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ZT1 42Zero-Turn Riding Mower

ZT1 42 is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 18.
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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 Best mower I ever owned. Only complaint is not excellent tight around objects. Would be perfect if deck extended out a little farther on left side past rear tire
Date published: 2019-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well built with excellent results! I enjoy using my Cub Cadet ZT1 42 it has made mowing my three acres of yard easy and fun to cut. My yard is not a flat level surface. My yard has several slight inclines and a mixture of ivy, brush and grass throughout it. When I use this ZT1 42 I am impressed with the powerful 725 cc motor and the blades performance. This zero turn mower can power through over grown brush and tall grass effortlessly. The deck blade is simple to adjust from .25 inch all the way to 4.25 inches. I find setting my blade at 3.5 inches is what works best for my yard. The seat is very comfortable to sit on for long periods of time. I love how the seat is easy to adjust and is secured by four heavy duty bolts. The seat is easy to keep clean with a dampened cloth. When I first used this ZT1 42 it was a bit of an adjustment and learning experience for me compared to my previous standard riding mower. It took me about an hour or so to familiarize myself with the lap bar drive controls. The lap bar controls is what I find sets this amazing mower apart from others. The lap bar controls allow me to have complete control of directions at all times. The lap bars make it so easy to cut forward or in reverse for a precise cut around trees, on uneven surfaces, level surfaces and even on slight inclines. Other features I like on this mower is some of it's safety features. The mower will not start when the lap bar levers are in an engaged position. No worries that the mower will start rolling in gear because of this feature. The mower also will not start while the power take off switch is left on an on position. Besides this mower having great safety features as well as creating a comfortable riding experience it also has durable, high quality tires. The all-terrain back tires have thick tread that works well at keeping the mower grounded and pushes the mower smoothly without having any slipping. I have really enjoyed using this ZT1 42 mower the simplicity of use and pinpoint precision cut makes this a fun and exciting way to keep my yard cut. There is even a cup holder to keep a drink near by. Knowing when to maintenance this mower is very easy to keep track of because of the LCD service minder located by the mower controls. The LCD service minder will light up with specific issues and reminders for keeping the mower properly maintenance. I would definitely recommend this ZT1 42 to others because of how amazing it performs and the a powerful motor that allows for a quicker cut time.
Date published: 2019-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good mower Bought this hoping to cut my mowing time. It is a great mower, mows evenly & cuts my trimming time down.
Date published: 2019-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well Built, comfortable machine Got my Cub in May. I've mowed my acre-an-a-half four times. Very comfortable seat. The handle adjustments provide several options to get your arms in the most comfortable position. I do like the pedal to raise the deck and the dial to adjust cutting height. I prefer the manual choke like my Toro had. CC's choke on the throttle lever makes it unclear when you are at full throttle and out of choke. Also, there is a detent at mid-throttle position. Engine RPM sounds the same as at full throttle, but if you engage the blades with the throttle at this detent position the engine stalls and dies. Not clear what this detent throttle position is for. The Kohler engine seems louder than the Toro's Kawasaki, but I use good quality ear protectors in either case. The Kohler engine does seem to go through fuel much quicker than the Kawasaki. All-in-all though, I am very pleased with my Cub Cadet.
Date published: 2019-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bargain. Bought a month ago and very pleased with the ease of operation.
Date published: 2019-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Far Excellent My first zero turn. It’s taken some getting used to. Once I got the hang of it, my mowing times have been significantly less. Exactly what I was looking for.
Date published: 2019-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mower! I bought this mower April of 2019 and have used it appr. 5 times. It provides a really nice cut, performs well and exceeds my expectations. The mower is built solid and is definitely at a very reasonable price point for what you're getting. I mow appr. a half acre so the 42" was the largest mower I could fit in my yard. Only time will tell how durable it will be, but with the construction of this mower I suspect it will last a long time. If you are looking for a solid residential mower with great features and a reasonable price point, this is it! Don't hesitate to buy this mower.
Date published: 2019-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Lawn Mower! I gave up on lawn mowing eversince I had a back injury , never though I would be able to mow my lawn again. This lawn mower makes me feel like I am riding a luxy Vehicle on my yard. Its such a joy to Ride it and finishes the job with no effort. Cub Cadet ZT1-42 is very easy to use and zero turn is a nice feature. The safety features are good on ZT1-42 and the mower runs smooth. I like the different grass cut settings and how easy to turn the knob to change the setting. The mower is not big and it easily goes through our backyard gate. Overall I will recommend this mower to everyone with a large yard. Very satisfied.
Date published: 2019-05-23
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