Review By : COCO on 5/11/2012
Price Paid : $1,599.00
Years of Use : 1-year
Purchased From : Home Depot
Strengths 20HP Kawasaki Motor, Turning radius, GOOD CUTTING, Comfortable
Weaknesses quality NOT as it used to be and I Mean WAY DOWN
After receiving the tractor, got it off the crate, filled up with fresh gas, checked the oil, pulled the choke, made sure that the parking brake was on and finally turned the ignition key and the motor started for about 2(Real) seconds and then quited for not restarting ever again.
Well, very disappointing .
We ordered another one, when we received it did the same routine but this time it started and kept going and going and going, AMAZING!!!.
So now the KW motor was puring nicely, I toke it for a ride everything was fine , the full speed is a Little to slow compare to my other rider, but not a deal breaker as it's after all a lawn mower and not a race car.
Nice turning radius A+
I mowed a little bit and the electric P.T.O stated smoothly and the deck went down easy ,no problem at all, the cutting was nice and regular, very nice.
The deck cleaning system is more a sale speech as it's not very efficient.
Now for the quality or would i say the lack of it.
Well it's not what Cub Cadet used to be, no more the 4 bolts hub for the rare wheel just one now like all the cheap MTD.
The deck gage is like thin can, the quick connect front release system for the deck is now a single pin instead of the much more stable and stronger 2 points sliding lock .
The lowering deck handle is cracked at the top as it's a cheap molded foam. I tried to take it off but it's glued on the lever so I don't know how I'm going to change it .
The gas thank is under the hood, but you still be able to fill it up with out opening the hood.
The battery is now under the seat where the rain water is going to rust the battery housing (What was wrong with having the battery well protected under the hood).
The lights are not sealed at all so expect the dust to go inside the lights housing:
Oh by the way the lights are always ON , a OFF switch would have be nice
The belt protectors on the deck are now plastic instead of strong steel.
NO MORE FRONT BUMPER, How cheap are they going to go!!!!.
At the end IT still a good riding lawn mower with a good, smooth Kawasaki twin motor and a nice ride and cutting propriety, BUT the overall quality is going down the drain. thanks to MTD Cub cadet (at less the 1000 series) is no better that the competition anymore, to bad!!!
Parts : Performance : 8
Ease of Use : 10 Financing : 10
Reliability : Overall : 7