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    Cub Cadet XT2 42" 2017 riding mower

    My years old Craftsman riding mower is currently wearing itself out as I cut so I've been investigating a new riding lawn mower for the past several weeks and have decided on the Cub Cadet XT2 42" mower for my needs. The local dealers will let you drive/demo a number of brands and I've ridden JD's, Husqvarna's, and a few others and am set on the XT2.

    My question is straight forward: Do any of you have experience with the 2015+ Enduro series XT riders? This little devil - http://www.cubcadet.com/equipment/cu...h-copy-of-lx42

    I know and the dealers grudgingly admit the pre-2015 units had a number of issues but the newer Enduro series 2015 up seem to be well built and reliable according to the internet.

    I know they are made by MTD, but they are Kohler powered with a 3/5 yr warranty so I'm interested if any of you folks can comment based on experience with the 2015+ units.

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    I can't help you with the new units but I have a Cub Cadet older (maybe 2013?) and have had no problems with it at all. Just change the oil and filter.
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    I too am not familiar with that particular model, however, I have a 2016 Cub Cadet 33" self propelled walk behind mower with dual blades and I love it. It is powerful, versatile, durable and reliable. I could not ask for anything more (mower).
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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetolbob View Post
    My years old Craftsman riding mower is currently wearing itself out as I cut so I've been investigating a new riding lawn mower for the past several weeks and have decided on the Cub Cadet XT2 42" mower for my needs. The local dealers will let you drive/demo a number of brands and I've ridden JD's, Husqvarna's, and a few others and am set on the XT2.

    My question is straight forward: Do any of you have experience with the 2015+ Enduro series XT riders? This little devil - http://www.cubcadet.com/equipment/cu...h-copy-of-lx42

    I know and the dealers grudgingly admit the pre-2015 units had a number of issues but the newer Enduro series 2015 up seem to be well built and reliable according to the internet.

    I know they are made by MTD, but they are Kohler powered with a 3/5 yr warranty so I'm interested if any of you folks can comment based on experience with the 2015+ units.

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    I bought a Kohler engined Troybuilt 42": 1 year later replaced trans/differential (warrentied, thank you), 2 years later replaced deck, next the engine suddenly would not turn( a magnet off the inside of the flywheel came loose) destroying the stator.. Do I want any thing MTD/Kohler built?? NO I DON'T THINK SO.. OH!! And I forgot, Exhaust valve rocker arm nut backed off twice..
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    I just looked hard at a 54" unit.
    Special deals offered by Tractor Supply and Home Depot.
    Took those sale flyers to my local dealer and he said he could not touch that price....
    He also told me that there is absolutely no service available from those stores.
    He then told me if his service department has a dealer bought unit, and a big box store unit... Guess which one will be worked on first.
    Ended up not buying one, and fixed my existing unit (broken rear axle).
    Glad I didn't buy......

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    I'm 72, and two years ago, I bought my very first "BRAND NEW" mower. I've always been amazed at how people discard machinery that only needs a little maintenance to make them work again. But, a couple of years ago, my latest "rescued" mower quit. My wife said, "why don't you just go buy a new mower!" Well shucks...that's all it took! PERMISSION to buy a new toy!

    I purchased a Hustler Raptor Super Duty Zero Turn W/54" Deck and 23 HP Kawasaki engine. Works Great...after I re-engineered/re-enforced the plastic fenders, and installed front and back hitch balls to move stuff around. I'm kinda rough on yard equipment, and they need to be up to climbing banks, jumping terraces, and a little occasional "bush hogging," in addition to "domestic lawn mowing."
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    Quote Originally Posted by DEEPNHOCK View Post
    I just looked hard at a 54" unit.
    Special deals offered by Tractor Supply and Home Depot.
    Took those sale flyers to my local dealer and he said he could not touch that price....
    He also told me that there is absolutely no service available from those stores.
    He then told me if his service department has a dealer bought unit, and a big box store unit... Guess which one will be worked on first.
    Ended up not buying one, and fixed my existing unit (broken rear axle).
    Glad I didn't buy......
    Interesting differences here. The reason I went looking now was the season is ending and I expected some discounts but no joy. HD and TSC are the main go to sellers in this town but 20 miles south is a large dealer that handles many brands and also services them and is good at it. The dealer had exactly the same price but as opposed to HD and TSC that will make sure your mower is delivered to the parking lot so you can load it, the dealer will run your unit to be sure it is in good nick, fill it with non-etoh gas and deliver it.

