Cub Cadet LT1042 Operator's Manual

Cub cadet hydrostatic lawn tractor operator's manual 1000 series.
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This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimproved forest-covered,
brush-covered or grass-covered land unless the engine's exhaust system is equipped with a spark arrester meeting applicable local or state laws
(if any). If a spark arrester is used, it should be maintained in effective working order by the operator. In the State of California the above is
required by law (Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code). Other states may have similar laws. Federal laws apply on federal lands.
A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your Cub Cadet dealer or contact the service department, P.O. Box 361131 Cleveland, Ohio
Operator's Manual
ERIES 1000
Hydrostatic Lawn Tractor
Models LT1042

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    (Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code). Other states may have similar laws. Federal laws apply on federal lands. A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your Cub Cadet dealer or contact the service department, P.O. Box 361131 Cleveland, Ohio 44136-0019.

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    A sample model plate is also illustrated below. You can locate the model plate by looking at the underside of the tractor‘s seat. This information will be necessary to use the manufacturer’s web site and/or help from your Cub Cadet dealer. CUB CADET LLC P.

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    SECTION 1: IMPORTANT SAFE OPERATION PRACTICES WARNING: This symbol points out important safety instructions which, if not followed, could endanger the personal safety and/or property of yourself and others. Read and follow all instructions in this manual before attempting to operate this machine. Failure to comply with these instructions may result in personal injury.

  • Page 4: Slope Operation

    29. If situations occur which are not covered in this manual, use care and good judgment. Contact your Cub Cadet dealer for assistance. SLOPE OPERATION Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and tip-over accidents which can result in severe injury or death.

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    If the blades do not stop within the this time frame, your unit should be serviced professionally by your Cub Cadet dealer. 4. Check brake operation frequently as it is subjected to wear during normal operation. Adjust and service as required.

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    8. Never tamper with the safety interlock system or other safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly. 9. After striking a foreign object, stop the engine, disconnect the spark plug wire(s) and ground against the engine. Thoroughly inspect the machine for any damage.

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  • Page 8: Shipping Brace Removal

    SECTION 3: TRACTOR SET-UP Gas and Oil Fill-up The gasoline tank is located under the fender and has a capacity of three and-a-half gallons. Unthread the fuel cap by turning it counterclockwise. Use only clean, fresh (under 30 days old), unleaded gasoline. Fill tank to no more than four inches below the top of the filler neck to allow space for fuel expansion.

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    SECTION 4: KNOW YOUR LAWN TRACTOR A Systems Indicator Monitor/Hour Meter B Throttle Control Lever C Choke Control D Parking Brake Lever E Fuel Tank Cap F Seat Adjustment Lever G Ignition Switch Module NOTE: Any reference in this manual to the RIGHT or LEFT side of the tractor is observed from operator’s position. BATTERY OIL PRESSURE PTO / BLADE ENGAGE...

  • Page 10: Throttle Control Lever, Choke Control, Brake Pedal, Seat Adjustment Lever

    Throttle Control Lever The throttle control lever is located on the left side of the tractor’s dash panel. This lever controls the speed of the engine. When set in a given position, the throttle will maintain a uniform engine speed. When operating the IMPORTANT: tractor with the cutting deck...

  • Page 11: Cruise Control, Parking Brake

    Refer to the MAINTENANCE section of this manual for the proper battery charging procedure or have the charging system checked by your Cub Cadet dealer. Electric PTO / Blade Engage Knob To engage the power to the...

  • Page 12: Safety Interlock Switches

    This tractor is equipped with a safety interlock system for the protection of the operator. If the interlock system should ever malfunction, do not operate the tractor. Contact your Cub Cadet dealer. • The safety interlock system prevents the engine...

  • Page 13: Starting The Engine, Stopping The Engine

    Setting the Gauge Wheels Select the height position of the cutting deck by placing the deck lift lever in any of the six different cutting height notches on the right fender. Adjust the deck wheels so that they are between ¼-inch and ½-inch above the ground as follows.

