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#1 Fishin OFFLINE  

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Posted September 19, 2016 - 07:04 PM

In the market for a 46" lawn tractor. Thought I'd ask on this forum which one would be the best choice. I am concerned about the XMSN as I do have some hills. Thanks for your input.



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Posted September 19, 2016 - 07:39 PM

What is XMSN ? ? 


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Posted September 19, 2016 - 08:27 PM

What is XMSN ? ?


A short way of saying "transmission"
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Posted September 19, 2016 - 08:44 PM

OK.  I don't do texting and to old and stubborn to learn now.  Thanks sawdust.


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Posted September 19, 2016 - 09:13 PM

Most of the newer cub cadets use the Tuff Torq K46 hydrostatic transaxle.In my opinion there not heavy enough.They will burn themselves out even running on flat even ground after a couple hundred hours if the fluid is not changed.Most of them are sealed units but that can be easily changed.

 

This Husqvarna has one of the newer CVT transaxles.The never CVT transaxles are made of what they call Glass fiber reinforced plastic.Only bad thing I've heard about them so far is the metal parts such as linkages wearing out or bending.

 

I know the older CVT transaxles are very solid.Only way to kill them was to go straight from reverse to forward with the pedal pressed.Even then it would take a couple dozen rips of the leaver with the pedal fully pressed to hurt the transaxle.They only have 1 gear set in them to go bad.Just forward and reverse.

 

 

If I was buying a new Lawn Tractor it would be one with the CVT transaxle and a decent sized V-Twin Briggs or Kohler since you can't get one with a Honda engine in it.I don't care much for the Kawasaki engines and there nylon cam lobes and gears.

 

 

This one looks decent for a lawn tractor.

http://www.mowersatj...CFYUmhgodopAKZw

 

 

Newer Cub lawn tractors look awful UGLY and a good bit more money for one that's similar to the Husqvarna.We're talking $400-$600 difference in price for basically the same exact tractor Parts wise.

 

Every one of them will have the same 13-gauge steel deck unless ya get something over $2k.


Edited by EricFromPa, September 19, 2016 - 09:16 PM.

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Posted September 19, 2016 - 09:13 PM

How much ya lookin to spend?

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Posted September 20, 2016 - 05:59 AM

I vote for the Husqvarna. I work at a small shop part time and just my opinion the Husqvarna is a better built than the Cub.



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Posted September 20, 2016 - 06:46 AM

A "Lawn Tractor" really isn't built to pull a load or scale steep hills.  If you're planning to do anything more than mow and pull a spreader you might be better off with a garden tractor.

 

There was a time when Cub Cadet meant you were buying a tough little machine.  Those days are long gone.  Now they're the same poor quality stuff as the store brand machines.  Not sure how Husqvarna compares.


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Posted September 20, 2016 - 07:44 AM

Get one of the older Cub Cadet GT with the Sunstrand hydro and forget about the LT series.  Like MiCarl said, not made to work or to last. All made by MTD and made to sell and mow a small yard, then replace after a few years.



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Posted September 20, 2016 - 10:34 AM

As someone who works at a Cadet Dealer, I'll tell you that your best bet when it comes to hills is a garden tractor.

K48 or a heavier built trans.  

Though, Cub does have the XT2 LX46 with the Auto-Lock trans, and we've had a lot of luck with them.

(There are a lot of reasons to go XT2 vs. XT1)

And for the record, CCC has their own engineering dept --separate from MTD.  They are making stuff far heavier than other brands at the same price-points.  The late '90s early '00s gave Cadet a bad Rep.  They're doing much better now, and actually listen to their DEALERS, unlike most others who are listening to the box stores.

I would shy away from Husq unless you have a dealer that you REALLY trust.  I have heard too many horror stories of their dealer network to simply ignore them.


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Posted September 20, 2016 - 05:33 PM

How much ya lookin to spend?

About $2000. Thanks.



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Posted September 20, 2016 - 06:08 PM

Why is this topic in the pulling forum?



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Posted September 20, 2016 - 07:02 PM

Why is this topic in the pulling forum?

 

Two reasons.

 

1. We're trying to pull him one way or another on his purchase decision.

 

2. He's got hilly property, so his new purchase needs to handle the 'pull' of those slopes.



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Posted September 20, 2016 - 08:58 PM

Two reasons.

1. We're trying to pull him one way or another on his purchase decision.

2. He's got hilly property, so his new purchase needs to handle the 'pull' of those slopes.

And, #3, Kenny took a rare vacation.😁
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Posted November 24, 2016 - 07:21 PM

Some of the xmsn's on the Husqvarna say Hydrostatic and some just automatic Xmsn's. Can someone tell the difference? Thanks.






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