Have only given the new mower/tractor limited use so I can't speak to durability or endurance (hence 4 instead of 5 star rating). However as an older user with two replaced hips and other body parts that weren't so durable themselves, several features of this product were immediately apparent to me. The bottom part of the mower where your feet rest is level, low, and uncluttered. That makes getting on and off the mower a much easier and safer operation. The brake pedal also is lower and easier to reach with a left foot that gets heavier with age. There is also a tray/compartment in front of the steering wheel that holds the glasses you forgot to take off very securely. I was impressed with the blade engagement mechanism. It's placement and method of operation makes it possible to easily and accurately engage/disengage the blades as when crossing a stone driveway.
I have only two slightly negative points. First, if you have stopped growing taller and started growing wider, the arm rests on the seat might be a little narrow to be comfortable with both in the down position. I suspect this might be more my problem than the manufacturers. Lastly, the tight turning radius is a really good thing but it gives the steering a somewhat loose, sloppy feel. It has no trouble holding a straight line but the "feel" of the steering takes a little getting used to (one more trick for this old dog to learn).
The motor runs and the blades cut as you would expect a new mower to.
Cub Cadet XT2 LX 42 Lawn Tractor
Ordered on a Saturday and had the mower on Tuesday
I reside in Florida where the heat beats you down in the summer months that I could no longer walk behind a self-propelled lawnmower (10 years) so I decided to look into the purchase of a riding lawn tractor to help pull and haul stuff around the house. I visited Home depot and Lowes and the Cub Cadet caught my eye. Since I had no idea what to look for in riding lawn mowers, I did some research and made several calls to some dealerships in area because the one I liked was sold at Home depot/Lowes. After calling a few authorize Cub Cadet dealers in my area, I found out that some were unfriendly, wouldn't answer any of my questions and wanted to over-charge me for the price of XT2/LX42 and rush me off the phone. I only have a 1/4 acre so through my online searching I ran across Mowtown Waldo Implement in Wisconsin and I spoke with a lady name Leanne. This lady was nice and help! She did not know if I was going to buy or just inquiring but she was very patient with me and all my damn questions :) She hung in there like a trooper. She was very knowledgeable and helpful so I think a day or two went by and I decided to pull the trigger on the purchase but not with the dealers in my area but with Leanne and she was not in haste to take my money and trough me off to someone else and remember who I was. My tractor would be delivered from Wisconsin to Florida which made me a little uneasy for something I that I have not touch with big ticket price but Leanne was helpful throughout the entire process up to the driver delivering my mower to my house without any hiccups or damage done the tractor. The tractor is great and now I wonder what took me so dang long to buy one (just being cheap). I know this is a long review and I don't normally write reviews but I think in this case it is well deserved. GREAT JOB Leanne!! Whatever your getting paid it's not enough! Thank you for your help and support and keep up the good work!
The ease of use is very good. I am concerned about the dead grass that the discharge leaves on top of the cut grass. It makes it look like the grass is dying. Anyone else have this?