Cub Cadet is a brand of outdoor equipment sold by MTD Products, Inc., headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Cub Cadet produces a series of lawn mowers, including walk-behind mowers that use the 173 cubic centimeter Cub Cadet Overhead Valve (OHV) engine. You can purchase Cub Cadet products from authorized dealers and you can find a dealer in your area by searching on the company’s website.
The Cub Cadet 550 series comprises the 550SP and 550ES models, which are both self-propelled 173 cc OHV lawn mowers. Both have 19-inch steel decks and feature the 3-in-1 cutting technology, which allows you to bag, mulch or side expel your debris. Both come with a single level that you use to adjust the height of your mowing deck into up to six different positions.
The major difference between the models is that the 550SP has an Autochoke SureStart Guarantee feature, which ensures the engine starts every time but the 550ES only has an electrical starter. As of 2011, the 550SP costs $329, and the 550ES series costs $399.
CC 46 ES
The CC 46 ES, 173 cc OHV,comes with an electrical starter and the 3-in-1 cutting feature. It has a 21-inch steel deck and single-speed, front wheel drive. It uses one lever to adjust the mowing deck into up to nine different positions. It can cut items up to 3 1/2 inches high, and it has a rear bagging system that can hold up to 2 1/2 bushels of material. As of 2011, this lawn mower costs $349.
CC 94 M
The CC 94 M mower features the Autochoke SureStart Guarantee, and it has a 21-inch steel mowing deck, powered by a 173cc OHV engine. It has 8-inch front tires and 9-inch rear tires, and the larger rear tires help you navigate rough or uneven terrain. This is a rear-wheel, variable speed lawn mower and it has a 2 1/2-bushel capacity bag on the back. As of 2011, this mower costs $439.
Care and Maintenance
You must maintain your 173 CC engine to ensure that it continues working properly. Always check the engine oil within the first five hours of operation and then after ever use or every subsequent five hours of use. You must check your engine oil once a season. Clean out your air cleaner, muffler and engine shroud after every five hours of use. Check and replace if necessary your spark plug after every 25 hours of use. Replace your fuel filter, paper air filter and spark plug after 100 hours of use.