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Customer Reviews for Cub Cadet Ultima ZT1 42 in. 56-Volt MAX 60 Ah Battery Lithium-Ion Electric Drive Zero Turn Riding Lawn Mower

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Model #ULTIMA ZT1-42E

Store SKU #1005772136

  • Battery operated: no gas, oil, air filters, spark plugs or belts
  • Cut up to 2-acres per charge, full recharge in only 4 hours
  • Features a high-back seat and a USB charging port

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Very Quiet, nice cut
[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Bought the ZT1 42E about 6 weeks ago and it is a no compromise zero turn, I cut about an acre on 1/2 a charge. I chose to buy a battery powered system from a world class US lawn mower manufacturer. Love the system and the no fuss. Hop and go.
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    I REALLY want to like this mower. I like everything...
    I REALLY want to like this mower. I like everything about it except for the controls. It’s VERY difficult to control the steering!
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    Response from CubCadetJul 13, 2021
    Hello ERIC. We're sorry to hear that you're not satisfied with the steering controls on this zero turn mower. We’d like the opportunity to discuss this further with you. Please give us a call at 1(877) 428-2349 at your earliest convenience and mention your case number 06914729. Thank you very much.
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    4 found this review helpful
    I've now had this mower for almost two months - been using it on almost weekly basis. No problem...
    I've now had this mower for almost two months - been using it on almost weekly basis. No problems with charging. Batteries last per specs - while new, I'm sure. Straight driving has plenty of speed/power. Here are the negatives so far: 1) Mowing deck could use a bit more power. Sometimes it binds down in the grass on my property. I live next to a swamp, so the grass gets tall, thick and juicy pretty quickly. 2) Turning controls, especially at low speeds and small turn radius, result in jerky motion and quite a bit of noise/creaking. 3) This week I took off the blades, to sharpen them - one of the knobs that holds the blade onto the cast mounting head chipped off, probably due to an impact with a branch. I'll need to replace this part eventually.
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    • Recommended
    2 found this review helpful
    Good for mostly wide open cutting. Switch to turtle in tight areas.
    Good for mostly wide open cutting. Switch to turtle in tight areas.
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    • Recommended
    I gave this machine one star and I can not recommend it to anyone at this time. The assembly was ...
    I gave this machine one star and I can not recommend it to anyone at this time. The assembly was easy as the manual had ample instruction for this procedure. The problem that I encountered was a very limited amount of information on error codes, which can be numerous. The ZT1 42e worked well at the start and for the first mowing. The second mowing was good, but had an error code of E103 that I reset using the instructions in the manual. The third mowing was more of a problem. The machine shut down with error codes of E108 and E113 alternating that would not reset using the limited instructions in the manual. The manual said to contact technical services at Cub Cadet by phone. The day this happened was Saturday and Cub Cadet or the service centers were only open on Monday thru Friday. I pushed the machine into my garage and tried it again after 4 hours and the codes reset and the machine worked fine. I contacted Cub Cadet on Monday to find the cause of this shut down. They said the code E108 is a VCM code much as a check engine light in your auto. The Code E113 is a loose or poor connection to the left drive motor. The automatic reset is unexplained. This will be a good machine, but it needs a very descriptive manual at the present time to help an owner iron the bugs out.
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    Response from CubCadetJun 28, 2021
    Hello J89MN. We're very sorry to hear that you received error codes on your riding mower and that the instructions in the manual were not sufficient. If you'd like to discuss your experience with us, you can give us a call at 1-877-428-2349 and mention your case number 06875231 so we can help. Thank you very much.
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    4 found this review helpful
    Great Mower - Read the Instructions
    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Received the ZT1 42E in spring. Cut looks better than the guy I paid last year to handle it so far. Read the instructions, spend some time getting to know it. Be gentle with the height knob. Treat the machine with respect and it works perfectly well within manufacturer specs for terrain, etc. I live on an acre with slopes, some short and steep. I have obstacles like large tree roots, a pond, and landscaping beds. Mower has no issues in dry conditions. The back end will slide on slopes if grass is damp. Battery life is excellent. I'm able to mow the entire property and still have 40% left, and I like to go slow. Mow faster like the pros and battery lasts longer (less blade motor time which is most of the battery draw). Cut is great. I am mulching with stock blades and a cover. No issues. Cuts well in eco, best at full speed. Controls: READ. THE. INSTRUCTIONS. before you get mad at it. It has safety features that can frustrate otherwise. I find it works best with the turtle speed off and fluid inputs.
