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Cub Cadet SC500Z (21") 159cc Self-Propelled Lawn Mower w/ Swivel Wheels

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4.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 5
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Grade
Entry Level Lawn Mowers
Style
Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers
Surface Area
Medium Home
Medium
Terrain
Hilly Terrain
Hilly
Width
21

Cutting Inches
Engine
159cc Cub Cadet® 4-Cycle OHV Engine
Autochoke SureStart™ guarantee
Mower will start in 1 or 2 pulls for full 3-year warranty period

Variable Speed Self-Propelled Drive System
Rear wheels propel the mower
Set your speed based on terrain and personal preference

Cub Cadet Signature System
21-inch, 3-in-1 steel mower deck
Provides superior mulching, rear bagging and side discharge
Patented SmartJet™ high-pressure deck washing system
1.9 bushel capacity dust-blocking rear bagger

Industrial Tread Wheels
7-inch front ball bearing full swivel caster style wheels
8-inch rear wheel size
Helps the mower easily move across uneven terrain

Soft-Touch Foam Grip Handle
3-way adjustable ergonomic bail


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Engine
Engine Brand
Cub Cadet
Starting System
Recoil Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
CC
159 CCs
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Oil Filter
No
Consumer Engine Warranty
3 Years
Deck
Cutting Options
3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
Deck Material
Steel
Deck Construction
Stamped
Spindle Material
Steel
Blades
1 Blade
Deck Positions
6 Positions
Cutting Height
1.25-3.75 Inches
Drive
Speeds
6 Speeds
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Drive System
Belt-Drive
Accessories
Rear Bagger
Included
Mulcher Kit
Included
Wheels
Front Tire Size
7 Inch
Front Axle
Swivel
Rear Tire Size
8 Inch
Tire Type
Plastic Wheels
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Assembly Required
No
Weight
82 Pounds
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
UPC
043033565511
Model
12ABC62J710
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  2 Questions
Q: Is this a fixed wide-open throttle, or is the user able to adjust the throttle from idling (let it warm up a little) to fully open?
by Tom from Montana on April 03, 2016

A: Tom - the Cub Cadet 159cc engine on this mower has a fixed throttle setting. The throttle is not adjustable.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: I have seen a few complaints about the process of driving the machine? You have to push the handle grip forwrard to go forward??? can you explain to me what i will need to do to make this thing move forward?
by Todd from Michigan on August 13, 2014

A: Todd - the drive control on the Cub Cadet SC500Z mower is located on the underside of the upper handle. To engage the drive, you squeeze the drive lever against the upper handle to engage the drive; release it to slow down or stop mower from propelling.
by Jose, Product Expert
Cub Cadet 12ABC62J710 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 5
Pros
Price (7)
Easy To Use (7)
Features (6)
I'd Buy It Again (5)
Light Weight (4)
Cons
Durability (4)
Bad Instructions (3)
Difficult To Use (3)
Unreliable (3)
Low Quality (3)
77% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Steve H.
Port St Lucie, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/28/15
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
NOV.
22
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Really Liking It...
Have had two opportunities to use the new mower and am impressed with how strong the drive unit performs. No problem going up and down my steep swale. I have to be a little careful driving across the face of the swale but other than that it works great. Very maneuverable, easy to spin around and reverse course. It has reduced mowing time by 10-15 minutes which will make a weekly chore a little less burdensome.
Steve Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
Steve's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Mower arrived exactly when promised. Assembly took only about 15 minutes. Mower started on first pull YAH!"
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Joe P.
Macomb, MI
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
MAY.
01
2016
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Cheap Build
When I first bought this lawn mower I loved it. It was delivered on time and started right up. Problem is it is cheaply built. Too much plastic. I have replaced the side discharge three times and have come to the conclusion that I will just rivet the current one to the mower when it falls off.

The electric starter is plastic and has busted twice. I had to replace the battery after the first season. Now it won't pull or electric start. I am now having to take it to a dealer for the third... more
Pros: Easy To Store
Cons: Durability, Low Quality, Unreliable, Too Much Plastic And Inferior Construction
Joe Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Randy B.
Statesville, NC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/29/16
REVIEWED
APR.
21
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Mowing A Smallish Yard
The Cadet was relatively easy to assemble. It seems to be working well other than the front swivel wheels do not swivel so easily. We applied some lubricant and it improved, but they are manufactured with quite a bit of play and no grease fittings, so they tend to bind and impede your change of direction.

