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Cub Cadet 550ES Lawn Mower

The Cub Cadet CC 550ES Self Propelled Lawn Mower is a 19-inch wide lawnmower, which is 2 inches smaller than the average lawnmower, however, this makes it ideal for storage and getting around smaller places. It will take you a bit longer to cut your lawn, however, the storage issue more than makes up for it.

Cub Cadet 550ES Lawn MowerThe Cub Cadet CC 550ES Self Propelled Lawn Mower comes with the normal 3 in 1 capability – mulch – rear bag – side discharge. Convert easily and quickly between modes depending on preference and cutting conditions. As with most lawn mowers, you will find that longer grass is better bagged and disposed of vs. trying to mulch long grass. Short grass is much better for mulching.

Depending on the desired grass height, you can adjust the height of the cut from 1 inch to 3.5 inches using a single lever to adjust all four wheels. This lawnmower is also a rear-wheel-drive lawn mower with only a single speed set for the average walking speed.

The Cub Cadet 550ES Lawn Mower is a great little lawn mower that will meet the needs of most consumers and even with the 2 inches smaller deck size, you will find that storage is that much easier with this size of the machine.

Cub Cadet 550ES Lawn Mower – Specifications:

  • 173cc Cub Cadet® OHV engine
  • 19″ steel deck
  • 3-in-1 convertible cutting options
  • 1″ – 3.5″ Cutting Height
  • 7″/8″ Front / Rear tires
  • 1.9 bushel rear bag capacity

Engine: This CC 550ES Self Propelled Mower has a173cc Cub Cadet® OHV engine

Propulsion: This CC 550ES Self Propelled Mower is  Rear-drive, single-speed

Warranty: The CC 550ES Self Propelled Mower offers a 3-year limited residential warranty.


  • Electric Start
  • Rear-drive, single speed
  • CycloCut™ cutting system
  • Single lever, 6-position height adjustment

Description of the CC 550ES Self Propelled Mower

This particular lawnmower also comes with an electric starter, so no need to pull the chord to start the engine. The rear-wheel drive system on this lawnmower is only a single speed system and a little more difficult to control. with front wheel drive all you need to do to turn corners is left the front wheels slightly to disengage them from the ground to change directions. With rear wheel systems you must disengage the drive by letting the drive lever go and then turn the lawnmower on sharp corners. For slight corners, you can continue with the drive in operation and turn the corner in the normal mode.

Delivery: Most lawn mowers can be picked up in the store, however, if you do not have the means to take it home yourself, delivery usually can be arranged for a delivery charge. You may want to consider borrowing a trailer or a van to bring home your lawn mower and avoid the delivery charge. Some vendors such as Home Depot, Lowes and others will rent a van to you by the hour to transport items purchased at their stores. The rates are quite reasonable.

Safety & Operation

All lawn mowers should be treated with respect. They are powerful machines and in the wrong hands can do a lot of damage. Start by reading the manual and following all of the safety guidelines outlined in the manual. Never work on the lawnmower without first ensuring that the engine is turned off.

While cutting the lawn and using the side discharge, never allow anyone to stand beside the discharge. Do not point the discharge at something that could be damaged by high speed flying objects ejected from the lawnmower.

Always check the engine to make sure that there is sufficient oil in the engine before starting each day. Top up if necessary.  Fill the fuel tank while the engine is cool. A good time to do this is before you start cutting the lawn. Fuel spills can sometimes cause fires. If you do spill any fuel, wait until it evaporates prior to starting the engine to avoid any chance of fire. Always fill the fuel tank outdoors.

Shut the engine off before removing the rear bag to empty it of grass. Or making any other kind of adjustments to the lawnmower.


Maintenance of the lawnmower is pretty straight forward. Read the guidelines in the manual and follow them.  Arrange to have your engine tuned up once a year and the oil changed at the same time. This applies to most consumer applications where you are cutting your lawn once a week. If you are using the lawnmower for commercial applications you may need to change the oil more often.

Keep the housing free of debris to avoid the acid from the grass causing the housing to deteriorate. Also keep grass from building up around the muffler to avoid the possibility of fire. Check the spark plug to ensure that it is not corroded and dirty. Replace if it is pitted. Always use clean fresh gasoline for your lawnmower. Following these tips and others in the manual will ensure that your lawnmower will last for many years.

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