What ride on mower is right for me?
Cub Cadet offer a variety of ride on mowers with different features, specs, sizes, and accessories to help you achieve a perfectly manicured lawn every time.
When choosing which of our premium ride-on mowers to purchase, some factors to consider are mower type, size of your lawn area, narrow access or obstacles and the terrain that you'll be mowing.
Petrol or Electric ride on mower?
Cub Cadet offers two main types of ride-on lawn tractors, electric ride-on mowers and petrol powered ride-on mowers.
Our lithium-ion powered electric mowers give 1 to 1.5hrs of powerful cutting performance, and provide quieter operation, zero emissions, and lower maintenance and operating costs then petrol-powered models. An electric ride-on mower is the perfect lawn maintenance solution, especially in built up areas where noise can be an issue.
Cub Cadet Enduro series petrol-powered ride-on mowers are built for tough terrain and to go the distance, and may also be more convenient for larger paddocks or remote mowing jobs where access to charging power is limited.
Large or small ride on mower?
The size of the areas you need to mow will determine the size and the width of the mower's cutting deck you'll require.
For smaller lawn areas up to 4000m² (1 acre) or for gardens featuring irregular edges, tight curves or obstacles to manoeuvre around, a compact rider with a 30-inch cutting deck will do the trick.
However, for large lawns, gardens and wide grassed areas over 4000m² or up to a few acres, choose one of our fast, powerful 42"-46" patented cutting deck models to have your grass cut to perfection in next to no time.
What type of terrain?
Finally, consider the conditions, fall and obstacles on your property.
Most mowers can manicure large flat lawns, but when it comes to safely mowing sloping hills and uneven terrain, you may wish to consider the traction advantages of a diff-lock, or even one of our steep terrain zero turn mowers, with 4 wheel steering control.
1. How do I know whether I need a ride-on?
If you own or maintain a large block,or if mowing your lawns takes longer than 2 hours, a ride-on lawnmower is going to save you significant time and effort.
2. My property is sloping, can I use a ride-on mower if the ground isn't flat?
Cub Cadet manufacturers a range of ride-on mower models that have a low centre of gravity, while select models feature an automatic diff lock for exceptional traction and stability for mowing challenging slopes.
When researching our range check the 'hills' box in terrain type to be shown a selection of machines that will best suit your needs.
3. Should my engine be run at full RPM/throttle?
Yes, Cub Cadet recommends running machinery with an air-cooled engine at its highest rpm for the following reasons:
A) Due to its design, the engine's cooling and lubrication systems operate best when the throttle control is in the highest position. Running the engine at a lower speed decreases the flow of cooling air and reduces the volume of oil circulated, which can shorten engine life.
B) The engine's carburettor is adjusted to ensure the machine operates most cleanly and efficiently when at full throttle. Running your machine outside or below optimum speed range reduces the engine and carburettor's power.
C) Your optimum cutting deck speed is maintained by the engine's governor when the throttle is in the highest position. Running the engine at a slower speed will result in lower performance and excess vibration and increased wear and tear on drive components such as the cutting deck drive belt.
D) Some models have DC electric starters and battery systems and use the engine to recharge the battery. If the engine isn't running at full RPM, poor battery recharge rate may result, reducing the life of the battery.
On lawn tractors and other self-propelled units, the engine should be kept at full throttle whenever possible. Regulate ground speed by shifting into a lower gear or using the ground speed control. Do not use the throttle to regulate ground speed or you will not get sufficient electrical current to maintain battery charge.
4. Why are grass clippings discharging in clumps or clogging the chute when I use the grass collector, or not mulching properly?
Cut grass clumping, clogging when bagging, or being poor mulched is often a result of an operational issue. However, occasionally it may be due to the condition and type of cutting blade in use.
We have put together this troubleshooting list to help improve cutting performance and disposal of grass clippings.
CLEAN YOUR DECK - With your machine TURNED OFF, inspect the underside of your cutting deck, ensuring it is free of debris or clippings. A clean cutting deck is necessary for maintaining adequate airflow to discharge clippings properly and for mulching the clippings.
RUN ENGINE AT FULL THROTTLE - It is necessary always to run your unit at full throttle. Low engine RPM slows the blades rotational speed and reduces airflow through the cutting deck.
WET GRASS - When grass is excessively wet clumping can occur. Ideally, try mow only when your lawn is dry. Recent rain, fog or damp conditions may result in grass that may appear to be dry but is actually very wet. If your mower's wheels become damp or wet when travelling across the lawn, the lawn is too wet, and your machine may struggle to move the clippings properly.
LONG GRASS - If the grass is excessively long poor clipping movement can occur. Only bag clippings or mulch when cutting off 2" of the overall grass blades with the mower otherwise you may be trying to force too much material through the discharge opening in the cutting deck causing overloading or clogging to occur.
If the lawn is overgrown or beyond normal cutting length, it may be necessary to make repeat passes with the mower. Starting at a higher cutting height and incrementally lowering the cutting deck with each pass until the grass returns to the desired length.
TRAVELLING SPEED - If operating at fast ground speed, the mower may struggle to discharge the increased volume of grass clippings through the collector chute properly. Travel at a steady medium to slow pace with engine throttled up; it is best to keep a slower tractor speed when bagging or mulching.
DULL BLADES - An equipment issue that can cause clumping or clogging to occur is blades that have become dull or imbalanced. To maintain optimum performance and maximum airflow., inspect, sharpen and balance blades periodically.
HIGH LIFT BLADES - If you have done all of the above and are still having clipping discharge issues you may wish to try fitting High-Lift" cutting blades. These blades produce maximum ejection airflow out of the deck discharge opening. Generally, larger cutting decks manage more clippings and higher clippings volume because there is more exit airflow moving the clippings out from beneath the cutting deck without clumping.