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Cub Cadet SC500HW (21") 159cc High Wheel Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

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Model: 12ABD22J710
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Grade
Entry Level Lawn Mowers
Style
Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers
Surface Area
Medium Home
Medium
Terrain
Flat Terrain
Flat
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
8-inch front and 11-inch rear ball-bearing wheels
Helps the mower easily move across uneven terrain

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


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 Width
21 Inches
Cutting Height
1.25-3.75 Inches
Drive
Speeds
Variable
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Drive System
Belt-Drive
Accessories
Rear Bagger
Included
Mulcher Kit
Included
Wheels
Front Tire Size
8 Inch
Front Axle
Fixed
Rear Tire Size
11 Inch
Tire Type
Plastic Wheels
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
90 Pounds
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
UPC
043033565528
Model
12ABD22J710
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  1 Question
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

Cub Cadet 12ABD22J710 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
5/5
Overall
4.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 5
Pros
I'd Buy It Again (33)
Easy To Use (27)
High Quality (18)
Exceeded Expectations (15)
Price (13)
Cons
Difficult To Use (3)
Packaging (2)
Bad Instructions (1)
Some Quality Control Iss... (1)
Durability (1)
93% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
113 Reviews  Sort by 
 
Pete W.
Puyallup, WA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/12/15
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JUL.
08
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Awesome Lawnmower
I bought this Cub Cadet to replace a well worn John Deere, and I couldn't be any happier. It always starts on the first pull, and it sure seems to climb our steep front yard well. I had to paint the wheels black to make it go faster or at least look fast.
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Pete Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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Thomas S.
Cullowhee, NC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/28/17
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUN.
30
2017
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Mower Is Non Functional
It barely ran, sped up and slowed down, was weak. Barely could cut lawn 2 times. I'm having to drive 60 miles roundtrip to get it fixed and 60 again to pick up. Should have been tested. New non-ethanol gas 90 octane. 2 mo old.
Cons: Difficult To Use, Low Quality, Unreliable, hardly runs will require 8 hours my time to get service
Thomas Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Thomas,
Sorry to hear about the issues you're having with your mower. Cub Cadet provides a 3-Year Warranty on this mower. I'm sure that the problem is minor and your local dealer will be able to resolve it quickly for you.
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Clinton W.
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/14/16
REVIEWED
MAY.
07
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Works Great
It keeps up with my fast pace. The rear wheel drive gets caught and stops once in a while when a stick or something gets in the wheel. I also painted the wheels black for added speed and superior neighborhood jealousy.
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Clinton Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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Danny S
Hoover, AL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/27/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
18
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Love This Mower!
I don't know why this has received negative reviews by some. I guess some think that it's just going to crank year after year without any maintenance. The self propel is awesome. I was worried that the "push the handle forward" thing would be awkward but it's not at all. Very smooth. Buying experience with Mowers Direct was great, too.
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, Easy To Use, Reliable, Quiet
Cons: Packaging
Danny Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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David S
Westminster, CO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/12/15
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
SEP.
13
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
More Than Impressed
I have used this mower now for two full seasons and will definitely be only buying Cub Cadets from this point forward.
It was delivered to my door 4 days after I ordered it and was a snap to put together. Started on the first pull and ha continued as such 3 times a week for two growing seasons.
The mower is smooth to operate, goes over terrain easily and cuts a beautiful path. I am very persnickety about my grass - and this mower leaves it looking like a ball field.
I did have to replace... more
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, High Quality, Exceeded Expectations, Price
David Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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Lewis M.
Mena, AR
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/22/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
13
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
Great mower starts on the first pull. Set your own mowing speed works well, grandson mows fast, I mow slower. So far everything works well.
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, Easy To Use, Starts on first pull.
Lewis Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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Bertrand M.
Ellisville, MS
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/18/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
09
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Looking Mower
Lot of plastic. My yard is not completely smooth and has rough city sidewalks on the borders and small banks to mow. My last mower had full metal deck and lasted 15 years. Motor finally had issues. We shall see how long the plastic lasts.

The variable speed rear wheel drive is awesome!! I don't use the grass catcher. I wish the removable open discharge flap would mount better. It keeps coming off.

Overall very pleased. Cranks easily.
Pros: Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations, Features, rear wheel drive works great
Cons: lot of plastic
Bertrand Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
Bertrand's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Ordering was easy. Had one issue and PED handled it quickly. Thanks!"
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Adrian L
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/8/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
30
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Early 84 Yoa Father's Day Gift
I purchased this lawn mower for my 84 year old father. (He likes to cut grass.) The morning after delivery, I went to his home to help him put it together. Too late. He already put it together and was cutting his yard. It was great to see him not struggle. He said the lawnmower was quick, easy to use, and cut great.
Thanks.
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations, Walk speed. Large back tires.
Adrian Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
Adrian's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Easy web site to order. Delivered product exceeded expectations. Delivered very soon after ordering, so no need to pay for quicker delivery."
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Scott S
Owens Cross Roads, AL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/9/17
REVIEWED
APR.
25
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Impressed And Satisfied
Had a Honda overhead cam for 15 years and was disappointed when it finally cost more to repair than to buy a new one. Really researched and this Cub Cadet was the only one that I consistently found "A" reviews. So far those reviews are justified. I have run it a dozen times or so and it starts on one pull and the self propel really is great. I have 2 acres and this was to mow around trees and such but I like the self propel so well that I don't use my rider anymore. If I have a... more
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations, Fast
Scott Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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Mark C.
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/5/17
REVIEWED
MAR.
27
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Purchase
I held off getting a mower for 3 years. I decided the money I saved could now be spent on a great mower that will hopefully last many years. This ones seems to fit the bill. The self-pacing RWD propels this mower like a dream. Buying from MowersDirect was a great experience as well. Shipping was FAST. Setup was easy. I would recommend this Cub Cadet mower, and highly recommend buying from Mowers Direct. (This is NOT a paid review. I have taken time out of my day to write this on my own.)
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, Fast, Durable
Mark Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Mark,
Thank you very much for the kind review! I am pleased to hear that your mower is performing well. We look forward to your business again in the future.
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Winfred G.
Sulphur, LA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/31/17
REVIEWED
JUN.
23
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Perfect For Small Yard
I have cut grass 3 times. So far so good. This mower starts great. Just pull rope and starts right up. The rear self propelled tires just about make whole mower jump up. As you walk forward it engages wheels and when you pull mower back it releases self propel mechanism. Great little mower.

Only negative on this mower is when you pull both bars to go forward it has a little pinch point, you have to keep your fingers clear.
Pros: Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations, Fast, Reliable
Winfred Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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