2016 Cub Cadet XT1 – XT2 Lawn & Garden Tractor Review –

Cub Cadet Lawn Tractors – 14 Tractors – One Chassis To Rule Them All!

For 2016 Cub Cadet has done something very unique in the Lawn Tractor world. They designed and built one heavy-duty chassis for all of their XT1 – XT2 Enduro Tractors. They focused on making it strong enough to handle every engine/transmission/deck combination you may need for your property.

Are these new tractors better than the 2014 LT and GT models? Yes! Are the new models less repair-prone? Yes. Are they better than the competition? We’ll see. But I will say that last year their were no issues at all.  Cub Cadet has great mowing decks. In the residential arena their decks consitently win the smooth, flat, weekly mowing category. The dome design does a great job for side-discharge, bagging, mulching.

Cub Cadet has gotten a tarnished reputation in the last 10 years for building lawn tractors that have problems right from the start. Because of that opinion one review organization has decided that Cub Cadet as a brand is one of the most repair prone.  The XT Enduro Series is completely redesigned and will not suffer the “sins” of the past engineers. If you now have a negative opinion of Cub Cadet – GET OVER IT!

Is the 2016 Cub Cadet Enduro Series the best for you?

If you live in a sub-division. The kind where your yard was leveled and smoothed with construction equipment the Cub Cadet XT Enduro Series is going to give you a perfect cut. If you have had commercial landscape companies mow your lawn before and your lawn really looked good when they were done, the Cub Cadet will give you a similar cut.

If your lawn is highly contoured this may not be the best choice. If your old mower is a Simplicity with the ground hugging deck and the roller all the way across the back this new Cub Cadet is different. It uses the floating deck design everyone else uses.  (except Simplicity and Husqvarna Rider)

My back yard is fairly smooth. The Cub Cadet will give it a great cut. My front yard on the other hand is contoured, meaning it has a lot of small dips and mounds.  It has a small ditch along the road and a swale along one side for water drainage to the backyard. A stiff framed tractor like the Cub Cadet digs and gouges the turf. It looks the best when mowed with a ground-hugging deck but the cut is acceptable when using a tractor with a more flexible frame like the Craftsman Yard Tractor, Poulan Pro or Husqvarna.

Which Model is Best For You?

Cub Cadet’s website is extremely confusing. There is no easy way to compare the XT1 Series to the XT2. In addition each model’s specs are laid out differently on each detail page.

There are three different lines in the Enduro Series.   The XT1, XT2 and XT3. I’ll give you a summary description of the XT1 and XT2 in this article.  XT3 Series: This dealer exclusive model has no comparison to any other brand. Marketwise the XT3 belongs in the group of mowers like the John Deere X500 and Simplicity Broadmore/Conquest.

XT3-GSX

XT3-GSX

The XT1 Series is Cub Cadet’s base line. But understand that Cub Cadet does not have a “cheap” line. The XT1 is comparable to the John Deere 100 series, the Craftsman Yard Tractors, Husqvarna YTH, and the Simplicity Regent.  It is designed for strength, comfort and durability. There are models available for lawns ranging from 1/2 to 4 acres. This series uses Kohler engines for long life and Tuff Torq foot control transmissions for ease of use.

The XT1 Series is available at The Home Depot, Tractor Supply Corp , many Farm Supply stores and your local Cub Cadet Dealer,

The XT2 is only available to Cub Cadet Dealers. They are exclusive models with different features you can’t get on the XT1. I really like that the XT2 Series has a few more features than the XT1 but the cost is not that much more. On the XT2 you get ball bearing front wheels. If you must have a Kawasaki – engine those are also available. The XT2 models use the same frame and transmissions as the XT1 series. In addition they have “enhanced features” that separate these models from the XT1 series. Marketwise the XT1 and XT2 Enduro Series belongs in the group of mowers like the John Deere 100/300 series, the Craftsman Yard/Pro Tractors, Husqvarna YTH/LS, and the Simplicity Regent.

