August 24, 2017

Cub Cadet Lawn Mower Reviews 2017

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Cub Cadet was first established in Kentucky back in 1960 under the direction of International Harvester. The IH Cub Cadet was an entirely new line of heavy-duty small tractors using components from the previous Cub series tractors.

Then in 1981, International Harvester sold their Cub Cadet division to the outdoor equipment mega company MTD corporation. MTD continued innovating and building upon the Cub Cadet name to produce some of the most popular, and arguably the best, lawn tractors and walk-behind mowers on the market today.

Contents

List of Cub Cadet Lawn Mowers Reviewed

The top Cub Cadet lawn tractors

cub cadet xt1

    • XT1 lawn tractors
      1. XT1 LT 46″
      2. XT1 LT 42″
      3. XT1 LT 50″

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Cub Cadet XT2 riding mower

    • The XT2 lawn tractors
      1. XT2 LX 46″
      2. XT2 LX 42″

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    • The top Cub Cadet walk-behind lawn mowers:

Cub Cadet SC100

      1. SC100

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cub cadet RWD

      1. 28″ RWD Wide-Cut

 

Cub Cadet SC500Z

      1. SC500Z 21″

 

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    • The Cub Cadet RZT Zero Turn Mower Range:

Cub Cadet RZ-L and Cub Cadet RZ-S

      1. RZT L 50″ vs. RZT S 50″
      2. RZT L 46″ vs. RZT S 46″
      3. RZT L 42″ vs. RZT S 42″

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    • The Cub Cadet Z Force Zero Turn Mower Range

Cub Cadet Z-Force-L and Z-Force-S small

      1. Z-Force L 48″ vs. Z-Force S 48″
      2. Z-Force L 54″ vs. Z-Force S 54″

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You can easily jump to the review of the mower that most interests you by clicking on the link in the table of contents below.

Cub Cadet Lawn Tractor Range

The Cub Cadet range of lawn tractors offers some of the best entry-level riding mowers for consumers looking to upgrade from walk-behind mowers.

However, choosing between the XT1 and XT2 versions can be daunting owing to the bigger size, higher price, and myriad of different features.

Here is a look at the capabilities of the different Cub Cadet lawn tractors: The Cub Cadet XT1 Series is the brand’s base line entry level riding mower range.

With a strong, rigid chassis and powered by Kohler engines, the range has been designed for strength and durability.

They are great for mowing up to 4 acres, can turn within a 16-inch radius, and can haul and use a range of attachments connected to the PTO.

Cub Cadet XT Mowers

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The XT1 Range

Cub Cadet XT1 LT 42″ Lawn Tractor

The Cub Cadet XT1 42″ lawn tractor offers all the same features as it’s 46″ big brother but has the smallest engine in the XT1 range.

Cub Cadet XT1 steering wheel viewThe 42″ model sports an 18HP professional-grade Kohler® Courage OHV engine. Though not as powerful as the 46″ or 52″ models this 18HP engine is still pretty powerful and packs enough of a punch to be used for commercial purposes.

Still, the Kohler OHV single-cylinder engine delivers enough power that, when combined with an automatic drive system – no shifting – allows you to cut acres of grass with barely any fatigue.

With front and rear anti-scalping wheels, stamped deck with 1″ – 4″ cutting heights, PTO clutch, smooth spring assisted lever engagement deck lift with 12-Positions.
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Productivity

This is a slightly smaller tractor than the other 2 tractors in the range at 50-inches but coupled with a 42″ twin-blade cutting deck system the Cub Cadet XT1 LT 42″ lawn tractor is more appropriate for consumers looking for a high-grade entry-level lawn tractor.

Cub Cadet Xt1 Lt 42" HydrostaticIt can easily pass through closely spaced barriers such as trees and gates, and as it can also mow in reverse you don’t need a walk-behind mower or trimmer to finish the job.

As with all Cub Cadet machines the XT1 42″ is very easy to use and is an excellent choice for an entry level lawn tractor especially for those unfamiliar with bigger machines.

You can easily mow a 2-acre yard in about 1.5 hours with XT1 42″.

The 16″ turn radius available on all mowers in the XT1 range is incredible for such a large lawn mower.

The machine delivers a satisfying finish that is, in our opinion, equivalent to a zero-turn mower though it obviously doesn’t have the same incredible maneuverability or speed.

Protection and durability

The entire range of Cub Cadet Enduro Series comes with a sturdy frame and a cutting deck with the famous rust-resistant Cub Cadet yellow coating.

The range also has a clean-out port (deck wash port) for convenient washing of the deck – just connect a common hosepipe, turn on the water and let the deck clean itself.

For your safety, Cub Cadet lawn mowers feature a Blade Brake Clutch that keeps the blade from spinning, while the engine is still running, when you leave the mower’s seat should you need to clear debris from your path or just to empty the grass bag (on a walk behind model).

Using the Wash Port (video)

 

Main Features XT1 42″

Here is a quick list of the features offered on the XT1 42″ lawn tractor.

  • 18 HP Professional-Grade KOHLER® Courage OHV
  • Single Cylinder
  • Fully pressurized automotive-style oil pump. Spin-on oil filter
  • TUFF TORQ® Hydrostatic Transmission (fully automatic & foot-pedal controlled)
  • 42″ Stamped deck
  • Deck cutting height 1″ – 4″
  • Twin blades
  • PTO clutch
  • 12-position, spring assisted deck lift
  • 15″ X 6″ front wheels
  • 20″ X 8″ rear wheels
  • 47″ wheelbase
  • Automotive-style disc brakes
  • 3-gallon, ‘easy fill’, rustproof fuel tank
  • 1.3 quart oil capacity
  • New E-Coating Corrosion Defense System (5 year rust warranty)
  • Revtek reverse mowing technology
  • Steering wheel with new optimized steering system
  • 16″ turning radius
  • Blade Brake (safety feature)
  • Forward speed 5.5 mph
  • Reverse speed 3.1 mph
  • Headlights
  • System Monitor Package: Digital Hour Meter/Service Minder, Oil, Battery, Brake & PTO Start Sequence
  • Cruise Control
  • New Cub Comfort™ high-back seat with 10 degree incline & slide
  • Patented Smartjet Wash System
  • Cup Holder
  • Length: 68″
  • Width: 54″
  • Height: 42.5″
  • Estimated weight of 410 lbs
  • 3-Year unlimited hours & 5-Year chassis & front axle unlimited hours/limited lifetime fabricated deck shell

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Cub Cadet XT1 LT 46″ Lawn Tractor

The very popular XT1 LT 46″ lawn tractor features the 7000 Series 22 HP V-Twin OHV Kohler Command PRO commercial engine design. It packs a real punch.

Cub Cadet XT1 LT 46“Engineered and assembled in the USA, this engine offers dependable power for consistent professional cuts and reliable starting.

The Kohler provides substantial power to not just the 46″ twin blades, for an even smooth cutting motion, but also the drives the mower in even the most challenging terrains without compromising on the cut.

With front and rear anti-scalping wheels, stamped deck with 1″ – 4 ” cutting heights, PTO clutch, smooth spring assisted lever engagement deck lift with 12-Positions, a NEW CUB COMFORT™ high-back seat with a 10 degree incline & slide and even a digital maintenance reminder it is no wonder this machine is one of the most popular riding mowers in its class.

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Paired with Productivity

The 46″ stamped, twin-blade cutting deck drastically cuts down the time necessary to mow your lawn compared to a regular walk-behind mower.

Cub Cadet XT1This Cub Cadet lawn tractor can mow moving forward at 5.5 MPH and can also mow in reverse at 3.1 MPH.

This makes cutting much faster while providing better access to tight areas; though obviously not as maneuverable as a zero turn mower the turning radius of 16 inches is still impressive compared to other mowers in its class.

The 3-Gallon fuel tank, optimized steering system, handy cruise control and high-back seat with 10-degree slide make it easier to cut large areas with fewer breaks thus maximizing productivity.

The XT1 range also feature a smooth lever attachment PTO for using your mower with different attachments.

Ease of Use

The XT1 is a cinch to use. It is extremely easy to move forward, reverse, and change the cutting height.

