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XT1 LT42"Lawn Tractor

WAS $1,699.00
XT1 LT42 is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 133.
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Overall Rating: 4.6


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  • 42" stamped, twin blade deck
  • 18 HP Kohler® engine
  • Hydrostatic transmission; no shifting - just push a pedal and go


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Accessories for this product

Sun Shade - XT1/XT2


550 lb. Hydraulic Floor Lift



Engine Type

18 HP Kohler 5400 Series Engine


Single/Cast-iron sleeve



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



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


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




Front pivot, High impact with quick removal design



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




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™




Automotive-style disc


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.


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



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


Rated 5 out of 5 by from its not bad ilke the hydro tranny i bought this month ago and i only use it 3 times and it performed good
Date published: 2019-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far , so good. I have owned this machine for one month. Added a mulch kit. looking for a front bumper. Only mowed with it twice. I live in Minnesota. The snow melted about three weeks ago. I have used the machine with a lawn cart to haul brush, furniture, mulch, dirt, firewood and much more. Love the turning radius. Love the 18 HP engine. The forward pedal and reverse pedal are great. My old machne (Yardman) had a lever shift for forward and reverse. this is so much easier. Removed the deck to install the new blades for the mulch kit and was happy with the ease of the task. The water flush attachment is something that should have been invented years ago. I am very happy so far.
Date published: 2019-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A surprise or a curse? Just picked up this mower from a local Home Depot. Noticed it when I was putting the hood together. It came with a 19hp instead of a 18hp
Date published: 2019-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mower Been looking at riding mowers for about a year now. Finally made decision and purchased the 42” XLT. Have only used mower less than dozen times, but could be any happier with purchase. Mower cuts perfect and seems to have plenty of power to pulling dump trailer and yard roller. I’ve never had a tractor that turns so easy and has very tight turning radius. Finding something to complain about with mower would be a difficult task. Extremely pleased with purchase.
Date published: 2019-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tough lil' guy! I've been pleasantly surprised by the willpower of this little guy. I purchased a home on 20 acres (mostly woodland) which has been largely overgrown (since the property sat vacant for three years.) I've been using this little beast to beat-back Mother Nature, and reclaim/tame the land. This little sucker has been acting like a mini-brush-hog for me -- cutting down endless saplings. I'm mowing through wet/marshy areas, and TALL/THICK grasses and reeds. In about a month of harsh use, it has only bogged-down once or twice due to HEAVY/THICK conditions. Most of the time, however, whatever your can run over will get sliced & diced and tossed out the side. Overall, I'm VERY PLEASED (even impressed) by this lil' riding mower. It has the heart of a much bigger mower! I grew up on commercial zero-turn riding mowers back in the day (Yazoo and Howard mowers, with 72" cutting decks, etc.) So, the change to a sit-on-top riding mower is taking some time to adjust to. Before you read the feedback below, FIRST realize that I'm LOVING, LOVING, LOVING this mower!!! But, nothing is perfect... General issues/feedback: 1.) This lil' guy does slip when things are wet, and gets stuck. With all the safety shut-off precautions, there's no way to get off and PUSH the mower (while it's still in-gear and helping itself.) So, you either need to have someone ELSE help push you. Or, drag it out with another vehicle. I understand that the larger models DO have a differential-lock system. (I'm envious...) I also noticed that Cub Cadet offers a weight-kit for this mower (which might help?) I might also consider switching to a more-aggressive tire/tread, too? (or chains?) 2.) The automatic safety shut-off on the seat is a bit too much "nanny protection" for me. Example: As I was approaching high/thick grasses in an unfamiliar area, I tried to stand-up to see over the hood (to see if I was going to hit anything unwanted?) But, when I stood-up, the mower automatically shut-off. I think this safety switch is a GREAT idea. But, much like the button to allow/disallow blades/mowing while backing-up, I wish there was something similar to (temporarily) override or shut-off the seat safety switch. Maybe a foot button on the deck that you can step-on to transfer the feature to the foot switch? e.g. if you foot comes off the switch, then the mower shuts-off? That way, you can still have an automatic shut-off in case the rider is tossed-off the mower? 