2017 Cub Cadet XT1 – XT2 Lawn & Garden Tractor Review

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I have between 1/2 – 1 acre yard with 7-8 obstcales to mow around. Looking for my first riding mower. Want one that cuts evenly, would mulch well, is reliable and can manuever around the obstacles. Read about many models but I am not that mechanically inclined and do not understand all the ins and outs of what’s better or the best. Would also like to stay under $2k. Appreciate your thoughts and recommendations!

Mark Y
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Dear Paul, Great site! I’m looking for the Best 42″ riding lawn mower that has “Superior Mulching”. Also will want to bag at times. My lawn is basically level. My budget is $1800 or less.

Jeff
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Hey Paul, that’s funny you cracked me up. 😁 I guess when it comes to mowers as usual I have no idea what I’m talking about lol. I’m guessing the tractors you described for me are out of my price range. Basically I want to find a sturdy GT that has some nerve to it I guess so it can handle some sloping and unevenness without throwing a belt every time I use it. So I guess I need to go 54″ GT in the Husqvarna Probably. I like the Craftsman pro but I’m so far out they won’t deliver… Read more »
Jeff
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Thanks Paul its its impossible to find info like that on a Google search. Can I please ask a follow up question on a prior question you answered for me. I plan to go with a husqvarna, cub or craftsman GT as you recommended. I’d like to get the stronger tranny with a steel housing. I’ve heard that some are aluminum or even plastic housing? Can you recommend one or all three regarding a GT model(s) due to the uneven sloped state of my property. I saw 50″ CC GT but I think you mentioned to go 54″ on a… Read more »
Sev
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Paul – Any updated reviews in the CC XT1 42C with the 547cc engine. I bought one a month ago (my first tractor) and so far so good. Starts and runs fine but wanted to know if yourself or anyone had updated performance information on the engine. When I as buying the tractor I listened to the dealer who said he would recommend the CC 547cc over the Kohler 18hp. However, being new to the tractor world and not much of a mechanic, I never pressed him for why. My internet research says the engine is manufactured by a Chinese… Read more »
Rob
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I have a quick question. I’m looking at a couple of different GT and have zeroed in on the CC GT50. Just wondering what your thoughts are on that or the Craftsman model 20445 (Pro Series). Both have the K58 tranny that I’m looking for but beyond that I just don’t know about quality or possible limitations on attachments etc…

I really like the price of the CC GT50 but then get worried about quality. Any insight you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

Andrew
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Hi Paul, great site you have here! In the process of buying my first home in East Longmeadow, MA and with its 1/2 acre of lawn i find myself shopping for a tractor. The yard is flat with no major obstacles. here are my requirements in a tractor 1) cuts well (lawn looks great and i want to keep it that way) 2) Pull an aerator and spreading cart (i’m guessing anything can do that) 3) longevity – this house is a starter house and we plan to upgrade in 5 years or so and i’m sure a larger yard… Read more »
Jeff Ringley
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Hi Paul, Wow some very awesome articles. I too am finding myself in the market for a new tractor. I had a John Deere LX 266. Had been a great mower until the motor gave up. As in replacement motor. Being the tractor is already 14 years old did not make must since to put that kind of money in it. I have been looking at a Cub Cadet XT2 LX46 with a 24 hp Kohler and. 46″ fab deck and also a Husavarna YT46 LS with the same motor and a re-Inforced deck. Both have the limited slip differential.… Read more »
Jonathan Steen
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Paul,
Thanks for the informative site. Moving onto 13 acres just southeast of Denver ,CO. About 3-5 acres will need to be mowed. It is hilly with trees and rough. Was thinking about the XT1 with 22 Kohler and 46 deck but now Wondering if I should get a ground hugging deck and a larger transmission for the hills and just ability to do more difficult heavy jobs…towing bigger trailer, etc.

