Cub Cadet GT2544

The Cub Cadet GT2544 lawnmower is an upgraded but similar version of the Cub Cadet GT2542 lawnmower. It gets it’s power from a 22 hp V twin cylinder engine that is designed and constructed by Kohler. This gasoline engine has an oil capacity of 1.9 liters of engine oil. The engine is key started by a 12 volt battery that is then recharged once the engine is running using a 15 amp alternator. The transmission box that directs power from the motor to the wheels is a hydrostatic one meaning that the GT 2544 is an automatic. Controlling the speed of the lawnmower is very simple, you just need to press down harder on the pedal to speed up and ease up on it to slow down. The top speed of this garden tractor lawn mower is 9.3 kph (5.8 mph).

The mower deck on the Cub Cadet GT2544 lawnmower has a cutting width of 44 inches and has been fabricated using 11 gauge steel. Power from the engine is transferred to it by a belt reinforced with Kevlar which gives it a very long life. The mower deck is highly adjustable making sure that the operator always gets the cutting height he wants. It can be adjusted from as high as 4 inches above the ground to as low as 1.5 inches above the ground in half inch steps. The raising and lowering of the deck is controlled by a manually operated, spring assisted lever.

People buying the Cub Cadet GT2544 should know that it’s a very heavy machine, tipping the scales at a whopping 363 kg (800 lbs) which means it’s not for your average small garden. It’s much better suited to gardens that are from 1 acre up to about 5 acres in size. Although if you do have to use it in a small, confined garden, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s minimum turning radius is fairly low at just 0.53 m (21 inches). If you are looking for other similar models in the series, have a look at the Cub Cadet GT2550 lawnmower.

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9 Reviews of the “Cub Cadet GT2544”

  1. Ken says:

    I have two Cub Cadet 2544 GT garden tractors.

    I bought the first one new in 2003 after shopping hard. It now has approx 384 hours. It has been solid with the exception of the headlight wire shorting out and blowing the master fuse. That was about two weeks after I bought it. A very easy fix.

    I found the second 2544 about two years ago. I wanted the exact same model and tear. The second one had 83 hours on it when I got it, and about 130 hours now.

    I did not want a fiberglass hood. The metal hoods are preferable and can be found on the earlier models.

    I run 3 high lift blades on each of my decks. Each deck gets a full service treatment at the beginning of each season, and gets cleaned after each use.

    The headlight assemblies are a poor design. Hard to service and hard to clean.

    I use Stabil and Seafoam with premium gas. I have been running Vavoline oil and Cub filters since I acquired each 2544.

    At one point, I had collected 12 garden tractors. Now I am down to four.

    Case 448 w/4 foot blower, cab, and 4 foot blade.
    John Deere 318 with wheel weights, 7 suit case weights, and a little buck loader.
    Two Cub Cadet 2544 GTs

    If cared for, I have found the 2003 2544GT to be tough and reliable garden tractors.

    Year of Manufacture: 2003
    Pros: Strong reliable engine, shaft drive, fits between the wheel wells on my pickup so no trailer is required when going between my cabin and home, short turning radius, cuts clean and neat.
    Cons: One shorted out wire. Very easy repair. One blown out snow blower gear box (my fault for not noticing a huge chunk of ice.
    Attachments: Dirt blade, mower decks, snow blower. grass catcher.
    Modifications: Ag tires on back, snow hogs on the front, chains, weights, use the weight bracket for a summer bumper and a place to carry a light chain, use the grass catcher bracket as a rear bumper when mowing without the catcher.

  2. Peter Bozzo says:

    bought used w/280 hrs, now have 390 hrs
    have had no problems, this replaced a cub cadet model 149 that I had for 20 plus years, tried to find a GT 3200 BUT THEY ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN

    Year of Manufacture: 2005
    Pros: good solid machine,runs great
    Cons: changing attachments difficult
    Attachments: 3 bag catcher,42 snow blower,44 deck
    Modifications: added ball hitch

  3. robert huff says:

    Bought used from friend, took long but, finally upgraded to recc’ed factory maintenance schedule. Responded well, runs great, smooth twin-cyl motor, purrs after few tanks of Seafoam run in gas. Cuts well, still adjusting deck details. Definitely a keeper at 662 hours. No hood problems or other, former owners must have sorted out. Steel steering box with 2-zerks works excellent, once I found them, easy turns. Reading ownrs-manual helps! Overall, a great tractor that responds well to care and love. I expect 20-40 years (5,000 hrs) from my tractors before major rebuild.

