 . Do not coast downhill . ground against the engine to prevent unintended starting . SERVICE 3 . Periodically check to make sure the blades come to SAFE HANDLING OF GASOLINE : complete stop within approximately ( 5 ) five 1 . To avoid personal injury or property damage seconds after operating the blade disengagement use extreme care in handling gasoline . Gasoline is control . If the blades do not stop within the this time extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive . frame , your unit should be serviced professionally Serious personal injury can occur when gasoline is by an authorized Cub Cadetdealer . spilled on yourself or your clothes which can ignite . 4 . Check brake operation frequently as it is subjected Wash your skin and change clothes immediately . to wear during normal operation . Adjust and service a . Use only an approved gasoline container . as required . b . Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a 5 . Check the blade ( s ) and engine mounting bolts at truck or trailer bed with a plastic liner . Always frequent intervals for proper tightness . Also , place containers on the ground away from visually inspect blade ( s ) for damage ( e . g . , your vehicle before filling . excessive wear , bent , cracked ) . c . When practical , remove gas - powered Replace the blade ( s ) with the original equipment equipment from the truck or trailer and refuel manufacturer's ( O . E . M . ) blade ( s ) only , listed in this it on the ground . If this is not possible , then manual . " Use of parts which do not meet the refuel such equipment on a trailer with a original equipment specifications may lead to portable container , rather than from a improper performance and compromise safetyF gasoline dispenser nozzle . 6 . Mower blades are sharp . Wrap the blade or wear d . Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the gloves , and use extra caution when servicing them . fuel tank or container opening at all times 7 . Keep all nuts , bolts , and screws tight to be sure the until fueling is complete . Do not use a nozzle equipment is in safe working condition .
13 . Observeproperdisposallawsandregulationfsor 8 . Nevetramperwiththesafetyinterlocksystemor othersafetydevicesC . hecktheirproperoperation gas , oit , etc . to protecttheenvironment . 14 . Grasscatchecromponentasndthedischarge regularly . 9 . Afterstrikingaforeignobjects , toptheengine , coveraresubjecttowearanddamagewhichcould disconnectht esparkplugwire ( s ) andground exposemovingpartsorallowobjectsto bethrown . againsttheengineT . horoughliynspectthe Forsafetyprotectionfr , equentlcyheckcomponents machineforanydamageR . epaitrhedamage andreplaceimmediatelwyithoriginael quipment beforestartingandoperating . manufacturer ( ' Os . E . M . p ) artsonly , listedinthis 10 . Nevear ttempttomakeadjustmentosrrepairsto manual " . Useofpartswhichdonotmeetthe themachinewhiletheengineisrunning . originael quipmenstpecificationmsayleadto 11 . Donotchangetheenginegovernosrettingsor impropeprerformancaendcompromisseafetyF over - speetdheengineT . hegovernocrontrolsthe maximumsafeoperatingspeedoftheengine . 12 . Maintainorreplacesafetyandinstructiolnabelsa , s necessary . 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 .
SIGHT AND HOLD THIS LEVEL WITH A VERTICAL TREE iq A POWER POLE A CORNER OFA BUILDING OR A FENCE POST W 1,1.1 . . I _ lb wARNING & i Z Do not mow on inclines with a slope in excess of 15 degrees ( a rise of approximately 2 - 1 / 2 feet every 10 feet ) . A riding mower could overturn and cause serious injury . If operating a walk - behind mower on such a slope , it is extremely difficult to maintain n your footing and you could slip , resulting in serious injury . Operate RIDING mowers up and down slopes , never across the face of slopes . 1.1.1
SECTION3 : TRACTORSET - UP IMPORTANT : Your tractor is shipped with oil in the AttachingtheBatteryCables engine . However , you MUST check the oil level before The positive battery terminal is marked Pos . ( + ) . The operating . Refer to Checkingthe 0il Levelon page 19 for negative battery terminal is marked Neg . ( - ) . detailed instructions . Be careful not to overfill . â¢ The positive cable ( heavy red wire ) is secured to the positive battery terminal ( + ) with a hex bolt and ShippingBraceRemoval hex nut at the factory . Make certain that the rubber boot covers the terminal to protect it from corrosion . WARNING : Make sure the riding mower's â¢ Lift the tractor's hood and remove the hex bolt and engine is off , set the parking brake and A wing nut from the negative cable ( thick black wire ) . remove the ignition key before removing the â¢ Remove the black plastic cover , if present , from the shipping brace . negative battery terminal and attach the negative â¢ Locate the shipping brace and warning tag found cable to the negative battery terminal ( - ) with the on the right side of the cutting deck . See Figure 2 . bolt and wing nut . . Negative Cable / Positive Cable / Rubber Boot Warning Tag Mulch Plug NOTE : Model1515hasa hairpin clipinplace ofashippingbrace Figure 2 Figure 1 â¢ While holding the discharge chute with your left NOTE : If the battery is put into service after the date hand , remove the shipping brace with your right shown on top of battery , charge as instructed on page hand by grasping it between your thumb and index 26 of this manual prior to operating the tractor . finger and rotating it clockwise . NOTE : Series 1500 tractors come equipped with a GasandOilFill - up mulch plug installed inside the chute opening . Do NOT The gasoline tank is located under the fender and has a discard it . Refer to Mulchingon page 16 for detailed capacity of three gallons . Unthread the fuel cap by information regarding your tractor's mulching feature . turning it counterclockwise . Use only clean , fresh ( under 30 days old ) , unleaded gasoline . Fill tank to no WARNING : The shipping brace , used for more than four inches below the top of the filler neck to packaging purposes only , must be removed allow space for fuel expansion . Do not overfill . and discarded before operating your riding mower . WARNING : Use extreme care when handling gasoline . Gasoline is extremely WARNING : The mowing deck is capable of flammable and the vapors are explosive . throwing objects . Failure to operate the riding Never fuel machine indoors or while the mower without the discharge cover in the engine is hot or running . Extinguish proper operating position could result in cigarettes , cigars , pipes , and other sources of serious personal injury and / or property ignition . damage .
SECTION4 : KNOWYOURLAWNTRACTOR A C IIIIII NOTE : Steering Wheel not shown for clarity . Figure 3 A Systems Indicator Monitor / Hour Meter H Ignition Switch B Throttle Control Lever I Brake Pedal C Choke Control J Drive Pedal K Cruise Control Lever D Parking Brake Lever L Deck Lift Lever E Fuel Tank Cap F Seat Adjustment Lever M Cup Holder G PTO ( Power Take - off ) Knob NOTE : Any reference in this manual to the RIGHT or LEFT side of the tractor is observed from operator's position .
ThrottleControlLever IgnitionSwitch The throttle control lever is located on the left side of the WARNING : Never leave a running tractor's dash panel . This lever controls the speed of machine unattended Always disengage the the engine . When set in a given position , the throttle will PTO , set parking brake , stop engine and maintain a uniform engine speed . See Figure 4 . remove key to prevent unintended starting . To start the engine , insert the key into the ignition Fast switch and turn clockwise to the START position . PosiUon Release the key into the ON position once engine has fired . See Figure 5 . On / Lights Off Slow Position Start Figure 4 IMPORTANT : When operating the tractor withthe cutting deck engaged , be certain that the throttle lever is always in the FAST ( rabbit ) position . Figure 5 ChokeControl Refer to StartingTheEngineon page 13 of this manual for The choke control can be found detailed starting instructions on the left side of the dash panel The ignition switch is also used to operate the tractor's and is activated by pulling the headlights . Refer to OperatingThe Headlightosn page 16 knob outward . Activating the of this manual for detailed instructions . choke control closes the choke plate on the carburetor and aids DrivePedal in starting the engine . Refer to StartingTheEngineon page 13 of The drive pedal is located below this manual for detailed starting the brake pedal on the right front instructions . side of the tractor along the running board . Depress the BrakePedal upper portion of the drive pedal forward to cause the tractor to The brake pedal is located on the travel forward . Depress the lower right front side of the tractor portion of the drive pedal with the above the drive pedal along the ball of your right foot ( NOT your running board . The brake pedal heel ) to cause the tractor to travel can be used for sudden stops or in reverse . Ground speed is also setting the parking brake . controlled with the drive pedal . NOTE : The brake pedal must The further forward or rearward be fully depressed to activate the that the pedal is pivoted , the safety interlock switch when faster the tractor will travel . The starting the tractor . pedal will return to its original position when it's not depressed . IMPORTANT : Always set the parking brake when leaving the tractor unattended . 10
HourMeter Electric PTO Located in the center of the tractor's console , the hour ( PowerTake - offK ) nob meter operates whenever the engine is running and To engage the power to the records the actual hours of tractor operation . See cutting deck or other ( separately Figure 6 . available ) attachments , pull n outward on the PTO knob . Push the PTO knob inward to disengage the power to the cutting deck . NOTE : The PTO knob must be in the disengaged ( OFF ) position when starting the engine , when traveling in reverse and if the operator leaves the seat . Issssssl HOURS 1110 CruiseControl IP'lrO PARKINQ Lever The cruise control lever is located on the tractor dash panel , below the steering wheel . Push the cruise control lever downward while traveling forward at a desired speed . While Figure 6 holding the lever down , release pressure from the drive pedal . System IndicatorLights Your tractor is equipped with four indicator lights in the This will engage the cruise control and allow the tractor center of its dash panel . If the Brake light or PTO light to remain at that speed without applying pressure to the illuminates when attempting to start the unit , proceed drive pedal . Depress the brake pedal or the drive pedal as follows : to deactivate cruise control . Refer to page 14 for Brake - - Engage the parking brake . detailed instructions regarding the cruise control PTO - - Move the PTO knob into the disengaged feature . ( OFF ) position . NOTE : Cruise control can NOT be engaged at the It is normal for the Oil light and the Battery light to tractor's fastest ground speed . If the operator should illuminate while the engine is cranking , but if either attempt to do so , the tractor will automatically illuminates while the engine is running , proceed as decelerate to the fastest optimal mowing ground speed . follows : Oil - - Stop the tractor immediately and check the Parking Brake crankcase oil level as instructed on page Lever 19 of this manual . Add oil as required . Battery - - If this light itluminate's while the engine is To set the parking running , it indicates that the battery is in brake , fully depress need of a charge OR that the engine's the brake pedal and charging system is not generating push the parking sufficient amperage . Refer to Batteryon brake lever down . Hold the lever down while taking your page 25 of this manual for the proper foot off the brake pedal . Both the parking lever and the battery charging procedure or have the brake pedal will then stay depressed . To release the engine's charging system checked by a parking brake , depress the brake pedal slightly . The Cub Cadet dealer . parking brake lever will then return to its original position . CupHolder NOTE : The parking brake must be set if the operator The tractor's cup holder is located on the fender to the leaves the seat with the engine running or the engine right of the seat , just to the rear of the deck lift lever . will automatically shut off . IMPORTANT : Always set the parking brake when leaving the tractor unattended . 11
