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ZT1 42Zero-Turn Riding Mower

ZT1 42 is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 56.
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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... I bought this mower about two seasons ago. Still runs and cuts great, hope to be using it for another 20yrs.
Date published: 2019-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent mower I spent the better part of my youth riding a normal mower and push mowing 3.5 acres of grass which drove me to disdain mowing grass as an adult. This mower has changed every bit of that hatred to pure love. The ZT1 42 has a great power plant for the smallest mowing deck in this product line from Cub Cadet. I'm 230lbs with a few hills to mow over 2 acres of property and I've yet to feel the mower is straining with any of it. The best way to mow hills with this machine is to go backward down the hill and forward up the hill to keep from leaving tire drag marks. The dial adjustable deck height is a breeze to use and mostly accurate in inches. The only thing I've found I would consider a negative is the lights up front, they will light up a pathway or your shed when you're parking it but they really aren't made for using them to mow.
Date published: 2019-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mower Bought this a month ago, smooth ride, and has cut my time in half!!!!
Date published: 2019-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice mower. Purchased from Tractor Supply Mower cut lower one side than other. Took it to mower shop a Cub Cadet dealer and they found one rear tire with 40 pounds of air in it. Should be 14 They corrected leveled the deck and mower has cut great since.
Date published: 2019-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Mower Purchased this mower about 3 months ago, functions as advertised, very easy to operate and does a great job. only drawback although slight is the open top deck. I have a mulching kit on this mower, a loot of grass comes up through the top of th deck openings where the blades are and cause me to be covered with grass clippings.
Date published: 2019-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun ride I purchased this Ultima ZT1 42 awhile back. It now has about 15 hours on it. This machine is a blast to drive, quick and nimble. The cut is good with the blades that come with it and it has good dispersal. The mulch kit is another story. I personally don't care for it. The plastic plug leaks grass all around it. The cut with the mulching blades is lousy and in spots needed to be double cut. I took the mulch kit right off and went back to the standard blades. The Kohler engine I find to be loud and drinks a lot of fuel. It runs good and starts ok though. The frame is well built and very ridgid. Traction on this zero turn is iffy on hills, I have spun tires a bit to easily it would seem. The seat is fabulous,most comfortable seat I have seen on a mower. I enjoy cutting the lawn with it once I got the hang of a zero turn. Would I purchase it again? Yes but with the 50" mower deck...
Date published: 2019-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good zero turn I actually purchased new a 2018 RZT 42 inch zero turn and the product works well .
Date published: 2019-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great machine Just started using it but it works well so far....
Date published: 2019-07-29
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