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

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Model: 12ACC6S6710
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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
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


Engine
Engine Brand
Cub Cadet
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start w/ Recoil
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
CC
159 CCs
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Oil Filter
No
Consumer Engine Warranty
3 Years
Motor
Battery Included
Included
Battery Type
Rechargeable
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
6 Speeds
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Drive System
Belt-Drive
Accessories
Rear Bagger
Included
Mulcher Kit
Included
Wheels
Front Tire Size
7 Inch
Rear Tire Size
8 Inch
Tire Type
Plastic Wheels
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
93 Pounds
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
UPC
043033565559
Model
12ACC6S6710
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  12 Questions
Q: Jose,

Who makes the engine on the Cub Cadet SC500EZ?

Lee Lohman

by Lee R. Lohman from Virginia on July 05, 2016

A: Lee,

The engines on these units will be Cub Cadet branded MTD engines.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Does the Cub Cadet have a trigger handle to control speed as your review states? I thought the whole top part of the handle rotated to control speed. Also, do you know how large the gas tank is? Thanks
by Dave from Ohio on May 14, 2016

A: Dave - the Cub Cadet SC500EZ uses the Cub Cadet Premium Drive Control system. The premium drive control is located on the upper handle and is used to engage the drive. Pushing the control forward will engage the drive. The farther the control is pushed forward, the faster the mower will propel. Once pressure is released from the control it will return to the neutral position and the drive will be disengaged. The gas tank holds 24 fluid ounces of gasoline, so about 1/5 of a gallon.

by Jose, Product Expert

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
4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (45)
Exceeded Expectations (27)
Reliable (23)
Features (22)
Price (19)
Cons
Expensive (10)
Packaging (8)
Too Much Plastic (6)
Bad Instructions (4)
Low Quality (3)
90% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Total Reviews
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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
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Evelynn K.
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/22/16
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
MAY.
19
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
I am very happy with the mower with the exception of the condition of the box when it arrived! The box was torn and battered .The battery cover had fallen out of the box! That being said the mower was intact for the most part and undamaged. Very nice mower and seems to cut very well!
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Evelynn Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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Earl C
Schaumburg, IL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/17/17
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
MAY.
31
2017
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Not What I Hoped
I was willing to pay a higher price for a mower that was more toward the top of the line in the hopes that a higher quality machine would mean more years of reliable good service.
Having said that here is what I experienced:
The mower arrived quickly and was relatively easy to set up. I followed all the instructions for charging the battery for electric start as well as the oil application and the rest.
On my first mow I found the swivel wheels to me more of an annoyance then a help. ... more
Pros: None over a less expensive mower
Cons: Expensive, Too Much Plastic, Low Quality, Difficult To Use
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Earl,
I do apologize for the issues that you experienced with your mower. I hope to help you come to a resolution. Here is a link to Cub Cadet dealer locator: Cub Cadet Dealer Locator This will help you find a shop near you to look at your machine. You do have a warranty for this mower so this may be covered. Please give us a call if you have any other questions. Thank you very much for your business and I hope you have a great day.
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Carl P.
Panama City, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/8/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
12
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
I'm 80 years old and this is easy to use. I love electric start. The mulch blade is very good- no need to use catcher.
Pros: Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations, Features, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Expensive, Too Much Plastic
Carl Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
Carl's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great."
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Chris P.
Aiken, SC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/5/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
10
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Nice Piece Of Equipment
The mower was delivered today. Only 4 days after placing the order. The box was in good condition. It only took about 20 minutes to unpack and set up.

Although the manual says to charge the battery prior to use, I was able to use the electric start right out of the box. It cranked right up. As noted by some other reviews, my biggest complaints is the very cumbersome height adjustment on the front wheels. I don't anticipate changing the height so it should be a big issue for me.

