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21 in. 159cc Cub Cadet Engine 3-in-1 Gas RWD Self Propelled Lawn Mower with Front Caster Wheels

  • 159cc cub cadet OHV engine with autochoke SureStart guarantee
  • MySpeed variable speed rear wheel drive self-propelled
  • Caster wheels with locks provide zero-turn maneuverability
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The Cub Cadet SC500Z 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 1 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 Sure Start guarantee you will have peace-of-mind while you enjoy your perfectly manicured lawn.
  • 159 cc Cub Cadet performance tuned OHV engine, with thermal Auto Choke SureStart guarantee, certifies that your mower will start in 1 or 2 pulls for the duration of the 3-year warranty period or its covered
  • Front caster wheels provide zero-turn maneuverability, with exclusive locking ability
  • 21 in. 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
  • Ball-bearing, industrial-tread tires
  • Adjustable 3-position ergonomic handles reduce vibrations and locking levers allow for single-hand operation
  • 2-point, 6-position deck height adjustment, cutting height range of 1.25 in. to 3.75 in.
  • Patented SmartJet high-pressure deck washing system
  • 3-in-1 bag, mulch and side discharge standard, with mulch plug integrated
  • 2.3 bu. uniquely designed bagging system, creating higher airflow versus a conventional mower, ensuring maximum bag fill even in tall wet grass
  • Ideal for up to acre or less
  • 3-year limited residential warranty for extra assurance that this mower is built to last
  • California residents

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Ratings
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Size of Yard1/4 - 1/2 Acre1/2 - 1 Acre1/4 - 1/2 Acre1/4 - 1/2 Acre
Power TypeGasGasGasGas
FeaturesBagger,Deck cleanout,Foldable handle,Mulching Lawn Mower,Tool-free adjustmentsAdjustable Cutting Height,Adjustable Handlebar,Adjustable Speed,Assembly Required,Bagger,Deck cleanout,Foldable handle,Mulching Lawn Mower,Residential,Rust resistant deckAdjustable Cutting Height,Deck cleanout,Smart StowAdjustable Cutting Height,Deck cleanout
Drive TypeFront-wheel DriveRear-wheel DriveRear-wheel DriveRear-wheel Drive
Start TypePull CordPull CordPush Button StartPull Cord
RefurbishedNoNoNoNo
Cutting Width22 inches21 inches21 inches21 inches
Engine MakeBriggs and StrattonCub CadetBriggs and StrattonHonda
Rear Wheel HeightHigh WheelHigh WheelLow WheelLow Wheel
Recommended TerrainFlat,UnevenFlat,Sloped,UnevenFlat,UnevenFlat,Uneven
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Specifications

Dimensions

Assembled Depth (in.)
60 in
Assembled Height (in.)
38 in
Assembled Width (in.)
22 in
Blade Length (in.)
21 in
Cutting Width
21 inches
Front Wheel Size (in.)
8
Mower Deck Width
21 in
Rear Wheel Size (in.)
8

Details

Assembly Required
Yes
CA (CARB) Compliant
CARB Compliant
Cutting Height Options
6-position
Cutting Options
Bag,Mulch,Side-Discharge
Deck Material
15 Gauge Steel
Deck Type
Stamped
Drive Type
Rear-wheel Drive
Engine Displacement (cc)
159
Engine Make
Cub Cadet
Engine Torque (ft.-lb.)
0
Features
Adjustable Cutting Height,Adjustable Handlebar,Adjustable Speed,Assembly Required,Bagger,Deck cleanout,Foldable handle,Mulching Lawn Mower,Residential,Rust resistant deck
Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons)
.25
Included
Engine oil
Lawn Mower Type
Self-Propelled Lawn Mower
Maximum Cutting Height (in.)
3.75
Minimum Cutting Height (in.)
1.25
Mower Size Type
Standard
Number of Blades
1
Number of Handlebar Positions
3
Oil Capacity (oz.)
20
Power Type
Gas
Product Weight (lb.)
105 lb
Rear Wheel Height
High Wheel
Recommended Oil Type
10W-30
Recommended Terrain
Flat,Sloped,Uneven
Refurbished
No
Returnable
90-Day
Size of Yard
1/2 - 1 Acre
Start Type
Pull Cord
Walk Behind Mower Type
Self Propelled

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
3-Year Limited Warranty

Questions & Answers

21Questions20Answers

Is it easy to push and pull around trees when not engaging the drive system?

