Cub Cadet XT1 LT46 Tractor Mower Review 2024 – Vs XT1 LT50 FAB & XT1 LT42B


If you are interested in buying a Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series Ride on Mower in the coming days, then please make sure to check out our Cub Cadet XT1 LT46 Enduro Series Tractor Ride on Mower review which will outline everything you need to know including all the key features, power levels, engine information and the pros and cons that you need to be aware of before you buy.

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Review Focus

The focus of our XT1 Enduro series review will be on the Cub Cadet XT1 LT46 Mower but we will also include the Cub Cadet XT1 LT50 FAB and the Cub Cadet XT1 LT42B so at least you have more than just one option when it comes to making any decision. We will also outline a detailed comparison table at the end of this page so that you can see all the key features, engine types and power levels side by side.

First Impressions

At first glance, this Ride on Mower has the Kohler 7000 series engine and the hydrostatic transmission for easier management of the speed levels. It comes with a nice high back 15 inch seat that can be adjusted and it has an impressive cast iron front pivot bar for strength and protection in rugged conditions. It also has a nice belt design and a stamped deck made with high gauge steel as well as 4 anti-scalp wheels that helps to give you great mowing results time and time again.

Cub Cadet Series

When you choose a Cub Cadet Tractor Riding mower, there are 3 main options and they are the CC30 series, the XT1 Enduro Series and finally the XT2 Enduro Series. The cutting deck widths range from 30 inch all the way up to 54 inches and there are typically 3 engine brands available namely Briggs and Stratton, Cub Cadet and Kohler.

The engine models they use is quite diverse and some examples are the KT715, KT730, KT735 and the KT740 to mention just a few and the horse power levels range from 10.5HP all the way up to 25HP for an ultimate power driven mowing experience.

Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series Review

Cub Cadet XT1 LT46 Enduro Series Ride on Mower

This Cub Cadet Tractor Ride on mower is part of the XT1 Enduro series range and it comes with the hydrostatic transmission for easier speed control and a powerful Kohler 23HP 725cc engine for reliable results from one season to the next. It has a 46 inch wide mowing deck that is stamped and the engine from Kohler is part of the 7000 series with a model engine number KT730

It has a large fuel tank with a capacity of 3 gallons and it is equipped with a fully charged pressurized system as well as a mechanical choke, a dual element oil filter and an AGM  210 CCA battery. When using the Hydrostatic transmission, the Tractor mower will work at a max speed level of 5.5 mph or 8.6 km per hour and the maximum speed in reverse is 3 mph or 4.8 km per hour.

The deck is made using 12 gauge steel and it has the wash port included for cleaning of the undercarriage. There are 4 anti-scalp wheels included for uneven terrain and it operates with a 16 turning radius to get around obstacles faster. You get 12 different mowing height settings that range from 1 inch up to 4 inches and it has a cast iron front pivot bar plus it offers cruise control, a 15 inch high back seat and a 3 year limited warranty to protect your investment.

Price Guide: From $2600 @ Cub Cadet

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Pros for the Cub Cadet XT1 LT46

  • You get a powerful and reliable Kohler engine for dealing with various types of mowing conditions
  • It includes the Hydrostatic transmission and also the cruise control system.
  • Works on a tight turning radius and gives impressive mowing results with an even cut
  • There is plenty of power in the engine for dealing with inclines
  • There are plenty of attachments available such as baggers, mulching kits and bumpers
  • The Kohler engine in this Tractor mower is impressive and reliable to get mowing jobs done quicker and more efficiently

Cons for the Cub Cadet XT1 LT46

  • There is no mulching kit included in the standard package
  • There is no front bumper or grass bagger so they will need to be included as optional extras.
  • It doesn’t offer any arm rests or elbow rests to support longer mowing sessions
  • Some warranty claims from previous buyers appear not to have been honoured
  • Customer service levels from Cub Cadet at times was disappointing when dealing with problems
  • We have seen isolated issues with the deck belt have been raised in the past which needs to be noted

Alternative Cub Cadet XT1 Tractor Mowers

If you need to look beyond the Cub Cadet XT1 LT46 Enduro series Tractor Mower at this point, then there are also 2 further alternatives available in the range that are worth considering. The first is the Cub Cadet XT1 LT50 FAB with the Kohler 24 HP 725cc twin-cylinder engine and the second is the lower priced 42 inch Cub Cadet XT1 LT42B which has the Briggs & Stratton single cylinder 540cc engine.