    Year of Manufacture: 2007
    Pros: Kohler twin 22 HP
    ride comfort
    solid feel
    ease of maintenance
    smooth engine
    adj cutting heights floating, suspended deck A-1 over tree roots. Cuts high if needed.
    Cons: Deck harder to clean well need a lift to scrape grass goes thru spindle mount to topside-meh. Effort to remove and install attachments. Yoo much Safety BS but one can work around. Although they provided for this result.
    Attachments: sleeve hitch, brinley plow, snow plow, cart.
    Modifications: added sleeve hitch- works fine.

  4. Lionel L Merrill says:

    I find the basic design of shaft drive to be superior to the belt drive and except for the cub prices for parts and the skimpy hood mounts, it is a good tractor for the money.

    Year of Manufacture: 2009
    Pros: The 22 hp is very adequate to pull a good load on a trailer. The mower mows very well and the deck shows no signs of rust after the 7 years of service. The deck is easily removed and plow attached for winter snows here in Maine. I bought a Berco Canadian made snow plow, much superior to the Cadet plow and with a frame kit that strengthens the frame for even force on the frame. With chains and 2 suit case weights ,I can move 8 inches of wet snow or as the plow allows a foot of light snow. I now have nearly 300 hours on the GT 2544. I am following lube and cleaning recomendations religiously. The Kholer engine starts and runs very well.
    Cons: After deck is removed, remounting it is work. Changing oil is not easily done as the release plug is so difficult to get at. The plastic hood mounts are trash. I finally fitted a hard wood support under the hood and through drilled and attached stainless washers and screws through the hood. All works well now. Parts are so expensive that I have welded up a suit case weight holder that slides in and bolts very well. The back trailer attachment is not extended far enough and too skimpy to pull a trailer. I had to design a 1/4 inch hitch that supports the back.
    Attachments: Trailers, leaf rake, seeder, lime spreader, and Berco snow plow.
    Modifications: Mentioned above.

  5. Bob says:

    Poor for money paid.

    Year of Manufacture: 2007
    Pros: Handles well. Engine great.
    Cons: Leaves uncut strips of grass. Dealer, Triebold, Whitewater, Wi says grass too thick – they think I am stupid. Horrible product – Cub wont return any phone calls. In addition to poor cut, headlights keep falling out, exhaust melts hood, belts hard to install.
    Attachments: Snow blower

  6. sandy weinstein says:


    Year of Manufacture: 2006
    Pros: none
    Cons: the customer service was terrible.
    i was not told that i did not weigh enough so it kept cutting off on me.
    the hood is plastic and fell apart, have taped together, the headlights never worked, it clogs up with grass constantly, now the steering is bad, wont steer, the pto belt kept breaking when i got it, it would come off the turns, it broke over 10 times, a piece of junk, for over 3500.00. would never have a cub cadet again

  7. ed velasquez says:

    i should have spent allitle more and bought a kubota, or spent alot less and got a mtd

    Year of Manufacture: 3
    Pros: koler engine
    Cons: weak deck bad design, hanging type of deck . front falls off all the time especially while backing up. not what i expected for 3200.

  8. Don says:

    While I originally loved this tractor, the problems I’ve had should not have occurred on a machine of this cost. I feel I would have done just as well buying a cheaper tractor. Original cost was $3499

    Year of Manufacture: 2007
    Pros: Very powerful engine, good lawn cutting, good traction, smooth shaft drive, comfortable seat and arm rests
    Cons: Original deck belt went after 2 months of use, plastic fender broke the first year after rubbing mildly against a tree, plastic hood becomes extremely hot and melts the connection holding it on, the support pistons that hold the hood up are too strong for the design and force the overheated hood to break, tires constantly lose air, oil change is a chore even with the supplied hose extension because the oil outlet is positioned too close to the frame, after 3 years of grass cutting on a 1.5 acre lot the tractor is dead due to an electrical problem
    Attachments: none
    Modifications: none

  9. Pete says:

    I love my CC 2544….this is a machine. You can’t beat the Cub Cadet line up for the money and options.

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