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Cub Cadet RZT S42 (42") 22HP Kohler Zero Turn Mower w/ Steering Wheel Control

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Model: 17ARCBDS010
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Grade
Entry Level Lawn Mowers
Style
Zero-Turn Mower
Surface Area
Office Building, Farm, or Parks
Large
Terrain
Hilly Terrain
Hilly
Width
42

Cutting Inches
Engine


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Zero Turn Manuverability With Steering Wheel Control
Handles 360° zero turns and straightaways with ease
Drives just like a car or a tractor - but still turns on a dime
Minimizes turf damage; delivers optimal performance and results

22HP/725cc Kohler 7000 Series V-Twin OHV 4-Cycle Engine
Dual-seal air filter keeps debris out of the engine
Full pressure lubrication with full-flow filter

Dual Hydro-Gear EZT-2200 Hydrostatic Transmissions
No shifting - just push the foot pedal and go

42-Inch, 2-Blade Floating Mower Deck
13-gauge, stamped steel design
8-position, spring-assisted deck lift (lever operated)
2 anti-scalp gauge wheels
Patented SmartJet™ high-pressure deck washing system

Steering Wheel Control With Comfort Grip Wheel
Two-position steering column adjustment

Fully Welded 12-Gauge Steel Frame
E-Coat corrosion defense system for protection & durability

Cub Comfort™ Deluxe High Back Seat
11-position fingertip adjustment with 6" seat travel


Engine
Engine Brand
Kohler
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
HP
22 HP
CC
725 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
2.8 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
2 Cylinders
Oil Filter
Yes
Consumer Engine Warranty
2 Years
Motor
Battery Included
Included
Battery Voltage
12 Volts
Battery Type
Lead Acid
Deck
Cutting Options
3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
Deck Material
13-Gauge
Deck Construction
Stamped
Spindle Material
Steel
Blades
2 Blades
Deck Positions
8 Positions
Cutting Width
42 Inches
Cutting Height
1.5-4.0 Inches
Deck Lift System
Manual Hand Operated
Engagement
PTO Electric
Deck Drive
Belt
Drive
Speeds
Variable
Maximum Speed
7 MPH
Maximum Reverse Speed
3 MPH
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Transmission Type
Hydrostatic
Drive System
Hydrostatic
Accessories
Rear Bagger
Sold Separately
Seat Type
High Back
Hour Meter
Included
Arm Rests
Sold Separately
Front Bumper
No
Trailer Hitch
Sold Separately
Mulcher Kit
Sold Separately
Headlights
Sold Separately
Wheels
Front Tire Size
13 x 5 Inch
Rear Tire Size
18 x 8.5 Inch
Tire Type
Pneumatic Wheels
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
550 Pounds
Product Length
80.0 Inches
Product Width
44.5 up/50.0 down Inches
Product Height
36.0 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
UPC
043033564828
Model
17ARCBDS010
  5 Questions
Q: Is this mower assembled and ready to start.
by Howard from Alabama on May 14, 2016

A: Howard - all of the riding mowers we sell are shipped in the original factory crating, and would require some degree of minor set-up before you could use it.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Hi Joe. Can you tell me the total width of this mower with the double bagger installed?
by Kevin from New Jersey on May 09, 2016

A: Kevin - with the bagger installed, this Cub 42" zero turn mower would be approx. 55 inches wide.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Does the steering tilt?
by Daniel from Minnesota on April 28, 2016

A: Daniel - the steering column is tilted all the way back for shipping. Once the mower is un-crated, you can set the steering column to one of two positions. However, once you select a position, the steering column is secured in place with two bolts, so it will not tilt or move after the initial set-up without removing these two bolts.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: I have a side hill that is about 10-15 degrees. Would this mower be able to handle mowing it down the sideslope or up and down the hill? The hill is a smaller part of my acre property but want to make sure to get a mower that can handle that hill. Was not sure if the steering wheel compared to the bars made a difference in the control?

Thanks for any input in advance!

by Brandon from Georgia on April 17, 2016

A: Brandon - yes, the steering wheel style zero turn mowers are much more effective for mowing hills and inclines since the front wheels are on a true steering mechanism and don't swivel independently like they would on a lap bar style zero turn. Mowing a hillside or slope is one of the main reasons for choosing a steering wheel style zero turn mower. A slope of 10 to 15 degree's is well within the operating specs for a steering wheel style zero turn. I think one of these would be ideal for what you are describing.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: does it cut in reverse
by Amando from New York on April 01, 2016

A: Armando - yes, the Cub Cadet RZT S42 mower will mow in reverse
by Jose, Product Expert

Cub Cadet 17ARCBDS010 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (10)
I'd Buy It Again (6)
Price (6)
Fast (4)
High Quality (3)
Cons
Heavy (3)
If you accidentally push... (1)
Packaging (1)
Durability (1)
The reverse pedal when ... (1)
94% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
35 Reviews  Sort by 
 
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Mower Expert

Product Expert
Total Reviews
90 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
15144 Helpful Votes
Mowers Direct Recommended

Cub Cadet is known for providing break-through innovations. The Cub Cadet RZT S42 helped revolutionize the industry with it's four-wheel steering and steering wheel control. This model's steering wheel (instead of traditional lap bars) makes it easier to maneuver than a traditional zero turn mower.

