ordered a RZTS42 from Mitchell & Bourland in Terrell Tx on 7-13-15. Received it on 7-17-15 and used it right away. First disappointment, ignition is different than the other machines I looked at. I can't keep blades turning when in reverse. Second disappointment, that may force me to return mower, this "new" mower has DOM of 01/2013. Is this normal? Why am I buying a 2.5 year old mower?
Let me start by saying, this is one fine lawn mower! I'd been looking at all the mowers out there, but could not decide which one to buy, at 62 years old, and in poor health, I decided I could no longer deal with a push mower, with a bad leg! On my birthday, my wife decided, for me, I liked the zero turns, for getting close to her flower beds, but I wasn't too keen on handling the lap bars, So she bought me the RZT-S 42" After using it, for a few weeks, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, IT! I like the way it handles tight corners, It cuts amazing, it's very fast, I can now, haul and fetch dirt and mulch in a small garden wagon for her flowers, and the bagger unit, works great. Thanks , Cub Cadet for making One Great Machine.
from Flintstone, Chattanooga Valley, GA 30725, USA
Yard Size: 1/2 acre to under acre
This is my very first riding lawn mower. I searched, researched, contemplated, & reviewed every other review about every type of rider on the market for the past 4 years. But I stayed with my old self-propelled walk-behind mower all that time. I dreaded mowing the lawn because I live on a hill, it gets hot, I'm out-of-shape, & my right leg hurt for a few days after I would mow.
I spotted the RTZ S several months back but hesitancy and money held me back. I needed a machine that could take the hills of my yard and carry my large body with plenty of room. After trying multiple riders, I set my sights on a typical riding machine. But I couldn't seal the deal. By chance, I drove to a Lawn equipment store called Sequoyah Equipment in Chattanooga, TN. They had a used model outside and I took a seat. It fit like a glove. I ran inside and purchased my 46 in. brand new machine. They delivered it ready to go off the truck in two days. It was like Christmas!
I jumped on it and went down the steepest hill on my lot. I made it to the bottom but I had not yet learned to trust the machine. I made the turn to go back up and I scared myself concerned it was going to roll. It did not roll. Not only did it not roll, it took the hill like it was flat terrain! I let out a loud holler and the rest, as they say, is history. I love, love, love this machine. Mowing my yard is actually fun now. The motor does its job, the cut is bar none the best I've seen. I've had more compliments on the cut and look of my lawn than I ever have previously. The only change I made was to buy my Cub Cadet Mower. I couldn't be happier. If you're looking for a good machine to last a while, this is the one for you. Don't take my word only. Call your nearest Cub Cadet Dealer and get yourself on one. You'll pay the heavy price but each time you mow your lawn you'll tell yourself it was worth every penny!
Took over a year to finally buy the RTZ. I researched the web, read other reviews, went to the big box (HD) store and independent dealers and asked questions. The independent dealer I purchased from let me ride around on the mower -- something I couldn't do at HD. I had the mulch kit installed. Haven't had a problem with the blades stopping when going in reverse -- got used to it. Fun to mow with this machine. I used to borrow my neighbor's lawn tractor and find the RZT has much better traction and much more control on hills. It is loud because the engine is not covered and is right behind the seat so I use ear protection headphones and listen to music while I mow. I have about 20 hours on my RZT now and it runs perfectly. I'd buy it again and recommend it.
Bought my RZTs 42 spring of 2013. I'm very satisfied with the speed and quality of the cut this mower provides. A well built machine. On top of that, it's fun to ride and I actually look forward to mowing!
I have a residential yard with some pretty steep hills that I used to cut with a gt2542 that was a great tractor but always felt top heavy and at least half the time I was nervous. I sold it for half what I paid 8 years later which is impressive and says a lot for cubs. I decided that the rzt s that says for hilly terrain had to be safer with the lower center of gravity? Boy was I right it is so impressive I can turn around in the middle of the hill and go back up without any fear. The 22 hp motor is crazy powerful. I wrote this to give back to the cub engineers for giving me peace of mind. If your wanting something for residential hills I doubt you could do better thanks cub cadet I for one am a very happy customer!
My old Scotts Rider died, 16HP 42" and so it was time for something new. Got the RZT S42 last night and went to work. I feel I just went from a toy to a commercial machine. Could not believe how quickly I could move while cutting with no degradation of cut quality and grass was fairly high. The turning is going to take some getting used to. Seems if you try to U-turn too severely it almost comes to a stop so better to turn just enough to hit the next row. Around shrubs and walls it was amazing. So bottom line is that I think I reduced my mow time by almost 33% - I wasn't expecting that. This thing's a beast compared to my old rider. It doesn't seem to strain no matter how deep and thick the grass and the cut I got was head and shoulders neater than my old trusty rider. 2 issues I do have. The black plastic shoot where the grass comes out is too big. I had a couple of spaces I couldn't get into and it was tough getting into the shed. My old mower was the same width so that is disappointing. I am going to install the mulch kit anyway and that will come off. Secondly it is very loud. No cover over the engine and the mower deck really howls. I guess that is the price for the power. I can't wait to mow again.
