This is my first Cub Cadet. I've wanted one for many years and finally was able to purchase a 1050 KW. I mow approximately 2 acres, with slight hills as well as some flats, plus lots of obstacles to mow around. I had a Craftsman for the last 12 years and never liked it. The deck was poorly made, I was constantly adjusting the level and never could get it adjusted perfectly because it was sloppy movement. I have to say the Cub Cadet is like a dream. I push mowed and bagged almost half of my yard because the Craftsman mowed lawn looked lousy. I only push just a small part now. The Cub has exceeded all of my expectations. The mowing is superb. It looks as though it was bagged because the deck disperses the cuttings so well. The level is perfect, the lines are perfect. I couldn't be happier! Oh, and this mower is so quiet!! My ears don't ring after 2 hours of mowing and my hands don't 'vibrate' for an hour after! I bought mine at my local dealer Jon Lindquist Cub Cadets and recommend them to everyone. Great product, great people, and a great service department.
I bought this tractor last year and it now has 60 hours on it and it is just great! id say the only problem is when I back down a hill to mow other spots it has trouble getting back up the hill but otherwise it is great!
I just replaced the deck belt. What a chore. First, I got the part number from the manual, bought the belt. The manual has the wrong part number and the belt was a couple of feet short. The manual also, is incorrect about the deck. It refers to things that are not there, and does not mention things you must do to install the belt.
And I would not expect to get out so many tools to change a belt. I required two sockets, pliers, screw driver and a wrench.
Just finished my first mowing. Smoothest running engine I've ever seen on a mower. Quiet! Unfortunately, my mower arrived missing a bumper mounting pin. This biggest issue I have is that the blades DO NOT overlap as claimed in the advertising. I turned the deck over and checked! The mower leaves a unmowed strip where the blades don't overlap. Overall, I'm happy.
I bought a new LTX 1050 KW in April 2010 from a local farm implement store. I have approximately 3 acres on a farm that we mow, usually takes around 3 hours to mow and to be fair it is rougher than a city yard. In the 3 years i mowed with it I've had to replace the pulley on the mower deck twice and replace the $50 mower belt twice. Definitely wouldn't recommend this mower.
I purchased this Cub Cadet after my old riding mower of a different brand had to be replaced after 10 yrs. I thought my old mower was a good mower. It had 25 HP with a 48" deck. This new Cub Cadet makes my old mower look cheap. The 50" deck feels a foot wider than my old 48" deck and I get my yard mowed so much quicker. My old mower creeped along in reverse. My Cub Cadet LTX 1050KW is fast in reverse and I turn around about as fast as a zero turn. A couple of my neighbors use a new but cheaper brand mower and my yard always looks so much better. Theirs show grass clippings and looks like they need to be raked. Mine shows no clippings and looks like it's been mulched. I've been ask if I mulch mine because it looks so good.
Less than 100 hours on mower. Transmission has been replaced, clutch has been replaced, deck drive belt recently broke and replaced. Transmission is acting up again after mower is used for an hour. Noticed vibration in deck found spindle mounting foot broke. Skid plate at discharge chute broke at weld, assuming from vibration. Deck is rusting at welds and bolt holes. Mower is well maintained and cleaned after each use and stored covered. As mentioned rusting and stickers coming off. My previous mower, different manufacture, I had for 11yrs and did not have these kind of problems. Will never buy Cub Cadet again.
I was debating as to whether a Zero turn woulld be beneficial to me with my property and the People of Ohio Valley Power Equipment came out and looked over my property and gave me their recommendation. This was the spring of 2011 and I decided to go with the LTX1050 mainly because my wife was worried if she was to have to mow the yard she may not be able to operate it. She wasn't that crazy about mowing until I purchased this new Cub Cadet and she now calls this "her" lawnmower. I have only got to use it twice myself in the last 1 1/2 years. It does such a great job and I feel that they at Ohio Valley Power Equipment went over and above of what they are required to do by driving a considerably out of their way to look at my property. Great mower- great service!
Runs Great and mows even better. Won't go back to John Deere. First cutting of the year yesterday and what used to take almost 4 hrs took me a little over 2. LOVE the hydrostatic shift, saves a ton of time!
I bought this lawn tractor in the early spring of 2011 and used it a full season. I mow 5+ acres and live in the woods. I don't rake the tons of oak leaves, I grind them up or blow them off the lawn with the mower.
