2019 Cub Cadet XT1 – XT2 Lawn & Garden Tractor Review

Cub Cadet Lawn Tractors – 16 Lawn & Garden Tractors – One Chassis To Rule Them All!

Cub Cadet did something very unique in the Lawn Tractor world with the XT Enduro line. 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. Yes, The XT1, XT2 lawn tractors and garden tractors all use the same chassis.

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Is the new Enduro line of Cub Cadet tractors better than the 2014 and older LT and GT models? Yes! Is the new Enduro series less repair-prone? Yes. Are they better than the competition? So far after four seasons, they have a stellar reputation. Last year there were no issues at all with the things that caused Consumer Reports to say Cub Cadet was “repair prone” as they had in the past.  Cub Cadet has great mowing decks. In the residential arena, their decks consistently win the smooth, flat, weekly mowing category. The dome design does a great job for side-discharge, bagging, mulching. Even the newest 46-inch fabricated decks are getting rave reviews for cut quality.

In other words, Cub Cadet had a tarnished reputation up to 5 years ago for building lawn tractors that have problems right from the start. But that opinion has completely changed today. If you now have a negative opinion of Cub Cadet – GET OVER IT!

FYI: Consumer Reports just came out, April 11, 2017, with a revised “Most and Least Reliable Lawn Tractor Brands” list. The list includes lawn tractors and residential ZTRs. Cub Cadet is no longer the most repair-prone. In general, the high priced John Deere dealer only X240 and X300 models are the least repair-prone (22% in the first four years) and Husqvarna ZTR’s are the most repair-prone (55% in the first four years.) All the other brands including Cub Cadet fall in between with about 30%. In addition, CR verified a fact I have been telling you for years – Only about 17% of these repairs fall under the factory defect warranty!

Is the 2019 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 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 to give you an even cut.

Which Model is Best For You?

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 models in this article.

XT3-GSX

XT3-GSX

The XT1 Series is Cub Cadet’s baseline. But understand that Cub Cadet does not have a “cheap” line like Husqvarna, Troy-Bilt and Craftsman (SBD) has.  The least expensive XT1 Cub Cadet lawn tractor has the same tough frame as the most expensive XT2 Garden tractor. The entire line is built to last.  Feature-wise the XT1 is comparable to the John Deere 100 series, the Craftsman Yard Tractors at Sears, 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 Cub Cadet and Kohler engines for long life and Tuff Torq foot control transmissions for ease of use. There two GT models that have a heavy-duty garden tractor transmission.

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

The XT2 comes with the same strength, durability, and comfort as the XT1.  They come with slightly different features than the XT1. Specifically, you get ball bearing front wheels, a front bumper, different tires, armrests, larger battery, and a larger alternator. The XT2 models use the same frame and transmissions as the XT1 series. Market-wise the XT2 Enduro Series belongs in the group of mowers like the John Deere X240-X300, the Craftsman Pro Tractors, Husqvarna LS, and the Simplicity Regent.

The XT2 Series is only available at Cub Cadet Dealers.

The XT3 Series is a dealer exclusive model and has no comparison to any other brand. The XT3 is a completely separate, heavy-duty machine with completely different decks and attachments from the XT1 and XT2 lines. It’s a true garden tractor It is the only lawn/garden tractor made in the U.S. that still uses a horizontal engine, full-length driveshaft and cast iron hydrostatic transmission. It’s actually one of the best value garden tractors because it’s half the price of a comparable Deere or Simplicity.

The XT3 Series is only available from select Cub Cadet Dealers.

XT1 & XT2 Lineup

Cub Cadet has nine XT1 Models available at all Cub Cadet retailers and dealers and they have seven dealer only XT2 models. 

I’ll cover the XT1 Lawn Tractor and Garden Tractor models in the remainder of this article. The XT2 models and Dealer locator are available here: XT2/XT3 Cub Cadet Lawn Tractors. 

All the models have the same warranty: 3-YEAR UNLIMITED HOURS (INCLUDES POWERTRAIN) & 5-YEAR CHASSIS & FRONT AXLE UNLIMITED HOURS/LIMITED LIFETIME FABRICATED DECK SHELL

CARB: There are California Compliant models available at The Home Depot

Feel free to ask questions in the comments below.