Asked by Richcin May 6, 2021
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Does it come with the side discharge shoot

Asked by Paxton April 28, 2021
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Yes it does.

What's the maximum heights adjustment for this mower

Asked by Themailman April 26, 2021
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Its adjustable to various heights

Is this mower easy to start?

Asked by Paxton April 26, 2021
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Starts first pull every pull

Does Home Depot put this together

Asked by Bo April 17, 2021
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It comes 85% assembled, you will need to put together the bagger and the front castor wheels, the castors are mounted already you just have to put the bolt through the decided height hole and wing nut to lock in place. Very easy, was up and running in 10 minutes flat.

Can the mower be used with the bag removed?

Asked by Tracy March 23, 2021
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Answers

Yes, I don't use the bag, I have too much grass to cut.

Does it cut good in thick grass?

Asked by Kizer66 March 21, 2021
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As long as you don't try to cut too low.

Does this mower have electric start?

Asked by bunny May 6, 2020
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Answers

Mine doesn't, not sure if it comes that way.

Does the dethatching blade come with it?

Asked by Thomas April 27, 2020
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It didn't with mine, but I've had it almost 4 years.

I have many inclines, hills and 12 large circle mature tree cut outs I will need to get around. I...

Asked by Beck April 26, 2020
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If you can walk up the incline then this mower will be just fine. the mower comes with the mulcher blade on it, JUST DON'T PUT THE BAGER ON AND YOU ARE READY TO GO';

