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Cub Cadet SLT1550, SLT1554 Operator's Manual

Series 1500 hydrostatic lawn tractor.
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Operator's Manual
ERIES 1500
Hydrostatic Lawn Tractor
Models SLT1550
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


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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.

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    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.

  • Page 3: Important Safe Operation Practices

    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.

  • Page 7: Slope Gauge


  • Page 8: Tractor Set-up

    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.

  • Page 9: Know Your Lawn Tractor

    SECTION 4: KNOW YOUR LAWN TRACTOR A Systems Indicator Monitor/Hour Meter B Throttle Control Lever C Choke Control D Parking Brake Lever E Seat Adjustment Lever F Fuel Tank Cap 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. Figure 2 H PTO (Blade Engage) Knob I Brake Pedal...

  • Page 10: Throttle Control 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

    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: Operating Your Lawn Tractor

    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

    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

    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

    • Depress the brake pedal to disengage the cruise control and stop the tractor. • Lightly depress the drive pedal. To change the direction of travel to reverse when operating with cruise control, depress the brake pedal to disengage the cruise control and bring the tractor to a complete stop.

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    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.

  • Page 17: Making Adjustments

    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/steering 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: Maintaining Your Lawn Tractor

    Warranty repairs must be performed by your Cub Cadet Dealer. Engine Oil The engine-crankcase is filled with 10W-30 ship-away oil at the factory.

  • Page 20: Changing Oil Filter

    The engine may overheat and/or damage IMPORTANT: may result if the oil level is below the ADD or over the FULL on the dipstick. • Reinstall the oil fill cap/dipstick securely onto the oil fill tube. The oil fill cap/dipstick must be installed IMPORTANT: securely onto the tube at all times when the engine is operating.

  • 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 14. Set the spark plug gap to .76 mm (0.030 in.). Feeler Gauge Spark Plug Ground Electrode Figure 14 • Reinstall the spark plug into the cylinder head.

  • Page 23: Carburetor

    NOTE: Carburetor adjustments should be made only after the engine has warmed up. The engines on Cub Cadet Series 1500 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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    Adjustment NOTE: Engines may have a fixed idle or limiter cap on the idle fuel adjusting screw. Step 2 can only be performed within the limits allowed by the cap. 1. Start the engine and run at half throttle for five to 10 minutes to warm up.

  • Page 25: Service

    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 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

    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...

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    • Grasp the ratchet’s handle and pivot it to relieve tension on the belt. • With belt tension relieved, carefully remove the belt from around the left-hand spindle pulley. Carefully allow the ratchet to pivot IMPORTANT: rearward before removing it from the square hole. •...

  • Page 29: Off-season Storage

    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: •...

  • Page 30: Maintenance Schedule

    SECTION 10: MAINTENANCE CHART Before After Initial Every Every Every Every Prior Each Use 24 Hours 10 Hours 25 Hours 100 Hours Season to Storing Clean Hood/Dash Louvers Check Engine Oil Level Clean and Re-oil Air Filter’s Foam Precleaner Replace Air Filter Element Change Engine Oil &...

  • Page 31: Maintenance Log

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

  • Page 32: Troubleshooting

    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.

  • Page 33: Attachments & Accessories

    SECTION 13: ATTACHMENTS & ACCESSORIES The following attachments and accessories are compatible for Series 1500 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 1500 lawn tractors are NOT designed for use with any type of ground-engaging attachments (e.g.

  • Page 34: Replacement Parts

    SECTION 14: REPLACEMENT PARTS NOTE: Download a complete Cub Cadet Series 1500 Parts Manual free of charge at or phone (800) 800-7310 to purchase a Parts Manual (Form No. 769-01652C). Champion Spark Plug(s) Kohler Air Filter (Paper Element) Kohler Air Filter (Precleaner)

  • Page 35: Specifications

    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...

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  • Page 37: Warranty Information

    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...

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  • Gary Austin May 30, 2018 11:28:
    Got on my Cub Cadet super LT1550 will not do anything . Battery is charged lights come on switch checked the connectors . Has a new starter from last year been starting everytime and was running good when I parked it last week. You have any ideal what to do.
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    cubcadet tracter trys to go but just wines
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