Lawn Tractors & Yard Tractors

XT1 LT42″ Model # LT42

 

  • XT1 LT42" Model # LT42

    XT1 LT42″ Model # LT42

    18 HP Kohler

  • Hydrostatic transmission eliminates the need for shifting
  • Intelligently designed to allow easy maneuvering around obstacles
  • Optimized steering system for incredibly responsive handling
  • LED headlights offer extended life and enhanced visibility in all weather conditions
  • 12 easily selectable cutting height positions and a smooth lever-engaged PTO provide the perfect cut
  • Automotive-style 16 in. turning radius provides smooth cutting and maneuvering, whether straight away or around obstacles
  • Innovative Cub Cadet open high-back seat designed with oversized base and elevated back support
  • Soft-touch, rubberized comfort grip steering wheel provides a solid feel and controlled steering
  • E-coat corrosion defense system resists wear-and-tear
  • Push-button cruise control maintains desired speed for consistent mowing
  • Easy-fill, 3 Gal. fuel tank with sight gauge provides side and operator position fuel level
  • Quick-connect deck wash system provides high-pressure water that cleans out grass and debris built up under the deck
  • Optional multi-seasonal attachments provide year-round versatility, including a twin bagger, snow thrower, sun shade/snow cab, snow blade, mulch kit, steel and poly carts, and a rear spreader (sold separately)
  • No-hour/3-year limited residential including the power train and 5-year chassis/front axle warranties
  • Comes fully crated and requires some assembly, check out the assembly video
  • Model 13AOA1CS056

Available at The Home Depot: XT1 LT42″ Model # LT42

XT1 LT 42 EFI Model # LT42 EFI

  • XT1 LT 42 EFI Model # LT42 EFI

    XT1 LT 42 EFI
    Model # LT42 EFI

    Cub Cadet 547 cc electronic fuel injected single-cylinder engine

  • Auto-choke push-button start with mow-in-reverse feature
  • Exclusive cub connect maintenance mobile app to keep your tractor operating at peak performance through your smartphone
  • Push button start
  • Optimized steering system for an incredibly responsive handling
  • LED headlights for extended life and enhanced visibility in all-weather conditions
  • 12 easily selectable cutting height positions and a smooth lever engaged PTO provides the perfect cut
  • Automotive-style 16 in. turning radius provides smooth cutting and maneuvering, whether straight away or around obstacles
  • Innovative Cub Cadet open high-back seat that is designed with an oversized base and elevated back support
  • Soft touch, rubberized comfort grip steering wheel provides a solid feel and controlled steering
  • E-coat corrosion defense system resists wear and tear
  • Push button cruise control maintains the desired speed for consistent mowing
  • Easy-fill 3 Gal. fuel tank with sight gauge provides side and operator position fuel level
  • Quick connect deck wash system provides high-pressure water that cleans out grass and debris built up under the deck
  • Optional multi-seasonal attachments provide year-round versatility, including a twin bagger, snow thrower, sun shade/snow cab, snow blade, mulch kit, steel and poly carts and a rear spreader sold separately
  • No hour/3-year limited residential including the power train and 5-year chassis/front axle warranties
  • Cub Cadet LT42 EFI comes fully crated and requires some assembly

Buy Here From The Home Depot: XT1 LT 42 EFI Model # LT42 EF

XT1 LT46 Model # LT46

  • XT1 LT46 Model # LT46

    XT1 LT46 Model # LT46

    22 HP Kohler 7000 Series twin cylinder engine

  • Hydrostatic transmission with mow-in-reverse feature. Tuff Torq® foot-controlled hydrostatic transmission (K46) 3/4 inch axle. Cast aluminum Transmission Housing
  • Optimized steering system for an incredibly responsive handling
  • LED headlights for extended life and enhanced visibility in all-weather conditions
  • 12 easily selectable cutting height positions and a smooth lever engaged PTO provides the perfect cut
  • Automotive-style 16 in. turning radius provides smooth cutting and maneuvering, whether straight away or around obstacles
  • Innovative Cub Cadet open high-back seat that is designed with an oversized base and elevated back support
  • Soft touch, rubberized comfort grip steering wheel provides a solid feel and controlled steering
  • E-coat corrosion defense system resists wear and tear
  • Push button cruise control maintains the desired speed for consistent mowing
  • Easy-fill 3 Gal. fuel tank with sight gauge provides side and operator position fuel level
  • Quick connect deck wash system provides high-pressure water that cleans out grass and debris built up under the deck
  • Optional multi-seasonal attachments provide year-round versatility, including a twin bagger, snow thrower, sun shade/snow cab, snow blade, mulch kit, steel and poly carts and a rear spreader sold separately
  • No hour/3-year limited residential including the power train and 5-year chassis/front axle warranties
  • Cub Cadet LT46 comes fully crated and requires some assembly
  • Model 13APA1CT056

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XT1 LT46″ FAB EFI Model # LT46 FAB EF