JT Lawlor
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Hello Paul! Seriously great (of you) information and knowledgeable commonsense discourse and recommendations here in your commentary! Thanks!! So here is my conudrum-situation– From 1975 to 1995 I had very reliable and functional use of Cub 1200 (Kohler 42 in. cut) on multiple country properties, replace that with a used Cub 682 (Kohler 18hp same cut) also handles step hills etc well- but is now experiencing problems yearly – and is to be replaced asap. I am cutting a full suburban acre (1.25 w/house) that is flat – But in the rear there are 2 sizeable (overs-peced) storm-water management hills… Read more »
Marvin
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Paul I am 77 years old and find it hard to walk my toro lawn mower around my `1/2 acre lawn. I am looking at a John Deere S240 with a 18 hp Kawasaki engine with 42 inch deck. I am also looking at a Simplicity Regent with a Briggs with a 22hp V twin engine, a 38 deck. My yard is mostly level with a slight slope. Also how should I set the engine speed when engaging the PTO.. Which mower would work the best for me? I really enjoy your comments and fine them helpful in finding the… Read more »
Jeff
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Hi Paul, wow, great information on your site. I started reading and looked up to realize I’d been at for a couple of hours. We are getting ready to close on a 17 acres in GA and turn it into a horse property. Most of it is wide open and will be pasture for which I will use our Kubota MX4800 with a flail mower to cut. We plan on leaving about 3 – 5 acres for lawn around the house and pond. While the Kubota is great for certain tasks, close quarters mowing is not one of them. I… Read more »
David
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Hi. Looking to purchase either a an XT1 or XT2. My yard is about an acre mostly flat except for a shallow ditch that runs across the front and down the side of the yard. I mow the banks of it with my Troy-Bilt. It has been a good mower but I’m looking to get a new one/upgrade. I’m limiting my spending at $1800. If I go XT1, I can get the 46″ deck. If I go XT2 I can get the EFI engine with a 42″ deck. I dont’ know how reliable the Kohler engine is on the XT1.… Read more »
Glenn Luttrell
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Hello Paul, I will be mowing about 2 acres outside West Monroe, LA, Its former farmland and woods and mostly sloped about 15-20 degrees that’s rather rough. I have a lot of trees, roots and limbs. I’m wondering about the Cub Cadet 46″ models. The local dealer has the XT2 LX46 LE Fab model and says I need that with the auto locking diff. But for several hundred dollars more than the XT1 LT46 I’m needing a second opinion, from a non-salesman. I’ve read your comments about the stamped deck being better cutting than the fab deck for rough terrain.… Read more »
Dave
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Paul, you are great. I really appreciate your help in making decisions.

Jeff
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Hi Paul,
Is the Craftsman Pro Series 46″ 24 HP V-Twin Kohler Riding Mower with Turn Tight® Extreme a garden tractor with the heavy duty tranny or is this a yard tractor?
Thanks again,
Jeff

Dave
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Hello from Sauk City Wi. Yard is 1/3 acre with slopes and it rough. 1. On 04.06.2016, a commentor wrote.. but then you pointed out that a 46″ deck is easier to edge with than the 42″. Will you please explain? I am thinking the 42 will scalp less than the 46″. 2. And, the six inch radius of Craftsman sounds like it would make mowing around trees and corners very easy. I am worried about maintenance and repair of a Craftsman. Other than Sears, will local shops that sell CC and Husq’s be glad to service Craftsmans – and… Read more »
jeff Wanke
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Hi Paul, Was doing some research on getting a new riding mower for my 2.5 acre lot. Happened upon your site which looks like a great information resource. Had a service do it in the past, but they went out of business so I’ve decided to spend the money on a new mower and do it myself (actually, get the kids to do it). The lot is mostly open with a sloped back yard, estimating about a 6-7% grade (with a short span of around 20% by the septic tank hump). Limited budget so looking for a reasonably priced mower… Read more »
Scott
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2 more quick questions…
Which snow plow blade do you recommend and is the additional 3 or 5 year warranty worth it?