  • Page 14: Engaging The Parking Brake, Driving On Slopes, Driving The Tractor

    Engaging the Parking Brake To engage the parking brake: • Fully depress the brake pedal and hold it while gently pushing the parking brake lever downward. • Hold the parking brake lever down while removing your foot from the brake pedal. •...

  • Page 15: Operating The Headlights

    Stop machine if anyone enters the area. This tractor is equipped with one of Cub Cadet’s quality cutting decks. The following information will be helpful when using the cutting deck with your tractor.

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    42- and 46-inch Decks On model LT1042, LT1045 and LT1046 the mulch kit is installed at the factory. To operate the cutting deck without mulching, simply remove the mulch plug by unthreading the plastic wing nut which fastens it to the cutting deck.

  • Page 17: Leveling The Deck

    SECTION 6: MAKING ADJUSTMENTS WARNING: Never attempt to make any adjustments while the engine is running, except where specified in the operator’s manual. Leveling the Deck NOTE: Check the tractor’s tire pressure before performing any deck leveling adjustments. Refer to Tires on page 25 for information regarding tire pressure.

  • Page 18: Parking Brake Adjustment, Steering/seat Adjustment

    Parking Brake Adjustment WARNING: Never attempt to adjust the brakes while the engine is running. Always disengage PTO, stop engine and remove key to prevent unintended starting. If the tractor does not come to a complete stop when the brake pedal is completely depressed, or if the tractor’s rear wheels can roll with the parking brake applied, the brake is in need of adjustment.

  • Page 19: Checking The Oil Level, Adding Oil

    LT1046 & LT 1050, the engine (with oil filter) has a capacity of 1.7 liters (57.5 oz.). Never overfill the engine crankcase. TEMPERATURE / OIL VISCOSITY CHART 10W-30 (Twin Cylinder) 10W-30 (Single Cylinder) Never operate Operating Range On models LT1042 & LT 1045, the engine FULL...

  • Page 20: Changing The Engine Oil

    1/2 turn after the gasket first makes contact. Re-filling the Crankcase with Oil On models LT1042 & LT 1045, the engine IMPORTANT: (with oil filter) has a capacity of 1.5 liters (50.75 oz.). On models LT1046 & LT 1050, the engine (with oil filter) has a capacity of 1.7 liters (57.5 oz.).

  • Page 21: Air Filter

    If leaks are present, have your engine IMPORTANT: serviced by your Cub Cadet dealer before operating the tractor. Air Filter The engine is equipped with a replaceable, high density paper air cleaner element and an oiled, foam precleaner.

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    • Check the gap using a feeler gauge and adjust, if necessary, by carefully bending the ground electrode. See Figure 15. Set the spark plug gap to .76 mm (0.030 in.). Feeler Gauge Spark Plug Ground Electrode Figure 15 • Reinstall the spark plug into the cylinder head.

  • Page 23: Lubrication, Carburetor

    NOTE: Carburetor adjustments should be made only after the engine has warmed up. The engines on Cub Cadet Series 1000 tractors are equipped with a fixed main jet carburetor. Carburetors are equipped with a idle speed adjustment screw and a low idle fuel mixture screw.

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    NOTE: To ensure best results when setting the low idle fuel Screw, the low idle speed must not exceed 2150 RPM (± 75 RPM) on Models LT1042 & LT1045 and 1200 RPM* (± 75 RPM) on Models LT1046 & LT1050).

  • Page 25: Cutting Blades, Fuse

    SECTION 8: SERVICE Tires WARNING: Never exceed the maximum inflation pressure shown on the sidewall of the tire. The recommended operating tire pressure is approximately 10 psi for the rear tires and 14 psi for the front tires. Refer to the tire sidewall for exact tire manufacturer’s recommended or maximum psi.