#1, Cub Cadet XT1 LT50 FAB Enduro Series Tractor Mower

Main Features

Kohler 24 HP 725cc twin cylinder engine

Hydrostatic transmission and 50 inch deck

Fully pressurized lubrication

Tuff Torq K46 transmission

Maximum speed 5.5mph or 8.6kmh

11 gauge steel deck

4 Anti-Scalping wheels

Price Guide: From $2900 @ Cub Cadet

#2, Cub Cadet XT1 LT42B Enduro Series Tractor Ride on Mower

Main Features

Lower priced Cub Cadet Enduro series option

Briggs & Stratton 540cc pro series engine

Width of cutting deck is smaller at 42 inches

Lower number of 2 anti-scalp wheels

Deck is made using 13-gauge steel

Ability to work with 16 inch turn radius

Lower engine power output level of 19 HP

Price Guide: From $2400 @ Cub Cadet

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Cub Cadet Attachments

There is a wide selection of attachments and accessories available at Cub Cadet direct if needed such as the front bumper kit, leaf collectors, rear mounted weight kits and sun shade attachments to protect you against the sun when working on large mowing jobs on hot sunny days.

In addition, you can source an armrest kit for more elbow comfort, a double bagger, snow blower attachments, front plough blades, a snow cab kit and even a triple bagger to mention just a few and further availability plus prices can be checked out at Cub Cadet directly

Cub Cadet Enduro Series Comparisons

To ensure you have all of the necessary information on these Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro series Tractor ride on mowers, please make sure to check out the comparison table below where you can see all the features and engine information details side by side.

Cub Cadet XT1XT1 LT46XT1 LT50 FABXT1 LT42B
EngineKohler 725ccKohler 725ccB&S 540cc
Horse power23HP24HP19HP
Deck46 inches50 inches42 inches
Engine model7000 series7000 seriesPro series
Model numberKT730KT73533S877-0038
Fuel tank3 gallons3 gallons3 gallons
Oil capacity2.0 qt2.0 qt1.5 qt
BatteryAGM 210 CCAAGM 210 CCAAGM 230 CCA
Forward speed5.5mph / 8.6kmh5.5mph / 8.6kmh5.5mph / 8.6kmh
Reverse speed3mph / 4.8kmh3mph / 4.8kmh3mph / 4.8kmh
Deck12 gauge steel11 gauge steel13 gauge steel
Mow heights1 – 4 inch1 – 4 inch1 – 4 inch
Height settings121212
Anti Scalping4 wheels4 wheels2 wheels
Turn radius16 inch16 inch16 inch
Tow hitchYesYesYes
Cruise controlYesYesYes
Warranty3 years3 years3 years

Forward Speed levels

While the smaller Compact Cub Cadet Riding mower has just 4 mph or 6.4 km/h driving speed, the larger Tractor Enduro Series offer faster speed levels of 5.5 mph or 8.6 mph. If you need a faster Tractor mower than this, then there is also an availability of Cub Cadet Tractor Mowers with 6.2 mph or 9.9 km/h speed level to get your various mowing jobs completed at a much faster rate

XT1 Mower Maintenance

To help you maintain your Cub Cadet Ride on mower from one season to the next, Cub Cadet have a range of products available such as high lift blades, low lift blades, mulch blades, deck belts, drive belts and blade removal tools. They also have availability of AGM batteries, siphon pumps, fuel filters, a spindle assembly and oils to keep your Ride on Mower in the best of health during the mowing season and for the upcoming seasons.

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After completing this Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series review, we hope our work here has given you a better idea of what these Tractor Mowers are all about and the various options available to you if you decide to go ahead and buy one. Would we recommend them? While they are not always 100% perfect, starting off anyway they are still awesome in our opinion and time will tell how well they would perform in the future.

Sometimes things will go wrong and it appears to us that the Cub Cadet support levels are not always at the levels they should be which is disappointing. This especially appears to be the case when it comes to honouring warranties or so-called limited warranties. That being said, further reviews and pricing updates can be checked out directly at Cub Cadet below…

Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series Feedback

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