Review By : Anonymous on Sep 14 2004 12:00AM
Price Paid : $475.00
Years of Use : New Owner (0-1 Year)
Purchased From : Lowes
Strengths 6.5HP Kawasaki engine...very strong, very efficient, very durable. A strong plus for this machine. I am also impressed with this unit's 6-speed transmission...more than you'll ever need. Extremely fast. Auto stop feature when hitting rocks/branches works well. The caster wheels make for easy & quick turns.
Weaknesses Man where do I start? I am generallly very disappointed with this unit for one reason...the build quality is very poor. I have only owned my unit for 30-days (by the way, it is going to be returned this weekend) and have already replaced neasrly every bolt on the unit. I shutter to think after hitting a bump what will fall off next. The bolts are poor (some alloy) quality & easily snapunder load or fall out. I replaced as much as I could with grade-5 SS & loctite. Today, the bolt that holds the blade on snapped off. Leaving half in the drive shaft...that was the last straw. By the way, good luck trying to get parts. Cub Cadt doesn't sell direct so be prepared to have to find a shop
Overall I hoped for so much more from Cub Cadet...but just can't get past how poorly built this unit is. Aside from a strong & reliable Kawasaki engine, I would not recommend this unit. I've replaced too many parts for a unit that's only 30 days old. This is not what I would have expected from Cub Cadet. I will replace with either a Snapper or John Deere mulcher with casters. Do yourself a favor & pass on this unit.
Parts : 5 Performance : 3
Ease of Use : 8 Financing :
Reliability : Overall : 3