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ZT1 54Zero-Turn Riding Mower

ZT1 54 is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 20.
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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
  • Open frame design and hinged/removable floor pan, allowing easy access to the deck and engine for quick & 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

24 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

Triple Blade deck blades
meaning fewer clumps and stragglers, finer clippings and increased evenness.

Deck Size/Type

54'' Fabricated Aeroforce

Deck Material

A heavy-duty 11-gauge fabricated deck, 1'' x 3/18'' trim side and an AeroForce™ cutting system has been independently tested and proven to deliver a best-in-class cut. Protected by the Cub Cadet Triple Guard Corrosion Defense System™ with E-Coat.

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 65'' x 47''

Weight (approx)

600 lbs.



The Strongest Warranty in it's class
3-year / unlimited-hour warranty. Plus, limited lifetime warranty on frame and fabricated deck shell.


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features This my third cub cadet zero turn. My first is a 2005 and I still own all 3. This new one is the top of line zero turns with all access to many different parts of the mower. Two things that concern me is that front axle doesn't pivot like my other 2 and the rollers on the deck are just in the front of the deck. I love the way you set the deck level and settings of the control arms. The seat is very comfortable. I like the ignition with throttle and blade engage all on one side. Overall the mower is a 5 star.
Date published: 2019-06-13
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 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 features, does it's job 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. Would definitely recommend!
Date published: 2019-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Women love it too! I got a Cub Cadet Ultima ZT1 54' zero turn lawn mower and just let me say this "I LOVE IT!!!!" I will never go back to the tractor type lawn mowers. I am a 50 year old woman who has always loved mowing the yard and being outside and I really didn't think I would be able to use a zero turn lawn mower or that I would even like it but boy was I wrong. It takes some getting used to but its so easy to maneuver that it makes my old lawn mower seem like some kind of ancient relic that shouldn't even be around any longer. Also a big PRO point for this lawn mower is my husband is disabled (back problems, leg problems, just in general can't really get around good) but he was able to mow the yard for the 1st time in over 10 years on this mower. It didn't hurt him getting on or off and riding was smooth and didn't upset his back and legs. He was like a kid on a new bike. I now have unwanted help with my yard mowing but that's OK, I can share. Another PRO point- I get my yard done in a little over half the time (1.2 acres) but this deck is much bigger than my previous. Another PRO point- I have mowed twice (and played a couple times) and still have well over a half tank of gas so it doesn't seem to be using nearly as much gas as the old clunker did. So what I have learned is these lawn mowers are not just for professional landscapers or people who mow yards as a side job - they are for all of us! I will never go back to the regular tractor lawn mower because I am having way too much fun with this one. So anyone out there who is questioning whether or not to get one - go ahead - you going to love this thing! More PROS: easy to crank, easy to control your deck height, push button to turn on the blades, comfortable seat, zero turn really means zero turn, I could go on and on and on.
Date published: 2019-05-11
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