2017 Cub Cadet XT1 – XT2 Lawn & Garden Tractor Review

Cub Cadet Lawn Tractors – 18 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.

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 two 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” 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 has gotten a tarnished reputation over 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!

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!

FYI: The Craftsman Pro Tractors also use this chassis. In addition the Craftsman Pro tractors have the unique 5 inch Turn Tight Extreme steering and a few models also offer power steering!

FYI: You are also going to find the Columbia brand at some repair shops and small dealers.  Columbia is MTD’s Canadian brand. Why does your local store carry it? MTD likes to have a prime brand like Cub Cadet in an area and they restrict the number of dealers. So , if your town already has a Cub Cadet dealer and someone wants to sell their products they will let them have one of the 20 other brands like Yard Machines, White, etc. Unfortunately, they misused the reputation of most of the names you are familiar with by selling only the least expensive products. So, a couple of years ago they started bringing the Columbia name down here. Columbia has been one of the premier Canadian names in Lawn Equipment for over 40 years just like Cub Cadet is here in the U.S. MTD bought them out 20 years ago and has kept the reputation going well for the brand.  So, a Columbia tractor is just a Cub Cadet XT1 painted a different color. You will find a few dealers selling Troy-Bilt but Troy-Bilt is used primarily at Lowes today. Troy-Bilt is more complex because they also sell the smaller, inexpensive lawn tractors. 

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 and you want a perfect cut this may not be the best choice. The frame is extremely stiff so it may gouge or scalp rough spots on an older lawn. 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.  (only Simplicity and Husqvarna Rider have the ground following deck)

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. My lawn can be mowed with the Cub Cadet but it looks the best when mowed with a ground-hugging deck.

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 base line. But understand that Cub Cadet does not have a “cheap” line.  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, 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. There is one model that has a heavy-duty garden tractor transmission.

The XT1 Series is available at The Home Depot, Tractor Supply Corp, many Farm Supply 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, arm rests, larger battery and a larger alternator. The XT2 models use the same frame and transmissions as the XT1 series. Marketwise 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 actaully 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’s website is extremely confusing. The only way to compare the XT1 Series to the XT2 is to use the compare buttons. In addition, I keep hearing horror stories where some Cub Cadet dealers state the XT2 is heavier duty, better, or the Home Depot version is inferior. The truth is the only difference is the XT2 has a few different engine options and has the following as extra/different features. Ball bearing front wheels, a front bumper, different tires, armrests, larger battery and a larger alternator.

Cub Cadet dropped the Kawasaki FR engine in 2016 and has added two new EFI (electronic fuel injection) engines to a XT1 and a XT2 42 inch model.

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

Remember, the $200-$300 difference between the XT1 and XT2 is only ball bearing front wheels, a front bumper, different tires, armrests, larger battery and a larger alternator.

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.

42 Inch /Twin Blade

XT1 LT42″ C $1499

 Engine: Cub Cadet 547cc 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″

Turning Radius: 16″

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

Battery: 230 cold crank amps

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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

Buy Here From The Home Depot: Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series At The Home Depot

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XT1 LT42″ EFI $1749

Engine: Cub Cadet 547cc EFI Engine

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

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XT2 LX42″ $1799

XT2 LX42 KH

XT2 LX42 KH

Engine: 22 HP Kohler® 7000 Series V-Twin with Smart-Choke™

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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XT2 LX42″ EFI $1999

Engine: Cub Cadet’s 679cc electronic fuel injected V-Twin engine. Keyless push button engine start.

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

Battery: 300 cold crank amps

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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

Buy Here From The Home Depot: Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series At The Home Depot

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XT1 LT46″ EFI FAB $1999

Engine: 547cc EFI Cub Cadet OHV engine

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″ heavy-duty fabricated, twin-blade cutting deck

Battery: 230 cold crank amps

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XT2 LX46″ $1999

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

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XT2 LX46″ FAB $2499

Engine: 24 HP Kohler® 7000 Series V-Twin engine with Smart-Choke™.

