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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11 Reviews of the “Cub Cadet LT1045”

  1. Dave says:

    Since Day one Nothing but Issues,Throws belt from day one. And ALWAYS have to re attach belt when mowing! one,broken tension springs first year,broke fly wheel key? Tension pulleys not lined up correctly.Leveling Deck is a JOKE,Cruse NEVER worked,Wiring is FUBAR Junk Junk Junk

    Year of Manufacture: 2007
    Pros: I starts Every Time
    Cons: Since Day one Nothing but Issues,Throws belt day and ALWAYS have to re attach belt when mowing! one,broken tension springs first year,broke fly wheel key? Tension pulleys not lined up correctly.Leveling Deck is a JOKE,Cruse NEVER worked,Junk Junk Junk

  2. Doug Hoffman says:

    Great mower. People that have complained about the mower deck throwing belts have a valid point. It was mis-designed. BUT, any decent repairman should have seen the problem and been able to simply and cheaply fix it. I had mine fixed before I even mowed the first time. The deck has been superb over these last 13+ years and is still going strong as has the rest of the tractor.

    Year of Manufacture: 2007
    Pros: Great mower and snow remover with blade. Big chassis with comfortable seating position and smooth ride.
    Cons: none
    Attachments: OEM snow blade, wheel weights, chains.
    Modifications: cut and welded left mower deck idler pulley bracket so pulley aligns properly.

  3. Brian says:

    bought it used with 50 hours on it. replaced spindles, belt, and blades twice in over 350 hours. my yard grows rocks and roots very well. this mower takes a beating all summer long. I have 3 acres to mow, and I always wanted a zero turn, but wouldn’t get one because of the rough terrain. very satisfied with how it mows with over 400 hours on it. gonna keep running it till I kill it!

    Year of Manufacture: 2007
    Pros: takes abuse and poor maintenance well
    Cons: valve cover leaking oil onto manifold
    Attachments: bagger
    Modifications: none

  4. mark says:

    It started with the original battery was bad. Then the whole machine started to literally fall apart. Muffler, hood cover,then wires just started to come loose. When the hood literally fell off, it some how cut the wires for the head lights, and another set of wires. Then down the road, two more wires were pinched and shorted out the PTO and the ignition, its was a bad install. The machine looks like a Frankenstein monster.

    Year of Manufacture: 2008
    Pros: was none
    Cons: literally fell apart in front of me.

  5. Donald says:


    Year of Manufacture: 2014
    Pros: It cuts grass
    Cons: 178 hours and 3 years old.
    Oversteering allows tires to skid and plow into the lawn.
    Starting always sounds as if the battery is dead
    Front tire wear unusual. I have never replaced tires on my tractors.
    Rear axle seal leak. Transmission fluid leaked out. Tech support offered a free seal. To refill trans. I had to remove the battery and battery box. It involver=d cutting and picking to remove a rubber plug.
    I purchased this new to not deal with problems like this
    Attachments: mower deck
    Modifications: none

  6. John Feltes Jr. says:

    Good machine but thought it would last longer then that and when the transmission goes it’s any where from $700. to $1000. to buy one plus a hundred or 2 in labor cost. I do not spend this kind of money up front to only have it last 7 years or I would have never bought it. Now I have purchase the big shaft drive GTX and again very pricey at $7200. with the plow and bagger again but I can at least check the fluid in this transmission. If this one don’t last any longer it will be my last Cub Cadet at these prices. Not to mention the dealer only wanted to give me $200. for my old one on trade which I did not believe was fair but it’s done.

    Year of Manufacture: 0
    Pros: Good small unit that ran good for 7 years until the transmission went.
    Cons: Did have the same problem in the beginning with the spring breaking on the deck and throwing the belt but got new spring and was fine after that until the transimmsion went out on it.
    Attachments: Grass bagger and snow plow.

  7. Derrick says:

    sucks till i had someone with a brain that knows more about lawnmowers than the manufacture fix there problem…

    Year of Manufacture: 2005
    Pros: the kholer engine cause mtd had nothing to do with it.
    Cons: Had this mower for a while kept throwing belt to the point where it wouldnt stay on at all call cub cadet they say theres nothing wrong with it how full of $h.t can they be had to get a small engine repair to look at they had to put thicker belt on it a larger pully and weld and modify the pully so it wouldnt throw it so far so good mtd equipments a piece of junk, will be going to ariens or husqvarna products.
    Modifications: the whole deck assembly

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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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