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Cub Cadet RZT42 17WF2ACS
 
Approximate retail price:
$2500
Summary: This 42-inch Cub Cadet zero turn rider comes with a 2-cylinder Koher engine with an automatic drive system and electric PTO. It includes a more comfortable high-back seat and a washout port.
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Type: Lawn tractors ZTR
About - Cub Cadet RZT42 17WF2ACS

The Cub Cadet RZT42 17WF2ACS is part of the lawn mower & tractor test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, lawn tractor models like the RZT42 17WF2ACS are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Side discharging:
A combination of evenness, which is how close the tractor or rider came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how evenly clippings were dispersed from the side-discharge chute.

Mulching:
Reflects a combination of evenness, which is how close the tractor or rider came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how completely the mower distributed its clippings over the lawn's surface.

Bagging:
Denotes a combination of evenness, which is how close the tractor or rider came to even, carpet-like mowing, and a measurement of the effective capacity of the grass bag, determined when the bag was full or when the chute clogged and stopped collecting clippings.
Features & Specs - Cub Cadet RZT42 17WF2ACS
info Deck size (in.) 42
info Engine power (hp) 22.0
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User Reviews - Cub Cadet RZT42 17WF2ACS
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1.0
Not the Cub Cadet of Old
3/25/2012
Pros
Lightweight
Cons
Cuts Unevenly
Jerky Transitions
Mulching system poor
Noisy
Parts break
Requires Constant Maintenance
Best Uses
Comment:
I have used this mower for a little over six months. I live in NC near the coast and our growing season last until October. After less than 25 hours I have found that the tires tear up the ground and the blades only about 20 hours. Also, Cub Cadet has dropped off in service from years past. Our local sales and service center shut the doors too many repairs and mowers breaking down.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
Quality problems
7/31/2011
Pros
Easy to Push & Steer
Cons
Jerky Transitions
Requires Constant Maintenance
Best Uses
Large Lawns
Small Lawns
Comment:
I use this mower for my lawns about a total of one acre with a lot of trees in the way. <br /> The quality of this mower has been disappointing. At about 8 hours of use the drive belt came off and destroyed the transmission cooling fans, resulting in 8 days in the shop. When I got it back at about 8.5 hours the muffler bolts fell out so I had to make a new manifold gasket and replace the lost bolts, lucky I am a mechanic. At 12 hours the PTO fell off and now it's back in the shop. Another problem is the power of the drive motors, you must be very careful when steering it so as not to destroy your lawn because of the wheels spinning. Going up small grades it tends to lose traction especially if the grass is a little bit wet or you must make a turn. On the positive side is has a lot of power and will mow very tall grass and weeds without lugging the motor. When it's not broken down, it's really fun to drive, very responsive and the lawn looks evenly mowed. But over all if I could return it for a refund I would. <br /> My experience with this product has been very unfavorable, when you buy something new you expect it to be dependable, perhaps Cub Cadet needs to review their quality control methods. The engineering of this mower is fair to good but their assembly methods are prone to errors.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
terrible product
5/1/2011
Pros
Cons
Cuts Unevenly
Best Uses
Comment:
We bought the 44 cut version of this mower four years ago and have had problem after problem. The first year it shreded three drive belts at a cost $50 each (parts only). After multiple repairs, it now only shreds a belt once a year. This year the PTO has quit working. Also the grass has always discharged unevenly and we have had to rake after every mowing. We just replaced it with a Toro ZTR 50 and LOVE it so far.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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