  • XT1 LT46 Model # LT46

    XT1 LT4Fa6 FAB
    Model # LT46 FAB

    547 cc EFI cub cadet OHV engine, w/automotive push button start

  • 46 in. heavy-duty fabricated, twin-blade cutting deck
  • 547cc push-button start electronic fuel injected single-cylinder engine, for all weather conditions, provides simple and reliable starting, increased performance and power combined with significant fuel efficiency
  • The new muscular cutting system features 46 in. fabricated cutting deck, built with heavy-duty materials and an advanced belt design, ensuring durability and reliability while delivering the pristine Cub Cadet signature cut and an unprecedented level of bagging performance, while providing commercial-grade durability that’s supported by a 7-year deck shell warranty
  • Automotive-style push-button start, for convenience and simplicity in starting
  • Optimized steering system for an incredibly responsive handling
  • LED headlights for extended life and enhanced visibility in all-weather conditions
  • 12 easily selectable cutting height positions and a smooth lever engaged PTO provides the perfect cut
  • Automotive-style 16 in. turning radius provides smooth cutting and maneuvering, whether straight away or around obstacles
  • Innovative Cub Cadet open high back seat that is designed with an oversized base and elevated back support, adjusts by a 10 slope for the ultimate in comfort
  • Soft touch, rubberized comfort grip steering wheel provides a solid feel and controlled steering
  • E-coat corrosion defense system resists wear and tear
  • Push button cruise control maintains the desired speed for consistent mowing
  • Easy-fill 3 Gal. fuel tank with sight gauge provides side and operator position fuel level
  • SmartJet deck wash system provides high-pressure water that cleans out grass and debris build-up under the deck
  • Fully robotically-welded frame with new e-coating corrosion defense system (5-year limited warranty)
  • Optional multi-seasonal attachments provide year-round versatility, including a twin bagger, snow thrower, sun shade/snow cab, snow blade, mulch kit, steel and poly carts and a rear spreader sold separately
  • 3-year/no hour limit (includes powertrain) and 5-year chassis & front axle unlimited hours/limited lifetime fabricated deck shell

Buy Here From The Home Depot: XT1 LT46″ FAB EFI

XT1 LT50 FAB Model # LT50 FAB

  • XT1 LT50 FAB Model # LT50 FAB

    XT1 LT50 FAB Model # LT50 FAB

    24 HP KOHLER 7000 series V-twin automatic OHV engine for reliable starting and exceptionally smooth operation

  • The new muscular cutting system features heavy-duty 11-Gauge 50 in. fabricated triple-blade (high lift) deck with reinforced leading edges and an AeroForce cutting system, protected by the Cub Cadet triple guard Corrosion Defense system with E-coat and supported by a limited lifetime fabricated deck shell warranty
  • Optimized steering system for an incredibly responsive handling
  • LED headlights for extended life and enhanced visibility in all-weather conditions
  • 12 easily selectable cutting height positions and a smooth lever engaged PTO provides the perfect cut
  • Automotive-style 16 in. turning radius provides smooth cutting and maneuvering, whether straight away or around obstacles
  • Innovative Cub Cadet open high-back seat that is designed with an oversized base and elevated back support
  • Soft touch, rubberized comfort grip steering wheel provides a solid feel and controlled steering
  • Fully robotically-welded frame with E-coating corrosion defense system (5-year limited warranty), E-coat corrosion defense system resists wear and tear
  • Push button cruise control maintains the desired speed for consistent mowing
  • Easy-fill 3 Gal. fuel tank with sight gauge provides side and operator position fuel level
  • SmartJet deck wash system provides high-pressure water that cleans out grass and debris build-up under the deck
  • Optional multi-seasonal attachments provide year-round versatility, including a triple-blade bagger, snow thrower, sun shade/snow cab, snow blade, mulch kit, steel and poly carts and a rear spreader sold separately
  • 3-year/no hour limit (includes powertrain) and 5-year chassis and front axle unlimited hours/limited lifetime fabricated deck shell
  • Some assembly required upon delivery

Buy Here From The Home Depot: XT1 LT50 FAB

XT2 ST54 FAB Model # ST54 FAB

NOTE: If you have hills or want to pull heavy loads this is not the right tractor for you. The rear wheels and deck are large and the K46 transmission is not designed for that type of work. (I recommend the K46 for 42-50 inch decks and 20 inch rear wheels) (Husqvarna started this nightmare with the LGT tractors years ago and many people are still being suckered into buying a “big” tractor at a cheap price.)