Cut the... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Features, I'd Buy It Again, High Quality
Cons: Height adjustment on front wheels.
Chris Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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Calvin M.
Albany, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/29/17
REVIEWED
JUL.
21
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Very Impressed
Once together, it is quite a machine. The bag has a hole about size of quarter rubbed into it, probably in box a while.
Pros: Exceeded Expectations
Cons: Expensive, Packaging, Bad Instructions
Calvin Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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Rolf K.
Morrisville, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/16/17
REVIEWED
JUL.
18
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Self Propel Took A Little Getting Used To
Box received in good shape, put in the oil, charged the battery, pressed the starter and the mower started on the first crank.

The self propel took a little time getting used to but after a few mows it became easier. My old Cub Cadet was built a lot stronger that this one and still works after 15 seasons.
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, Quiet
Rolf Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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Aaron K.
Moravia, IA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/8/17
REVIEWED
MAR.
30
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Mower, Lots Of Features - Should Last Years And Years
It took me a mere 20 minutes from out of the box to up and running. It starts easy and is very intuitive to operate. It seems well made and has quality components. My only complaint, and its a minor one, I don't bag my yard and to set this up for a typical side discharge you have to slide this plastic chute under the blocking flap to hold it open. It's easy to install and remove, however if you're going to leave it in the side discharge setup permanently (like I intend to do) this seems like... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Features, High Quality, Durable
Aaron Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
Aaron's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Quick shipping and good prices, it couldn't be better for simple online ordering."
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Michael R.
Cuero, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/11/16
REVIEWED
OCT.
04
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
First Swivel Wheel Mower
Chose this mower based on my use of a zero turn mower that I use outside the fenced area of my yard. I was really torn between it and the SC500HW.

I bought the mower midway through our long mowing season as the summer heat was making my long time owned push mower just too much work. Now at the end of our season, I have run the SC500EZ about 25 hours without issue it is a good mower.

My wheels are set at the maximum height but I can see where that would be an issue if you had a yard and... more
Pros: Easy To Start With Key Or Rope, Great For Yards With Contours
Cons: Front Wheel Brackets Are Not Vinyl Fence Friendly, Handlebars Too Wide
Michael Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
Michael's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Mowers Direct is a pleasure to do business with!"
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Frank R.
Natalia, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/2/16
REVIEWED
SEP.
23
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nothing But The Best For My Momma
Very familiar with lawn mowers since i'm a mechanic. My 82-year-old German mother still loves to mow her own yard cause lawn services don't do it right for her, lol. Only problem is, she has problems sometimes pull-starting them now that shes a little older, so I got her the Cub Cadet self-propelled ELECTRIC START.

OMG, now she waits for the grass to grow a 1/4 inch and shes out there cutting it with what she calls her MERCEDES. Thank you for helping me get this in time for her birthday. She... more
Frank Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
Frank's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"EVERYTHING WAS EASY TO FIND WHAT I WANTED, BUYING WAS SIMPLE AND THE SHIPPING WENT GREAT , NO DAMAGE"
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David R
Kennett Square, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/13/17
REVIEWED
AUG.
23
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Club Cadet Sc500 Ez - Great Mower !!!
My yard is large with curved flower beds, Trees,a water feature, Etc... This mower is perfect for me ! It even cut my mowing time by 10 minutes!
Pros: Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations, I'd Buy It Again, Fast
Cons: Should have bought one last year!
David Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
David's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"My mower arrived damaged in transit . Within a week Mowers Direct sent a new one. that's what I call SERVICE !! Great Job !"
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Tk W
Fayette, AL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/1/17
REVIEWED
AUG.
22
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Exceeded Expectations!!
First,, I want to thank Bruce for asking questions and understanding my lawn needs. I could not be happier with the selection. With the front wheels locked straight it leaves perfect lines in the open areas. It literally only takes five seconds to unlock front wheels and restart mower and ready to go, so, In the parts of the yard with side walks, flower beds, and trees it breezes around even the tightest of turns. The rear wheel drive surprised me how well it pulls up steep hills,, if you can... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations, Price, Quiet
Tk Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
Tk's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great, happy, will buy from again"
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