Cub Cadet vs Husqvarna Riding Mower [Update 2019]
Husqvarna Z242F 42 in. 18 HP Kawasaki Hydrostatic Zero Turn Riding Mower
- 18 HP Kawasaki engine provides reliable startups and a max speed of 6.5 MPH
- Hydrostatic, no-maintenance transmission is worry free, allowing the mower to take on a variety of cutting conditions
- A patent-pending park brake system automatically activates or deactivates as the steering levers are moved outward or inward
- ClearCut deck offers a best-in-class 42 in. cut and better bagging thanks to its deep deck design, superior air flow and high-performance blades
- Clippings can be discharged, mulched or bagged (mulching kit and bagger attachment sold separately)
We all have wished:
To wake up to a well-maintained lawn, where we can sit with our family and enjoy the morning coffee.
Well, the work it takes in maintaining a lawn with a manual mower has kept all of us from achieving our dreams. I personally have struggled with pushing, cleaning, and physically demanding mowers and now, I know how big relief a riding lawnmower is.
I shall be comparing Cub Cadet vs Husqvarna, specifically their riding lawn mower offerings in this article. I am sure, after this article you would be able to make an educated decision so as to choose the right machine to make your lawn look envy worthy.
With an array of products in its satchel, this American Company has dedicated itself to designing and manufacturing tools and machines for our outdoor activity needs.
Cub Cadet has a reputation and it is living up to it with every new product they launch. Cub Cadet’s Enduro Series mowers are the perfect combination of high responsiveness of a riding mower and power of a tractor. This powerful riding mower has an e-coat corrosion defense system that protects it from tear and wears.
What started as a rifle company back in 1689, today Husqvarna is a Swedish maker of every tool and machine we need for outdoor activities. Competing with a lot of other brands for the top position, Husqvarna has designed and produced some of the most powerful lawn mowers.
For this review:
We will be taking up Husqvarna’s widely popular model, YTA24V48 24V against the Cub Cadet’s top of the line riding mower XT1 belonging to Enduro Series mower for the comparison.
Why did we select Husqy YTA24V48 ?
Why did we select Cub Cadet’s XT1 ?
Cub Cadet v/s Husqvarna Riding Mower
Let’s draw a comparison between YTA24V48 and XT1 Riding Mowers on the basis of really important performance parameters. I will put in my personal experience in context too, thus, making it easier for you to make an informed choice.
Cutting Deck Width:
With a cutting deck width of 42 inches, XT1 Enduro Series mower is good for maintaining a small lawn. Coupled with really good speed XT1 has, we can still cut through our lawns in good time.
On the other hand, Husqvarna YTA24V is not the fastest but highly efficient. It possesses a cutting deck width of 48 inches which makes a significant difference as it would result in fewer passes to mow the lawn. Not only that but YTA24V provides a better finish than XT1 even in trickier situations such as wet and hilly terrain.
Number of Cutting Blades:
Cub Cadet’s XT1 Enduro Series lawn mower has two blades that follow the side-charge paradigm for cutting through the unwanted grass. These two blades provide us with the required speed to get the task completed in almost no time. The side-charge paradigm is designed to speed up the whole process of trimming a lawn.
On the other hand, Husqvarna YTA24V48 24V has three blades that work magically to provide with an incomparable cutting deck width of 48 inches. Husqvarna YTA24V48 24V is designed to work equally efficient on plains as well as hilly terrains. You will not notice any change in cutting width on hilly terrains and it is all because of the presence of 3 blades.
I personally spend hours every season mowing my lawns hence factors like speed adjustability and control matters a lot. A machine that is quick and efficient will save us from accidents and also provide greater output.
A Cub Cadet’s XT1 Enduro Series is one of those rare products that provide greater speed adjustability with a maximum forward speed of 5.5 mph and a maximum reverse speed of 3.5 mph. One can easily rely on this machine for cleaning lawns at great speed without losing control.
Husqvarna YTA24V48 24V has a maximum forward speed of 5.5 mph and a maximum reverse speed of 2.5 mph, which ensures greater control over the machine. With a Husqvarna YTA24V48 24V, you are never going to lose control and trip over. This lawn mower has a lesser reverse speed because it is designed to mow hilly terrains, where lower reverse speed plays a greater role.
Mulching is a process that helps us maintain the nutrient and moisture content of the soil in our lawns. These lawn mowers can be used efficiently for Mulching as well.
