Cub Cadet XT1 Review (2024): Unpacking the Top Enduro Series Mower

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Having worked with a variety of lawn mowers over the years, I’ve found that many struggle with rough terrain. However, the one that’s caught my attention lately is the Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro series. 

With its heavy-duty chassis and axle panels, I’ve been intrigued to see if it truly stands out from other riding lawn mowers I’ve used.

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The Cub Cadet XT1 can be difficult to find in the market these days. If you’re searching for mowers with the similar features, qualities, and price points, check out my top picks for a riding lawn mower below! 

Cub Cadet XT1 LT42” Riding Mower

What I Like

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At first glance, I immediately took notice of its 46-inch mowing deck, side discharge, and twin blade deck that truly suits extensive lawn mower tasks. If you look closer, its heavy-duty cast iron construction and front bumper are a firm testament to how durable and reliable the Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro series is. 

Cub Cadet XT1

On top of its impressive cutting deck, this riding lawn mower is coated with a corrosion defense system equipped on its robotically welded frame. The only issue we see with its design is its plastic hood which may be easily damaged if you’re not careful. 

But overall, it runs with high-quality parts that I will thoroughly discuss below.

Cub Cadet XT1 Features

Engine Power

There’s no tough grass to the Kohler engine equipped in this Cub Cadet unit. With its 22 HP V-Twin technology, users can expect that it cuts grass accurately and neatly. 

And because its motor holds so much power, the engine runs smoothly even when using the riding mower on narrow hills or rough terrain. Not many obstacles hindered me as I operated the Cub Cadet lawnmower during the test drive. 

Cutting Quality and Capacity

As mentioned previously, Cub Cadet XT1 has a massive mowing deck of 46 inches that’ll suit cutting wet grass in a medium to large lawn area. And believe me, electric mowers of this size generally complete the job quicker than many of the smaller alternatives out there.

operating Cub Cadet XT1

Unlike zero-turn mowers, it doesn’t have an exceptional turning radius. Therefore, I recommend using this unit for mowing wider yards to achieve maximum mowing efficiency.


When I tackle yards that require more than just mowing, the power of this unit really shines through, handling even the trickiest incline slopes with ease. Personally, I’ve found its navigation to be a breeze – just a simple push on the foot pedal does the trick, all thanks to its hydrostatic transmission system.


The unit’s reverse function is one of the most notable features I’d like to note in these Cub Cadet XT1 reviews. This mowing function is a helpful time-saver, allowing the Cub Cadet unit to move backward even when operating at 3.1 mph. 

If you want to move the cutting deck up and down, there’s an efficient large lever on the side that you can push back and forth if you’re cutting a taller root. 

Cub Cadet XT1 close up view

The Cub Cadet XT1, like most of John Deere riding lawn mowers, is also battery loaded, which means that it has an electric start function and auto transmission that are efficient, especially if you’re not familiar with any mowing activities. 

It also helps that the unit has high capacity fuel tank levels because you don’t need to refuel so frequently. You can also find the fill cap on both sides of the mower. 

Safety Features

Given that the mower features so much power and capability, I wasn’t too surprised to find out that it includes many safety features. 

A moving machine can cause many safety issues [1], so I was impressed to see that the mower has options for operator presence, brake pedal lock, and many more. It even features front bumpers that add another layer of protection to the rider.

Comfort and Ease of Use

In my opinion, beyond engine power, the comfort and usability of a mower are paramount. I’ve had the pleasure of using the Cub Cadet, and its mowing deck comes with cruise control. This feature lets me relax a bit and let the mower handle the cutting, essentially giving me a hands-off experience. It’s quite the game-changer.

Another high-tech feature that made me admire this product is its optimized steering wheel. If you’re mowing the yard for extensive hours, its rubberized steering grip will make your hands less fatigued. 

stepping on Cub Cadet XT1 brake

Besides that, it also features a high back seat rest that won’t strain your back as you continue mowing. However, I’d like to note that the seat is located on the flat and roomy side of the mower, so you may need to be careful if you don’t want to slide off slightly. 

You also find the fuel tank stickers relatively useful as they keep me informed on the fuel level of the mower. 


The small details like a tiny bin and cup holder near the mower’s control wheel make this unit extra desirable. On top of that, there’s a reliable headlight you can use in case you need to mow at night or during dim weather. Other accessories like the mulch kit are sold separately.


Like any other riding mower, maintaining this model requires cleaning the air filter and regularly following the next oil change schedule to avoid common starting issues from Cub Cadet mowers. If you’re using it regularly, it’s only natural to notice slight imperfections like grease, oil, or cracks on its surface. 

Cub Cadet XT1 engine

Fortunately, its deck can be connected to a water hose. It has a Deck Wash System that makes cleaning easier than typical models. Proper maintenance means you can enjoy using your riding mower without dealing with common Cub Cadet mower issues and problems

Price and Warranty

I can confidently say that this model is more affordable. If you search for similar mowers in the market, units with the same features are often priced higher. 

I also liked that this unit includes a three-year warranty period on serviceable parts. You are guaranteed to enjoy repair service like when you encounter a faulty Cub Cadet deck belt. The manufacturers are also topping it off with another 5-year warranty on axles and chassis panels. 


How long will a Cub Cadet XT1 last?

A Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro can last around 500 to 1000 hours of cutting operation. Like the heavy-duty machines from Husqvarna, this brand is known for its durability and lifespan. 

However, keep in mind that this mower’s life expectancy can be extended or shortened by the way it is maintained by its user.

(You might also be interested in our Cub Cadet vs Husqvarna zero-turn mowers comparison.)

What's the difference between a Cub Cadet XT1 and XT2?

The difference between Cub Cadet XT1 and XT2 is their battery capacities. While both are high-performing, the XT2 battery has higher and larger output than the XT1. 

On top of that, the armrests on the XT2 model are foldable, making it more comfortable and convenient for the user riding the lawnmower.

Who makes the engine for Cub Cadet XT1?

Kohler is the company that makes the engine for Cub Cadet XT1. The lawn tractor is engineered by a twin-cylinder motor that runs to navigate the unit’s 46-inch deck. 

The company has been manufacturing engines for lawnmowers and other garden tools since 1948 and hasn’t stopped innovating technology since. 

Review Conclusion: Cub Cadet XT1

Using this mower more consistently has convinced me that this machine has what it takes to elevate anyone’s mowing experience. With its wide cutting deck and maneuverable capabilities, even a newbie can get the lawn work done faster than typical lawnmowers. 

Cub Cadet XT1
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