2013 Cub Cadet RZT 50 KW - In Depth Review


2013 Cub Cadet RZT 50 KW Review

Price: $3,299.00

The Cub Cadet RZT 50 KW Zero Turn Rider is a powerful machine thanks to it’s Kawasaki, 2 cylinder engine that provides 24 hp to power both the wheels and the mower deck.


The 2103 Cub Cadet RZT 50 KW Zero Turn lawn mower sells for $2999 and it’s strongest competitors are the Toro Time Cutter and the Husqvarna RZ series. The Cub Cadet RZT50KW Zero Turn Rider is a powerful machine thanks to it’s Kawasaki, 2 cylinder engine that provides 24 hp to power both the wheels and the mower deck. The Hydro Gear EZT transmissions are a solid transmission choice in this price range and have proven it by there solid service record. These transmissions are more than adequate for the average homeowners use. They Hydro Gear EZT’s are non serviceable units so there isn’t much you can do to extend the life of them. The frame on the RZT 50 KW is made from fully welded steel making it plenty strong  for the average homeowners mowing up to 3 acres of land much more use than this will run it’s toll on this machine and start costing you in parts pretty quickly.

The 12-gauge stamped deck is a bit thin but it’s comparable to other zero turn mowers in this price range. The original blades are pretty light weight and should be replaced as soon as possible with a Heavy Duty version like the rotary 11507 or cub cadet Xtreme models. These Heavy Duty blades will make a significant difference in the blades life and cut quality.
The top speed of the Cub Cadet RZT50KW Zero Turn Rider lawn mower is 6 mph when moving forward, while in reverse it can reach up to 3 mph. The total weight of this machine comes is 527 lbs.

Expert Conclusion: Cub Cadet is owned and built by MTD and as many people know the quality of MTD products can vary wildly between models but the RZT50 KW has proven that it’s a solid mower and a proven performer when it comes to the average homeowners needs, it’s no surprise that the Cub Cadet RZT50KW is seen on many shoe string budget landscape trailers because it has proven that it can hold up and comes with a 120 operating hours warranty (or 3 year warranty, whichever comes first). The fuel tank on the RZT 50 KW can hold up to 3 US gallons of gas. The Cut height is roughly 4 inches which is adequate in most cases. The front wheels have been a common problem point by constantly losing air an option is tubing the tire or by solid foam filling the tires. The Kawasaki motor and Hydro Gear transmissions have been a good choice and extremely reliable in most cases. The life span of the decks on the RZT series has been an issue over the years but with a machine in good enough shape a replacement deck makes sense to get a few more years of service out of one of these machines.

Lawn Mower Buying Research Tip! Take the time to look over the parts manual and verify the important items like ball bearings and to get an idea of the overall construction. Download the parts manual for the Cub Cadet RZT 50

Cub Cadet RZT 50 KW Specifications:

Assembled Depth (in.) 80 in Assembled Height (in.) 36 in
Assembled Width (in.) 57 in Assembly Required 0-15 minutes
Commercial / Residential Residential Cutting Width 50 in
Deck cleanout Yes Drive type Rear-wheel Drive
ETL Listed No Engine Displacement (cc) 725
Engine Make Kawasaki Engine oil included Yes
Frame Material Painted Steel Front wheel size (in.) 13
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 2.8 Headlights No
Hour Meter Yes Keyed start Yes
Lawn Mower Type Zero Turn Riding Manufacturer Warranty 3 year/120 hr limited
Maximum cutting height (in.) 4 Maximum forward speed (mph) 7
Maximum reverse speed (mph) 4 Minimum cutting height (in.) 1.5
Mower Deck Width 50 in Mulching Capability Yes with Proper Blade
Number of deck wheels 4 Oil capacity (oz.) 60
Power Type engine Power steering No
Product Weight (lb.) 712 Rear wheel size (in.) 18

Conclusion Rating
Quality of Construction
4 stars
Price / Value
4 stars
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