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Changing the Starter Revealed Wrong Bolts

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GTOlover
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Re: Cub Cadet quality slipping
GTOlover   10/20/2014 8:59:56 AM
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I guess one way to be competitive is to simply buy all the competition!

I still have the broken tiller. I have a plan to fix it by redesigning the way the bearing blocks are held into the main case. Then adding grease zerks so I can lubricate the main shaft to prevent it from siezing again. Like you, I keep saying I will get this done before next season. Then I did not get it done and simply went and bought another. When I was investigating a new tiller, I noticed that Cub Cadet had modified thier case. In fact, they had implemented the very ideas I was going to use to fix my broken tiller!

In the case of these starter bolts, I am not sure what Cub Cadet was thinking. But it seems that enough service work pushed them to rethink this design as well. What would frustrate me as a consumer is seeing junk that is not redesigned and upgraded. Although, as you and I both attest to older Cub Cadet models, they knew how to make quality stuff the first time.

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Re: Cub Cadet quality slipping
Jim_E   10/20/2014 8:39:29 AM
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I'm glad to hear that they are making design improvements as they were going downhill for a while.  The old-timers say that it happened after they became part of MTD.  It's amazing how many brands that MTD makes.  Here's a list from their website:

Ace®
Aircap®
Atlas®
Big-O®
Bolens®
Central Park®
Craftsman®
Crusader®
Cub Cadet®
Garden King®
Gardenway®
Gardenway by Troy-Bilt®
Hardware Hank®
Huskee®
Lawn Chief®
Lawnhawk®
Lowes®
Malmo®
Mastercraft®
Mastercut®
MTD®
MTD Pro®
Penncraft®
Power Pro®
Ranch King®
Remington®
Ryobi®
Servistar®
Signature®
Snowflite®
Statesman®
Town & Country®
Trim King®
Troy-Bilt®
Turf King®
Turf Power®
Turf Pro®
Western Sun®
White Outdoor®
Wizard®
Wolf-Garten®
Yard Boss®
Yard Machines®
Yard-Man®


I had a Cab Cadet zero turn mower that I bought in 2004 and it's still going strong, but it just ate it's second PTO/blade switch in three years.  And the clutch for the PTO/blades has been acting up, specifically not re-engaging once it gets hot.  And it seems to be pulling a lot of current when it's turned on, as the voltage meter shows low voltage most of the time when I have it engaged, and it goes back to normal as soon as I disengage it.  Come to think of it, I bet that the higher current draw is what is causing the switch contacts to fail.

I haven't found the time or desire to drop the clutch assembly yet, and keep putting it off unit "next year".  Maybe once I get my detached garage built, I'll take a look at it.

GTOlover
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Cub Cadet quality slipping
GTOlover   10/17/2014 12:11:29 PM
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Cub cadet quality has slipped quite a bit from the 1980's and 90's. My dad is still using his Caub Cadet lawn tractor from the 1980's. I bought a rear tine tiller in 2009 and within three years the main shaft siezed up and broke the internal drive chain! I tore it down to fix it and found that the parts alone for the repair would be nearly 2/3rds the cost of a new one. I simply went and bought a new tiller. Interestingly enough, I bought another Cub Cadet tiller of the same model but built in 2013. The area that went bad on my older tiller was completely redesigned and re-inforced (the main shaft bearing blocks). Seems that the company does recognize Monkey designs and eventually fixes them.

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Elizabeth M   10/16/2014 7:18:21 AM
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I love reading the Made by Monkeys column, even though I'm not a person who would dare tinker with anything electrical or mechanical myself because I don't have that type of skill. This story makes me think how lucky I am to have a local friend who does all of the work on my main vehicle, a VW van, for me, and will often show me the parts and explain what's wrong with them and how he's fixing them. I'm learning a lot about the inner workings of automobiles, even if I still can't repair them myself!

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