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Cub Cadet SC500EZ (21") 159cc Electric Start Self-Propelled Lawn Mower w/ Swivel Wheels

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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
N/A
159cc Cub Cadet® 4-Cycle OHV Engine
Keyed electric start with on-board battery
Delivers power, reliability and top performance

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 steel mower deck
Provides superior mulching, 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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Model
  Model Number:12ACC6S6710
 UPC:043033565559
 ManufacturerCub Cadet
 Made in USAYes
Engine
 Engine BrandCub Cadet
 Starting System12-Volt Key Start w/ Recoil
 Battery IncludedIncluded
 Battery TypeRechargeable
 HP/CC159 cc
 Cycles4-Cycle
 Cylinders1 Cylinder
 Oil FilterNo
 Consumer Warranty3 Years
Drive
 SystemBelt-Drive
 Speeds6 Speeds
 Drive WheelsRear Wheels
Wheels
 Front Tire Size7 Inch, Swivel
 Rear Tire Size8 Inch
 Tire TypePlastic Wheels
Deck
 Cutting Options3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
 MaterialSteel
 ConstructionStamped
 Spindle MaterialSteel
 Blades1 Blade
 Positions6 Positions
 Cutting Height1.25-3.75 Inches
Accessories
 Rear BaggerIncluded
 Mulcher KitIncluded
Overview
 Assembly RequiredNo
 Weight93.0 Lbs. (42.18 kilograms)
 Consumer Warranty3 Years
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  10 Questions
Q: Is the height of the handle adjustable? I am 6'2" and if the handle is too low and I have to bend over to push it hurts my back.
by Rick from Kentucky on April 23, 2016

A: Rick - the actual height of the handle on the Cub Cadet SC500EZ mower is not adjustable. However, you can make a small adjustment to the PITCH of the handle (the angle at which the handle comes off the mower), which would make a difference in how high or low the handle is off the ground. For someone your height, you'd want to set the pitch of the handle to the highest position.
by Jose, Product Expert
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: HOW DO YOU ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT ...Wheel height or deck adjustment. I don't see any way to adjust rear wheel height.
by Eb Lane from Arkansas on March 26, 2016

A: Eb - the cutting height of two front swivel wheels is adjusted on each wheel individually. There is a lever just below the left rear wheel that is used to adjust cutting height for both rear wheels together
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Does the cub cadet sc500ez locking system for front wheels have to be done manually, and if so how difficult is that, or an it be done with the switch of a handle
by Rita from Missouri on March 24, 2016

A: Rita - the front swivel wheels are locked manually using a lock pin on each wheel. It's a pretty simple process. There is no mechanism for locking the front swivel wheels on the handle.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Does the mower have a blade disconnect or blade override? Does the handle fold? Thanks
by Dennis from North Carolina on July 25, 2015

A: Dennis - the Cub Cadet SC500EZ does not have a blade override system. And the handle does not fold over either.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Does this have a recoil start for backup
by Derek from Wisconsin on June 27, 2015

A: Derek - yes, the Cub Cadet SC500EZ does have a recoil starter in addition to the electric start
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Out of the box, does the battery need to be charged for 12 hours?
by Jim from Washington on August 30, 2014

A: Jim - yes, you would need to charge the on-board battery on the Cub Cadet SC500EZ before you would be able to use the electric start feature on the mower. The battery does not come fully charged as it's shipped to us from Cub Cadet.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Cub Cadet SC 500 EZ (21 Inch.) : - Can the front swivel wheels be locked in straight forward?
- Is there an extra cost for right hand side
dischgarge?
Thank you. Walter Debusschere

by Walter Debusschere from Michigan on July 31, 2014

A: Walter - yes, the front caster wheels can be locked in a straight ahead position by simply re-positioning the lock pin on each caster wheel. The mower comes with the side discharge chute cover.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Does the battery need periodic charging or does the engine have a charging system to keep it charged? Is this a sealed battery or does it require periodic maitenance (distilled water)?
by Ken from Idaho on May 10, 2014

A: Ken - the battery on the Cub Cadet SC500EZ requires periodic charging with a 12 volt charger that comes with the mower. The battery is a sealed 12 volt battery.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: What size wheels are on it?
by Carol from Missouri on April 19, 2014

A: Carol - the Cub Cadet SC500EZ mower has 7" front wheels and 8" rear wheels.
by Jose, Product Expert
Cub Cadet 12ACC6S6710 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
5/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (22)
Reliable (12)
Features (12)
Exceeded Expectations (12)
Price (10)
Cons
Packaging (4)
Expensive (2)
Low Quality (1)
Adjusting Front Wheel He... (1)
No Cons Yet (1)
88% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
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Total Reviews
91 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
11058 Helpful Votes
Mowers Direct Recommended

The Cub Cadet SC500EZ is a rugged, self-propelled mower that is suitable for medium-sized or large yards.

The Cub Cadet SC500EZ features a durable 21" steel cutting deck. The Cub Cadet Signature Cutting System provides superior mulching, bagging and side discharge capabilities. You'll also appreciate the integrated SmartJet™ high-pressure deck washing system, which lets you quickly clean the underside of your mower deck after every use. Your lawn mowing experience will be further... more
Jose Recommends This Model
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Catherine E.
Warrensburg, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/17/15
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
AUG.
08
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower!
Did a lot of research and finally found and decided on this Cub Cadet. Good price for the quality. Quick, free shipping, although the box it was shipped in wasn't very ship worthy. Top was all open when it arrived but the parts were all intact and there was no obvious damage, thankfully. Really easy to put together.

