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Cub Cadet RZT S 42 Zero Turn Mower Review

Price: $2699.00

The 2013 Cub Cadet RZT S 42 Zero Turn features a 42 inch stamped deck and a 22 HP Kohler V-Twin OHV engine. The RZT S Zero-Turn Riding Mower features an industry exclusive steering wheel instead of lap bars; so it’s easier to learn and use.


The 2013 Cub Cadet RZT S 42 Zero Turn features a 42 inch stamped deck and a 22 HP Kohler V-Twin OHV engine. The greatest feature of this Cub Cadet RZT S Zero-Turn Riding Mower is an industry exclusive steering wheel instead of lap bars; so it’s easier to learn and use. The 42 in. cutting width helps mow tight areas of grass, and the double-blade cutting deck is said to be rust resistant but as we all know the stamped decks these days are anything but long lasting so keep it clean and free of grass build up that will lead to early rust and corrosion.

The zero-turning radius offers efficiency and control when mowing, and the automatic transmission lets you set your own pace. Even while mowing at different speeds, the dual hydrostatic transmission provides true zero-turn performance all while protecting your lawn and providing unparalleled stability. For added comfort, the simplicity of gas and brake pedals match the arrangement of a car’s control and movement. To go forward, press the gas pedal and to go in reverse, simply push the reverse pedal that sits right next to the gas. With Synchro Steer Technology, the steering wheel controls both the front wheels and the independently controlled back wheels for greater maneuverability, tracking, and stability on tough terrain and steep hills. The steering column unfortunately is not adjustable up and down on the fly so it will have to be adjusted prior to operation and will require a few hand tools to change between the two adjustment angles of the steering column.

Expert Conclusion: The Cub Cadet RZT S 42 is a good alternative to an entry level lawn tractor or it’s cousin the RZT Series Zero-Turn when comparing the different options available. The steering wheel function on the mower is by far the biggest selling feature for sure and is flawless in it’s function. The 42 inch twin blade cutting deck on the RZT S 42 is one of it’s weakest features and continues to be across most of the Cub Cadet line these days but with some preventative maintenance and careful operation it should perform well for some time without major repair or replacement. The seating and operator controls are nice and as comfortable as expected from a zero-turn mower in this price range. In closing I would say this unit is as easy to operate as any mower could ever be and the overall cut quality is good but can vary widely between different grass types and terrains. Most complaints that I hear and see about this unit are directed at the deck and cut quality issues which I have experienced first hand, with that said many of these cut quality issues are correctable with proper deck adjustment and leveling.


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MFG Part # : 17AFCBDS056


Assembled Depth (in.) 80 in Assembled Height (in.) 36 in
Assembled Width (in.) 50 in Rollover protection No
Commercial / Residential Residential Cutting Width 42 in
Deck cleanout Yes Drive type Rear-wheel Drive
Engine Displacement (cc) 725 cc Engine Make Kohler
Size of Yard 2 Acres or Less 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 hour Maximum cutting height (in.) 4
Maximum forward speed (mph) 7 Mph Maximum reverse speed (mph) 4
Minimum cutting height (in.) 1.5 Mower Deck Width 42 in
Mulching Capability Yes with Proper Blade Number of deck wheels 4
Oil capacity (oz.) 64 Power steering No
Product Weight (lb.) 600 Rear wheel size (in.) 18

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3 Comments/Reviews

  • Terrence L. Roberts says:

    I just purchased a RZTS 46 cub cadet and have mowed my grass twice and now have numerous round burn spots in my grass.
    I’m wondering if cub cadet is coming up with a solution for this problem???

    • Phil says:

      Yikes, I am thinking about buying one just like what you got. Had any feedback on the brown spots?

  • Terrence L. Roberts says:
    3 stars

    I’m still waiting for a reply from cub cadet as to what there correction is going to be for the burn spots from a hot muffler mounted to close to the ground !