How to Level a Mower Deck on your Cub Cadet Rider
These instructions will explain how to level the deck on your Cub Cadet riding lawn mower. Depending on your model, the instructions listed below may slightly vary. Always be sure to check your operator's manual for detailed instructions.
- Step 1
Be sure the mower is on a flat level surface and engage the parking break. Turn the engine off and make sure it is cool. Remove the ignition key. Remove the spark plug ignition wire.
- Step 2
To level the deck from the front to rear, place the deck lift lever in the middle position.
- Step 3
Wearing gloves, rotate the blade closest to the discharge chute parallel to the lawn mower.
- Step 4
Measure the height of the front blade tip to the ground. Next, measure the height of the rear blade tip to the ground. Refer to your operator's manual for proper height differences between front and rear.
- Step 5
Adjust the deck by loosening the hex lock nut on the deck hanger rod.
- Step 6
Raise the front of the deck by tightening the inner hex nut.
- Step 7
Loosen the inner hex nut to lower the front of the deck.
- Step 8
Once the deck is at the proper level, tighten the lock nut to secure.
- Step 9
Wearing gloves for protection, level the deck from side to side by rotating the blades perpendicular to the lawn mower.
- Step 10
Measure the height of the blade tips on each side of the deck from the ground.
- Step 11
Adjust the deck by loosening the hex bolt on the left hangar bracket.
- Step 12
Raise or lower the deck by loosening the hex bolt on the left hangar bracket.
- Step 13
When both blade tips have the same measurement from the ground, tighten the hex bolt.
- Step 14
Reconnect the spark plug's ignition wire.
Always use genuine OEM replacement parts when servicing your equipment. Use our parts finder to locate and order any replacement parts you may need for maintenance. Refer to your owner's manual for additional maintenance information.