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Cub Cadet Cc 30 Review

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What’s that yellow drive-around thingy? It’s always a Cub Cadet. Their bestselling rear riding mower, the Cub Cadet CC 30 is once again back in circulation. It seems towards the end of the last year, this particular model was removed from stock in all stores and the reason being that Cub Cadet unlike other manufacturers does not mindlessly make machines. They work with a limited quota. And after running out of stock, the Cub Cadet Factory begins producing their most demanded products again and again. And the CC30 model is thankfully one of them. 2015 starts with plenty of this rear rider in stock and the Cub Cadet CC 30 is once more among the top picks on all lawn and garden websites. One disclaimer before I begin diving into the nitty-gritty of my review – the Cub Cadet is probably one of the most expensive rear engine mowers on the market, but it is well worth every penny spent. And, with a price below $1500 it is still a very cheap riding mower.

Cub Cadet cc30 review

Product Info:

  • Riding Lawn Mowers
  • Rear Engine Rider
  • 11.5HP, 420cc, OHV 6-speed engine
  • Non CARB-Compliant

Features:

  • 30 inch cutting deck
  • Electric start
  • Telescoping steering
  • 5 cutting height positions from 1.5 in. – 4 in.
  • 18 in. turning radius
  • Weight: 340 lbs
  • 3-years warranty


In-Depth Review of the Cub Cadet Cc 30 Rear Rider

Ease Of Use

Easy to drive, the Cub Cadet CC 30 operates on a 6 speed transmission driven by a sturdy twin heavy-duty drive belt system. With quick response steering, this mower makes driving forward and backward rather simple and best of all, you don’t need any prior experience with riding mowers. Forward mowing speed of 4.25mph and reverse mowing speed of 4.25mph makes this little rider one of the fastest in the market.

Beware though, this Cub Cadet riding mower isn’t a nimble machine. It won’t offer a compact turning radius, but for its price it does a decent job mowing your yard. At around 18 inches of turning radius, if your lawn is long and straight with limited necessity of U-turns, it will suffice. Also remember, this is not a speedster, it is at best a decent free moving mower that goes faster than a conventional walk behind mower.

 

Cut Quality

Going uphill isn’t difficult, but don’t try your luck with anything over 15 degree inclination. As for wet grass, the rear rider does suffer a bit with its low powered engine so best to use it on dry yards. While I did not find any difference mowing tougher strains of grass, I advise against this riding mower if all you have is one particular type of grass in your lawn and it is of the tougher variant.

 

Height Adjustment

You get a total of 5 height adjustment positions and a single lever adjacent to the seat to make the changes. While I like seeing more than 7 height adjustment positions, 5 is fine as long as you don’t make a habit of skipping out on weekly mowing. Just be careful trying to change the height lever position as it can bend under the strain if you try it with the mower running.

 

Motor Power

CUB CADET 420CC OHV 6-SPEED REAR ENGINE RIDING MOWER, 30 IN.
30 in. 420cCub Cadet 6-Speed Riding Mower
At 420cc, the engine on this Cub Cadet CC 30 isn’t the largest or the most powerful, but it is ample enough for an average sized yard (anything near 1 acre). Cub Cadet packs in its own proprietary engine into this machine and the good thing about this is that a single warranty covers the mower and its engine. Moreover, I feel the 30 inch deck receives sufficient power from the engine without eating away from the overall experience. After all, this rear rider can still operate over gradual inclines without any significant drop in performance. However, I have to point out that many of the other brands also use a 420cc OHV engine and yet manage to engineer a smoother and powerful performance from their mowers. Maybe Cub Cadet could have done the same here.

 

Maintenance

CUB CADET 420CC OHV 6-SPEED REAR ENGINE RIDING MOWER-lawn usageProbably the only area where this Cub Cadet falls short of the competition. The entire body is made from plastic and with every tiny bump you can literally feel the plastic bending in places. Unfortunately, availability of plastic spare parts for this machine at the moment are scarce so be careful riding over bumps and obstacles. As for warranty, it has a long 3 year cover on everything so your only real concern is if Cub Cadet has the replacement parts in stock.