    For the same price it's a no brainer and, in fact, for a couple hundred more the dealer is the only way to go. They will pickup to do warranty work also. As you found out also, the dealer says they will do the warranty work on a HD or TSC sales but don't hold your breath. He also said that there is no difference in the units, just easier to get service from a servicing dealer.

    I started the whole thing to save a few bucks but unless Cub comes up with some discounts, I'll just hold off until spring as the current unit has a decent chance of making a few more trips. It was a cheap unit I bought 9 years ago and is just used up. I'm tired of fixing and readjusting the POS.
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    For the same price it's a no brainer and, in fact, for a couple hundred more the dealer is the only way to go. They will pickup to do warranty work also. As you found out also, the dealer says they will do the warranty work on a HD or TSC sales but don't hold your breath. He also said that there is no difference in the units, just easier to get service from a servicing dealer.






    I asked the JD dealer why he was so much higher in price than Lowes and his reply was that his was not a "D" model (disposable??), not the same he said.. I'm aware he was wanting to make a sale.. I also agree in buying from a servicing factory dealer for a little more money..

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    Quote Originally Posted by benaslopoke View Post
    For the same price it's a no brainer and, in fact, for a couple hundred more the dealer is the only way to go. They will pickup to do warranty work also. As you found out also, the dealer says they will do the warranty work on a HD or TSC sales but don't hold your breath. He also said that there is no difference in the units, just easier to get service from a servicing dealer.

    I asked the JD dealer why he was so much higher in price than Lowes and his reply was that his was not a "D" model (disposable??), not the same he said.. I'm aware he was wanting to make a sale.. I also agree in buying from a servicing factory dealer for a little more money..

    Ben
    THAT'S ANOTHER THING!!! I bought from a DEALER because (at least around here) no one was selling the HUSTLER brand but dealers. I bought mine from a dealer nearly twenty miles away, although there were other's closer. I bought the mower because I liked the way it was built. The dealer I bought from was owned by a friendly chap who explained that the SUPER DUTY, heavier frame, bigger tires, was only $100 more than the standard version. He also threw in an engine guard. So...I bought the mower! A few weeks later, the dealer sold the business to a large chain of dealers who hired a couple of lazy knuckle heads to run the place.

    I drove over to buy oil & filter and the dolts seemed offended because I planned to do my own service & maintenance. So, I asked when they could service it. They said they could give me an appointment in a couple of weeks! At that time, I was the only customer in the store. They were playing video games on their computer. I paid for the oil & filter and left the store. Immediately, after arriving home, I e-mailed Hustler's corporate customer service. Explained that if they were planning on keeping the brand name HUSTLER...then they should choose DEALERS capable of living up to the name.

