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XT1 LT42"Lawn Tractor

XT1 LT42 is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 103.
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Overall Rating: 4.6


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  • 42" stamped, twin-blade cutting deck
  • Hydrostatic transmission; no shifting - just push a pedal and go
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Accessories for this product

Arm Rest-Kit


550 lb. Hydraulic Floor Lift



Rear Axle

3/4" w/dual PM steel drive hubs

Steering/Turning Radius

Optimized steering system, manual sector and pinion/16"

Front Pivot Bar

Heavy-duty cast-iron (5-year limited warranty/unlimited hours)

Front Axles

Heavy-duty 3/4" through machined bushings

Ball Joints



Engine Type

18 HP Kohler 5400 Series Engine


Single/Cast-iron sleeve


Fully pressurized automotive-style oil pump w/ spin-on oil filter



Automotive-style disc



Front pivot, High impact with quick removal design


Deck Lift

Lever/12-position/spring assisted

Cutting Width/Blades

42" / twin blade

Deck Construction


Deck Cutting Height

1" - 4"

Anti-scalping Wheels (front/rear)

2 Ball/2 Narrow

Mulch Kit


Deck Spindles

3/4" with steel cap and Triple Lip Sealed

Deck Pulleys

Split steel spindle pulleys/oversized heavy-duty idlers

Deck Attach/Removal

QuickAttach™ (no tools required)

Deck Wash

Patented SmartJet™ high-pressure deck washing system


Battery Voltage

230 cold crank amps

Charging System

Flywheel Alternator - 12 amp regulated


LED High Illumination

System Monitor Package

Digitial hour meter/service minder, oil, battery, brake and PTO start sequence

Cub Connect™



Engine Start


Safety Systems

Neutral Start, operator presence, reverse safety switch, brake pedal lock, RevTek reverse mowing technology

PTO Clutch

Smooth lever engagement


Cub Comfort™ high-back seat with 10 degree incline and slide


Tires (Front/Rear)

15" x 6" sleeve bearing/20" x 8"

Tire Tread

Turf Saver

Forward Speed

5.5 mph

Reverse Speed

3.1 mph

Fuel Tank Capacity

3 gal. easy fill, rustproof

Engine Oil Capacity

1.3 qt.



Estimated Weight

410 lbs.



Tuff Torq® foot-controlled hydrostatic transmission (K46)

Rear Differential Lock


Engine to Transmission

Heavy-duty belt

Cruise Control

Soft touch engagement

Transmission Housing

Cast aluminum



3-year unlimited hours (includes powertrain) & 5-year chassis & front axle unlimited hours






Fully robotically-welded frame with new e-coating corrosion defense system (5-year limited warranty)



Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must be great! With the few times I've gotten to mow in the past weeks, I really enjoy using my XT1. My son now volunteers without asking or my wife (wow) has been mowing as much as anyone! Great turning radius and feels like power steering. I also have a smaller engine than my JD L120 and I can't tell any difference.
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible! I've owned this thing less than a year. I took it to get serviced because it wouldn't start. The dealer cleaned the carburetor and it started again. After mowing 1/2 acre 3 times it will not start again. This is the without a doubt the biggest piece of junk I've ever seen let alone purchased.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mulching kit poorly designed I purchased my XL42 from Home Depot with the bagger and mulching kit. The plastic shroud with the milching kit has broken and the machine doesn't mulch. I was forced to improvise the deisgn as a way to use the mulch kit by using a strap-band to hold the cheap plastic shroud in place. Until Cub Cadet improves the design of the mulch kit, save your money and just allow the clippings to discharge to the right and plan your cut accordingly.
Date published: 2018-07-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Much better than walking behind mower. Easy start, smooth running. Mulching option is messy. Grass clippings cover my feet and foot platform by the time I'm done. Doesn't really keep it under the mower. Loud, need hearing protection. Otherwise an acceptable purchase. Had self propelled walk behind, mowed smoother and had better mulcher. Ankle surgery so I can no longer wall behind mower for distances. Got this based on CR reviews which I rely on most of the time for my expensive purchases.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features for the money Engine timer, great seat, gas cap placement is the best, are some of the things that separate this from the competition. Reviews not only on line but by other customers in the store and the store workers that see the other models that come in for repair a lot (ie john Deere).
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 1st new rider I bought this model after thoroughly researching all riding mowers that were 42" cut and under $2000. After 3 years of use, I have been very happy I chose this one. The engine is strong and the cutting power is good. I have had just a few minor issues. The belt came off once and was fairly easy to get back on. I do have an alignment issue that I am currently trying to solve. I am not sure if I hit something too hard or what. With that said, I use this machine to mow several acres at my families old farm. There are many small hills and ridges that I have to negotiate. The ground is uneven and there are numerous trees and brush to mow around. This mower has lessened my mowing time by hours and allowed me to get the job done more efficiently than I was able to before I purchased this mower. I am very happy with my purchase and would definitely buy another Cub Cadet.
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from poor quaility Transaxle leaked all the oil out at 10 hours. Spent 2 months at repair facility. Got it back and engine blew up at 14 hours, no warranty.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 18 HP Motor a no no I have a XT1 with the Kohler 18 HP motor. Picking the 18 HP was a big mistake. If I let the grass go a week, it struggles to cut without having to slow down. This is frustrating as you would think the tractor manufacturer would make sure the motor can digest the condition it is going to be working in. I don't have issue with the tractor itself, just the motor. You need to buy at a minimum a 20 HP motor. Don't make the mistake I did.
Date published: 2018-05-03
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