Updated 28 Oct 2016

Cub Cadet

LX42 XT2 Enduro

Snapshot: The Cub Cadet LX42 XT2 Enduro is a tractor-type ride-on mower with a twin cylinder engine and a 42/107 cutting deck. But how does it perform?

LX42 XT2 Enduro
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$5299

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Test results

Overall score
83
Mowing
?/10
Mulching
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Very good mowing and mulching.
  • Very good controls.
  • Very good handling and a comfortable ride.
  • Has cruise control. Has reverse override so you can cut backwards.
  • Relatively tight turning circle for a tractor-type.

But

  • It’s a bit of a hassle to remove the deck and fit the mulching blades, and the mulching plug is stiff to fit.
  • Noisy.

How we test

Overall score is made up of:

Performance (50%), including side-discharge mowing tests where we assess engine power, evenness of cut and spreading the discharged grass. For mowers where a mulching kit is standard, we also run mulching tests looking at the evenness of cut and how evenly the mulch is spread back onto the turf.

Ease of use (50%), which looks at handling, ride comfort, ease of controlling speed, starter mechanism, ease of engaging the mower blade drive, changing cutting height and checking fuel level.

We also measured the noise of each mower and the minimum mowable diameter (effective turning circle) for tractor models. To verify each mower’s safety, we assessed the instructions, warning stickers and labels, pulley and belt coverings, and automatic safety cut-outs. All mowers in our database passed the safety assessment.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$5299
Type
Tractor

Specifications

Deck width (mm/inches)
42/107
Engine power (HP) / capacity (cc)
20/725
Engine make / cylinders
Kohler/2
L x W (m)
1.73/1.27
Noise (dBA)
94
Fuel capacity (litres)
11.4
Transmission type
Hydrostatic (automatic)

Features

Cruise control
Blade engagement
Electric
Mulching kit
Standard
Rear catcher bag
Optional
Mow in reverse
Cutting-height range (mm)
99/31
Cutting-height positions
12
Top speed (forward / reverse) (km/h)
8.8/5.0
Minimum mowable circle (mm)
1450
Electric starter
Headlights
Cupholder
Washing port

Member reviews

Reliability

Of the 289 Consumer members who owned a ride-on and participated in our reliability survey, almost two in five reported their mower had needed repair, making them by far the least reliable product we survey.

Unfortunately, only two ride-on brands had sufficient respondents to give a margin of error narrow enough that we could comment on their results. John Deere ride-ons returned better reliability than average, with only 25% needing repair, while 39% of Husqvarna owners reported an issue with their ride-on, a shade over the average of 38%. John Deere were the most satisfied ride-on owners, with 75% very satisfied with their purchase.