ZT1 54

Ultima Series ZT
$3,099.00
ZT1 54 is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 27.
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ZT1 54
Ultima Series ZT
$3,099.00
ZT1 54 is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 27.
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  • 24 HP 725cc KOHLER 7000 series V-twin automatic OHV engine for reliable starting and exceptionally smooth, quiet operation
  • Ideal for mowing slight rolling hills and several obstacles up to 4 acres
  • Lap bar-controlled dual-hydro transmissions
  • Open frame design and hinged/removable floor pan, allowing easy access to the deck and engine for quick & ease of maintenance


ZT1 54 Features

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Product Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Upgrade! I bought this mower to replace an older Cub Cadet 42” ZTR with a 17 HP engine and the transition was seamless. Crawling under my old mower to pop the belt back on is a thing of the past with the access panel! The panel also makes it easy to keep the top of the deck clean of grass and debris. Pre-installed lights for if the sun goes down a little too fast for you to finish your yard. The square frame makes this mower solid! Smooth acceleration and flawless cuts with the ability to mow in reverse as well! Amazing mower! Felt like Christmas opening my crate!
Date published: 2019-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!!! We actually bought the first of these that our Tractor Supply has sold, and it’s our wonderful experience with this mower that helps them sell more of them! It does such a terrific job on our 3+ acres and does the job quickly and comfortably!!! It is just an overall great mower. We have and will continue to recommend this mower to anyone looking for one.
Date published: 2019-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great looking and great to mow with I've had this mower for over a month and have 10hrs on it. It's not a commercial grade however it makes short work of my 2 acre yard. For the price and what it is you can't beat it. Absolutely love it. I have used many commercial zero turns and I can't see spending double. If you have a business then spend the extra but if you are just using it in your yard get you a new zt1....they are pretty awesome :)
Date published: 2019-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mower I have been looking at and wanting a larger mower for about a year after buying some additional property. I have a 42 inch which works fine and that I will continue to use for areas that the 54 inch deck can't go. Here are things I really like about this mower: deck adjustment, seat comfort, location of controls, the power to cut through thicker grass and not leave clumps, etc. The best part - the specs on the ZT1 are nearly identical if not exactly like another zero turn that I've been considering for $1000 less! So glad I found this and look forward to many good years of use.
Date published: 2019-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Power house I absolutely love this mower. Great features, great price! Cleaning it is a breeze by attaching a hose to the deck and panels open up so it is easy to clean the top of the deck.
Date published: 2019-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome lawnmower! I took delivery of my Cub Cadet several weeks ago at Peach Outdoors in Clanton, AL. I had never driven a zero turn mower but handling is a breeze. The 54" cutting deck makes short work of my three acres, even spots where the grass had grown in thick clumps. It never bogged down, and the headlights mean I can cut even when it gets a bit darker in the evenings when its cooler. This is an extremely well built mower and extra durable on my hilly, uneven yard! Its very steady and safe. I am in love with this mower! Not only is it a workhorse but FUN to drive! Makes cutting grass a true pleasure!
Date published: 2019-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome mower Have had for 2 months now. It has cut my mowing time in half. I mowed appx 2-1/2 acres of land. Bagger works great. Wish I had invested earlier.
Date published: 2019-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still doing a great job After a few weeks using it and doing another review. It still is the best machine that I have ever owned for mowing. I love the way it cuts and it makes mowing much more of a pleasure. I thought about getting the ZT2 with the serviceable transmissions, wider tires but I have owned other mowers that had the non-serviceable grade transmissions, like this one, that lasted many years so I figure this machine will last a long time also.
Date published: 2019-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use I purchased the Optima zt1 54” in April 2019. My yard is 4 acres and I set the deck to 3.5 inches, it mows it down in exactly 3 1/2 hours. When My conventional mower usually took around 8 1/2 to 9 hours. I have 16 hours on the machine and not one bad thing to say about it
Date published: 2019-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Mower with great features I have always enjoyed mowing grass, but the Cub Cadet ZT1 is a huge game changer for me! First zero turn mower I’ve ever ridden or worked. This is the best mower I've ever ridden, it has great features, cuts smooth and it's hard to bog it down. I especially love that you can spray the blades off with water to keep them clean and sharp but attaching the hose and letting it go to keep my mower clean! I love the ease and precision of being able to mow our five acre uneven terrain yard in so little time! Looking forward to mowing every time. Cub Cadet makes a great zero turn mower! Being a female the ease and build makes it fun and easy to control! I sure don’t miss my riding mower!