DeckLiftLever SeatAdjustmenLt ever To adjust the seat forward or backward , slide the seat Found on your tractor's right fender , the deck lift lever is adjustment lever to the left and reposition the seat to used to change the height of the cutting deck . To use , the desired position . Once a comfortable position is move the lever to the left , then place in the notch best found , release the seat adjustment lever to lock the suited for your application . seat in place . Refer to SeatAdjustmenton page 18 of this manual for more detailed instructions . SECTION5 : OPERATINGYOURLAWNTRACTOR interlock system is malfunctioning . This , _ WARNING : Do not operate the tractor if nthed WARNING system was designed for your safety a AVOIDSERIOUSINJURYORDEATH protection . â¢ GO UP AND DOWN SLOPES , NOT ACROSS . â¢ AVOID SUDDEN TURNS . SettingtheGaugeWheels â¢ DO NOT OPERATE THE UNIT WHERE tT COULD SLIP OR TI Â£ Select the height position of the cutting deck by placing â¢ tF MACHINE STOPS GOING UPHILL , STOP BLADE ( S ) AND BACK DOWNHILL SLOWLY . the deck lift lever in any of the six different cutting height â¢ DO NOT MOW WHEN CHILDREN OR OTHERS ARE AROUND . â¢ NEVER CARRY CHILDREN , EVEN WITH BLADES OFE notches on the right fender . â¢ LOOK DOWN AND BEHIND BEFORE AND WHILE BACKING . To adjust the deck wheels so that they are between 1A - â¢ KEEP SAFETY DEVICES ( GUARDS , SHIELDS , AND SWITCHES ) tN PLACE AND WORKING . inch and Â½ - inch above the ground as follows . â¢ REMOVE OBJECTS THAT COULD BE THROWN BY THE BLADE ( S ) . â¢ KNOW LOCATION AND FUNCTION OF ALL CONTROLS . â¢ BE SURE BLADE ( S ) AND ENGINE ARE STOPPED BEFORE PLAC - ING HANDS OR FEET NEAR BLADE ( S ) . from the discharge opening of the cutting A WARNING : Keep hands and feet away â¢ BEFORE LEAVING OPERATOR'S POSITRON , DISENGAGE deck . BLADE ( S ) , ENGAGE BRAKE LOCK , SHUT ENGINE OFF AND REMOVE KEY . NOTE : The deck wheels are an anti - scalp feature of READOPERATORM'SANUAL the deck and are not designed to support the weight of the cutting deck . Place the tractor on a firm and level surface , preferably all instructions and warnings on the machine WARNING : Read , understand , and follow pavement , refer to Figure 7 , and proceed as follows : and in this manual before operating . â¢ Place the tractor's deck lift handle in the normally desired mowing height setting , then check the SafetyInterlockSwitches gauge wheels for contact or excessive clearance This tractor is equipped with a safety interlock system with the surface below . for the protection of the operator . If the interlock system â¢ If the wheels contact the surface adjust as follows : should ever malfunction , do not operate the tractor . a . Raise the deck lift handle to its highest Contact a Cub Cadet dealer . The safety interlock setting . system prevents the engine from cranking or starting b . Remove the rear gauge wheels by removing unless the parking brake is engaged , and the PTO knob the lock nuts , shoulder screws , and flat is in the disengaged ( OFF ) position . washers which secure them to the deck . â¢ The engine wilt automatically shut off if the operator c . Remove the lock nuts , shoulder screws , and leaves the seat before engaging the parking brake . bell washers which secure the front gauge â¢ The engine wilt automatically shut off if the operator wheels to the deck . leaves the tractor's seat with the PTO knob in the d . Place the deck lift handle in the desired engaged ( ON ) position , regardless of whether the mowing height setting . parking brake is engaged . e . Insert the shoulder screw and flat washer â¢ The electric PTO clutch will automatically shut off if with the rear gauge wheel into the index hole the PTO knob is moved into the engaged ( ON ) that leaves approximately 1 / 2 " between the position with the drive pedal in position for reverse bottom of the wheel and the pavement . travel . f . Note the position of the index hole used ; then install the other rear gauge wheel and the front ball wheels into the corresponding index hole of the other gauge wheel brackets . 12
NOTE : Upon starting the engine , a metallic ticking may occur . This is caused by the hydraulic lifter leakdown during storage . Run the engine for five \ \ \ \ \ \ minutes . The noise will normally cease in the first Shoulder Screws minute . If noise continues , run the engine at mid - throttle for twenty minutes . If noise persists , have the engine Flat Washer serviced by your Cub Cadet dealer . NOTE : Do NOT leave the choke control on while operating the tractor . Doing so will result in a " rich " fuel mixture and cause the engine to run poorly . Stoppingthe Engine Bell Washer WARNING : If you strike a foreign object , Lock nut stop the engine , disconnect the spark plug wire ( s ) and ground against the engine . Thoroughly inspect the machine for any Figure 7 damage . Repair the damage before restarting and operating NOTE : The crowned ( rounded ) surface of the front â¢ If the blades are engaged , place the PTO knob in bell washers should be against the shoulder screw , the disengaged ( OFF ) position . between the front ball wheel and deck gauge wheel â¢ Place the throttle control near the FAST position bracket . The cupped surface of the bell washer should â¢ Turn the ignition key counterclockwise to the STOP be against the deck . position . â¢ If the gauge wheels have excessive clearance with â¢ Remove the key from the ignition switch to prevent the surface below , lower the wheels to the index unintended starting . hole that provides the approximate 1 / 2 " clearance as described above . Engagingthe ParkingBrake Refer to Levelingthe Beckon page 17 of this manual for To engage the parking brake : more detailed instructions regarding various deck adjustments . â¢ Fully depress the brake pedal and hold it there while gently pushing the parking brake lever downward . StartingtheEngine â¢ Hold the parking brake lever down while removing WARNING : Do not operate the tractor if the your foot from the brake pedal . â¢ Once engaged , the parking brake lever and the interlock system is malfunctioning . This system was designed for your safety and brake pedal will lock in the " down " position . To disengage the parking brake : protection . â¢ Slightly depress the brake pedal . NOTE : Refer to the TRACTORSET - UPon page 8 of this manual for Gasoline and Oil fill - up instructions . NOTE : The parking brake must be engaged if the operator leaves the seat with the engine running or the â¢ Insert the tractor key into the ignition switch . engine will automatically shut off . â¢ Place the PTO knob in the disengaged ( OFF ) position . TheTractor â¢ Engage the tractor's parking brake â¢ urlvlng â¢ Place the throttlecontrol in the FAST position WARNING : Avoid sudden starts , ex - â¢ Pull the choke control outward . cessive speed and sudden stops . â¢ Turn the ignition key clockwise to the START position . After the engine starts , release the key . It WARNING : Do not leave the seat of the will return to the ON position . tractor without first placing the PTO knob in IMPORTANT : Do NOT hold the key in the START the disengaged ( OFF ) position , depressing position for longer than ten seconds at a time . Doing so the brake pedal and engaging the parking may cause damage to your engine's electric starter . brake . If leaving the tractor unattended , also â¢ After the engine starts , deactivate the choke turn the ignition key off and remove the key . control . 13
â¢ Briefly depress the brake pedal to release the SettingTheCruiseControl parking brake . Move the throttle lever into the FAST ( rabbit ) position . NOTE : The cruise control feature should only be â¢ To travel FORWARD , slowly depress the upper utilized while traveling in the forward direction . portion of the drive pedal forward until the desired â¢ Slowly depress the upper portion of the drive pedal speed is achieved . See Figure 8 . until the desired speed is achieved . â¢ Lightly depress the cruise control lever . â¢ While continuing to hold the cruise lever down , lift your foot from the drive pedal ( you should feel the cruise latch engage ) . â¢ Once engaged , the cruise control lever and the drive pedal will lock in the " down " position , and the tractor will maintain the same forward speed . NOTE : Cruise control can not be engaged at the tractor's fastest ground speed . If the operator should attempt to do so , the tractor will automatically Drive Pedal decelerate to the fastest optimal mowing ground speed . Disengage the cruise control using one of the following methods : â¢ Depress the brake pedal to disengage the cruise control and stop the tractor . â¢ Lightly depress the drive pedal . Figure 8 To change the direction of travel to reverse when â¢ To travel in REVERSE , check that the area behind operating with cruise control , depress the brake pedal is clear then slowly depress the lower portion of the to disengage the cruise control and bring the tractor to a drive pedal with the ball of your foot ( NOT your complete stop . Then slowly depress the lower portion of heel ) until the desired speed is achieved . See the drive pedal with the ball of your foot to travel in Figure 8 . reverse . IMPORTANT : Do NOT attempt to change the direction of travel when the tractor is in motion . Always bring the UsingtheDeckLiftLever tractor to a complete stop before pivoting the drive To raise the cutting deck , move the deck lift lever to the pedal from forward to reverse or vice versa . left , then place it in the notch best suited for your application . Refer to SettingThe CuttingHeightearlier in DrivingOnSlopes this section . Refer to the SLOPEGAUGEon page 7 to help determine slopes where you may operate the tractor safely . OperatingTheHeadlights WARNING : Do not mow on inclines with a To turn the tractor's headlights on : slope in excess of 15 degrees ( a rise of â¢ Start the engine following the instructionsearlier in A approximately 2 - 1 / 2 feet every 10 feet ) . The this section . tractor could overturn and cause serious â¢ Turn the key one notch counterclockwise into the injury . On / Lights position of the ignition switch . Refer to Figure 5 . â¢ Mow up and down slopes , NEVER across . To turn the tractor's headlights off : â¢ Exercise extreme caution when changing direction â¢ Turn the key either into the On position ( to leave the on slopes . engine running ) or the Off position ( to shut the â¢ Watch for holes , ruts , bumps , rocks , or other engine off ) . Refer to Figure 5 . hidden objects . Uneven terrain could overturn the machine . Tall grass can hide obstacles . NOTE : Never move the key into the Start position â¢ Avoid turns when driving on a slope . If a turn must while the engine is running . Doing so may cause be made , turn down the slope . Turning up a slope damage to your engine's electric starter . greatly increases the chance of a roll over . â¢ Avoid stopping when driving up a slope . If it is necessary to stop while driving up a slope , start up smoothly and carefully to reduce the possibility of flipping the tractor over backward . 14
