2011 Cub Cadet GTX 1054 Riding Lawn Tractor Review

Cub Cadet GTX 1054 Riding Lawn Tractor Review

This is not the tractor you see in the Cub Cadet Commercials this year.  That tractor with electronic power steering costs over $6999.

This tractor though is a good value on sale at $2999.

Like the Craftsman 28861 this tractor will accept a sleeve hitch so you can pull ground engaging attachments.  As far as I know there is no sleeve hitch attachment for the D170 John Deere so I can’t so a direct comparison here.

It’s Not The Best Lawn Tractor….It’s The Best Lawn Tractor For You!

My Rating of this Craftsman Riding Lawn Mower:

My Value/Cost Rating: Garden Tractor,  Mows Large Lawns Well.  Great for 1 to 5 Acre Lawns, Heavy Hauling, Medium to Heavy Snow Removal. Accepts all Attachments & Bagger.

Type: Garden Tractor. See Tractor Rider Mower Types for a complete explanation.
Engine Type: Better. Full Pressure Lube. See Engine Types for a complete explanation.
Transmission Type: Heavy Duty Hydrostatic. See Transmission Types for a complete explanation.
Speed Control: Pedal Infinite with cruise.
Accepts All Garden Tractor Attachments:

What I like:

The 27 HP Kohler is a great engine. I’ve had a few commercial mowers with this motor and they all went well over 1500 hours without a wimper.

I won’t get to mow with this tractor this year, but I have had a chance to look at it at two different dealers.  This mower is easy to get on and off, has good visibility all around and the seat is very comfortable.  The fit and finish on both tractors I looked at was very good.

What I don’t like:

This is a big mower and you need a large lawn to make good use of the 54 inch deck.  If you have a less than 2 acres or a lot of landscaping to go through and around this may not be the tractor for you.

There are a couple of reviews out on the web where owners complain about belts jumping off but

While it is listed as a garden tractor and you can put a sleeve hitch on it, you may want to look at a sub compact tractor if you do more than just ground breaking and mowing.

You can pick this tractor up at HomeDepot.com or your local Cub Cadet Authorized Dealer.

From Cub Cadet.com : SPECIFICATIONS

Engine Type
27 HP Cub Cadet® professional grade Kohler® Courage® V-Twin OHV
2/cast-iron sleeve
Fully pressurized automotive-style oil pump w/spin-on oil filter
Drive System
Automatic w/heavy-duty hydrostatic pump
Engine to Transmission
Heavy-duty belt
Cruise Control
Transmission Housing
Die-cast aluminum
Manual sector & pinion
Front Axle
Heavy-duty cast-iron w/dual grease fittings – 5-year limited warranty
3/4″ with grease fittings
Ball Joints
2 automotive-style
Rear Axle Diameter
1″ diameter with dual steel wheel drive hubs
Turning Radius
Chassis Type
Robotically welded steel frame assembly
Heavy-duty 12-gauge steel – 5-year limited warranty
Hood & Grill
Premium, rear pivoting GT-style hood w/automotive-like front hood latch molded from corrosion and dent resistant high-impact ABS material
Fender & Bumper
Steel fender, twin rear fender flares, grab handles and GT-style twin-tube steel bumper assembly
15 amp. regulated
12V/heavy-duty 235 cold crank amp.
Charging System
Flywheel alternator
System Monitor Package
Digital hour meter, change oil service minder, battery voltage monitor, park brake and PTO start sequence LED’s
Safety Systems
Neutral start, operator presence, reverse safety switch, brake pedal lock, RevTEK™ reverse mowing technology
PTO Clutch
Electronic fingertip engagement for smooth operation of deck or attachments
Deck Lift
Automotive-style disc
Deluxe high-back seat with arm rests, 6-position fingertip adjustment mechanism
Front Tires
16″ x 7.5″
Rear Tires
23″ x 10.5″
Forward Speed
0-5.2 mph
Reverse Speed
0-2.3 mph
Fuel Tank Capacity
3.5 gal. easy fill, rust proof
Engine Oil Capacity
1.9 qt.
Transmission Oil Capacity
2.1 qt.
Overall Length
Estimated Weight w/Deck
587 lbs
Cutting Width/Blades
54″ heavy-duty triple blades
Deck Cutting Height
1.5″ – 4″
Deck Construction
11-gauge steel
Deck Drive System
Heavy-duty Kevlar® belt
4 wheels, 1 rear striping roller
Mulch Kit
Deck Spindles
Die-cast aluminum spindle housings w/ball bearings for long life
Deck Pulleys
All steel with heavy-duty bearings
Deck Attach/Removal
QuickAttach™ in seconds, no tools required
Deck Wash
Patented Smart Jet™ high-pressure deck washing system
The GTX 1054 Riding Garden Tractor has a 3-year/120-hour & 5-year/500-hour limited warranty
See your local Independent Dealer for warranty details

Final Thoughts:

MTD is a great company and Cub Cadet is the best of their large, varied line.  Like Craftsman and John Deere they have a tractor for every homeowner’s budget and lawn.  The Cub Cadet’s have a great reputation for good quality lawn tractors and have many loyal fans.  The Cub Cadet dealer network is good, though mainly located in rural areas.  If you buy one be sure you understand the service options available including extended warranties and local service options.  One major downfall to me is many of the servicing dealers have the “You buy it here, we service it here” attitude.  Meaning if you bought your tractor from a big box store and didn’t set up service from them, your local dealer may not want to do warranty work on your machine.  If you end up buying a Cub Cadet and then find out that you have to haul your lawn tractor 40 miles to get it serviced or repaired …. the Cub Cadet may not be the best choice for you.

(As you know I feel that service is a major part of deciding which tractor to buy and I compare all the other service to the Sears nationwide service network.  I know no matter where you live in the U.S. you will get the same service from Sears.  I am not saying Sears is the best for you.  Buying a tractor from the dealer down the street may be the best for you.  So compare the repair services offered from the other retailers to the Sears plans BEFORE you buy your tractor from them and be sure you can live with their rules.  The most common problem today is fuel related issues so be sure their warranty and extended warranties cover this. (Sears Protection Plan Does) Sears has 10,000 service techs that come right to your home to service and repair the tractor you purchased from them.  Sears protection plans cover all trip charges, fuel related problems and labor for up to 5 years.  They also will give you a 25% discount through searpartsdirect.com on parts not covered)

There are very few negatives with this mower as long as you understand that it is a good quality mower designed to mow lawns well.  Take care of it (do the normal maintenance all lawn mowers need) and it will last you a long time.  I like this lawn mower for what it is designed for.

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