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      Excellent mower, as advertised. Shipping it to my home was...
      Excellent mower, as advertised. Shipping it to my home was an odyssey however. Advice about arrival day kept shifting from day to day. Ended up being several days late. Also, getting it out of the crate is not easy! But the mower is a pleasure to use.
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      Great idea, horrible implementation
      I purchased this mower 3 weeks ago, have mowed 4 times now, and it makes me sick thinking about the money I wasted on this. I did the calibration (good luck even unloading it if you don't), checked tire pressure, and looked over any user serviceable adjustments I can find. If your yard is a perfectly flat square with no obstacles, you might actually be pretty impressed by this. If you have a fence or anything around the perimeter, be prepared to hit it a bunch or push mow that last foot. And if you have any trees or even the slightest grade change, be prepared to hate every minute of being on the mower. The controls are twitchy. It's almost as if the computer has a delay between the input from the sticks and the output to the drive motors. From a dead stop, you can carefully ease in to the sticks and have some degree of control. But once it's moving, good luck. That said, with time I've gotten a lot better at dealing with the "twitch". The bigger issue is it doesn't seem like the motors have any sort of deceleration capabilities. What I mean is if you're going along with both sticks full forward, and ease off on one side to slow it down and thus make it turn in that direction, it doesn't. You can almost get to where one stick is full on neutral with the other full forward, and it barrels along darn near straight. On a real zero turn you'd be sitting with one tire stopped driving in a circle. To make matters worse, as soon as the computer sees 1% of reverse the thing violently stops and reverses the wheel that had been freewheeling forward all along, leaving a nice scar in your yard and making it near impossible to drive around trees and obstacles. This issue is especially evident going downhill, as noted in many other reviews, it just kinda wanders in whatever direction gravity decides to pull it, right up to the point that you pull the stick back enough that it sees reverse input. Queue the whiplash and big dirt scar as one wheel grinds to a halt and suddenly reverses. I want to love this mower. The seat is comfy, it looks nice, it's quiet. I whole hardheartedly believe electric is a future. This is just an awful implementation. The guys that tested this either have never mowed before in their life, or tested it on a perfectly flat yard. And it wouldn't be hard to fix. Regenerative braking might provide enough drag, or they could've maybe used servo motors, or even just cleverly actuated mechanical brakes. Anything to make stick input directly correlate to motor rpm, and make it so when you pull back on a stick the corresponding wheel slows down. Maybe it can be fixed with a software update, I don't know if the hardware is actually capable or not. I did call customer service. Their advice was calibrate again (*rolls eyes*). They did mention adjusting the brakes, which do in fact come on when you pull to neutral, but maybe there's a fix there. I'll reach out to the local dealer and ask, but I don't have high hopes after reading all these other reviews. Bottom line, this thing isn't ready for an average yard. I do hope they fix it, and if there's any way to update models already in service when they do, I'll gladly circle back and edit this review if I can. But for now, I would not recommend this mower to anyone that doesn't hate their yard and their Saturdays.
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      Response from CSJun 23, 2021
      Hello Nick, first of all thank you for taking the time to write out a detailed review of the product. We're sorry to hear you've not been completely satisfied with it due to the difficulty you've had in controlling it. This mower may need to be seen by a service center of ours if the adjustments you make aren't fixing the twitching issues and lack of sensitivity when braking. If you'd like to discuss it again with us directly or speak with our technical department for further troubleshooting, please give us a call at 1-877-428-2349 and mention your case #06861818. Have a wonderful day!
        Erratic and Jerky Controls!