MovingTheTractorManually Front View Pull Out Push In Your tractor's transmission is equipped with a hydrostatic relief valve for occasions when it is necessary to move the tractor manually . Opening this valve permits the fluid in the transmission to bypass its normal route , allowing the rear tires to " freewheel . " To engage the hydrostatic relief valve , proceed as follows : â¢ Locate the hydrostatic bypass rod in the rear of the tractor . See Figure 9 . Figure 10 Mowing WARNING : To help avoid blade contact or a thrown object injury , keep bystanders , helpers , children and pets at least 75 feet from the machine while it is in operation . Stop machine if anyone enters the area . This tractor is equipped with one of Cub Cadet's quality cutting decks . The following information will be helpful when using the cutting deck with your tractor . WARNING : Plan your mowing pattern to Hydrostatic avoid discharge of materials toward roads , Bypass Rod sidewalks , bystanders and the like . Also , Figure 9 avoid discharging material against a wall or obstruction which may cause discharged â¢ Pull the hydrostatic bypass rod outward , then material to ricochet back toward the operator . down , to lock it in place . â¢ Do not mow at high ground speed , especially if a NOTE : The transmission will NOT engage when the mulch kit or grass collector is installed . hydrostatic bypass rod is pulled out . Return the rod to â¢ For best results it is recommended that the first two its normal position prior to operating the tractor . laps be cut with the discharge thrown towards the IMPORTANT : Never attempt to move the tractor center . After the first two laps , reverse the direction manually without first engaging the hydrostatic relief to throw the discharge to the outside for the valve . Doing so will result in serious damage to the balance of cutting . This will give a better tractor's transmission . appearance to the lawn . â¢ Do not cut the grass too short . Short grass invites Engagingthe PTO weed growth and yellows quickly in dry weather . â¢ Mowing should always be done with the engine at Engaging the PTO transfers power to the cutting deck full throttle . or other ( separately available ) attachments . To engage â¢ Under heavier conditions it may be necessary to go the PTO , proceed as follows : back over the cut area a second time to get a clean â¢ Move the throttle control lever to the FAST ( rabbit ) cut . position . â¢ Do NOT attempt to mow heavy brush and weeds â¢ Pull the PTO knob outward into the engaged ( ON ) and extremely tall grass . Your tractor is designed to position . See Figure 10 . mow lawns , NOT clear brush . â¢ Keep the throttle lever in the FAST ( rabbit ) position â¢ Keep the blades sharp and replace the blades for the most efficient use of the cutting deck or other when worn . Refer to CuttingBladeson page 25 of this ( separately available ) attachments manual for proper blade sharpening instructions . IMPORTANT : The electric PTO clutch will automatically shut off if the PTO is engaged with the drive pedal in position for reverse travel . Refer to SafetyInterlock Switcheson page 12 . 15
Mulching Cardag , Model 1515 & 1517 lawn tractors come equipped with a mulch kit which incorporates special blades , already standard on your tractor , in a process of recirculating grass clippings repeatedly beneath the cutting deck . The ultra - fine clippings are then forced back into the lawn where they act as a natural fertilizer . Observe the following points for the best results when mulching . â¢ Never attempt to mulch if the lawn is damp . Wet grass tends to stick to the underside of the cutting deck preventing proper mulching of the clippings . â¢ Do NOT attempt to mulch more than 1 / 3 the total height of the grass or approximately 1 - 1 / 2 inches . Doing so will cause the clippings to clump up beneath the deck and not be mulched effectively . Plastic Wing Nut Mulch Plug â¢ Maintain a slow ground speed to allow the grass clippings more time to effectively be mulched . â¢ Always position the throttle control lever in the Figure 11 FAST ( rabbit ) position and allow it to remain there To operate the cutting deck without mulching , simply while mowing . Failing to keep the engine at full remove the mulch plug by unthreading the plastic wing throttle places strain on the tractor's engine and nut which fastens it to the cutting deck . This will allow does not allow the blades to properly mulch grass . the clippings to discharge out the side . See Figure 11 . NOTE : It is not necessary to remove the discharge chute to operate the mower with the mulch kit installed . SECTION6 : MAKINGADJUSTMENTS Turning the low idle adjusting needle in ( clockwise ) decreases the supply of fuel to the carburetor . This adjustments while the engine is running , , _ WARNING : Never attempt to make anys gives a leaner fuel - to - air mixture . Turning the adjusting except where specified in the operator ' manual . needle out ( counterclockwise ) increases the supply of fuel to the carburetor . This gives a richer fuel - to - air mixture . Setting the needle midway between the lean wire ( s ) and ground against the engine before , _ WARNING : Disconnect the spark plug and rich position wilt usually give the best results . performing any adjustments , repairs or maintenance . Low Idle Speed Adjustment Screw Carburetor NOTE : Carburetor adjustments should be made only after the engine has warmed up . The engines on Cub Cadet 1515 & 1517 are equipped with a Walbro fixed main jet carburetor . Walbro carburetors have a low idle speed screw and a low idle fuel adjusting needle . The carburetor is designed to deliver the correct fuel - to - air mixture to the engine under all operating conditions . The main fuel jet is calibrated at the factory and is not Low Idle adjustable . The low idle fuel adjusting needle is also set Fuel Adjustment Needle at the factory and normally does not need adjustment . If the engine is hard to start , runs roughly , or stalls at Figure 12 low idle speed , it may be necessary to adjust or service the carburetor . 16
Troubleshooting 3 Low Idle Speed Setting : Place the throttle control If engine troubles are experienced that appear to be into the " idle " or " slow " position . Set the low idle fuel system related , check the following areas before speed to 1200 RPM * ( + 75 RPM ) by turning the low idle adjusting the carburetor . speed adjusting screw in or out . Check the speed â¢ Make sure the fuel tank is filled with clean , fresh using a tachometer . gasoline . NOTE : To ensure best results when setting the low â¢ Make sure the fuel tank cap vent is not blocked and idle fuel needle , the low idle speed must not exceed that it is operating properly . 1200 RPM ( + _ 75 RPM ) . â¢ If the fuel tank is equipped with a shut - off valve , make sure it is open . â¢ Make sure that the in - line fuel filter is clean and Levelingthe Deck unobstructed . Replace the filter if necessary . NOTE : Check the tractor's tire pressure before â¢ Make sure fuel is reaching the carburetor . Check performing any deck leveling adjustments . Refer to the fuel lines and fuel pump for restrictions or faulty Tires on page 24 for information regarding tire pressure . components , replace as necessary . â¢ Make sure the air cleaner element is clean and all FrontTo Rear air cleaner element components are secure . The front of the cutting deck is supported by a stabilizer If , after checking the items listed above , the engine is bar that can adjusted to level the deck from front to rear . hard to start , runs roughly , or stalls at low idle speed , it The front of the deck should be between 1 / 4 - inch and may be necessary to adjust or service the carburetor . 3 / 8 - inch lower than the rear of the deck . Adjust if Adjustment necessary as follows : â¢ With the tractor parked on a firm , level surface , NOTE : Engines may ha ve a fixed idle or limiter cap on place the deck lift lever in the top notch ( highest the idle fuel adjusting needle . Step 2 can only be position ) and rotate the blade nearest the discharge performed within the limits allowed by the cap . chute so that it is parallel with the tractor . 1 , Start the engine and run at half throttle for five to 10 â¢ Measure the distance from the front of the blade tip minutes to warm up . The engine must be warm to the ground and the rear of the blade tip to the before performing steps 2 and 3 . ground . 2 . Low Idle Fuel Needle Setting : Place the throttle â¢ The first measurement taken should be between into the " idle " or " slow " position . Turn the low idle 1 / 4 " and 3 / 8 " less than the second measurement . fuel adjusting needle out ( counterclockwise ) from â¢ Determine the approximate distance necessary for the preliminary setting until engine speed proper adjustment and proceed , if necessary , to the decreases ( rich ) . Note the position of the needle . next step . Now turn the adjusting needle in ( clockwise ) . The â¢ Loosen the two jam nuts on the rear side of the engine speed may increase , then it will decrease as deck stabilizer bracket . See Figure 14 . the needle is turned in ( lean ) . Note the position of Lockts the needle . Set the adjusting needle midway Nu between the rich and lean settings . See Figure 13 . Lean Adjust to Midpoint _ = Deck _ tStabilizer Bracke / \ , \ Deck \ / \ \ \ Nuts Rich \ \ Figure 14 Figure 13 17
â¢ Locate the two lock nuts on the opposite side of the If the tractor does not come to a complete stop when stabilizer bracket . See Figure 14 . Tighten the lock the brake pedal is completely depressed , or if the nuts to raise the front of the deck ; loosen the lock tractor's rear wheels can roll with the parking brake nuts to lower the front of the deck . applied , the brake is in need of adjustment . The brake â¢ Retighten the two jam nuts loosened earlier when disc can be found on the right side of the transmission proper adjustment is achieved . in the rear of the tractor . Adjust if necessary as follows . Sideto Side â¢ Looking at the transmission from the right side of If the cutting deck appears to be mowing unevenly , a the tractor , locate the compression spring and side to side adjustment can be performed . Adjust if brake disc . See Figure 16 . necessary as follows : Brake Rod â¢ With the tractor parked on a firm , level surface , place the deck lift lever in the top notch ( highest position ) and rotate both blades so that they are perpendicular with the tractor . â¢ Measure the distance from the outside of the left blade tip to the ground and the distance from the outside of the right blade tip to the ground . Both measurements taken should be equal . If they're not , proceed to the next step . â¢ Loosen , but do NOT remove , the hex cap screw on the left deck hanger bracket . See Figure 15 . NOTE : Viewshownfrombeneathtractor . Figure 16 â¢ Carefully remove the cotter pin from the crown nut on the right side of the brake assembly . â¢ Using a feeler gauge , check the gap between the brake disc and the brake puck . Proper gap is . 011 " . â¢ Tighten the crown nut until the proper gap is achieved . Adjustment Gear â¢ Insert a replacement cotter pin ( part # 714 - 0111 ) into the crown nut . Hex Cap Screw SteeringAdjustment Figure 15 If the tractor turns tighter in one direction than the other , or if the ball joints are being replaced due to damage or â¢ Balance the deck by using a wrench to turn the wear , the steering drag links may need to be adjusted . adjustment gear ( found immediately behind the hex cap screw just loosened ) clockwise / up or Adjust the drag links so that equal lengths are threaded counterclockwise / down . into the ball joint on the left side and the ball joint on the â¢ The deck is properly balanced when both blade tip right side : measurements taken earlier are equal . â¢ Loosen the jam nut found on the drag link at the â¢ Retighten the hex cap screw on the left deck rear of the ball joint . See Figure 17 . hanger bracket when proper adjustment is â¢ Remove the hex nut and lock washer on the top of achieved . ball joint . See Figure 17 . â¢ Thread the ball joint toward the jam nut to shorten ParkingBrakeAdjustment the drag link . Thread the ball joint away from the jam nut to lengthen the drag link . WARNING : Never attempt to adjust the â¢ Replace hex nut and lock washer and retighten the brakes while the engine is running . Always jam nut after proper adjustment is achieved . disengage PTO , stop engine and remove key to prevent unintended starting . 18