  • Keyless engine start: Easy push-button control.

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″ heavy-duty fabricated, twin-blade cutting deck

Battery: 300 cold crank amps

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XT2 LX46″ LE $2599

Engine: 21.5 HP Kawasaki FR Series

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″ heavy-duty fabricated, twin-blade cutting deck

Battery: 300 cold crank amps

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50 Inch /Three Blade

XT1 LX50″ $1999

Engine: 24 HP Kohler® 7000 Series V-Twin engine

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″ heavy-duty stamped, triple-blade cutting deck

Battery: 230 cold crank amps

Buy Here From The Home Depot: Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series At The Home Depot

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XT2 LX50″ $2299

Engine: 24 HP Kohler 7000 Series V-Twin OHV with Smart-Choke™

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″ stamped heavy-duty, triple-blade cutting deck

Battery: 300 cold crank amps

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XT1 GT50″ $2699

Engine: 25 HP Kohler V-Twin OHV engine

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

  • Ground-engaging attachment capabilities

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

Deck: 50″ heavy-duty stamped, triple-blade cutting deck

Battery: 230 cold crank amps

Buy Here From The Home Depot: Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series At The Home Depot

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54 Inch /Three Blade

XT1 ST54″ $2499

Engine: 24 HP Kohler V-Twin OHV engine

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

Wheels: 16″ X 6.5″ BALL BEARING/22″ X 9.5″

Deck: 54″ heavy-duty fabricated, triple-blade cutting deck

Battery: 230 cold crank amps

Buy Here From The Home Depot: Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series At The Home Depot

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XT2 LX54″ $2999

Engine: 25 HP Kohler 7000 Series V-Twin OHV with Smart-Choke™

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″ heavy-duty fabricated, triple-blade cutting deck

Battery: 300 cold crank amps

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XT2 GX54″ $3299

Engine: 25 HP Kohler 7000 Series V-Twin OHV with Smart-Choke™

  • Keyless engine start: Easy push-button control.

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

  • Ground-engaging attachment capabilities

Wheels: Front 16″ X 6.5″ BALL BEARING Rear 22″ X 9.5″

Deck: 54″ heavy-duty fabricated, triple-blade cutting deck

Battery: 300 cold crank amps

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XT1 GT54″ D $3299

 Engine: 25 HP Kohler 7000 Series V-Twin OHV

  • Keyless engine start: Easy push-button control.

Transmission: Tuff Torq® foot-controlled hydrostatic transmission (K62). 1 inch axle. Cast aluminum Transmission Housing

  • Ground-engaging attachment capabilities
  • PEDAL ENGAGEMENT REAR DIFFERENTIAL LOCK

Wheels: Front 16″ X 6.5″ BALL BEARING Rear 22″ X 9.5″

Deck: 54″ heavy-duty fabricated, triple-blade cutting deck

Battery: 230 cold crank amps

Buy Here From The Home Depot: Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series At The Home Depot

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XT2 GX54″ D $3599

 Engine: 26 HP PROFESSIONAL-GRADE KOHLER 7000 SERIES V-TWIN OHV WITH SMART-CHOKE™

Transmission: Tuff Torq® foot-controlled hydrostatic transmission (K62). 1 inch axle. Cast aluminum Transmission Housing

  • Ground-engaging attachment capabilities
  • PEDAL ENGAGEMENT REAR DIFFERENTIAL LOCK

Wheels: Front 16″ X 6.5″ BALL BEARING Rear 22″ X 9.5″

Deck: 54″ heavy-duty fabricated, triple-blade cutting deck

Battery: 300 cold crank amps

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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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

