Cub Cadet good?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by moneyclass, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. moneyclass

    moneyclass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    New to the landscaping biz and narrowed it down that I want to start with a walk behind. Also definitely going with a hydro over the belt driven.

    Cub cadet has a reasonable priced 52" hydro mower brand new 2012. Will I be happy with Cub Cadet? Is that a good brand that will last me a long time.
  2. A+Grounds

    A+Grounds LawnSite Member
    Messages: 158

    my dealer told me cub cadet is made by MTD. do yourself a favor and get a quality mower. bob cat, gravely, bunton, and bad boy all make great discount mowers!
  3. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,133

    Use the search thingy. Cub is a POS.
  4. 2stroked

    2stroked LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 296

    Bought a cub cadet walk behind a month ago to test it out because it was a good deal. Next week it was back at home cheepo with a blown transmission. Simple answer is no, they suck.
  5. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Messages: 1,377

    well, think about's called a "cub cadet." that's gotta be the gayest name i've ever heard of...they might as well have named themselves "fairytrikes"

    on a serious not though, if it's made by mtd then definitely not, they are a cheap brand...the others that were mentioned are decent machines for the price, i guess, but i would personally go with a toro, exmark, or john deere as the top three...

    wise choice going with hydro over belt

    you can find a decent walk behind for around 1200 i would say...i have a john deere 48" walk behind hydro drive that i don't use anymore, i bet i could only get 1200 out of it at most...would be a great start up mower, especially for the main mower...mine has always been a great mower up to the day our grandstands made it obsolete and it was very used before i bought it...look around and get a good brand is my opinion
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2011
  6. gebby

    gebby LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    I second what everybody else has said. I will add this. Yes you can buy cheap. Cheap will get you no where when your new mower is in the shop more than with you. Your frustration level will be very high. You soon will get disgusted and just give up. Buy professional equipment. There is a difference. The money you think you are saving now will soon disappear in lost sales and, repairs. Good luck with your decision.
  7. moneyclass

    moneyclass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    Thanks for all the opinions.....not one good thing about cub cadet. You guys just saved me like 4 grand. Thanks!!! Ill keep looking around
  8. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,045

    I have the push one that my friend sold to me. I think he got it at lowes or Home cheapo. Well it's not even been a year and it keeps shutting off and now it wont start. Throwing it in the road lol.
  9. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,133

    If $4000 is your budget for a used mower you need to look for a used commercial mower, not a new homeowner unit that will break in it first season. $4000 can buy a pretty decent used machine.
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I wouldn't go so far as saying all Cub equipment is crap, but I think you can do better than their walk behind mowers. Their utility and compact utility tractors are actually very nice, built by Yanmar. My Exmark dealer is also a Cub dealer.

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