 

Cost Effectiveness

Considering the fact that this mower costs less than $1400 and can go forward and reverse – I would say it is an excellent deal, provided you don’t have a large yard or are thinking of starting a mowing business in your spare time. Do factor in the cost of maintenance though as at times you may have to get a local engineer down to make repairs when spare parts are scarce.
Cub Cadet cc30 review

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PROS:
  • Can mow forward and backwards
  • Easy to drive
  • Sufficient height positions

CONS:
  • Plastic Body Parts
  • Not suitable for stronger grass types

8.8 Total Score
Reliable Yellow Devil!

It isn’t always that I get to play around with an inexpensive and yet magnificent riding machine. While the Cub Cadet CC 30 has its pitfalls and tends to feel a little insecure on bumps, it still manages to deliver a good experience for the price you pay. Should you get it? It depends on whether you will be using it sparingly and if you don’t have a massive yard (anything over 1.2 acres will be massive for this mower). Otherwise, it’s a reliable little yellow devil!

7.5Editor's score
Ease of Use
8
Cut Quality
7.5
Height Adjustment
8
Motor Power
7.5
Maintenance
6
Cost Effectiveness
8
10User's score
Ease of Use
10
Cut Quality
10
Height Adjustment
10
Motor Power
10
Maintenance
10
Cost Effectiveness
10
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8.8 Total Score
Reliable Yellow Devil!

It isn’t always that I get to play around with an inexpensive and yet magnificent riding machine. While the Cub Cadet CC 30 has its pitfalls and tends to feel a little insecure on bumps, it still manages to deliver a good experience for the price you pay. Should you get it? It depends on whether you will be using it sparingly and if you don’t have a massive yard (anything over 1.2 acres will be massive for this mower). Otherwise, it’s a reliable little yellow devil!

7.5Editor's score
Ease of Use
8
Cut Quality
7.5
Height Adjustment
8
Motor Power
7.5
Maintenance
6
Cost Effectiveness
8
10User's score
Ease of Use
10
Cut Quality
10
Height Adjustment
10
Motor Power
10
Maintenance
10
Cost Effectiveness
10
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General Info

Brand
CUB CADET
Mower Type
Deck Size
30 inch

Features

Mulching
Bag
Side-Discharge
BBC
Speed Control
Electric Start
CARB Compliant

Height Settings

Blades
1
Height Positions
5
Max. Height (inch)
4
Min. Height (inch)
1.5

Motor Info

Engine Brand
OEM Branded
Motor Info
11.5HP, 420cc engine
Max. Forward Speed (mph)
4.25
Max. Reverse Speed (mph)
4.25

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Warranty
3 Comments
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  1. Reply
    Bennie Laster June 9, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Why is this mower so high here? The list price is $1399.00 and most dealers are selling it for $1199.00.

    • Reply
      billmartin June 10, 2015 at 5:45 am

      It might have been a special offer of a retail store. Current price is shown in review.

  2. Reply
    Teetertotter October 13, 2016 at 12:30 am
    5
    Ease of Use
    100
    Cut Quality
    100
    Height Adjustment
    100
    Motor Power
    100
    Maintenance
    100
    Cost Effectiveness
    100

    My CC 30 was manufactured on 2/20/16 in Cub Cadets factory in Ohio and with their 11.5HP engine, you will have plenty of POWER…..IMHO. I use the mulching option and the controls are user friendly with bumper to bumper warranty. I make use of the nice visual gasoline level, cup holder, and the nice front end view of where I am cutting. Next year, I plan to buy a fertilizer spreader to make use of the rear hitch. Yes, the seat is well cushioned with a heavy duty spring underneath to absorb any small bumps. When my wife cuts the lawn, the adjusting telescoping steering column, can be lowered to her 5′ 2″ frame. This machine is perfect for our larger corner city lot and mows perfectly with a few obstacles. Our CC 30 is not of the hydromatic version. The machine is steel built with some plastic covering over the engine and steering column for bright yellow cosmetics. I strongly recommend this new version machine!

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