Cub Cadet and Toro are popular, premium-quality mower manufacturers in the US with a global presence. Both companies are renowned for producing reliable machines that withstand the test of time. Since both companies produce world-class machines, choosing one over the other can be a pretty challenging task for most mower buyers.
In this post, we’ll look at both company’s mowers in a little more detail. We’ll cover popular mowers, such as Zero-turn mowers, tractor mowers, and walk-behind mowers, and highlight what makes one different or better than the other.
Cub Cadet vs Toro – Comparisons Begin Here!
Zero Turn Mowers
Both Cub Cadet and Toro offer many feature-rich zero-turn mowers. For comparison, I took the top models of Cub Cadet and Toro to find which is the best.
Toro 54″ (137 cm) TimeCutter Zero Turn Mower vs. Cub Cadet Ultima ZT1 54
|Specification||Toro Zero Turn Mower Timecutter||Cub Cadet Ultima ZT154 Zero Turn Mower|
|Engine||24.5 hp Toro Commercial V-Twin 708cc.||24 HP 725cc KOHLER 7000 series V-twin automatic OHV engine.|
|Cut Width||54 inch||54 inch|
|Fuel Capacity||3 gallons /11.4 L||3.5 gal. US (13.25 L)|
|Deck Design||54″ IronForged® Fabricated Deck||11-gauge steel|
|Transmission||Dual Hydrostatic HG-ZT2200||Hydro-Gear EZT 2200|
|Tires||11″ x 5.5″ Front, 20″ x 10″ Rear||11″x 6″-5″ Front, 20”x 10”- 8” Rear|
|Warranty||3 Years||3 Years|
The choice seems tough here. The design of both these machines is almost similar. While Toro uses an IronForged deck, Cub Cadet’s deck is made with 11-gauge steel. Consumers using both have found Toro’s decks more durable than Cub Cadets’. In terms of the engine, although Cub Cadet’s engine displacement is higher, the 24.5 hp power makes Toro’s zero turn mower stand out. But, the price of Toro’s zero turn mower is much higher than Cub Cadets.
Toro’s 42″ (107 cm) TimeCutter® Zero Turn Mower vs Cub Cadet RZT SX 42
|Specification||Toro Zero Turn Mower||Cub Cadet Zero Turn Mower|
|Engine||22.5 hp Toro Commercial V-Twin 708cc w/Self-Cleaning Air Filter Housing||679cc Cub Cadet EFI Engine|
|Cut Width||42 inch||42 inch|
|Fuel Capacity||3 gal / 11.4 L||2.8 gal. US (10.6 L)|
|Transmission||Dual Hydrostatic HG-ZT2100||Hydro-Gear EZT 2200|
|Tires||11″ x 4″ Front, 18″ x 7.5″ Rear||13″x 5″-6″ Front, 18″x 8.5″ -8″ Rear|
|Warranty||3-Year, Unlimited Hour Residential Limited Warranty||3-year limited|
In the 42″ range, Toro is a clear winner. Its engine offers more power than the Cub Cadet mower and its fuel tank is larger than its competitor. The best part is the price, the Toro is quite a bit cheaper than the Cub.
Walk-Behind Electric Mower
Toro 21″ (53cm) 60V MAX Electric Battery SMARTSTOW® Self-Propel High Wheel Mower vs Cub Cadet 60 Volt Max 21″ Signature Cut™ Push Walk-Behind Mower
|Specification||Toro 21″ 60v Max Battery Walk-Behind Mower||Cub Cadet 21″ 60v Walk-Behind Mower|
|Battery Voltage||Brushless DC 60V Battery L324 (6.0ah, 324 wh)||60V MAX|
|Charge Time||2.5 hours||2.5 hours|
|Run Time||45 minutes||50 minutes|
|Cut Width||21 inch||21 inch|
|Wheel Height||7″ Front, 8″ Rear||8″ Front, 11″ Rear|
|Warranty||2-year full Warranty||3-year limited|
Both Toro and Cub Cadet Walk-Behind mowers are classy and durable. Toro’s mower comes with the SmartStow®, enabling you to fold and store it virtually anywhere. The Cub Cadet mower offers you a dual battery bay, meaning you can store another fully charged battery within the power bay.
While the battery of both machines is nearly similar, what makes the Cub Cadet mower stand out is the extra-high rear wheels. While Toro offers stability with the 8″ rear wheel, Cub Cadet offers better grip with the 11″ rear wheel. The tire size somewhat justifies the extra $40 you pay for the Cub Cadet mower. Hence, Cub Cadet 60 Volt Max 21″ Signature Cut™ Push Walk-Behind Mower emerges as the clear winner in this segment.
Toro does not offer tractor mowers, and so the best we can do here is attempt to compare Cub Cadet’s 54-inch tractor mower with Toro’s 54-inch Zero-turn mower. While both mowers will cut grass a Zero turn is associated as you know with larger law areas. These two machines are different and have a different range of skill sets.
Zero turns are excellent at maneuvering and at cutting laws efficiently. A tractor mower on the other hand has the ability to collect grass, not a feature traditionally associated with a Zero turn. The tractor will be easier to master as it uses traditional pedal and steering wheel controls.
The Zero may seem a little alien with large levers for left and right turn controls.
Toro 54″ (137 cm) TITAN® Zero Turn Mower vs. Cub Cadet XT2 GX54 D
|Specification||Toro Zero Turn Mower TiTan||Cub Cadet Tractor Mower GX54D|
|Engine||26 hp Kohler 747cc with Pro Air Cleaner||24 HP Kawasaki 726cc|
|Cut Width||54 inch||54 inch|
|Fuel Capacity||5 gal / 18.9 L||3.0 gal. US (11.36 L)|
|Deck Material||54″ IronForged Fabricated 10 ga. High Strength with Bull Nose||11-gauge steel|
|Tires||13” x 6.5” – 6” Front, 22” x 11” – 10” Rear||16″x 6.5″-8″ Front, 22″x9.5″-12″ Rear|
|Warranty||3-Year, Unlimited Hour Residential Limited Warranty||3-year Unlimited Hours (Includes Powertrain)|
The Toro mower includes many pro elements like a canister-style air filter, a commercial drop pin, and a rubber chute. Since the blades spin at over 18,000 fpm, you can cut grass without the dreaded clumping.
The Cub Cadet tractor mower sports a heavy-duty AeroForce™ deck and rear diff lock to ensure optimal performance in hostile conditions.
While the Cub won’t be as nimble around the lawns as the Toro, it does offer other benefits. There are a ton of accessories available for tractor mowers easily converting them from mower to workhorse. The common range of accessories include – trailers, sweepers, snowblowers, aerators, scarifiers, rollers, feeders, sprayers and the list goes on.
Adding a range of accessories allows the gardener to put the tractor to multiple tasks around the yard, a tractor doesn’t just cut and collect grass.
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