My little brother took the Cub Cadet to his high school due to a show at the school
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I think I'd be asking for a refund on that.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" />
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.I think I'd be asking for a refund on that.
Looks like some bonehead in their advertising dept messed that up. Clearly has GSX on the front bumper.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" />
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.Looks like some bonehead in their advertising dept messed that up. Clearly has GSX on the front bumper.
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.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.
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.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!