US20120049039A1. Vibration isolation system for a mower. Google Patents
Publication number US20120049039A1 US20120049039A1 US13/217,897 US201113217897A US2012049039A1 US 20120049039 A1 US20120049039 A1 US 20120049039A1 US 201113217897 A US201113217897 A US 201113217897A US 2012049039 A1 US2012049039 A1 US 2012049039A1 Authority US United States Prior art keywords vibration isolation chassis control arm seat coupling Prior art date 2010-08-25 Legal status (The legal status is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the status listed.) Abandoned Application number US13/217,897 Inventor Ronald SCHEFFLER Anthony S. WEBER Richard Lee BEDFORD Eric Hintz Current Assignee (The listed assignees may be inaccurate. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of the list.) Schiller Grounds Care Inc Original Assignee Schiller Grounds Care Inc Priority date (The priority date is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the date listed.) 2010-08-25 Filing date 2011-08-25 Publication date 2012-03-01 Priority claimed from US37694310P external-priority 2011-08-25 Application filed by Schiller Grounds Care Inc filed Critical Schiller Grounds Care Inc 2011-08-25 Priority to US13/217,897 priority Critical patent/US20120049039A1/en 2011-08-26 Assigned to SCHILLER GROUNDS CARE, INC. reassignment SCHILLER GROUNDS CARE, INC. ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST (SEE DOCUMENT FOR DETAILS). Assignors: BEDFORD, RICHARD LEE, III, HINTZ, ERIC, SCHEFFLER, RONALD, WEBER, ANTHONY S. 2012-03-01 Publication of US20120049039A1 publication Critical patent/US20120049039A1/en Status Abandoned legal-status Critical Current
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- F — MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
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A vibration isolation system for a lawn mower having a chassis supporting a foot platform, a first motion control arm, a second motion control arm and a seat has a first vibration isolation subassembly coupling the foot platform to the chassis. The first vibration isolation subassembly is configured to attenuate foot platform vibratory motion. A second vibration isolation subassembly couples the first motion control arm and the second motion control arm to the chassis. The second vibration isolation subassembly is configured to attenuate first motion control arm vibratory motion and second motion control arm vibratory motion. A third vibration isolation subassembly couples the seat to the chassis. The third vibration isolation subassembly is configured to attenuate seat vibratory motion.
This application is related to U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 61/376,943, filed Aug. 25, 2010, incorporated herein by reference, and claims the earlier filing date of the provisional application.
The present invention relates generally to vibration isolation system for a mower, and more particularly, to a multi-path vibration isolation system for a riding lawn mower.
Shock and vibration propagating through the various structural elements of conventional commercial and residential riding lawn mowers are ongoing hazards to which operators of such equipment are exposed. The shock and vibration may occur due to irregularities in the ground over which the mower is driven. Further, the shock and vibration may occur due to the many moving parts of the mower, such as the engine, the tires and/or the cutting blades. Still further, the design of the mower’s structural elements such as the chassis or frame and mower deck may provide additional sources of shock and vibration.
Although the ability to turn a mower within the footprint of the mower allows an operator to cut both large areas and small yards, the design and shape of mowers such as zero-turn mowers has exacerbated the problem as the required low center of gravity for such machines places the operator closer to the sources of vibration.
During typical use, an operator occupies a seat located between the drive wheels of the mower and in front of the motor. The operator’s feet rest on a metal plate in front of the seat and above the cutting deck. Left and right control arms linked to the transmission and motor are grasped and manipulated by the operator to control the motion of the mower. Under such circumstances, there are at least three paths by which shock and vibration may reach the operator: via the foot plate, the seat and/or the control arms. The shock and vibration experienced by the operator may contribute to operator fatigue and also may cause soreness, numbness, pain, loss of feeling and other adverse physiological effects.
Accordingly, there is a need in the riding lawn mower art for a multi-path vibration isolation system able to attenuate the shock and vibration experienced by an operator.
Briefly stated, one embodiment of the present invention is directed to a vibration isolation system for a lawn mower having a chassis supporting a foot platform, a first motion control arm, a second motion control arm and a seat. The vibration isolation system has a first vibration isolation subassembly coupling the foot platform to the chassis. The first vibration isolation subassembly is configured to attenuate foot platform vibratory motion. A second vibration isolation subassembly couples the first motion control arm and the second motion control arm to the chassis. The second vibration isolation subassembly is configured to attenuate first motion control arm vibratory motion and second motion control arm vibratory motion. A third vibration isolation subassembly couples the seat to the chassis. The third vibration isolation subassembly is configured to attenuate seat vibratory motion.
The foregoing summary, as well as the following detailed description of preferred embodiments of the invention, will be better understood when read in conjunction with the appended drawings. For the purpose of illustrating the invention, there is shown in the drawings embodiments which are presently preferred. It should be understood, however, that the invention is not limited to the precise arrangements and instrumentalities shown.
FIG. 1 is front, left-side perspective view of a riding lawn mower having a vibration isolation system in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention;
FIG. 5 is a top perspective view of a front portion of the first vibration isolation subassembly of FIG. 1 ;
FIG. 6 is a top, left-side perspective view of a rear portion of the first vibration isolation subassembly of FIG. 1 ;
FIG. 9 is a elevation view of the cross section of the vibratory motion attenuation mount identified by line 9-9 in FIG. 8 ;
FIG. 12 is an operator’s right-side perspective view of portion of the second vibration isolation subassembly of FIG. 1 coupling the right control arm to the chassis;
FIG. 15 is a elevation view of the cross section of the tapered plate mount identified by line 15-15 in FIG. 8 ;
Reference will now be made in detail to embodiments of the invention, examples of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings. The terminology used in the description of the invention herein is for the purpose of describing particular embodiments only and is not intended to be limiting of the invention.
