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XT1 LT42"Lawn Tractor

XT1 LT42 is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 119.
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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

Oil Change 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 3 out of 5 by from Deck spindle bearing froze! I bought this as the seventh lawn tractor, and expected it to last. It's just over three years old. The engine blew on my last one! The tractor is fine, but the bearing on the deck spindle of the mowing deck - completely fused and failed yesterday while cutting the lawn. I'm 75 years old, and have had at least six lawn tractors over the years of different brands. This is my first Cub Cadet. I wrote them and am waiting to see if the company will quickly send me a new deck spindle fee of charge, as my grass needs cut NOW! I've never had a deck on any of the others where a bearing failed?
Date published: 2018-10-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very Disappointed First off, I'm not a person that leaves reviews, good or bad. But my disappointment with this mower pushed me over the edge, so here it is. I bought my mower at Home Depot in March of this year and started using it in April. I really wanted to like this mower, but it's been a giant let down. For starters it's lacking the power that it advertised. I'm cutting average length grass with the blades as high as they go and it's constantly bogging down and sounds like it's going to die and leaving large grass clumps everywhere. The blades were like 2 butter knives after only 8 hrs of use. I took them off and sharpened them, I understand that's how it goes but 8 hrs seemed pretty quick. Every time I cut the yard it looks like I just mowed a hay field, again average length with blades all the way up. Bought a mulching kit thinking that would help, but it's the same end result. Basically I paid a good deal of money to have my yard look like terrible on a weekly basis. I'm extremely frustrated with the performance of this mower. I'll ride it out until winter, list it on the neighborhood list serve and buy something else next year. I bought it at the recommendation of a friend, maybe mine's just a lemon. I know there's plenty of great reviews on it, and I really wish mine could be one of them too. It's a solid mower, starts up every time, just won't cut well.
Date published: 2018-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best lawn tractor I've ever owned I really love mowing with this tractor. I get done in 3/4 of the time with the hydro drive and cruise, and it's much more comfortable with the higher back seat. I can mow at higher speed with the larger Kohler 18 hp engine. The quality of cut is very good with the mulch kit. My one kvetch is that Home Depot did not have the product set up properly for delivery. When I installed the mulch kit, I found they had the standard blades installed wrong side up. They also had more than twice the correct psi in all the tires. I'm glad I checked everything myself before using the product. It started instantly the first time when I put a little gas in it to drive it up on my trailer and take it home.
Date published: 2018-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from XLT LT42 - 3 months of Ownership I bought mine on Memorial day weekend 2018. It has been a great machine so far I have 16 or so hours on it. I am pleased with the heavier duty chassis under it as a very big guy I found the seats ease of adjustment and amount of adjustment a great feature. I have it set 2 positions in from the farthest back position, most machines the best I can get is 3 or 4 inches between me and the steering wheel. The tight turning is outstanding, I only have to make 2 center passes were I have to swing out to get re-aligned and then the 3 past I can realign form the end of the 2nd pass without needing to swing out wide. We had a couple of weeks of rain were i was unable to mow, when I did get to it it was able to cut thru it without bogging down or leaving it half cut. I like the hydro-static tranny it makes mowing a breeze, no shifting in shift levers to go in to reveres. Also the reveres mowing safety lock out / over-ride feature, i.e. the key in the yellow and press the button, is great. It is my understanding other mowers you have to continuously re-engage the safety over-ride which would be a royal pain for me. My only issue which I was aware of thru my internet research is the bagger for it. The design allows for dust and small grass clippings to blow out between the mower and bagger, i.e. all over your back and cup holder. How ever a simple solution is make a set of mud flaps (is used an floor mat cut in half) with a cut out for the "L" bracket with a hole in it to slide thru and then utilizing something as a rod to slide thru the holes in both brackets and keep the "flaps" against the bagger assembly. That and a little weather stripping on the left side (opposite side from hose to deck) up around the top corner inner lip and its perfect.
Date published: 2018-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feels like Power Steering I just purchased a Cub Cadet XT1 42" Lawn Tractor. It comes with a 18HP Kohler motor that has plenty of power. The design of the steering makes it feel like you have Power Steering. I've also have purchased a front bumper, bagger and rear cargo carrier for it.
Date published: 2018-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tractor I bought cub cadet riding and the place where I bought it was so helpful to me. I bought it from Peach Country in Mullica Hill. N.J.I used it too cut my neighbor property. And my backyard. Now I don't have to use the push mower.
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mower, great customer service I have to admit this was not my first choice, I originally brought home a different mower that was slightly cheaper. It had an "automatic" transmission which was horrible. It jerked when starting out, and jerked to a halt. Thinking it was something I could adjust, I contacted the factory but received a very canned response to call an 800 number to find where to bring it for service. I returned it and picked this one up. What a difference! This one has a lot of features the other one lacked, a sunglass holder, an hour meter, a padded steering wheel instead of hard plastic, and a very comfortable and easy to adjust seat. It has a true hydrostatic transmission which is very smooth. It also climbs hills better than the other one. It is not without fault though, there is a tear in one of the handle covers and a blemish on the hood, both probably happened during shipping. I contacted the factory, and was promptly shipped a new handle cover and a new hood! 5 stars for a great mower and excellent customer service!
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from XT1-LT42 This is my 3rd, Cub, and it I think it the best one I have purchased. I do have one small issue. The throttle lever is mounted too low on the dash. I continually bump my knee against it. Maybe a taller person with the seat back won't have this issue. I think they should just relocate it higher up. It cuts great and runs fine.
Date published: 2018-08-13
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