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Angry Cub Cadet 28"3XHD

Brand New never used in the snow until today and it let me down big time.

Here in Baltimore we got about 28" of snow so far, I fired up the new machine, purchased from and setup by my local dealer. It started great so I started my first pass down my driveway and I thought so far so good. About 20 feet down I needed to reverse and had nothing, the wheels stopped, I could move forward but even that was slow. The drive wheels or friction disc are slipping.

It took me forever to move it back in the garage. My first thought was I was sorry I purchased this machine, my old MTD 24" never let me down like this.

Is this normal for a Brand new Cub Cadet?
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I would say it shouldn't be normal.

Could need the friction disc adjustment tightened a bit.

Or, it could be that snow and water got inside there and it started slipping.

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Thank you Shryp for the reply, I will tighten the cable for the drive tomorrow and try that. Since snow is 100% water why would they sell a snow blower that would not work if a drive part gets wet? My 24" MTD never did this in 10 years, Sorry I sold it now to move up to a machine I thought was better.........
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This guy has a similar issue and a few more replies.
https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...er-speeds.html

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No, that's not normal for any snowblower. My Cub Cadet has been awesome.
But, it is a machine and they all can break. I had a brand new Ariens that let me down. So failures can happen with any brand.
Hopefully it's something simple!

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Problems with brand- new snowblowers on their very first use are unfortunately rather common, and 90% of the time they have one common cause: poor assembly, set-up and adjustment by big-box employees who don't know what they are doing.

The good news is that its probably not a fundimental flaw with the machine itself, and once the issue is found and fixed it will probably be fine..I know that little consolitation to the guy with a brand new but non-working snowblower..but its at least good news.

Another reason to always buy from a dealer..who can make sure its set up properly.

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Be sure to check the manual for proper adjustment too. If you make it too tight you can put unneeded excess wear on the parts and you might end up replacing something sooner than you should. In the extreme case of too tight the wheels will always turn even after you let go of the drive lever.

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Another reason to always buy from a dealer..who can make sure its set up properly. Scot
(Except he did get it from a dealer. )

There is something that just isn't right and it's best to follow the adjustment procedures in your manual and not just tighten something up.
You either want to get it back to the dealer or pull the bottom cover off and inspect things to narrow down the problem to something you can adjust or repair or know it's something above your ability and the dealer needs to take care of it.

For whatever reason sometimes a specific machine will have a problem with snow melting off the engine getting to the friction disc and causing a problem. Not saying that's your problem but the manufacturers try their best to make the transmission housing water resistant. You still have bolts, cables, belts, rods, shafts and bearings that have to go through the housing so there are times water finds a way.

IMHO you have a good brand and model of machine and you didn't make a mistake buying it we just need to figure out what's keeping yours from performing the way it should.

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(Except he did get it from a dealer.
Ah! Right, so he did..
Well, it could still be a set-up problem..
Let's hope for that..otherwise it could be another fairly common problem: "its a MTD"..
But let's not go there yet..

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Let's hope for that..otherwise it could be another fairly common problem: "its a MTD"..
But let's not go there yet..

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Yeah, but like I said I had the problem called "its a Ariens" but lets not go there!

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