Cub Cadet LTX1040

The Cub Cadet LTX1040 lawn mower is powered by a Kohler Courage engine. This one cylinder motor use a fully pressurized lubrication system to ensure a long and productive life from the engine. The LTX 1040 is an automatic lawnmower, meaning that there is no need for gear changes. Instead you simply need to press down harder on the forward or reverse pedal to speed up or slow down. It has the same max speed of 8.4 kph (5.2 mph) whether it’s traveling forwards or in reverse. The motor is started with a key start transmission and once the engine is running, a 15 amp alternator then recharges it. It’s fuel tank can carry enough gasoline for many hours of continuous operation, holding a maximum of 12.5 liters (3.3 US gallons) of gas.

As well as being an automatic, the Cub Cadet LTX1040 also has the luxury of cruise control, so if you do happen to find yourself cutting a large and boring area of lawn, you can always switch it on so you don’t have to worry about keeping your foot on the pedal. The Mower deck that comes with the LTX 1040 as standard is manually operated and has 12 different levels at which to cut grass, making sure you always get the height you want. This level ranges from as low as 1.5 inches above the ground to 4 inches above the ground.

The mower deck on the Cub Cadet LTX1040 has a cutting width of 42 inches. Rather than one large blade, the LTX 1040 has 2 smaller one which cut through the grass much more efficiently. As well as cutting your lawn, this Cub Cadet lawnmower also has a lot of other uses. You can attach a snow blower to the front of it to clear your driveway of snow as well de-thatchers, utility carts and sprayers. Other lawn mowers in this range include the Cub Cadet LTX1042 and the Cub Cadet LX1045 lawn mowers.

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8 Reviews of the “Cub Cadet LTX1040”

  1. Brion Antoine says:

    I love my tractor. I bought it in 2014 and I just now (9 years later) replaced the lower drve belt and washer at the end of the steering column. Whenever I check the oil, it’s NEVER dirty–always looks clean. It currently has about 369 hours on it. Cuts great.

    Year of Manufacture: 2013
    Pros: Reliability
    Cons: Can be difficult to change belts
    Attachments: None
    Modifications: None

  2. Mac says:

    It is JUNK it would’nt even make a good boat anchor,and that all I have to say about that.

    Year of Manufacture: 2013
    Pros: NONE
    Cons: Name should be changed to Cub Junk transaxle is crap,goes thru belts like they are going out of style less the 200 hrs engine smokes this is my first Cub and my last Cub they are living on their name and thats about it.

  3. daran goolsby says:

    Not very good because of deck issues. Over-engineered, requiring too many pulleys and belts. Solid motor, but not very powerful

    Year of Manufacture: 2010

  4. bill says:

    When I read the reviews above, I can’t help but think that the user either abuses the machine, or does not take care of it properly, or is trying to get it to do something it’s not designed to do. Get the right tool for the right job.

    I bought mine used. It now has 125 hours on it, gets used once a week for mowing, towing a cart full of sod for gardening, storm cleanup, fertilizer spreading, spring and fall leave cleanup and carting a shredder/chipper around in the fall. I drive carefully and slowly. I engage the deck belt slowly, drive slowly around curves. Keep it stored inside.

    I lube it annually, change the oil at least twice per season. Store it for the winter, remove the fuel. Tune up the carb and replace the filters about every two years, ensure tires are inflated properly, don’t run over rocks.

    I drive it on lawns. It’s a lawn tractor with lawn tires. I’m not off roading with it. I plan to keep it a long time.

    You also need to understand that MTD manufactures the vast majority of rider mowers out there, using mostly the same engine, same frame and other components. Only the outsides are different. So if you are going to cast off Cub Cadet, then get rid of Craftsman, Troybilt, Bolens, Toro and Yard machines

    Year of Manufacture: 2012
    Does what it says it will do. No more, no less.
    I take care of it. Have had no breakdowns or disappointments.
    Cons: It runs fine, starts every time.
    Attachments: Mulching blades & cover
    Modifications: light switch mod
    Reflector tape for night operation

  5. Larry Moser says:


    Year of Manufacture: 2012
    Pros: Starts good and uses less gas than most
    Cons: Won’t climb or ut up hills. Have to change upper belt every year due to mower getting to where it will not go forward or reverse.
    cutts great when working and belts are new, lousy running and cutting when worn which is about 1/2 of the cutting season.
    Will buy a cheap Lows or Wal Mart next time.
    Attachments: None
    Modifications: None

  6. chris gski says:

    Can keep Belts from wearing. Have to replace almost every season. Expensive 4 belts. That are difficult to replace. If timing belt breaks, it eats up the blades. Spring replacement on deck. Spindles and the bearings have grease fittings under deck, which require lubing multiple times a season. Inspect Transmission Brake for debris when chugging happens and lube pulleys and swing arms. Cant lean over to pick up branches without it trying to cut off.

    Year of Manufacture: 2009
    Pros: Steers better than an old Craftsman. Cuts grass well. No engine problems yet.
    Cons: Heavy deck maintenance.
    Belt replacements.

  7. Charles Brown says:

    Ihave a 2010 & 2011 1040LTX and have replaced two broken clutch springs, 1 deck blade engagement spring, 1 exhaust gasket, 1 exhaust srcew bolt, 1 engine belt, and hammered both transmission forks to close to engage the gears of the transmission to run.

    The 2011 is a Turtle Cadet as it goes slow-as-hell before & after new engine & transmission belts, belt tension tightened, & gas energized.

    Both are a POS, the CC service cneter in Ohio sux, and even the nearest CC dealer is an ahole.
    You couldn’t PAY me to have another Cub Cadet. I have encountered other people who despise them & Craigslist is always full of almost new CC for sale. LEMONS ! LEMONS! LEMONS!

    Year of Manufacture: 2011
    Pros: NONE
    Cons: Everything sux from head-to-tail and is a POS.

  8. Bob Sekowski says:

    Very good.

    Year of Manufacture: 2012
    Pros: Starts well, good speed and power.
    Cons: Difficult to change blades and tractor has a high center of gravity.

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