Cub Cadet is one of the few brands left that still thinks the Kawasaki FR engines demand a premium price.

For the rest of this article I am going to compare the XT1 and XT2 together based on deck size so you have a better reference of the differences.

I am only going to list the items that differentiate each XT1 from the XT2. You are welcome to go to the retailer and the Cub Cadet website for the detailed information on each model.

Feel free to ask questions in the comments below.

42 Inch /Twin Blade

XT1 LT42 – $1499 

XT1 LT42

XT1 LT42

Engine: 18 HP Kohler® Courage OHV Single Cylinder

Transmission: Tuff Torq® foot-controlled hydrostatic transmission (K46) 3/4 inch axle. Cast aluminum Transmission Housing

Wheels: Front 15″ x 6″ sleeve bearing  Rear 20″ x 8″

Deck: 42″/Twin Blades Stamped Deck, Lever engagement

Battery: 230 cold crank amps

Weight: 410 lbs

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XT2 LX42 KH – $1699 

XT2 LX42 KH

XT2 LX42 KH

Engine: 22 HP Kohler® 7000 Series V-Twin

Transmission: Tuff Torq® foot-controlled hydrostatic transmission (K46). 3/4 inch axle. Cast aluminum Transmission Housing

Wheels: Front 15″ x 6″ ball bearing  Rear 20″ x 8″

Deck: 42″/Twin Blades Stamped Deck, Electronic fingertip engagement

Battery: 300 cold crank amps

Weight: 450 lbs

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46 Inch /Twin Blade

XT1 LT46 – $1699 

XT1 LT46

XT1 LT46

Engine: 22 HP Kohler® 7000 Series V-Twin

Transmission: Tuff Torq® foot-controlled hydrostatic transmission (K46) 3/4 inch axle. Cast aluminum Transmission Housing

Wheels: Front 15″ x 6″ sleeve bearing  Rear 20″ x 8″

Deck: 46″/Twin Blades Stamped Deck, lever engagement

Battery: 230 cold crank amps

Weight: 420 lbs

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XT2 LX46 KH – $1899 

XT2 LX46

XT2 LX46

Engine: 24 HP Kohler® 7000 Series V-Twin

Transmission: Tuff Torq® foot-controlled hydrostatic transmission (K46). 3/4 inch axle. Cast aluminum Transmission Housing

Wheels: Front 15″ x 6″ ball bearing  Rear 20″ x 8″

Deck: 46″ Twin Blades Stamped Deck, Electronic fingertip engagement

Battery: 300 cold crank amps

Weight: 470 lbs

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XT2 LX46 – $1999 

XT2 LX46

XT2 LX46

Engine: 21.5 HP Kawasaki V-Twin

Transmission: Tuff Torq® foot-controlled hydrostatic transmission (K46). 3/4 inch axle. Cast aluminum Transmission Housing

Wheels: Front 15″ x 6″ sleeve bearing  Rear 20″ x 8″

Deck: 46″/Twin Blades Stamped Deck, Electronic fingertip engagement

Battery: 300 cold crank amps

Weight: 440 lbs

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XT1 LT46 Fab – $2199 

XT1 LT46 Fab

XT1 LT46 Fab

Engine: 23 HP Kohler® 7000 Series V-Twin

Transmission: Tuff Torq® foot-controlled hydrostatic transmission (K46) 3/4 inch axle. Cast aluminum Transmission Housing

Wheels: Front 15″ x 6″ sleeve bearing  Rear 20″ x 8″

Deck: 46″/Twin Blades Fabricated Deck, Electronic fingertip engagement

Battery: 230 cold crank amps

Weight: 430 lbs

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50 Inch /Three Blade

XT1 LT50 – $1999 

XT1 LT50

XT1 LT50

Engine: 24 HP Kohler® 7000 Series V-Twin

Transmission: Tuff Torq® foot-controlled hydrostatic transmission (K46) 3/4 inch axle. Cast aluminum Transmission Housing