Date published: 2019-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast Fun Machine Purchased from an independent Cub Cadet dealer (Madson's Service in St. Nazianz, WI) who was a pleasure to deal with and very knowledgeable. Machine has already exceeded my expectations after the 2nd full mowing. Fast, maneuverable, doesn't tear up the turf even with agressive turns, nimble around trees and other landscaping features. Low profile makes it feel very stable. Styling turns many heads of those driving by. Reliable Kohler engine delivers excellent, smooth power. Can't go wrong. Using to cut just over 3 acres of relatively flat hobby-farm property with 30+ trees, two barns, flower beds, etc. Has cut my mowing time in half from my JD 318 tractor I used previously.
Date published: 2019-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from User Friendly Overall a good mower, and it is easy to use. I did not care for the way the mowing deck doesn't self-level. Good size gas tank. I like the removable access panel to allow the mowing deck to be worked on if needed. I like the adjustable mowing height controlled by a hand dial.
Date published: 2019-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome machine! To start off, my property has a bit over 2 acres to cut and it hadn't been maintained for a few years and was overgrown. Rough terrain, tall grass and small trees growing In the fields. Just cut the yard for the 5th time since getting this thing, and I couldn't be happier with my decision to get it. Ample power. No bogging down. Very Comfortable. Fun to drive. Great cut and suction power from the deck. For example, the first time I cut, and in a single pass, this thing sucked up and pulverized to powder the entire leaf bed that had accumulated from the previous couple of years and had laid there untouched. I mean bare clean dirt. In one pass! Now that it's cleaned up, I can cut the whole place in about an hour and it looks great! Performed a break in oil change and cleaned the air filter today. Thought about sharpening the blades because I've really given this thing a beating, but it's still cutting beautifully. You've got a Cub Cadet fan here for sure now. Very impressed with the performance of this thing. Time will tell on the durability side of things, but I'm pretty confident I'll still be enjoying this mower for years to come. Thanks!
Date published: 2019-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cant get much better than this!! I have had this a month so far. The overall design is a compliment to actually doing a little research into what people/ businesses actually wanted. Everything is easily accessable. This machine won out for me against a list of mowers to long to even put on here. You really need to read and watch all the reviews and videos out side of here, I mean of actualy people that bought this machine. You can see what they say. Cub Cadet has found a new owner here and if they stay with this building quality, I just don't see myself going anywhere else.
Date published: 2019-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything about it. I bought this lawnmower on 2/6/19 and got it home and it is a real sweet mower and really smooth. I cut about 2 acres and it did a great job. I only have one leg lost my left leg up to the hip but it's ez for me to get on and off.
Date published: 2019-02-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from NEW TO THESE "ZERO TURN" MOWERS, 7/4/2019, ZT1-54" Just bought the ZT1, with the 54" fabricated deck. Always used riding lawn tractors for 30 years before. I am now at the 5 Hr oil change point. I wish these came with deck wheels at all four corners, like I had before, as I keep scalping my turf. On my small hill, the mower wheels slip, & I slide down the hill, without any control. Very small hill, so no problem, but beware. But I wish the tires had more traction. My biggest problem/complaint, is the large amount of cut grass that somehow collects on top of the mowing deck. After two hours of mowing, I was shocked to find so much grass on the deck, and compacted inside the spindle covers, and onto the pulleys and the tension spring. To the point of possibly interfering with thier operating/functioning . Now I have to keep my leaf blower on standby. I will pursue/revue possible blade options. My 2nd issue is the mower was delivered with too much air in the rear tires. 35psi, s/b 10 psi, per the tire sidewall ( could not find recommended pressure in the manual). So now I am questioning the deck cutting angle, front to back, as I don't know for sure if the dealer prep. work adjusted that, with the tires set too large. I do find that the mower saves me time. And I find operating the mower to be less physically taxing. I find the seat very comfortable. Also, When I put it up on ramps to access the blades, I miss the foot brake I had before, to keep it from rolling backwards, as I return the arms to neutral, and apart, to set the brakes. My
Date published: 2019-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great features!! I bought this mower in May and I love it. I mow abot 1.5 acres and usually makes my back hurt while mowing, But the seat is very comfortable and I'm able to mow at full speed. The only complant I have is that the blades didn't last very long they were worn out at 20 hrs, And now @ 31.5 hrs. have got hunks of metal missing from blades and made mower vibrate, Now I have no choice to replace them. I would at least expect to get a full mowing season out of a new set but I guess not.
Date published: 2019-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cut and drives great Please most features only problem the left transmission seems to be a noise than the right but all seem function well
Date published: 2019-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast cut I have a lot of grass to cut and this mower just runs right threw it. Comfortable seat too. Only issue I have is the front tires puncture easily.
Date published: 2019-08-18
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