Robert
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Robert
Paul, I’m talking with a guy who is selling a 2016 XT1 L42 with only 7 hours for $1,200. I contacted Cub Cadet and they said the warranty was not transferrable, which is a bummer because it has such a good warranty. Without the warranty, the price seems too high. I’m also looking at a 2005 Craftsman DYT 4000 that was used very little (the man who owned it got sick, used a lawn service for several years and passed away and the family is selling it.) Apparently before he got sick, he replaced the engine with a 27hp V-twin… Read more »
James C
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James C
Hello Paul, What a great site you have created. Due to it I purchased a Cub Cadet XT2 LX42″ and am definitely enjoying my new machine. I do have one question though. My yard is a bit bumpy and thus it really works the mower. When I was mowing yesterday it appeared to me that the front wheels were moving allot on the steering spindles. When I finished, I used my floor jack to lift the front wheels off the ground and noticed that they had allot of play in them. I pulled out the tool box to tighten them,… Read more »
Sonja
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Sonja
Hello again Paul, I have decided that a zero turn is not for me. I only have 1.6 acres of fairly flat areas and really no trees or anything else to go around. I do like the Craftsman Pro 46″, but also the Cub Cadet XT2 46″. They both are in the same price range. Cub Cadet, I have a dealer close by that can deliver same day and would do repairs if need be. It also has 3 years unlimited hours warranty where I still have to figure out the one on the Craftsman. Craftsman they say can be… Read more »
Rudy P.
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Rudy P.
Hello Paul I really enjoy reading your articles. I have been using a series 2000 shaft drive Cub Cadet 2166 w/42″ deck purchased new in 2003. At 671 hrs. it is still going strong but it’s at the point where I am constantly have to fix something and frankly at 63 I am just getting tired of it. I have been kicking around buying a new Cub XT3 GS w/42″ deck but wanted to know if the transmission is as heavy or heavier duty than the 2166. Both have the BDU-10 charge pumps but I hear the XT3 transmission is… Read more »
Dave
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Dave

Hi, Paul.

Great site!!

What’s the recommendation for oil changing in a new riding mower? (Craftsman 25581). I thought I read somewhere it should be changed after the first 5 hours of use. Is that right? From there, is another short interval recommended or is it ok to move to the normal interval?

Lastly, when storing the mower for the winter (non-use of about 5 months) is it recommended to run it to empty the gas tank, or to add a stabilizer?

Stephen Martell
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Stephen Martell

Hello, I noticed that here in Canada it looks like Cub Cadet still sell the XT2 with the kawasaki 18 hp v twin. Just wondering if this is a good engine or would the Kohler 22 hp twin be a better choice. Also you mentioned that the cub does not have a floating deck. I thought all lawn tractors had floating decks hence the wheels on them to keep from scalping. Thanks!

Frank
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Frank

Hey Paul, thanks for the informative lawn care articles. I am considering buying the Cub Cadet XT1 LT42 but can’t decide on the Cub Cadet 547cc single cylinder engine or the 18 HP Kohler Courage OHV Single Cylinder engine. I have been unable to find any comparisons between the two on the web. Which one do you think is the better engine for the least amount of maintenance and longevity? Thank you.

Missy
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Hi, As others have expressed, thank you so much for your article AND the time that you take to answer all of our questions. My husband and I are new owners of a 13 acre farm which has not been a farm for a long time. There is a good bit of lawn AND we have had some new fields tilled in the lawns. Most of our beds are actually raised due to a number of wet spots on the land. Anyway, we want to mow our own lawn and perhaps have a tractor that can also help us in… Read more »
Bruce B
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Bruce B

Paul-
Glad I stumbled on this site. Am looking for guidance on a Cub purchase. Have about 1/2 acre flat to mow. Three questions. EFI or Kohler Twin? Fab or stamped deck? Manual or electronic PTO? I am currently considering the XT1 LT46″ EFI FAB but am not sure that’s the way to go. Thanks.

Joseph
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Joseph

Hi Paul, I’m trying to decide between a Cub Cadet XT2, John Deere 140, and Craftsman Pro to cut my approx. 1 acre relatively flat yard. Is there one of these that you like more than the others? I’m wanting something that will last a long time and be able to handle more acreage in the future. Thanks for your help!

