Cub Cadet emerged in 1961, an extension of International Harvester, which at the time was a manufacturer of construction equipment and other household and commercial products. International Harvester wanted to introduce a line of lawn equipment suitable for grooming the large sprawling yards that were popular at the time. Cub Cadet was the brand, and it supplied homeowners with top quality mowers, hedge trimmers, leaf blowers, and more. Today, Cub Cadet is owned by MTD.
Cub Cadet riding mowers can be purchased at Lowes and Home Depot. There are also hundreds of Cub Cadet dealers in the United States and Canada.
Residential Z Force S Riders
This line of residential riding mowers employs a steering wheel rather than the usual steering levers. The steering column is adjustable, as is the seat position, giving optimum comfort to the user. Zero-turn radius technology is used in all Z Force mowers, allowing for maneuverability in tight spots and more cutting coverage even in sharp turns. Deck sizes are available in widths from 48 inches all the way to 60 inches. As of September 2010, prices for the Z Force S Riders start around $4,000 and top out at $6,300.
Residential RZT Riders
A more traditional-looking mower, the RZT rider uses steering levers for navigation. This mower also employs zero-turn radius technology. Its smallest deck width is 42 inches, and its largest is 54 inches. Much lower in price than the Z Force S, the prices range from $2,500 to $3,800.
A more durable construction, the Tank series mowers are designed for the relentless and unforgiving demands common of commercial use. With larger and more powerful engines---up to 37 horsepower, the Tank reaches speeds of up to 12 mph, enabling it to cut up to 6 1/2 acres an hour. The cost for Cub Cadet's most prestigious mower is around $7,000.
Commercial Z Force Riders
Similar in appearance to their residential counterpart, the Cub Cadet Z Force for commercial use employs larger engines and stronger construction. There are only two mowers in this series, with deck sizes of 48 inches and 54 inches. Prices are about $5,500 and $6,000 respectively.
Cub Cadet warrants their residential mowers for three years or 120 hours. Their commercial mowers are warranted for two years with no hour limitations.