The large handle strategically located on the side can be used to quickly raise and lower the mowing deck.

XT1 46 inch deck handleThis is a great feature that allows the user to raise the deck to avoid taller roots or other lawn obstacles (or just for driving the mower to and from cutting areas)

The deck can be raised within a 25mm and 100mm range.

There are two pedals on the right hand side – simply put your foot on one of them to move forward, or your heel on the second one behind it to move backward.

The onboard control system is situated within easy reach and the mower’s various controls are very intuitive and easy to use.

Easy, convenient, and effective.

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Protection and Durability

The frame of the Cub Cadet XT1 range of lawn mowers also feature a robotically welded frame with an innovative e-coating corrosion defense system.

Cub Cadet XT1 controlsThis ensures maximum durability and reduces the risk of chassis flex.

The coating makes the machine very climate-resistant.

This is one of the main reasons why Cub Cadet lawn mowers retain their value even after many years of service.

Main Features XT1 46″

Here is a quick list of the features offered on the XT1 46″ lawn tractor.

  • 22 HP Professional-Grade KOHLER® 7000 Series V-Twin OHV
  • Twin Cylinder
  • Fully pressurized automotive-style oil pump. Spin-on oil filter
  • TUFF TORQ® Hydrostatic Transmission (fully automatic & foot-pedal controlled)
  • 46″ Stamped deck
  • Deck cutting height 1″ – 4″
  • Twin blades
  • PTO clutch
  • 12-position, spring assisted deck lift
  • 15″ X 6″ front wheels
  • 20″ X 8″ rear wheels
  • 47″ wheelbase
  • Automotive-style disc brakes
  • 3-gallon, ‘easy fill’, rustproof fuel tank
  • 2 quart oil capacity
  • New E-Coating Corrosion Defense System (5-year rust warranty)
  • Revtek reverse mowing technology
  • Steering wheel with new optimized steering system
  • 16″ turning radius
  • Blade Brake (safety feature)
  • Headlights
  • System Monitor Package: Digital Hour Meter/Service Minder, Oil, Battery, Brake & PTO Start Sequence
  • Cruise Control
  • New Cub Comfort™ high-back seat with 10 degree incline & slide
  • Patented Smartjet Wash System
  • Cup Holder
  • Length: 68″
  • Width: 54″
  • Height: 42.5″
  • Estimated weight of 420 lbs
  • 3-Year unlimited hours & 5-Year chassis & front axle unlimited hours/limited lifetime fabricated deck shell

Cub Cadet XT1 feature list
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Cub Cadet XT1 LT 50″ Lawn Tractor

The Cub Cadet XT1 LT50 50″ lawn tractor has the biggest engine among the XT1 models.

The kohler 7000 series 24HP engine powers the XT1 50“ Cub CadetThe heart of the machine is a whopping 24 HP Kohler engine.

The power offered by the Kohler 7000 V-Twin OHV engine means that you can mow larger areas much faster and the riding lawn mower can also handle much rougher terrain that requires a much tougher mower.

The 50″ deck also adds to the speed of the mower as the bigger cutting cut and bigger blades means the mower is cutting a larger area with each pass than the smaller XT1 models.

Cub Cadet XT1 lawn tractor snowthower attachment

Productivity

Obviously the huge 50″ deck allows you to cut a wider area than the other Cub Cadet garden tractors in the XT1 range, so you complete the job faster.

However, this bigger machine also means that you can finish other jobs quicker.

The XT1 mower can take advantage of Cub Cadet’s innovative and useful lawn mower attachments; the XT1 features an electric PTO that can be used with a range of attachments for mulching, bagging, and other seasonal activities such as snow clearing.
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Protection and durability

The XT1 50″ lawn tractor, like all Cub Cadet machines, features the new E-Coating Corrosion Defense System (which is just a fancy name for rustproofing) that makes the mower weather resistant.

Cub Cadet trailerIt also features turf saver tires, and a fully robotically-welded frame for sturdiness.

Moreover, the lawn tractor comes with 3-year overall limited warranty and 5-year chassis and front axle limited warranty.

Main Features XT1 50″

Here is a quick list of the features offered on the XT1 50″ lawn tractor.

    • 24 HP Professional-Grade KOHLER® 7000 Series V-Twin OHV
    • Twin Cylinder
    • Fully pressurized automotive-style oil pump. Spin-on oil filter
    • TUFF TORQ® Hydrostatic Transmission (fully automatic & foot-pedal controlled)
    • 50″ Stamped deck

Cub Cadet XT lawn tractor in action

    • Deck cutting height 1″ – 4″
    • Twin blades
    • PTO clutch
    • 12-position, spring assisted deck lift
    • 15″ X 6″ front wheels
    • 20″ X 8″ rear wheels
    • 47″ wheelbase
    • Automotive-style disc brakes
    • 3-gallon, ‘easy fill’, rustproof fuel tank
    • 2 quart oil capacity
    • New E-Coating Corrosion Defense System (5-year rust warranty)
    • Revtek reverse mowing technology
    • Steering wheel with new optimized steering system
    • 16″ turning radius
    • Blade Brake (safety feature)
    • Headlights

Cub Cadet XT1 is great for all ages

  • System Monitor Package: Digital Hour Meter/Service Minder, Oil, Battery, Brake & PTO Start Sequence
  • Cruise Control
  • New Cub Comfort™ high-back seat with 10 degree incline & slide
  • Patented Smartjet Wash System
  • Cup Holder
  • Length: 68″
  • Width: 60″
  • Height: 42.5″
  • Estimated weight of 500 lbs
  • 3-Year unlimited hours & 5-Year chassis & front axle unlimited hours/limited lifetime fabricated deck shell

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Summary of the XT1 Range

Cub Cadet XT1 lawn tractorThe Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series is built for optimal performance and durability – backed by a 3-year overall warranty and 5-year chassis and front axle warranty.

The 18HP single cylinder Kohler and 22 – 24 HP Kohler 7000 Series twin-cylinder engines are both certified, and paired to a hydrostatic transmission, that requires no shifting between gears, for smooth operation.

The tractors are extremely comfortable, and users get an exclusive mobile app for on-the-go tractor maintenance.
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Comparison Chart of XT1 Series
Comparison Chart for XT1 Lawn Tractor Series
Cub Cadet XT1 LT 42"Cub Cadet XT1 LT 46" Cub Cadet LT50 24 HP Kohler 50" XT1
Dimensions 68" x 50" x 42.568" x 54" x 42.5 68" x 58" x 42.5
Cutting Width/blades 42" Twin Blades46" Twin Blades 50" Triple Blades
Turn Radius 16" 16" 16"
Engine 18 HP Kohler Courage22 HP Kohler 7000 Series V-Twin OHV 24 HP Kohler 7000 V-Twin OHV
Cruise Control Soft touch engagement Soft touch engagement Soft touch engagement
Transmission Hydrostatic foot controlled Deluxe Hydrostatic foot controlled Deluxe Hydrostatic foot controlled
Fuel Tank Capacity 3 Gallon 3 Gallon 3 Gallon
Forward Speed 5.5 MPH 5.5 MPH 5.5 MPH
Reverse Speed 3.1 MPH 3.1 MPH 3.1 MPH
Cutting Height 1" to 4" 1" to 4" 1" to 4"
Productivity @4MPH 1.5 acres/hr2 acres.hr 2.5 acres/hr
Added Protection Welded frame,e-coatingFully robotically-welded frame, e-coating corrosion defense Heavy duty frame, e-coating
PTO Smooth Lever Engagement Smooth lever engagement Electric
Comfort High-back seat, 10-degree incline, slide High-back seat, 10-degree incline, slide High-back seat, 10-degree incline, slide
Warranty 3-year overall and 5-year chassis & front axle limited 3-year overall and 5-year chassis & front axle limited3-year overall and 5-year chassis & front axle limited
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The XT2 Range

A Cub Cadet XT2 mowerThe XT1 and XT2 next generation garden tractors all use the same heavy-duty chassis for maximize durability.

However, the XT2 offers superior levels of power, control, and durability to handle more challenging terrain, hauling, and bigger year-round attachments.

The XT2 Enduro Series delivers even higher levels of power, control and durability than the XT1.