    A few weeks later, I walk into my local Lowes to find that they are now carrying the brand. But no Super Duty models. At least now, I can go buy parts from a clueless indifferent sales clerk, and not have to drive so far.
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    Bob, I found that buying from a "dealer" was a much smarter way to go than fighting with the big box stores ineptitude and lack of service parts. My mower is a 54" Simplicity with a 23 h.p. Kohler, 2006 leftover that I bought in spring of 2007. It's been a terrific mower, no real issues with it. At work (27 hole golf course) I work on all the equipment an we have a Hustler 54 SD like John has. It is the wrong piece for this usage, and it has had just about everything except the engine repaired or replaced in the 3 years we've had it. With 1000 hours in that time frame, and the abuse it has been given, I think it has been a good machine under it's circumstances. It just isn't a commercial mower and that's what we should have gotten. Anyway, wait until spring and see if you can work a good deal on a leftover 2017 model. Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by bill van alstyne View Post
    Bob, I found that buying from a "dealer" was a much smarter way to go than fighting with the big box stores ineptitude and lack of service parts. My mower is a 54" Simplicity with a 23 h.p. Kohler, 2006 leftover that I bought in spring of 2007. It's been a terrific mower, no real issues with it. At work (27 hole golf course) I work on all the equipment an we have a Hustler 54 SD like John has. It is the wrong piece for this usage, and it has had just about everything except the engine repaired or replaced in the 3 years we've had it. With 1000 hours in that time frame, and the abuse it has been given, I think it has been a good machine under it's circumstances. It just isn't a commercial mower and that's what we should have gotten. Anyway, wait until spring and see if you can work a good deal on a leftover 2017 model. Bill
    Great comments from someone who should know. In my stable of "castaways," I have two Allis-Chalmers (built by Simplicity). They are the oldest machines, but built like a tank. But, I bought one later model 15HP Simplicity (Craigslist) that for me, is a dog. I mistakenly thought that it would be built like my older ones. It would be good for a perfectly flat (city type) lawn. It has a "floating" deck, but no capacity to lift & carry the deck for high weeds, or uneven ground. All I had to do to it was replace the starter solenoid, and correctly route the belt the owner had put on incorrectly.

    But, my favorite mower is a John Deere walk behind with a riding sulky (54" deck). I have plans to either repair its Kawasaki engine or replace it.
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    I have several garden tractors, and they all run. (10 year old JD 42" 100 (at the cottage), 40 year old JD 46" 210, 30 year old Honda 36", 45 year old Sears 42"). I ended up buying a new Cub Cadet 48" from Home Depot in the spring because the tires on the old tractors are all on their last legs after many patches and tubes, and they are too hard to start for the kids, who I delegated the lawn mowing tasks to.

    In short, the new CC mows very fast and well. I like the accelerator pedal. I had to replace the blades after kids ran over some rocks a few times. It sometimes does get stuck in mud - thinner tires. (The old JD 10 has really fat tires.) There is also nothing wrong with the 10 year old John Deere, its just not at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 55s View Post
    In short, the new CC mows very fast and well. I like the accelerator pedal. I had to replace the blades after kids ran over some rocks a few times. It sometimes does get stuck in mud - thinner tires. (The old JD 10 has really fat tires.) There is also nothing wrong with the 10 year old John Deere, its just not at home.
    Thanks for the feedback, you have brought up a good point on the accelerator pedal. Another reason I'm replacing the older unit is the newer ones will mow in reverse which is major benefit in my cutting. Bob
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    A couple of years ago, I was looking to replace my riding mower, 15 year old Snapper that was wore slap out. Talked to a local JD dealer and he told me the reason the JD mowers at the big box stores were cheaper was that they were assembled in China, whereas the models they sold were assembled in USA. I didn't research it any further, as I ended up buying a 54" zero turn Dixie Chopper that was used with very low hours at an estate sale for under $2500. So far I have had no issues with it, however some parts are a bit expensive.
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    Well...We southerners might think we have an "edge" on lawn mower knowledge because of the milder winters, longer growing season, etc. However, it is the folks in the north that take "Lawn Equipment" to a whole 'nuther level. Here, it is mainly grass in the summer. There, it is summer grass, and then, comes the PTO driven snow blowers and snow plows. Having the power to drive a mower deck is one thing, but to handle snow blowers, and scrape blades, with their weight and associated operational mechanics, requires a much stouter structure and well thought out engineering. Two of the vintage Allis-Chalmers machines I have followed their owners fleeing the northern winters. While the blades I got with them might be good for shoving around "fluffy" snow, I discovered they are useless for moving heavy red clay soil here.

