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We had a big storm last night. Spent the morning cleaning up limbs with the XT3 and CC Hauler--enough to make a burn pile. Set it ablaze a couple hours ago and its about done.

Also used the XT3 as a forklift to haul some junk out from the front area of the woods where I moved it out of my old well house. I love, love, love the sleeve hitch fork set I built for this thing. So much easier than lifting stuff.
Don't even have to get off the tractor for abut half of the loading and unloading when using it.
 

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Got done with chores and pulled the XT3 into the shop. Changed the blades and greased everything while it was on the lift. Gonna try Rotary Copperhead blades and see how they do.

My old blades looked better than any used blades I've ever taken off out here in 20 years and will be sharpened and reused. Last time I sharpened them I knocked the edge off so they were slightly blunt.

It worked very well and they stayed sharper for much longer mowing my rocky, rough field.
 

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Well I talked a little ugly today while finishing mowing in the bright sun because the left rear upright of the canopy frame snapped like a twig where it bolts to the XT3 tractor frame. It is safe to say that with only 24 +/- hrs. of use if a yard is not smooth as glass the flimsy frame will not survive the real world. Oh well, it really did help while it lasted.:tango_face_crying:
I'm going to call my former coworker & cohort in crime to see if he'll help me fab a new & improved canopy frame using thin wall sqr. steel tubing like we used on the 2166 canopy.:thThumbsU
 

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Well I talked a little ugly today while finishing mowing in the bright sun because the left rear upright of the canopy frame snapped like a twig where it bolts to the XT3 tractor frame. It is safe to say that with only 24 +/- hrs. of use if a yard is not smooth as glass the flimsy frame will not survive the real world. Oh well, it really did help while it lasted.

I'm going to call my former coworker & cohort in crime to see if he'll help me fab a new & improved canopy frame using thin wall sqr. steel tubing like we used on the 2166 canopy.<img src="http://www.mytractorforum.com/images/smilies/thThumbsUp.gif" border="0" alt="" title="ThThumbsUp" class="inlineimg" />
I think I'd be asking for a refund on that.
 

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I think I'd be asking for a refund on that.
Hey Steve I looked at the dedicated Operator's Manual that came with the canopy and Cub states there is a 2 yr. wty for separately sold attachments and accessories. I'm going to remove the frame and carry it to the dealer along with the broken piece to show him I did not hit anything and that it was not abused. I doubt I could get a refund but at least maybe can get a replacement to make do until I can fab a better one after mowing season is over.
 

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I was looking on the Cub Cadet site and noticed parts missing from my XT3GS that are clearly pictured on the page, namely the grille guard https://www.cubcadet.com/en_US/xt3-gs/14A-3JM-010.html#specs-table-specs-controls . When you compare the GS & GSX there doesn't appear to be any differences other than the Engine h.p. https://www.cubcadet.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-cubcadet-Site/en_US/Compare-Show?pid0=14A-3JM-010&pid1=14RD3LE-010&cgid=lawn-and-garden-tractors&backUrl=
For giggles I may to call Cub Cadet and mention that the grille guard was missing on my 2019 model and being a stand up company I'm sure they would get one right out to me @ no charge.:sidelaugh
They state the GS has diff lock, eps and elect. deck lift but I'll tell them I don't need those items at this time. :ROF
 

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I was looking on the Cub Cadet site and noticed parts missing from my XT3GS that are clearly pictured on the page, namely the grille guard https://www.cubcadet.com/en_US/xt3-gs/14A-3JM-010.html#specs-table-specs-controls . When you compare the GS & GSX there doesn't appear to be any differences other than the Engine h.p. https://www.cubcadet.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-cubcadet-Site/en_US/Compare-Show?pid0=14A-3JM-010&pid1=14RD3LE-010&cgid=lawn-and-garden-tractors&backUrl=
For giggles I may to call Cub Cadet and mention that the grille guard was missing on my 2019 model and being a stand up company I'm sure they would get one right out to me @ no charge.<img src="http://www.mytractorforum.com/images/smilies/sidelaugh.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Sidelaugh" class="inlineimg" />
They state the GS has diff lock, eps and elect. deck lift but I'll tell them I don't need those items at this time. <img src="http://www.mytractorforum.com/images/smilies/12.gif" border="0" alt="" title="ROFLMAO" class="inlineimg" />
Looks like some bonehead in their advertising dept messed that up. Clearly has GSX on the front bumper.
 

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Looks like some bonehead in their advertising dept messed that up. Clearly has GSX on the front bumper.
For giggles I called Cub cs and told the rep that the grille guard was missing on my recently purchased 2019 GS and if he could send me one. He was dumbfounded and apologetic that someone would have left it off and then ship it that way.
I laid it on thicker and heavier as we went that I was so upset and couldn't believe that Cub would misrepresent this on their website; he assigned a case number and assured me a Cub dealer could get the parts to resolve the issue. :ROF
But it gets better, I also mentioned other discrepancies in the description and it finally dawned on him by his "wait a minute, those are GSX specs", duh. He apologized and thanked me for pointing this out and said Cub had revamped their web site and someone had apparently taken a short cut, you think? He said he would contact their IT dept. and have it resolved.

