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Old 09-29-2012, 02:48 PM
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Cub Cadet - Why the Bad Rap!

I hear people slam Cub Cadet all the time, but from what I can see, it's totally unwarranted.

The Grounds Company that handles our community areas use Cub Cadet, and the Cut Quality is Excellent and the Stripes look Beautiful. They use one, Z-Force Commercial 48" Lap, and two Commercial Tanks 60" Laps.

I watch them maneuver in and out of moderately steep ditches and climb up, down, and along landscape berms with ease. We have two big ponds, and they cut those ponds out well enough that the guys on the string trimmers just have a little touch up here and there. I also see them cutting at good speed too. I talked with these guys and the owner loved them, and said he had over 1500-hours on the two bigger units with no real maintenance issues, and the smaller Z-Force had around 800-hours and so far no issues with it either. Now one of the kids driving the mower said he liked it, but liked another brand mower better (a fast cat).

I know people think of them as a Big Box Mowers, and for whatever reason that is suppose to make them a lesser mower? But I don't think you can buy a Commercial Cub Cadet out of a Big Box, at least I've never see one in a big box.

But there is a guy in the area who cuts smaller residential lawns with a Cub Cadet Wide Area 33" or 34" and it too leaves an Excellent cut. I stopped and asked him what he thought, and he said he has been using it for 2-years now and other than regular maintenance (blades & oil changes), he has had no problems with it and he had over 300-hours on it. He had a Commercial Honda 21 on his trailer, but said he preferred the Cubby because of its bigger deck. He was also using a Toro Timecutter MX 50" Zero Turn for his commercial business, which he loved too. I'm not picking on him, all his equipment is paid off and making him enough money he had a $7,000 enclosed trailer and a 2010 F250 Pickup that he said he paid cash for them. so clap clap for him! Point being, he loved his Cub Cadet Wide Area mower and had no real maintenance issue with it.

So why are the Cub being slammed?
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Old 09-29-2012, 02:52 PM
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No dealers around here. I think their limited by distribution. I don't see much slamming of the commercials, I just don't see many guys on here running them.
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:05 PM
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There's only one dealer in Austin and they are worse than bad. I haven't seen a LCO run a Cub in this area and there's very few guys on this site that run them. From what I understand there's little support for them, kind of like Tanaka. They might build a good product....maybe...but I'm not going to chance it with a piss poor dealer and little support.
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:49 PM
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There's only one dealer in Austin and they are worse than bad. I haven't seen a LCO run a Cub in this area and there's very few guys on this site that run them. From what I understand there's little support for them, kind of like Tanaka. They might build a good product....maybe...but I'm not going to chance it with a piss poor dealer and little support.
Same up here, we have no dealers and I have never seen one in use by a commercial company.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:24 PM
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There's only one dealer in Austin and they are worse than bad. I haven't seen a LCO run a Cub in this area and there's very few guys on this site that run them. From what I understand there's little support for them, kind of like Tanaka. They might build a good product....maybe...but I'm not going to chance it with a piss poor dealer and little support.
Same here. I only know of one dealer around here that sells cubs and he is not the friendliest person. But don't get wrong my homeowner cub does an alright job for what I need it so I'm sure the commercials are fine.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:55 PM
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I own a 27 hp CC lawn tractor with a 54'' deck I use at my home. I love it. It has plenty of power to haul tree limbs and makes a pretty good cut. I've had zero problems with it and cranks up every time. I haven't had to replace anything other than blades. It has 240 hours on it and it runs like the first day I got it five years ago.
I've also ran a 50 inch residential ztr. If you're cutting off more than 2 inches, it'll clog up and clump bad but I wasn't surprised considering it wasn't commercial grade. Other than that, it's a pretty good machine and worth the money
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:06 PM
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I own a 27 hp CC lawn tractor with a 54'' deck I use at my home. I love it. It has plenty of power to haul tree limbs and makes a pretty good cut. I've had zero problems with it and cranks up every time. I haven't had to replace anything other than blades. It has 240 hours on it and it runs like the first day I got it five years ago.
I've also ran a 50 inch residential ztr. If you're cutting off more than 2 inches, it'll clog up and clump bad but I wasn't surprised considering it wasn't commercial grade. Other than that, it's a pretty good machine and worth the money
You're putting 50 hours a year on your tractor. We run between 600-700 hours per year on each Z. There's no comparison.
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:51 AM
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You're putting 50 hours a year on your tractor. We run between 600-700 hours per year on each Z. There's no comparison.
Other than the commercial grade engine, my tractor is a residential/light duty tractor. So 50 hours a year is the same as about 250 hours for a commercial mower because res. mowers aren't made to last nearly as long. 240 hours is a good bit for a tractor like mine and it's still running strong, that's what I was getting at
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:29 AM
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You're putting 50 hours a year on your tractor. We run between 600-700 hours per year on each Z. There's no comparison.
Agreed. Durability is huge, some weeks we can put 50 hours on a mower, and it has to be able to do that week after week. Comparing homeowner use to commercial is apples to oranges.
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:17 PM
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Cub commercial mowers started life as MTD commerical mowers. Need I say any more?
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