    If you live in the south, and see a craigslist ad for a used mower with a snow blade or blower, you might want to go take a look. You might find a much heavier duty machine at a bargain. Just don't let the seller try to convince you the snow stuff is anything of value. Treat the blade & blower as something you will haul out of his way as long as he's willing to give you a good deal on the mower.
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    John, You're right about the beating a riding tractor will take up here from moving snow. In your neck of the woods it might be a good way to get a heavy duty riding mower at a good price. The reason I don't invest tons of money in a riding mower is it has one job, cut the grass on a couple of lots.

    This is what I use to move the deep - wet snow from several long driveways, drag/haul things around the property and pull folks out of the shallow ditches around the neighborhood. It ain't fast but close to unstoppable. It's why I just wear out a lawn mower from age.









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    I have joked that about the only thing folks up north have not adapted to a snow plow is a baby carriage.

    Of course, if someone ever does... it will probably be powered by a small block CHEVY!
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    I still mow with my 1975 International Cadet 76. I would rather fix than switch; unless I could trade it for a Gravely of similar vintage.

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    Being that this has gone off topic from a new Cub Cadet, I will share what I have.
    It was taking me too long to mow my lawn with my Simplicity 38" cut rider, so last year I bought a 20+ year old Toro Groundsmaster mulching 61" front-deck diesel-powered mower for cheap. The heavy brute has over 4000 hours on it, but the 3-cylinder 23 HP Mitsubishi engine runs great, has lots of power and consumes very little fuel. It has a tight turning radius (great for around trees) and great visibility. It handles a bit odd being that it is rear steer, but it mows a lot of grass quickly! These are typically found at golf courses, municipalities and schools as they are very durable (and very expensive when new). The only downside is that you will need a 4x4 truck to pull it out if you ever get it stuck in your wet, soggy springtime yard. Ask me how I know....

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    I invested in a new mower a couple years ago . Getting older and got tired of working on my craftsman . Went way out and bought a new Kubota GR2120 with 54 inch deck . I mow about 2 acres of woods that is hilly . This mower is a 3 cylinder diesel with Power Steering , Hydraulic lift deck and shaft driven Deck . Also 4 wheel Drive. I flat love it ! it sips fuel , Blades are 3 times thicker than the Craftsman I had . Grass is not thick in my woods , but found I can mow down at road 3 ft. high grass as easy as my yard. I recently had spine surgery and have been out of service > My wife , who never mowed , has taken over mowing . She said the mowing is easiest Job she has taken of my previous jobs .
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    I agree with post # 18 from 'rockne10' in that the ONLY manufacturer that you guys

    should be giving a lot of consideration to is " G R A V E L Y " which was a division of

    STUDEBAKER from 1960 until 1970 . In fact the modern Gravely has just hit its 100

    year mark last year . To last that long , they must be doing something right . Maybe

    just 'google' Gravely and see if they have the product you want at a reasonable price

    and a good Dealer close by in your area . If they don't have the "right" product for

    for you , I'd be surprised ! No I don't have shares in Gravely but I've got some old

    Studebaker Stock Certificates that were going gangbusters back in 1964 . CHEERS

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    In fact, I was looking for a yard tractor not a zero turn nor walk behind so Gravely was not among the finalists. While I am guilty of certain brand loyalty, the yard tractor market is essentially a pick your favorite distinction as in any price class you are looking at essentially the same drive train.. In my price range it was Kohler 7000 or Kawasaki FR series and a torq tuff K46 trans axle. Go cheaper and the B&S's show up a lot and the less expensive trans axles.

    Increase the price and Kohler and Kawasaki still are major engine choices but you get into tougher trans axles.

    I eventually chose the Husqvarna yt42dxls because it had the cast front axle, rigid frame, fabricated lifetime warranty deck and a limited slip trans axle. Warranties are all about the same and with the discounts and store credits it was a tick over $2200 OTD. It should serve this 74 YO for a number of years as it's main job is cutting grass.

    The heavy duty workload is carried by the Kabota RTV-900 diesel so the Husky should do well enough. So far, so good as it's in the process of becoming broken in.

    It seems orange is becoming my color.

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