  • XT2 ST54 FAB Model # ST54 FAB

    XT2 ST54 FAB
    Model # ST54 FAB

    24 HP Kohler 7000 Series twin-cylinder engine

  • Hydrostatic transmission with mow-in-reverse feature
  • Exclusive cub connect maintenance mobile app to keep your tractor operating at peak performance through your smartphone
  • Optimized steering system for an incredibly responsive handling
  • LED headlights for extended life and enhanced visibility in all-weather conditions
  • 12 easily selectable cutting height positions and a smooth lever engaged PTO provides the perfect cut
  • Automotive-style 16 in. turning radius provides smooth cutting and maneuvering, whether straight away or around obstacles
  • Innovative Cub Cadet open high back seat that is designed with an oversized base and elevated back support
  • Soft-touch, rubberized comfort grip steering wheel provides a solid feel and controlled steering
  • E-coat corrosion defense system resists wear and tear
  • Push button cruise control maintains a desired speed for consistent mowing
  • Easy-fill 3 Gal. fuel tank with sight gauge provides side and operator position fuel level
  • Quick connect deck wash system provides high pressure water that cleans out grass and debris built up under the deck
  • Optional multi-seasonal attachments provide year round versatility, including a twin bagger, snow thrower, sun shade/snow cab, snow blade, mulch kit, steel and poly carts and a rear spreader sold separately
  • No hour/3-year limited residential including the power train and 5-year chassis/front axle warranties
  • Cub Cadet ST54 FAB comes fully crated and requires some assembly

Buy Here From The Home Depot: XT2 ST54 FAB

Garden Tractors

XT1 GT50″ Model # GT50

  • XT1 GT50" Model # GT50

    XT1 GT50″
    Model # GT50

    25 HP Kohler 7000 series twin-cylinder engine

  • K58 Hydro transmission allows for use of ground engaging equipment
  • Exclusive Cub Connect maintenance mobile app keeps your tractor operating at peak performance through your smartphone
  • Optimized steering system provides incredibly responsive handling
  • LED headlights offer extended life and enhanced visibility in all-weather conditions
  • 12 easily selectable cutting height positions and a smooth lever-engaged PTO provide the perfect cut
  • Automotive-style 16 in. turning radius provides smooth cutting and maneuvering, whether straight away or around obstacles
  • Innovative Cub Cadet open high back seat designed with oversized base and elevated back support
  • The soft-touch, rubberized comfort-grip steering wheel provides a solid feel and controlled steering
  • E-coat corrosion defense system resists wear and tear
  • Push-button cruise control maintains desired speed for consistent mowing
  • Easy-fill 3 Gal. fuel tank with sight gauge provides side and operator position fuel level
  • Quick-connect deck wash system provides high-pressure water that cleans out grass and debris build-up under the deck
  • Optional multi-seasonal attachments provide year-round versatility, including a twin bagger, snow thrower, sun shade/snow cab, snow blade, mulch kit, steel and poly carts and a rear spreader (sold separately)
  • No-hour/3-year limited residential including the power train and 5-year chassis/front axle warranties
  • Cub Cadet GT50 comes fully crated and requires some assembly

Buy Here From The Home Depot: XT1 GT50″

XT1 GT54 FAB Model # GT54 FAB

  • XT1 GT54 FAB Model # GT54 FAB

    XT1 GT54 FAB
    Model # GT54 FAB

    25 HP Kohler V-twin OHV engine, 54 in. heavy-duty fabricated deck

  • Equipped with cub connect Bluetooth hour meter
  • Transmission: Tuff Torq® foot-controlled hydrostatic transmission (K46). 3/4 inch axle. Cast aluminum Transmission Housing
  • 25 HP KOHLER 7000 series V-Twin automatic OHV engine for reliable starting and exceptionally smooth operation
  • The new muscular cutting system features 54 in. fabricated cutting deck, built with heavy-duty materials and an advanced belt design, ensuring durability and reliability while delivering the pristine Cub Cadet signature cut and an unprecedented level of bagging performance, while providing commercial-grade durability that’s supported by a 7-year deck shell warranty
  • Exclusive cub connect maintenance mobile app to keep your tractor operating at peak performance through your smartphone, with maintenance needs, product registration, how-to guides and videos, service records, replacement part guides and more
  • Ground engaging attachment capabilities
  • Optimized steering system for an incredibly responsive handling
  • LED headlights for extended life and enhanced visibility in all-weather conditions
  • 12 easily selectable cutting height positions and a smooth lever engaged PTO provides the perfect cut
  • Automotive-style 16 in. turning radius provides smooth cutting and maneuvering, whether straight away or around obstacles
  • Innovative Cub Cadet open high back seat that is designed with an oversized base and elevated back support, adjusts by a 10° slope for the ultimate in comfort
  • Soft-touch, rubberized comfort grip steering wheel provides a solid feel and controlled steering
  • E-coat corrosion defense system resists wear and tear
  • Push button cruise control maintains the desired speed for consistent mowing
  • Easy-fill 3 Gal. fuel tank with sight gauge provides side and operator position fuel level
  • SmartJet deck wash system provides high-pressure water that cleans out grass and debris build-up under the deck
  • Fully robotically-welded frame with new e-coating corrosion defense system (5-year limited warranty)
  • Optional multi-seasonal attachments provide year-round versatility, including a twin bagger, snow thrower, sun shade/snow cab, snow blade, mulch kit, steel and poly carts and a rear spreader sold separately
  • 3-year/ no hour limit (includes powertrain) and 5-year chassis and front axle unlimited hours/limited lifetime fabricated deck shell