The XT2 can tackle much more challenging terrain and easily takes on the conditions that demand more power.

The XT2 range also comes with added features, that include:

  • Smooth front wheel bearing for superior durability (compared to sleeve in XT1)
  • Premium tires with advanced tread for improved traction
  • Foldable armrests
  • Front bumper for added protection
  • Larger battery and alternator

In short, the XT2 range are the next-level to the XT1 mowers and is a step up in strength and comfort.
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Cub Cadet XT2 LX 42″ Lawn Tractor

The Cub Cadet LX42 XT2 Lawn Tractor features a powerful two-cylinder Kohler engine with a whopping 22HP.

The only tractor with benefits of electronic fuel injected engines. The new Cub Cadet 679cc twin EFI engine available on the XT2 LX 42 packs high-performance power. Not to mention reduced maintenance and up to 25% less fuel consumption.

This next level mower is ideal for mowing more challenging terrain, heavy hauling (like an ATV), and makes a great all-round yard machine with the addition of year-round attachments that fit easily via the manual PTO.

Cub Cadet XT2 with bagger attachmentWith the cruise control feature, you can set the pace on your garden tractor and enjoy mowing at a consistent speed.

You can expect performance beyond the standard with the XT2 Series.

The LX42 Cub Cadet lawn tractor features a 42″ cutting deck and a 16″ turning radius. As with the XT1 this is not as versatile as the zero turn range (reviewed below) but is more than generous enough to make most tight turns comfortably.

All-round Yard Machine

The compact design of the Cub Cadet XT1 & XT2 mowers makes the entire range among the most versatile garden tractors on the market.

Cub Cadet XT2 with snowthrower attachmentThey can easily get past most narrow spaces. The ability to mow in reverse, and also disengage the blades in forward or reverse, means that with just a few turns even the tightest areas can be covered without worrying about scalping the lawn.

The XT range is very easy and comfortable to drive and maneuver.

The XT2 LX42 also comes with a high-output battery that starts the machine first time in all weather conditions – even in freezing temperatures which, along with the snowthrower attachment, makes it indispensable even winter months. This is one of the reasons why Cub Cadet lawn tractors are very popular in Northern states and Canada.


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Easy to use

Cub Cadet XT DashboardThe keyless engine start allows easy and convenient control from the push of a button.

For comfort, the garden tractor comes with armrests, in addition to the standard high-back seat with 10-degree incline and slide options offering 10 different sitting positions.

Protection and durability

The 22HP Kholer engine on this XT2 Cub Cadet lawn mower packs more power that its little brother and the machine comes with heavy-duty front wheel bearings, which are a more durable option compared to the sleeves used in the XT1 Series.

Cub Cadet XT2 bumperThe front bumper is a great addition to the standard fully-robotically welded frame with e-coating for corrosion resistance.

It offers much more protection against collision damage and we have found that any yard machine that has a bumper or some type of crash-bar system gives a machine a longer service life.
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Main Features XT2 42″

Here is a quick list of the features offered on the XT1 42″ lawn tractor.

    • 22 HP Professional-Grade KOHLER® 7000 Series V-Twin OHV
    • Twin Cylinder
    • Fully pressurized automotive-style oil pump. Spin-on oil filter
    • TUFF TORQ® Hydrostatic Transmission (fully automatic & foot-pedal controlled)
    • 42″ Stamped deck
    • Deck cutting height 1″ – 4″

XT2 LX42 with rear bagger

    • Twin blades
    • PTO clutch
    • 12-position, spring assisted deck lift
    • 15″ X 6″ front wheels
    • 20″ X 8″ rear wheels
    • 47″ wheelbase
    • Automotive-style disc brakes
    • 3-gallon, ‘easy fill’, rustproof fuel tank
    • 2 quart oil capacity
    • New E-Coating Corrosion Defense System (5-year rust warranty)
    • Revtek reverse mowing technology
    • Steering wheel with new optimized steering system
    • 16″ turning radius
    • Blade Brake (safety feature)
    • Headlights
    • System Monitor Package: Digital Hour Meter/Service Minder, Oil, Battery, Brake & PTO Start Sequence
    • Cruise Control

Cub Cadet XT2 LX42 in action

  • New Cub Comfort™ high-back seat with 10 degree incline & slide
  • Patented Smartjet Wash System
  • Cup Holder
  • Length: 68″
  • Width: 50″
  • Height: 42.5″
  • Estimated weight of 580 lbs
  • 3-Year unlimited hours & 5-Year chassis & front axle unlimited hours/limited lifetime fabricated deck shell

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Cub Cadet XT2 LX 46″ Lawn Tractor

The XT2 LX46 Cub Cadet lawn tractor features a larger Kohler V-Twin OHV engine with 24 HP, just 1HP less than the LX54 54″ XT2.

The Cub Cadet XT2 Enduro Series is the only garden tractor giving consumers the option between a Kohler 7000 Series and EFI – electronic fuel injected engines.

The engines also feature easy Smart-Choke technology, so simply push a button or turn a key, step on the peddle, and go. Start the mower first time, every time!

 

Performance

The stronger engine means that you can mow on much more challenging terrains and connect a wide range of attachments to the Electronic Fingertip Engagement PTO.

The comfort grip steering offers responsive handling with a 16″ turning radius.

The 46″ twin blade fabricated steel mower deck means that you can cut a larger area with each trip.

XT2 Cub Cadet EnduroIn addition, you can use up to 12 different cutting positions between 1 and 4 inches depending on the conditions of the terrain.

The Cub Cadet Signature Cut smooth arc blades, cut overlap and deep dome deck provide flawless results on every cut.

The easy to use electric PTO increases the capabilities of your lawn mower by allowing you to use a wide variety of attachments from poly carts, baggers and snowblades and snowthrowers to broadcast spreaders, steel carts and lawn sweepers.

In fact there are some great attachments for these machines that can turn any of the XT lawn tractors into a replacement for any other yard power equipment you can think of.

And with automatic locking rear differential on select models, you can brave a wide range of terrains and weather conditions to keep your turf neat year-round.

Moreover, the armrests and high-back seat with 10-sitting positions mean that you can work comfortably for longer – even at night owing to the LED high illumination headlights found in the entire range of Cub Cadet garden tractors.
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Protection and Durability

The XT2 features the signature rust-resistant heavy-duty cutting deck with Cub Cadet’s ‘New E-Coating Corrosion Defense System’.

As with the LX42 the LX46 comes with heavy-duty front wheel bearings and a front bumper for added protection.

Main Features XT2 46″

Here is a quick list of the features offered on the XT1 46″ lawn tractor.

    • 24 HP Professional-Grade KOHLER® 7000 Series V-Twin OHV
    • Twin Cylinder
    • Fully pressurized automotive-style oil pump. Spin-on oil filter
    • TUFF TORQ® Hydrostatic Transmission (fully automatic & foot-pedal controlled)
    • 46″ Stamped deck
    • Deck cutting height 1″ – 4″

Cub Cadet XT2 46

    • Twin blades
    • PTO clutch
    • 12-position, spring assisted deck lift
    • 15″ X 6″ front wheels
    • 20″ X 8″ rear wheels
    • 47″ wheelbase
    • Automotive-style disc brakes
    • 3-gallon, ‘easy fill’, rustproof fuel tank
    • 2 quart oil capacity
    • New E-Coating Corrosion Defense System (5-year rust warranty)
    • Revtek reverse mowing technology
    • Steering wheel with new optimized steering system

Cub Cadet XT2 seat

  • 16″ turning radius
  • Blade Brake (safety feature)
  • Headlights
  • System Monitor Package: Digital Hour Meter/Service Minder, Oil, Battery, Brake & PTO Start Sequence
  • Cruise Control
  • New Cub Comfort™ high-back seat with 10 degree incline & slide
  • Patented Smartjet Wash System
  • Cup Holder
  • Length: 68″
  • Width: 54″
  • Height: 42.5″
  • Estimated weight of 600 lbs
  • 3-Year unlimited hours & 5-Year chassis & front axle unlimited hours/limited lifetime fabricated deck shell

 

A Word About the Cub Cadet XT2 LX50 & LX54

Cub Cadet XT2 LX50 triple bladesBefore summarizing the Cub Cadet XT2 range of lawn tractors it is worth noting that bigger XT2 models such as the LX50 & LX54, have not only bigger cutting decks but unlike the smaller XT2 mowers which have a twin blade set-up, the bigger machines have triple blades.