Front tiretoe - in can be measured as follows : Hex Nut and â¢ Place the steering wheel in position for straight Lock Washer ahead travel . â¢ In front of the axle , measure the distance horizontally from the inside of the left rim to the inside of the right rim . Note the distance . â¢ Behind the axle , measure the distance horizontally from the inside of the left rim to the inside of the right rim . Note the distance . â¢ The measurement taken in front of the axle should be between 1 / 16 " and 5 / 16 " less than the measurement taken behind the axle . â¢ Adjust if necessary . SeatAdjustment Jam Nut Ball Joint WARNING : Before operating this machine , make sure the seat is engaged in the seat Figure 17 stop , stand behind the machine and pull back on seat until fully engaged into stop . NOTE : Threading the ball joints too far onto the drag links will cause the front tires to " toe - in " too far . Proper To adjust the position of the seat , move the seat toe - in is between 1 / 16 " and 5 / 16 " . adjustment lever ( Refer to Figure 3 on Page 9 ) to the left and slide the seat forward or rearward . Make sure seat is locked into position before operating the tractor . SECTION7 : MAINTAININGYOURLAWNTRACTOR NOTE : Refer to MaintenanceCharton page 29 for a reference of recommended maintenance intervals . RECOMMENDED SAE VISCOSITY GRADES WARNING : Before performing any maintenance or repairs , disengage PTO , set parking brake , stop engine and remove key to _ k IIF prevent unintended starting . " m Engine Â° F - _ 0 2O _ 40 60 80 100 Maintenance , repair , or replacement of the emission II _ _ 0 10 i I I i I i Ii ; 11o _ o . . . . . . . . 3 . . , . 0 . . . 4c , / control devices and systems , which are being done at TEMPERATURE RANGE EXPECTED BEFORE NEXT OIL CHANGE the customer's expense , may be performed by any * Use of synthetic oil having 5W - 20 or 5W - 30 rating is engine repair establishment or individual . Warranty acceptable , up to 40 : F repairs must be performed by your Cub Cadet * * Synthetic oils will provide better starting in extreme Dealer . cold ( below - 10 Â° F ) . Engine011 The engine - crankcase is filled with 10W - 30 ship - away oil at the factory . This oil may be used for the first 24 NOTE : To aid starting , the selection of crankcase oil hours of engine operation at temperatures between should be based on the lowest anticipated 0 Â° F and 80 Â° F . If temperatures are not within this range , temperatures prior to the next scheduled oil change . drain the oil from the oil filter and crankcase and replace with new oil . Checkingthe OilLevel The engine oil must be drained and replaced with new It is important to check the oil level at least every four oil after 24 hours of engine operation and every 100 hours of operation . Regular checking during the first 24 hours thereafter . Refer to the Oil Viscosity Chart below hours of operation is especially important . Check the oil to determine the proper oil type . level before each use as follows : 19
Fill the crankcase until the oil level reaches the full â¢ Allowtheengineafewminutesto restafteropera - tion . Thiswillgivetheoiltimetodrainintothecrank - ( F ) mark on the dipstick . Refer to Figure 18 . Refer casesumpandresultin a moreaccuratedipstick to the viscosity oil chart earlier in this section for reading . information regarding the proper type of oil to add to the crankcase . â¢ Cleantheareaaroundtheoilfillcap / dipstictkopre - ventdebrisfromenteringthecrankcase . IMPORTANT : The oil capacity ( with oil filter ) is 4 U . S . â¢ Removethe oil fill cap / dipstickby unthreadingite . pints ( 64 oz . ) . Never overfill the engine crankcase . ( counterclockwisaen ) dliftingitoutoftheoilfilltub IMPORTANI " : The engine may overheat and / or damage â¢ Wipethedipstickcleanbeforepushingit backinto may result if the oil level is below the ADD or over the theoilfilltube . Do NOT thread the cap back onto FULL on the dipstick . the fill tube . Withdraw the dipstick to check the oil â¢ Reinstall the oil fill cap / dipstick securely onto the oil level . Refer to Figure 18 . fill tube . â¢ Always keep the oil level at or near the FULL mark on the dipstick . If the oil is low , add oil of the proper IMPORTANT : The oil fill cap / dipstick must be installed type up to the FULL mark . Always re - check the oil securely onto the tube at all times when the engine level with the dipstick before adding more oil . is operating . Severe engine damage could result from failure to do so . IMPORTANT : Never operate the engine with the oil level below the ADD mark or above the FULL mark on the dipstick . Changingthe Engine011 â¢ After checking the oil level ( and adding oil , if neces - The engine oil and oil filter should be changed after the sary ) , reinstall the oil fill cap / dipstick by inserting it first 24 hours of operation , and after every 100 hours of into the oil fill tube and threading ( clockwise ) . operation thereafter . WARNING : If the engine has been recently run , the engine , muffler and surrounding metal surfaces will be hot and can cause burns to the skin . Allow the tractor to coot and use caution when removing FULL IMPORTANT : The oil filter should be changed at every oil change interval . To complete an oil change , proceed as follows : up _ rauny > _ Ã Ã > Removingthe Left - handSidePanel Range _ xx _ " x : XX > â¢ Engage the tractor's parking brake and raise the _ XX > hood . x : XX > x : XX > â¢ Loosen , but do not remove , the rear wing nut and _ XX > upper front wing nut . See Figure 19 . vii / ADD Wing Figure 18 Adding0il If , after checking the oil level , you find the dipstick reads ADD , proceed as follows . â¢ Place the tractor on a level surface and engage the parking brake . Stop the tractor engine and remove the ignition key . J â¢ Clean the area around the oil fill cap and fill tube to prevent debris from entering the crankcase . â¢ Remove the oil fill cap / dipstick from the oil fill tube and SLOWLY pour oil into the oil fill tube . Do NOT pour more than 6 oz . of oil at a time without first stopping and re - checking the oil level . Figure 19 20
â¢ Grasp the side panel just behind the grille and pull â¢ Before removing the old oil filter , clean around its outward to release the side panel from the tapered base to prevent debris from entering the crankcase . bushings on the grille . â¢ Remove the oil filter drain plug located at the base â¢ Slide the side panel forward and out of the groove of the oil filter adapter . Allow the oil filter to drain in the dash panel . before replacing the oil filter drain plug . See Figure 20 . Drainingthe Oil â¢ Grasp the oil filter and remove it from the filter Run the engine for a few minutes to allow the oil in the adapter by turning it counterclockwise . crankcase to warm up . Warm oil will flow more freely â¢ Place a new replacement filter in a shallow pan with and carry away more of the engine sediment which may the open end up and pour new oil of the proper type have settled at the bottom of the crankcase . Use care to ( see chart on page 19 ) , in through the threaded avoid burns from hot oil . center hole . â¢ Unscrew oil fill cap and remove dipstick from the oil IMPORTANT : Stop pouring when the oil reaches the fill tube bottom of the threads and allow a minute or two for the â¢ Pop open the protective cap on the end of the oil oil to be absorbed by the filter material . drain valve to expose the drain port . See Figure 20 . â¢ Put a drop of oil on your fingertip and apply a light coating to the gasket of the new oil filter . â¢ Install the replacement oil filter on the engine by turning it clockwise onto the filter adapter until the rubber gasket makes contact with the base . Tighten the filter an additional 1 / 2 turn after the gasket first makes contact . Re - fillingthe Crankcasewith Oil IMPORTANT : The engine ( with oil filter ) has a capacity of four pints ( 64 oz . ) . Do NOT overfill . Always check the level on the dipstick as instructed on page 19 before adding more oil . NOTE : For the proper oil type , refer to the chart on Oil Drain Hose page 19 of this manual Drain Port â¢ Clean the area around the oil fill tube to prevent debris from entering the crankcase . Figure 20 â¢ Slowly pour oil into the fill tube . Fill the crankcase â¢ Push the oil drain hose ( packed with this manual ) until the oil level reaches the full ( F ) mark on the onto the oil drain port . Route the apposite end of dipstick ( Refer to Figure 18 ) . the hose into an appropriate oil collection container â¢ Reinstall the oil fill cap / dipstick securely into the oil with a capacity great enough to collect the used oil fill tube . ( approximately four pints or 64 oz . ) . IMPORTANT : The oil fill cap / dipstick must be installed â¢ Push the oil drain valve in slightly , then rotate securely onto the tube at all times when the engine counterclockwise and pull outward to begin is operating . Severe engine damage could result from draining oil . See Figure 20 . a failure to do so . â¢ After the oil has finished draining , push the oil drain valve back in , rotate it clockwise to lock the valve â¢ Start the tractor engine and allow it to run for thirty closed and re - cap the end of the oil drain valve to second & then stop the engine and remove the keep debris from entering the drain port . ignition key . â¢ Check the oil level and add oil if necessary . Do not IMPORTANT : Always change the oil filter when overfill the engine crankcase . performing an oil change on your tractor's engine . â¢ Examine the area around the base of the oil fill Changingthe 0il Filter tube , the oil filter adapter , and the oil drain valve for After draining the oil , proceed as follows : leaks before operating the tractor . NOTE : Refer to the Attachments & Accessoriestable IMPORTANT : If leaks are present , have your engine found on page 32 of this manual for the proper oil filter . serviced by your Cub Cadet dealer before operating the tractor . 21
