Cub Cadet SLTX1054

The Cub Cadet SLTX1054 lawnmower is one of the most powerful garden tractors in the 1000 series from Cub Cadet. It has a massive twin cylinder Courage engine that needs it’s oil level to be kept at a consistent 1.9 liters. This engine which has been made by Kohler has a power output of 26 hp which turns the blades on the 54 inch mower deck with ease. The wheels get their power from a hydrostatic transmission that makes the SLTX 1054 an automatic, meaning there is no annoying gear stick that you need to use to change speeds. Instead you just need to either press down on the pedal harder to speed up and ease up on it to slow down. The top speed of this Cub Cadet lawnmower is 8.4 kph (5.2 mph), making it quite nippy when it needs to be. Smaller models than this one include the Cub Cadet LTX1050 tractor lawn mower and theĀ Cub Cadet SLTX1050 ride on lawnmower.

The Cub Cadet SLTX1054 lawn mower tips the scales at 257 kg (567 lbs). This weight is transferred to the ground through large turf tires that prevent large threads from forming one lawns when the SLTX 1054 drives over them. Each rear tire measures 22×9.5 (22 inch diameter, 9.5 inch width) while each front wheel measures in at 16×6.5 (16 inch diameter, 6.5 inch width). Without any attachments the lawnmower measures 1.75 m (69 inches), but this will obviously increase depending on which implements are attached.

Cub Cadet have a long tradition of making quality machines that they are proud to stand behind. The Cub Cadet SLTX1054 is no different and that’s why it comes with a limited guarantee of 5 years or 500 working hours (whichever comes first) to all those purchasing a SLTX 1054.

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4 Reviews of the “Cub Cadet SLTX1054”

  1. steven mckittrick says:

    i purchased a sltx1054vt and the trans failes 1 month after warranty….dealer declined repairs… called cub cadet they finally agreed they have trans problems the agreed to furnish trans if i paid labor {my suggestion} only took dealer 2 months to fix i also need to replace spindles every 2 years…mower is serviced and checked over every trip out…don’t know what is worse…dealer that don’t care or poor product

    Year of Manufacture: 2000
    Pros: none
    Cons: transmission failure….deck spindles
    Attachments: none

  2. Mike says:

    I have had my SLTX1054 for 4 years now and the only thing I have had to do is replace one of the plastic pulleys that the cable for the deck lift rides on. The cable got off of the pulley and grooved it on one side.
    I did have to change the deck drive belt after my son ran over a large diameter tree branch and locked up the blades, which smoked the belt. If not for the tree branch thing I believe the belt would have lasted at least a couple more years.
    And I bought an extra set of blades and change them out a couple of times each season to keep them sharp.Or if I hit anything like a large tree branch…..
    My yard is 3 1/2 acres with a ditch in front. The ditch has a fairly steep angle. Even though you are not supposed to mow on that steep of a hill sideways, I do it and the Cub doesn’t seem to mind.
    If you keep the blades sharp it mows through anything. Just like every other mower I have ever had.
    I use it to pull a box scraper to grade my driveway which is about 350 feet long.
    I also pull a 48 inch roller with no problems.
    I put about 3 hrs on it every time I mow.
    If I get 15 years out of it with no major issues, I will call it a success.

    Year of Manufacture: 2013
    Pros: Plenty of power for mowing tall grass. (26hp on tap)
    Comfortable seat.
    Seat is adjustable front to rear.
    Mows nice and even.
    Pedal drive system.
    Blade changing is easy.
    Mower deck is well built.

    Cons: When you turn the wheels all the way right or left while mowing, the tires will dig into the turf if you are going too fast. I think they made the turning radius too small. So I have to slow down once in a while.
    Hydrostatic drive has no filter or fill hole.
    No grease zerks on the mower blade spindles, but 4 years and so far so good.
    The front seat bracket broke. I had to weld it.
    Attachments: Lawn Roller
    Box scraper
    Lawn vacuum for leaves in the fall
    Modifications: Chrome hub caps (because they look cool)
    Mulching kit

  3. Bill Wilson says:

    I hate mine too! AND I will never buy another Cub Cadet product again.

    My 2011 Cub Cadet SLTX 1054 was disappointing from day one. Does not cut grass well and you have to go slow. Top speed even without the mower running has always been slow. Trying to bag clippings will drive you nuts.

    Purchased from local Dealer. This was the second lawn tractor I purchased from him. (The first one was a Simplicity and it ran 11 years with no problems.) Local Dealer no longer carries Cub Cadet mowers. That should tell you something.

    You get what you pay for, but I still feel cheated. At five years and 300 hours it literally fell apart.

    I will never buy another Cub Cadet product again.

    Year of Manufacture: 2011
    Pros: Motor runs satisfactorily. Manual says to replace plugs at 500 hours. Mine were replaced every 100 hours. I do two oil changes a year and keep the air and gas filters maintained. I have ALWAYS used premium zero ethanol gasoline.
    Cons: 1. Does not cut grass well at all. Never has & never will. If the grass is one inch higher than the blade expect to creep along and watch the mower deck get clogged.
    2. Axle shaft broke at 300 hours. Yep, tire fell off. Did not fight for warranty. Had local machine shop replace the drive shaft for $300.
    3. Grease zerts on the original blade spindles were hammered in. I had to drill and tap in replacements in year one. I replaced all three mower blade spindles at 300 hours. (Amazon $110) I should have replaced the spindles earlier as mower deck belts had to be replaced every 100 hours. Machine still cuts poorly but is not as loud.
    4. Replacing the drive belt is ridiculous. Seriously the Engineer who thought this system up is a sick individual. One has to pull the PTO to gain access to the engine pulley. DON”T TRY THIS UNLESS YOU ARE A MECHANIC OR DESPERATE.
    5. The Manual refers to the PTO STABILIZER BAR as a belt guard. Do not run the motor without the PTO STABILIZER BAR in place or you will pull the PTO wiring apart. Replacement PTO’s are not cheap.
    6. Mower deck is too cheap. Wheels bend on their supports.
    7. Adjusting the mowing height of the DECK is ridiculous. Adjustments ended up being variable by only one inch +/-. Not the 3 or 4 inches seen on other economy machines.
    8. Wait until you try and sharpen the blades. Getting the deck off takes serious effort. What a pain.
    9. I could go on, but you have the idea.
    Attachments: Bagger clogs frequently, and is nearly worthless. Requires the use of High Lift Blades which have a bend in the back to create the lift. It’s a joke really and does not work.

  4. Harry says:

    Hate it will buy a John Deere or a Kubota next. I have never dislike a mower more!! They are all pretty much by MTD now a days

    Year of Manufacture: 2011
    Pros: Good Engine
    Cons: Can’t mow its way out of a paper bag. And then unless the grass is short and dry it build up in the deck starts howling and then will not mow even. I was excited when I first bought it but the transmission went out shortly after I got it had to fight with the Cub Cadet warranty people to replace the transmission they just kept replacing parts and not the unit even though there had been issues with this models transmissions. Spindles are non grease able I have replaced all three now now the idler pulleys are going out and the belt rolls over! I HATE THIS TRACTOR!!!! I will never buy one agian

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