This mower is for people who are in a hurry and/or have large tracts of land that need mowed.

Summary of the XT2 Range

The XT range of garden tractors come with one of the strongest warranties in the industry which a testament to Cub Cadet’s innovation, forward-thinking engineering and superior quality standards along with their customer-focused approach to yard equipment.

Cub Cadets are built for strength, durability and high-performance.

The XT2 range is offered to those who need just a little bit more power and security than the XT1 offers.

The size of deck really depends on your lawn size but you really can’t go wrong with any model.

And for maximum convenience, Cub Cadet lawn tractor owners have access to a Cub Connect Bluetooth app that helps to keep your tractor operating at optimal performance via your smart phone.
The Cub Cadet XT2 series
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Comparison Chart of XT2 Series

Comparison Chart for XT2 Lawn Tractor Series
Cub Cadet LX42 22HP 42"Cub Cadet LX46 22HP 46"Cub Cadet LX50 24HP 50"Cub Cadet LX54 25HP 54"
Dimensions 68" x 48" x 47"68" x 52" x 47"68" x 60" x 42.5"68" x 63" x 42.5"
Cutting Width/blades 42" Twin Blades46" Twin Blades 50" Triple Blades54" Triple Blades
Turn Radius 16"16"16"16"
Engine 22 HP Kohler24 HP Twin Kohler 7000 Series OHV SC PBS24 HP Twin Kohler 7000 Series OHV25 HP Twin Kohler 7000 Series OHV
Cruise Control Soft touch engagementSoft touch engagementSoft touch engagementSoft touch engagement
Transmission Hydrostatic footHydrostatic, auto-diff locksTUFF TORQ® Hydrostatic foot-controlledTUFF TORQ® Hydrostatic foot-controlled
Fuel Tank Capacity 3 Gallon3 Gallon3 Gallon3 Gallon
Forward Speed 5.5 MPH 5.5 MPH5.5 MPH5.5 MPH
Reverse Speed 3.1 MPH 3.1 MPH3.1 MPH3.1 MPH
Cutting Height 1" to 4" 1" to 4"1" to 4"1" to 4"
Productivity @4MPH 1.5 acres/hr2 acres/hr2.5 acres/hr3 acres/hr
Added Protection Heavy duty frame, e-coating, single-tube bumperHeavy duty frame, e-coating, brush guard bumperHeavy duty frame, e-coating, brush guard bumperHeavy duty frame, e-coating, brush guard bumper
PTO Smooth Lever EngagementElectronic Fingertip EngagementElectronic Fingertip EngagementElectronic Fingertip Engagement
Comfort High-back seat, 10-degree incline, slideHigh-back seat, 10-degree incline, slide, armrestHigh-back seat, 10-degree incline, slideHigh-back seat, 10-degree incline, slide
Warranty 3 and 5 year limited3 and 5 year limited3 and 5 year limited3 and 5 year limited

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Turning Your XT Enduro Mower into an All-round Yard Machine

Take advantage of the outstanding versatility of the XT2 Enduro Series and get more done year-round with the exclusive Cub Cadet garden tractor accessories.

Common attachments and accessories include:
Cub Cadet hybrid cart

    • Variety of different carts – from hybrid utility carts to a solid steel cart with a 1,000lb load capacity.
    • Cub Cadet Hauler – foldable 2-wheeled cat with foot pedal dump and 800lb load capacity.
    • Haulers – different hauler types with side-access for easy loading and unloading, as well as collapsible sides to carry larger loads.

Cub Cadet broadcast spreader

    • Three-stage snow thrower – capable of handling the deepest, most challenging snow-cover up to 18-inch thick.
    • Mulching blades – for added garden functionality.
    • Snow blades – adjustable between straight and 25-degrees for extra versatility to clear snow and ice.
    • Snow Thrower – to blast away heavy snow drift.
    • Bagger systems – superior bagging performance with twin and triple bagger options.
    • Sun shade – heavy-duty, tear-resistant material for extra comfort when mowing in the scorching summer sun.

Cub Cadet sun shade

  • Snow cab – features a sturdy powder-coated steel frame and optimum weather resistance to shield you winter after winter.
  • Lawn Sweeper – offset hitch allows simultaneous mowing & sweeping.
  • And much more.

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Cub Cadet Walk-behind Mower Range

Cub Cadet walk behind mowersCub Cadet has revolutionized the capabilities of walk-behind mowers.

The seven models in the brand’s Signature Cut (SC) Series comprise of both push and self-propelled mowers that deliver exceptional power and strength with a cut quality that often outshines mowers priced twice as high.

With the innovative driving system, consumers are assured of optimum maneuverability for a non-zero turn mower, with almost effortless cutting around curved terrain and hard-to-reach areas.

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SC100 21″ 3-in-1 Push Mower

The Cub Cadet SC100 push mowerFeaturing a 159cc engine and 21-inch blade the Cub Cadet SC100 HW push walk-behind mower is more than sufficient for flat lawns covering up to 0.25 acres.

This is a well-made, low-cost, entry-level push mower model but with lots of practical features; a premium engine, easy handling, washout port for easier dome maintenance, cutting height adjustments, and more.

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Superior Performance

The 159cc engine offers fairly quiet operation following an easy start with 1-2 pulls, thanks to the Cub Cadet’s Sure Start guarantee.

Cub Cadet 159cc engineThe performance tuned OHV – overhead valve – engine is a great alternative to the cheaper side-valve engine.

Besides the guaranteed long-life of the OHV engine on your Cub Cadet SC-100 lawn mower, users also benefit from the more efficient design.

Due to the innovations introduced by Cub Cadet into their walk-behind range of mowers users can enjoy less gas consumption and as a positive byproduct also lower their personal carbon footprint.

 

Innovative Design

Cub Cadet SC100 front viewSo what does this innovative design really offer?

Well, for a start the SC100’s characteristic deep dome deck design optimizes airflow around the blade system to maximize its operation.

The adjustable 3-position ergonomic handles with soft-touch foam grip make mowing pleasant for all users regardless of personal height.

Moreover, you can easily transform any grass cuttings into mulch via the triple-cut blades, giving you great results and a healthier lawn.

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Versatile Maneuverability

The SC100 comes with high rear wheels that help to deliver smooth operation over uneven landscapes.

As a push mower – not self-propelled – the SC100 is amazingly lightweight, owing to its largely plastic construction (which also keeps its price low).

The mower is easy to push forward or pull backward depending on your mowing needs.

With industrial-tread tires, you are assured of great traction so you can mow with the grass wet or dry.

 

Multiple Adjustments

The 21-inch blade can be adjusted to 6 different cutting height positions, between 1.25 inches and 3.75 inches (30mm to 94mm).

Cub Cadet height adjustmentAs grass should be cut to different heights depending on the time of the year or your personal preference the SC100 HW comes with adjustable cutting positions.

You can easily increase or decrease the cutting height.

The setting is also useful for navigating through varied terrain for maintaining an even cut.

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3-in-1 Discharge options

You can choose from any one of the three discharge options available on the SC100. The mower can deal with grass clippings via rear-bagging, mulching, or side discharge.

The mower is highly efficient at all three options.

SC100 BladeThe SC-100 HW Cub Cadet lawn mower comes with a mulch plug that transform the the Cub cadet into a mulching mower.

It also has a 1.9 bu. rear dust-blocking bagger included should you wish to collect the grass cuttings for a different use or for disposal (though you are much better using the mulch capability than dumping the grass).

The mulch plug and kit helps you easily return organic matter to your lawn to keep looking lush year round.

The bag is designed to pick up the clippings neatly, while the side discharge ensures that the grass clippings on your turf are evenly dispersed. Whatever option you prefer, you can expect the SC-100 to leave your lawn looking neat and beautiful every time you mow.

Durability

The Cub Cadet push mower is built with lasting components.

Cub Cadet SC100 159cc engineCub Cadet’s SureStart™ guarantee means you will start you mower in one or two pulls – more times than not the mower will start first time.