        I have plenty of zero turn mower experience and have never operated a mower that was this difficult to control. The two main drive motors seemed to fight against each other when making turns and it kept slinging the front end quickly in one direction nearly causing me to run into several objects. It would not drive straight and at slow speeds it was nearly uncontrollable. I performed the calibration steps and it did not make a difference. Ended up returning it the same day and purchased the Ego ZTR from Lowe’s. Overall the build quality and features of the Cub were really good, however, controllability issues were the deal breaker. The Ego steers like butter and even though it is $500 more than the Cub, it is completely worth it and has more features too.
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        Response from CubCadetJun 23, 2021
        Hello Abc123, we're sorry to hear you've not been satisfied with your purchase due to the difficulty you had in controlling it and decided to return it for a different brand. If you'd like to discuss it with us directly, please give us a call at 1-877-428-2349 and mention your case #06861564. Have a wonderful day!
          11 found this review helpful
          Battery charging a hassle
          You have no off unit charging capability. So, unlike competitors, you can't have batteries charging while you work. Once you run out of juice, you have a 4hour wait to get a full charge. You should have modular batteries that are easy to remove and replace. Also, why did you reduce the tire size for the electric unit? Bigger tires and more batteries would make this nearly perfect. The steering is crazy because you did not take time to study throttle linearity, but I understand this is not a Tesla. Just a couple of improvements and you have a planet friendly, neighbor loving machine.
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          Response from CSJun 23, 2021
          Hello. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. First and foremost, we would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. If you would like to discuss this problem further, please contact us at 1-800-269-6215 and mention Case # 06863427.
            Was excited before being almost bucked off
            This thing has smaller wheels than it's gas driven brother. The steering is incredibly difficult. I am a very good 10yr zero turn guy. I can cut right next to the most gentle plants typically. This thing is very dangerous even for an experienced driver. I understand electric motors have torque, but the uneven steering is extremely annoying. push both handles forward and you MIGHT go straight. Definitely for wide open areas where straight lines are not important. Never move this thing with anyone or anything near you. Wanted this so bad, but unfortunately will have to stick to gas and return it. back to Gas, belts, oil, and all the stink that comes with it:(
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              2nd one breaks down within one month of purchase
              This is the second one that breaks down within one month. The first one I was able to return to Homedepot after Cub Cadet couldn’t help me. Now I have a wrench sign and machine wouldn’t start. This is such a poor craftsmanship, period. Would never recommend a cub cadet product to any one. Very disappointed to say the least. Now I can’t talk to service department because they are closed on the weekends when almost everyone cuts their grass!!!
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              Response from CSJun 23, 2021
              Hi George. We're sorry to hear you haven't been satisfied with your Cub Cadet equipment. We do take our customers' opinions very seriously and the feedback we receive helps us build better products. This has been documented internally, and if you would like to discuss this problem further, please give us a call at 1-877-428-2349 and mention your Case # 06863415. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you.
                1st 2 days and 1st cut......finally!
                [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I bought my ZT142 E 2 days ago. I got home and got it 100% charged I went to cut for about 15 minutes and the blades turned off I tried everything nothing worked, loaded it on the trailer try to get in the blade started up for a second then I got a code E235 took it back the next day went to grab another one loaded up on my trailer and before I could even finish tying it down I had a code come up on it, took it off got another one this one seems to do fine. got it home cut my lawn cut the lawn at the gym and still had 55% and that was a good one and a half acres.
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                  • Recommended
                  Well built mower with terrible control
                  I really wanted to like this mower but the controls are extremely jerky at low speeds making it almost impossible to mow around objects you don't want to damage. It is also hard to keep it going straight having to seesaw back and forth to stay on your mow lines. The positives are that it seems fairly well built and the battery life is good. Unfortunately, the glaring control issue completely negates the main benefits of a ZTR so it had to get returned.
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                  Response from CubCadetJun 18, 2021
                  Hello Steve. We're sorry to hear that you had to return your zero turn mower. We do take our customers' opinions very seriously and the feedback we receive helps us build better products. If you’d like to discuss your experience with us, you can give us a call at 1(877) 428-2349 and mention your case number 06849598 so we can help. Thank you very much.