Air Filter The engine is equipped with a replaceable , high density Air Cleaner Cover paper air cleaner element and an oiled , foam precleaner which surrounds the paper element . See Figure 21 . Always examine the air cleaner before starting the engine . Check for a buildup of dirt and debris around the air cleaner system . Keep this area Foam clean . Also check for loose or damaged components . Replace all bent or damaged air cleaner components . NOTE : Starting the tractor with loose or damaged air Precleaner cleaner components could allow unfiltered air into the engine causing premature wear and failure . _ Short Seal Precleaner _ / Wing Nut Wash and re - oil the precleaner every 25 hours of operation if equipped , ( more often under extremely with Seals dusty or dirty conditions ) . â¢ Loosen the air cleaner cover knob and remove the cover . â¢ Remove the precleaner from the paper element . â¢ Wash the precleaner in warm water with detergent . Rinse the precleaner thoroughly until all traces of detergent are eliminated . Squeeze out excess water ( do not wring ) . Allow the precleaner to air dry . â¢ Saturate the precleaner with new engine oil . Squeeze out all excess oil . â¢ Reinstall the precleaner over the paper element . â¢ Reinstall the air cleaner cover and tighten the knob Gasket securely . Cleaner â¢ When ordering replacement parts , use the Base accompanying Illustrated Parts manual , or the Attachment & s Accessorietsable found on page 32 of Figure 21 this manual . â¢ If any loose dirt or debris fell on the air cleaner base ServicePaperElement when the element was removed , carefully remove it NOTE : Refer to the Attachments & Accessoriestable and wipe the base clean . Be careful that none of it found on page 32 of this manual for the proper air filter . drops into the intake throat . â¢ Check the condition of the rubber seal on the air The paper element should be replaced at least every cleaner stud . If condition is questionable in any 100 hours of operation . Replace more frequently if the way , replace it with the new long seal packaged tractor is operated under extremely dusty conditions . with the replacement element . To replace the paper element , proceed as follows : â¢ Check the air cleaner base . Make sure it is secured â¢ Loosen the air cleaner cover knob and remove the and not damaged . Also check the air cleaner cover cover . for damage or improper fit . Replace all damaged air â¢ Remove the short seal and wing nut . Then remove cleaner components . the air cleaner element with precleaner . Remove â¢ Install the precleaner over the new paper element . the precleaner from the element and service as â¢ Install the element ( with precleaner ) on the base instructed earlier in this section . and secure it with the wing nut . IMPORTANT : Do not wash the paper element or use â¢ Install short seal onto the stud until it contacts the pressurized air , as this will damage the element . wing nut , then reinstall the cover and tighten the knob securely . Refer to Figure 21 . Examine the element and discard if dirt and / or damage is present . SparkPlug Every 200 hours of operation , remove the spark plug , NOTE : Handle new elements carefully ; do not use if check its condition , and reset the gap or replace with a the sealing surfaces are bent or damaged . new plug as necessary . 22
NOTE : Refer to the Attachments & Accessoriestable Visually inspect the filter periodically for a build - up of residue inside the filter body , and for a dirty element found on page 32 of this manual for the proper spark which can be indicated by discoloration . Replace the plug type . fuel filter when dirty . â¢ Lift the tractor's hood and locate the spark plug wire NOTE : If necessary , remove the tractor's right - hand on the front , right area of the engine . â¢ Carefully pull the spark plug wire boot off of the side panel as instructed on page 20 before changing spark plug . the engine's fuel filter . â¢ Before removing the spark plug , clean the area around the base of the plug to keep dirt and debris Cleaningthe EngineAndDeck out of the engine . Any fuel or oil spilled on the machine should be wiped â¢ Using a ratchet with a 5 / 8 - inch spark plug socket , off promptly . remove the spark plug and check its condition . Do NOT allow debris to accumulate around the cooling â¢ Replace the plug if worn , dirty of damaged . Reuse fins of the engine or on any other part of the machine , only after resetting the gap as instructed in the especially the belts and pulleys . following steps . IMPORTANT : The use of a pressure washer or garden NOTE : Do not clean the spark plug in a machine hose to clean your tractor is NOT recommended . It may using abrasive grit . Some grit could remain in the spark cause damage to electrical components , spindles , plug and enter the engine causing extensive wear and pulleys , bearings or the engine . The use of water will damage . result in a shortened life of the tractor and reduce its serviceability . Check the gap using a feeler gauge and adjust , if necessary , by carefully bending the ground Lubrication electrode . See Figure 22 . Set the spark plug gap to 1.0 mm ( 0.040 in . ) . WARNING : Before lubricating , repairing , or inspecting , always disengage PTO , set Feeler Gauge parking brake , stop engine and remove key to prevent unintended starting . Spark Plug DeckSpindles Grease fittings can be found on the top of each deck spindle shaft . See Figure 23 . Lubricate with 251H EP grease or an equivalent No . 2 multi - purpose lithium grease . Using a grease gun , apply two strokes ( minimum ) or sufficient grease to flush old grease and dirt out of the spindle shaft . Ground Electrode Gap Figure 22 â¢ Reinstall the spark plug into the cylinder head . Torque the spark plug to 38.0 / 43.4 N - m ( 28 / 32 ft . lb . ) . â¢ Place the spark plug wire boot over the spark plug and press until you feel it " click " in place . Fuel Filter when engine is hot . , _ WARNING : Do not replace the fuel filter The engine is equipped with an inline fuel filter located Figure 23 on the right side of the engine . 23
PivotPoints & Linkage Lubricate all the pivot points on the drive system , parking brake and lift linkage at least once a season with light oil . Deck Wheels Each of the tractor deck's front gauge wheels is equipped with a grease fitting . Lubricate with a grease gun after every 25 hours of tractor operation FrontWheels Each of the front wheel axles and rims is equipped with a grease fitting . See Figure 24 . Lubricate with a grease gun after every 25 hours of tractor operation . Axle Grease Fitting Engine Refer to Engineon page 19 for instruction regarding all engine - related lubrication . Rim Grease Fitting Figure 24 SECTION8 : SERVICE HeadLamp Socket Tab WARNING : If the engine has been recently run , the engine , muffler and surrounding metal surfaces will be hot and can cause burns to the skin . Allow the tractor to coot and use caution when changing the lamp bulbs . Replace headlight bulbs as follows : NOTE : Pay attention to which lamp wire connects to each terminal before disconnecting . â¢ Unplug the wire harness leads from the lamp socket terminals . See Figure 25 . Reflector / " \ Socket â¢ To remove the bulb & socket from the reflector Notch r housing , align the tab of the socket with the notch of Housing the reflector , then push the socket inward and turn as follows to unlock : Left lamp - - 1 / 4 turn counterclockwise . Figure 25 Right lamp - - 1 / 4 turn clockwise . â¢ With the terminals pointing upward , align the tab of Tires the replacement bulb & socket with the notch of the reflector . Push then socket inward and turn as follows to lock : inflation pressure shown on the sidewall of the WARNING : Never exceed the maximum Left lamp - - 1 / 4 turn clockwise . tire . Right lamp - - 1 / 4 turn counterclockwise . The recommended operating tire pressure is : â¢ Re - connect the wire harness leads to the approximately 10 psi for the rear tires and appropriate socket terminals . approximately 14 psi for the front tires . Refer to the tire sidewall for exact tire manufacturer's recommended or maximum psi . Do not overinflate . Uneven tire pressure could cause the cutting deck to mow unevenly . 24
The blade can be tested by balancing it on a round CuttingBlades shaft screwdriver . Grind metal from the heavy side until it balances evenly . WARNING : Be sure to shut the engine off , remove ignition key , disconnect the spark IMPORTANT : When replacing the blade , be sure to plug wire ( s ) and ground against the engine to install the blade with the side of the blade marked prevent unintended starting before removing " Bottom " ( or with a part number stamped in it ) facing the cutting blade ( s ) for sharpening or the ground when the mower is in the operating position . replacement . Protect your hands by using IMPORTANT : Use a torque wrench to tighten the blade heavy gloves or a rag to grasp the cutting spindle hex flange nut to between 70 lbs - ft and 90 lbs - ft . blade . WARNING : Periodically inspect the blade Battery adapter and / or spindle for cracks or damage , The battery is sealed and is maintenance - free . Acid especially if you strike a foreign object . levels cannot be checked and fluid can not be added . Replace immediately if damaged . â¢ Always keep the battery cables and terminals clean The blades may be removed as follows . and free of corrosive build - up . â¢ After cleaning the battery and terminals , apply a â¢ Remove the deck from beneath the tractor , ( refer to light coat of petroleum jelly or grease to both CuttingDeckRemovaol n page 26 ) then gently flip the terminals deck over to expose its underside . â¢ Place a block of wood between the center deck â¢ Always keep the rubber boot positioned over the positive terminal to prevent shorting . housing baffle and the cutting blade to act as a stabilizer . See Figure 26 . IMPORTANT : If removing the battery for any reason , disconnect the NEGATIVE ( Black ) wire from it's Hex Flange Nut terminal first , followed by the POSITIVE ( Red ) wire . When re - installing the battery , always connect the POSITIVE ( Red ) wire its terminal first , followed by the NEGATIVE ( Black ) wire . Be certain that the wires are connected to the correct terminals ; reversing them could change the polarity and cause damage to your engine's alternating system . JumpStarting WARNING : Never jump start a damaged or frozen battery . Be certain the vehicles do not touch , and ignitions are off . Do not allow cable clamps to touch . â¢ Connect positive ( + ) cable to positive post ( + ) of Spindle Assembly your tractor's discharged battery . â¢ Connect the other end of the cable to the ( positive Figure 26 + ) post of the jumper battery . â¢ Use a 1 - 1 / 8 " wrench to remove the hex flange nut â¢ Connect the second cable ( negative - ) to the other that secures the blade to the spindle assembly . See post of the jumper battery . Figure 26 . â¢ Make the final connection on the engine block of To properly sharpen the cutting blades , remove equal the stalled tractor , away from the battery . Attach to amounts of metal from both ends of the blades along a unpainted part to assure a good connection . the cutting edges , parallel to the trailing edge , at a 25 Â° IMPORTANT : If the jumper battery is installed on a to 30 Â° angle . IMPORTANT : vehicle ( i . e . car , truck ) , do NOT start the vehicle's IMPORTANT : If the cutting edge of the blade has already engine when jump starting your tractor . been sharpened , or if any metal separation is present , â¢ Refer to the instructions on page 13 to start the replace the blades with new ones . tractor . It is important that each cutting blade edge be ground â¢ Set the tractor's p [ arking brake before removing the equally to maintain proper blade balance . A poorly jumper cables , in reverse order of connection . balanced blade wiltcause excessive vibration and may â¢ Allow the tractor's engine to run for 15 minutes cause damage to the tractor and result in personal before shutting it off to allow the alternating system injury . time to charge the discharged battery . 25