Buy Here From The Home Depot: XT1 GT54 FAB

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

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EXCELLENT REVIEWS!! You gave info here that I have not seen anywhere else….thanks much!

Kate
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Kate

I need to replace my deceased husband’s tractor….an old 54″ snapper, 25 HP.
I really don’t know anything about tractors but I am thinking about the cub cadet XT2, SLX54.
my property is mostly flat but it is often wet.
I am concerned about ease of steering and turning radius……
do you think this is a good choice?

Joseph
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We have moved to a six acre property that was a hay field for years with deep tractor ruts. What’s the max weight roller that an XT1 46″ deck with the v twin Kohler can handle?

Greg
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Greg

Hi Paul and Happy New Year. Just wanted to thank you for your help in helping me decide what Lawn/Garden tractor to purchase. You veyr kindly and informatively answered all my questions making the decision an educated one. I went with the 2018 Cub Cadet Enduro Series LX46 21.5 HP Kawasaki FR651V Series V-Twin OHV 726cc and a Bercomac 44″ Northeast Snowblower with electric winch lift, electric chute and electric deflector. The combination is very well matched and I can now easily throw snow in the 50-60 foot range. Here is a video I posted on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u2gSD4V_lI&feature=youtu.be In the… Read more »

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Shaun

G’day Paul (from Australia).

Just wanted to say thanks for this write-up….it has been very informative!

I am in the market for a ride-on and have narrowed it down to two models:

1. LX-42 XT2 with EFI (679cc Twin engine)

2. RZT S-42 Zero Turn with steering wheel (22hp Kohler 7000 series V-Twin engine)

Have you got any experience with the second one above? I know they are different beasts, but which one would you rate the better of the two?

Thanks!
Shaun

Greg
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Greg

Greetings Paul, I had been researching information for various brands of Lawn/Garden tractors which was becoming very confusing and time consuming to search out unbiased opinions. That all changed a few days ago when I had the pleasure of accidentally discovering your extremely informative website with a wide range of professional knowledge. I have read your reviews and opinions on the Cub Cadet line of products and have my choice narrowed down to the XT2 LX46 with the 21.5 HP Kawasaki FR Series V-Twin OHV 726cc Engine or the XT3 GS with the 22.5 HP Kohler Command V-Twin OHV 674cc… Read more »

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david

Which way should I lean the Craftsman ProSeries 27042 46″ or the Cub Cadet XT2 LX EFI 46″?
I like the idea of a 5″ turn radius but I also like the idea of EFI. I hope you can reply soon as I’d like to buy one or the other very soon.

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RayStill

Hi Paul, its been a while since Ive asked you a question and I know Im off subject here but this is the 1st place Ive been able to find a discussion with you. I have a Craftsman pull behind tiller and it kept throwing the drive belt and it was a little stretched so I got a new one. As soon as I engage the clutch pully it throws the belt. The belt keeper is at the right 61/2 in. and I dont see anything else looking wrong. Any suggestions before I have to pay a mechanic I cant… Read more »

Bill Carter
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Bill Carter

Paul, My XT1 cub cadet 50″ mower stops cutting grass while mowing,, after a while it will start mowing again on its own if I just drive around for a few minutes.

Jim
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Jim

Paul, I am looking to replace a Craftsman DGT 6000 that has lived a very good but hard life on our acreage. So far I am considering the Craftsman Proseries 27048 and the XT1 GT54 from Home Depot. I like the idea of the locking differential and the heavier tranny. I would value your opinion on these two tractors as well as any insight into any others that I should look at. Thank you.

Scott S.
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Scott S.

Hi Paul, I’m interested in the 27055 Pro Series….do you know the blade tip speed of this model? Also, just confirming that it has the K62 transmission? Thanks!

Paul
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Paul

Paul, I am looking at getting a cub. After reading your posts I am rethinking on getting a Pro Craftsman 46. The cub I was looking at is the XT1LT46EFI or the XT150. The one thing that’s holding be back from getting the Craftsman is will the Cub Fast Attach attachments work on the Craftsman?