As used in the description of the invention and the appended claims, the singular forms “a”, “an” and “the” are intended to include the plural forms as well, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. The words “and/or” as used herein refers to and encompasses any and all possible combinations of one or more of the associated listed items. The words “comprises” and/or “comprising,” when used in this specification, specify the presence of stated features, integers, steps, operations, elements, and/or components, but do not preclude the presence or addition of one or more other features, integers, steps, operations, elements, components, and/or groups thereof.
The words “right,” “left,” “lower” and “upper” designate directions in the drawings to which reference is made. The words “inwardly” and “outwardly” refer to directions toward and away from, respectively, the geometric center of the structure to which reference is made, and designated parts thereof. The terminology includes the words noted above, derivatives thereof and words of similar import.
Although the words first, second, etc., are used herein to describe various elements, these elements should not be limited by these words. These words are only used to distinguish one element from another. For example, a first vibration isolation subassembly could be termed a second vibration isolation subassembly, and, similarly, a second vibration isolation subassembly could be termed a first vibration isolation subassembly, without departing from the scope of the present invention.
As used herein, the words “if” may be construed to mean “when” or “upon” or “in response to determining” or “in response to detecting,” depending on the context. Similarly, the phrase “if it is determined” or “if [a stated condition or event] is detected” may be construed to mean “upon determining” or “in response to determining” or “upon detecting [the stated condition or event]” or “in response to detecting [the stated condition or event],” depending on the context.
The following description is directed towards various embodiments of a tension rod mechanism in accordance with the present invention.
Referring to the drawings in detail, where the same numerals indicate like elements throughout, there is shown in FIGS. 1-17 a first preferred embodiment of a vibration isolation system, generally designated 10, and hereinafter referred to as the “vibration isolation system” 10 in accordance with the present invention. The vibration isolation system 10 is for use with a riding lawn mower, such as the zero- turn mower 100 shown in FIGS. 1 and 2. The zero- turn lawn mower 100 is only one example of a lawn mower which may use the vibration isolation system 10. The other riding lawn mowers for which the vibration isolation system 10 may be adapted may have more or fewer components the zero- turn mower 100, may combine two or more components, or may have a different configuration or arrangement of the components. Accordingly, the zero- turn lawn mower 100 is intended to be a representative platform for describing the features of the present invention and is not intended to be limiting.
The mower 100 is powered by a spark- ignition engine 102 mounted on a chassis 104 behind a seat 106 for an operator. The seat 106 is positioned between two fuel tanks 108, 110 on either side of the mower 100 and above a cutting deck 112. A first (or right) control arm 114 and a second (or left) control arm 116 are provided for controlling the forward and rearward motion of the respective sides of the mower 100. A foot support platform 118 upon which the feet of an operator may rest is provided above the cutting deck 112. A discharge chute 120 is disposed over a side opening (not shown) of the cutting deck 112 for discharging grass clippings.
FIG. 3 is a schematic block diagram of the vibration isolation system 10 showing the general location of the elements comprising the vibration isolation system 10 with reference to a lawn mower having a generally rectangular-shaped chassis. Referring to FIGS. 3-6. the vibration isolation system 10 has a first vibration isolation subassembly 12 coupling the foot support platform 118 to the chassis 104. The first vibration isolation subassembly 12 is configured to attenuate foot platform vibratory motion. The foot support platform 118 has a front portion 118 a and a rear portion 118 b spaced from the front portion 118 a. The first vibration isolation subassembly 12 comprises a first pair 14 a, 14 b of vibratory motion attenuating mounts rotatably coupling the front portion 118 a of the foot support platform 118 to the chassis 104 and a second pair 16 a, 16 b of energy absorbing mounts coupling the rear portion 118 b of the foot support platform 118 to the chassis 104.
Riding mower deck vibration
Referring to FIGS. 7-9. in some embodiments, each vibratory motion attenuating mount 14 a, 14 b preferably is a flange- plate mount 14 comprising a flange plate 18 coupled to a first cylindrical sleeve 20 by an intervening vibratory motion attenuating material 22 such as any of a wide variety of elastomers including, but not limited to, natural rubber and polychloroprene, also known as neoprene. The flange plate 18 is attached to the chassis by conventional fasteners such as a pair of threaded bolts. The cylindrical sleeve 20 is attached to the foot support platform 118 for rotation therewith by a bolt rotatably received in the bore of the sleeve 20.
Referring to FIGS. 10 and 11. in some embodiments, each energy absorbing mount 16 a, 16 b preferably is a cylindrical spring tube 16. In other embodiments, each energy absorbing mount 16 a, 16 b may be a compression spring (not shown) or other compliant structure. In some embodiments, the first vibration isolation subassembly 12 further comprises at least one stop 24, and preferably a plurality of stops attached to the chassis 104 at locations proximal to each vibratory motion attenuating mount 14 a, 14 b and each energy absorbing mount 16 a, 16 b. The stops 24 may be provided to limit a maximum downward displacement of the foot support platform 118 and/or to prevent excessive stressing of the first vibration isolation subassembly 12.
