I loved my 1998 Cub Cadet 2130 lawn tractor, with one exception. The seat was bolted to sheet metal. Over time, the sheet metal began to fracture from the stress of supporting my body.
I was working to engineer a permanent fix for that issue when another design flaw surfaced -– the clutch started slipping. There is no external adjustment on this lawn tractor. To fix the clutch, you have to disassemble the back of the tractor, disassemble the clutch housing, add spacer washers to the end of the shaft, and reassemble. If you add space washers that are too thick, the clutch may not disengage. It's a true engineering marvel.
This entry was submitted by Mark Methlie and edited by Rob Spiegel.
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