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Customer Reviews

  • 4.1
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  • 75% recommend this product
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Was great until a week after warranty expIred
I really liked this mower. It cuts well, the high wheels make turning easier, it starts on the first pull....but three years and a week after I bought it, the deck split at the side discharge. I had that welded up, but now the front wheels are separating from the deck and I can not use it. Still starts on first pull, but thats it.
by kurtj
almost a home run
4 stars on a awesome more. There is always room for improvement. I bought this mower Memorial Day weekend in 2019. At that time all I wanted was a mower to cut grass i did not know at that time what i was about to get into. At the time of purchase cut was not on my radar. This is why I am giving four stars. With what I know now this mower would be grand slam with a 4.5 inch cut hight. I bought my mower Hauters in Chardon Ohio. The reps were country type with great attitudes. After a year of use I have to say its still works like the day I bought it. As for how I used the mower over the last year? Well I have beat it up a little. This spring has been very difficult to keep on top of the yard. I have bogged it on wet 5 inch high Turf Type Tall Fesuce. Yes I had all the expected outcomes one could have with cutting a dense thick wet yard. No this mower is not immune to bogging out. I did it a few times on my yard, only in the back yard. My particular cultivar of grass performs best at 4.5 to 5 inches during the heat and drought of the summer. Its now about June 1 2020 and backbyard should be growing closer to 5 inches to help build its mass for the heat. I should also be able to allow it to hit 6 inches before I cut it during the heat of the summer. This helps reduce the heat stress of the yard. The less cuts I make the less stress it has. SIDE DISCHARGE does what you expect it to do. With my yard I got the cut I expected but the striping was not as hard as I would have liked at 3.75 inches high. I did have some clumping with a wet yard. Again this is expected and is no way a hit on the mower. I used the side discharge for my first cut season. BAGGING I started the season (2020) bagging my clippings. We started composting and I want to help add to the quality of the compost. Plus with the somewhat wet season it helped keep the yard cleaner. Again clumping and clogging did happen, not a hit on the mower. Wet grass is going to clump and clog on a walk behind. Striping did improve but still not as hard as I like to see. MULCHING about a month ago I started multching. I have not had a good cut as of yet because of the weather so I can't say how well it stripes. I will include some pics that will show the quality of cut one can expect to see.
by muranakr
I owned this mower 5 seasons.
I used this mower once a week for around 5 years. The fancy front wheel set up was useless for me. I had them in lock mode the whole time. After one season one if th welds broke on the front wheel arm. I had it welded and ended up having to reinforce the weld on the other wheel. After the beginning of the 5th season the mower deck cracked and the front of the mower dragged. I decided to buy a new mower rather than did this one again. I went through 2 throttle cables also. Not sure why. The piece that holds the throttle cable had to be modified as it kept breaking. The engine ran flawless.
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So easy to maneuver around trees and rounded bed edges. Strong power especially up hill.
So easy to maneuver around trees and rounded bed edges. Strong power especially up hill.
by Candace
1 person found this helpful
Don’t Buy
Bagger blows grass out the sides cheap plastic wing nuts plastic side discharge catches on fences had to replace twice a year I have to replace the control cable hard to back up plastic on back of mower catches and dislodged the bagger when you go to empty the bag there’s a big mess of grass collected the casters don’t turn properly and makes things difficult and last the deck cracked so bad the mower tears u the lawn now completely unusable and cub cadet won’t replace the deck because it fell out of Warrenty.... one plus it starts on first pull but But can’t use it!!!!
by Pftoledo
Mow mow mow!
First on-line purchase with HD. Hit a bit of a snag. My smart phone read that the mower had been delivered to the store - the store told me it would not be in for a WEEK. The store was right - my phone remained convinced that the mower was in stock. Take a truck or SUV to pick this up. The mower and handle bar is folded into a thick cardboard box. Get a razor knife and carefully open the top and then remove a side panel from the box while it is on the tailgate. Carefully lift the mower down. Assemble the handle bar. Adjust the wheels per instructions. Put the grass catcher on the frame and slip that into place. Yes take out the large plug and slide the intake chute for the grass catcher into the mow housing. Oil the motor with the supplied oil. Check the level and screw the cap on. Gas up and toss the shipping cap into the recycle bin - screw the attached gas cap on until you hear a click. Pull back on the mower blade lever with one hand and pull the start cord with your other hand - if you didn’t buy the electric start model. One or two pulls will have you running. This took me about 30 minutes to do. The foward drive works great. Tugging the mower backward does take more effort. The mower handles thick grass nicely. Slow the drive speed through the thicker stuff and you will hear less strain on the engine. Very pleased with this mower. I would recommend it to a friend.
by Raven19
1 person found this helpful
After 15 years my old John Deere caster wheel mower finally broke beyond repair, parts unavailabl...