In addition to the first vibration isolation subassembly 12, the vibration isolation system 10 may have a second vibration isolation subassembly 26 coupling the first motion control arm 114 and the second motion control arm 116 to the chassis 104. (See FIGS. 1. 3 and 12) The second vibration isolation subassembly 26 is configured to attenuate first motion control arm vibratory motion and second motion control arm vibratory motion. Referring to FIG. 12. in some embodiments, the lower end of the first motion control arm 114 may be attached to a first shaft 122 for rotation therewith (see FIG. 12 ). A link 128 extending from and rotatable with the first shaft 122 is operatively coupled to the right wheel transmission (not shown) and/or the engine speed control ((not shown). The second vibration isolation subassembly 26 comprises a third pair 28 a, 28 b of tapered plate mounts rotatably coupling the first shaft 122 to the chassis 104. Similarly, the lower end (not shown) of the second motion control arm 116 may be attached to a second shaft (not shown) for rotation therewith. The second vibration isolation subassembly 26 further comprises a fourth pair of tapered plate mounts (not shown) substantially the same as the third pair 28 a, 28 b of tapered plate mounts. The fourth pair of tapered plate mounts rotatably couples the second shaft to the chassis 104. Referring to FIGS. 13-15. in some embodiments, each tapered plate mount 28 comprises a base plate 30 having a frusto- conical center portion 32 surrounding a second cylindrical sleeve 34 and coupled to the cylindrical sleeve by an intervening vibratory motion attenuating material 22.
Referring to FIGS. 3 and 16-17, the vibration isolation system 10 has a third vibration isolation subassembly 36 coupling the seat 106 to the chassis 104. The third vibration isolation subassembly 36 configured to attenuate seat vibratory motion. The seat 106 has a seat bottom 124 having front portion 124 a and a rear portion 124 b spaced from the front portion 124 a. The third vibration isolation subassembly 36 comprises a first compression spring 38 coupling the front portion 124 a of the seat bottom 124 to the chassis 104 and a second compression spring 40 coupling the rear portion 124 b of the seat bottom 124 to the chassis 104. The first compression spring 38 comprises a pair of L-shaped spring steel curved plates and the second compression spring 40 comprises a pair of spring tubes.
In some embodiments, the seat 106 has a seat back 126 and the third vibration isolation subassembly 36 further comprises a flexing bracket 42 coupling the seat back 126 to the seat bottom 124.
The foregoing detailed description of the invention has been disclosed with reference to specific embodiments. However, the disclosure is not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the invention to the precise forms disclosed. Those skilled in the art will appreciate that changes could be made to the embodiments described above without departing from the broad inventive concept thereof. Therefore, the disclosure is intended to cover modifications within the spirit and scope of the present invention as defined by the appended claims.
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A vibration isolation system for a lawn mover having a chassis supporting a foot platform, a first motion control arm, a second motion control arm and a seat, the vibration isolation system comprising:
a first vibration isolation subassembly coupling the foot platform to the chassis, the first vibration isolation subassembly configured to attenuate foot platform vibratory motion;
a second vibration isolation subassembly coupling the first motion control arm and the second motion control arm to the chassis, the second vibration isolation subassembly configured to attenuate first motion control arm vibratory motion and second motion control arm vibratory motion; and
a third vibration isolation subassembly coupling the seat to the chassis, the third vibration isolation subassembly configured to attenuate seat vibratory motion.
The vibration isolation system of claim 1. wherein the foot support platform has a front portion and a rear portion spaced from the front portion and the first vibration isolation subassembly comprises a first pair of vibratory motion attenuating mounts rotatably coupling a front portion of the foot support platform to the chassis and a second pair of energy absorbing mounts coupling the rear portion of the foot support platform to the chassis.
The vibration isolation system of claim 2. wherein each vibratory motion attenuating mount is a flange-plate mount comprising a flange plate coupled to a cylindrical sleeve by an intervening vibratory motion attenuating material and each energy absorbing mount is a cylindrical spring tube.
The vibration isolation system of claim 2. wherein the first vibration isolation subassembly further comprises at least one stop attached to the chassis, the at least one stop limiting a maximum displacement of the foot support platform.
The vibration isolation system of claim 1. wherein the first motion control arm is attached to a first shaft for rotation therewith and the second motion control arm is attached to a second shaft for rotation therewith and
the second vibration isolation subassembly comprises a third pair of tapered plate mounts rotatably coupling the first shaft to the chassis and a fourth pair of tapered plate mounts mounts rotatably coupling the second shaft to the chassis, each tapered plate mount comprising a plate having a frusto-conical center portion surrounding a cylindrical sleeve and coupled to the cylindrical sleeve by an intervening vibratory motion attenuating material.
The vibration isolation system of claim 1. wherein the seat has a seat bottom having front portion and a rear portion spaced from the front portion and the third vibration isolation subassembly comprises a first compression spring coupling the front portion of the seat bottom to the chassis and a second compression spring coupling the rear portion of the seat bottom to the chassis.
The vibration isolation system of claim 6. wherein the first compression spring comprises a pair of L-shaped spring steel curved plates and the second compression spring comprises a pair of spring tubes.
The vibration isolation system of claim 7 wherein the seat has a seat back and the third vibration isolation subassembly further comprises a flexing bracket coupling the seat back to the seat bottom.
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Cub Cadet Mower Deck Problems (Also, Fixes!)
When you mow long, the Cub Cadet Mower Deck can get clogged with mud, grass, and other debris. It directly interferes with the cutting quality and size. Therefore you should always check the Cub Cadet Mower deck before mowing.
Cub Cadet Mower offer different models featuring various types of decks and belts for each. Hence, getting a suitable Cub Cadet Mower model and getting your hands on the right strap is essential.
In this article, we will discuss what happens when there is a problem with a Cub Cadet Mower deck. Let’s take a quick look at the nine most common Cub Cadet Mower deck problems.
Cub Cadet Mower Deck Problems
Loose Mower Deck Belt
Signs: if your Cub Cadet Mower has a loose mower deck belt, it will likely come off the pulleys and require you to reinstall it. Besides this, your car’s blades will probably take longer to engage and get up to speed fully.
Other indications include high pitch noises and the sides of the belt wearing down quickly. Another common symptom of a loose mower deck belt is excessive vibration, which can also be a sign of other mechanical issues or failure.