  • Page 26: Cutting Deck Removal, Changing The Transmission Drive Belt

    Changing The Transmission Drive Belt NOTE: Several components must be removed and special tools (i.e. air/impact wrench) used in order to change the tractor’s transmission drive belt. See your Cub Cadet dealer to have your drive belt replaced.

  • Page 27: Hydrostatic Transmission, Changing The Deck Belt

    Hydrostatic Transmission Keep the area around the transmission cooling fan free of grass and debris at all times. The hydrostatic transmission is sealed at the factory and is maintenance free. The fluid level cannot be checked and on most models, cannot be changed. Several tractor components and parts IMPORTANT: (pedals, seat, fender, fuel tank, etc.) must be removed...

  • Page 28: 46-inch Decks/50-inch Decks

    46-inch Decks • Carefully grasp the idler pulley and pivot it toward the tractor’s left side to relieve tension on the belt. See Figure 24. Idler Pulley Belt Guard Figure 24 • With belt tension relieved, carefully remove the belt from around the left-hand spindle pulley. 50-inch Decks •...

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    LT1042 LT1045 & LT1046 LT1050...

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    SECTION 9: OFF-SEASON STORAGE Clean and lubricate the tractor as instructed in Section 7: MAINTAINING YOUR LAWN TRACTOR on page 19 of this manual before storing for an extended period. Engine If the engine will be out of service for two months or more, use the following storage procedure: •...

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    SECTION 11: MAINTENANCE LOG Please keep a record of the maintenance performed on your tractor. Date Hour Meter Maintenance Performed by...

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    SECTION 12: TROUBLESHOOTING Trouble Possible Cause(s) Engine fails to start PTO/Blade Engage knob engaged. Parking brake not engaged. Spark plug wire(s) disconnected. Throttle control lever not in correct starting position. Choke not activated Fuel tank empty, or stale fuel. Blocked fuel line. Faulty spark plug.

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    SECTION 13: ATTACHMENTS & ACCESSORIES The following attachments and accessories are compatible for Series 1000 Lawn Tractors. See your Cub Cadet dealer or the retailer from which you purchased your tractor for information regarding price and availability. NOTE: Cub Cadet Series 1000 lawn tractors are NOT designed for use with any type of ground-engaging attachments (e.g.

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    SECTION 14: REPLACEMENT PARTS NOTE: Download a complete Cub Cadet Series 1000 Parts Manual free of charge at or phone (800) 800-7310 to purchase a Parts Manual (Form No. 769-10578F). Champion Spark Plug(s) RC12YC Kohler Air Filter (Paper Element)

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    Weight (approximate) * Cub Cadet reserves the right to change product specifications, design, and standard equipment without notice and without incurring obligation ** Kohler’s horsepower ratings exceed Society of Automotive Engineers Small Engine Test Code J1940. Actual engine horsepower is lower and affected by, but not limited to, accessories (air cleaner, exhaust, charging, cooling, fuel pump, etc.), application, engine speed and ambient operating conditions...

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    Cub Cadet LLC cannot deny warranty solely for the lack of receipts. As the lawn mower owner, you should however be aware that Cub Cadet LLC may deny you warranty coverage if your lawn mower or a part has failed due to abuse, neglect, or improper maintenance or unapproved modifications.

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    FEDERAL AND CALIFORNIA EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEMS The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and Kohler Co. are pleased to explain the Federal and California Emission Control Systems Warranty on your small off-road equipment engine. For California, engines produced in 1995 and later must be designed, built and equipped to meet the state’s stringent anti-smog standards.

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    Please see the operator’s manual for information on required maintenance and service intervals. The limited warranty set forth below is given by Cub Cadet LLC with respect to new merchandise purchased or leased and used in the United States and/or its territories and possessions, and by MTD Products Limited with respect to new merchandise purchased or leased and used in Canada and/or its territories and possessions (either entity respectively, “Cub...

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    CUB CADET LLC, P.O. BOX 361131 CLEVELAND, OHIO 44136-0019...

This manual also for:

Lt1046, Lr1045, Lt1045, Lt1050

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