LT50 Cub Cadet Lawn Tractor Review

If you own a land, and especially if you own any property in an area with four seasons, you know how many different types of power equipment you need to survive the elements.

In springtime, you need something to control the yard. In the winter, your yard requires a snow blower to function. In the summertime, a lawn mower is a crucial tool.

Yet, no one wants to own all these machines.

The easiest way around this dilemma, especially if you already require big lawn mower to cut the grass, is to invest in a lawn tractor.

If you aren’t familiar with the idea of a lawn tractor, they’re basically just bigger riding lawn mowers, with the abilities of towing and hooking up attachments thrown in. They can come in handy when you just want one big tool with little devices to hook up to it, rather than more expensive stand-alone options.

Of course, there are plenty of different lawn tractors to choose from.

One of the biggest brands out there is Cub Cadet. They make many different models, stemming from the most basic of devices to feature-rich powerhouses.

Today, we’ll be looking at the LT50 Cub Cadet lawn tractor. Let’s see if it has what it takes to be a force within this power equipment category.

What Makes the LT50 Unique Among Lawn Tractors

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In the land of power tools, your brand needs to bring something new to the table for people to listen. Or, at the very least, improve on an already-winning formula.

For Cub Cadet and their LT50, that comes in a variety of ways.

First up, you have hydrostatic transmission, which makes for easy driving as no shifting is required. This is, generally, standard on lawn tractors, but still should be noted.

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As for the engine, the LT50 Cub Cadet lawn tractor features a Kohler 24hp V-twin OHV engine. This allows for the lawn tractor to produce plenty of power, enabling an easy time progressing through a variety of terrain types.

Furthermore, the engine uses a fully pressurized oil pump, along with a spin-on oil filter. What does this mean to the average consumer? Basically, the oil pump and filter will behave just like the ones found in automobiles.

It makes any maintenance easy for you and allows the filters to last longer too.

Another nifty feature that you’ll find on the LT50 is automotive-style disc brakes. Again, this helps with keeping the overall quality for the long-term intact, while also proving to give good stopping performance.

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Plus, it’s one of the only mowers on the market that will allow you to cut in reverse if that’s your thing. This can be an invaluable feature for some, so it’s nice to see it used here.

As for the cutting deck itself, everything is made from stamped 12-gauge steel, making it ready for heavy use. The deck is home to a 3-blade system, one that is 50-inches wide. Plus, should anything happen, and you find yourself needing to attach or remove the platform, everything is based on a tool-less system.

If you’re concerned about the overall build quality, there’s no reason to be.

Cast iron is found for both axles, and the frame is robotically-welded together with a corrosion defense system, something to counteract harsh elements.

As you can see, there is plenty to see with this Cub Cadet lawn tractor.

Pricing Out the LT50 Lawn Tractor

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As you might be aware, most lawn tractors start out at the $1000 mark and can easily climb all the way past $4000 for commercial-grade equipment.

The LT50 Cub Cadet lawn tractor falls closer to the lower end but is among the middle-class tractors on the market.

Thus, the price tag is reasonable.

It’s one of the cheaper 50-inch models that you can find, which is good considering the starting point of most lawn power equipment is 42-inches.

That extra 8-inches of resources isn’t cheap to make, and that’s where you see the increase in price.

Cub Cadet also offers warranties for the frame at 5-years limited, the chassis and axles at 5-years, and an overall 3-year limited warranty on everything, including the powertrain. If you’re in the market for any riding power equipment, this is the baseline that you’d like to see.

Everything said, there’s some good value to be found with the LT50 tractor.

How the Public Feels About This Cub Cadet Lawn Tractor

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For the most part, everyone seems to like their investment in the LT50.

A lot of people claimed that the steering was easy to turn and use, making it a joy to use in the fields or on their lawn. Even when going through twigs and branches the blades and motor found little pushback from getting the job done.

This is the stuff you want to hear.

There is also a unanimous regard to the build quality of the machine, with many people marveling at the overall build quality for the price.  

Not everything is positive, though.

Some of the major drawbacks found within the LT50 come regarding blade life, bag size, and seat material.

For the blades, some people found that they only were lasting about 12-15-hours of normal use, which would be paltry compared to a standard 40-hour blade. As for the bag size, it comes with a small one to use, but some users noted the smallness of the attachment almost made it useless.

Lastly, for overall seat comfort, the material used on the seat seems to be cheaper than other parts. Multiple accounts of a branch piercing the outer layer can be found.

All that said, it’s hard to discount the seemingly positive regard for the LT50 Cub Cadet lawn tractor.

