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Folks,

I have a Cub Cadet 2554 that I purchased about 4 years ago. I have always had some trouble with the lift but now it does not raise the deck at all. The lift lever works and I can see the spring on the left side move but the right side does not move at all. When I remove the deck pulling the right hand mower support pin the right hand lift link (arm) snaps, and I mean snaps, to the top. Moving the lift handle if very difficult when the deck is not installed. When I do manage to move the lift handle to the lowest possition the right hand lift arm does not move and I cannot pull it down. As you can imagine this really makes it really hard to put the deck back on.
I have not been able to find a maintenance manual for this series (2500) mower and do not know if there is any adjustment that can be made here.

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks!
 

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Good morning, the lift lever with no deck is difficult with the 2550 is a 2 hand and arm operation also. 1st time I had the deck off I had difficulty lowering the lever to hook up also...got it eventually. Now I'm careful when removing the deck to carefully guide it to #5 to prevent the linkage from binding up.

If your linkage is bound up you may have to safely elevate the front end of the tractor. With the aid of a cable pulley linked to the 2 ears put a little pressure on the linkage.

But make sure the release button is engaged or you will bend the ears.

Once you're in #5 you're OK. Also when removing the deck if you can safely control the lever so it doesn't slam into #6 it probably wouldn't bind...but there a lot of torque there. Good luck and lets us know what solution you came up with.


I'm including a pic of a simple float device I cobbled up for mowing. This will keep the lever unlocked while you free the linkage up.
 
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