I bought my Cub Cadet i1050 lawn tractor about 4 years ago from a small local dealer.
The first 2 mowing seasons was frustrating at best. Much trouble with the rear wheel independent transmissions.
Then things settled down until late last mowing season. The rear wheels just lock up. No forward or reverse.
After many attempts they free up and work OK until you stop for a short while and then get the same results when trying to engage the forward/reverse again.
Last year I discovered the mowing deck is rusting out around the supporting bolts. Seems to be pretty poor quality for such an expensive ($3499.00) mower.
BTW, when making tight “zero” turns the inside rear wheel digs up the turf as it either doesn’t turn or tries to turn in reverse.
Not all is bad though. It is more stable on cross-slope mowing of steep areas than the ZTs that have free turning front wheels. And the Zero turn is kinda nice in close quarters.
This Cub Cadet in not in any stretch of imagination it’s International Cub Cadet predecessor.
Martin from Lawn Tractor Buyers Guide adds:
Thanks Bill for leaving us your thoughts on your Cub Cadet i1050 lawn tractor.
It sounds like you’ve had a frustrating time. Did you ever get to the bottom of what was making the rear wheels lock up?
I can imagine your annoyance sitting on a $3,500 machine that won’t go anywhere with a field of grass to mow.
I’ve also heard about the rear wheels cutting up the turf on a tight turn too.
You have to wonder whether sometimes the manufacturers try to get too clever.
There’s no doubt that this technology works on some machines (I haven’t heard many complaints about the John Deere X304, for example).
But I think the manufacturers need to make sure they invest in the right design and components to get this advanced technology right.
Anyway, your contribution is much appreciated.
I hope this mowing season is a good one for you.