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Paul, I have the chance to buy a new display model xt1 LT46 FAB with the 547cc Efi motor for 1600. Has a little sun fading on it but never been run still new. Full factory warranty. Was wondering if it’s a good deal versus the 2018 model with the Kholer motor for the same price. I like the heavier fabricated deck on the fuel injected model. What’s your opinion

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Bob, I have the Cub Cadet XT2 LX46 with the fabricated deck. This tractor has bearings in the front wheels, a brush guard front bumper, 4-ply tires, 300 amp battery, and a very comfortable seat with arm rests. It has the K46 Tuff-Torque hydrostatic transmission. It has a 24 HP Kohler 7000 series engine. I bought the tractor from a Cub dealer in June 2016. It does an excellent job of cutting grass and I’ve had no issues with it whatsoever. It also has a 16″ turning radius and steers very easily. I highly recommend the Cub Cadet. The Cub… Read more »

Bob Miller
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Hi Paul,
Looking at the Craftsman 27042 and Cub Cadet XT1 LT46.
They seem very similar, except the Craftsman has a better turning radius,
I know the Cub has a Tuff Torq K46 transmission, do you know what the Craftsman has?
Any other advantages to the Craftsman? It is prices ~ $400 more

Thanks
Bob

tanner
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tanner

Hi Paul, Do you advise using a certain grade of gasoline with the new EFI 679cc engine on the 2018 CubCadet… and is Seafoam advised?
Thanks …really enjoy your helpful site

Dana
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Dana

Paul.
I was looking at the 2018 CubCadet LX 46 EFI, It has a 679cc Cub Cadet® Twin OHV EFI. So 2 cylinders is good …smoother ride. Is the 679cc engine getting good reviews for power? and reliability?
Thanks,
Dana

Greg
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Greg

Thank you Paul!! You sold me on the proper gas can and seafoam. I will purchase to support your site. I was sold on the XT2 for reasons you stated. Adds have been popping up about the CRAFTSMAN Pro Series 27038 42″. Both are priced very close. For reliability, comfort and a nice cut what one would you lean towards? My old craftsman lasted only 8 years with many problems….i babied it. Time to make a decision even though it’s snowing again in the Detroit area…….geez😨

Andrew
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Andrew

Hi Paul,

I see that the XT1 comes in a fuel injection model. Do any of the craftsman pro series mowers have fuel injection? Any reason to get a craftsman over the XT1? Thanks for the help!

Ken
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Ken

Paul, I’m new at this, though I’ve read a lot of reviews. Just bought a place with 1.4 acres, mostly on a slope. Two thirds of the lot averages 12 degrees, but it’s pretty smooth and consistent, and the lawn has been well maintained. Will the new Cub Cadet SLX50 handle routine mowing? Is the transmission up for the job? Better choices?

Greg
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Greg

Paul, Is the Koehler V-twin 7000 a better engine over the 18hp single in the XT1? Is A EFI engine better than a choke one? Is the electronic or manual blade engagement a better choice? LOOKING FOR RELIABILTY FEWER PROBLEMS AND LESS EXPENSE! Are any cub cadet mowers good at cutting wet grass or dewy grass? Thanks for the time you give in your reviews. I’m more comfortable in your opinions than CR!! THANKS PAUL

Kevin
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Kevin

Hey Paul, I’m looking at a 2006 Cub Cadet GT2186 with 539 hours on it. The asking price is $950. Would I be better off getting a new Enduro series XT1 LT46″ for $1,700? I have about a 3/4 acre home lot and a 1 acre lot at my cabin to mow – both fairly level.

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Jeff Mumaw

Hi Paul, I love your websites it has given me Aton of info, so thank you for that! I have a chance to get an xt1 Efi 46in fab cub cadet for $1800 tax free (was told by the dealer it is an xt2, which if it is I can’t see how I wouldn’t buy it, but the price doesn’t seem right for that model). My half acre is mainly a hill, with a couple of spots having an 8 degree slope, and is rocky. It’s last years model, but is this worth it? The engine seems small and I… Read more »

Joseph Scott
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Joseph Scott

Hi Paul, Fantastic site! I have learned a lot, thank YOU! I have a question though, Bought a house in rural Ohio. TSC, Home Depot close, Sears Outlet only (nearby), as well as JD dealer… I have 2 acres, mostly flat but I have a couple Walnut tree’s, Apple tree’s, a pear tree and several large Pines… I was leaning toward the XT1 54 because of the fab deck, however since reading you’re site am I correct in my thinking that the larger tires would shorten the life of the K46? The fab deck worth the trade-off over XT1 50?… Read more »

Jeff thraen
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The xt2 can be purchased at big box stores?