                    4 found this review helpful
                    Good battery, good cut, controls are adequate
                    I bought this a few weeks ago, over all I am very satisfied with it however there are a few things that need to happen before you start. First take the included tool on the right hand side and make the handle bars completely even by adjusting the handles with the knob and finishing the fine tuning on the nuts ( this will really help any issues pushing too far one way or another.) Second go to YouTube and follow their calibration procedure for the arm sensors. This was absolutely critical in getting my experience from horrific to adequate it was a complete 180. Once they are fully calibrated they work alright, you can get yourself into a feed back loop when going top speed and making minor adjustments (causing more and more left and right motion) and you have to put it in turtle mode when mowing on uneven or bumpy terrain otherwise it's not gonna be easy to mow straight. Lastly when in turtle you can achieve decent precision but if you are used to a hydrostatic mower don't expect it to be the same. Being a computer engineer, I think cub cadet just needs to make some calibrations to the firm ware to dampen the arm inputs as speed ramps up and on initial arm input so beginning and top of movement range. Other than that I am completely satisfied with my mower, oh I almost forgot I mow about an acre and end with 45-50% battery without using the energy saver. Cub cadet feel free to reach out if you need someone to test new firmware updates. Also you should look into implementing mowing analysis based off required electric current going to the motors for the blades and overall statistics for each mow ( it would be a fun way for the public to compare each mow while you can get good diagnostic data for how the product is doing and make improvements via firmware updates)
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                      Delivery was on time and intact. Easy assembly. My only...
                      Delivery was on time and intact. Easy assembly. My only problem is the touchiness of the controls. Even in “Turtle “ mode a wrong reaction can get you in trouble. Of this is my first experience with a Zero Turn mower so it could be the same with a gasoline powered unit. The cut is good and on “Eco” setting I can get three cuts on one charge. I have a little under an acre of property.
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                      I really wanted to like this thing, but unfortunately it is just not suited to my needs. Specific...
                      I really wanted to like this thing, but unfortunately it is just not suited to my needs. Specifically the control system needs work. When the mower is operated at normal driving or mowing speeds it is fine. The problem is operating it at low speeds such as tight maneuvers around an obstacle or parking the machine next to anything that you don't want smashed. The reason is that the electric motors don't engage until enough power is available to give the machine a significant lurch and the result is that a normal reaction is to overcompensate in the reverse direction. Is it possible to get through a learning curve and operate this mower effectively? Yes, I believe so. The problem for me is that I would not be the only one operating it and I happen to need to park it near my cars. The amount of damage that would have been caused in order to overcome the learning curve was just too much of a concern so my mower was returned. I believe that with proper tuning, this behavior will be corrected in the future. Whether that can be done via some sort of update or just improvements in the design, I don't know.
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                      Response from CubCadetJun 21, 2021
                      Hello WishICould. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. Our goal is 100% customer satisfaction and we want every experience to be “five stars”. Please contact us with suggestions to let us know what we can do better. Your feedback will help us to build better products. Please give us a call at 1 (877) 428-2349 and mention your case number 06855204. Thank you very much.
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                      I liked the idea of not having to change oil,...
                      I liked the idea of not having to change oil, with less maintenance because of being battery operates. After testing this one, I found it very unstable on hills. Because the front wheels not having any torque power to push or pull, it’s impossible to use on hills. With only having the back wheels pushing, the front wheels just roll freely. It is quiet, not crazy about the zero turn with steering, easy to charge, but I rather have total control of all my lawn mowers wheel. I am going back to my CUB CADET with a steering wheel for train manageability. I also like the way you can get closer around shrubs and trees. For flat yards, it would be great. Just not safe for hills, because it could roll over, and have to go back up the hill backwards for traction. This is my 2nd Cub Cadet, I left it with the house I sold, before I retired. Cub Caset makes a great product, never had any problems after all those years. Any Cub Cadet mower, makes lawn cutting a breeze.
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                      Easy to learn to use, for one who never drove a riding mower. Battery power lasts as long as I do...
