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SC 500 Z

SIGNATURE CUT™ SELF-PROPELLED MOWER
SC 500 Z is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 44.
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$ 729.00
SC 500 Z
SIGNATURE CUT™ SELF-PROPELLED MOWER
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$ 729.00

  • 159cc Cub Cadet performance tuned engine
  • Caster Wheels with locks provide zero-turn maneuverability
  • High performance MySpeed™ Premium Drive Control System offers smooth engagement and superior speed variability
  • 3-year limited residential warranty


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Product Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall good mower. I like the self propelled action. I have one concern and that is that it has a lot of plastic parts that I fear will break easy.
Date published: 2016-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the front sweval wheels, deck cleaning I boughtthis mower 6 weeks ago. I looked at alot of mowers, I choose this one because of the front wheel design, because my yard requires alot of turning while mowing. I have used it a few times and can say this mower saves me about 20 minutes every time simple because of the zero turn wheels. The ability to wash the deck is super nice as wheel my garage never smells like a lawn mower anymore. I really am happy with this mower
Date published: 2019-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You must buy!!!! The best mower ever!! Starts right away even if it is a weak pull!! The Zero Turn Wheeles make it all the better! The only thing that does not work on it is the deck way. The mower is littarly effertless! I give it an honest ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I Highly Recomend this Mower!!
Date published: 2015-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great maneuverability Great performance so far after one summer's use. Starts on 1or 2 pulls, maneuverability is excellent. Cuts well and the variable speed self-propelled feature makes it easy to cut on hilly terrain or on flat ground.
Date published: 2015-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS IS THE SECOND PURCHASE OF THIS MODEL FOR ME AND THERE ARE SOME DEFINITE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SELF PROPELLED LEVER ASSEMBLY AND BAGGING SYSTEM THAT I HAVE FOUND TO BE MUCH MORE "USER FRIENDLY" THAT THE MOWER PREVIOUSLY PURCHASED THREE OR FOUR SEASONS AGO.
Date published: 2015-08-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing Mower was great when purchased. Purchased near the end of the mowing season. Started on first pull every time. Mower was winterized and kept in the garage all winter--Georgia winter not a Midwest winter. Now, I roll it out for first Spring mowing and no start. Tried new few. No start. Checked spark plug--looks brand new. No start. Tried starting fluid...starts for a second. I shouldn't have this issue...brand new mower. Now I get to figure out where to get warranty service. I bought this because of the casters. Stupid me.
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Will Not Buy Again Bought the mower a little more than 3 years ago and have not enjoyed it since. The casters are not as smooth as expected and they are kept in the lock position. The self propelled never pushed very hard and now it does not work at all, with the cause unknown. The bagger fills to about half and nothing more, additionally it is difficult to mount and grass gets into the abundant crevasses. It will start on the first pull every time and that’s the only good point. Used to use it only occasionally because I had a riding mower and didn’t mind it’s flaws but I have since moved and use it every week which proves to me how bad it is. Also does not cut very well I suppose because of its power.
Date published: 2019-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid mower A breeze to handle and cut around contours even with my 85'x200' fenced in lot. The only improvement to this fine mower would be to engineer "change on the fly" controls for the caster wheels as my old Honda featured. Yes, some grass gets caught up in the delivery area between mower and bag but not a big deal. I did have to call Cub for replacements of a poorly threaded screw (probably made in China) that hold the handle in place and I've had some issues with the bar and spring that holds the rear door open but they were also minor. Easy pull starts as advertised. Huge bag and easy to unload. Definitely recommended.
Date published: 2020-10-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don’t Buy Bagger blows grass out the sides cheap plastic wing nuts plastic side discharge catches on fences had to replace twice a year I have to replace the control cable hard to back up plastic on back of mower catches and dislodged the bagger when you go to empty the bag there’s a big mess of grass collected the casters don’t turn properly and makes things difficult and last the deck cracked so bad the mower tears u the lawn now completely unusable and cub cadet won’t replace the deck because it fell out of Warrenty.... one plus it starts on first pull but But can’t use it!!!!
Date published: 2019-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great mower I've had it almost 2 years. I did two things to the mower, I put a Zerk fitting on each caster swivel, and replaced the in-tank fuel filter with an after-market clear plastic filter. Other than that, it's a great mower.
Date published: 2016-05-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I owned this mower 5 seasons. I used this mower once a week for around 5 years. The fancy front wheel set up was useless for me. I had them in lock mode the whole time. After one season one if th welds broke on the front wheel arm. I had it welded and ended up having to reinforce the weld on the other wheel. After the beginning of the 5th season the mower deck cracked and the front of the mower dragged. I decided to buy a new mower rather than did this one again. I went through 2 throttle cables also. Not sure why. The piece that holds the throttle cable had to be modified as it kept breaking. The engine ran flawless.
