Review By : Regret buying a Cub Cadet on May 17 2007 12:00AM
Price Paid : $8,000.00
Years of Use : 2+ Years
Implements : 48" deck, front hydraulic lift, and snowblower
Purchased From : Prime Power Equipment, Vernon, CT
Strengths I bought this initially because I thought I was buying a "heavy duty" machine. I wanted something better than a Home Depot special, but did not want to spend the $12,000 - $14,000 for a Kabota. What I did not realize was this was an MTD tractor, not a Cub Cadet!! Hence I bought the name and sales pitch, and got an over priced machine that quickly went to pieces. The one strength was that it worked fine for the first 3 months, and performed relatively well. I purchased it new in 2004 and now have 250 hours on it.
Weaknesses This is a very unreliable machine; from the engine to the sheet metal. I have had more failures than can be listed here. The engine had a stuck valve requiring a new head after 6 months (fixed under warranty); however, the engine just failed again (no warranty) and I am debating having it fixed. The PTO acuator has failed 5 times; the drive shaft coupling has failed twice; the weld holding the snowthrower gearbox failed resulting in the entire unit having to be rebuilt and reinforced. These are only the major items, there have been many more.
Overall I would never reccomend buying anything made by MTD. I should state that have a number of machines and am very strict with all maintenance. For example, I have two Gravely tractors. One is 25 years old and is still running strong. Both were made before the company was "sold". My advice is make sure you really know who is making the tractor and not to buy the "name".
Parts : 3 Performance : 3
Ease of Use : 3 Financing :
Reliability : 1 Overall : 1