And with the 3-year limited warranty, owners will have peace of mind as they enjoy a flawlessly mowed yard.

The Cub Cadet SC100 also comes with the patented Smartjet™ high-pressure deck washing system for easy and convenient cleaning and maintenance.

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Main Features of the SC100

SC100 HW high back wheels

    • Push Drive
    • 159cc Cub Cadet® OHV
    • Thermal Auto Choke W/Surestart guarantee
    • Deluxe Poly with handle front end
    • Soft Touch Grip Handle with 3-way adjustable/ergo
    • 8″ front wheels
    • 11″ high back wheels
    • Industrial tread tires
    • 21″ steel cutting deck
    • Cub Cadet Signature Cut™ cutting system
    • Dual-lever, 6-position height adjustment

Cub Cadet SC100 Smartjet wash port

  • 3-in-1 with rear bagger, mulch, and dies-discharge
  • Smartjet™ high pressure deck washing system via a washport
  • Estimated weight of 63lbs
  • 3-year limited warranty

 

Summary of the SC100 HW Push Mower

The Cub Cadet SC100 push mower has a range of features that make it particularly attractive to homeowners and other property owners with a small yard measuring up to one-third of an acre.

A powerful engine, cut-height control, ergonomic handle and overall design, and multiple discharge options makes the SC100 an incredibly versatile walk-behind lawn mower.

The Cub Cadet SC100The unique design, especially the larger rear wheels, make the Cub Cadet lawn mower suitable for mowing small yards with rough and bumpy terrain.

With 3 ergonomic handle positions, anyone can easily push it even in the absence of a self-propelling feature.

And with easy handling, mulching ability, washout port, premium engine, and low cost, the Cub Cadet SC100 is a “stand-out in its category”.

If you have a problem with your SC100 it is returnable within 90-days, plus you have a 3-year limited manufacturer warranty for your peace of mind.

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SC500Z 21″ 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Mower

For mowing areas larger than 4,000 sq. ft. it’s always best to choose a self-propelled lawn mower.

Cub Cadet SC500ZFor a yard occupying ¼ to 1 acre, the Cub Cadet SC500Z with a 159cc OHV gas engine, variable speed rear wheel drive, and 21-inch blade is a great option.

Unlike the SC100HW Cub Cadet push lawn mower, the self-propelled SC500Z comes with front caster wheels for easier maneuverability and is fully self-propelled.

Other great features include:

  • Auto choke low noise engine.
  • Cub Cadet Engines with auto choke are generally easy to start in 1 or 2 pulls.
  • Smooth to run.
  • Lower noise levels.
  • 3-in-in operation for; rear bagging, mulching & side discharge.

They also offer fairly quiet operation with minimal noise and vibration, which makes them pleasurable for mowing and mulching operations in residential and office areas.

The SC500Z also comes with double ball bearings that reduce friction, allowing the lawn mower to glide easily around your turf when bagging.

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Perfect Cut

The Cub Cadet SC500Z comes with a highly efficient 159cc OHV petrol engine that delivers enough power to ensure consistently high quality 21-inch cuts that are characteristic of the Cub Cadet range.

The SC500Z has grass height cutting between 1.5 - 3.75 inchesWith the central cutting height adjustment, you can comfortably change the cutting height at the middle using a single lever.

The SC500Z provides 6 different deck height positions ranging from 1.25 to 3.75 inches.

 

Perfect bagging

The SC500Z comes with a large, easy-to-empty grass bag that reduces the frequency for emptying it.

Cub Cadet SC500Z with rear baggingBy reducing the number of trips to the compost heap, you can mow quicker.

Moreover, the design requires the cloth bag to fit through the mowers handle to keep it in place, yet it can be quickly removed with one hand.

This provides a simple, quick, and efficient bagging system for mowing areas up to 1 an acre.

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Mulching and side-discharge options

The Cub Cadet range of walk-behind lawn mowers gives the user a choice between discharging or bagging their clippings.

Cub Cadet SC500Z MulchingCollecting is usually recommended when you are not available to mow your lawn frequently, but you need a composter or garden waste bin to dispose of the clippings.

The energy requirement for bagging is usually less compared to mulching. This is because the cutting blade faces less resistance when cutting, as the mower cuts once and bags the clippings in one swift move.

When mulching, the cut grass swirls around the cutting deck as it gets cut multiple times until the clippings are small enough to fall through the blades to be discharged onto the ground.

The smaller the grass particles, the better groomed your lawn will appear as there’ll be less debris on top of the grass. With all Cub Cadet ‘mulchers’ the the grass-mulch is almost undetectable on the lawn.

The standard side-discharge option, on the other hand, releases the clippings through an opening on the side of the cutting deck and spreads it back onto the lawn as much larger clippings and is easily seen on the lawn.

Discharge is recommended for tending natural meadows while mulching is much better for home lawns.

With normal side-discharge you risk spreading grass debris everywhere in your house, pool, patio, or walkways.

 

Exceptional control

Cub Cadet SC500Z front caster wheelThe front caster wheels provide outstanding locking ability to keep the mower cutting in a straight line.

You only release them when turning.

With the engine pushing forward, the variable speed control feature helps you set the pace of your lawnmower, and achieve a manageable speed when turning.

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Ergonomic design

As with other Cub Cadet walk-behind lawn mowers, the SC500Z comes with ergonomic handles that give you full control of the equipment with comfortable hand position.

You can adjust the height of the handle to suit your personal needs, and fold it for storage.

Easy Maintenance

The Cub Cadet SC500Z comes with a 1.9 bu. rear dust blocking hard top bag with a handy fill indicator.

Cub Cadet Smartjet wash portThe dust proof catcher keeps dust down when cutting during dry periods, while the fill indicator flap indicates when the grass bag is nearly full and needs emptying.

And for convenient cleaning, the Cub Cadet Classic Series features the patented smart jet high-pressure deck washing system.

 

Summary of the SC500Z

cub cadet SC500ZThe Cub Cadet SC500Z self-propelled lawn mower is a great upgrade from the SC100HW push lawn mower.

Though they have the same 21″ blade and deck size, you can take advantage of the self-propelled pace control option and caster wheel locks to make the process of mowing almost effortless.

The SC500Z is very similar to the SC100 with the exception of the superior front caster wheels and its self-propelled motion.

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28″ RWD Wide-Cut 3-in-1 Self-Propelled Mower

The Cub Cadet RWD wide-cutWith the Cub Cadet RWD self-propelled wide-cut walk-behind lawn mower, you get a unique combination of expert engineering and rugged durability that delivers flawless performance for your mowing needs.

The self-propelled RWD is a step up from the SC100. While the SC100 is an excellent mower is requires the user to manually push the machine whereas the RWD’s engine supplies power to the wheels, as well as the blades, so the mower pushes itself and only requires the user to steer it.

This heavy-duty self-propelled Cub Cadet walk-behind comes with a range of practical features that improve control, efficiency, comfort, and generally everything else you’d expect from a great walk-behind mower.

As well as high quality solid construction, you can expect consistent and flawless results, cut after cut, season after season.

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Superior Engine Performance

Cub Cadet RWD 195cc engineThe Cub Cadet RWD lawn mower comes with a powerful 195cc OHV Engine and a push button electric start for quick and easy starting. Thanks to the SureStart Guaranty the RWD will start with just one or two pushes of the start button.

The strong engine can easily handle the duo-load of wheel and blade power requirements.

It effortlessly drives the advanced dual-blade cutting system to leave you with a neat Signature Cut every time.

You don’t have to worry about the battery running low as it recharges itself as you cut via the gas powered engine.

Best-in-Class Handling

The RWD Cub Cadet walk-behind lawn mower is a dream to use. Not only does it have ergonomic handles but it almost feels like the lawn mower is gliding over your lawn.

Cub Cadet RWD HandleThis self-propelled mower features the My Speed Premium Drive Control System that delivers superior performance and the best control in the industry.

The system ensures a pleasant cutting experience with greater speed variability, smoother engagement, and enhanced traction.

Moreover, the large, 10-inch semi-pneumatic rear wheels make it easier to maneuver on bumpy ground.

