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Cub Cadet Lawn Tractors
Here we cover all the Cub Cadet lawn tractors and riding cub cadet lawn mowers that are currently available. We look at all of the main Cub Cadet lawn tractors series.
Cub Cadet history
The Cub Cadet brand started life as part of the International Harvester company in 1961. In subsequent years it establshed itself as one of the leading manufacturers of lawn, garden and outdoor power equipment, as it tapped into the sixties boom in home ownership, home care and the trend towards large yards and gardens.
Cub Cadet quickly became regarded as a premium brand and over the years it developed its reputation in the lawn tractor market by introducing innovations such as wider sub-frames, electric attachment lifts, hydrostatic transmission and direct-shaft drive systems. Also, and in response to customer demand, it gradually increased the size of its range and offered machines with more power and the ability to do more than just mow lawns.
In some ways (a bit like John Deere), Cub Cadet became something of a cult amongst tractor and lawn tractor enthusisasts. And to this day, there are thriving Cub Cadet enthusiasts' magazines and forums.
In 1981 MTD Products Inc purchased the Cub cadet brand from International Harvester. For some years Cub retained its independence witin the MTD group and many of the old Cub Cadet lawn tractor models were kept in production.
More recently, it appears that Cub Cadet has been more fully integrated within the MTD group so that it has been involved in the cross-overs in parts and design which seems to occur amongst the MTD brands. Some crictics argue that MTD has introduced lower quality standards into the Cub Cadet range, in particular in relation to the budget lines stocked in some of the 'big box' stores (see, for example, the first few paragraphs and the last two paragraphs of this Wikipedia entry.
Cub Cadet itself seems confident in the quality of its products and the strength of its identity and in 2011 is celebrating 50 years of the Cub cadet lawn tractors brand.
The modern design for the Cub Cadet lawn tractors range
The product range
The models listed under the main series headings below are available in North America. We set out separately below those available in the UK and Australia.
Cub Cadet 1000 Series
The 1000 Series features 11 models. These lawn tractors are for mowing and other light garden tasks. They boast professional grade engines and a tight turning radius of only 12 inches. Suitable for up to 3 acres and starting at around $1,500.
We cover the common features of the 1000 Series together with a look at the LTX 1040, LTX 1042, LTX 1045, LTX 1046 and LTX 1046 VT Cub Cadet riding mower models together. Separately, we look at the LTX 1050 VT, LTX 1050 KW, SLTX 1050, SLTX 1054, SLTX 1054VT and the GTX 1054 Cub Cadet Lawn tractor models.
Read this review of the Cub Cadet lawn tractor LTX 1046, available at Home Depot.
Cub Cadet 2000 Series
To mark its 50th anniversary celebrations, Cub Cadet is introducing the brand new 2000 Series of lawn tractors in 2011. There are 10 models in the series including a special 50th anniversary limited edition model. These are designed with the power to carry out more garden tasks than the 1000 Series, have long 4 and 5 year warranties and retail between about $3,600 and $7,000.
Cub Cadet 2500 Series
The Series 2500 Cub Cadet garden tractors are suited to a multitude of tasks. They feature a shaft drive and a tough design. They'll manage up to 5 acres and are priced from around $3,499.
Cub Cadet 3000 Series
This is the Cub Cadet super garden tractor series. These garden tractors are a step up from the 2500 Series and will carry out more ground engaging tasks and cover up to 7 acres. Prices start at around $5,200.
Cub Cadet iSeries Tractors
These are the innovative Cub Cadet zero turn lawn tractors. They offer the benefits of both lawn tractors and zero turn mowers. They'll cope with up to 4 acres and start at about $2,499.
Cub Cadet RZT Riders Series
The Cub Cadet RZT 50 and other models in this series are designed to give a professional level of zero turn mowing capability. They'll cope with up to 4 acres and are priced from $2,499.
Cub Cadet Z Force Riders
The Cub Cadet Z force mowers are zero turn machines built for more commercial-style use over longer periods than the RZT machines. These can deal with areas up to 4 acres and start at around $3,800.
Cub Cadet Z Force S Riders
The Z Force S Cub cadet zero turn mower is a the first zero turn mower of its kind to be controlled by a steering wheel, rather than the traditional lap bars. These machines will also manage areas up to 4 acres and are priced from about $4,000.
Cub Cadet UK Models
In the UK, Cub Cadet offers the following models
Cub Cadet Australia Models
The following models are available in Australia:
Lawn and garden tractors
Zero turn mowers
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