Keri Warner
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Keri Warner
Paul, Thank you for all the help you give to your followers. i was mowing with my John Deere 100 series lawn tractor today, when it actually melted down the battery terminal. I have been babying it along for years, but I think it is time to say goodbye. That brings me to the Cub Cadet. I thought I wanted the XT2 42″ but after reading everything you wrote, I don’t really know if I need any more than the XT1 42″ I have 1 1/2 acres of flat and slightly sloped land. It has many trees and small fallen… Read more »
Dave
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Dave

Hi, Paul,

Love the site!
Any recommendations for a bagger for the Craftsman 25581 mower?

Darryl Lloyd
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I help run an orphanage in the Ensenada area. A tractor mower was donated some years ago. It an Enduro 13.0. We need to replace the starter and hoping you can direct us to a place to order. Starter is 0690. We appreciate any help.
Thank you.
Darryl Loyd
U.S. Mission Director
Ninos de Baja

Kelvin
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Kelvin
Hi Paul, Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge with us. It can be quite daunting to try to navigate the variety of lawn tractor models out there today. I have a relatively normal lawn to mow; about an acre of mostly flat, slightly sloping yard. There are some gardens and play structures, etc around which I have to navigate, so I figure a 42-inch or 46-inch deck would probably work best. However, I also want to be able to occasionally haul loads of soil, wood chips, firewood, etc. in my gorilla cart (rated for ~1000 lbs). Am I… Read more »
James spy
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James spy

Hello I am in the process of buying a XT2 EFI 679cc and am wondering your opinion on what bagger to get I guess there is a new style and an older style and both fit # 19A30030100 or 19A30031100 or 19A30003100

Gary
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Gary

Hi Paul,
I just bought a 2017 46″ Cub Cadet XT-2 Endoro Series mower, 24 hp with twin cylinders and was wondering if the tractor would be large enough to use the snow blowing attachment instead of using my walk behind snow blower. The driveway is 80′ long and 2/3 of it is packed in crushed stone and 1/3 concrete. I thought I read the snow blower attachment is 3 stage vs 2 stage on my walk behind. Don’t know the difference.
Thanks,
Gary

Randall
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Randall

HI Paul-

Randall again. What do you think of the Ryobi Electric Riding Lawn Mower?
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-38-in-Battery-Electric-Riding-Lawn-Mower-RY48110/300246266
Good reviews. No noise, No Gas, No Maintenance sounds pretty darn nice. Question can it handle a bumpy terrain. It might take a charge in between to finish property.

Randall
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Hi Paul- We moved to Idaho a year ago. We have 10 acres of about which 4-5 acres is mowable. There is a 1/2 acre or so that is “lawn” with turns around rocks and trees. The rest is open space within the trees – grass, weeds, pine tree litter, bumps (flat but not smooth by any means) – small rocks and twigs. Grass can get high quickly. We will be planting a forest grass mix with clover etc to attract deer and other wildlife. We are an animal refuge/rescue. Small incline to get from pasture/open space back to garage.… Read more »
james spy
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james spy