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Advanced Control Features

The self-propelled 195cc Cub Cadet offers variable speed on its rear-wheel drive. The RWD high rear wheel offers superior traction compared to front-wheel drive models.

You simply walk behind it and steer as the drive-wheels propel it forward.

This is particularly effective for bagging since the extra weight placed on the high rear wheels, as the bag gets filled with clippings, increases traction.

Cub Cadet RWD high back wheelThe RWD Cub Cadet features separate drive controls, as well as a blade brake clutch that lets you disengage the blades while operating.

The clutch allows you to shut off the blade without switching off the engine.

It allows you to safely walk away from the mower should you need to move an obstacle from your path, or empty the bag.

When cutting long and flat stretches, you can take advantage of the caster wheels to lock the mower into a straight line for uniformity.

If you need to make quick 180-degree turns, when you reach the end of your mowing line, simply push down the handle to raise the front wheels of the ground and you can then turn the machine with relative ease.

Since the engine is still send power to the rear wheels they will keep driving, so make sure you throttle down before executing the turn.

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3-in-1 Multi-Function as Standard

With double-blades incorporated in the 28″ sturdy steel deck this Cub Cadet offers exceptional mulching, bagging, and side discharging capabilities.

It can alternate between:

  1. Rear Bagging
  2. Side Discharge
  3. Mulching (via a mulching plug)

Many users spend most of the time in the mulch-mode simply because it’s so good.

The grass cuttings from mulch mode are so small and spread so evenly over the lawn that it is difficult to tell if they are there or not.

RWD side dischargeThis is actually one of the key reasons why consumers choose to upgrade to a Cub Cadet lawn mower. The addition of the self-propelling capability makes the RWD a winner.

Of course not everyone wants to mulch and sometimes you may want to use your grass clippings in other areas of your garden so bagging is a great option.

For lawns with higher grass that don’t require frequent mowing, releasing the clippings through the side opening and spreading them back onto your yard is another option available with the standard side discharge option.

 

Wide Cut for faster mowing

The Cub Cadet RWD in actionThe Cub Cadet Wide Cut features a 28″ steel deck that covers more ground compared to the smaller 21″ Cub Cadet walk behind lawn mowers.

This means that you can get the job done 33 percent faster than with the smaller lawn mowers. This does make the RWD more expensive but for some time saved is worth that expense.

Alternatively, you can cut a much larger area in the same amount of time, which makes this lawn mower appropriate for larger areas of lawn than the SC100 as it can easily handle up to 1 acre.

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Durability

The RWD walk-behind Cub Cadet mower has sturdy construction that can easily withstand hours of repeated use, season after season. This is one of the reasons commercial landscapers tend to gravitate towards the Cub Cadet brand when buying commercial yard equipment.

For easy and convenient cleaning, the mower comes with the patented smart jet deck wash system that delivers high pressure water to swiftly clean out grass and debris accumulated under the deck.

Summary of the 28″ RWD

The Cub Cadet wide-cut walk-behind mower with rear-wheel drive and high rear wheels is a great investment for property owners with a up to 1 acre yard.

No worries if you have uneven terrain or need to cut across a driveway or hump.

Cub Cadet 28" RWDThe 3-point feature lets you vary the cutting height adjustments up to 5 positions.

With large rear wheels and the weight positioned at the back, you can easily tip the mower back and propel it across the surface, with front wheels raised, to avoid damaging the blade or scalping your turf.

It gives an outstanding cut as well as easy maneuverability.

The wide cutting deck also means you can cut more lawn in less time.

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Comparison Chart of Walk-behind Mowers
Comparison Chart for Cub Cadet Walk Behind Mowers
SC100HW 159cc 28" RWD Self-Propelled Wide Cut 195cc SC500Z RWD Self-Propelled 21" 159cc
Engine 159cc Cub Cadet OHV 195cc Cub Cadet OHV 159cc Cub Cadet OHV
Engine Start Recoil start with Auto Choke – SureStart Guarantee Push button electric start with Auto Choke – SureStart Guarantee Recoil start with Auto Choke – SureStart Guarantee
Walk-behind Drive typePush Rear-wheel Drive, MySpeed Drive System, blade break clutch Rear-wheel Drive, MySpeed Drive System
Deck Size 21-inch steel, single blade 28-inch steel, twin blade 21-inch steel, single blade
Cutting Options 3-in-1 bag, mulch, side discharge 3-in-1 bag, mulch, side discharge 3-in-1 bag, mulch, side discharge
Height Adjustment Dual-lever, 6 positions 3 point, 5 positions 3 point, 6 positions
Cutting Height 1.25" to 3.75" 1.25" to 3.75" 1.25" to 3.75"
Dimensions – L x W x H 73" x 21" x 42" 49" x 32!"x 21" 64" x 23" x 42"
Front/Rear wheels 8"/11" 7" ball bearing caster / 10" semi pneumatic rear Full ball bearing 8" / caster 8"
Tires Industrial tread Industrial tread Industrial tread
Fuel tank capacity .25 gallons .25 gallons .5 gallons
Handles Comfort grip, 3-way adjustable ergonomic Soft touch grip, 3-way adjustable, fold for storage Soft touch grip, 3-way adjustable ergonomic
Bagging 1.9 bu. rear, dust blocking bag 1.9 bu. rear, dust blocking bag 1.9 bu. rear, dust blocking bag
Approximate Weight 76 lbs 165 lbs 95 lbs
Size of yard Up to ¼ acre ½ to 1 acre ¼ to ½ acre
Terrain Type Flat with obstacles Sloped with obstacles Sloped with obstacles
Warranty 3-year limited 3-year limited 3-year limited
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Cub Cadet Zero Turn Range

cub cadet zero turn range

RZT Range

Cub Cadet is a proven innovator of zero-turn technology, and, arguably, boasts the strongest line of zero-turn mowers in the industry.

Cub Cadet’s leading 360-degree turning technology allows you to cut around obstacles with precise control, making your every turn more efficient.

RZT mowersWhat’s more Cub Cadet offer the industry standard 2-lever control zero turn models (“L” model) while also offering the same machine with a steering (“S” models)

There are also different sized models, with the RZT models giving you full control of the four-wheel steering to maximize stability and reduce your mowing time.

Cub Cadet zero turn mowers come with different size cutting decks; we have included reviews of the 50″, 46″, and 42″.

We will also show the differences in the machine that use the two different types of drive control used: lap bar technology versus syncro-steer technology.

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Lap Bar Technology vs Syncro-Steer Technology

In simple terms there are two main differences between the steering mechanisms used in the Cub Cadet RZT range.

  1. Lap Bar Technology is used for Precise Performance
  2. Syncro-Steer Technology is used for Strength and Versatility

 

The RZT “L” Models

The RZT L models feature a lap bar controlled dual-hydro transmission that lets you mow forward at speeds of up to 7MPH, or mow-in-reverse at speeds of up to 4 MPH.

Cub Cadet RZT L uses levers for steering

With only two lap bar positions to choose from (forward and back) and an integrated parking brake, you can take comfort in the simplistic operation with few controls.

Here’s how it works:

  • To drive forward, you simply move both drive control levers forward, slowly and evenly, and the mower will begin to move.
  • You can accelerate up to 7MPH forward.
  • To slow down, move the control levers rearward (back towards yourself), or to the neutral position to completely stop.
  • Moving both levers rearwards – beyond the neutral point – causes the mower to drive in reverse.
  • You can accelerate up to 4MPH.
  • To turn to the left, move the left drive control – alone – rearward. To turn to the right, move the right control rearward. The greater the distance between the two levers, the sharper the turn.
  • To execute a zero-turn, simultaneously move one control lever forward and the other rearward.

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The RZT “S” Models

The RZT S models offer four-wheel steering (a steering wheel) for optimal control, stability, and versatility.
Cub Cadet RZT S series use a steering wheel
The award winning combination of the four-wheel steering and steering-wheel control ensures strength of performance that you can enjoy for years to come.

It also makes the riding mower feel more like driving a standard motor vehicle such as a car or truck.

Cub Cadet’s Syncro-Steer Technology is an innovative zero-turn mechanism that is merged with a conventional steering wheel to deliver superior maneuverability with full control of the front wheels.

