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Model # RZT-S 42

Internet # 204694626

Store SKU # 380651

RZT S 42 in. 22 HP V-Twin Kohler Dual Hydrostatic Zero-Turn Riding Mower with Steering Wheel Control

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Model # RZT-S 42

Internet # 204694626

Store SKU # 380651

The Cub Cadet 42 in. 22 HP Kohler V-Twin OHV Zero-Turn Riding Mower features a steering wheel instead of lap bars, so it’s easier to learn and use. The 42 in. cutting width helps mow large areas of grass to reduce mowing time and the heavy-duty 2-blade cutting deck is rust resistant for long-lasting use. 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 matches 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. And 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.

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  • 22 HP Kohler V-Twin automatic OHV engine for reliable starting and exceptionally smooth, quiet operation
  • Cub Cadet signature cut smooth arc blades, cut overlap and deep dome deck provide flawless results
  • 42 in. cutting deck mows a wide area of grass to help reduce cutting time
  • Rust-resistant heavy-duty dual-blade cutting deck helps resist corrosion and provides your lawn with a clean-cut look
  • Zero-turning radius helps provide control and efficiency
  • Features the mow-in-reverse option
  • Steel frame provides durability for long-lasting use
  • 8-cutting positions let you select cutting heights ranging from 1-1/2 in. to 4 in.
  • Travels at speeds of up to 7 MPH forward and 4 MPH in reverse for efficient mowing
  • Includes a cup holder and utility bin for your convenience
  • 2.8 gal. fuel capacity helps minimize the need for refueling
  • Smart Jet deck wash system provides high pressure water that cleans out grass and debris build up under the deck
  • Hour meter keeps you apprised of the mower's status and maintenance schedule
  • Electronic fingertip blade engagement PTO allows for smooth operation of the deck or attachments
  • Model # 17ARCBDS056
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Assembled Depth (in.) 
86 in 
Assembled Height (in.) 
36 in 
Assembled Width (in.) 
48 in 
Front wheel size (in.) 
Mower Deck Width 
Rear wheel size (in.) 
Size of Yard 
1 - 2 Acres 
Turning radius (in.) 
CA (CARB) Compliant 
Not CARB Compliant 
Commercial / Residential 
Cutting Width 
Deck Type 
Drive type 
Rear-wheel Drive 
Engine Displacement (cc) 
Engine Make 
Assembly Required,Cruise Control,Cup Holder,Deck cleanout,Hour Meter,Keyed start,Rust resistant deck 
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 
Horsepower (hp) 
Engine oil 
Lawn Mower Type 
Zero Turn Riding 
Maximum cutting height (in.) 
Maximum forward speed (mph) 
Maximum reverse speed (mph) 
Minimum cutting height (in.) 
Mulching Capability 
Yes with Proper Blade 
Number of Blades 
Number of Cylinders 
Twin Cylinder 
Number of deck wheels 
Oil capacity (oz.) 
Product Weight (lb.) 
600 lb 
Start Type 
Automatic Override 
Sloped with Obstacles 
Transmission Type 
Warranty / Certifications
Certifications and Listings 
No Certifications or Listings 
Manufacturer Warranty 
3 year / 120 hour 


Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 120 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by The Best Ever The shipper delivered the RZT S 42" to my driveway in an open sided crate. Everything was secured and the crate was in good condition. I knew I couldn't just leave it in the driveway until the next day to put it together, so I proceeded to unpack and assemble it. There wasn't a lot to put together. It took longer to disassemble the crate than it did to bolt the steering column, steering wheel, grass deflector and seat in place. It already had oil in the engine so I checked everything else and then added gas and connected the battery. It had enough charge on the battery to allow me to crank it until it started. The first good thing I discovered was how quiet it was compared to my old riding mower. This is the first hydro-static transmission powered mower that I have ever owned. Life is now so much simpler than before. Push one peddle to go forward. The more you push, the faster it goes. Push the other peddle to go backwards. And yes, it stops the blades when you press the reverse peddle. The good new is that it turns so sharp that you find yourself rarely having to backup. The only thing you have to watch out for on this mower is the fact that even if the blade deck clears an object when you are cutting around it tightly, the back wheel may not miss it. It's best to watch the wheel clearance as well as the mower deck. This mower will cut your time cutting a large yard by a considerable percentage. The single peddle will allow you to speed over the thinner portions of the yard and slow down over the thicker parts without shifting a gear. You will find you have less line-trimmer work to do as well, I am happy with RZT. April 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Love it, Love it, Love it! The 42 in. 22 HP Kohler V-Twin Automatic Zero-Turn Riding Mower with Steering Wheel Control is a great mower. I am 66 years of age and find it very easy to use and a very good ride with this mower. It has a good even cut and a time saver with the speed. At my age, if I can find it easy, I would think it would be a good mower for all! I would include a video on the ease of riding and zero turn, although with the rain we have had in MN the past several days it’s not possible. Therefore, I am sending a photo of the mower parked in my back yard upon the first day it was delivered. May 30, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Cub Cadet zero turn mower It does a very good job of cutting and like the feature of it automatically slowing down into a turn. A Con would be there is no hitch on rear, they do sell a bracket for 25$. But the bracket where it would attach is twice the height on my other mower hitch height. Current height is roughly 7 inches, this other bracket would be 15 inches (way to high). Looks like I will fabricate a new bracket that will hook up at 7 inches. April 16, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Outstanding!!!! Excellent Buy!!!! I am an avid landscaper & enjoy caring for my yard. For the past 5 years I had a basic riding lawn tractor with a standard turning radius from a competitor. I have an acre lot with hills & slopes. While it got the job done, it took a long time to complete & the cut never seemed finished. I opted to replace it with the Cub Cadet RZT-S 42 IN. 22 HP KOHLER V-TWIN DUAL HYDROSTATIC ZERO-TURN RIDING MOWER WITH STEERING WHEEL CONTROL & I could not be happier. This machine came ready to roll when I accepted delivery. The only thing I added was a spinner knob (aka suicide/brodie knob) to the steering wheel, which makes the zero turn so much easier! I highly recommend everyone to do the same. Without the spinner, the steering wheel can be cumbersome while returning to the straight position. The cut is sharp, the ride is comfortable, it is easy to manipulate, has low maintenance & most of all it is very fun to operate. The Cub Cadet RZT-S powers over the hills & 'trimmed' an entire hour off my cut time as compared to my conventional riding lawn tractor. I have used it approximately 5 times this season & have had nothing but praise for this machine. Initially, I was a skeptic, but after performing a lot of research prior to making the purchase, I am convinced I made an excellent decision to buy. I am so glad I did not opt for a lower level model. I highly recommend you buying this mower. You will be glad you did. Thank you Cub Cadet & The Home Depot! May 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by This thing isn't playin' around! We bought this mower as we were falling a bit behind in our mowing. We built a house last year, and due to an over wet spring were unable to get a yard put in. We have not had a final grade, or anything done to our yard. We have picked out rocks, removed stumps, and the big stuff, but we have plenty of ruts. We are not usually so abusive on our equipment, but we were tired of handing out cash to have it brush hogged while we wait for the landscaper to show up to do the work this year. As you can see by the picture, the grass is over grown and waist high in some areas. This mower just laughed at this tall grass!!!! It never hesitated for a moment. Now we were pretty gentle as we don't want to destroy the mower, but we were very impressed at how well it performed under these conditions. I have severe vertigo and do not drive a car, but did fine using the mower. It handles well. It turns on a dime! We are so impressed so far. Our yard is a mess, but looks pretty darn amazing now that we have the cub to keep the weeds down. Just bought the hitch kit. We are planning on purchasing the lawn sweeper soon. Couldn't be happier!!!! June 3, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by The Best Lawn Mower You can Buy I did extensive research before buying the club cadet ZTR-S. This mower cut my moving time by 60%. I was using a push mower with a 21 deck and it was taking long and the cut quality was average. The club cadet ZTR-S makes the job as easy as one can imagine. The unit starts perfectly , all control work with ease. I would recommend this over the lap bar type ztr as this comes naturally for any one who can drive. turns on a dime 360 degrees without any wheel digging. I am cutting all sopes with ease. The best design in making a ZTR user friendly and I am sure other competitors need to look into this if they want to get into the home owner market. May 8, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Love this mower! Works great on slopes (4 wheel steering). Ease of use, just about zero learning time to use. Fast, safe, & fun. Turns on a dime and cuts my mowing time on 1.5 acres by 45 minutes. Best of all, my wife loves it too. She loves to use it and the quality of her cutting is almost pro! I've used this mower about four times now and can't say there has been problem one. July 2, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by It's easy to operate, cuts well, and easy to clean. I bought the Cub Cadet, RZT-S, 42in. 22 HP Kohler V-Twin Dual Hydrostatic Zero-Turn Riding Mower with Steering Wheel Control specifically for what I hoped to be the ease of operations for my 16 year old daughter, and I was right. The steering wheel makes it easy to drive, and it cuts what we drive it over. There are two things I'd change if I could: the steering wheel isn't adjustable, and the PTO kicks off when it goes into reverse. The ability to adjust the height and reach of the steering wheel would make it a more comfortable drive. It is a hassle to have to restart the PTO each time we have to back-up, plus not being able to cut in reverse causes extra effort to complete cutting some areas. May 6, 2014
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