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Cub Cadet or Toro – The one I’d choose

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

Toro Zero Turn 75754
54″ (137 cm) TimeCutter MyRIDE Zero Turn Mower (75754)
Specification Toro Zero Turn Mower Timecutter Cub Cadet Ultima ZT154 Zero Turn Mower
Engine24.5 hp Toro Commercial V-Twin 708cc.24 HP 725cc KOHLER 7000 series V-twin automatic OHV engine.
Cut Width54 inch54 inch
Fuel Capacity3 gallons /11.4 L3.5 gal. US (13.25 L)
Deck Design54″ IronForged® Fabricated Deck11-gauge steel
TransmissionDual Hydrostatic HG-ZT2200Hydro-Gear EZT 2200
Tires11″ x 5.5″ Front, 20″ x 10″  Rear11″x 6″-5″ Front, 20”x 10”- 8” Rear
Warranty3 Years3 Years
Price$4,399$3,399
Cub Cadet Zero turn
Cub Cadet Ultima ZT1 54

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 

Toro Zero Turn Timemaster
Toro’s 42″ (107 cm) TimeCutter Zero Turn Mower
Specification Toro Zero Turn MowerCub Cadet Zero Turn Mower
Engine22.5 hp Toro Commercial V-Twin 708cc w/Self-Cleaning Air Filter Housing679cc Cub Cadet EFI Engine
Cut Width42 inch42 inch
Fuel Capacity3 gal / 11.4 L2.8 gal. US (10.6 L)
TransmissionDual Hydrostatic HG-ZT2100Hydro-Gear EZT 2200
Tires11″ x 4″ Front, 18″ x 7.5″ Rear13″x 5″-6″ Front, 18″x 8.5″ -8″ Rear
Warranty3-Year, Unlimited Hour Residential Limited Warranty3-year limited
Price$3,099$3,799
Cub Cadet RZT SX
Cub Cadet RZT SX 42

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

Toro battery power walk behind mower
Toro 21″ (53cm) 60V MAX Electric Battery SMARTSTOW Self-Propel High Wheel Mower
Specification Toro 21″ 60v Max Battery Walk-Behind MowerCub Cadet 21″ 60v Walk-Behind Mower
Battery VoltageBrushless DC 60V Battery L324 (6.0ah, 324 wh)60V MAX
Charge Time2.5 hours2.5 hours
Run Time45 minutes50 minutes
Cut Width21 inch21 inch
Wheel Height7″ Front, 8″ Rear8″ Front, 11″ Rear
Warranty2-year full Warranty3-year limited
Price$419$459
Cub Cadet electric mower
Cub Cadet 60 Volt Max 21″ Signature Cut Push Walk-Behind Mower

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. 

Tractor Mower

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

Toro Titan Zero Turn Mower
Toro 54″ (137 cm) TITAN Zero Turn Mower
Specification Toro Zero Turn Mower TiTanCub Cadet Tractor Mower GX54D
Engine26 hp Kohler 747cc with Pro Air Cleaner24 HP Kawasaki 726cc
Cut Width54 inch54 inch
Fuel Capacity5 gal / 18.9 L3.0 gal. US (11.36 L)
Deck Material 54″ IronForged Fabricated 10 ga. High Strength with Bull Nose11-gauge steel
Tires13” x 6.5” – 6” Front, 22” x 11” – 10” Rear16″x 6.5″-8″ Front, 22″x9.5″-12″ Rear
Warranty3-Year, Unlimited Hour Residential Limited Warranty3-year Unlimited Hours (Includes Powertrain)
Price$5,499$4,299

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. 

Cub Cadet Tractor mower
Cub Cadet XT2 GX54 D

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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