The Cub Cadet RZT S 42 offers users these important benefits:

(1) Precision: An advanced cutting deck designed with optimum airflow and blade overlap for the perfect Cub Cadet Signature Cut... more
Jose Recommends This Model
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William M.
Clarksville, TN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/20/17
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
APR.
19
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Worth It!!
Shopped this lawn mower for years! Ran across this site (Mowers Direct) while reading recent reviews on zero-turn mowers. Low Price, Free Shipping, and No Tax offerings were too good of a deal to pass up!

The ordering process was easy. Paid with a check for even more savings, but doing so adds a 5 day hold/processing time. Mower arrived within three days of shipping email. Driver called once an hour away from delivery and helped get the well-crated mower into my garage.

Following the... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Features, Price, I'd Buy It Again
William Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
William,
Thanks so much for sending in this informative review. I appreciate hearing from folks that they are pleased with their purchase from us. It sounds like everything is working out very nicely with your new mower and I wish you many seasons of happy mowing. Thank you again for your business and please give us a call the next time you are in the market for a piece of power equipment. Have a great day!
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William's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great buying experience! Would/Will definitely recommend and use again!!"
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Jerry B.
Cincinnati, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/25/17
REVIEWED
OCT.
10
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Investment!
Bought it this Spring and love it! I wanted to wait until I used it for the entire summer to give a fair review. Well, no disappointment here. Second use, one of the arms fell down. I jacked it up and looked at it. It was a no-brainer, cotter key fell out. Had 'er fixed in no time and no more problems. I am going to purchase a mulching kit for next spring. Treat my lawn and it grows like crazy. Keep it cut and the results of what I would expect from a Cub Cadet have not let me down. When I... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Exceeded Expectations, Features
Jerry Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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Vera F
Dayton, MD
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/3/17
REVIEWED
APR.
27
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Love It!
Why I love this zero turn:
1. It has a steering wheel, 2. the seat is adjustable, 3. I'm a small athletic woman and this tractor was a good fit for me and I can handle it very well.

Minuses:
The blades turn off if the terrain is too bumpy. The gas tank is only 3 gallons - so I'm cutting about an 1-1/2 acre - and I have to refill it.
When delivered by freight truck - the tractor will come in a nail, screw boarded crate. It took us about an hour to get the boards off. Remove the... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Durable
Vera Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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Charles S
Acton, MA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/28/17
REVIEWED
AUG.
19
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Great Mower
This mower is so superior than the old riding mower I had. If you've never used a mower with hydrostatic transmission you will see the big difference. Like a car, step on the peddle and go. You regulate the speed with that peddle. Faster or slower depends on how much you depress the peddle (like your gas peddle in the car).

Zero turning around trees and objects make cutting a lot faster. No more going back and forth.

A problem that bothers me is the rough ride. It is very bumping and... more
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Fast, Easy To Store
Cons: Heavy, Expensive, Rough ride
Charles Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
Charles's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Prior to purchasing, answered all my questions quickly,"
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Tegan B.
Rochester, MN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/1/17
REVIEWED
JUL.
31
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Not Worth The Trouble
It's a nice looking mower, and I wish we liked it as much as other people. We were so excited about it. My husband was mowing, and the chain fell off the first time using it within 30 minutes. We had to have someone come out and fix it, and after about a month of having it, the chain fell off again. Spending over $2600, a customer should be able to expect a product to work for at least the first month! I can't say I would buy this mower, or anything Cub Cadet, again -- it's really not worth the... more
Cons: Low Quality, Unreliable
Tegan's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Mower's Direct did provide good customer service for our mower that malfunctioned after 30 minutes of use. However, the same problem occurred again after a month of use, so I don't think we will use them again."
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Karl K.
Stoughton, MA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/27/17
REVIEWED
JUL.
27
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Glad I Bought It.
I had trouble with shipping but not the product, about 3 hrs from crate to driving, it cut my mowing time from 2 1/2 hrs to under 1.
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Fast
Cons: Heavy
Karl Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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Dennis V.
Salisbury Mills, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/17/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
JUL.
24
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Zero Turn
Mower is awesome.
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, High Quality, Durable
Dennis Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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Johnny R.
Boone, NC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/14/17
REVIEWED
JUL.
06
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
So Far This Has Been An Awesome Mower
It does a great job mowing even when the grass is a little wet. On inclines it does awesome.
Pros: Easy To Use, Durable, Fast, High Quality
Cons: The reverse pedal when pushed should only go in reverse I, If you accidentally push it forward it will go forward
Johnny Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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Haldayne A.
Rising Star, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/16/15
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
JUL.
05
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
I Love This Mower
This is a wonderful mower. It is so easy to turn and does an outstanding job.
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, I'd Buy It Again, Reliable
Haldayne Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
Haldayne's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Mowers Direct is so nice to do business with. They will help anyway possible. They will answer your question with just a phone call away."
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Anita W.
Charlotte, NC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/21/17
REVIEWED
APR.
12
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower And Great Value
Works great!
Anita Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
Anita's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Easy and fast."
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Raymond R
Odessa, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 2/24/17
REVIEWED
MAR.
18
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
High Quality And Looks Good
Have used mower once and so far am very happy with performance. Will have to get used to the different operation of a zero turn mower. Only negative is seat was slightly damaged in shipment.
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Exceeded Expectations, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Heavy, Packaging
Raymond Recommends This Cub Cadet Mower
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