what is your opinion on the 2017 xt2 lx42 697cc EFI for $1,950

Lin Moffi
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Lin Moffi
Dear Paul, I hope you can help me make a decision. I need to buy a new mower ASAP. My husband passed away last month, I never mowed the lawn. I’m relying on my son-in-law to do it but he doesn’t want to advise me what mower to buy. I have about 3 acres, level, sloping, and some hill. I was looking at the cub cadet XT2, LX54″. Cost is $3000. I realize I may have to put chains on the rear tires. I read all the reviews. I guess I’m not going to be particular if I get any… Read more »
George
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George
Hi Paul, I am also looking at the new CCs and found your post. There’s one difference between the XT1 and XT2 that your post didn’t address, and that is that 2 of the XT2 models (LX46 FAB and LX54) also have rear locking differential. This has been key in my research, as I have a few uneven spots where I can get stuck with my current Craftsman YT4000. I also have some hilly terrain, where this may come in handy if conditions aren’t ideal. Have you weighed in on this for your reviews in terms of the price difference… Read more »
Raymond M Gonda
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Raymond M Gonda
Paul, I was about to buy a Cub Cadet XT1 L46″ partly based on your discussions and given it is available locally. However, you state that it is not made for ground-engaging implements. That is a deal killer. I liked the balance of price and power and features with the L46 but now I am at ground zero again with regard to finding the right machine. My terrain is mostly flat level ground with one side of the yard having a moderate 30 foot continuous uniform slope – about 300 ft long. What garden tractor would you recommend for both… Read more »
rick eickholt
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hi paul,i mow 2 acres country lawn,ground moles,etc..i been looking at snapper spx 25/48 lawn tractor fab deck,also husqvarna yt and gt48xls,and cub xt1,s.i really like the snapper,but cant find any good reviews or vidios of it,what do you know about the spx 25/48

Kevin K
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Kevin K
Hi Paul, I came across your site during my research to purchase a riding mower, so I’m hoping you can assist me. I’ve received different recommendations from different dealers (Craftsman, Cub Cadet, Husqvarna – to name a couple) regarding what kind of mower I need to purchase. I am trying to not buy more tractor than I need so I was hoping to not spend a ton of money. I will be cutting at least 1 acre with a lot of trees, my current property is mostly flat, and I will be using a mulch kit when cutting the grass.… Read more »
mike d.
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mike d.
Hi Eric- I have a little less than a half acre. Quite a bit of slight to moderate grading. I know I need CVT transmission to handle the grading. I would also like to do some like hauling for mulch. Would the Craftsman 25581 be suitable for this? Is this a Husqvara or MDT build? I’m also looking a the Craftsman 27398 90th Anniversary Edition. This has the V-Twin 20HP Intek series as opposed to the 25581 which has the single 19HP Platinum series. How do these engines and tractors measure up and compare for my needs? Also, is the… Read more »
Darrell
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Darrell
Hi Paul, Man, am I glad I found your review on the new Cubs. I was about to pull the trigger on a GT50 until I read about the scalping and gouging of uneven lawns. I’m mowing almost 3 acres of mostly sloping yards, some fairly steep with ditches to boot. I’m currently using a Cub SLTX 50″ that works great. Is the stiffer frame on the new Cubs totally unsuitable for this type of property? The old Cub will have over 600 hours on it before the end of summer and I would like to start investigating a replacement.… Read more »
Ross
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Ross
Hi Paul, I mentioned below I bought the Craftsman 25581 and now I have had the chance to use it couple times and have a question about mowing in reverse. I noticed that if you try to mow in reverse when you don’t have the key turned to “ROS” it will shut off. The owners manual says to turn the key to ROS mode when mowing in reverse then turn back to regular mode. But I noticed it will also mow forward while in ROS mode. Is this simply a safety feature? Will I be ok to mow my entire… Read more »
Ttoft
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Ttoft

I just bought a xt1 st54. It threw off the deck belt twice in it’s first six hours of use. It did steer easy, cut was perfect, and its fast. What are the chances I bought one bad apple and a different machine would not throw the belt off every three hours? Anyone else reporting deck belt issues? Great articles by the way!

Jim
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Paul,

Should fuel stabilizer be used every time I fill up my mower, or only if it’s going to sit for a long period, ex. 30 days?

Karlos
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Karlos
Paul, I’m a complete novice when it came to buying a ride-on… I have been researching on what to buy & the feed back on-line in relation to Cub Cadets range.. It seems from your reviews you would recommend this product (Cub Cadet Engine XT1), however in other historical write ups.. the critic as been some what scathing,,, What has been the turn around.. is if the fact that the produce was poor in the past….. and the manufacturer as invested time and effort to listen to customer feedback?.. I trying to ascertain… will I have to accept that big… Read more »