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Cub Cadet Lawn Tractor LTX 1050 Review

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50 Inch deck is more than plenty for a yard no matter the size or the complexity. The Cub Cadet Lawn Tractor LTX 1050 might be a tad bit more expensive, than the other five in my list of ‘Top 5 Riding Mowers’, but the features it offers are ample justification. Take for instance the OHV Kohler V-Twin hydrostatic 24 HP engine. It is way more than what similar sized riding mowers offer and yet with hydrostatic transmission it eliminates the necessity to shift while changing direction or speed. Engaging the blades is easy with fingertip controls and this mower features headlights! With a tight turning radius of 12 inches, the LTX 1050 is among the most maneuverable Cub Cadet riding lawn mowers

2016 Update: Discontinued by Manufacturer,

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Cub Cadet LTX1050 50 in. 24 HP V-Twin Hydrostatic Drive Front-Engine Riding Mower review

Product Info:

  • Riding Lawn Mower
  • Lawn Tractor
  • 24HP, 725cc V-twin OHV Kohler Engine
  • Hydrostatic Transmission
  • Non CARB-Compliant

Features:

  • 50 inch cutting deck
  • 12 Height Positions
  • 3.3 gallon fuel tank capacity
  • Cruise Control
  • Weight: 620 lbs
  • 3-years limited warranty


In-Dept Review of the Cub Cadet Lawn Tractor LTX 1050

Ease Of Use

Before you take my rating for granted, please understand that I possess a bit more than average knowledge on lawn care and engines. For me replacing a broken belt, fixing minor engine issues are nothing out of the ordinary, but having said that, it also happens to be the reason why I rate it a bit lower than the others even though feature wise and capabilities listed, it is an awesome riding mower. Almost all Cub Cadet lawn mowers tend to have a few nagging issues primarily because cost cutting measures. Nevertheless, the manual and with experience around lawn care products, you will find them benign enough.

First off, using the mower or rather riding it is an absolute pleasure. Just fire it up like you would your average gasoline walk-behind mower and start mowing. Before you mow though, set the height you want, which doesn’t need any extra effort thanks to the fingertip height lever and off you go. This Cub Cadet lawn tractor LTX1050 can operate the blades in both the forward and backward direction or in other words it allows for reverse mowing. Add to this, the fact that the new 24 HP Kohler engine has mower power to help it traverse steep inclines, which was a major turn-off with the last edition of this model that was underpowered with a 19 HP engine operating the same 50 inch deck. As for adding accessories, this can take on carts, thatcher, tillers and more.

 

 

Cut Quality

The hydrostatic transmission helps maintain your speed and power regulating it such that the blades never overspin or underspin in either the forward or reverse direction. This translates to a very even cut all the time regardless of the height and type of grass. Be it dry, wet or really tall adamant grass, this mower chomps through it all.

Mulching needs an additional mulch blade that is not packaged with this mower. It costs a wee bit but can come handy if you intend to go green with fertilizing your yard. I personally haven’t yet tried out the mulch plug but from what I hear, it ought to work just fine.

 

Height Adjustment

Not many riding mowers offer up to 12 height settings. You can go as low as 1.5 inches for a clean shave or stay at 4 inches for a week’s stubble. In fact, you can cut across a large 2 acre field at 1.5 inch setting without worrying of the grass height at the start.

 

Motor Power

Like I mentioned previously, these Cub Cadet garden tractors usually feature small engines but the LTX1050 now comes with an improved 24 HP, 725cc Kohler OHV V-Twin engine with a 3.3 Gallon gas tank. This translates to immense power, probably more than is required for those with a level lawn. Having the extra power does come handy when trying to mow an uneven lawn. It powers seamlessly out of ditches and breaks well enough going downhill. Its cruise control comes in handy on longer straight areas.