Got the mower today! Mowed my lawn right away! Usually takes me two or more hours and it took a little less then 48 minutes! Turns nice and smooth and doesn't tear grass like the old mower! I would recommend this product to everyone!
Just bought this machine last week and have only used it once but """ WOW """. It does everything I hoped for and more. I have a little less than 1/2 acre mostly flat to mow. With the old self propelled Toro it took me about 1 1/2 hours to get it all. With my Cub it took me 48 minutes start to finish. Took over an hour to trim and blow clippings so that is now the hardest part of the job. I love the gas pedal which gives you instant speed control and needless to say the zero turn is worth every penny. During my research phase I borrowed my neighbors 38" Bolens tractor to check it out and ended up with a lot of scalped areas. My new Cub cut it all and it looked just like the walk behind result. Didn't bother with any attachments yet like the mulching kit I was thinking about. The regular cut was so good I had no clumping and no need for a mulching kit. The grass was very high from all our rain in last few weeks and was at least 6 to 7 inches high. Knocked it down like a champ. The thing that bothered me most was all the negative reviews about not cutting in reverse. I can say that I only had to back up 1 time and it made no difference at all. With zero turn if you cant cut your whole yard without backing up you didnt plan your attack correctly. Only time will tell if it holds up like I hope it will..................
This is what a zero turn mower has always supposed to have been. The steerable front wheels work great on hillsides and the steering wheel makes for a very intuitive experience. It just goes where you want it to without all the lapbar learning curve...and panic mistakes. Why would anyone even want a regular garden tractor or conventional zero turn?
Kudo's to the entire Cub team for an excellent execution of a superb product.
This is really a great product. Just bought mine in May '12 and can't believe the time it saves me. I look forward to cutting grass. It's great on Westen Pennsylvania hills, provides a clean cut with nice lines and runs like a champ. My yard looks spectacular after a fresh cut.
The steering wheel on a zero turn is brilliant. I've never thought I could own a riding lawn mower with so much maneuverability and ease of use.
I really like the deck wash system and the tractor is just really comfortable to drive. I'd recommend this product to anyone - and already have to a few neighbors.
I am generally satisfied with this mower. I got the 42 incher so I can put it in the back of my truck. It fits well between the wheel wells. The cut is nice, power is very good, and the turning is excellent. it isn't QUITE as tight turning as a stick machine, but it's close, and the tradeoff is worth it because of how much better it holds on hills. I have a few minor issues: First, I always use the feature that allows you to keep blades running in reverse. Big help, that. BUT, if you stop the blades inadvertently (by tripping the seat switch, for example) then you have turn the motor off and restart it to get it back into that mode. Stinks. Second: It's a gas guzzler. I know, I know. You can't have it both ways. power vs. economy. It's not a big deal, really, just kind of surprises me how much it slurps. The battery on my unit lasted five mowings before it died. . The dealer replaced under warranty with no argument. But still, that's pretty lousy quality. Not Cub Cadet's fault, I guess. But maybe they should a different battery into their units. And after a couple of uses on my treed property, lots of thorns, all four wheels were flat. Can't say I didn't see that coming, and some Green Slime sealant solved that problem. Overall, though, this baby gets it done. My property is hilly, semi-pasture, and it blasts through just about any grass. it can be 2 feet high and it hardly works to get through it. Straight up and down some fairly steep hills -- no sweat. It's just a basic zero turn mower that does the job. So...I'm happy.
This review is comparing to a lap bar zero turn. This mower is not a true zero turn. It will not get as close to tight objects as a lap bar. You must go a couple feet past end of mower to do the "zero" turn, or you will have an uncut area. If you go to a unmowed area, turn on blades, and "zero turn", there is a 16-18 inch uncut area! Otherwise, this mower has an excellent cut with good scattering of clippings. It mows hills great. However, I have more trimming and weed eating to do compared to old mower. Might do just as well to save $1200 and get a tight turn lawn tractor. Also a big gas hog.
I went from a 21" walk behind to a 42" zero turn and it is a lot easier. But, my lawn went from the one of the best looking lawns in the neighborhood to average. I purchased the 42" zero turn thinking I could still get a quality cut, but it is not as nice. Mulching is poor and the cut is uneven. Sometimes I will cut the grass twice and it is still uneven. I'm thinking it's the blades. I thought about getting the $400 bagger, but that will only solve the clipping issue. I will still have an uneven cut.
I have the 42" ZRT-S. It has the two blade system. There is about 1/2-3/4 " space between the two blades. Well you can imagine what this does. Yep, it leaves a neat little strip of uncut grass hanging around right in the middle of your cut. This requires you, yes you to double your passes. Might as well just by a 21" mower because that's exact! yep what it is.