Causes: overtime, the deck belt loses its grip and efficiency with frequent use. You need to replace and maintain the strap of your Cub Cadet Mower from time to time. According to experts, you should replace the mower deck belt at least once a year to prevent uneven cuttings.
What To Do: if the Deck belt is wearing down quickly, it will start to sleep full stop; therefore, it is essential always to replace it with the new one. Other than this, if it gets loose, the blades will function less well than they usually do.
A loose deck belt makes things worse with irregular patterns and excessive vibration. This movement can also lead to a high-pitched noise when you reverse or try to move forward. Getting a new one to replace it is the best method to avoid a lot of movement with the belt that can interfere with the blade’s speed.
As we discussed earlier, excessive vibration is always an indication of something wrong. Therefore, the most common causes of excessive over-deck vibration tend to be:
- Loose blade mounting bolts.
- Bent pulley
- Bent spindles
- Wearing down blades
- Cub Cadet Mower blades are imbalanced.
- Incorrect assembling or delivery
- Belt was installed in the wrong way.
Each problem has its solution. But most of them can be prevented with regular maintenance. Below are a few solutions that can be implemented to rule out this setback.
- Tighten the Deck belts to at least 70 lbs.
- If anything is worn out, deteriorated, or damaged, replace or repair it as per need.
- Raise and re-balance the blades.
- The blades may not be set right. Reinstall the edges correctly.
- Avoid regular maintenance of your mower.
Another common complaint of Cub Cadet Mower users is streaking or stuttering. When a Cub Cadet Mower leaves thin strips of uncut grass behind, it becomes very frustrating to reverse and try again. Steps of uncut grass left behind by a mower are known as streaking or stuttering. Sometimes you need to run a mower at its top speed. It is essential to cut grass properly. An engine running too slow can cause streaking.
Apart from that, any error from your end or in mower maintenance can be the culprit. It is essential to keep the blades sharpened and clean and run the Cub Cadet Mower at full throttle for efficiency. Below are a few common causes of grass streaking by vehicles.
- Slow engine
- Operator error
- Dirty blades
- Inefficient throttle
- Lack of overlapping when turning.
- Plugged Deck with debris.
- Fast ground speed.
- Worn down blades.
- The edges need to be sharper.
- Lack of overlap when cutting rows
After knowing so many causes of Cub Cadet Mower streaking, you should look at the possible solution for each issue.
- When mowing is always recommended, you are using your Cub Cadet Mower at full throttle. Mowing slower is healthy for your Cub Cadet Mower engine, but it’s wrong. Cutting at a slower speed can cause more damage than mowing at full speed.
- Blades should be sharp and fresh, not worn too much. Also, Keep the blade tip speed correct. It is essential to maintain the momentum and uplift responsible for raising the grass and cutting just like a barber does with your hair by lifting it with a comp.
- Make sure your Cub Cadet Mower is getting enough air movement. If anything clogged the decks and prevented proper air inflow/outflow, it would result in streaking.
When you keep the Cub Cadet Mower blade setting too low, you end up with a scalped lawn. It is always recommended never to mow your lawn with lower blades setting than one every third of an inch.
However, if the environment were right, there might be something else to blame. In other cases, a dull quality blade or out-of-adjustment machine is the actual guilty of lawn scalp. Let’s look at the five most common causes of lawn scalping.
- Uneven lawn.
- Too low deck height.
- I need help to level the Deck properly.
- Uneven tire pressure.
- Too fast ground speed.
It is essential always to keep the grassroots hydrated but keep it from becoming soaked. If you want to prevent scalping using a car, wait for a few days. Keeping the root hydrated will allow plants to store enough energy to grow leaves. Always pay close attention to the high spot. Either manually cut it or avoid high ends entirely for later. If your Cub Cadet Mower is faulty, get it fixed with the help of a mechanic to prevent future occurrences and setbacks.
With time, mower belts become prone to breakage. Therefore, if your Cub Cadet Mower belt looks worn down, it is recommended to replace it using a new one. Apart from this, your belt may also break If you use an incorrect one.
It is recommended to replace it using a new duck belt according to your Cub Cadet Mower model. If you notice any bent or rough cool edges, your belt will likely break anytime. Address tendency or rough strap as soon as possible.
Another issue with your Cub Cadet Mower that is likely to set you back is the lifting problem. This is likely to happen when the lift linkage is not attached correctly.
In this case, you should remove and reattach it. Another cause of lifting problems can be lift linkage damage which authorized service dealers should repair.
Engine Stalls Easily With Mower Deck Engaged.
If you notice your car’s engine stalling with the mower deck engaged, here are a few causes.
- Too fast ground speed.
- Too low cutting height settings.
- Too slow engine speed.
- Something is Clogged
- Too tall grasses
- The very first thing you should do is to check the ground speed and maintain it properly. It should be slow.
- When cutting grass, set your Cub Cadet Mower to full throttle
- It is advised to always trim tall gas at maximum cutting height, especially during the first pass.
How to Fix a Noisy Mower Deck. John Deere Lawn Tractor. Spindles, Pulleys, Blades, and Belt
If your Cub Cadet Mower deck is damaged or not adjusted properly, it can result in steep cutting. There can be many reasons you notice stepped cutting in your lawn surfaces. Usually, leveling up the Deck correctly solves the issue.
But, if it is damaged, you will either need to replace it or repair it as needed. Below are a few causes of step cutting.
- The Deck needs to be adjusted correctly.
- The Cub Cadet Mower deck is damaged
- Incorrect tire pressures
- Blades deteriorate
- That is not leveled correctly
- Bent spindle
- Incorrect blade installation
- Loose spindle
For most issues, the solution can be as simple as mentioned below.
