Cub Cadet Z Force 54

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by wicklivin, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. wicklivin

    wicklivin LawnSite Member
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    I'm looking to enter in the ZTR class low-end commercial mower market with a Cub Cadet Z Force 54 http://www.cubcadet.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_10051_14101_10237_1209604_-1_600002_1209604

    I have about an acre of grass to mow weekly and I'm looking to replace a Craftsman LT2000 and cut my mowing time from 2 hours to under an hour. I'd like to purchase a mower that, with proper maintenance, will last quite a few years. I have a dealer less than 2 miles away that sells Toro commercial and Cub Cadet commercial. MTD corporate is 10 miles up the road from me and they build these about 30 mins from me in Streetsboro.

    Anyone have a Cub Cadet commercial ZTR that would wish to comment on their experience owning one and thought/regrets about the Cub Cadet commercial line? I am trying to decide between the 48 and the 54.
     
  2. Birdman

    Birdman LawnSite Member
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    Did you buy the Cub Cadet? I am looking at one as well for hill side use and an acre. Any and all responses would be great.
     
  3. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    I'm curious. Have you ever used the search feature on this site? I ask because you've been a member for close to 10 years and there's been hundreds of CC threads posted.
     
  4. Birdman

    Birdman LawnSite Member
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    Yes, I have used the search feature on this site. I am looking for info on the NEW Cub cadet Z force S which has the synchro (front wheel turn, back power hydro change speed) and the Kohler Command V-twin engine. I did not find anything on it. Do you have an links or posts that you can refer me to too?
     
  5. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    Sorry I don't. You might find more info on them in the home owner threads. They aren't really a commercial mower.
     
  6. Birdman

    Birdman LawnSite Member
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    Well this series is at least sold as a commerical. The straight z force s with the courage engine and light duyt pumps is a home ower version.
     
  7. rwaters

    rwaters LawnSite Senior Member
    from Online
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    look at reviews on the gizmow as that is basically what your looking at. They hold up a lot better then expected with all of the moving parts.
     
  8. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,666

    If it is a Cub, and NOT a Tank series machine, it is trash. As a former Cub dealer I can not recommend any Cub products due to the horrible quality control at the factory, as well as the poor design of most of their machines.
    You would be better off looking elsewhere for an entry level commercial machine. Almost all manufacturers offer these lower cost commercial machines now.
     
  9. Performance R/E

    Performance R/E LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 19

    I used to own a Z Force. Biggest complaint I have is with the deck. It is light steel. I always needed to set it high so the deck wheels wouldn't make contact with the ground. If they did, while turning the force of the turn on the welded deck connections would snap them. Had to have it welded back on several times. In less than 300 hours of use I went through 2 spindles even with regular greasing. Parts are easy to come by on line as it is an MTD product but who wants to be working on their equipment so often? I've now have a Scag Tiger Cat and it is a monster compared to the Cub.
     
  10. Birdman

    Birdman LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the replies, any suggestions for which ztr to use on slopes of 15 degrees or a little more and pulling a leaf vac trailer? That is why I looked at the cub. For the front wheel turn and the hydro slows on the new z-force s. Suppose to be more stable and not rip the turf like the std ztr's The ztr that I have now is hard to handle with the leaf trailer on it, other than that it works fine. i would like to find a nice end a year deal or demo to save a little cash as well.
     

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