LTX1050 50 in

Foot deck detail

Starting Key Close-up

Starting Key Close-up

Maintenance

Remember that I said the Cub Cadet lawn tractor wasn’t exactly designed for the average homeowner? Well, the problem is this mower uses a lot of components that will eventually need repair or replacement. For those with absolutely no knowledge on lawn care equipment and their maintenance, it can be a nightmare having to call on the services of a knowledgeable friend or a service technician. For starters the belt always seems to tear apart every couple of months and the first time you replace it is a major nightmare. Then it is the brakes that wear quick, some plastic component somewhere or the blades that dull or crack in a year or two. If you really want a riding mower, these are some of the perils to getting one. However, if you are only interested in purchasing a riding mower that will last a good three years and then you can go in for a good replacement, this is a good choice since the first three years are covered under manufacturer’s warranty (albeit only the running components such as the belt isn’t).

 

Cost Effectiveness

Considering the amount of repair and maintenance needed by the Cub Cadet Lawn Tractor LTX1050, it may not be a good investment for those with a yard smaller than 2 acres but for those with a large enough yard, finding a reliable mower can cost twice that of these cub cadet garden tractors. Hence, it is a wise investment if you don’t mind learning a bit of lawn equipment DIY tricks.

LTX1050 Riding Mower


PROS:
  • Impressive set of extra features
  • Power motor
  • Good cut quality

CONS:
  • Ugly design
  • Mulch option is additional
  • Needs more maintenance

5.9 Total Score
Powerful, but Maintenance Needed Mower

Not an absolute beauty and neither is it an easy riding mower to maintain, however this Cub Cadet lawn tractor LHX 1050 happens to be immensely powerful, blessed with an impressive set of features and happens to be an easy mower to ride. I won’t rank it as my favorite number one, but it is pretty close to the spot.

7.3Editor's score
Ease of Use
7
Cut Quality
8
Height Adjustment
9
Motor Power
8.5
Maintenance
5.5
Cost Effectiveness
6
4.4User's score
Ease of Use
6
Cut Quality
6.6
Height Adjustment
7
Motor Power
7.3
Maintenance
0
Cost Effectiveness
0
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5.9 Total Score
Powerful, but Maintenance Needed Mower

Not an absolute beauty and neither is it an easy riding mower to maintain, however this Cub Cadet lawn tractor LHX 1050 happens to be immensely powerful, blessed with an impressive set of features and happens to be an easy mower to ride. I won’t rank it as my favorite number one, but it is pretty close to the spot.

7.3Editor's score
Ease of Use
7
Cut Quality
8
Height Adjustment
9
Motor Power
8.5
Maintenance
5.5
Cost Effectiveness
6
4.4User's score
Ease of Use
6
Cut Quality
6.6
Height Adjustment
7
Motor Power
7.3
Maintenance
0
Cost Effectiveness
0
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General Info

Brand
CUB CADET
Mower Type
Deck Size
50

Features

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

Height Settings

Blades
3
Height Positions
12
Max. Height (inch)
4
Min. Height (inch)
1.5

Motor Info

Engine Brand
Kohler
Motor Info
24HP, 725cc V-twin OHV engine
Max. Forward Speed (mph)
5.2
Max. Reverse Speed (mph)
2.3

Buyer Guarantee

Warranty
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  1. Reply
    Dennis robinson April 18, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    I bought the ltx1050 thinking “it’s a cub, it should be quality stuff”. Boy was I wrong. I’ve gone to the store today to buy my fourt deck belt, at 50$ a pop. Where’s the quality in that. And I bought the mower last summer.

    • Reply
      billmartin April 24, 2015 at 5:06 am

      I am very sorry to hear that you are having so many troubles with your mower belt. Like I stated in my review, the LTX1050 is indeed a very DIY repair needy lawn tractor and although Cub Cadet offers a 3 year limited warranty, running components like the belt are NOT included. Did you try to contact the manufacturer? Don’t take for granted that they won’t help you. Sometimes a manufacturer is willing to recognize an existing issue with some part of the mower although it is not covered by the warrantly.You might be surprised of what you can achieve with some friendly phone calls. I wish you luck!