- If your car’s tire is not inflated correctly, correct it first.
- If the deck blades look damaged, replace them with new ones.
- A damaged Deck should always be repaired or replaced per your requirement or professional recommendation.
- Sometimes reinstalling the edge in the right way solves the issue.
- Last but not least, make sure you have leveled the Deck properly.
Mower Drive Belt Slips Or Fails To Drive.
If your Cub Cadet Mower drive belt fails to drive or even slips off, you won’t be able to mow your lawn. If the drive belt is broken, replace it with the new one.
As per the suggestion, you should never repair a broken drive belt. However, if the drive belt slips off, it may not have been attached properly in the first place. Reattach it correctly and check if the pulley spring is intact or not.
In some Cub Cadet Mower, you will notice that the Deck And the blade are more connected than in others. If it gets tilted, it can cause uneven cuts. With time, the Deck of your Cub Cadet Mower can also be worn out and bent with normal wear.
Occasionally, you receive a tilted mower directly from the manufacturer. Therefore, measure the height of the Deck from the level surface on both the right and left sides using a tape measure.
If you notice different measurements, the Deck of a Cub Cadet Mower is likely to be tilted and the primary cause of uneven mowing. Other than this, below are a few other causes of rough cutting.
- Damage blades
- Worn Out Blades
- Incorrect installation of blades
- Deck level incorrectly.
- Bent spindle
- Improper tires inflation
- Loose spindle
- The very first thing is to level the Deck correctly.
- If the blade needs to be replaced or sharpened, do it.
- Other than this, check for any bent or damage on the spindle. If it needs repairing or replacement, do it.
- It’s always right to try reinstalling the blades correctly. Always keep your car’s tires equally inflated.
Why Is My Cub Cadet Cutting Uneven?
Your Cub Cadet Mower might be cutting unevenly due to loose spindles, bent spindles, improper tire inflation, Deck leveling incorrectly, improper installation of blades, or worn-out blades. In most cases, repairing/replacing the spindle deck or blade does the job.
Why Does My Cub Cadet Keep Throwing The Deck Belt?
Deteriorated bearings in the pulley may result in a mower throwing its deck belt. Besides this, if your Cub Cadet Mower pulley is not parallel to the Deck, its belt could come off. Examining your Cub Cadet Mower thoroughly before operating them is always recommended.
How Do You Adjust The Deck On A Cub Cadet Mower?
- Firstly you need to lose the hex lock nut.
- Now, raise the Deck’s front while tightening the inner hex nut.
- If you need to lower the Deck front, loosen the inner hex nut.
- Once the Deck is adjusted according to manufacturing specs, Tighten the hex lock nut.
Mower’s Deck can be a very tricky part to inspect and repair. With age, your Cub Cadet Mower may encounter a few problems that can be solved with simple steps. There can be many causes of deck problems in vehicles, including the Deck being worn down.
Regular maintenance is essential. Inspect and ensure the pulleys the belt are tightened and in good shape. Make sure the tensioner and its spring are adjusted accordingly. After adequately inspecting your car, you can start using it again.
I tried to give you all the information regarding Cub Cadet Mower deck problems and the possible solutions. With this guide, you can solve most of the primary deck issues.
But if you encounter something different and not mentioned in our article regarding Deck, let us know in the comment section. Do check our other articles on mowers guide, take care and goodbye.
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Cub Cadet Mower Deck Problems
Having a large lawn is a plus for homeowners. The lawn enhances the aesthetics of the home and increases its value. However, such a lawn needs to be mowed and kept neat.
Mowing could be an extra expense you cannot avoid. Fortunately, you could reduce the cost by owning a Cub Cadet mower.
Just like other mowers, you will need to learn to solve several Cub Cadet Mower deck problems to enjoy the services.
The problems range from excessive vibration to shuttering. Also, if the mower deck has issues, you will likely experience other issues like step-cutting.
Read on to learn more about mower deck problems and what you must do to keep your lawn attractive.
Cub Cadet Mower Deck Problems and Their Quick Fixes
When your Cub Cadet deck is clogged, everything will come to a standstill. A clogged mower deck makes the mower vibrate a lot.
When not remedied, the vibration becomes excessive and could be very annoying. Besides a clogged deck, imbalanced blades and belt malfunctioning could also cause excessive vibration.
Of course, the problem may look minor, but if not attended to, it could lead to other problems like battery explosions or accidents.
- If the clogged deck is the cause of excessive vibration, clean and remove the residues
- If a malfunctioning pulley and the belt cause the vibration, replace them
- In the case of imbalanced blades, adjusting them could help solve the problem
Deck problems will likely make the mower stutter and leave strips of uncut grass. If the deck is not maintained or the engine runs slow, you will likely experience the problem.
Also, if the deck blades are dirty or the tractor is not running at full throttle, you will experience the streaking problem.
In addition, if the mower deck is damaged, incorrectly aligned, or improperly adjusted, you will experience step cutting.
Measure the mower blade from the tip up to the surface; if they are not equal or you notice some bent blades, you will need to correct them.
- Ensure to run the tractor at full throttle
- Uplift the deck blades to allow air to circulate through them
- Clean the deck thoroughly to allow more air to circulate through
- Adjust the deck height
- Align the tractor perpendicular to the blade when mowing
Uneven cutting problem
If the tire pressure is low, the deck will experience problems like cutting the grass unevenly. Setting the tractor’s front tires at 14 psi and the rear tires at 10 psi is likely to stabilize the deck.
It will help eliminate uneven cutting.
- Inflate the tires
- Adjust the deck level
- Replace worn-out blades and spindle
- Check the deck hangers for damage or if detached
Leaving marks on the lawn
As you mow, the tractor may leave markings on the grass. This problem could arise if the operator overlaps on the cut row or when they make very tight turns.
over, it is likely to tilt if the deck lacks free-floating capability.
