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Cub Cadet SC500Z 21 in. 159 cc 3-in-1 RWD Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

Discontinued Cub Cadet

SC500Z 21 in. 159 cc 3-in-1 RWD Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

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The Cub Cadet 21 in. 159 cc 3-in-1 Caster Wheel, RWD Self-Propelled mower gives you the option to side discharge, mulch or bag your grass clippings. Whatever option you choose, you’ll have a clean looking yard every time you mow thanks to the unsurpassed results of the Cub Cadet Signature Cut. The deep dome deck design allows for better airflow creating an optimal environment for the blade system. And with a blade that triple cuts the grass to turn waste into mulch, you’ll have flawless results and a healthier lawn. The high performance MySpeed Premium Drive Control System offers smooth engagement, superior speed variability, industry-leading control and traction making this one of the easiest to use walk-behinds in the industry. The exclusive ultra-soft rubber grip area reduces vibration and operator fatigue. Control your SC500Z with front caster wheels with exclusive locking ability. With long lasting components, a 3-year limited warranty and the SureStart guarantee you’ll have peace-of-mind while you enjoy your perfectly manicured lawn.

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  • Front caster wheels with exclusive locking ability
  • MySpeed premium drive control system
  • Adjustable 3-position ergonomic handles with soft-touch grip
  • 159 cc Cub Cadet performance-tuned OHV engine
  • SureStart guarantee ensures easy starting in 1-2 pulls
  • 21 in. Cub Cadet signature cut
  • 3-point, 6-position deck height adjustment
  • Cutting height range 1.25 in. to 3.75 in
  • Patented SmartJet high-pressure deck washing system
  • Mulch plug included
  • 1.9 bu. rear, dust blocking bagger included
  • Ball-bearing, industrial-tread tires
  • Model # 12ABC62J710

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Name 21 in. 159cc 3-in-1 High Rear Wheel RWD Gas Self Propelled Mower SC500Z 21 in. 159 cc 3-in-1 RWD Self-Propelled Lawn Mower SC500Z 21 in. 159 cc 3-in-1 RWD Walk-Behind Self Propelled Gas Mower with Front Caster Wheels Razor 21 in. Variable Speed Self-Propelled Walk-Behind Gas Lawn Mower with Blade Stop System
Brand Cub Cadet Cub Cadet Cub Cadet Ariens
Ratings (63) (15) (51) (14)
Power Type Gas Gas Gas Gas
Drive Type Rear-wheel Drive Rear-wheel Drive Rear-wheel Drive Rear-wheel Drive
Features Adjustable Handlebar,Assembly Required,Bagger,Deck cleanout,Foldable handle,High wheel,Mulching Lawn Mower,Rust resistant deck Bagger,Deck cleanout,Foldable handle,Mulching Lawn Mower,Swivel front wheel,Tool-free adjustments Adjustable Handlebar,Assembly Required,Bagger,Deck cleanout,Foldable handle,Mulching Lawn Mower,Rust resistant deck,Swivel front wheel Bagger,Blade Brake,Blade Brake,Foldable handle,Mulching Lawn Mower,Rust resistant deck,Single-lever height adjustment,Tool-free adjustments
Refurbished No No No No
Size of Yard 1/4 - 1/2 Acre 1/4 - 1/2 Acre 1/4 - 1/2 Acre 1/4 - 1/2 Acre
Start Type Pull Pull Pull Pull
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Assembled Depth (in.)
64 in
Assembled Height (in.)
42 in
Assembled Width (in.)
23 in
Blade Length (in.)
Cutting Width
21 inches
Front Wheel Size (in.)
Rear Wheel Size (in.)