Let’s Compare: the LT50 Versus the Competition

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Let’s Compare: the LT50 Versus the Competition

As with any power equipment, numerous companies are fighting for your purchase. Sometimes it can be hard to pick the right brand for your job, and other times the decision seems easy. We thought it would be nice for you to see three models that are closely related to the LT50 and make that choice for yourself.

We’ll run down three name-brand lawn tractors that are in-line with the Cub Cadet lawn tractor.

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John Deere is among the top-end, and top-rated power equipment manufacturers around, and it’s easy to see why. They create quality products, that are built to last, and continue to pursue new features where they can.

Enter the John Deere E160. The 100 series is John Deere’s “lowest” tier of lawn tractors, but it still rivals the best other companies may offer.

We picked the E160 because it shares some of the same features as the LT50, and then some.

First off, you’ll notice that the E160 uses a 48-inch cutting deck. This is, of course, shorter than the LT50, but shares the same 12-gauge stamped steel construction as the Cub Cadet.

Under the hood, you’ll find a Briggs & Stratton 24hp engine, featuring full-pressure lube and oil filter, along with a hydrostatic transmission. One nifty feature you won’t find on any other lawn tractor comes in the form of Easy Change, which is John Deere’s 30-second oil changing system.

If you don’t like to change the oil or would rather not take the time to do it, the oil drainage technology found in the E160 is for you.

As with all John Deere power equipment for residential use, you get a 2-year bumper-to-bumper warranty. This is a good and bad feature, as you’re covered fully for the first 2 years, but then are on your own after that.

It’s a solid choice overall, but a tad expensive at $2300, especially with only a 2-year warranty.

The Level Model: Craftsman Pro 27042

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Here’s a powerful lawn tractor made by Craftsman: the ProSeries 27042.

This lawn tractor is a 46-inch cutter using a 725cc Kohler engine to power it through the turns. This combination allows the tractor to conquer uneven and hilly terrain with ease, and you shouldn’t have any issues turning, as the Craftsman features a 5-inch turning radius, which is industry leading.

In terms of craftsmanship (no pun intended), the 27042 uses premium materials for the cutting deck and frame, along with the axles. You’ll find cast-iron on the axles, along with a lifetime warranty, and stamped steel on the frame and deck.

Even though these are the standard materials you want to see in any lawn tractor, you won’t always find them.

You’ll also find a hydrostatic transmission, along with cruise control, which is a nice touch. Like the Cub Cadet lawn tractor, the Craftsman 27042 can also mow in reverse.

Ultimately, the Craftsman Pro 27042 delivers some good value of its own, just without a 50-inch cutting deck.

You can find the 27042 at your local hardware store for $2000.

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If the goal is to save as much money as you can, all while getting the biggest cutting deck around, then the Poulan Pro 20VA46 may be your best bet.

It’s the cheapest lawn tractor on our list at $1400, which seems inexpensive compared to our most expensive model.

Even so, you’ll still get a 46-inch cutting deck, a Briggs & Stratton 20hp engine, hydrostatic transmission, and a 16-inch turning radius. While it’s not 5-inches like the Craftsman, the 16-inches does beat out Mr. John Deere at the top.

Of course, the costs are cut somewhere: there are only 6-cutting positions, and the deck utilizes just 2-blades instead of three. Plus, the steel construction is only 13-gauge stamped, rather than stronger and thicker 12 or 11, raising questions of durability.

You’ll find a 2-year limited warranty for everything but the deck shell and axles, which both feature 10-year warranties. This is the type of support you want to see from any company, so even with a budget model, it’s great to be included.

In the end, the PP20VA46 could be a good option but looks to save money in the short-term which could cost you more in the long-term.

Our Thoughts on the LT50 Lawn Tractor

Overall, the LT50 Cub Cadet lawn tractor offers a good deal of performance-to-price ratio and should be among the tractors on your shortlist if you’re in the market.

There’s not much to dislike about the LT50, even if you consider some bad experiences from a few people. Undoubtedly, there will always be some poor experiences with a product, and this is no different.

Even so, there are quite a few perks to this Cub Cadet, and it’s hard to pass up the powerful engine, consistent cutting, and corrosion resistant treatment to the outside of the machine.

The only issue we’d suggest thinking about, in the grand scheme of things, has to do with warranties. If you’re concerned about either the front or rear axles every breaking down, then you may want to pass on the LT50.

Since the warranty only sits at 5-years, while other companies have theirs at 10-years for the axles, it could be more cost-effective in the long-term to roll with someone else’s tractor.

But, if you want a lawn tractor that has all the bells and whistles you’d want in a 50-inch cutter, look no further.

The LT50 is a great buy, and you should be happy with it if you decide to take the plunge.

Plus, the yellow looks good, if you’re into it.

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