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ZT1 42Zero-Turn Riding Mower

ZT1 42 is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 10.
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Overall Rating: 4.9


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  • 22 HP 725cc professional-grade KOHLER 7000 Series V-twin OHV engine for reliable starting and exceptionally smooth, quiet operation
  • Ideal for mowing slight rolling hills and several obstacles up to 2 acres
  • Equipped with an open frame design and hinged/removable floor pan, allowing quick and easy access to the deck and engine for ease of maintenance
  • Lap bar-controlled dual-hydro transmissions with mow in reverse


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Engine & Drive System


Dual Hydro-Gear™ EZT-2200™ dual hydrostatic rear-wheel transmission for quick and effortless cuts

Engine Type

Kohler 7000 Series V-Twin OHV

Horsepower / CC's

22 HP - 725cc

Ground Speed

7mph Fwd / 3.5mph Rev zero-turn controlled ground speeds quickly leave your lawn with a professional-quality finish.

Fuel Capacity

3.5 Gallon fuel tank capacity to keep you mowing and minimize time loss for refueling needs


Deck Height Adjustment

Foot pedal with spring assist creates the perfect cut
15 Positions

Cutting Height

1'' - 4.5'' leads to a precise even cut

Spindle Construction

Sealed cast aluminum housing (maintenance-free)

Deck Blades

Twin Blades

Deck Size/Type

42'' Stamped Deck

Deck Material

Cub Cadet Signature Cut 13-gauge steel cutting deck with smooth arc Dual-blades, cut overlap and deep dome deck design provide flawless results. Rust-resistant and helps resist corrosion and provides your lawn with a clean-cut look.

Deck Wash

SmartJet deck wash system provides high pressure water that cleans out grass and debris build-up under the deck

Leading Edge Reinforcement



Seat Type

Automotive-inspired, ergonomic, fully adjustable premium 18'' high-back seat and a durable, advanced polymer seat suspension system optimizes comfort while reducing operators fatigue

Lap Bar / Steering Wheel Control

3- way adjustable ergonomic lap bar design with integrated parking brake, and Mow-in-Reverse. Provides comfort with a simple operation

Park Brake / Braking

Intergrated system in Lap Bars for ease of use

Rear Tires

20”x8”-8" Turf Master premium rear tires offer excellent traction, minimize turfing and provide a better ride on uneven ground at higher speeds

Front Tires

11"x 6"-5" smooth tread front wheels pivot 180 degrees without turf damage

PTO Engagement

Electronic fingertip blade engagement PTO allows for smooth operation of the deck or attachments

Cruise Control



Illuminating Dual-LED Headlights provide ultimate vision for mowing in low light conditions



High-strength, continuous square 2'' x 2'' tubular steel frame with fully E-Coat lower frame and Triple Guard Corrosion Defense System™ protects against wear and tear.

Front Axle / Yokes

Fixed 2" x 2.5" fully welded tubular steel axle (e-coated) / 1/4" steel yokes provide greater durability

Rear Bumper

2" x 2" Tubular steel bumper



Rear Hitch



Dimensions L/W/H

80'' x 54'' x 47''

Weight (approx)

500 lbs.



The Strongest Warranty in its class 3-year / unlimited-hour warranty. Plus, limited lifetime warranty on frame.


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mower! I am very pleased with the performance of the ZT1 42. It is the first zero turn for me so I had to play around with it for about 20 minutes before I mowed. I mowed in early spring so there was wild onions in the yard. It cut them cleanly without having to slow down like in the past with my other mower. I've had it a couple of months now and I am still pleased with it's performance. It has a sturdy feel to it when you are mowing over rough ground. It was no problem at all to mow along a ditch that has a fairly good slight to it. The seat is comfortable and I am really glad it is adjustable so I can make it fit my size. I am totally satisfied and would highly recommend this machine.
Date published: 2019-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best there is!! Our riding mower recently died on us so we decided when we got a new one we would upgrade. My husband has always wanted a zero turn so we got this one. I have noticed it has cut our mowing time from 3 hours to a little under an hour. We can now mow around our trees without having to stop and start back or just weed eat them. Our yard does have a few little hills in it and this mower will still cut as smoothly and evenly as it does in the flat parts of our yard. It does have working headlight on the front which I am guessing is led lights because they are bright and make mowing at dusk or dawn easier. It also have a wagon hitch which we use to haul smaller sticks and leaves out of the yard. We have had no problems with attaching the wagon or with it coming loose. This does seem to be very well made and seems to be made from high quality parts. The deck height is easy to move as well as the steering bars. We have had no problems with the bars sticking or being hard to move. Overall, We are in love with this mower! If you are looking to upgrade or just looking for a new mower you need to give this one a try!!
Date published: 2019-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I bought this Zero Turn a month ago. It make cutting grass easy and simple. I love how much power it has and how easy it is to pull up a hill. The yard had grass knee high and it went right through it with ease. I love the light in the front. It make it easy to cut if you get caught by the dark I would give this product ten stars if I could.
Date published: 2019-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mower Purchase the ZT-1 42” at Home Depot a few weeks ago to get ready for spring. This machine rides great, deck height adjustment is super easy, it starts fast and reduced my cutting time from about four hours down to about 45 minutes. The frame is built very well and feels strong. I should have purchased one of these a long time ago.
Date published: 2019-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, Love, Love! I got the Cub Cadet ZT1 42 and absolutely love it! I was excited to get a Cub Cadet of my own as it was the brand of lawn mower we had when I was growing up. I knew the quality of a Cub Cadet was excellent as my brother still uses the one my Dad purchased 24 years ago! Let me just say the Zero Turn ZT1 exceeded my expectations! I had never driven a zero turn before so I didn't have another to compare it to but I don't need to try another. It was very simple to learn how to operate. I like that you can raise the deck by turn the knob on the left. I thought at first the seat didn't go up far enough for me to easily press the pedal to raise and lower the deck but it was as simple as flipping the seat over and loosening two bolts and sliding it to the position I needed. Most people probably wouldn't even need to do that but I am only 5ft tall. I like the safety feature that if the blades are on and your butt comes off the seat, the mower shuts off. I get excited each time, I get to mow the lawn now! I will definitely be sticking with Cub Cadet!
Date published: 2019-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT! It used to take about two hours to mow. Now 45 min!!!!!!
Date published: 2019-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cuts great! Having the Cub Cadet Ultima Zero Turn riding lawn mower sure has made the chore of cutting grass much better and not so dreaded! Ride in comfort with the nice comfortable seat as you steer the lawn mower. It cuts very even and will make your yard look very nice. Cutting around trees and other obstacles is so much easier with it being a zero turn. Figuring out how to use it, make adjustments, etc is very easy to figure out. I haven't had any issues with it and don't mind cutting the grass. The quality is good and it is very durable. The hand controls are even comfortable and are easy to learn to use. We have a few small slopes in the yard and with this lawn mower we haven't had any issues. It doesn't leave behind clumps of grass. The tires are good and don't leave behind tire marks nor does it tear up the grass. Pretty smooth ride with no aggravating vibrations. There is quick and easy access to the deck and engine for making maintenance easy. I would recommend this lawn mower!
Date published: 2019-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes grass cutting fun! This mower has changed how I feel about cutting the grass. Steering, backing up and braking are so easy. The seat is very comfortable and easy to adjust. It even has a cup holder. The blade is sharp and does a great job of cutting the grass evenly. It has the power to handle the slopes and slight hills of my yard with ease. The location of the engine makes it easy to change the oil or perform maintenance. I am very pleased with this mower and recommend it to anyone with a large yard.
Date published: 2019-04-07
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