Charging If the unit has not been put into use for an extended period of time , charge the battery with an automotive - type 12 - volt charger for a minimum of one hour at six amps . WARNING : Batteries give off an explosive gas while charging . Charge battery in a well A ventilated area and keep away from an open flame or pilot light as on a water heater , space heater , furnace , clothes dryer or other gas appliances . Fuse A fuse is installed in your tractor's wiring harness to protect the tractor's electrical system from damage caused by excessive amperage . If the electrical system does not function , or your Figure 27 tractor's engine will not crank , first check to be certain that the fuse has not blown . Changingthe DeckBelt ( s ) It can be found under the hood mounted behind the top of the dash panel on the support bar . Pull the fuse out WARNING : Be sure to shut the engine off , and inspect it to determine if it is good or blown . remove ignition key , disconnect the spark A plug wire ( s ) and ground against the engine to IMPORTANT : Always use a fuse with the same prevent unintended starting before removing amperage capacity for replacement . the belt ( s ) . WARNING : Before servicing , repairing , or All belts on your tractor are subject to wear and should inspecting , always disengage PTO , set be replaced if any signs of wear are present . parking brake , stop engine and remove key to prevent unintended starting . IMPORTANT : The V - belts found on your tractor are specially designed to engage and disengage safely . A substitute ( non - OEM ) V - belt can be dangerous by not CuttingDeckRemoval disengaging completely . For a proper working machine , To remove the cutting deck , proceed as follows : use factory approved belts . â¢ Place the PTO knob in the disengaged ( OFF ) position and engage the parking brake . To change or replace the deck belts on your tractor , â¢ Lower the deck by moving the deck lift lever into the proceed as follows : bottom notch on the right fender . â¢ Lower the deck by moving the deck lift lever into the â¢ Remove the PTO belt from around the tractor's bottom notch on the right fender . electric PTO clutch . Refer to Figure 28 or Figure 29 . â¢ Remove the belt guards by removing the self - â¢ Looking at the cutting deck from the left side of the tapping screws that fasten them to the deck . See tractor , locate the deck support pin on the rear left Figure 28 or Figure 29 . side of the deck . â¢ Grasp the rearmost portion of the PTO idler bracket â¢ Rotate the pin slightly toward the rear of the tractor and pivot it toward the discharge chute to relieve and release the pin into the hole provided . tension on the PTO belt . â¢ Pull the deck support pin outward to release the â¢ Remove the PTO belt from the electric PTO clutch deck from the deck lift arm . See Figure 27 . and the PTO idler pulley ( s ) . â¢ Repeat the above steps on the tractor's right side . â¢ Grasp the deck idler pulley and pivot it toward the â¢ Move the deck lift lever into the top notch on the left side of the deck to relieve tension on the deck right fender to raise the deck lift arms up and out of belt . the way . â¢ Remove the deck belt from around all pulleys , â¢ Gently slide the cutting deck toward the front of the including the deck idler pulley . tractor allowing the hooks on the deck to release â¢ Route the new belts as shown in Figure 28 or themselves from the deck stabilizer rod . Figure 29 . â¢ Gently slide the cutting deck ( from the right side ) â¢ Remount the belt guards removed earlier . out from underneath the tractor . 26
Model1515 Electric PTOClutch PTOIdlerBracket ( mounted on deck ) _ Deck / PTO belt Left Hand Pulley beneath belt guard ) . Right Hand Pulley ( beneath belt guard ) Deck Idler Pulleys Figure 28 Electric PTO Clutch PTOIdler Bracket Model1517 ( mounted on tractor ) / / Left Hand Pulley Deck belt ( Bottom ) PTO belt ( Top ) Right Hand Pulley ( beneath belt guard ) Deck Idler Pulley Center Pulley Self - Tapping Screws NOTE : Left hand belt cover not shown for cladty . Figure 29 â¢ Remove the cutting deck as instructed earlier in this ChangingTheTransmissionDriveBelt section . All belts on your tractor are subject to wear and should â¢ After disconnecting the battery cables , remove the be replaced if any signs of wear are present . battery and battery tray from beneath the seat . IMPORTANT : The V - belts found on your tractor are IMPORTANT : When removing the battery , disconnect specially designed to engage and disengage safely . A the NEGATIVE ( Black ) wire from it's terminal first , substitute ( non - OEM ) V - belt can be dangerous by not followed by the POSITIVE ( Red ) wire . Re - install in disengaging completely . For a proper working machine , reverse order . use factory approved belts . To change or replace the drive belt on your tractor , proceed as follows : 27
Be careful not to lose any washers or spacers NOTE : Proper removal of the drive belt requires the â¢ which may be found on top of the electric PTO removal of several tractor components . Read through clutch . the following procedure prior to attempting it to The engine pulley is located directly above the determine if you feel you could successfully complete it . â¢ electric PTO clutch . Lower the engine pulley far If you don't , see your Cub Cadet dealer to have the belt enough to be able to remove the upper drive belt changed . from around it IMPORTANT : Note the routing of the lower drive belt IMPORTANT : When remounting the electric PTO clutch , around all the pulleys and the belt keepers ( if present ) make certain that is properly oriented against the anti - BEFORE performing the following steps . rotation bracke prior to securing it to the engine's â¢ Locate the fixed v - idler pulley found on the left crankshaft . Torque the center hex bolt to between 38 underside of the frame . See Figure 30 . foot - pounds and 50 foot - pounds . â¢ Grasp the belt on both sides of the pulley and â¢ Remove the drive belt by feeding it from front to gently move it toward the left frame rail allowing it to rear , toward the hydrostatic transmission . See unseat itself from the fixed v - idler . See Figure 30 . Figure 30 . â¢ Pivot the double - idler bracket forward slightly â¢ Continue removing the drive belt by gently lifting it before removing the idler extension spring from the off of the transmission pulley and over the cooling stud and the double - idler bracket itself . Do NOT fan . discard the spring . â¢ Roll the drive belt out from around both the v - idler IMPORTANT : The fins on the cooling fan are only slightly pulley and the flat idler pulley found on the double - flexible . Be careful not to damage the fan when idler bracket . removing the drive belt from around the transmission â¢ Carefully unplug the tractor's wire harness from the pulley . connector on the electric PTO clutch . â¢ Reroute the new belt around the pulleys and belt â¢ Note the orientation of the electric PTO clutch . keepers , if present , EXACTLY as the old one was Remove the hex bolt from the center of the electric routed . Refer to Figure 30 . PTO clutch and gently lower it off of the engine crankshaft . Transmission Pulley Beneath Cooling Fan ) Fixed V - idler Pulley \ FRONT OF TRACTOR V - idler Pulley Flat idler Pulley ii , u j / III \ Engine Pulley NOTE : View shown from above tractor . Hydrostatic Transmission Figure 30 28
HydrostaticTransmission The hydrostatic transmission is sealed at the factory and is maintenance free . The fluid level cannot be checked nor can the oil be changed . Always keep the area around the transmission cooling fan free of grass and debris at all times . SECTION9 : OFF - SEASOSNTORAGE Clean and lubricate the tractor as instructed in Section7 : To empty the system , run the engine until the tank MAINTAININGYOURLAWNTRACTORon page 19 of this and system are empty . manual before storing for an extended period . WARNING : Drain fuel only into an approved container outdoors , away from an Engine open flame . Allow engine to coot . Extinguish If the engine will be out of service for two months or cigarettes , cigars , pipes , and other sources of more , use the following storage procedure : ignition prior to draining fuel . â¢ Clean the exterior surfaces of the engine . Remove the spark plug . Add one tablespoon of â¢ Change the oil and filter while the engine is still engine oil into the spark plug hole . install the plug , warm from operation . Refer to Changingthe Engine011 but do not reconnect the plug wire . Crank the on page 20 . engine two or three revolutions . â¢ The fuel system must be completely emptied , or the Store the engine in a clean , dry place . gasoline must be treated with a fuel stabilizer such WARNING : Never store the machine or as STA - BIL _ to prevent deterioration . If you choose to use a stabilizer , follow the manufacturers fuel container indoors where there is an open recommendations , and add the correct amount for flame , spark or pilot light such as on water the capacity of the fuel system . Fill the fuel tank with heater , furnace , clothes dryer or other gas clean , fresh gasoline . Run the engine for 2 - 3 appliance . minutes to get stabilized fuel into the carburetor . SECTION10 : MAINTENANCECHART Before After Initial Every Every Every Every Prior Each Use 24 Hours 10 Hours 25 Hours 100 Hours Season to Storing Clean Grille , Engine Screen and Side Panel Screens _ J Check Engine Oil Level J Clean and Re - oil Air Filter's Foam Precleaner Replace Air Filter Element _ _ , Change Engine Oil & Filter J Clean Battery Terminals _ I ' J Lube Front Axles and Rims , / Clean Engine Cooling Fins , _ J v Lube Front Deck Wheels J Lube Deck Spindles , _ , / Lube Pedal Pivot Points J Check Spark Plug J J 29
SECTION11 : TROUBLESHOOTING Trouble Corrective Action Possible Cause ( s ) Engine fails to start PTO knob engaged . Place knob in disengaged ( OFF ) position . Parking brake not engaged . Engage parking brake . Spark plug wire ( s ) disconnected . Connect wire to spark plug . Throttle control lever not in correct Place throttle lever to FAST position . starting position . Choke not activated Pull out the CHOKE control . Fuel tank empty , or stale fuel . Fill tank with clean , fresh ( less than 30 days old ) gas . Blocked fuel line . Clean fuel line or replace fuel filter . Faulty spark plug . Clean , adjust gap to . 040 " or replace plug . Engine flooded . Crank engine with throttle in FAST position . Push CHOKE control in . Engine runs erratic Unit running with CHOKE applied . Spark plug wire loose . Connect and tighten spark plug wire . Blocked fuel line or stale fuel . Clean fuel line ; fill tank with clean , fresh ( less than 30 days old ) gasoline . Replace fuel filter , if so equipped . Vent in gas cap plugged . Clear vent or replace cap if damaged . Water or dirt in fuel system . Drain fuel tank . Refill with clean , fresh ( less than 30 days old ) gasoline . Dirty air cleaner . Replace air cleaner paper element or clean foam pre - cleaner . Engine overheats Engine oil level low . Fill crankcase with proper capacity and weight of oil . Air flow restricted . Clean grass clippings and debris from around the engine's cooling fins and blower housing . Engine hesitates at high RPM Spark plug gap too close . Remove spark plug and reset the gap to . 040 " . Idles poorly Spark plug fouled , faulty or gap too Replace spark plug . Set plug gap to . 040 " . wide . Replace air cleaner cartridge / element or clean pre - cleaner . Dirty air cleaner . Excessive vibration Cutting blade loose or unbalanced . Tighten blade and spindle . Balance blade . Damaged or bent cutting blade . Replace blade . Mower will not mulch grass Engine speed too low . Place throttle in FAST ( rabbit ) position . Wet grass . Do not mow when grass is wet ; wait until later to cut . Excessively high grass . Mow once at a high cutting height , then mow again at desired height or make a narrower cutting swath . Dull blade . Sharpen or replace blade . Uneven cut Deck not balanced properly . Perform side - to - side deck adjustment . Dull blade . Sharpen or replace blade . Uneven tire pressure . Check tire pressure in all four tires . 30
