Cub Cadet XT1 LT42 EFI Riding Lawn Mower Review

Cub Cadet XT1 LT42 EFI Riding Lawn Mower Review


The Cub Cadet XT1 is a practical 42-inch lawnmower with various seasonal accessories that always look good in a box and are not sold separately. It is quite maneuverable, with a turning radius of 16 inches, although not as good as a zero turning machine, and has twelve cutting height positions for maximum control with each pass.

Integrated corrosion protection and a dishwashing system ensure that the dishes remain clean and ready for use. However, as with all lawnmowers, keep it indoors whenever possible.


For this class of lawnmowers with a seat, we consider a very typical configuration in terms of comfort. They have a seat that can be adjusted back and forth. The steering wheel is a soft, comfortable grip for a long cat. The flywheel has an exciting feature: the flywheel’s bottom is flat, so getting in and out of the cutter is a little easier.

The mower is also equipped with cup holders and cruise control.


Engine with a volume of 547 ccs See the fuel injection – that’s what makes this lawnmower so unique. You don’t see EFI engines often in lawnmowers these days, but I suspect they will dominate in the years to come. It will be like cars with everything moving in the same direction.

It is the original Cub Cadet engine. As far as I know, it’s made in China by Zongshen and MTD factory. For those who don’t know, MTD has Cub Cadet along with many other famous companies.

547 cm³ cm is about 17 hp. The power that should be enough to power this 42-inch cutter, given the efficiency of a single-cylinder injection engine.

What are the other benefits of having an injection engine for this Cub Cadet mower’s EFI efficiency?

  • Start button, it is not necessary to operate the air valve.
  • You will get better performance and better fuel economy. The perfect air/gas ratio is always guaranteed, so there is no waste. It is estimated that a carburetor engine consumes 25% of gasoline.
  • Using gas without ethanol is not a problem; you will not clog anything like the carburetor.

Better control of emissions. Efficiency also means less polluting emissions.

The gas charge is located on the cutter’s left side, so you don’t even have to open the hood to recharge. It is good because I always hate to add gas when the engine is hot.

This is backed by a 3-year unlimited quality of life warranty, with a 5-year chassis and front axle warranty and a lifetime hull warranty. This is a very generous warranty compared to the standard 2-year warranty that you see on almost all lawnmowers.

Height Adjustment

The fact that this hydrostatic Cub Cadet V-Twin hydrostatic cutter offers 12 cutting heights from 1 “to 4” is itself a testament to the superior performance it has to offer. Most of its counterparts only offer cutting height adjustments of 5-7, so this offering double is advantageous. Lightly pull a single lever above the height mark, and you’re done!

Ease of Use

When you first calculate a lawnmower that weighs about 420 pounds and is big enough – 67 x 43 x 56 inches, you will surely think it will be darn tiresome to use! But that’s not the case with the 46-inch Cub Cadet XT1 lawnmower, owned by the Enduro premium series brand. Even though it takes a lot of effort to get it out of the box, the assembly part is too complicated. Ergonomically, I have no complaints yet, no doubt heavy but easy electric start and automatic transmission ensure that you are not bothered by operational difficulties; the details provided by Cub Cadet will help you relax. Unlike the Poulan Pro 15.5HP robotic lawnmower, the seat is not slippery, oversized, and the back is high. Plus, the gas tank is large enough (3 gallons), so you don’t have to worry about refueling frequently. The tank display acts as an instant fuel level calculator, greatly extending your life!

Cut Quality

The 16-inch turning radius is so small it’ll make you dizzy, probably the result of the redesigned steering system. But first, slow down, or you might fall off your chair. It should be noted that the front slewing ledge comes with a 5-year “unlimited use” warranty.

Cub Cadet LT42 XT1 Turning Radius 16 “This Enduro XT1 model features a 42” cutting deck controlled by a 12-position, spring-loaded arm that increases the cutting height from 1 “to 4” mow your garden evenly and regularly.

Some owners have said that this tractor “… will even process your 3-acre lawn and finish it …”

The platform is not only printed and manufactured but also features the Cub Cadet E-Coat logo for automotive-grade corrosion protection.

Despite the safety switch for reverse, the tractor can be manually set to reverse mow.

Reliability with Efficient Cutting

Get smooth performance as expected with Cub Cadet. First, the drive train uses turf torque for high acceleration. It can mow dense grass thanks to its double blades; therefore, it is a machine to achieve perfection.

The unloading is lateral, so the filling is also easy. With its molded cutting deck, it is robust and has an aluminum body. These aspects make it a device that can withstand heavy use and adverse weather conditions.


LED headlights with intense illumination are standard on this model. Most new tractors now have them. Incandescent bulbs are hard to find.

There is usually a cup holder to keep a cool drink handy. And there is a small box next to the cup holder, which in my humble opinion, is an excellent place to put some ice on extra ice if needed on a very hot day.

The Cub Cadet LT42 XT1 is backed by a 3-year “unlimited hours” warranty, including transmission and a 5-year “unlimited hours” warranty on the frame and front axle. There is also a lifetime warranty on the mower deck design.



The powerful and reliable Cub Cadet XT1 has a lot of power thanks to its powerful engine. Many users appreciated the ease of maneuvering on flat and uneven ground. The hydrostatic transmission allows speed control with a single pedal. However, a small number of customers said that the side-discharge was very powerful, throwing grass up to 6 feet high, which could harm neighbors.

Is this a fast attach lawn tractor?

Cub Cadet XT1 tractors can be equipped with various accessories, such as a grass shaker, a snowblower, and a stabilizing blade called Fast-Attach, as they can be installed in minutes without tools after initial installation assembly. This model does not include the free quick-fix lawnmower blade.

What bagger goes with this mower?

The two-bag grass collection system for this tractor is model number 19A30031100.

Who is the engine manufacturer?

This premium Cub Cadet tractor is powered by the advanced Kohler engine of the 5400 Series with a new triple balance system and Smart-Choke technology. 5400 series combine harvesters use Consistent-Cut Technology ™ to maintain engine speed in challenging conditions and keep the mower cleaner.