Dan
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A question on the 2018 CUB CADET XT1 ENDURO SERIES LT 46 22 HP V-TWIN quick and easy hood removal. (yes Cub Cadet ads say that).No where can I find information (or a video) as to how it is done. My older 2012 Cub ltx1050 was a simple, open hood & tilt forward a hair & lift from front bottom stationary bracket. This new 2018 model has a bunch of plastic an “pivot ?” arms where one would assume the lift off would be. I do not see a lever or pin to move or take out. Can you help?… Read more »

Frank
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Frank

Paul we have a lot that is almost 3 acres, it is mostly clear Colorado high plains with few trees but it is rough and slopping with 1 steep hill. Our MTD mower (that came with the house) is constantly breaking and in need of replacement. After doing a lot of reading including a lot of info from your site, I believe that any mower with a k46 transmission will not last. I am really thinking I need to step up to a tractor with a k58 or better so am looking at a Cub Cadet XT1 GT50 (k58 trans)… Read more »

Robert
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Robert

How easy is it to change out the the bagging implements on the xt2. I only intend to bag in the fall so I wouldn’t want the bagger on during the summer.

hoss
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hoss

“The only real difference between the XT2 and the Craftsman Pro is the 5 inch Turn-Tight Extreme steering and the service. Sears always comes to your home to for any warranty repairs and offers the 5 year protection plan that covers most wear and tear on the tractor for 5 years.”

You’ve made me – i mean my wife – reconsider Sears… If they go bankrupt/shut down, what happens to their warranties, you think?

hoss
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hoss

Hey Paul; The cub cadet Lt 42 VS the cub cadet Lt46 Quick question – i have a 7 hour lawn, all things considered, will i REALLY save a lot of time mowing with a 46 deck rather than a 42 inch deck? (note – i have a rough bumpy lawn that sort of dictates a mower’s speed so even if the 46 could go faster i’m not sure i would) AND will i REALLY save a lot of gas money as well? There’s usually 2-300 dollar price difference between the two and i could sure use that money for… Read more »

Brett
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Brett

Paul, great articles. I’m struggling between the XT1 46″ and the Craftsman 25583 46″. From some of your comments, seems you’re a big Craftsman fan. Are the mowers still reliable? Is the warranty better with Sears vs. Home Depot?

Paul
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Paul

I used to have a Cub Cadet 3100 model garden tractor. I am considering an enduro xt2 unit for some $3500. How would this compare to my 3100?

Mike Weaver
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Mike Weaver

Hey Paul, I have personally looked at the Cub Cadet XT2 LX46 and the Craftsman Pro 27042 with 46 inch deck carefully. Both nice tractors. XT2 at $1999 from a real dealer and 27042 for $2099 from Sears Home Store. With the ball bearing front wheels, 300CCA battery, arm rests, Multi trac tires instead of slicker turf saver tires, Do you think the XT2 is the better machine for the money? Also are you okay with the long term design of the single connection of the mowing deck to the front of the tractor. Thank you for any comments on… Read more »

Robert Miller
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Robert Miller

Hi Paul, Love your articles and reviews on lawn and yard tractors. Trying to help my son pick out his first tractor and I had a few questions. He bought a house with a little over an acre and we have narrowed the choice down to between a Sears Craftsman Pro and the Cub Cadet XT1. In both cases looking towards the low end of the line and a 42″ deck. My main reason for writing is that when talking to a Cub Cadet dealer they are bashing the 18 horse Kohler engine and it’s reliability. They mention that it… Read more »

Sam Thomas
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Sam Thomas

I have seen some videos on Youtube where they use a XT1 42″ to cut some tall weeds. Which is what I need to do on my property You you see any problems with doing this type of work on a XT1 42″?? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZTU0ExOkkA.

James spy
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James spy

I have a question I have a cub cadet XT2 efi I plan on buying a snowblower for winter but looking to buy a trailer first so my question is how LONG is a cub XT2 efi with a snowblower will it fit on a 6×10 trailer

Phil
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Phil

Hi Paul, Great site and information. I’m trying to decide between the Cub Cadet XT2 42″ and the Craftsman Pro Model # 27039 (http://www.sears.com/craftsman-pro-series-46inch-24-hp-v-twin/p-07127039000P ). I’m thinking of this as a 10 year purchase but am struggling to justify $700 more for the Craftsman Pro. Advantages to Craftsman I see are power steering, 5″ turn, larger engine and deck but at the end of the day will I notice this during mowing? I have about 3/4 of an acre older lawn that the lawn service mowers today tend to scalp a bit. Which deck is better for a not perfectly… Read more »

