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

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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 (56) (14) (41) (11)
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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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 14.
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 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 1 out of 5 by from Not that good of a mower, at all. I bought this mower based on other reviews and on previous purchases, this is not the Cub Cadet of years past. In short, find a different mower, maybe even a different brand. One of the top complaints about this mower that I had found was how quickly the bag fills up. I do not see how that can be a problem with how much cut grass blows out from around where the bag mounts to the mower. At first I thought that I had done something wrong, nope. The bag is mounted correctly to the metal frame and is seated correctly to the mower, it just does not seat/seal well, at all. This problem causes cut grass/clipping to be blown everywhere. Once you remove the bag to empty it the amount of cut grass/clippings that are collected everywhere on the mower is nuts, this thing is a mess and then that mess ends up on the ground needing to be swept up, thanks for the extra work Cub Cadet. The pins on the bag frame that hold the bag in place on the mower are metal resting on plastic, how many cycles of use is that part going to last? I can see that failing very quickly. As the plastic wears and the pins move farther away from the mower, the bag will start to creep away from its mounting point as well, this in turn will make a bad problem even worse. Very poor design on the bag indeed, but this seems to be an industry standard, way to follow and not lead. The front casters are O.K., but they do not swivel/turn as easily as they would lead you to believe. I am sure that they will work very well on perfectly flat ground, but any kind of an angle or incline makes it difficult to turn, and I do mean "any" kind of angle or incline. As for the height adjustment, easy enough to do and get done but why not have corresponding numbers on both sides of the wheel mount? Also here is another cheap part warning, the wing nuts for the carriage bolts to adjust the front caster wheels are plastic, another cheap part that will fail quickly. The adjustment for the rear wheels is simple and easy and works well with one drawback/problem that would be simple to fix: There is no corresponding/relating position number to the front wheels. Would it have been asking too much to put a position number on the stops for the rear wheels that matches to the same position on the front wheels? The MySpeed Drive System offers two distinct speeds, off and run. The "smooth engagement and superior speed variability" that Cub Cadet states and talks about is one of those "not so much" kind of things. You concentrate so hard on keeping the speed where you want it that it becomes a huge detriment and uncomfortable to use. The faster you go with the MySpeed Drive System is directly related to the amount of grass clippings that are blown around and don't make it into the bag. There needs to be a way to limit the maximum speed, more so than just not pushing as hard on the handle. The MySpeed Drive System working together with the caster wheels that don't swivel or turn as well as they should, if you instinctively push down on the handle to turn the mower, it speeds up the MySpeed Drive System and pulls away from you. Definitely a point where front-wheel drive is better than rear-wheel drive. I wish that the MySpeed Drive System was an option that I could choose to use only when I wanted to use it, but it is an all or nothing kind of system. The actual handle/control for the MySpeed Drive System also feels very cheap and flimsy, as if you were to put too much pressure on it, it might snap or break off. On the plus side and a positive, the engine does start up on the first pull. Unfortunately that is about the only positive or good thing that I can say about this mower so far. Try as I might, I can not find any horsepower rating for the engine anywhere. The dealer that I had bought it from kept telling me that it was rated at 159cc, I gave up after about 20 minutes of trying to explain to them that 159cc is the displacement of the engine, not a horsepower rating. Saying that a 350 cubic inch V-8 engine is rated and more than 5700 cubic centimeters does nothing to tell you what the horsepower rating is. Could the reason for no mention of the horsepower rating be that fact that it is not that high? As I had said at the start, this is not the Cub Cadet of years past, not by a long shot. Too much plastic and poor design, not enough durability, power and good/smart design. Not enough focus on quality and customer satisfaction and too much focus on the bottom line and making a product in the cheapest possible way. This is a cheap lawn mower, this is just not reflected by the price.
Date published: 2016-06-05
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 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 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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