In the meantime the Cub dealer I got the sunshade from called me and it does indeed have a 2 yr. wty. and they had ordered the replacement parts. They'll call me when the parts arrive so that should get me thru this summer; maybe over the winter months my welder buddy and I can fab something better.:thThumbsU
 

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I got a flat tire on my 2 year old Cub Cadet and I put tire slime in the tire and it hold up just fine for now


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Today I finally changed the oil and such and the oil is black and it should be good for the next 50 hours or so


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Ok I finally got the canopy frame fixed. My welding buddy replaced the thin rear mounting brackets with 1 3/4" flat bar, drilled & tapped it for the mounting bolts then tack welded the oem upright to it.
The dealer could not get MTD to understand/admit they sent the wrong frame pole so the dealer drilled new holes in the replacement part, repositioned the spring pins and it fit/worked perfectly.
I am back in business with the canopy and everything worked great yesterday while mowing, stability is day & night difference also.:thThumbsU
 

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I had the parts laying around and the time to do it so I showed my daughters ( 10 and 7) how to change the oil, oil filter, air and fuel filters on the Kohler SV590. Also adjusted the intake and exhaust valves while I repaired the valve cover oil leak. All in all time well spent with the girls and today we are going to replace the fuel pump.
 

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I got the GT3235 put back together and set up for winter just in time for the first snow. Never sucked up a single leaf before the snow fell – maybe I will get another chance, maybe not. It would not bother me too much to have to wait for spring to do it. Once again with the first snow I am reminded what a great tractor these 3000’s are. I like all the seat time I can get, even blowing snow.

There was a noise that sounded like an exhaust leak so I changed the exhaust pipe gaskets, one of which looked like it was leaking. Unfortunately, afterwards the sound was still there, so I suspect a head gasket problem. I pulled the plugs and one is a bit oily, which is more evidence, but I need to do some more diagnosis before anything comes apart.
 

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I got the GT3235 put back together and set up for winter just in time for the first snow. Never sucked up a single leaf before the snow fell – maybe I will get another chance, maybe not. It would not bother me too much to have to wait for spring to do it. Once again with the first snow I am reminded what a great tractor these 3000’s are. I like all the seat time I can get, even blowing snow.

There was a noise that sounded like an exhaust leak so I changed the exhaust pipe gaskets, one of which looked like it was leaking. Unfortunately, afterwards the sound was still there, so I suspect a head gasket problem. I pulled the plugs and one is a bit oily, which is more evidence, but I need to do some more diagnosis before anything comes apart.
Tractor looks great. Ready for the war on snow. We don't get much here but I'm trying to figure out a way to use my loader for leaf duty.

Hope you don't have to deal with a head gasket issue. Good luck with it.
 

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Thanks Steve. Yes, considering the crazy amount of rain we have had this year, it could be a really big snow season. Head gaskets on the CH twins are not bad to do and the parts are not very expensive. I have done them before and they can be done in the tractor.

I can see why you would want to get all the use possible from the loader. Leaf duty, hmm...got to give that some thought! BTW, the bagger they have for your XT3 does a great job on leaves, minimal clogging and it will fill right to the top. Cheers!
 

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Thanks Steve. Yes, considering the crazy amount of rain we have had this year, it could be a really big snow season. Head gaskets on the CH twins are not bad to do and the parts are not very expensive. I have done them before and they can be done in the tractor.

I can see why you would want to get all the use possible from the loader. Leaf duty, hmm...got to give that some thought! BTW, the bagger they have for your XT3 does a great job on leaves, minimal clogging and it will fill right to the top. Cheers!
Good that the gaskets aren't too bad. I'm thinking of building a leaf rake to mount on the bucket edge. I was pushing leaves today with the bucket in the dumped position with good results unless the ground was uneven. I think I could do well with a spring tine rake.
 

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Hi Guys, I'm a newbie here (wow, been a long time since I've been a newbie) especially at 65+ years old. I have two 3000 series Cubs and absolutely love them, for reasons that never even crossed my mind when I was younger. My 3205 is my mower and the Kawasaki liquid cooled engine is awesome, it will definitely live longer than I will. Mods to it include custom paint and lettering and 15" aluminum wheels, tail lights and backup lights replaced with aluminum panels and LED clearance lights, headlights replaced with a 12" LED light bar sunk in behind the stock headlight cover. My first 3000 and former mower is a 3185 with 1185 hours currently, this has become my little helper around the yard. I have a broken back and bad knees so I appreciate whatever help I can get. The step-thru design of the 3000 series are truly a Godsend for me. I added an extended bumper below the stock one so I can push things into place (like railroad ties) and a 3' boom to the rear with a winch (currently hand crank, but powered soon) this lets me drag things around the yard and serves as the lift mechanism for my debris rake and acreage rake. The 3185 has v-lug rear tires mounted on ATV rims that I modified to fit our Cubs.

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