- Make wider turns when mowing
- Ensure to overlap when cutting grass
- Ensure the deck is fixed to allow it to float freely
5. Lawn scalping problem
You could scalp your lawns if you choose low mower blade settings. Also, scalping could happen if you have dull blades and mow more than 2 inches of the lawn.
Also, if the blades are dull, scalping is likely to happen. If the mower is scalping, it removes all the leaves and exposes the grassroots.
- Hydrate the grass a few days before mowing but do not allow it to soak in water
- Mow the grass frequently
- Fix all the deck-related issues, such as the level of the deck
- Check and inflate the tires appropriately
- Cut the grass at a higher height as opposed to the lower height
Deck belt problem
When using a Cub Cadet, one of the problems you are likely to encounter is the belt issue. You will likely encounter several belt problems, like the belt coming off and a bad idler pulley.
Also, your mower deck may break off, or you may experience a loose belt. Whatever your mower’s belt issue, you are unlikely to keep your lawn tidy until you fix the problem.
The deck belt problem is the most common one. What happens is that the deck belt will continue coming off your machine and make mowing difficult.
A lousy bearing, spindle issue, or pulley problem may cause the problem. Also, if the idler pulley is faulty, you will likely experience the problem.
A broken mower deck and bent spindle housing may also toss off the belt due to vibration. Besides, the deck belt is likely to break and cause problems.
- Ensure the pulleys are not higher or off the deck
- Replace the idler
- If the belt slips, repair the crankshaft
Engine loses power and dies
The Cub Cadet mower may lose power when the air or the fuel systems are compromised. This problem may affect the mower’s ability to run.
A bad air filter, a damaged fuel filter, and a dirty carburetor are some of the causes of the problem.
Similarly, a clogged fuel line could make the engine lose power. When fuel sits in the tank for a long time, it breaks down and forms residues that eventually clog the fuel system.
Further, the cut grass may plug the air filter and hinder free airflow. Typically, the fuel pump supplies fuel to the carburetor.
So when it breaks down, it makes it hard for the fuel to reach the carburetor. Thus, the engine loses power and may even die off.
- Drain the old fuel and fill the tank with fresh fuel
- Add additives to stabilize the fuel when you store the tractor with fuel
- Clean and replace the filters often
- Clean or replace the cooling fins
- Use compressed air to clean the fuel lines
- Replace the faulty fuel pump
Cub Cadet Mower Deck Review
The Cub Cadet mower is popular among homeowners because of its power and length of service. The tractor is engineered with strength and reliability in mind.
The brand utilizes the Kohler engine, which delivers high-performance power and is ideal for mowing yards. But the tractor suffers from the same problems that afflict other tractors.
However, it is designed to allow users to replace damaged components. Thus, it is a good tractor to consider if you have a large yard.
Installing a Cub Cadet Mower Deck
A Cub Cadet Mower comes with a deck attached to the tractor frame. Therefore, you can use a wrench to install a new deck if the old one is damaged.
Here is the procedure for installing a new deck:
- Start by locking the tractor brake to prevent movements when attaching the deck.
- Turn the steering wheel right to allow the mower deck to slide under. Check our Cub Cadet Zero Turn Steering Wheel Troubles
- Pull the deck lift handle to lift the linkage
- Slide the deck on the right-hand side of the frame
- Adjust the bolt to slacken the V-belt tension
- Slide your V belt around the tractor’s deck blade
- Push the deck lift handle forward and lower the deck linkage
- Slide the deck backwards and lift the linkage pivot
- Center the deck rear brackets and pull the spring support bracket pins
- Adjust the V-belt bolt clockwise as you test the drive belt tension. The distance of about 31/2 inch should give you the right tension.
- Riding the mower around will help you to test the deck’s performance
- Disengage and engage the riding mower deck severally to check if it is properly installed
Cub Cadet Lawn Mowers Troubleshooting
When your Cub Cadet refuses to start, mow or run, you may not know the cause of the problem immediately. The reason is that a host of issues may crop up and make the tractor refuse to start. Of course, you may suspect a lack of fuel, old spark plugs, or clogged fuel lines. So troubleshoot each of these issues to determine the exact cause. Here is the troubleshooting procedure:
- Check the spark plug wire and remove it from the plug. Use a wrench to remove the spark plug
- Squirt some fluid into the hole in the plug and return the spark plug to its position
- You can start the tractor. However, if the engine starts well but runs for less than 3 seconds, the fuel line has an issue. If it runs for a more extended period, then you have resolved the spark plug problem
- Remove the fuel filter by unscrewing it from its clamps and replacing it with a new one. If the motor starts, you will have solved the issue. If it doesn’t, replace the spark plug
- To resolve the cutting issue, check if the belts underneath are moving freely. Spin the blades one at a time and observe how they behave. If the blades don’t spin, the spool bearing is bad. To fix the spool bearing, you’ll need to visit a lawn tractor shop for repair
Is Cub Cadet a good mower?
Cub Cadet lawn mower is an excellent mower for homeowners. The tractor is versatile, efficient, and offers superior control. Also, the mower features a spring-assist lever which allows the operator to raise or lower the deck in desirable increments. Further, it has a zero-turn mechanism that allows for quick turns and sloppy areas mowing.
Are Cub Cadet Mower decks interchangeable?
Cub cadet decks are susceptible to corrosion. So at some point, you may need to replace your deck. But before you do that, you need to ask whether the mower decks are interchangeable. Indeed, Cub Cadet lawnmower decks are interchangeable, just like you can swap the engines. However, you need to check the drive system and the blades for specifications.
Where are Cub Cadet Mower decks manufactured?