A Cub Cadet’s XT1 Enduro Series riding lawn mower provides no support for mulching. The machine is simply designed for trimming and maintaining lawns. With no additional support for processes like Mulching, Cub Cadet’s XT1 Enduro Series lawnmower is simply not the best machine.
A Husqvarna YTA24V48 24V has options of mulching, though we are required to buy kit additionally but it supports mulching and can help us maintain the nutrient and moisture content of our lawn’s soil.
In contemporary times, where people like us are interested in mowing lawns on our own, a machine that comes with Mulching Capability to win while the rest will lose in the market.
Horsepower is the measure of power that a machine generates, it is perhaps the count of the maximum power a machine can generate. Lawnmowers with higher horsepower are always better because of more the power, the more the speed and faster the trimming.
Cub Cadet’s XT1 Enduro Series lawn mower has a Horsepower of 18 hp, which is quite good for trimming planes and wet lawns. A lot of lawn mowers with lesser power are also being sold in the market. People choose lawn mowers with higher power only when they have trim hilly terrains or larger areas.
A Husqvarna YTA24V48 24V comes with an incomparable horsepower of 24 hp, which explains how a Husqvarna YTA24V48 24V cuts easily through the hilly terrains. With two blades backed by a horsepower of 24 hp, anything is possible. One can rely on this lawn mower for trimming hilly terrains without no time.
Stability & Comfort:
Stability is perhaps the most important aspect when it comes to lawn mower; a machine that provides stability should be our first priority because security is important.
A Cub Cadet’s XT1 Enduro series mower has bigger seats and is bigger in overall size but it is not that good with the automatic drive system and washout ports. Cub Cadet is all comfortable but it is not safe and stable. Cub Cadet’s XT1 is way more comfortable than Husqvarna because of the bigger seats.
On the other hand, a Husqvarna YTA24V48 24V has all the requisite automatic drive system and washout ports that add to the stability and provides a safer experience. Husqvarna YTA24V48 24V wins at steering, turning and managing as well. Cub Cadet needs to work a little more on stability in comparison to Husqvarna YTA24V48 24V.
Height Cutting Adjustments:
Both Cub Cadet’s Enduro Series mower and Husqvarna YTA24V48 24V provides with the unique height cutting adjustment feature. While Cub Cadet’s mower has a minimum cutting height of 1 inch and maximum cutting height of 4 inches, the Husqvarna YTA24V48 24V has a minimum cutting height of 1.5 inches and a maximum cutting height of 4 inches.
In this department, Cub Cadet’s Enduro Series is emerging as a winner because it provides an all-round cutting opportunity.
Fuel Tank Size:
Our capability of mowing a lawn depends heavily upon the fuel tank size of the mower. A mower will largely fuel tank will allow us to cover bigger areas in one go.
Cub Cadet’s Enduro Series XT1 mower has a fuel capacity of 3 gallons, which is quite impressive. With the easily fill facility, we can fill it once and cover big areas while with Husqvarna YTA24V48 24V we get a 2-gallon fuel capacity, which is not enough since Husqvarna YTA24V48 24V is a hilly terrain expert.
A lawn mower that facilitates us with the power to mow in reverse is perhaps the need of the hour. With Cub Cadet’s Enduro Series XT1, we have no such facilities but Husqvarna YTA24V48 24V allows us to mow in reverse and get the task done faster than ever.
Reverse mowing is not only about getting done with the task faster but also about giving an artistic finish to the lawns and preparing them for a memorable get-together.
A common man like you and me wants a lawn mower to be safe, faster, efficient and reliable. We do not get involved in finesse like energy efficient and horsepower measurements but then quality finish, efficient mowing, and reliable services are attributes of horsepower and the blades.
If we look minutely, we will observe that these two lawn mowers are efficient and reliable, they are designed to get the task done without putting us at risk. While a Cub’s Cadet lawn mower is comfortable, Husqvarna YTA24V48 24V gets the work done better and faster but at the end, both of these machines are adding value to our lives.
So what should i choose between Husqvarna and Cub Cadet ?
Now that it is impossible to imagine a life without lawn mowers, we must differentiate between a superb mower and a normal one. While Husqvarna YTA24V48 24V emerges as the winner of this meticulous comparison, Cub Cadet’s lawn mower is also not lacking behind. The Cub Cadet’s lawn mower is efficient, fast and reliable for smaller and plain lawns whereas a Husqvarna YTA24V48 24V will allow you to rage through the hilly terrains like a pro and that too without risking yourself.
The 3 blade combination, 24 horsepower engine, reversing mowing option and bigger cutting width allow Husqvarna YTA24V48 24V to be the lawn of our dreams.