                      Easy to learn to use, for one who never drove a riding mower. Battery power lasts as long as I do, before needing recharge. Great product.
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                      • Recommended
                      It's taking a bit to get used to . I think I need to sharpen the blades. Leaving a bit uncut. Ove...
                      It's taking a bit to get used to . I think I need to sharpen the blades. Leaving a bit uncut. Overall seems good so far.
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                      • Recommended
                      The machine is exceptionally well built, very powerful, and made...
                      The machine is exceptionally well built, very powerful, and made of quality materials. However, it is very difficult to control the speed and direction of the mower. The controls seem to be too sensitive and require constant attention.
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                      Steering response sucks everything else great...
                      Steering response sucks everything else great
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                      I have driven zero turn mowers before but this thing...
                      I have driven zero turn mowers before but this thing is so different. If you turn a gas mower up to its highest RPM and then try to trim around a small tree, this is what this mower is like even in turtle and eco modes. Very jerky turning left to right. Otherwise great. Quiet, and good features such as the USB port, lights, and the easy ability to change mower height.
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                      Response from CubCadetJun 10, 2021
                      Hello DORIS. We are very sorry to hear that you are not satisfied with your Cub Cadet. We'd like to assist you in getting the problem with the jerkiness resolved. Please give us a call at 1(877) 428-2349 at your earliest convenience and mention your case number 06823764 so we can help. Thank you very much.
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                      5 found this review helpful
                      Disappointed
                      Just drove this home (1 mile from store). Before I left the store clerk said the noise (metal grinding sound) was the breaks and no big deal. Umm ok... OMG it was NOT a pleasant drive home. Bucks like a horse if you are not on flat terrain and trying to navigate sidewalks. Was in turtle mode the whole way as the steering levers are not balanced and it keeps pulling to one side and when you try to make corrections it jerks and over corrects. Did I mention the metal grinding sound? OMG I could barely stand to listen to it the whole way home. Drove by people out for a walk and I was so embarrassed. It is a beautiful machine but has some serious issues that need corrected. I own a 2005 cub cadet Z Wing that I love but was trying to go green to help our planet.
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                        Great Electric Mower
                        I've been using this mower for over a month now and I love it. I have a 1.2 acre lot and I normally finish with a 30% charge. The mower was a little jerky at first, but Cub Cadet has a video on YouTube that walks you through the calibration process and that helped smooth out the controls. I had a hard time deciding between this and the Ryobi electric zero turn, but the comfort and build quality on the Cub Cadet is far better and worth it for the difference in price. I would highly recommend this mower.
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                          3 found this review helpful
                          I’m impressed with the design, materials and workmanship on this...
                          I’m impressed with the design, materials and workmanship on this machine. So far I have used the low speed on the mower deck with excellent results. Mowing heights are very helpful and accurate. My previous machine was a 60” deck versus 42” but mowing total time is very similar. Only wish I could hose it down after use some of the yard is wet and it gets muddy sometimes.
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                          Overall I like this mower. I was waiting to...
                          Overall I like this mower. I was waiting to review it after using it for a while. I love the battery power and it lasts my entire 1.5 acre backyard and still has around 40% charge left at the end. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is the fact that the handling is a little jerky (especially when trying to go slow around obstacles). It takes practice, but in the open areas it zooms. I think so far I've been lucky and not had any of the errors that others have had. I love the quietness and the lack of needing gas. It mows my yard 30min faster than my old JD riding gas mower.
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                          1 found this review helpful
                          Happy so far.
                          [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] This is my first ZTR with the two control arms. My previous was a John Deere SST16 and it drove like a standard lawn tractor. I had it for 15years.The controls on this have been a true learning curve, with the constant adjustments to keep it straight and the trying to make close cuts to obstacles in the yard. I mow mine and three neighbors yards which is why I wanted the 42 inch cut. I have only used it 3 times so far and I have somewhere between 30 and 35% battery life left after. The recharge is surprisingly quick since it is just a 110 outlet. I'm giving it 5 star because it has met my expectations for noise level and quality of cut. I will update later if I run into issues. I'm pleased with the mower so far.
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