Cub Cadet Mowers are built in Ohio, USA. However, the brand is sold worldwide because of its quality. The tractors are unique, innovative, and quite easy to handle. Besides, they feature a unique steering wheel control. Thus, they are quality products engineered and designed for mowing tasks.
Cub Cadet Riding Mowers are versatile and built to last. The tractors run on 23 HP Kohler® engines designed to tackle large yards with tough grass.
Also, the mowers have unrivaled power and unique features like AeroForce™ deck cutting system, which unlocks the tractors’ full potential. Thus, they guarantee a premium cut with minimal maintenance.
But to enjoy the tractor mowing service, you need to learn how to solve the Cub Cadet Mower deck problems.
Some of the things you will need to learn include sharpening the blade, troubleshooting the start issue, and cleaning the carburetor, among others.
Rhys is a passionate landscaper, a self-proclaimed barbecue expert and the author of this site. He combines his lawnmowing expertise with his engineering background to teach you about how to not just take care of grass, but also the equipment you use.
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Is Your Lawn Mower Vibrating Badly? Possible Causes
Excessive lawn mower vibration is a common issue that can be caused by several factors. If your mower is vibrating and you want to know why, you’re in the right place.
Lawn mower vibrations can even be the result of dull blades, leading to an uneven cut. To address this, make sure to sharpen mower blades regularly.
It will give you the opportunity to inspect your mower and spot problems before they arise. Let’s discuss all the possible causes your mower may be experiencing.
What should I do if my lawn mower shakes exessively?
Bad vibrations and exessive shaking are signs a lawn mower is no longer balanced and can cause engine damage or injury. Turn the mower off, let it cool, and investigate further to diagnose the cause of the vibration problem.
Possible Causes of Exessive Lawn Mower Vibration
One of the main causes of lawn mower vibration is an unbalanced or loose cutting blade. This can happen the blade strikes a hard object like a rock or tree stump.
Another cause can be a damaged or worn-out drive belt, belt pulley, or pulley bearing. Inspect and maintain your lawn mower regularly to avoid these issues.
Why is My Lawn Mower Vibrating?
If your lawn mower is vibrating excessively, it is usually a sign of a problem that needs to be addressed promptly. In this section, we’ll explore some of the common reasons in a little more detail and explain what you can do to fix it.
Unbalanced Cutting Blades
One of the most common causes of lawn mower vibration is unbalanced blades.
Over time, the blades can become unbalanced due to wear and tear, hitting rocks or other debris, or improper sharpening. When the blades are unbalanced, they can cause the mower to vibrate excessively.
To fix this issue, you can either sharpen the blades or replace them with sharp new blades.
If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, you can take your mower to a professional for maintenance.
Worn-Out Mower Blades
Another reason why your lawn mower may be vibrating is worn-out blades. Over time, the blades become dull and worn, which can cause the mower to vibrate when in use.
To fix this issue, you should replace the blades with new ones. Make sure to choose the right size and type of blade for your mower. Good news, you probably won’t need to sharpen the new blades.
Damaged Mower Parts
Damaged parts can also cause your lawn mower to vibrate. Parts like the the engine mounting bolts, electric clutch, spindle housing bearings, and pulleys also require maintenance as they wear over time.
If any of these parts are loose or damaged, they can cause the mower to vibrate excessively. Listen to the sound your mower makes to help diagnose which parts may be damaged.
To fix this issue, you should inspect the parts and tighten or replace them as needed. If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, again, take your mower to a professional for maintenance.
Finally, engine problems can also cause your lawn mower to vibrate. Some of the issues that can cause engine vibrations are as simple as a dirty air filter causing incomplete combustion
A clogged fuel line or worn-out spark plugs can contribute to mower vibrations, though they tend to happen gradually.
If the engine is not running smoothly but it’s been running rough for some time I recommend a complete tune-up.
To avoid engine issues, perform regular maintenance on your mower, including changing the air filter, cleaning the fuel lines, and replacing the spark plugs.
If the engine is still not running smoothly, you should definitely take your mower to a professional for an inspection.
Risk of engine damage
Exessive vibrations in a lawn mower come with a serious risk of causing engine damage, especially if the engine was worn or damaged already.
To diagnose the crankshaft and other internal parts, a complete teardown will be neccessary. If you have ruled out all of the “easy” things to check, your next stop will be to check the shear key.
When I ran over a tree stump the shear key should have done its job and broken to protect the rest of the engine, but it didn’t. Thankfully there was no further damage, but the shear key was visibly dented and I replaced it out of precaution.
I don’t recommend you perform any task you’re not comfortable with, or sure you can do it right. Check the blade first, and the belts, pulleys and mounting bolts. Anything beyond that requires a bit of mechanical aptitude and some small engine repair tools.
Performing regular maintenance on your mower, avoiding running over hard objects, and addressing any issues promptly, will help keep your mower running smoothly and prevent excessive vibration.
Note: I’ve included tips for troubleshooting riding mowers in this guide but most of the tips apply to push mowers as well. Happy mowing!
Loose Mower Deck Belt Symptoms: Troubling Signs To Look For
Loose mower deck belt symptoms usually come with more than one sign. Sometimes, one symptom doesn’t mean that your lawn mower has a loose belt.
We’ve compiled a complete list to help you recognize the symptoms of a loose mower belt deck.
- What Are the Signs of a Loose Mower Deck Belt?
- – The Belt Is Slipping
- – The Belt Comes Off the Pulleys
- – The Belt Has Stretched
- – Excessive Vibration
- – The Presence of a High-Pitched Noise
- – Rapid Signs of Wear and Tear on the Sides
- – The Appearance of a Shiny and Glazed Belt
- – Your Mower Starts Slower Than Usual
- – Your Mower Experiences Interruptions
- – Your Lawn Mower Loses Power
What Are the Signs of a Loose Mower Deck Belt?