Date published: 2020-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from almost a home run 4 stars on a awesome more. There is always room for improvement. I bought this mower Memorial Day weekend in 2019. At that time all I wanted was a mower to cut grass i did not know at that time what i was about to get into. At the time of purchase cut was not on my radar. This is why I am giving four stars. With what I know now this mower would be grand slam with a 4.5 inch cut hight. I bought my mower Hauters in Chardon Ohio. The reps were country type with great attitudes. After a year of use I have to say its still works like the day I bought it. As for how I used the mower over the last year? Well I have beat it up a little. This spring has been very difficult to keep on top of the yard. I have bogged it on wet 5 inch high Turf Type Tall Fesuce. Yes I had all the expected outcomes one could have with cutting a dense thick wet yard. No this mower is not immune to bogging out. I did it a few times on my yard, only in the back yard. My particular cultivar of grass performs best at 4.5 to 5 inches during the heat and drought of the summer. Its now about June 1 2020 and backbyard should be growing closer to 5 inches to help build its mass for the heat. I should also be able to allow it to hit 6 inches before I cut it during the heat of the summer. This helps reduce the heat stress of the yard. The less cuts I make the less stress it has. SIDE DISCHARGE does what you expect it to do. With my yard I got the cut I expected but the striping was not as hard as I would have liked at 3.75 inches high. I did have some clumping with a wet yard. Again this is expected and is no way a hit on the mower. I used the side discharge for my first cut season. BAGGING I started the season (2020) bagging my clippings. We started composting and I want to help add to the quality of the compost. Plus with the somewhat wet season it helped keep the yard cleaner. Again clumping and clogging did happen, not a hit on the mower. Wet grass is going to clump and clog on a walk behind. Striping did improve but still not as hard as I like to see. MULCHING about a month ago I started multching. I have not had a good cut as of yet because of the weather so I can't say how well it stripes. I will include some pics that will show the quality of cut one can expect to see.
Date published: 2020-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good mower I have been using this mower for 5 years. Use canned ethanol-free fuel with stabilizers and spray the idle linkage with WD40 and this will run every time. Change oil by tipping over to pour out the filler pipe into a pot. Easy. With flat land, this is a joy to steer around like a Zamboni, but not so much for tight maneuvers. I don't give it highest marks because of lack of easy independent wheel height adjustments. I would like to see taller rear wheels.
Date published: 2020-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Mower I have ever used I have been using a push or self propelled mower for the past 37 years of my life. I have never used a mower that cut the lawn this clean. The mulching quality is second to none. The build quality is unbelievable for a mower this price. The engine starts on half a pull. I have never used a caster wheel walk behind but its mobility was incredible. I have never been happier.
Date published: 2018-10-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cheaply made I've had the lawnmower for only 3.5 years, and it's now unusable. I could deal with having having to replace the cheaply made wing nuts from day one. Although there is an easy way to adjust the rear height of the lawnmower, changing the height of the front wheels required that I put the front of the lawnmower on a block to raise it off the ground. The lawnmower shimmy's at the start because of the caster wheels but that was something I got used to. The blades never cut evenly, even after the first year. There was always some tall grass left in multiple rows when you examined your finished work. What I always found to be a problem was the way the rear wheel height adjustment lever on the left side and the side discharge chute cover on the right side would always get caught on a tree, post or fence when you tried to cut close to any of those objects. Just last week, the cover finally got caught on a fence and tore off from the bolt holding it in place. I tried to hold it closed in place with a clamp, but it eventually fell off during mowing. What finally made it inoperable was when I gave the yellow drive control handle a sturdy push to get up a wet hill, it broke right off on both sides. I expected a lot more from a lawnmower at this price point and cannot recommend this product to anyone.
Date published: 2019-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mower This s probale the the best mower i have owned in years mowes great easy to use at a great price.
Date published: 2019-05-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as good as the old models I do not like my new lawn mower. I loved my old Cub Cadet - model SRC 621 - which I had for over 15 years. The effortless drive on the new mower is NOT effortless at all. Having to push the handle forward to go faster is not easy, especially going uphill. I much preferred my old model that had a separate lever to set the speed, and a lever you just pulled toward you to make it go. I've had my new mower for one month, and it has died on me twice. It just shuts down after about 40 minutes. We took it back to the dealer where we bought it, and they couldn't duplicate the problem, so they couldn't fix it. The new model doesn't mulch as well as my old one either. Sometimes it leaves clumps along the wheel line. I feel like I wasted my money.
