2013 Cub Cadet LTX 1046 KW Review


2013 Cub Cadet LTX 1046 KW Review

Price: $1,999.99

The LTX 1046 KW which comes with a 21.5 horsepower Kawasaki V-twin and 2-blade 46” mowing deck Cub rates for use on up to 3 acres. The Kawasaki powerplant has a professional-grade designation


The 2013 Cub Cadet LTX 1046 KW lawn tractor features a 21.5 horsepower Kawasaki V-twin engine and a 2-blade 46” mowing deck that Cub Cadet rates for use on up to 3 acres. The Kawasaki engine is professional-grade and is an easy starting, smooth running gem of an engine. With overhead valves (OHV), cast iron cylinder sleeves, and full-pressure lubrication, this is a unit designed for long life.

The transmission in the LTX 1046 is a tried and proven TuffTorq sealed unit that is mated to an easy-to-use twin pedal system. Offering unlimited control over the 0-5.2 mph forward and 0-2.3 mph reverse ground speed, the LTX 1046 comes with standard cruise control and is driven by belt (you have to step up to the 2000 series to get shaft drive).

2013 Cub Cadet LTX 1046 working around the yardThe operator’s platform roomy with well marked controls. On the left fenderwell, which is made from steel and includes a grab rail, is a storage bin; on the right, also with a grab rail, a cup holder right and the deck lift lever. A cargo net is positioned below the instrument panel, which includes ignition switch, electric PTO knob, throttle, electronic system monitor, brake and cruise control. The LTX 1046 seat is a high-back design with 12 selectable positions and 6” of travel that we have no doubt will yield hours of comfortable use.


Headlamps are standard and turn on and off with the key switch. The hood and grill are made of an almost indestructible ABS material that is resistant to chemicals and scratches. The LTX 1046 comes with a 3.3 gallon gas tank with a visible level indicator

2013 Cub Cadet LTX 1046 Turning RadiusUnder the operator’s platform and tying engine, transmission, and front axle (heavy duty cast iron) together is a robotically welded nine-gauge steel frame. 3/4” greaseable front spindles with automotive-style ball joints yield a super sharp 12” turning radius which we found could be turned more aggressively than needed—especially in wet, soft conditions—and would caution potential owners to take it easy. Their lawns will thank them for it. Cub Cadet outfitted the LTX 1046 with 15 x 6 front and 20 x 8 rear turf tires.

When it comes time to mow, and that is what most owners will spend most of their time doing, the LTX 1046 46” Signature Cut deck is up to the challenge. An easy-to-use deck lift system gives the operator full control over cut height and is adjustable in 12 positions from 1.5” to 4”. The 46” deck also comes with Cub’s SmartJet deck wash system. We recommend removing the deck periodically and cleaning while also sharpening the blades. The deck is a quick attach design, though there is a belt guard that requires a wrench to remove. We’ll call it almost quick attach.

The LTX 1046 weighs 513 lbs. including the deck and has a 47.5” wheelbase and a 69” overall length. Cub stands behind the LTX 1046 with a 3-year/120-hour warranty and extends coverage to the driveline with a 5 year/500 hr limited warranty. With a MSRP of $2199 and a current sale price of $1999, the LTX 1046 might just be that tractor you have been looking for.

Lawn Mower Buying Research Tip! Take the time to look over the parts manual and verify the important items and to get an idea of the overall construction. download the parts manual for the Cub Cadet LTX 1046

Conclusion Rating
Quality & Construction
3 stars
Price / Value
3 stars
3 stars
3 stars

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