Dan
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Hi Paul, First off thanks for having this running “blog”. It has been invaluable to me. I just purchased a house with about 1.2 acres of mostly flat, even and previously well-kept lawn. The house has great curb appeal (thanks previous owners!) and I’m looking to keep it that way. I had an old 1996 Cub Cadet 1405 Hydro with a 38″ deck that I recently sold and I’m looking to upgrade to something larger & beefier with a larger deck. I wanted a ZTR in the worst way but I just think my money is better spent on a… Read more »
Herman
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Hi Paul, great site. I’m considering the XT1 LT 42. My local dealer has the “C” version in stock. What are your thoughts on the engine on the “C” version compared to the regular one, in terms of performance / quality / durability? Thanks!

Scott
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Yard is a little over 1/2 acre, pretty smooth with a ditch in the back yard that does have grass in it Here are the mowers I have narrowed it down to: Craftsman Pro 22 HP* V-Twin Kohler 42” Riding Mower with Turn Tight® Extreme $1999 #20440 Craftsman Pro 20 HP* V-Twin Kohler 42” Riding Mower $1699 #20438 Craftsman 42 in. Turn Tight® 19 HP riding mower. $1549 #20381 Craftsman 42″ 6-speed 19HP Briggs & Stratton Turn Tight® Riding Mower $1499 #20830 Cub Cadet XT1 LT42″ $1499 I have a couple questions: Is the Craftsman Pro really better than a… Read more »
Patrick
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Amazing site and appreciate the info. You are very informative and if you don’t mind, could you clarify your level of expertise i.e., are you a former dealer, mechanic or owner of a landscape company? I live in Ga and being overtaken by the green machine John Deere. While I hear JD are solid machines, I am considering the XT2LX 46 for a 1-1.5 medium variation yard. I see the XT1 will do the job but attracted to XT2. My real dilemma is finding and understanding if a JD is a better machine based on specs of the XT2. I… Read more »
Jeff
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Hi Paul, This is Jeff in Live Oak, FL. I have a 4 acre lot with a slope in some places steeper than 15% I’m sure. I have a small deep pond at the bottom of a grade and a number of trees but not too many. The front 2 acres are smoother with an almost flat area and then it slopes more sharply away from the house. The rear and bottom acreage gets wetter and is rougher with a steeper slope as well. It was used as a cattle pasture by the previous owner. I’ve been all over the… Read more »
Hunter
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What advantage does the xt3 have? Does it have locking diff? Does the transmission have external filter and reservoir? Does the drive shaft make it better?

John h
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Hello! Great info here! I’m looking for a mower under the $2000 mark. My yard has a couple decent slopes, my old Troy bilt has never had issues with them. (Just time for it to retire) Yard is far from flat with several dips which makes mowing it always fun. Ive been looking at Craftsman mowers but their selection with Kohler engines is kind of limited. Today I stumbled across these CC mowers. Really liking the XT1 22hp 46″ and now have seen the EFI XT2 CC which has me wandering which one would work best for me. Or should… Read more »
bob edmonson
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which mower would you suggest i am down to twoc oub cadet xt1 or the xt2 lawn about 3/4 acre little bit grade and do they run on regular gas straight from the pump or do they need additives what octane thanks for the reply paul enjoy reading questions an answers . do these mowers have grease fittings

Dustin
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I have a litte over a 1/2 acre flat lot in a subdivision. I was looking at purchasing either the Cub Cadet XT1 42″ or the XT2 LX 42″ EFI. My local dealer has the XT2 w/ EFI for $1699. I was wondering if longterm it would be worth the extra $300 for the EFI engine? I also wanted to see if there is another mower you would suggest over the CC Enduro series?

Greg yates
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Are the xt1 cub cadets at Home Depot the exact same models as in the tractor stores ( dealers)?

Mark
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Thanks Paul. Would the craftsman have anything in a 48 in deck or do I have to go bigger deck wise to get the better tyranny?