Date published: 2020-07-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Stuck with an uneven cut I gave it a full season and still have yet to get a good cut. Completely uneven every time... caster wheels make it easy to turn but difficult to cut straight ... wish I chose differently
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A nice lawn mower I love the zero turn ability. It does take time to get use to using. If you have a bumpy lawn it will be hard to keep straight but you can lock the front wheels, then you lose the zero turn capability. Starts on the first pull and has a pretty good size gas tank.
Date published: 2018-10-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from poorly made sorry i wasted the money.front castors don't swivel, guard under deck is hit by blade.and the washout thing is a joke. I did lawn maintenance for 25 yrs (now retired) know abit about mowers and wish I had looked this thing over better
Date published: 2019-08-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Shouldn’t have to regularly clean the carb This mower is a piece of sh%t. The manual isn’t specific to each mower size. It says “if equipped”. I’m an engineer and if I had the luxury of saying “if equipped” on ANY project, I would be fired. Sad and pathetic engineering on the cheap.
Date published: 2020-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Did the job, quality of some components is poor I bought the SC500EZ (electric start and caster wheels) from a small-town farm implement store that sells and services Cub Cadet. This is my first Cub Cadet purchase. Mowed only once so far, so really can't recommend the product to others until it stands the test of time. But I wanted to relay my experience to anyone out there looking to buy. It cut the lawn just fine (mulched). The salesman said the caster wheels are very popular because they eliminate the need to lift the front end up when turning around. I'm over 60 years old, and my wife also likes to mow, so it seemed like a good idea. They worked as advertised. It was incredibly easy to maneuver the mower around the yard. The combination of the personal-pace self-propelled system and the caster wheels made the whole thing effortless. However, be aware of several issues you will encounter as you get in close when mowing around pine trees, bushes, and shrubs: 1. The caster wheels get in the way. They sit up so high they get tangled up in the shrubs and you have to back up to extract them and maneuver them around the shrub. I have only used regular wheels before this, and I must say the regular wheels were easier around the edges (but harder to use in the open field). 2. Backing up is often difficult because the rubber guard across the back of the deck flips under the mower and somehow adds significant drag. 3. Near the left back wheel there is a 6 inch lever that sticks up and out. It is used to adjust the height of the back wheels. It gets caught in the shrubs as you go along the edges. I just know that it will break off one of these days when I hit a shrub too hard. A shorter lever that doesn't stick out so much would fix this. 4. This is my biggest issue: The electric start battery compartment is on the right side of the deck, along the edge. It is poorly and cheaply designed, and failed in TWO ways during my FIRST mowing. The compartment is basically a plastic box with a plastic cover with two flaps that snap into slots on the box, holding the cover on. Inside the box is a battery at the bottom and a bunch of electrical wires, fittings, and fuse box on top of the battery. There is a small opening on the outermost side of the box where the charger cord plugs into the battery. Hanging on the side of the box nearby the charging port is a piece of rubber that is plugged into the charging port when it isn't in use. a. The first failure was that the cover kept coming off of the box. The box is too small, extremely full, and there is a lot of pressure on the cover. The flaps in the cover just don't hold the cover on. They pop out easily and the cover comes off. The simple vibrations of mowing, and especially the scraping of shrubs easily pops the cover off. The dealer told me to duct tape the cover on. b. The second failure was that I lost the rubber piece that protects the charging port. Scrape along one shrub and it will tear the rubber piece off the side of the battery box. You won't find the rubber piece either. Now there are two exposed holes on the side of the battery box: the charging port and the hole where the rubber piece was anchored. The dealer told me to cover the holes with electrical tape. I also needed to adjust the mower height. The back wheels was easy. So were the caster wheels. But, I noticed the wing nut on the caster wheel is made of plastic that bends when you tighten it. I think this is the next thing to break. I bought this mower because my old mower was falling apart. Yes, it was held together with duct tape in many places. Now, after only one mowing, my new mower is being held together with duct tape and electrical tape. Really?
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good machine with no idle [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] This is a good machine and I like most of its features however it does not idle so every time you let go of the throttle it turns off, which means you have to restart, and it does not pull freely in the middle of the mowing process so it needs to be cleared out and the drive wheels disengaged in order to start it. Several pulls later it's off and running. Stop to talk to someone, move some debris whatever do not let go of the throttle.