Steering and drive are perfectly synchronized, giving you precise speed and rotating direction of each rear wheel at every position of the front wheels.

With Synchro Steer Technology, the steering wheel controls both front wheels and back wheels independently for superior stability on steep hills and precise control.

This technology is also available in the Z-Force SZ48 and Tank SZ60 models.

It is truly an innovation in the industry.
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1. RZT L 50″ Lap Bar vs. RZT S 50″ Steering Wheel

RZT OHVBoth the RZT L 50″ and the RZT S 50″ offer superior engine performnce.

Both models come with a powerful 23 HP Kohler 7000 Series twin-cylinder engine and huge 50″ cutting deck that lets you mow a 2-4 acre yard in minimal time.

Cub Cadet Signature Cut

Both offer 3 smooth arc blades, cut overlap, a deep dome deck, and a rust-resistant cutting deck that repels corrosion, you are assured of an even and clean-cut look every time you mow.

You can also adjust the cutting height to any one of 8 positions between 1 ½ inches and 4 inches.

Superior control

The RZT L 50 features a lap bar controlled dual-hydro transmission, with only two lap bar positions to choose from so you can take comfort in the simplistic operation with easy controls.

RZT S46 tractionThe RZT S 50 features a dedicated dual hydrostatic rear-wheel transmission that gives you effortless zero-turn control, synchronized with the steering via the steering wheel for minimal turf damage.

The gas and brake pedals match those on a standard car or truck for simplicity. Simply press the gas pedal to drive forward, or the reverse pedal to drive backwards.

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Comfort

The RZT L 50 provides the widest and longest foot platform, offering the most legroom and comfort in the residential RZT range.

It also comes with a 2-position lap bar design, electronic fingertip PTO blade engagement, and a tank with 2.8 gallon fuel capacity for convenience.

Durability

Both come with a heavy-duty fabricated axle, a reinforced frame and chassis, and a sturdy steel frame to withstand heavy and frequent mowing in the toughest terrain.

And with the large 13″ front wheels and 18″ rear wheels, as well as the ball bearing hubs, you can cut even the roughest landscapes without feeling it.

Comparison Chart for RZT 50″ ZT Mowers
Comparison Chart for RZT 50
RZT L 50" with Lap Bar Control RZT S 50" with Steering Wheel Control
Dimensions LxHxW 80" x 36" x 57"84.5" x 35.5" x 60.75"
Cutting Width 50 inches 50 inches
Front/Rear wheel size 13" / 18" 13" / 18"
Cutting options 3-in-1 Mowing, mulching, side-discharge 3-in-1 Mowing, mulching, side-discharge
Deck material 12-Gauge Steel 12-Gauge Steel
Drive type Rear-wheel Drive Rear-wheel Drive
Engine 23 HP Kohler 725 cc V-Twin 23 HP Kohler 725 cc V-Twin
Cutting height 1.5 – 4 inches 1.5 – 4 inches
Number of deck wheels 44
Forward/Reverse speed 7 / 4 MPH 7 / 4 MPH
Number of blades 33
Control / Steering 2-way adjustable lap bars2-way adjustable steering wheel
Mower size LargeLarge
Size of yard 2 – 4 acres2 – 4 acres
Terrain Flat with obstacles Flat with obstacles, hilly
Transmission Dual Hydrostatic Dual Hydrostatic
Weight 745 lbs775 lbs
Warranty 3-year limited 3-year limited

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RZT L 46″ vs. RZT S 46″

RZT L 46″ Honda V-Twin vs. RZT L 46″ Kohler V-Twin vs. RZT S 46″ Kohler V-Twin RZT

The Cub Cadet zero-return riding mower range with 46-inch twin-blades comprises 3 popular options for residential consumers looking for comfort when mowing ½ to 2 acre yards.

Performance

The RZT L 46″ Honda V-Twin comes with a powerful and dependable 688cc Honda GXV630 series twin-cylinder OHV engine that guarantees reliable starting, quiet operation, and fuel efficiency.

Cub Cadet RZT L with Honda engineThe RZT L 46″ Kohler V-Twin comes with a 23 HP Kohler 7000 Series twin-cylinder OHV engine that offers fairly quiet operation and long-life.

The RZT L range lawnmowers use a lap-bar controlled dual-hydro gear EZT 2200 transmission with dual hydrostatic rear-wheel transmission for quick, effortless zero-turn control.

The RZT S 46″ Kohler V-Twin comes with a larger, 725cc, 24 HP 7000 Series twin-cylinder OHV engine, a dedicated dual-hydrostatic rear-wheel transmission, and a steering wheel – instead of lap bars – that most consumers are familiar with for ease of use.

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Bluetooth Technology

Bluetooth Cub ConnectivityThe entire 46″ RTZ range features Bluetooth technology via its Kind Cub Connect mobile app that makes it easier to keep up with maintenance schedules.

The app tracks maintenance needs and service records, and provides users with how-to-guides, replacement part guides, and more.

Comfort

The RZT L range has the largest and widest foot platform in the residential zero-turn category for maximum comfort when mowing or mulching.

However, bear in mind that the mulching kit is sold separately on these models.

Both the lap bar and steering wheel designs offer 2 positions for extra comfort and simple operation.

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Durability

The RZT 46″ range of lawnmowers feature a rust-resistant dual-blade cutting deck with Triple Guard E-coat protection for exceptional cut-and-bagging performance.

And for your peace of mind, the 11-Gauge fully fabricated deck with anti-scalping wheels is supported by a 7-year deck shell warranty.

Comparison Chart for RZT 46″ ZT Mowers
Comparison Chart for RZT 46
RZT L 46" Honda V-Twin RZT L 46" Kohler V-Twin RZT S 46" Kohler V-Twin RZT
Dimensions LxHxW 80" x 36" x 54"80" x 36" x 54"84.5" x 35.5" x 52"
Cutting Width 46 inches 46 inches46 inches
Front/Rear wheel size 13" / 18" 13" / 18"13" / 18"
Cutting options 3-in-1 Mowing, mulching, side-discharge 3-in-1 Mowing, mulching, side-discharge3-in-1 Mowing, mulching, side-discharge
Deck material 11-Gauge Steel 11-Gauge Steel 11-Gauge Steel
Drive type Rear-wheel DriveRear-wheel DriveRear-wheel Drive
Engine688cc Honda V-Twin,725cc 23HP Kohler V-Twin,725cc 24HP Kohler V-Twin
Cutting height1.5 – 4 inches 1.5 – 4 inches 1.5 – 4 inches
Number of deck wheels 444
Forward/Reverse speed 7 / 4 MPH7 / 4 MPH7 / 4 MPH
Number of blades 333
Control / Steering 2-way adjustable lap bars2-way adjustable lap bars2-way adjustable steering wheel
Mower size MediumMediumMedium
Size of yard ½ – 2 acres½ – 2 acres½ – 2 acres
Terrain Flat with obstaclesFlat with obstacles Flat with obstacles, hilly
Transmission Dual HydrostaticDual HydrostaticDual Hydrostatic
Weight 721 lbs721 lbs721 lbs
Warranty 3-year limited 3-year limited 3-year limited

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A Word About the RZT 42″ L & S Models

RZT L 42” 23 HP Kohler V-Twin vs. RZT L 42” 688cc Honda V-Twin vs. RZT S 42” 22 HP Kohler V-Twin
The Cub Cadet zero-return riding mower range with 42-inch twin-blades comprises 3 popular options for residential consumers looking for comfort when mowing ½ to 2 acre yards.

Cub Cadet RZT S 42"Most of the features are similar to their larger counterparts, including tire size.

The 42″ blade delivers the same cut standard you would expect from any of the machines in the excellent Cub Cadet range of mowers.

The RZT S 42″ lawnmower comes with a 22 HP Kohler V-Twin automatic OHV engine.

If you prefer the lap bar design (the RZT 42L), you can choose between 2 different models one with the 23 HP Kohler 7000 Series V-Twin OHV engine and the 688cc commercial grade Honda GXV630 V-Twin OHV engine.

Both engines deliver reliable performance, easy starting, smooth and quiet operation, and fuel efficiency.