Mark
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Hi Paul, My old GT500 is on it’s last legs(tranny is going). I mow 3 different yards which are about 1/3 acre each w/ one having an incline of about 15degrees. The old GT had a 48 in deck which is nice but I can handle a 46. I’m looking at the CC xt2 46 or the Husky YT48xls w/ a 48in fab deck. Budget limits me to about $3000. My real question is, will the k46 tranny that they all have handle my 6 foot 290lb frame and on/off a trailer 2-3 times a week. I have no problems… Read more »
John Pugh
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Paul, I am staggered by the number of choices for ride-on mowers. This is my first ride-on mower. I only have about 8,000 sq ft to mow (mostly flat with swales along the front and back. (I cold use my self-propelled for those). I am doing this because I have developed arthritis and I also cannot spend too much time in the sun. I am 67. It’s getting tough, even with the self-propelled and then there is landscaping and bags of much soil etc so I will consider the CC collapsable towable cart ($299). Any feedback on this item? I… Read more »
Dan
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Hi,
I’m in the market for a garden tractor. I want to mow about an acre with lots of trees and some inclines. I also want to maybe plow, pull cart, etc. I’m looking at spending under $3500. The Cub GT50 seems like good option, or I’ve seen (should have bought) some 2007 and 2008 Ingersoll 3020 with plow or snow blower for around $3500 with about 250 hours. I know you can’t really compare the two but, which one would you choose?

Dale M.
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Hello. I am shopping for a new tractor to be used for snow blowing and carting firewood around my house. We live in the mountains near Alamosa, Colorado. Dirt roads. No lawn mowing. I am debating between the new Cub xt3 and the John Deere x500 series machines. The issues are engine brand, rear-end strength and overall quality. The Cub looks very well built and the Deere maybe a bit less beefy. Opinions of those I talk to vary. I am willing to spend the money but I only want to do this once. Any advice would be helpful.

Andrew
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That answers my question. Thanks. Have a great day!

Patrick Jenkins
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Hey Paul, Thanks for taking the time to help answer our questions. The information you’ve provided is great! Basic information about my yard: Mostly level and smooth, about 1.5 acres, located in Athens, Ga. There is one hill that I have which transitions the rear of front yard to the back yard. Lot is a daylight basement lot. Some basement lots in the neighborhood have retaining walls if the slope was too steep where the front and back yard meet, but the builder made mine into a hill… My question is about the K46 transmissions – would you not recommend… Read more »
Andrew
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Hi. First off, I’ve enjoyed reading your comments and appreciate them. I have been doing a lot of searching for mowers and even looking at slightly used mowers. I’ve found a Cub Cadet XT-2 LX42KH, which has been discontinued. My question is, why has it been discontinued, and what are the differences between it and the LX42? The only visible differences I can see are cosmetic, (bumper and arm rests). The one I’m looking at has the Kohler 7000 series 22hp engine so I believe it will be a reliable mower and hold up to my needs. Are there any… Read more »
Neil
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Hi, I used a Craftsman GT5000 with wheel weights and tire chains for many years to mow up and in reverse on steep hills in my yard. Is there anything comparable now that would give me the confidence to conger my terrain? I noticed a lot of tractors use suitcase weights. Would this be because wheel weights are not available for some? A test drive for my use is not practical. Thanks, Neil

Robert
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Hi Paul. I’ve decided that once we sell our home and get moved into our new place that a garden tractor is going to be best for me. The yard is about a 15 degree slope but no more than 20. My 3 choices so far are a Husq GT48xlsi, Cub XT3 GSX, and a Cub XT1 GT50. I’m familiar with the trannys in the first 2. Would like your advice on the K58 and it’s capabilities and if it would be up to the task of climbing the slope regularly while mowing and occasionally pulling a cart. Thanks! Love… Read more »
Leo
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Hello, I’m looking at buying a quality and reliable mower and i find it a little frustrating trying to do the research online cause all mowers seem to have negative comments. I am looking at the Cub Cadet XT2 series, and Husqvarna. From what I read so far i’m not sure which mower is the better purchase. I have 2-2.5 acres of grass that’s mostly flat with some rough spots and slight hill where the septic is. I have read a lot of comments where the 54″ deck doesn’t give a good gut unless your grass is perfectly flat and… Read more »
Jim
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Paul, I’m undecided between a CC XT2 GX54 or a Husqvarna GT 52 XLS with the Kawasaki engine. The CC dealer recommends the wheel bearings instead of the bushings on The Husqvarna. The Husqvarna dealer says the Hydro gear transmission is better than the Tuff torq on the cc and that the bushings are fine as long as you keep them greased. I think I would be happy with either, but would you give me your opinion please? 2.5 acres of clay, mostly flat, just a couple of swales, plenty of room between the trees

