Cub Cadet LT1045

The Cub Cadet LT1045 garden tractor is smaller than it’s similar brothers, the Cub Cadet LT1050 and the Cub Cadet LT1046 tractor mowers. The engine powering the LT 1045 is a SV690 Courage model from Kohler. This engine is a single cylinder model that produces 20hp. The engine has a total displacement of 0.597 liters. The compression ratio on the ZV 690 is 8.5:1. The wheels on the lawn mower are powered by this engine through a Hydro-Gear transmission system that makes the lawn mower an automatic with no gear changing required when you want to speed up or slow down. The speed of the lawnmower is controlled via a foot pedal, along with the brakes.

The engine on the Cub Cadet LT1045 also powers the mower deck which is 45 inches wide. The mower deck is belt powered using a Kevlar reinforced belt that has a massively long lifespan. The deck is raised and lowered using a hand lever to the right hand side of the driver. It can operate as low as 1 inch above the ground and as high as 4 inches above the ground. The operator can raise and lower the deck in 0.5 inch increments.

There are a number of very attractive features on the Cub Cadet LT1045 tractor lawn mower that will make it appealing to most. It comes with cruise control as standard which means that if you are cutting a long straight stretch of grass, you don’t have to constantly worry about actively controlling your speed. The LT 1045 lawn mower also has a very comfortable operator’s seat that is comfortable enough that you shouldn’t get a sore back, even if you are using it for many continuous hours. Please leave a review below if you have ever previously used or operated this tractor lawn mower.

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4 Reviews of the “Cub Cadet LT1045”

  1. Thane Beck says:

    Not very reliable, the first drive belt broke within the first 25 hours usage. Have replaced them 3 times, and in order to do that the engine has to be loosened from the frame, not a simple task in its own right. Have replaced the deck drive belts once a year, they are easier, but none of these belts are cheap. Have had to replace the front idle arms, and now the engine is shot. leaking oil like the Valdez. I would never recommend this brand mower to anyone.

    Year of Manufacture: 2009
    Pros: cuts very even once the deck is adjusted properly
    Cons: in the 5 years I have owned it I have had to replace 3 drive belts and 4 deck belts. Now the engine is getting ready to go, leaking oil like the Exxon Valdez
    Attachments: none
    Modifications: none

  2. Kenneth Terry says:

    A somewhat very frustrating experience.

    Year of Manufacture: 2005
    Pros: I bought the Lt1045 new. Nothing but trouble. Mower deck belt will not stay on. Will never buy another Cub Cadet.
    Cons: It is a real peice of junk
    Modifications: Belongs in the scrap yard.

  3. Cindy B says:

    This mower has been a problem since we got it. First time we started it one of the tension springs broke and it took cub cadet two weeks to send us another. It will throw the belt on an average of 3 to 4 times every time we mow which means its going to take 10 minutes to put it back on and that is if you are lucky enough to have someone to help. I won’t recommend or buy this mower again. My old 10 year old Lawn General did a much better job and no hassle

    Year of Manufacture: 0
    Pros: None
    Cons: Throws belt constantly
    Gutless in thick grass even with deck at highest point
    Attachments: None
    Modifications: none

  4. Terry says:

    Worst riding mower I’ve ever owned as far as reliabilty is concerned. I bought mine 2 months ago and it’s been through 3 mower belts so far. It keeps throwing belts untill they too worn out and then they break. I’ve had the mower back to where I bought (big box store) and they’ve tried to fix it with no luck. They tell me no refunds after 30 day’s so I’m screwed. I’m still making payments on this thing and can’t use it. A belt last about 3 mowing hours which is about how long it takes to mow my yard. If you add in the time it takes to put it back on everytime it throws it I’m at about 5 hours per mowing seasion. Belts are about $20 apiece. This has been the worst lawn tractor I’ve ever owned.

    BTW, Cub Cadet use to be one of the best mowers ever made. They sold the name to a company called MTD. I found this out AFTER I bought mine. Ever hear of Murry mowers? Same stuff, same quality. Some leassons are learned the hard way. This is one I won’t ever forget.

    Year of Manufacture: 0
    Pros: Mower is comfortable and the tight turn radius really helps mowing around trees. The new CC tractors have a really nice look to them.
    Cons: The belts frey and come off on a regular basis. This alone makes the mower completely unsatisfactory
    Modifications: None

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