SECTION12 : SPECIFICATIONS 1515 1517 Capacities Fuel Tank 3 gallons ( 11.4 liters ) 3 gallons ( 11.4 liters ) 4 pints / 64 oz . ( 1.9 liters ) 4 pints / 64 oz . ( 1.9 liters ) Crankcase ( approximately ) 4.9 pints / 78.8 oz . ( 2.3 liters ) 4.9 pints / 78.8 oz . ( 2.3 liters ) Transmission Case ( approximately ) Hydrostatic Transmission Make and Model Hydro - Gear 311 - 0710 Hydro - Gear311 - 0710 Gear Ratio 22.2 : 1 22.2 : 1 0 m . p . h . - 5.5 m . p . h . 0 m . p . h . - 5.5 m . p . h . Forward Speed Reverse Speed 0 m . p . h . - 2.5 m . p . h . 0 m . p . h . - 2.5 m . p . h . Engine ( Air - cooled , 4 - cycle , Gasoline , OHV ) Kohler CV 15 Kohler CV490 Make and Model Single Single Cylinders Bore 3.55 in . ( 90 mm ) 3.54 in . ( 90 mm ) Stroke 2.64 in . ( 67 mm ) 3.03 in . ( 77 mm ) 26 cu . in . ( 426 cc ) 29.9 cu . in . ( 490 cc ) Displacement Maximum Power @ 3600 RPM 15 HP ( 11.2 kW ) 17 HP ( 12.7 kW ) 23.8 Ibs . ft . ( 32.3 Nm ) 27.7 Ibs . ft . ( 37.6 Nm ) Maximum Torque @ 2400 RPM 8 : 5 : 1 8 : 4 : 1 Compression Ratio Engine Speed ( governed ) 1200 RPM 1200 RPM Low Speed 3500 RPM ( _ + 100 RPM ) 3500 RPM ( _ + 100 RPM ) High Speed ( no load ) . 040 in . ( 1.0 mm ) . 040 in . ( 1.0 mm ) Spark Plug Gap Electrical System 12 - volt Negative Ground 12 - volt Negative Ground System Voltage Battery 270 CCA ( sealed ) 270 CCA ( sealed ) Alternator 15 Amp Regulated 15 Amp Regulated Fuse ( automotive type ) 20 Amp 20 Amp Incandescent Incandescent Headlights Brakes Single Disc ( Dry ) Single Disc ( Dry ) Turf Tires 15x6x6 15x6x6 Front ( inches ) 20x9x8 20x9x8 Rear ( inches ) Dimensions Wheelbase 47 in . ( 119.4 cm ) 47 in . ( 119.4 cm ) 68 in . ( 172.7 cm ) 68 in . ( 172.7 cm ) Length , over all Width , over all ( w / mower deck - chute up ) 45 in . ( 114.3 cm ) 45 in . ( 114.3 cm ) Height , over all ( to top of steering wheel ) 43 in . ( 109.2 cm ) 43 in . ( 109.2 cm ) Ground Clearance 6 in . ( 15.2 cm ) 6 in . ( 15.2 cm ) 18 in . ( 46 cm ) 18 in . ( 46 cm ) Turning Radius 502 Ib ( 225.9 kg ) 504 Ib ( 226.8 kg ) Weight ( approximate ) 31
SECTION13 : ATTACHMENTS & ACCESSORIES The following attachments and accessories are compatible for Model 1515 & Model 1517 . See your Cub Cadet dealer or the retailer from which you purchased your tractor for information regarding price and availability . NOTE : Cub Cadet lawn tractor models 1515 and 1517 are NOT designed for use with any type of ground - engaging attachments ( e . g . tiller or mulboard plow ) . Use of this type of equipment WILL void the tractor's warranty . MODEL DESCRIPTION Attachments 190 - 604 - 101 Yard - Mate TM Storage Container / Toolbox ( mounts on rear of tractor ) ( CC - ) 190 - 670 ( - 100 ) * Twin Bagger Grass Collector ( CC - ) 190 - 671 ( - 100 ) * Rear Tire Chain Set ( 20 " x 9 " ) ( CC - ) 190 - 672 ( - 100 ) * Front Bumper Kit ( CC - ) 190 - 673 ( - 100 ) * 42 - inch Two - stage Snow Thrower 46 - inch Front Dozer Blade ( CC - ) 190 - 674 ( - 100 ) * ( CC - ) 190 - 675 ( - 100 ) * Rear Wheel Weight Set Accessories CC - 759 - 4000 Air Filter ( Kohler 12 - 083 - 10 - S ) with Pre - Cleaner ( Kohler 12 - 083 - 12 - S ) CC - 12 - 050 - 08 Oil Filter ( Kohler 12 - 050 - 08 - 01 ) CC - 24 - 050 - 02 Fuel Filter ( Kohler 24 - 050 - 02 - S ) CC - 759 - 3336 Spark Plug ( ChampiorP RC12YC , Kohler 12 - 132 - 02 - S ) CC - 742 - 3032 38 - onch Cutting Blade Set ( Model 1515 ) CC - 742 - 3033 42 - inch Cutting Blade Set ( Model 1517 ) CC - 754 - 0640 Transmission Drive Belt CC - 754 - 0641 PTO / Deck Belt ( Model 1515 ) CC - 754 - 0644 PTO Belt ( Model 1517 ) CC - 754 - 0645 Deck Belt ( Model 1517 ) CC - 759 - 3976 Maintenance Kit including : Air Filter w / Precleaner , Engine O11O , il Filter , Fuel Filter , Grease Gun , Spark Plug & Fuel Stabilizer 759 - 3940A Cub CadetYetlow Touch Up Paint ( 11.5oz Aerosol ) 759 - 3735A Cub Cadet Beige Touch Up Paint ( 11.5oz Aerosol ) 737 - 3030B 10w - 30 Oil ( 1 qt . ) 737 - 3049 5w - 30 Oil ( 1 qt . ) * Attachments purchased through a merchandise retailer may have a " CC " model number prefix . Attachments purchased through your Cub Cadet dealer may have a " 100 " model number suffix . 32
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KOHLER CO . FEDERAL AND CALIFORNIA EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEMS LIMITED WARRANTY UTILITY AND LAWN AND GARDEN ENGINES The U . S . Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) , the California Air Resources Board ( CARB ) , and Kohler Co . are pleased to explain the Federal and California Emission Control Systems Warranty on your small off - road equipment engine . For California , engines produced in 1995 and later must be designed , built and equipped to meet the state's stringent anti - smog standards . In other states , 1997 and later model year engines must be designed , built and equipped , to meet the U . S . EPA regulations for small non - road engines . The engine must be free from defects in materials and workmanship which cause it to fail to conform with U . S . EPA standards for the first two years of engine use from the date of sale to the ultimate purchaser . Kohler Co . must warrant the emission control system on the engine for the period of time listed above , provided there has been no abuse , neglect or improper maintenance . The emission control system may include parts such as the carburetor or fuel injection system , the ignition system , and catalytic converter . Also included are the hoses , belts and connectors and other emission related assemblies . Where a warrantable condition exists , Kohler Co . will repair the engine at no cost , including diagnosis ( if the diagnostic work is performed at an authorized dealer ) , parts and labor . MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY COVERAGE Engines produced in 1995 or later are warranted for two years in Cafifornia . In other states , 1997 and _ ater model year engtaes are warranted for two years , if any emission related part on the engine is defective , the part will be repaired or replaced by Kohler Co . free of charge . OWNER'S WARRANTY RESPONSIBILITIES The engine owner is responsible for the performance of the required maintenance listed in the owner's manual . Kohler Co . recommends that you retain all receipts covering maintenance on the engine . But Kohler Co . cannot deny warranty solely for the lack of receipts or for your failure to assure that all scheduled maintenance was performed . ( a ) Be aware , however , that Kohler Co . may deny warranty coverage if the engine or a part has failed due to abuse , neglect , improper maintenance or unapproved modifications . ( b ) For warranty repairs , the engine must be presented to a Kohler Co . service center as soon as a problem exists . Call 1 - 800 - 544 - 2444 , or access our web site at : www . kohlerengines . com , for the names of the nearest service centers . The warranty repairs should be completed in a reasonable amount of time , not to exceed 30 days . If you have any questions regarding warranty rights and responsibilities , you should contact Kohler Co . at 1 - 920 - 457 _ 1441 and ask for an Engine Service representative . COVERAGE Kohler Co . warrants to the ultimate purchaser and each subsequent purchaser that the engine will be designed , built and equipped , at the time of sale , to meet all applicable regulations . Kohler Co . also warrants to the initial purchaser and each subsequent purchaser , that the engine is free from defects in material and workmanship which cause the engine to fail to conform with applicable regulations for a period of two years . Engines produced in 1995 or later are warranted for to years in California . For 1997 and later model years , EPA requires manufacturers to warrant engines for two years in all other states . These warranty periods will be begin on the date the engine is purchased by the initial purchaser . If any emission related part on the engine is defective , the part will be replaced by Kohler Co . at no cost to the owner . Kohler Co . is liable for damages to other engine components caused by the failure of a warranted part still under warranty . Kohler Co . shall remedy warranty defects at any authorized Kohler Co . engine dealer or warranty station . Warranty repair work done at an authorized dealer or warranty station shall be free of charge to the owner if such work determines that a warranted part is defective . Listed below are the parts covered by the Federal and California Emission Control Systems Warranty . Some parts listed below may require scheduled maintenance and are warranted up to the first scheduled replacement point for that part . The warranted parts are : Oxygen sensor ( if equipped ) Intake manifold ( if equipped ) Exhaust manifold ( if equipped ) Catalytic muffler ( if equipped ) Fuel metering valve ( if equipped ) Spark advance module ( if equipped ) Crankcase breather Ignition medule ( s ) with high tension lead Gaseous fuel regulator ( if equipped ) Electronic control unit ( if equipped ) Carburetor or fuel injection system Fuel lines ( if equipped ) Air filter , fuel filter , and spark plugs ( onlyto first scheduled replacement point ) LIMITATIONS This Emission Control System Warranty shall not cover any of the following : ( a ) repair or replacement required because of misuse or neglect , improper maintenance , repairs improperly performed or replacement not conforming to Kohler Co . specifications that adversely affect performance and / or durability and alterations or modifications not recommended or approved in writing by Kohler Co . , ( b ) replacement of parts and other services and adjustments necessary for required maintenance at and after the first scheduled replacement point , ( c ) consequential damages such as loss of time , inconvenience , loss of use of the engine or equipment , etc . , ( d ) diagnosis and inspection fees that do not result in eligible warranty service being performed , and ( e ) any add - on or modified part , or malfunction of authorized parts due to the use of add * on or modified parts . MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS REQUIREMENTS The owner is responsible for the proper use and maintenance of the engine . Kohler Co . recommends that all receipts and records covering the performance of regular maintenance be retained in case questions arise . If the engine is resold during the warranty period , the maintenance records should be transferred to each subsequent owner . Kohler Co . reserves the right to deny warranty coverage if the engine has not been properly main - tained ; however , Kohler Co . may not deny warranty repairs solely because of the lack of repair maintenance or failure to keep maintenance records . Normal maintenance , replacement or repair of emission control devices and systems may be performed by any repair establishment or individual ; however , warranty repair must be performed by a Kohler authorized service center . Any replacement part or service that is equivalent in perfor - mance and durability may be used in non * warranty maintenance or repairs , and shall not reduce the warranty obligations of the engine manufacturer .
