Cub Cadet is well renowned for its high-quality tractor and lawnmower equipment. Based in Valley City, Ohio, the company prides itself on producing riding lawn mowers suitable for all seasons. For this reason, Cub Cadet came out with a popular XT Enduro Series Line designed to be powerful enough to deliver outstanding performance.

Unlike regular lawn mowers, the XT Enduro Series from XT1- XT3 boasts a heavy-duty chassis capable of handling most engine operations and transmissions. This article will be on the Cub Cadet XT1 review, which has impressive features that will make you want to mow your lawn every so often.

The Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series Riding mowers are easy to use, reliable and cut grass in reverse. With the right accessories, such as mulching blades, a front bumper and a plow to shove snow during winter, you are guaranteed to get the most use out of the Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series model that you go for.

A lawn tractor in the Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series will change your mowing experience while providing quality performance in other areas like hauling debris and dirt. It is designed to maneuver any yard type smoothly, making you want to take several spins around your yard. Our Cub Cadet XT1 lawn tractor review will focus on the XT1 L46 lawn tractor that is a favorite among many homeowners and professionals.

Let's delve into the features that make this lawn tractor stand out from other models in the XT1 Enduro Series.


Cub Cadet XT1 does not compromise on performance. It features a heavy-duty chassis that is tough and strong enough to handle transmissions, decks and engines needed by a yard. While most people buy a lawn mower to cut grass, you will find the Cub Cadet to be more than that.

Cutting tough grass with the Cub Cadet XT1 is easy, thanks to the powerful Kohler engine. The 22 HP V-Twin engines provide a lot of power so that you can meet your mowing needs, be it clearing out tough and thick grass or climbing up a hill. In addition, the engine doesn't need much maintenance as the hood opens up quickly, allowing access to the serviceable parts.

Cutting Quality

Patches of uncut grass on your lawn can be frustrating and so is spending hours on end mowing the lawn. The Cub Cadet XT1 seeks to improve your mowing experience by increasing the cut quality and reducing the mowing time. This is made possible by the 46-inch stamped mowing deck. While there are concerns about uneven cuts produced by a lawn mower with a mowing deck above 46 inches, the XT1 is just at the borderline and allows for maximum maneuverability.

The twin blade deck combined with the cutting width ensures that you cover more ground at a shorter time. This is unlike most riding mowers with 30-40 inches mowing deck sizes. With the front and rear wheels sized at 15 and 20 inches, the Cub Cadet XT1 maneuvers easily on any turf type. In addition, it has a turning radius of about 16 inches which is uncommon for a lawn tractor. The turning radius will have you feeling like you are using a zero-turn mower while tackling obstacles on your lawn.

Ease of Use

Usability is critical for high performance in that you save on time. The Cub Cadet XT1 lawn tractor features a reverse function that allows you to go backward. Aside from it being an efficient way of saving time, you also don't have to set it to the mowing option while reversing. While you can shift into reverse with most riding lawn mowers, the Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series features a hydrostatic transmission system that helps to go into reverse.

The hydrostatic transmission system works by pushing a button and then a foot pedal to go backward. This acts as a safety feature to prevent unwanted stops and jerks. In addition, this system helps you navigate around walls and obstacles easily.

The Cub Cadet XT1 is designed for easy use and configuration with features, such as a large side lever that raises or lowers the mowing deck through its back and forth movements. This enables you to plow a tall root and set the deck back conveniently. Additionally, the optimized steering system ensures the steering wheel has an excellent tight turn radius, aiding maneuverability.


You will need a comfortable seat seeing as you will be seated on the lawn mower for the duration of mowing. The Cub Cadet XT1 seat features padding on a molded plastic seat. It also has a high back to give the required extra support. The XT1 seat has springs that help to offset bumpy rides on the lawn tractor. In addition, there is a cup holder positioned beside the seat and a small tool holder, so you can sip on your water or drink while mowing. While the lawn tractor is quite comfortable, extra additions like armrests could make it even better.


The Cub Cadet XT1 lawn mower has a range of safety features to protect you if an accident were to happen. The first is the blade brake clutch that turns off the blade to prevent it from spinning while the motor is running. For this reason, you can empty the bag of grass without turning off the lawn mower.

It also has a neutral start and operator presence function that ensures the mower doesn't start if the seat is vacant. Additionally, there is a safe reverse switch, meaning that you do not mistakenly go backward.


Investing in a durable lawn tractor will reduce a lot of maintenance work on your part. The XT1 has a rust-resistant deck, so you can mow wet grass without worrying about causing any damage. Checking the fuel level and changing the oil is also quite easy and doesn't take much time. Additionally, you can remove debris and grass clippings on the deck fast, thanks to the high-pressure smart washing system. Furthermore, other parts like blades are replaceable and there is an added generous warranty that you could make use of if need be.

Other Special Features

To get more use out of your Cub Cadet, you can add accessories like a mulch kit, plow attachment and a bumper to scoop snow during the winter season. There is also an option to add a twin or triple bagger to improve bagging performance. In addition, the Cub Cadet has a cruise control feature that allows you to keep your hands off the steering wheel while mowing continues.

If you prefer to mow in the evening when dark is setting or at night, the XT1 has high illumination headlights that allow you to see the ground you are working on. Additionally, a Cub Connect Bluetooth App keeps track of your mower's performance and notifies you of important things like the following air filter, when you should change the oil, and more.


For just over $2000, although quite expensive, the Cub Cadet XT1 is a worthwhile investment that delivers quality performance and can last you years and even decades if well taken care of. In addition, it has valuable features that make it worth every dollar. For example, this comprehensive lawn tractor review shows that the XT1 will make mowing your lawn easy and enjoyable, which is not the case with regular mowers.

  • Pros
  • Rust-resistant deck
  • Cruise control function
  • Side discharge
  • LED headlights
  • Up to 12 height settings
  • Mobile App for monitoring
  • 3-year warranty
  • Cons
  • The seat could be more comfortable
  • The bouncy springs are irritating
  • The reverse function process is tedious

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long will a Cub Cadet XT1 last?

The Cub Cadet has a sturdy and durable build that will last you years and even decades of quality performance if well taken care of.

2. What is the difference between a Cub Cadet XT1 and XT2?

While they have similar chassis, the main difference between the XT1 and XT2 models is that the latter has a standard front bumper that provides extra protection if you were to hit something. This bumper also protects the front grill and hood.

3. Is the Cub Cadet XT1 good for hills?

You can count on the XT1 lawn mower to perform well on inclines up to about 15 degrees. However, it is better to use it mainly on up and down mowing.

Image Source: