Cub Cadet LTX1050

The Cub Cadet LTX1050 lawnmower has 2 variations. As with the 3 different Cub Cadet LTX1046 lawnmowers, the 2 different LTX 1050 lawnmowers are exactly the same except for the fact that each one has a different sized engine. The Cub Cadet LTX1050 KW has a 22 hp gasoline V twin cylinder engine that is made by Kawasaki. Meanwhile the Cub Cadet LTX1050 KH lawnmower is powered by a 24 hp, V twin cylinder Courage engine that has been designed and built by Kohler. Please note that both these machines are very similar, having the same sized mower deck with a cutting width of 50 inches. This mower deck uses a really ingenious SmartJet washer system that quickly cleans the mower deck by simply attaching a hose to the right valve. It is also very accurate in how much grass it cuts as it’s height can be adjusted by increments of just 0.25 inches. It’s cutting height ranges from as low as 1.5 inches above the ground to 4 inches above the ground.

Both Cub Cadet LTX1050 lawnmowers weigh in at 249 kg (548 lbs). They both use hydrostatic transmission boxes which make them automatic lawnmowers which have no need for a gear stick to change speeds. This transmission gives the LTX 1050 a top speed of 8.4 kph (5.2 mph).

Probably the greatest thing about both Cub Cadet LTX1050 lawnmowers is that they both have an incredibly small turning radius of just 0.3 m (12 inches) making them highly suitable for use in gardens that have many small areas that need an agile machine to cut the grass. When you are not using the LTX 1050 to cut your lawn, you can attach a snowblower to the front of it or a front blade or numerous rear attached implements. If you are looking for a smaller machine, then you should take a look at the Cub Cadet LTX1045 lawnmower.

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15 Reviews of the “Cub Cadet LTX1050”

  1. David Kinnison says:

    poor deck design, multiple breakdowns, was not warned that if you buy from a large retail lumber yard it is difficult to get warranty work done, the independent Cub Cadet dealers will not service it….not good as I live 70 miles from anyone that will service the machine.

    Year of Manufacture: 2013
    Pros: powerful
    Cons: keeps breaking, first the throttle cable, now the transaxle leaked all the fluid out, only 35 hours on the machine. Deck poorly designed, grass builds up under the belt spindle guards, difficult to clean out.

  2. Scott says:

    I have the LTX1050KW. I mow 2 acres every week. Some steep hills some flat ground. Does a good job up and down the hills. Overall. I like it.

    Year of Manufacture: 2014
    Pros: Comfortable riding and very reliable
    Cons: Not very user friendly change from mower to blower. Kind of a pain.
    Does seem to mow a little uneven, several times when it is longer, I have had to mow it in another direction to get it all.

  3. Mike says:

    Koeler engine and the Cub Cadet transmission are powerful enough to work up relatively steep hills. Began having starter troubles the first month I had it, but the problems were intermittent, as though there was a short or bad spot in the windings. Contacted Cub Cadet who provided a list of dealers with service facilities in the area. Unable to obtain advice or information online. Dealers required me to bring tractor to their shop and would not discuss potential issues until I was able to bring the tractor in. By the second year, the starter went bad. I ordered a replacement starter. When the starter arrived, the box included a terse message about a series of tests that must be run for a starter under warranty because of the large number of starter warranty issues. Replacement starter works like a champ! Two year old tractor, now must replace the battery. Charged the battery when I installed the starter, but the battery would not hold a charge for an hour. This is the start of season three with this tractor and I’ve begun with a new starter and a new battery. On the positive side, I’ve not yet had to replace a cutting deck belt.

    Year of Manufacture: 2014
    Pros: Solid workhorse
    Economical on gas with Koeler engine
    Powerful to work up relatively steep hills
    Cons: Unreliable
    Casino Starter: Roll the dice for a chance to start the tractor4
    Warranty Service difficult, if not impossible, to obtain
    Components less reliable than expected for the price.
    Reputation of the Cub Cadet Line Deteriorating
    Attachments: Front Bumper

  4. jack says:

    would never buy another cub

    Year of Manufacture: 2013
    Pros: great when it runs
    Cons: transmission went out at 35hour
    Attachments: none
    Modifications: none

  5. gary says:


    Year of Manufacture: 1913
    Pros: none

  6. Mark says:


    Year of Manufacture: 2012
    Pros: 2012 LTX1050 with the V twin Kawasaki. No idea what the reviewers are saying regarding the main belt braking. 125 hours and three years on original belt and blades. This is the smoothest and best cutting riding mover I have ever used. Not a single problem with it. Deck wash out works well, and the turning radius is amazing as long as you are going very slow! Moves along at over 5 mph and leaves no standing grass behind. Great deck and blade design.
    Cons: None
    Attachments: None but I do pull a 10 cubic foot yard trailer
    Modifications: Disabled the seat safety switch.

  7. Steve says:

    It will cost me $60 a month to keep belts on this piece of junk. I paid cash for the mower , and now I’m making payments every month to Cub Cadet for belts . The local dealers can’t keep the belts in stock . I think I will order belts by the 6 pack so I can keep my grass cut . I will probably spend longer time mowing and less time fixing by using my smaller good ole John Deere . This purchase is the biggest regret I have .

    Year of Manufacture: 2013
    Pros: Kohler engine is easy on gas and plenty powerful .
    Cons: Blade drive belt broke at 39 hours. Wish I had read reviews before buying this POS . My old John Deere will work circles around it but it cuts a smaller path . I wish I’d went the extra money for a new bigger Deere . The headlights have never worked but it won’t cut long enough without breaking down to reach sundown . I think the blade belts are rotten when you buy them .
    Modifications: I am going to try and match up a John Deere belt drive belt .

    • Bertrand Smith says:

      I would never buy another Cub Cadet !

      Year of Manufacture: 2013
      Cons: The first year I had it I replaced 4 deck belts and 2nd mowing the 2nd year the center spindle came off the deck ………………. found that the other 2 spindles were loose ………… once fixed/replaced got threw the season. ……………. Have since replaced, starter, steering bushing, drive belt, re-welded one front deck wheel, wheel bushings, idler pulley.

      Wrote company and showed invoices and the response was that I had to take it to a dealer to be checked over.

      I use to do service calls for my father’s Western Auto, so I know what I’m doing.

      Modifications: none

  8. Dan says:

    This mower deck is junk. I have replaced the belt several times this summer, like once a month. One idler pulley broke, and I expect that to happen often as flimsy as they are. The grass does pile up in the deck which makes for more work on the mower.
    Don’t buy this one. Cub Cadet has copped out and went cheapo.

    Year of Manufacture: 0
    Pros: Looks nice
    Cons: Belt breaks often
    Idler pulleys are junk
    Deck clogs with grass

  9. Marlene says:

    Bought it last summer; after a few hours, was picked up for warranty work for 3 weeks (pully & belt issues); belt broke again yesterday. After buying a new belt for about $68, it took us SEVERAL hours to put it on. Is not a “user friendly” machine. I will NEVER buy another one, but will have to use this one until it’s dead, which will probably not be long.

    Year of Manufacture: 2013
    Pros: When it’s working, it’s ok
    Cons: Changing the belt is a nightmare.
    Attachments: ?
    Modifications: ?

  10. Gary B says:

    I have to use it until it dies, which won’t be long, when I do I’ll find a better built machine from a different brand.

    Year of Manufacture: 2012
    Pros: Engine (Kohler) runs well without issue.
    Cons: Deck belt replaced three times now in 105 hours run time. Tension spring fell out on the ground, My son, a mechanic and myself, a former equipment operator, along with the Cub Cadet manual, wasted a good hour trying to figure out where it goes and never did! Cuts terrible unless you’re on a level surface. Leaves uneven cuts and even digs into the dirt on side slopes. Adjusted the deck over and over with no resolve.
    I’m on the 3rd deck belt (at $55 each) in only 105 hours on the machine.
    The price of service parts (filters) is ridiculous just because the package says Cub Cadet on it. The machine has terrible traction and can barely get out of it’s own way. The hood is cheap, usually rattles terribly.The oil drain is nice, you put a hose on it, turn it and pull it out and the oil runs into the pan. Then you go to take the filter off and the oil from it runs all over the frame and down onto the mower deck under the machine. I could go on and on about how poorly built and designed this machine is! I’ve owned four other “real” Cub Cadets in the past. The poorly built versions available today sadly don’t hold a candle to the older ones.
    Attachments: Front bumper kit-overpriced and rattles like crazy!

  11. Patrick says:

    Good mower for the money. To move on to next step of true Garden Tractor or large zero turn would be almost twice the cost of this model. Hydrostat is the only way to go on large properties and lots of hills. Doesn’t free-wheel when going down hill.

    Mow 1 1/2 acres of very uneven terrain. Less than 20 hours on it so far, so I can’t speak to reliability yet.

    Would recommend buying from a cub cadet dealer. Will answer all questions and can actually do repairs on the machine if/when need arises. Nothing against big box stores, but the dealer can usually answer questions that they cannot. Mower was set up perfectly and ready to go when I got it.

    Year of Manufacture: 2011
    Pros: Kawasaki motor
    runs very well, plenty of power
    50 in deck w/ 3 blades goes through tall grass easily
    Nice, comfortable seat
    Turns very sharp
    Hydrostatic great for changing condidtions and stability on hills.
    Cons: hydrostatic transmission whines more than previous models I’ve had. Really noisy when mowing up steep hills. Doesn’t affect performance just annoying.
    Loses a little traction turning when going up hills, but I would guess all models would based on the terrain.

  12. Kevin says:

    I shoulda bought one a long time ago!

    Year of Manufacture: 2011
    Pros: I bought a 1050KW last spring. This thing mows!!! Tall grass, wet grass it dosn’t matter! I have had no clog ups, even in the real wet area out back by a stream. Unlike my old Yardman I replaced. I was stuck between this and a John Deere. But the Kawasaki engine pushed me in the Cub. Thanks Cub Cadet “MTD” for making a tough affordable lawn tractor!!
    Cons: She mows a little slow, but she ain’t no Dixie Chopper either. Goin into reverse is a little cumbersome..
    Modifications: Rear facing red LED running light. For mowing up near the highway!!

  13. chad says:

    Absolutely awful!

    Year of Manufacture: 9
    Pros: when it is working it cuts great
    Cons: Where to start. I have had nothing but problems from day one. I have replaced the blade belt three times in two years. The transmission drive belt has been replaced twice and broke again, only this time it threw a spring off and I cant locate exactly where it goes. It also shredded the hydrostat fan. The cost of a tune up is ridiculous I replaced the filters, oil and blades it cost me over 120 dollars. Im not sure the deck even throws grass out as it constantly plugs up. The deck wash is a joke it doesnt really remove alot of grass from the deck. When trying to find info on how to replace the transmission drive belt it says to take it to a dealer of course. I guess I learned a hard lesson in buying a lawn mower. You get what you pay for and apparently I payed for crap! Stay away from this p.o.s. unless you enjoy working on your lawn mower every week.
    Attachments: none
    Modifications: none

  14. Vince says:

    Something fails every time you start a new Cub Cadet.

    Year of Manufacture: 2011
    Pros: Readily available-no waiting.Good looking and comfortable.
    Cons: Ran for 20 minutes before transmission failed and mower would not move. Dealer can and picked unit back up and I replaced with a 2011 LTX1046.Unit was delivered this morning and first the battery had to be replaced and then the carburetor had to be replaced due to flooding. The units just are not like the older Cubs that ran forever.They are junk.Mine were purchased thru a Cub Cadet Master dealer.
    Attachments: None
    Modifications: None

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