Review By : Anonymous on May 3 2008 12:00AM
Price Paid : $4,000.00
Years of Use : 180-Days
Implements : 50" mower
Purchased From : local dealer
Strengths Heavy duty tractor with decent transmission gives smooth ride.
Weaknesses COOLING!!! Poor ergonomics (130 lb. woman can't keep seat switch from shutting off engine). Headlights quickly fill with dust. Gas tank too small. Noisy (always had to wear earplugs). Doesn't cut very evenly.
Overall The Kohler engine runs hot and Cub has done very little to keep it cool. In fact, the 2500 is the only Cub Cadet series that does nothing to filter grass out of the cooling air. The 1000's pull air in through baffles in the hood and the 3000's have a large screen inlet below the steering wheel. The early 2500s had major problems with hoods melting and breaking. Cub came up with a heat shield which only diverts the heat to other areas under the hood. First, my cables melted. Then at 10 hours, the engine overheated to the point where the oil was burned. The dealer said the engine cooling passages had gotten clogged with grass. The internet is full of reports relating to this issue: Cables melting, Hoods melting, grass scorching, engines burning up, premature PTO failure. Fortunately, I had a great dealer who cleaned out the engine under warranty (not a simple chore ... over $300 of work). I tried mounting a homemade screen on the inlet, but it continually got clogged with debris. Cub tried putting a baffle on the 50" mower deck to direct the grass away from the engine, but this didn't help much. Plus I was concerned that overheating may have caused engine damage that would come back to haunt me later. Unlike many who have had to deal with Cub Cadet directly, my dealer was great and offered a full refund. Because my dealer gave such good support, I waited until this spring to see how Cub would fix the problem. When I saw that nothing was changed on the new models, I decided Cub Cadet wasn't for me. Ended up with a Deere X540.
Parts : 5 Performance : 4
Ease of Use : 3 Financing : 7
Reliability : 2 Overall : 2