Wheels: Front 15″ x 6″ Sleeve bearing  Rear 20″ x 8″

Deck: 50″ Three Blades Stamped Deck, Electronic fingertip engagement

Battery: 230 cold crank amps

Weight: 500 lbs

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XT2 LX50 – $2299 

XT2 LX50

XT2 LX50

Engine: 23 HP Kawasaki FR V-Twin

Transmission: Tuff Torq® foot-controlled hydrostatic transmission (K46). 3/4 inch axle. Cast aluminum Transmission Housing

Wheels: Front 15″ x 6″ ball bearing  Rear 20″ x 8″

Deck: 50″ Three Blades Stamped Deck, Electronic fingertip engagement

Battery: 300 cold crank amps

Weight: 500 lbs

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XT1 GT50 – $2699 

XT1 GT50

XT1 GT50

Engine: 25 HP Kohler® 7000 Series V-Twin

Transmission: Tuff Torq® foot-controlled hydrostatic transmission (K58) ground engaging rated.  1 inch axle. Cast aluminum Transmission Housing

Wheels: Front 16″ x 6.5″ sleeve bearing  Rear 22″ x 9.5″

Deck: 50″ Three Blades Stamped Deck, Electronic fingertip engagement

Battery: 230 cold crank amps

Weight: 530 lbs

Bluetooth® enabled Smart Hour Meter and can be used with the Cub Connect app

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54 Inch /Three Blade

XT1 LT54 – $2299 

XT1 LT54

XT1 LT54

Engine: 24 HP Kohler® 7000 Series V-Twin

Transmission: Tuff Torq® foot-controlled hydrostatic transmission (K46) 3/4 inch axle. Cast aluminum Transmission Housing

Wheels: Front 15″ x 6″ Sleeve bearing  Rear 20″ x 8″

Deck: 54″ Three Blades Stamped Deck, Electronic fingertip engagement

Battery: 230 cold crank amps

Weight: 510 lbs

Bluetooth® enabled Smart Hour Meter and can be used with the Cub Connect app

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XT1 LT54 Fab – $2499 

XT1 LT54 Fab Deck

XT1 LT54 Fab Deck

Engine: 24 HP Kohler® 7000 Series V-Twin

Transmission: Tuff Torq® foot-controlled hydrostatic transmission (K46) 3/4 inch axle. Cast aluminum Transmission Housing

Wheels: Front 15″ x 6″ Sleeve bearing  Rear 20″ x 8″

Deck: 54″ Three Blades Fabricated Deck, Electronic fingertip engagement

Battery: 230 cold crank amps

Weight: 520 lbs

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XT2 LX54 Fab – $2999 

XT2 LX54 Fab Deck

XT2 LX54 Fab Deck

Engine: 23 HP Kawasaki FR V-Twin

Transmission: Tuff Torq® foot-controlled hydrostatic transmission (K46). 3/4 inch axle. Cast aluminum Transmission Housing

Wheels: Front 15″ x 6″ ball bearing  Rear 20″ x 8″

Deck: 54″ Three Blades Fabricated Deck, Electronic fingertip engagement

Battery: 300 cold crank amps

Weight: 510 lbs

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XT2 GX54 Fab – $3299 

XT2 GX54 Fab Deck

XT2 GX54 Fab Deck

Engine: 25 HP Kohler® 7000 Series V-Twin

Transmission: Tuff Torq® foot-controlled hydrostatic transmission (K58). Ground engaging rated.  1 inch axle. Cast aluminum Transmission Housing

Wheels: Front 16″ x 6.5″ sleeve bearing  Rear 22″ x 9.5″

Deck: 54″ Three Blades Fabricated Deck, Electronic fingertip engagement

Battery: 300 cold crank amps

Weight: 570 lbs

Bluetooth® enabled Smart Hour Meter and can be used with the Cub Connect app

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*This article is my opinion only. Please go to cubcadet.com for specific, up-to-date details.

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