After 15 years my old John Deere caster wheel mower finally broke beyond repair, parts unavailable. I thought there wasn’t a better mower, but I thought wrong. This Cub Cadet is pretty amazing in comparison. Right off the start, $200 cheaper than what I paid for the JD 15 years ago. But forget the price, the drive system is so easy to operate, just hold the handle and start walking forward and the mower matched your speed. The bag installs without any hassles(JD had the starter rope routed over the bag and it never worked well). No choke or primer bulb to fool with, just hold the stop lever down and pull the cord. Mine fired on the first pull right out of box and continues to do that every time I use it. The caster wheels are a no brainer for me. So much easier to turn, move around trees, shrubs, any obstacle. Some people say you can’t mow up close to the house or a fence because the wheels stick out. I say that’s what the left OR right side of the mower is for, quit trying to mow headlong into the fence. This mower gets as close as any other can in my way of looking at it. I really enjoy mowing with this machine. My only concern is will the drive system continue to stay in adjustment and be durable, it constantly has to vary speed as you maneuver and turn. Right now it is flawless, I hope it stays that way for a long time. If there is ANY negative to this mower, it would be the front wheel height adjustment. The bolt through the center has to be removed and reinstalled in a higher or lower hole, then it is secured by a flimsy looking plastic wingnut , which could easily be stripped. The rear wheels adjust with levers and work great. Overall, this mower is SO EASY to operate, I wish I had a bigger yard. For the price and features, I am thrilled with this new caster wheel mower.
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7 people found this helpful
This mower meets most of my expectations. The only issue I have so far is the front wheels are a...
This mower meets most of my expectations. The only issue I have so far is the front wheels are a little stiff when turning. The swivel points should have grease zerk fittings.
by Grasscutter
1 person found this helpful
Do you want to mow your lawn with one hand?
I am not a $450 lawn mower purchaser; I’m more like a $200 lawn mower purchaser. I grab which ever mower is on sale in my price range and run it till it breaks. This changed because of my last mower, a Husqvarna, given to me by my in-laws because it was heavy and hard to turn. Husqvarna are good mowers and I kept it almost 10 years, but I’ll tell you I hated it every time I mowed. Yes it’s heavy and takes a lot of effort to turn, but the rear drive was awful; it was slow to start moving and never went fast enough for me – I always used a ton of effort to push it faster. When it blew a pint of gas out the muffler one day trying to start it, I danced it all the way down to a mechanic friends house, dropped it there and never looked back. I did a web search for ‘the best walk behind lawn mower of 2016’ and ran across a few sites that listed a $600 Honda as best and this one in 2nd. My neighbor has had a Cub Cadet for 12 years, it's still running and he's always liked it. I was happy I could order it through Home Depot instead of driving 45 miles to pick it up at the nearest Cub Cadet store so I got it. The mower came fully assembled, although you need to make sure you pull the handle out and set it before starting. Added gas, checked the oil (added some), and believe it or else it started up first try. The drive handle and front wheel configuration makes for a completely different mowing experience. Drive handle: as you walk forward the drive handle is pushed forward and the rear drive is engaged. The faster you walk the more forward the handle goes and the faster the mower goes, like a gas petal. It took a bit to get used to it, but when I did, AWESOME! You want to go slow, walk slow; you want to go fast, walk faster. Oh man this is the best thing ever. Somebody invent a Noble for this. I swear I’m cutting my yard in about half the time. Front wheels: you don’t have to push down on the handle to lift the front wheels to turn, you leave the front wheels on the ground. But because of this you do have to walk wider around the back of the mower to turn: think of steering a shopping cart around the store from the front side (not exactly the same, but hopefully you get the idea). Because you don’t lift your front end you’ll want to soften all your corners to curves, but you still have to walk around the back pretty far in your turns. A huge pain but there is a work around. TIP: walk inside the turn and use you opposite hand to steer. For example, if you’re turning left walk on the left side of the mower (inside of the curve) and use your right hand to steer. Switch over for right hand turns and back and forth for alternating turns. This may sound weird but it's a different type of lawn mower. Then realize you don’t need both hands for the straight parts and boom! you’re mowing your yard with one hand. Yeah! I don’t bag my clippings anymore, I stopped doing that years ago so don’t know if the bagger works well or not. The side discharge works fine and the mulcher is awesome. The biggest CON I’ve come across is I can’t seem to be able to get close enough to my fences, which has caused more time spent in weed eating – totally not cool. I hope I can work this out, but with the way the front wheels are I don’t know. Another CON is it does not like dips, it runs aground on even small ones. My dog digs, so this sucks. It does use more gas than my old one, but this isn’t a CON for me. It’s got plenty of power so if I’m buying more gas because of that then so be it. The mower is awesome and I am very pleased with it.
by Wateriscoldwithoutaheater
11 people found this helpful
This lawn mower is almost perfect.
I have used this mower for about a total time of 20 hours and am very pleased with it's performance so far. Although it arrived with the outer box looking very ragged out, there was no damage to any of the contents. One of the bolts for the handle had fallen out of the box, buy a quick trip to the hardware store fixed that. Very easy to "assemble", only took about 5 minutes. Added the oil and some gasoline and it started on the second pull. And it has been easy to start ever since, usually just one pull. I am really impressed with the "zero turn" ability of this machine. It easily mows around obstacles in the yard. It's also quick and easy to lock the front wheels for long straight runs or if you just prefer that setup. Height adjustment is easy with the rear wheel, but the front wheels are adjusted using bolts. I takes a minute or two, but I don't see any reason I would ever need to change the height now that it is set. The rear wheel drive system has operated flawlessly, making this mower a true walk behind. There is absolutely no pushing required. I only have one issue with this mower. The fuel tank is solid black and the only way to check the fuel level is to open the cap. A translucent white tank or some sort of sight "glass" would have made filling the fuel tank easier, and safer. I have overflowed it several times trying to "guess" when it was nearing full. Fuel tank aside, I would highly recommend this mower to those with 1/4 to 1/3 acre yards. Final note: Whoever was in charge of placing the model sticker on the engine was having a bad day as this one received the incorrect sticker. I ordered, and received, the pull start - but got one stickered for the electric start.
by dugntex
12 people found this helpful
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