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How to Assemble Tire Chains on your Cub Cadet Riding Mower

Don't let the snow and ice keep you from winter chores. Use Cub Cadet tire chains to give your riding lawn mower traction and stability.

Just because it's winter, doesn't mean you won't be using your riding lawn mower. Whether hauling wood or clearing the drive with the snow thrower attachment, your machine can be a vital asset to winter home maintenance. But with snow and ice on the ground, it becomes more difficult to use your riding lawn mower. Cub Cadet tire chains can provide stability and traction for your equipment, allowing you to use your riding lawn mower all year long.

The experts at Cub Cadet have put together a video to show you how to assemble riding lawn mower tire chains on your machine. Before you begin, check your operator's manual for instructions. The instructions may vary slightly depending on your riding lawn mower model.


Step 1

Please note, the instructions reference side chains, cross chains, a C-hook and locking link. Before you begin, get familiar with your Cub Cadet tire chains.

Step 2

Place the riding lawn mower on a flat, level surface and disconnect the red battery cable and the spark plug ignition wire.

Step 3

Lay the Cub Cadet tire chain flat on the ground. The open sides of the cross chain hooks should be facing up. Make sure the C-hook is on the inside edge of the tire, and that there are no twists in the chain.

Step 4

Hold the middle of the side chains and lay the Cub Cadet tire chain over the tire. The open ends of the cross chain hooks should be facing away from the tire.

Step 5

Tuck the loose ends of the chain under the tire. Push the riding lawn mower forward slightly and work with the hooks at the ends of the Cub Cadet tire chain, connecting the C-hook to the second or third link of the side chain on the inside of the tire.

Step 6

Pull the chain tight and connect the locking link to the second or third link of the side chain on the outside of the tire. To lock it in place, fold the locking link back and under the side chain.

Step 7

When both sides are connected, tighten them until the riding lawn mower's tire chain is snug. Make sure the chains remain even on the tire. If you want a tighter fit, slightly deflate the riding lawn mower tire before tightening chains. Re-inflate the tire to the proper manufacturer's suggested pressure.

Step 8

Finally, use cable ties to secure any of the unused links on your riding mower tire chains.


With these simple instructions and tips from the experts, you will be able to assemble riding lawn mower tire chains and use your machine year-round.

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