One test drive is all it takes! Cub Cadet Mowers
Since 1961, Cub Cadet has been engineering lawn care equipment that’s built to last and built to endure. With strength in every detail, from breakthrough cutting and bagging performance to incredibly responsive handling, Cub Cadet sets the standard with the strongest, most comfortable lawn mowers and tractors in the business. We are proud to now join the Cub Cadet network of dealers. Experience for yourself the strength of Cub Cadet lawn tractors and zero-turn riders when you come in for a test drive!MTD, maker of Cub Cadet, Troy-Bilt and other outdoor-gear brands, seems to be going all-out to woo anyone considering a lawn tractor in the coming year. Consumer Reports got a preview of the company’s Cub Cadet XT 1 and Cub Cadet XT2 Enduro Series tractors, which show numerous upgrades from the previous line and some competitive pricing. We plan to buy them for our mower tests this winter in Florida.
The Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series starts with the LT 42, a $1,500 machine with a 42-inch stamped deck, an 18-horsepower Kohler Courage engine, a premium Tuff Torq hydrostatic transmission, and manual power takeoff (PTO). At the high end of the seven-model lineup is the GT 54 FAB, $3,000, which has a 26-hp, twin-cylinder Kohler 7000 engine, a higher-end Tuff Torq hydrostatic transmission, and electric PTO. It has a 54-inch, fabricated deck.
For $1,800, the XT2 Enduro Series LX 42 has the same 42-inch deck, Tuff Torq hydrostatic transmission, and manual PTO as the XT1 LT 42, but for the extra $300 you get an 18-hp, twin-cylinder Kawasaki FR Series engine. The six-model XT2 lineup ranges up to the $3,300 GX 54 FAB, which shares the 54-inch decks, transmission, and PTO of the XT1 GT 54 FAB but offers a 26-hp Kawasaki FR engine.
What impressed us at first blush, however, goes beyond the specs: These machines offer improved steering, better transmissions, and a more durable drive system. “I’m impressed with two things,” said Peter Sawchuk, who directs our outdoor power equipment tests. “First, there’s the ergonomic design—they paid a lot of attention to how you fit in the tractor—plus the contoured, high-back seat and position of the wheel. And for both the brake and engagement pedals, both are angled in a certain position that makes it comfortable for your foot to reach them with your foot.”