Sam Thomas
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Sam Thomas

Hi what cub cadet do you recommend for someone who has ten acres with a lot of brush to clear first?? I was looking at the XT2 or XT3 (but didn’t want to spend alot of money or things I may now use at all). Main use is mowing but I wanted to keep at least 5 acres for pasture land for cows etc. I have clearing manually two or three acres of the brush and it is then just mowing the grass. (I saw on one of your replies that you suggested AcrEase type mowers to cut brush etc?… Read more »

Stephen Martell
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Stephen Martell

So after much thought I got a Cub cadet XT2 42 LT KW. Worked perfectly first time, but on the second use I hit a rock and bent one of the mulching blades I bought and had the dealer install for me. I still have the two original blades. So can I replace the bent one with one of the others or will the mix of the two mess things up with the cut. Also could the blade be bent back into shape and still work. Thanks!

Drake
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Drake

Paul, after doing a ton of research I’ve got a quote on a CC LX 46″ LE, fab deck & 21.5 Kawasaki for $2,399.00. Anything to compare to that mower at that price? Also, buying in my hometown at the dealer, taking the mower to my farm which is 2 hrs away, CC dealer near the farm couldn’t get close to that model at that price. I would have preferred to buy local; can I take my mower to the local shop for repairs and expect the same level of service even though I didn’t purchase from them? Thanks and… Read more »

Craig Boehne
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Craig Boehne

Hi Paul, I live in MN and currently own a 2005 LT1046 that is finally starting to show the effects of “transmission strain”. I have about an acre of yard to mow and a 300 foot driveway that I occasionally blow instead of plowing. My yard is mostly flat with about 20 percent containing gentle to modest inclines. I also use my mower for hauling wood/dirt periodically that probably weighs up to 500 pounds in a sturdy garden cart. The two models that I have my sights set on are the XT1 GT50 or the XT2 LX50. Should I go… Read more »

Gary
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Gary

Hi Paul,
I have a 2017 CC XT2 with a 46″ deck, non FI. Is there a reason when this mower idles, it idles so fast? I can mow some of my lawn at idle speed. If I get off the mower to pick up sticks or something in the way, I feel I should shut it off instead of letting it run. The dealer said it was normal for this to idle fast and was wondering if it can be slowed down at all or just leave it as it is.
Thank you,
Gary

Dennis
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Dennis

Hi Paul,
Thanks for your information. I am looking at the CC XT1 LT46 vs. the XT2 LX42. The spec run down is virtually identical save for the bumper, tire tread, arm rests, battery, and alternator. The dimensions are the same. What jumped out to me is the estimated weight. Do you know why the XT1 weighs in at about 420 lbs. and the XT2 comes in about 580 lbs. And how do you feel the extra weight would affect the engine ( both 22HP) and transmission?…thank you

mickey
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mickey

Hi Paul,
I’m finally retiring my 2000 MTD Yard Man garden tractor with 50″ deck and 25hp Koehler engine. It’s been a great machine for 17 years but time to go.I do field mowing as well as my lawn but mostly small tractor stuff, hauling, etc. I’m looking at a cub cadet LT1 GT50 as a replacement because I need the larger engine, tires ,axle, and heavy frame. What’s your opinion?
Mickey

Cody
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Cody

This is a great site! Was hoping for someone who know’s their stuff to give me some guidance. I have about 3 acres to mow that’s relatively flat, just a few bumps here and there. It’s pasture area so it gets kind of long (our current mower isn’t working and the weeds are pretty high). I don’t want to get a mower that way under powered but I don’t want to “waste” money getting an overpowered mower. I won’t use it for other “farm” chores, just mowing the weeds. What do you suggest for a reliable mower that fits the… Read more »

Chris Sawyer
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Paul: I’ve been gravitating toward the CC XT2 LX 46, but yesterday, while walking through my local Sears on the way to the Apple store I ran across two Craftsman Pro models that have me thinking. One was the 27039 for $1,535, and the other a 27042 for $1,585. Both had tags on them saying they were closeouts. The 039 had the front bumper, the 042 did not, but the 042 also had a sign on it that suggested it came with the 5 year service guarantee for that price. Unfortunately, there were no sales people around, so I couldn’t… Read more »

jermyn
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jermyn

hi paul,
i am looking for a new cub cadet either the xt1 with 18 hp kohler or the xt2 with single cylinder efi or the xt2 with twin cylinder efi. i need help deciding what is the best engine between these three. what are the advantages of efi? does efi give off less emissions? what is the difference between single and twin cylinder besides power?

thank you

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