Cub Cadet RZT L and S

Summary of RZT Range

The RZT series is built strong with high-performance, commercial-grade, engines and heavy-duty components.

It deleivers dependability and consistently professional results, whether mowing or mulching.

And for easy maintenance, the range comes with the Smartjet deck wash system that delivers high pressure water, via a normal household water hose, to prevent grass and debris accumulation under the deck.

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Z Force range

Cub Cadet Z Force seriesThe Cub Cadet Z-Force range comes with powerful 24 and 25 HP Kohler Pro V-Twin OHV engines for unmatched durability and efficiency, so every mow is as strong as the last.

The most common options feature a heavy-duty, fabricated 48-inch and 54-inch deck with either Lap Bar control or steering wheel control with Synchro Steer Technology.

 

Z-Force L 48” vs. Z-Force S 48”

Z-Force S 48” 24 HP Steering Wheel Control vs. Z-Force L 48” 24 HP with Lap Bar Control

The smaller, 48-inch deck offers great versatility for mowing around trees, fences, and other obstacles.

Its central position makes it easier for you to see and increase mowing accuracy under low obstacles and in corners.

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Powerful engine

24hp kohler vtwin 7000 series cub cadetBoth Z-Force lawn mowers come with a professional-grade 24 HP KOHLER 7000 Series Pro V-twin OHV engine.

The KOHLER 7000 Series boasts double the life of standard engines, as well as quieter operation, lower fuel consumption, and higher performance.

Big claims indeed.

However, these claims come from a big name in the industry and in the case of the 7000 series pro v-twin OHV engines this claim does appear to be true.

Zero Turn Capability

The low center of gravity in the range, combined with a wide wheelbase allows the Cub Cadet Z-Force zero-turn mowers to glide over uneven terrain and still deliver clean cuts in straight lines across bumps and slopes.

The zero-turb capability means you can easily cut around lawn obstacles such as trees and flower beds etc.
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Camo Finish

For an extra $100, you can choose the Cub Cadet Z-Force L 48″ with rugged CAMO finish.

Cub Cadet Z Force in CamoIf you are looking to mow areas up to 4 acres this high performing rider can easily tackle flat to slightly hilly terrain, even with obstacles.

The Z-Force L with CAMO finish cutting deck offers 15 positions height adjustment between 1 and 4 inches.

This is compared to the Z-Force L and Z-Force S 48″ models that offer only 8 cutting positions within the same range.

However, the CAMO pattern makes the mower 100 pounds heavier than both the Z-Force S and Z-Force L 48″ with no CAMO pattern.

3-in-1 cutting options

Many users prefer to mulch their turf.

The Cub Cadet Z Force range features advanced mulching technology to re-circulate airflow around the cutting deck and deliver highly effective mulching.

Alternatively, you can use the standard bagging or side discharge options available across the entire range.
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Comfort

Cub Cadet Z Force S mowerBoth the lap bar and steering wheel controls come with adjustable designs to maximize comfort and ease of operation.

The Z-Force L range comes with a 3-way adjustable ergonomic lap bar design and includes a parking brake for simple operation, while the Z-Force S range comes with a 2-position design for comfort.

Other convenient features include cup holder, utility bin, single-lever height adjustment, rust-resistant deck, electric PTO, and smartjet deck clean-out system.

Z-Force L 54″ vs. Z-Force S 54″

The Z-Force L 54″ 25 HP with Lap Bar Control vs. Z-Force S 54″ 25 HP with Steering Wheel Control Advanced zero-turning control

The Cub Cadet Z-Force L 54″ zero-turn mower with a fabricated deck and 25 HP Kohler ProV-Twin OHV engine comes with an advanced lap bar design.

The heavy-duty dual hydrostatic ZT-2800 rear-wheel transmission delivers effortless zero-turn performance – even when mowing at changing speeds – owing to the integrated parking brake design. This helps to improve stability and protect your turf from damage.

The Z-Force S 54″ mower features the simplicity of gas and brake pedals that match the control and movement of cars.

Press the gas pedal to move forward, or the reverse pedal to go in reverse.

The steering wheel controls the front wheels and back wheels independently thanks to Synchro Steer Technology for advanced maneuverability around obstacles and stability on moderate hills.
Cub Cadet Z Force L vs S mower
Choosing between the two designs is really a matter of personal preference.
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The Cut & Finish

Cub Cadet Z-Force S with bagging attachmentThe 54″ fabricated triple-blade cutting deck is rust resistant.

It is designed with triple guard e-coat protection, which when combined with the smooth arc blades, cut overlap, and deep dome deck delivers superior bagging performance and beautiful lawns.

The deck shell comes with a 7-year warranty, in addition to the 3-year/180 hour limited warranty for your peace of mind.

Comfort

The Z-Force L 54” is designed with a larger operator’s station, featuring an 18-inch high-back seat, armrests, 3-way adjustable ergonomic lap bars, and an integrated parking brake for maximum comfort and ease of operation.
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Reduced mowing time

The huge 54-inch deck cuts a much wider area to get the job time in fewer trips and significantly less time.

Cub Cadet Z Force seriesThe fabricated deck can easily mow large yards with rugged terrain of 4 acres and above.

Summary of the Z-Force Mowers

The Cub Cadet Z Force 48 and 54-inch zero-turn mowers maximize function, comfort, and ease of operation.

With a wide triple-blade, high-back seat, soft grip steering wheel and anti-scalping deck wheels, mulching your 4+ acre yard will feel like a pleasant pass-time activity, mow after mow.

 

Comparison of the Z-Force Mower Range
Comparison Chart for Z-Force Zero Turn Mowers
Z-Force L 54" Z-Force S 54" Z Force L 48" Z-Force L 48" with CAMO Finish Z-Force S 48"
Engine 25 HP KOHLER Pro V-Twin 25 HP KOHLER Pro V-Twin 24 HP KOHLER Pro V-Twin 24 HP KOHLER Pro V-Twin 24 HP KOHLER Pro V-Twin
ControlLap BarSteering WheelLap BarLap BarSteering Wheel
Dimensions LxHxW83.5" x 35.5" x 62"83.5" x 35.5" x 62"106.35" x 35.5" x 62"83.5" x 35.5" x 62"83.5" x 35.5" x 62"
Cutting Width 54 inches54 inches48 inches48 inches48 inches
Front/Rear wheel size 13"/20"13"/20"13"/20"13"/20"13"/20"
Cutting options3-in-1 mow, mulch, side discharge3-in-1 mow, mulch, side discharge3-in-1 mow, mulch, side discharge3-in-1 mow, mulch, side discharge3-in-1 mow, mulch, side discharge
Deck material 11 Gauge Steel 11 Gauge Steel 11 Gauge Steel 11 Gauge Steel 11 Gauge Steel
Deck Type Fabricated Fabricated Fabricated Fabricated Fabricated
Drive Type Rear-wheel Drive Rear-wheel Drive Rear-wheel Drive Rear-wheel Drive Rear-wheel Drive
Engine size 725cc 725cc 725cc 725cc 725cc
Fuel tank capacity 2.8 gallons 2.8 gallons 2.8 gallons 2.8 gallons 2.8 gallons
Cutting range 1.5 – 4 inches 1.5 – 4 inches 1.5 – 4 inches 1.5 – 4 inches 1.5 – 4 inches
Forward/Reverse speed 7/4 MPH7/4 MPH7/4 MPH7/4 MPH7/4 MPH
Number of blades 3 3 3 3 3
Deck wheels 2 2 2 2 2
Cutting deck positions 8 8 8 15 8
Steering wheel positions 3 lap bar positions 2 steering wheel positions 3 lap bar positions 3 lap bar positions 2 steering wheel positions
Size Large Large Medium MediumMedium
Product weight900 lbs850 lbs800 lbs900 lbs800 lbs
Size of yard 4+ acres4+ acres2-4 acres2-4 acres2-4 acres
Terrain type Flat with obstaclesFlat with obstacles, hilly Flat with obstacles Flat with obstacles Flat with obstacles, hilly
PTO engagement Electronic fingertip blade Electronic fingertip blade Electronic fingertip blade Electric Electronic fingertip blade
Warranty 3-year limited 3-year limited 3-year limited 3-year limited 3-year limited

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