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Cub Cadet - Self-Propelled Gas Lawn Mower - 163 cc - 21-in

Article #02225344 Model #12ABP2A3596 Format 163CC 21"
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To keep your lawn neat and trim trust the Cub Cadet® gas-powered self-propelled with a variable rear-wheel-drive lawnmower. A Briggs & Stratton 163 cc OHV engine delivers reliable performance and the variable rear-wheel drive allows you to mow at your own speed. It has a cutting deck and a choice of rear dust-blocking collection bag, mulching or side discharge of clippings. Dual-lever 6-position wheel adjusters customize the cutting height and the self-propelled drive and adjustable My Speed(TM) handles make it comfortable to use. The deck washing fitting makes it easy to clean the lawnmower. It is equipped with front wheels of 8-in (20.32 cm) and rear wheels of 11-in (27.94 cm). This product is backed by a 3-year limited warranty.

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Product specifications

Color
Yellow
Warranty
3-year limited warranty
Functions
Rear dust-blocking bag, mulching or side discharge
Displacement
163 cc
Cutting Deck
21-in (53.34 cm)
Handle
My Speed handles
Motor
Briggs & Stratton OHV
Cutting Height
6 positions
Style
Gas
Wheels
8-in (20.32 cm) front and 11-in (27.94 cm) rear
Height Setting
Adjustable
Drive
Self-propelled rear wheel drive
Type
Lawn mower

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How easy is this mower to start?   Does it start on the first pull?

Asked by: AnaC
I find it's much easier to start with high quality gas, make sure there's ZERO water content in the gas... If you follow the manual's instructions, giving a full small light pulls until you find resistance ( in essence you're getting the piston to TDC ) then giving it a good hard pull, I find it fires right up
Answered by: sickle
Date published: 2020-05-30

I mow a very hilly terrain. I would be using this mower for trim around trees and fence posts. How easy is it to disengage the drive when I just want to push and pull it around bushes etc.?

Asked by: Gary 61
I have a bumpy suburban yard with some slope to it in spots and this mower exhausted me. It was a constant struggle and the other poster is correct that if any places are even a bit damp it sticks and clumps. This mower is VERY heavy.
Answered by: Prairie Blue
Date published: 2019-10-08

How is it that it never needs an oil change?

Asked by: monkey lips
Not sure where the no need for and oil change came from. I will be changing mine at least in the fall before storing it and again if necessary during the cutting season.
Answered by: northern folk
Date published: 2019-10-08

What is the top speed of the Cub Cadet with adjustable My Speed?

Asked by: rustymac
Thank you for your question. This intuitive drive system is infinitely adjustable from 0 to 5.17kph (3.21mph).
Answered by: Cub Cadet Support
Date published: 2019-10-08

Does the bag stay on or off when using the mulch feature?

Asked by: RickyBee
Thank you for your question. Remove the bag and allow the spring loaded rear flap with integrated mulch plug to snap into position. Then remove the side discharge deflector chute allowing the spring loaded mulch plug to settle into position. Now you're ready to mulch and recycle grass clippings into the lawn for moisture retention and natural fertilizer!
Answered by: Cub Cadet Support
Date published: 2019-10-08

Can anyone tell me how well te bagging system works? My cur rear drive cub cadet does not fill the bag before you need to empty it. The bag only half fills then the chute that goes to the bag clogs forcing the grass clippings to form big clumps of grass

Asked by: Frizzled6
Thank you for your question. The rear bag feature of this premium mower works exceptionally well, featuring a 25% lager grass discharge opening and free flow raschel knit bag with parallel design and convenient grab handle for emptying. The following steps should help with the bagging performance of any lawn mower. Try to mow later in the day when the grass is dry. Don't remove more than 1/3 of the blade of grass at a time (if lawn has grown too fast, set the wheel height adjustment up, mow once and then lower the height and mow a second time in the opposite direction). Keep your mower blade sharp and replace the blade if the "wings" that provide lift are worn. Ensure good airflow through the bag by keeping the mesh clean (shake well when finished emptying, occasionally use compressed air).
Answered by: Cub Cadet Support
Date published: 2019-10-08

what is the horse power for Cub Cadet 3-1 self propelled, 163cc

Asked by: ranrid
Ignore Pauline. Displacement does NOT equal horsepower.
Answered by: Jefftone
Date published: 2020-03-30

Is the handle adjustable for length?

Asked by: Jane65
Not by the factory.   If you wanted, you could drill new holes to lower the handle.
Answered by: Wrecher
Date published: 2019-10-08
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Cub Cadet - Self-Propelled Gas Lawn Mower - 163 cc - 21-in is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 40.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far so good! We have had the Cub Cadet 163cc for about a month now and it's working great. Our yard is hilly and uneven in places and so I wanted something with rear wheel drive that wasn't too heavy. It starts easily and drives great with the self propelled feature kicking in as you push on the bar and easing up as you ease off. I'm loving it... This could also be because we replaced an old push lawnmower, but so far so good! I would recommend it. Also, ordering online with Lowe's was easy (I had already done some research about what features I wanted when I found this online)... I just placed the order and it showed up several days later!
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Long time customer I bought my first Cud Cadet Gas Mower in April 2010 in BC and it still works like new. Last year I had difficulty starting it and then broke the pull rope. I found someone through Craigslist who replaced the rope for $15 and serviced the carburetor for $30. After that, the mower has been working like new with better fuel efficiency. I learned that you need to open and clean the carburetor every year. Or you can fill in some carburetor cleaner every once in a while. I bought another one today because it was on sale and it has 3 years of warranty. I will try it in 2.5 years to make sure it works normally. I don't know how long my old one will last but I have faith in this brand's quality.
Date published: 2019-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet machine Bought mine today Aug 1, 2016 10 mins to set up and I'm super impressed. I'm extremely picky and wierd about purchases I make and there in no remorse after this one! This is my third mower I've bought in 15 years and it blows away the Poulan, the Sears craftsman and John Deere machines I've had.
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dream Machine!! I just purchased this machine and wow what a beaut. Fully assembled out of the box, just adjust the push handle height, add oil and gas and one pull to start. Very light machine to push with the strong self propelled RWD option. You can literally guide it with one hand. To put it simple...this is a DREAM MACHINE!!
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does exactly as advertised Only had it a few days but I'm 100% satisfied with this lawnmower. Brought it home and less than 30 minutes from box to lawn. Easy setup, started 2nd pull out of the box and 1st pull since. Handles my ups and downs on my lawn with no issues. Variable speed works great and very easy to control. It's a lot lighter than it looks. No issues or drag going from forward to reverse Again it's early but so far so good :)
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SELLS ITSELF I bought this mower to replace a battery operated mower that lasted only three years and although I have only had one cut with it its a slick mower, easy to operate, started on the first pull and I'm sure will bring years of easy mowing. Nothing beats a gas propelled mower in thicker grass
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This thing rocks! I have had this for a couple of months. Upgraded from a corded electric mower and I can't believe the different in power. I have a large back yard and I am done in 1/3 the time as before. So awesome. Starts on first pull, the wheel engagement is super easy to use and is well designed in my opinion.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love Cub Cadet I cut 45 lawns a week for my property service business. I've used Cub Cadet mowers for the last 4 years after being disappointed with Toro mowers. These mowers do the job consistently well for me, offering the versitility of being able to mulch, side discharge or bag your grass clippings. Buy this mower, you will love it.
Date published: 2017-05-20
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