Charged the battery for the specified time period and it started right up with the electric key start. No more pulling! As noted by a previous reviewer you will need to... more
Catherine Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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Alfred J.
New Castle, DE
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/26/15
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
MAY.
17
2015
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Horrible
As soon as the lawn mower arrived I put it together & put the oil, gas & put it on charge. Went too go start it the next day & it did not start, no noise. I took it too a dealer to service it & I still do not have my mower. I'm very disappointed, dissatisfied. Could not be anymore upset with this recent purchase.
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
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Alfred,
Thank you for your review. I apologize for your dissatisfaction in the product. Unfortunately due to this being the peak of mower season, it does take a bit longer for service centers to turn around product.
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Guadalupe P.
Pearland, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/31/16
REVIEWED
APR.
25
2016
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Wheels
left front wheel doesn't turn
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Bob M.
Nashville, TN
REVIEWED
APR.
21
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
Great mower, it does what it says it will do without much compromise. The electric start works flawlessly and its self propel function makes mowing the lawn much easier. Also, the mulching function really works well, I've cut my grass after letting it grow for 2 weeks (don't worry my wife already yelled at me ha ha) and had nothing to clean up.

Things to keep in mind though:

1) it is one wheel drive so hills will not be your friend.

2) if you go along a hill from side to side (not... more
Bob Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
Bob's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great website, easy to navigate and has a lot of helpful information. my only gripe is that when i received my mower, the front left wheel assembly was bent and for that reason that wheel doesn't spin properly. Other than that, i placed my order and received my mower shortly there after with no issues."
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Steven S.
Delaware, OH
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
29
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Riding On Rails...
This mower is a purchase after I had returned a 2015 Craftsman mower with electric start to sears and started looking for a better option.

This mower blows it away in performance and quality.

Couple things to note that I didn't know until I purchased it.

1) the front wheels lock into place to keep them from swiveling, great unknown feature. Un lock them quickly by pulling up on the brass hooks on top of the wheels.

2) Changing the height of the front wheels, not that easy. You take... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Quiet, Durable, Easy To Store
Cons: Expensive
Steven Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
Steven's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I will purchase all my power needs from PED from now on!"
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Gregory N.
Salmon, ID
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/7/15
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
05
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower!!!
I purchased this mower after owning a Honda Harmony for a long time. It finally gave up on me and I seriously considered buying another one until I read about the Cub Cadet and figured I would give it a try.

The two key features that drove me to buy a Cadet were the electric start and the swivel wheels since I have a lot of trees and bushes in my yard to maneuver around. The electric start works excellently and getting around the trees and bushes is a breeze.

One item I hadn't even... more
Gregory Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
Gregory's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Quick, easy, quality reviews, and delivered in a timely manner."
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100
Ray W.
Brentwood, TN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/4/15
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
09
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Self-propelled
Should have got a self-propelled mower sooner. It replaced my old riding mower so I can get more exercise. It does my front sloppy yard without a hitch. Electric start or pull start work seamlessly. Cleanup with water attachment is a breeze.

My only issue is the manual height adjustment on front wheels. It is a bit cumbersome to take the axel bolt out and move it when you want a shorter or higher cut.
Ray Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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Susan S.
Mexia, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/15/15
REVIEWED
JUL.
07
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Powerful
I am 5'3" tall & weigh 180lbs. My husband put the mower together & set the handle bar in the lowest position for me. We did not install the bag catcher.

It is a learning process to use the mower as it will shoot off like a very fast rabbit once engaged. It mows great & has many level selections. The front swivel wheels are super & operate quite well.

It will get the yard mowed in less time if you can walk fast.

The only complaint I have is the shortness of the bar... more
Susan Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
Susan's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Hassle free ordering, smooth transaction, fast shipping. FedEx just set the large heavy box beside our garage with no notice what so ever which we thought was odd since someone could have taken it as our garage is very visible from the street. We felt lucky that hubby found it as we do not use the garage often."
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David L.
Palmyra, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/1/15
REVIEWED
MAY.
30
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Value
This is the easiest mower I have ever used. Glad I spent the extra money for the electric start. In fact the wife likes it so much she has taken over the mower. Now I have to drink beer and watch her mow. Sucks to be me!
David Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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Larry H.
Middletown, DE
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/7/15
REVIEWED
JUL.
18
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Mower
Mower arrived in perfect condition and it's important to follow the instructions for its assembly, especially, pulling the handle out of the blade area. The mower is heavy but, handles going up small inclines very well. The adjustable speed is nice as is the ability to keep all wheels on the ground when turning due to the swivel front wheels.

When mowing inclines sideways, locking the front wheels makes it easier. The electric start is great. Height adjustment allows cutting at 4" as... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Features, Fast, High Quality
Cons: Heavy, Price
Larry Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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Poetre S.
Liverpool, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/31/15
REVIEWED
MAY.
12
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
I Can Still Mow My Lawn!
I am extremely pleased with my Cub Cadet SC500EZ.

I have had multiple surgeries on my back preventing me from doing many activities that I once enjoyed. By using a self-propelled mower I was able to mow my back yard, however the starting and maneuvering of my standard self-propelled was beginning to make this task impossible for me. This was one of the few things left I was able to do and I was unhappy to think that I would have to end this activity also.

I did quite a bit of research... more
Poetre Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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