They would work much better if they were mounted in bearings or bronze sleeves with grease fittings. I thought the whole idea of swivel wheels was to make it easier to turn.
Pros: Price, Quiet, Plre, Prepackaged Engine Oil
Cons: Difficult To Use, Wheels That Don't Swivel
Randy Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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Jeff
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/7/16
REVIEWED
MAY.
09
2016
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Ok Mower
I bought this mower for a project because of the swivel front casters. Unfortunately they are very cheaply made and don't swivel easily and bind up. Also the plastic on this mower gives a lot of flex to the chassis not sure if this will be a good thing long term.

I haven't used the mower much since its spring and I just purchased it. The mower is easy to start and cuts nicely. I am just disappointed in how cheaply it is constructed.
Jeff Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Eric N.
Lake Geneva, WI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/6/16
REVIEWED
APR.
28
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Decent Mower
I bought this mower for a change from the normal Toro's I've bought in the past and the Cub Cadet name. First off, right out of the box I noticed that the front swivel tires didn't seem right when I unlocked them from straight mode. Sure enough the first time I mowed with it, the metal brackets that hold the wheels straight or allow them to swivel would catch the metal swing arms when it was in the swivel mode.

So when I'd try to turn the mower without picking up the mower like you usually... more
Pros: Features, Durable, High Quality
Cons: Bad Quality Control On The Front Swivel Tire Mounts
Eric Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
Eric's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I love this website and the quick service! My mower was delivered within 1 day!"
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Joel R.
Killeen, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/11/15
REVIEWED
OCT.
07
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
In Love With The Swivel Wheels!
Recently started a mowing business and this mower is a life saver! Great speed and power! Cuts my work time down by at least 25%
Joel Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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Matt L.
Saint Petersburg, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/22/16
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
REVIEWED
AUG.
05
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
A Decent Choice
Plenty of power, starts easily, muffler aimed to front so quieter than average, turns well on those front wheels. Only small complaint is height of those front wheels isn't easy to change.
Matt Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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Robert G. Senior
Kissimmee, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/13/16
REVIEWED
AUG.
04
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Cub Cadet Sc500z
Bought an old used worn out unit and used it until motor was too noisy. I read the good and bad comments , but liked the wheels so much that decided to order a new one.

I've used it twice on my 100x150 ft lot in Kissimmee. I first covered the complaint problems listed on the comment sheets and made the main one about the wheels sticking (easily fixed with a hammer) and it works great.

I'm only 86 and hope I live long enough to need a new one.
Robert Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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Dennis J.
Hodgenville, KY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/19/16
REVIEWED
AUG.
03
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
This is my first Cub Cadet mower and so far love it. I have a small yard, (1/4 acre), with several tree's and bushes and it works great for maneuvering obstacles. My only complaint is occasionally the front wheels won't pivot completely which makes it difficult to cut straight lines. Plenty of power to rear wheels that don't slip, even in damp grass. I love the variable speed control. The bagger works great and easy to install and remove when emptying.
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Light Weight, Durable
Dennis Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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Kevin S.
Silver Spring, MD
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/30/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
23
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nearly Perfect
I had a similar swivel wheel for over 14 years that I liked a lot. When it came time to replace it I bought a feature packed non-swivel wheel, self propelled mower that I grew to hate the first season I had it. I was happy when the drive shaft on the mower broke in the third year of ownership. I knew right then I was going to get another swivel wheel mower.

This mower is even better than the first one I had. It starts first pull every time. It is effortless to use. It has plenty of power... more
Kevin Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
Kevin's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Buying from Mowers Direct was a good online purchasing experience. Their price was very good and the delivery was fast."
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Mark M.
Yucaipa, CA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/16/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
08
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Its Not A Toro
Replaced my Toro with this mower. Have used three times now, the caster wheels take some getting used to, but I think I like them. Engine bogs down in tall grass.

The grass bag is kind of small, and a lot of clippings accumulate on the mower instead of going into the bag. A pretty good mower overall, but I miss my old Toro.
Cons: Handle Doesn't Fold For Storage
Mark Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
Mark's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
4/5
"My only gripe was that it came a day later than the web site promised."
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