The signs of a loose mower deck belt include the mower belt slipping, the belt coming off the pulleys, a stretched belt, excessive vibration of the deck belt, a high pitched noise, Rapid signs of wear and tear, and a shiny and glazed belt, among others.
It’s important to have the belt on your mower fit just right in order for the unit to work properly. If the belt is adjusted too tight, it can easily break. Too loose and you end up with a host of lawnmower issues.
Spotting a loose lawn mower belt is easy if you know how. Some people can see the symptoms but don’t necessarily know that these are caused by a loose mower. However, once you know the range of symptoms, you are in a better position to determine the root cause.
– The Belt Is Slipping
If your mower has a loose deck belt. then it may possibly start to slip. In this condition, your mower will not work optimally. Sometimes, the blades may lose their speed, affecting the quality of the blade’s cut.
This can result in patches of uneven grass or even uncut portions of your garden.
– The Belt Comes Off the Pulleys
Aside from the belt slipping off, the clearest indication that you have indicating a loose belt is when it comes off the pulleys. To correct this, you’ll need to adjust the tension so that it doesn’t keep on coming off. However, if the mower belt keeps coming off even after you adjust belt tension. then the problem may not be the belt.
– The Belt Has Stretched
Sometimes, the idlers and pulleys can bend out of shape. These lean to one side and result in the belt coming off. Other times, the loose belt happens because it has stretched. If this is the case, you will need to replace the belt. Even with a zero-turn belt loose. you should be able to diagnose it quickly.
How do you check the mower belt tension?
Double-check the condition of your lawn mower belt to fully determine if a loose drive belt is really causing the issue.
Here’s a quick guide on how to check if your lawn mower has a loose or stretched deck belt.
- Turn off your lawn mower to make sure you don’t encounter any untoward incidents.
- Locate the spark plug since its exact location can vary according to brand and model type.
- Remove the spark plug wire to avoid accidentally starting the mower.
- Look for the belt, which is usually found in the lawn mower deck.
- Check the pulleys that the mower drive belt rides on.
- Place your hand on the belt and push the belt down and toward the pulleys.
- Check on how the belt gives way to your pressure; it should not be loose enough to give way more than a few inches.
- For mower belts that give way more than two inches, you need to tighten them according to the model’s manual.
- For mower belts that are too tight, they can still cause the engine to malfunction prematurely.
- If you experience issues with drive belts that are too tight, you may need to ask professionals for help.
Incidentally, you should be able to loop one or two fingers over the belt to determine if the belt is adjusted to be too loose or too tight. Gently pull the belt away from the pulleys. If you are able to do so without any issues, then the belt is properly tight.
However, if you need more than two fingers to pull the belt gently away from the pulleys, then it is entirely possible that your belt is too tight.
– Excessive Vibration
With the right belt tension. everything typically runs efficiently and smoothly. However, when the tension of the belt becomes loose, the mower starts to operate irregularly, including strong or excessive vibration in the deck.
If this occurs when you operate your mower, a loose belt could be the culprit.
– The Presence of a High-Pitched Noise
A loose mower belt can give off a worrying high-pitched noise. A well-maintained lawn mower usually has a low humming sound as it is maneuvered along the garden. One with a loose belt can give off a squealing sound that is enough to make the homeowner concerned. Weird sounds might also occur when your lawn mower is low on oil, so it would be wise to check it as well.
– Rapid Signs of Wear and Tear on the Sides
Take a look at the side of your mower’s belt deck. If your lawn mower is new, it should not have too much wear and tear. If your mower shows signs of Rapid wear and tear on the sides of the drive belt area, then it is very possible that you have a loose belt.
How can you tell if the belt is worn out? All you need to do is inspect the belt closely. Start with the edges, and check for signs of fraying or cracking. Fraying or cracking indicates that the belt is very worn out and that it could break without warning.
Take note that when the belt tension is too high, the condition can cause belt-driven accessories to experience wear and tear more rapidly than normal.
– The Appearance of a Shiny and Glazed Belt
Another possible sign is when your mower belt starts to look shiny or glazed. This condition is the result of too much heat that has altered the surface of the lawn mower belt.
The shiny or glazed condition can affect the grip of the belt and loosen it, leading to mower malfunctions.
– Your Mower Starts Slower Than Usual
If you notice that your riding lawn mower starts up slower than usual, then you may need to check if the mower belt is loose. This is especially obvious when you start to engage the blades of your mower and it takes them a lot longer to get to their full speed.
– Your Mower Experiences Interruptions
A problematic lawn mower belt can lead to the equipment slowing down or breaking up in the middle of cutting. Whether the belt is frayed, worn, or stretched, the result is always a drained lawn mower with performance issues.
– Your Lawn Mower Loses Power
When the drive belt is loose, the equipment won’t run as well as normal. If left unchecked and unresolved, the mower deck belt can eventually cause the engine to break down and lose power completely.
This is the same for any mower, whether you have a riding mower or a lawn tractor.
There are a number of symptoms when it comes to having a loose mower belt deck.
Here are the signs you should always watch out for:
- When the belt slips, comes off the pulleys, or shows signs of stretch, this is concerning.
- Watch out for when the mower vibrates excessively or emits a high-pitched sound.
- When the mower shows signs of Rapid wear and tear on its sides, along with the appearance of a shiny glazed belt, it might mean a loose belt.
- When the mower starts to function irregularly, such as having performance issues or complete shutdowns, it would be best to give it a check.
If you see any of these signs and symptoms, a loose belt is the usual cause. Once you adjust its tension or replace the belt entirely, you’ll be able to continue mowing your lawn.