Assembly Required
CA (CARB) Compliant
CARB Compliant
Cutting Options
Drive Type
Rear-wheel Drive
Engine Displacement (cc)
Engine Make
OEM Branded
Bagger,Deck cleanout,Foldable handle,Mulching Lawn Mower,Swivel front wheel,Tool-free adjustments
Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons)
Bagger,Engine oil
Lawn Mower Type
Self-Propelled Lawn Mower
Maximum Cutting Height (in.)
Minimum Cutting Height (in.)
Number of Blades
Number of adjustable handlebar positions
Oil Capacity (oz.)
Power Type
Product Weight (lb.)
Size of Yard
1/4 - 1/2 Acre
Start Type
Terrain Type
Sloped with Obstacles
Walk Behind Mower Type
Self Propelled

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
3-year Limited Residential Warranty

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Customer Questions & Answers

will the store assembly the lawnmower for me

Asked by: will
There's really no need to have the store assemble it. It comes almost entirely assembled in the box. If you can mow your lawn, you should be able to do the minimal assembly it requires.
Answered by: MrDIY
Date published: 2015-09-20

How is the front wheels height adjusted?

Asked by: james
It only takes about 5 minutes to adjust the wheels. They're attached with wingnuts and a bolt.
Answered by: HappyMower
Date published: 2015-12-11

This exact model is available from a competitor, 2 miles from my house, $50.00 less

Am a contractor who for years bypasses a Lowes store - 3 miles from my house - to travel 26 miles to HD in new hartford. Was getting a 10% discount on all purchases to keep me coming there - approx 9 - 14K spent every year. Now they tell me can't do anymore. What can you do about this? And what can you do about this mower?
Asked by: jsc7
luckily i did some pricing research on this same model. tractor supply has this for 399 so i went to cub cadet site and they also have this listed at 399. i went to the keene hd and showed them these sites at 399 and theirs at 449 if they could price match as i had a 10 percent off. they said no so i left. just be aware they are overcharging both of these models and do your research before buying from there
Answered by: steve
Date published: 2015-10-30
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Customer Reviews

SC500Z 21 in. 159 cc 3-in-1 RWD Self-Propelled Lawn Mower is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice mower Depending on the type of yard you have, this is a good mower. It takes a little to get use to as far as the throttle control and the zero turn wheels. Once you get a hang of it, its great. Probably not great for a yards that have a lot of holes and ruts. A bunch of reviews on other site complain of the mower smoking on start up. My mower did the same because the pre-measured pouch of oil that comes with it actually over fills the mower. I drained the extra oil out and its fine now with no smoke. On these small engines, just a little over the full mark will cause smoking on start up. Starts right up on first crank every time too.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best mower ever Love the zero turn radius on this mower. Never have to lift the front wheels off the ground, and finish mowing in much less time. This mower is very powerful and makes the lawn look absolutely perfect. I paid more for my previous mower, but the SC500Z is so far superior to it or any mower we have ever had.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved my older cub cadet self propelled lawn mower. I absolutely hate my new one!!! Holding the lever back on my old one was a lot easier than having to push this new one. I don't find your new self propel system very user friendly. I'm older and short. It's very hard on the wrists and a lot of work having to push on the bar. It's like using the mower's we had as a kid. What was a 1 and 1/2 hr job, now takes 2plus hrs. I do like the light weight of the machine and it handles much like my older one, but I would never buy another one unless it was one that you pulled the lever back to get it to go.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great mower I've had it almost 2 years. I did two things to the mower, I put a Zerk fitting on each caster swivel, and replaced the in-tank fuel filter with an after-market clear plastic filter. Other than that, it's a great mower.
Date published: 2016-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This mower works great doesn't bog down in wet thick grass. Our other mowers would bog down and clumps of grass would need to be cleaned out from under it before restart it took hours to mow the yard with this mower about a half an hour. If you have a wet or rainy season that prevents you from mowing this is the mower for you.
Date published: 2015-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best ever Zero turn expedites getting the lawn mowed. Amazing what that feature alone can do. So much quicker and mower performs just like one would hope. Am buying a second one for my son.
Date published: 2015-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall good mower. I like the self propelled action. I have one concern and that is that it has a lot of plastic parts that I fear will break easy.
Date published: 2016-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to Maneuver We purchased this mower to replace a basic self propelled unit. The front caster wheel configuration was very appealing to us for the ease of maneuvering. The variable speed control was an unexpected bonus. Unit starts like a charm, maneuvers very easily and has plenty of power for heavy grass or uphill movement. Very pleased with the product.
Date published: 2015-08-30
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