Date published: 2021-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Overall I was skeptical when thinking about buying this because of the reviews. This will be my third Cub Cadet lawnmower in 18 years. The first one the engine failed but I got warranty compensation to buy a second one which I have had until the drive control broke and was too costly to repair. I like the Cub Cadet because of the caster wells, I have lots of things to cut around in the yard. When I got it home I notice the engine was smaller in size than the previous Cub Cadet mowers. It made it much easier to lift out of the box because it has a handle of the front, the handle also helps in not bumping into object standing in your yard. Putting the grass bag together was little tricky but otherwise not much of a problem putting the rest of it together. The grass bag is not as good as the one in the past. It has no front cover and when you take it off grass will fall out. And the whole connection area is not sealed well so grass clippings do fly out. I mostly do mulching which the set up for that was easier than the lawnmowers of past. The first thing to get used to is the drive control. Old one I pulled bar towards me now I have to push it away which at first made it difficult to control at first but after a few times I was able to work it much better and because it is lighter in weight easier to handle. Yes Cub Cadet has used plastic parts like the wing nuts and you need to be careful on how close you get to bushes, small trees and rocks that you use for decoration. I find it a little hard to start since you have to push the bar forward and at the same time pullback on the rope making it awkward. Pulling backwards I do find the plastic guard on the back bottom can sort of get stuck I am thinking at some point it will break. Also with a smaller engine, I have a sloped yard, the wheels don’t spin in place as much requiring me to push it the slope to get going. The old one was heavier and the wheels would spin in high gear. It has hose connection to clean out the underside but I have not tried it yet. I did not find that it cuts uneven as others had stated. So overall I like it and approve it.
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed, I was spoiled. This is my 4th cub cadet mower. I should have quit while I was ahead. The speed drive is awkward around trees/bushes. I tend to want to push the mower, more so when going up hill. Lucky me, I got the mower that takes 3 pulls to start. I get excited on the rare occasion it starts with one pull. At times, casters want to go in different directions. This was not an issue with old mower. Bag system terrible. I live in North East. Lots of leaves. Takes forever due to small bag and bag difficult to remove. Lastly, the rear guard (black rubber on rear of mower) broke off after two mowings. I was told not to back up with mower?? Old Cub mower the guard was on a swivel. In ten years of use I never replaced that part. I guess if I had a small yard and no trees/bushes/hills It would be OK. Except I remember how well my old mower worked.
Date published: 2020-11-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great Cut, Shame about build quality! I brought this mower at the end of April based upon seeing it at a trade show and liking the features such as swivel wheels, height adjustment (that worked for me) and being an American made mower. When I first used it the cut was beautiful, drawing comments from neighbours an how nice it looked. Then at the start of June disaster struck, the front wheel assembly just collapsed. The swivel wheels are held in by three screws which just shredded and dropped out! With pandemic in full affect I was resorted to using the Web Customer Service link which was cumbersome to use, and when i got through to Derrick, he obviously had better things to do than talk to me! I ended up ordering some more screws at my cost! (obviously they are not a standard size that can be purchased locally), which despite paying for 4-6 days delivery took over two weeks to arrive with no apology. One cut later and these screws also dropped out, shredding the thread again. I took the mower to the local warranty dealer where it sits now! I now have to rent a mower to cut my lawn as there's a backlog of two to three weeks due to delays. Very unimpressed at the moment and starting to wish I had brought Japanese! I am very disappointed with this mower and what quite frankly is a design defect. Three Bolts with Nylock nuts would have been a much better, sturdier option over three half inch screws! However once working properly the cut is very, very good!
Date published: 2020-07-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Junk Self Propel works great of you're turning on concrete. Its useless when pushing in grass, you have to do all the work. Save your money and get a Honda for cheaper.
Date published: 2019-12-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unable to Start Mower I bought this almost 4 years ago when I moved to a smaller yard. Since then this mower has never started up at the first of the season without total rebuild of carburetor and removal of all fluids, new plugs and a can of starter fluid. Once it starts it will run all season but never in the beginning. This is the worse mower i have ever owned.
Date published: 2021-04-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Was great until a week after warranty expIred I really liked this mower. It cuts well, the high wheels make turning easier, it starts on the first pull....but three years and a week after I bought it, the deck split at the side discharge. I had that welded up, but now the front wheels are separating from the deck and I can not use it. Still starts on first pull, but thats it.
Date published: 2020-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost Great Zero turn feature best for bad backs, no pushing down on handle to turn, can almost mow with one hand, two faults - if pushing up a hill to trim very hard to roll back at you with this drive system and if mowing across a hill casters continuously pull down the hill.
Date published: 2019-06-17
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