Cub Cadet RZT 42

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Cub Cadet - RZT 42 Deck ...Excellent for residential lawn cutting.

May 22, 2011 (Updated May 23, 2011)
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Pros:A very comfortable mower.

Cons:None that I could find.

The Bottom Line: Nice seat, good deck cover to place your feet on.


I’m using this mower as a replacement until mine gets repaired because my neighbor tried cutting his oil pipe with my ExMark mower and bent the middle and the left spindles and they're not under warranty.  But my dealer is very good to me and since my other zero turns are in use, they’re letting me use this Cub Cadet RZT 42 Inch Zero Turn Mower.  From the moment I sat in it the seat I was very comfortable and then I started her up. The 22 horsepower Kohler engine revved up nicely as I loaded it up on my trailer. I filled the 3 gallon gas tank and we were on my way to my first couple houses. 



Right off the bat I noticed that this machine handled the drain swale in the front yard very nicely better than my Cub Cadet 50 inch deck or my 60 inch Cub Cadet commercial mowers. I got off the machine when I was finished and noticed that this deck was balanced with the body and the black coaster wheels at the corners to protect the deck from scalping or making lower indentations with the blades offsetting the grass lengths making it look like a sub-par job. The deck is made from 12 gauge steel and with the pivoting front axel helps keep the deck in line. The body is made of 9 gauge steel for better support and durability. The twin blades are nothing fancy, but they do make the lawns look nice. The weight is 480 pounds so just in case you get caught in a ditch you can pick up the front end and reposition the mower. This Cub Cadet has a zero radius turning point which means you can maneuveraround flowerbeds much easier than an older conventional riding mower. To make this 360 turn is bringing back the right steering arm and push your left steering arm forward, please do this at a slow rate or you will tear up ground if too fast. With the zero turn radius going in reverse helps just in case you missed a patch of grass drinking your Margarita's. :)


I did go to my truck and used my ratchet on the steering arms to make it more comfortable for me to steer and pull back when I need to slow down.  For this little mower I was easily doing 5 or 6 miles an hour and was not pushing the engine it all the way. This mower cuts from 1.5 inches to 4 inches, and the lines look as good as if I was using a commercial mower. There are a lot of new changes on this RZT mower that if you don't deal with mowers everyday you wouldn’t notice them.  There is no hydraulic hoses going from the pump transmission which gives it more stability and more power in your turning, stopping and going. The power take off (PTO) for the deck is electric and has a cut off if the mower becomes unstable if you begin to tilt or you fall out of the seat, the mower shuts down completely. The deck has a Smart Deck Wash hook up that you attach your hose to, then you sit on the seat and start the blades. Takes about 5 minutes to clean your deck properly, but I would suggest primer painting the belly of the deck at the end of each season so no rust grows when idle.


Overall, The 11 inch bald turf tires that are in front are normal for this size machine and they are able to take bouncing and manuever holes without skipping a beat in the mowing. The rear tires are residential 18 inch soft knobby turf tires. They will burn some grass if you do your turning fast. This mower needs to be greased every other time you use it. It has grease fittings in the front tire rims, on the deck for the spindles and there are fittings for your levers. The ride is very comfortable, if you need to adjust your seat there is an adjustment lever in the back. This mower comes with a 3 year, 120 hour residential warranty that you need to contact your dealer first. I give this mower 4.5 stars for a Harry the Homeowner mower and would not recommend for commercial use.

Thanks for reading!!!


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