Rick D
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Hey Paul, Fantastic site you have here with a wealth of knowledge that i needed this week. My dads early 80’s Mongomery Wards Orange riding mower is finally getting its well deserved retirement this year. Been trying to decide what to replace it with and doing alot of research this week. I was originally interested in the Craftsman 20390 or the 25581 but after seeing the cheezy setup of the pedals, reading all the horrer story reviews of engine and tranny failures, I was completely turned off. The Pro series pedals are perfect but I didnt want to go over… Read more »
Adam
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Hello, Like many here I am trying to decide on buying a new riding mower. I’m also trying to get the best bang for my buck like every red blooded human on the planet. The problem I’m running into is that every review is geared towards your suburban home owner that may or may not have up to 4 acres of former farm ground to mow, or, it is geared towards people who live out in the country with steep hills and pasture to bush hog. I feel like I fall in the middle. I live in the country and… Read more »
Joe L.
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Jeremey,

Trying to decide between the ST54FAB 24 HP riding mower and the XT1 Enduro Series GT 50 in. 25 HP. I understand that the XT1 has roller bearing front wheels along with the heavy duty transmission. Can you define other important features or differences. I also would like to know if there is a difference with the sheet metal area where the dump cart attaches to….is the XT1 hitch area different than the ST54FAB? Tlak to me about the deck difference….one is fabricated and the other is stamped.
Onterio, NY
2 acres, slight slopes and smooth

MB
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Spokane WA 1/3 acre Very mild slope (3-4 foot drop over a distance of ~90′) My kids are getting older and less available to be taken advantage of, er, asked to mow the lawn, so I’m in the market. I’d use it for mowing as well as getting the plow attachment to scrape snow off the driveway in the winter. I’ve been trying to decide between the XT1 46″ from Home Depot or the XT2 46″ from a local dealer. Unfortunately the local dealer wants to mark up the prices beyond the MSRP from Cub Cadet, making the XT2 46″… Read more »
Andy
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I have a xt2 endure gx54 . I was wondering if I could pull an aerator with this ?

Ryan Johnson
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Hello, Paul. I have never owned a riding lawnmower, and due to suffering a severe ankle sprain recently, combined with the fact that my push mower of 8 years is on its last leg, I am contemplating purchasing a rider for my 1 acre property. The front yard isn’t bad, but the side/back is rough and with a few hills in spots. I am looking at Cub Cadet. Should I go with a slightly better xt2 model over an xt1? Are the ball bearings and fabricated deck of an xt2 necessary for my lawn? Any insight to this would be… Read more »
Jeremey
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Ok, It looks like they are fairly similar. How about maintenance a few years down the road changing belts, spindles etc. Is one easier/more accessible than the other? Is there a big difference in parts cost? I assume at some point the deck will have to come off for maintenance. The CC claims no tools required for that…is the craftsman the same?

GT collector
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Personally, if it comes with the k46 rearend, I would never buy it. Very light and cheap, not built for hills or slopes. You would not backup a small camper with it. After you add the weight of you, the rear of tractor, load weight the axle would only carry another 100-200 pounds before it snaps in half. Repaired a lot of k46 and k51’s so I know hands on what they can and can not do. I would rather have gears than the k46. The cubs with the k58 would be a little better but not as good as… Read more »
Jeremey
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Hi, I am trying to decide between the Craftsman Pro 26 HP* V-Twin Kohler 50” Garden Tractor and CC XT1 GT50. I recently built a home near Farmington, MN on 2 acres. The yard is mostly flat with some rough spots and I will have some ditches to mow that I will need to climb. I have about 0.75 – 1.0 acre to pick rock, prep, and seed around the house. Will need the tractor to help with those duties and also pull a cart when I start my other landscaping work. Am I looking in the right direction for… Read more »

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