2017 Cub Cadet 2X 26
Just bought this Cub for $658.00 I think I got one **** of a deal! Any feedback from owners of this machine.
I've been looking at the same machine. Agreed, an amazing price. The only thing I do not like is that there appears to be no fuel shut off valve, or any "real estate" available to install one. To me, this is inexcusable. The Chinese B&S engines and even the cheapest Predators that you can buy at Harbor Freight have one. I may be mistaken, so perhaps you can check the machine, manual, etc. and let the group know. Thanks in advance.
I know people like to trash MTD/Cub Cadet products but you can get some amazing deals. At the end of last season, I got a 2016 model 30" 420CC 3X CC for $1000 Canadian (around $825 US) including tax and delivery. A comparable Ariens or Honda would be 2 to 3 times more expensive. I tested it out in the most recent snow storm and am quite happy with its performance. Maintained and kept in a garage or shed, I see no reason I wont get 20 years out of it. There is no fuel shut off but use stabilizer or run it empty at the end of the season.
Last edited by jtw1979; 12-17-2017 at 12:33 PM.
Originally Posted by barney View Post
I've got a 2007 Cub Cadet 524 SWE I bought used 2 years ago. It was owned by an engineer who did zero maintenance on it, go figure! It was stored outside uncovered. It still had the original sparkplug. He couldn't remember when he last changed the oil and it looked like it! He lived near me (Syracuse NY) so I know he used it a lot (average snowfall here is 120"). After some of the usual maintenance and a little TLC like greasing and oiling I've used it without a problem or any major repairs but a new impellor bearing. It's rusty everywhere including the wheels being rusted on but everything still works, even the power steering that I can't get to for lubrication. Seeing as this was a $100 machine I'll just run it until it dies or I get in a better position financially to buy a new one. I can only imagine how well it would work and how long it would last if it had been taken care of!
Just bought a 3X 26 with steel chute at HomeDepot - the last one available in New England apparently. Replacing a 20 year old Toro PowerMax 828 which was a beast and just worked; however, things began to wear out that were somewhat expensive so I'm trying out the Cub Cadet. The only issues I've seen after doing even more research is with the shear pins in the accelerators - have any of you had any issues with shear pins? It's possible that a bad batch of shear pins were produced as well. Thoughts?? Have not had a chance to use it yet but there's a potential storm later this week.