CUB CADET LLC MANUFACTURER'S ONE YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY ( COMMERCIAL USE ) The limited warranty set forth below is given by CUB CADET b . Normal wear parts or components , including blades , LLC ( " CUB CADET " ) with respect to new merchandise pur - blade adapters , grass bags , rider deck wheels , seats , snow chased and used in the United States , its possessions and thrower skid shoes , shave plates and tires . territories . CUB CADET does not extend any warranty for products sold or exported outside of the United States of America , its pos - CUB CADET warrants this product against defects in mate - sessions and territories , except those sold through CUB rial and workmanship for a period of one ( 1 _ year for com - CADET'S authorized channels of export distribution . mercial users , commencing on the date of original purchase No implied warranty , including any implied warranty of , and will , at its option , repair or replace , free of charge , any merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose applies after the applicable period of express twritteny , part found to be defective in material or workmanship . This warranty above . No other express warranty or guaran limited warranty shall only apply if this product has been whether written or oral , except as mentioned above , operated and maintained in accordance with the Operator's given by any person or entity , including the dealer , with respect to any product shall bind CUB CADET . Duringis Manual furnished with the product , and has not been subject the period of the Warranty , the exclusive remedy to misuse , abuse , neglect , accident , improper maintenance , repair or replacement of the product as set forth above . ( Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied alteration , vandalism , theft , fire , water or damage because of warranty lasts , so the above limitation may not apply to you . ) other peril or natural disaster . The provisions as set forth in this Warranty provide the Batteries and belts are subject to separate terms as follows : sole and exclusive remedy arising from the sale . CUB CADET shall not be liable for incidental or consequential a . Batteries have a one - year prorated limited warranty with loss or damages including , without limitation , to any 100 % replacement during the first three months . After three claim for loss of profits , loss of savings or revenue , loss months , the battery replacement credit is based on the of the use of the equipment or any associated equip - merit , facilities or service , downtime , the claims or costs months remaining in the twelve ( 12 ) month period dating of third parties including customers , and injury to prop - back to the original date of sale . Any replacement battery will erty , and further including expenses incurred for substi - tute or replacement lawn care services , for be warranted only for the remainder of the original warranty transportation or for related expenses , or for rental period . expenses to temporarily replace a warranted product . b . All belts are covered by a one ( 1 ) year limited warranty ( Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of inci - dental or consequential damages , so the above exclusion against defects in material and workmanship . may not apply to you . ) HOW TO OBTAIN SERVICE : Warranty service is available , In no event shall recovery of any kind be greater than the WITH PROOF OF PURCHASE . THROUGH YOUR LOCAL amount of the purchase price of the product sold . Alterationty . AUTHORIZED CUB CADET DEALER . To locate the dealer of the safety features of the product shall void this Warran in your area , please check for a listing at www . cubcadet . com , You assume the risk and liability for loss , damage , or injury ttoy you and your property and / or to others and their proper or in the Yellow Pages or contact CUB CADET by calling 1 - arising out of the use or misuse or inability to use the prod - 877 - CUB TOUGH ( 1 - 877 - 282 - 8684 ) or writing to P . O . Box uct . 361131 , Cleveland , Ohio 44136 - 0019 . This limited warranty shall not extend to anyone other than the original purchaser or original lessee . This limited warranty does not provide coveraqe in the followina cases : How State Law Relates to this Warranty : This limited war - ranty gives you specific legal rights , and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state . a . Routine maintenance items such as lubricants , filters , blade sharpening and tune - ups , or adjustments such as brake adjustments , clutch adjustments or deck adjustments ; and normal deterioration of the exterior finish due to use or exposure .
CUB CADET LLC MANUFACTURER'S LIMITED WARRANTY ( RESIDENTIAL USE ) The limited warranty set forth below is given by CUB CADET a . Routine maintenance items such as lubricants , filters , LLC ( " CUB CADET " ) with respect to new merchandise pur - blade sharpening and tune - ups , or adjustments such as chased and used in the United States , its possessions and brake adjustments , clutch adjustments or deck adjust - territories . ments ; and normal deterioration of the exterior finish due CUB CADET warrants this product against defects in material to use or exposure . and workmanship for a period of two ( 2 ) years for residential users , ( one ( 1 ) year for commercial users ) , commencing on b . CUB CADET does not extend any warranty for products the date of original purchase and will , at its option , repair or sold or exported outside of the United States of America , replace , free of charge , any part found to be defective in its possessions and territories , except those sold through material or workmanship . This limited warranty shall only apply if this product has been operated and maintained in CUB CADET's authorized channels of export distribu - accordance with the Operator's Manual furnished with the tion . product , and has not been subject to misuse , abuse , neglect , c . Normal wear parts or components , including blades , blade accident , improper maintenance , alteration , vandalism , theft , fire , water or damage because of other peril or natural disas - adapters , grass bags , rider deck wheels , seats , snow ter . thrower skid shoes , rubber auger spirals , shave plates Batteries and belts are subject to separate terms as fellows : and tires . a . Batteries have a one - year prorated limited warranty with No implied warranty , including any implied warranty of 100 % replacement during the first three months . After three merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose , months , the battery replacement credit is based on the applies after the applicable period of express written warranty above as to the parts as identified . No other months remaining in the twelve ( 12 ) month period dating express warranty or guaranty , whether written or oral , back to the original date of sale . Any replacement battery will except as mentioned above , given by any person or be warranted only for the remainder of the original warranty entity , including the dealer , with respect to any product period . shall bind CUB CADET . During the period of the War - b . All belts are covered by a one ( 1 ) year limited warranty ranty , the exclusive remedy is repair or replacement of the product as set forth above . ( Some states do not allow against defects in material and workmanship . limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts , so the 3 Year Limited Warranty - PTO Clutch above limitation may not apply to you . ) CUB CADET warrants the power take off ( " PTO " ) clutch and mounting hardware against defects in material and workman - The provisions as set forth in this Warranty provide the ship for a period of three ( 3 _ vears for Series 1500 products sole and exclusive remedy arising from the sales . CUB manufactured after August 1 , 1997 for residential users , com - CADET shall not be liable for incidental or consequential mencing on the date of original purchase or lease and CUB loss or damages including , without limitation , expenses CADET will , at its option , repair or replace , free of charge , incurred for substitute or replacement lawn care ser - any PTO clutch or mounting hardware found to be defective in vices , for transportation or for related expenses , or for material or workmanship provided this product has been rental expenses to temporarily replace a warranted prod - operated and maintained as set forth above . uct . ( Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages , so the above exclusion 5 Year / 500 Hour Limited Warranty - Frame and or limitation may not apply to you . ) Front Axle In no event shall recovery of any kind be greater than the CUB CADET warrants the frame , and front cast iron pivot amount of the purchase price of the product sold . Alteration axle on Series 1500 models against defects in material and of the safety features of the product shall void this Warranty . workmanship for a period of five ( 5 ' _ years or 500 hours . You assume the risk and liability for loss , damage , or injury to whichever occurs first , for residential users , commencing on you and your property and / or to others and their property the date of original purchase or lease and CUB CADET will , arising out of the use or misuse or inability to use the product . at its option , repair or replace _ free of charge , any part found to be defective in material or workmanship provided this prod - This limited warranty shall not extend to anyone other than uct has been operated and maintained as set forth above . In the original purchaser or original lessee . addition to any other reason set forth herein , CUB CADET may deny warranty coverage if the hour meter , or any part How State Law Relates to this Warranty : This thereof , is altered , modified , disconnected or otherwise tam - pered with . limited warranty gives you specific legal rights , and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state . HOW TO OBTAIN SERVICE : Warranty service is available , WITH PROOF OF PURCHASE , THROUGH YOUR LOCAL AUTHORIZED CUB CADET DEALER . To locate the dealer in your area , please check for a listing at www . cubcadet . com or in the Yellow Pages or contact CUB CADET by calling 1 - 877 - CUB TOUGH ( 1 - 877 - 282 - 8684 ) or writing to P . O . Box 361131 , Cleveland , Ohio 44136 - 0019 . This limited warranty _ does not provide coverage in the fotlowina cases :