  2. Reply
    Norm March 23, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    i bought a brand new LTX 1050 got it delivered electric cable harness was burned. dealer spliced it together to make it work got it back trottle cable had been damaged dealer wanted 1 dollar a mile to come pick it up it was still on garantee would have cost me 80 dollars just for pickup and delivery found and( Ariens) dealer in the area to pick it up and deliver it for free charge me for parts and laber which was great didnt even know me would not buy another cadet service was awful

    • Reply
      billmartin April 12, 2016 at 10:38 am

      Very sorry to hear this Norm. I hope you fixed the issue and the mower does a great job now!

  3. Reply
    mike May 6, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks Hal, I was considering buying a used model of this cub but with the 6 acres I mow I cannot afford those $50 belts!

  4. Reply
    Allan June 9, 2016 at 10:23 am
    3.3
    Ease of Use
    100
    Cut Quality
    100
    Height Adjustment
    100
    Motor Power
    100
    Maintenance
    0
    Cost Effectiveness
    0

    I inherited this same cub tractor this week. After it two years it needed a battery charge and started right up. I put it to work on one of our pastures that had 1- 1 1/2 foot grass and weeds The cub handled it with ease.Only got off it to fuel. After 3hours of mowing I couldn’t be more pleased with the job it did. As far as maintenance goes if you can’t change a belt,especially today with U tube videos and all maybe some people consider using a lawn service. Just my opinion.

    + PROS:
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  5. Reply
    Fred August 25, 2016 at 4:09 am
    1.4
    Ease of Use
    20
    Cut Quality
    40
    Height Adjustment
    50
    Motor Power
    60
    Maintenance
    0
    Cost Effectiveness
    0

    Stay fare away unless you like to spend a lot of money every few months.

    + PROS: It was a good mower till I about 35 hours was put on it in two years.
    - CONS: Belt breaks atleast 3 or 4 times a year at $56 a belt. Already had a wheel on the deck fall off (at 22 hours) and when I called cub cadet about it they said it is a cheaper grade of steel the deck is made out of for cost and it had to be that the deck is to low they would not cover it. The wires were sliced when it was delivered and it almost caught on fire. This one is a money pit and I will be going back to John Deer. and the delivery driver lost the key after taping up the wires and I had to pay $6.98 for a new one. Then he called two week latter saying he found the key in his tool box.
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  6. Reply
    Gary September 24, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    On my fourth year now with ltx1050,l keep 2.6 acres cut and not as often as I should. I have 71 hours on the clock and have not done anything but change oil and filter,i keep my blades sharp and keep the rpm up high when mowing.was told by cub cadet tech the deck has to be adjusted properly or you will go through a lot of belts and of you don’t keep your blades sharp you will wear your pulleys out faster.i could have been lucky and got a good one but I don’t think so.

  7. Reply
    Bill Cherry October 24, 2016 at 1:47 am
    2
    Ease of Use
    60
    Cut Quality
    60
    Height Adjustment
    60
    Motor Power
    60
    Maintenance
    0
    Cost Effectiveness
    0

    X

    + PROS: Cuts well when it's working, very fragile.
    - CONS: Worst mower I've ever owned. With less then 1 hour on it had to fix the deck belt on it due to poor alignment from the factory, around 40 hours the electric power steering went out. The next spring around 70 hours the transmission seized, belt ripped off the fan on top of the trans. Under 80 hours and 4 months after the transmission was fixed the transmission went out again. Thank goodness I bought an extended warranty with it. My warranty expires in February next year. I'm pretty sure when it breaks again I will scrap it. The saddest part is the Cub dealer will tell you it's not a real Cub because I bought it from Home Depot. I guess the name on the hood should have an asterisk on it indicating it's not a real one. Very disappointed!
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