Cub Cadet 1000 Series Lawn Tractor Review

The Cub Cadet 1000 Series accounts for 11 different lawn tractors. The tractors are some of the best performing mowers in the entire industry. The 1000 Series can easily be used for lawns up to three acres in size and are able to maneuver over and around any obstacles that may be present. They also feature a high-pressure deck-washing system and a wider discharge chute to prevent clumping. With their professional quality engines, 12 inch turning radius, and superior cutting quality, these lawn tractors can’t be beat. Finally, all Cub Cadet 1000 Series lawn tractors come with a 3-year/ 120-hour warranty and a 5-year/500-hour limited warranty.

All of the Cub Cadet 1000 Series lawn tractors feature a fully pressurized oil pump with a spin-on oil filter for easy maintenance. In addition, all models include cruise control, QuickAttach deck, and patented high pressure deck washing system for removing debris that may collect beneath the deck. All models except for the largest have a tight 12 inch turning radius. All models also come with an oil change reminder, parking brake, digital hour meter, battery voltage monitor, and PTO start sequence LEDS. Finally, all models in the Cub Cadet 1000 Series possess several safety features including operator presence, neutral start, a brake pedal lock, reverse safety switch, and reverse mowing capabilities.

The most basic of the 1000 Series is the LTX 1040. It features a 19 HP Kohler single cylinder engine, an automatic CVT transmission with cruise control, a 42 inch QuickAttachâ„¢ deck, and a Cub Comfort mid-back seat. The next model in the lineup is the LTX 1042, which instead has a 20 HP Kohler single cylinder engine. In addition, the LTX 1042 includes hydrostatic transmission and a Cub Comfort high-back seat. It retains the 42 inch deck, however.

The next model in terms of price and features is the LTX 1045. The LTX 1045 retains all of the same specifications as the LTX 1042, except for the size of the deck, which is 46 inches instead of 42. After the LTX 1045 is the LTX 1046. This model comes in three different variations, all of which are the same as the LTX 1045 with the exception of their engines and their attachment control. The first variation is the LTX 1046 M, which has a 22 HP Kohler V-Twin OHV engine. The second variation is the LTX 1046, which features a 20 HP Kawasaki V-Twin OHV engine and adds electronic fingertip engagement in place of a manual level for control of the attachments and deck. Finally, the third variation is the LTX 1046 KW keeps the electronic fingertip engagement and includes a 23 HP Kohler V-Twin OHV engine.

After the LTX 1046 model come the LTX 1050 KH, LTX 1050 KW and the SLTX 1050. These models are the same as the LTX 1046 KW except for their specific engines, deck size, and a slightly larger rear tire. The LTX 1050 features a 22 HP Kawasaki V-Twin OHV engine and a 50 inch deck with a triple blade. The LTX 1050 KW keeps the larger deck and features 24 HP Kohler V-Twin OHV engine. The SLTX 1050 is the same as the other two 1050 models except for its 25 HP Kohler V-Twin OHV engine.

The final model in the Cub Cadet 1000 Series is the 1054, which comes as the SLTX 1054 or the GTX 1054. Both of these models have 54 inch decks. In addition, the SLTX 1054 has a 26 HP Kohler V-Twin OHV engine, and the GTX 1054 has a 27 HP Kohler V-Twin OHV engine. It should also be noted that the GTX 1054 is the only lawn tractor in the Cub Cadet 1000 series with a turning radius of 18 inches instead of 12.

Reviews of the Cub Cadet 1000 Series lawn tractors have been positive overall. Consumers have enjoyed the ease of use, powerful engines, and convenient accessories associated with the models in this series. These mowers are built to last. Not only that, but they include relatively long warranties that will provide the owner with any necessary Cub Cadet parts and repairs in the unlikely event of a malfunction, so it is clear that Cub Cadet stands behind its product.

The Cub Cadet 1000 Series is a well-received line of lawn tractors suited for any mowing area of up to 3 acres. There are eleven different models available in this series allowing for a lot of choices when it comes to price and specifications. All of these models feature a long warranty and a solid promise of excellent quality.

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6 Responses to Cub Cadet 1000 Series Lawn Tractor Review

  1. Bill Priscott says:

    I have had good luck with my cub cadet 1000 series. Howeveras of now the tractor will no longer climb a steep incline. The belt looks ok. It doesn’t seem loose. What should I look for? It is a hydrostatic drive. Thank you!

    • Admin says:

      Thank you for your comment. While the belt may not seem loose, it is probably your problem. Not only does the belt stretch over time, but also the belt surface area that contacts the pulleys may start to shine up so that the belt does not grip as well as it should. The best course of action is to replace the belt and go from there.

  2. Rick Root says:

    Have you ever seen one of these Series 1000 machines after it’s had even as little as 20 hours on it? I have one and before I got 10 hrs on it the block cracked and it took 3 months to get it replaced. It went another 40 hours and the same thing happened. Obviously the 20 hp single cylinder briggs engine is a piece of junk. The deck (46 inch) refuses to keep the belt on. I have years of experience with small engines/lawn tractors etc so I do know what I am doing. All in all I will never buy another Cub Cadet machine as long as MTD has anything to do with it.

    • Admin says:

      It is unfortunate that you have had those problems but if I may comment. First of all the engine problems you note are from Briggs and Stratton not Cub Cadet. I am not sure why it took 3 months to get fixed but I would perhaps guess that is was your servicing dealers backlog and again not Cub Cadets fault. That is why my dealership gives our customer a lifetime guarantee of a one week turnaround for any repairs on products bought from us. If we can not meet the one week turn around we provide our customers with a loaner to use no charge. I could not afford to do this if it wasn’t a good product. Lastly, as far as your belt not staying on I would look at the belt guide to make sure it is adjusted properly. One major problem that all manufacturers have is product being sold without being set-up and serviced properly beforehand. Most of your major “box” stores, Lowes, Home Depot, etc do not train their employees in the proper set-up techniques and you the consumer end up with major problems because of it.

  3. TL says:

    Thanks for posting the info. I have a 2011 cub cadet LTX1046M. It’s worked relatively well bust lately I’ve had to replace the deck belt. The the original lasted for 2 mowing seasons. The first change out didn’t last a whole season, and its replacement several months. I checked the deck pulleys and blade brake system to no avail. Any suggestion for correction on the issue will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    • Admin says:

      The first thing I would do is verify that you are getting an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) belt. It has 2 possible part numbers 754-04219 or 954-04219. While some other belt might fit it probably would not last as long. The second would be to make sure there is no rust on your pulleys and that they not only spin freely, but that the spring loaded idler pulleys can move properly back and forth. The last thing I would check before having an authorized dealer look at it would be, has your mowing habits changed? Do you have a different operator who might be mowing faster or starting the blades while the deck is lowered into the grass? You did not mention how the belt failed. If it is breaking a lot of times that is from starting the blades in a position where they are trying to cut grass right away. You should either start them on a paved surface first or raise the deck up and start the blades and then lower the deck to your cutting height. Thanks.

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