3.) I'm not accustomed to "taking a beating" when I mow. With the front-deck zero-turn mowers, you can run the mower deck under trees and such -- without going under the trees, yourself. Ditto with "hanging" the mower deck over ditches and such (while the drive wheels are still on safe/level ground.) With these sit-on-top riding mowers, YOU are pretty much going wherever the blades go. If the blades need to go under a tree, YOU will be riding under those same low-hanging tree limbs. This isn't really a knock-against this SPECIFIC mower. I simply contemplated a zero-turn vs a ride-on-top, and wanted to make newbies aware of the issues/risks. 2b.) Item 3, also takes me back to item #2 (seat safety switch.) I used to do my fair share of yoga poses on our old riding mower. e.g. hang off one side of the mower (like hanging over the side of a catamarn sailboat.) I did this to shift/apply weight to the wheels for traction, and/or to avoid going under trees, etc. This mower won't allow you to "hang out" or lean over the side. Your butt has to remain in the seat at all times. 4.) SO MANY safety shut-off systems. You almost need a pre-flight safety checklist to start this thing. Mower deck has to be disengaged. Brake pedal has to be depressed. Butt has to be in the seat. Transmission in neutral position. Lord help you if you also forgot to press/reengage the L-shaped key back into position before mounting your mower. (e.g. when you get off to re-engage it, the mower will die.) Oh, and that reverse mowing setting, too!!! (That one catches me a LOT!) You find yourself wondering why you can't mow? The mower keeps dying? OOPS!!! I forgot to either disengage the mower deck, or turn the key and press the button to allow reverse-mowing. I'm SLOWLY getting used to the nanny-mower world. Safety First (as they say.) But, I can't tell you how many times I've had to scratch my head, and stare at the thing, and WONDER -- "What am I forgetting? Why won't this thing start THIS time?" 5.) NEED MORE HOOK-UP OPTIONS!!! In this day and age, I can hardly imagine ANYTHING not having some sort of receiver hitch that's welded/bolted to the frame. The little "lip" (with a hole) on this thing is barely sufficient for a cart/wagon. Hey Cub Cadet: People use these things for MORE than just mowing grass! We move boats and airplanes around. We need to move dirt and mulch around. Many of us already have a variety of trailers that we need to simply move around the property. Our lil riders need to have the ability to function as a "tow tug" -- to shuffle trailers around. We also need the ability to drag some Class-Zero hitch gear, too! You should also offer additional lighting bolt-on options (backup lights, light bars for the front of the mower, etc.) Oh, and a bolt-on toolbox. The little drink caddy and cell phone cup thing just invite things to bounce-off into the yard (and get mowed-over.) We need a bold-on (optional) toolbox (with a latching lid) behind the seat. That way, we can put pruning sheers in there, a set of gloves, safety glasses/goggles, sunblock, bug spray, sunglasses, hearing protection/muffs, tow strap, trailer balls & wrench, etc. It would also be nice if there was some way to mount a receiver hitch to the front of the mower? (e.g. so we can hook-up a receiver-mounted ATV winch?) Heck, even the "option" to install some sort of stereo in the dash would also be nice?!!! I look forward to "modding" my new mower. But, I wish there were more "universal" bolt-on options, instead. Again, I'm VERY, VERY, VERY happy with the mower. It's working BETTER than expected, and I have even MORE plans/upgrades planned for it! As a sit-on-top, I kinda just want it to be like a mini-tractor, instead of "JUST" a riding mower?...
Date published: 2019-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT RIDE Went from green to yellow ,after reviewing all my options went with XT1 great ride easy functions.
Date published: 2019-04-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Problems! Within the first 24 hours had THREE flats. NO information on how to remove said tires to get them repaired. They are BOLTED on, NOT clipped (found a neighbor to help). No way to install NO Flat tires (wrong sizes). Tires only TWO ply. Had to special order new tires from Trailer Supply. VERY LIMITED service centers. Home Depot where I bought this mower did not know squat about it. Would not recommend this mower because of the tires.
Date published: 2019-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mower This the first time I have owned a mower with a Hydrostatic transmission. Really nice. The Cub Cadet XT1 is comfortable to ride and easy to get on and off and for older people with arthritis this is a plus. I mow about one acre and the XT1 has no problem getting it done quickly with a nice cut.
Date published: 2019-04-01
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