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#1 SearsYellow OFFLINE  


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Posted February 15, 2015 - 06:50 PM

Last year I sold my Zero Turn because I believe that Zero Turns are only useful to mow with and that's about it. 


I was looking on craigslist and found a Cub Cadet GT2186-48. 

I talked to the guy for a few days and eventually went to look at it. It had been sitting all winter with ethanol gas in the carb (I have already ordered the carb kit). I checked the oil and it was full but it was black. The transmission fluid was nice and clear. The transmission fluid did not have a foul smell either. We tried to start it but the battery needed to be charged. After hooking it up to jumper cables with a few turns it fired up. It runs smooth and purs like a kitten. I drove it around the yard and the transmission pulled great even though the hydraulic fluid was cold (it was about 34 degrees). When I went to engage the PTO it cut off. I was thinking it was a ground off until he finally got the PTO to fully engage. The choke has to be pulled slightly out for the PTO to engage without shutting off the engine. This mower only has 206 hours. If I cleaned the mower up it could sit on a showroom floor. It's extremely nice. 

I paid $1050 for the mower. Did I pay to much? I will try posting a picture. Is there anything I should worry about with this model? The steering is manual and so is the deck. 

I love Cub Cadets. When I sold my Zero Turn at the end of last mowing season I knew 100% what kind of mower I wanted. I wanted 2000-3000 series Cub Cadet.




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Posted February 15, 2015 - 07:24 PM

Very nice 2186!

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Posted February 15, 2015 - 08:10 PM

Very nice the 2000 series are good.

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Posted February 15, 2015 - 08:21 PM




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Posted February 16, 2015 - 01:11 AM

Its a keeper. Congrats!

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Posted February 19, 2015 - 01:35 AM

To keep from stalling the engine, try engaging the PTO at a lower RPM.  Then up to full RPM for proper blade speed.

My theory - if you drop to about 1/3 throttle, you aren't trying to spin the blades to full speed in a fraction of a second.

Also saves wear and tear on the PTO clutch.


I have a 2206.  When the deck is cold it will stall the motor.  Once the deck has been spun up it should re-engage without a problem.



Also, 34F doesn't sound like a challenge - I use mine as a snow blower.  The CC semi-synthetic indicated in my manual works just fine at temperatures well below 0F (although it's stored in a warm garage).

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Posted February 19, 2015 - 07:18 AM

Seems there's no consensus on pto operation, my Simplicity zero turn says engage pto at full throttle.



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Posted February 24, 2015 - 08:02 PM

You did good. They are a well built machine.