My lawn looks like a golf course now and I finish in one third the time. The short turning radius really saves time .If I could only change one thing it would be to put piviots on the front deck wheels so that you could turn faster without them scaring the lawn. Slow down on tight turns and it is no problem.
Plenty of power for tall grass and an exellent cut. I have no doubt that I could sell these door to door by giving short demos.
This machine is great for mowing. For snowblowing it is TERRIBLE! The spring that keeps the pulley in place for snowblowing keeps falling off. It will not work with more than 2 inches of snow. The wires that power the PTO are in a terrible place and on my machine got ripped apart because they got caught in the PTO, preventing the machine from running till a fuse could be replaced. If you are planning to mow with machine I would highly recommend this. To do any thing else I would not recommend this to my worst enemy.
Don't do what I did and assume the mower deck is properly adjusted when you get the machine. After burning up 2 belts and putting undo stress on mower deck pully and having to replace, read the manual, make all the proper adjustments, and then maintain it! This is truely the best riding mower I have ever had, non-scalp, excellent cut, very comfortable and handles my 3 acres a week with ease.
I've had this tractor for 14 months. Last week, I replaced an Idler pulley, poor quality part, failed at 67 hrs of usage. A cheaply made stamped two part pulley wheel that separated at the bearing shaft. Today, the tractor just quit while mowing. The PTO hesitated a couple of times and then quit. I can see a loose wire. This not what I would expect from a name brand "quality" product at less than 100 hours. Of, course, the electrical problem shuts off the ignition system. I had to tow the tractor back to my garage from the far end of my lot. I was thinking about buying a snow thrower for this tractor, now I'm thinking about buying a new tractor.
1050kw Cuts very well and quick, turns great, runs smoothly; priced right. My neighbors like the cutting results and handling around trees and such. My problem, I am dissatisfied with the 1050kw ability to back out of a tight spot or pass over an obsticle in its path, blade on or off. Powerfull engine but power to wheels is not there as expected. I did not spend enough money for a product more suited to my environment. Maybe, I can work out away to move to a shaft/belt drive model.
Hands down the best tractor for the money! I bought from an indipendant dealer for less than the box stores. I am very happy with the Kawasaki engine, it is truly a notch above the rest it is very quiet and powerful and runs very smooth. I am confident it will last a very long time. The whole machine is very heavy duty and well built/designed. The deck wash works great. I cant wait to get the snowblower attachment! I regret that I struggled with an old junker for so long I should have bought this sooner!
Was very happy with the looks and performance of this machine for 5.8 hours. Then the drive belt comes off at 5.9 hours? Still looks great but am not so happy with the performance now. Still can cut great in one spot but I thought I had paid for something that was going to perform in many spots. Will advise as to how I am treated from here on and especially how my concern with resolution of what I see may be a chronic problem with this machine.
Returned a 1054 KH, (Poor design features, Bad Vibrations) Warranty Service dealer consulted, recommeded a 1050 with Kawasaki engine. This mower rides like a dream, Superior Cut as expected, No excessive vibrations, Engine is of simple design , easy access to filter, plugs, oil drain. Runs so smooth and quiet . Dealer stated this was the best motor on the market today. Power!!!. Will have this mower for many years to come. Suggest designers to dump Model 1054 GTX and redesign deck and dump Kohler engine to Kawasaki.
Bought this to replace a 12 year old craftsman 46 inch cut rider on 5/27/11. Can't say much about durability yet but I can say it mows like a dream. My wife said the yard looks like a carpet now and she is right. No question a superior cutting machine. I'll try to update on the duribility in time.
This is a replacement for my old, temperamental-starting '96 42" Craftsman, and I needed a tractor vs. a zero turn because I tow a lawn sweeper, watering tank, & broadcast spreader. I researched considerable amounts of reviews and blogs for many brands & models before choosing the LTX 1050 KW - due to the Kawasaki engine, the heavy gauge deck & the cloth seat. I have 3 acres of thick K31 fescue grass and at first use this mower plowed right through it, including some border areas of my yard that were 8" high and the motor barely even changed RPM! The cut quality was very nice, and everything worked like it should. I wish the plastic parking brake lever was more substantial, but the most important things - pedals, throttle, choke & PTO switch are all very solid. I would strongly recommend this to anyone buying a residential series Craftsman, Deere or any other competitor brand mower!