To roadhog96:Having been out of town for a week, I once again began yesterday working on the drive belt on my LT1050. A friend had helped me prior to leaving, and now the drive belt pulley has been bent enough that I will have to replace it as well. the electric clutch did come of with ease, but the pulley was another story. I have reviewed the links which you included, and they are helpful. Today I will weigh my options and decide whether to put the mower in the front yard for sale, or to just send it to a shop, which is not always a good option. Finding a qualified mower expert here is a toss of the coin, and the cost of having the mower picked up and brought to a shop, is another consideration. Not to mention that my faith in getting good work for a fair price, is at an all time low considering past experience. I graciously appreciate your reply and I will advise you when I either fix the mower, or I sell it. I am exploring the idea of getting a professional Skag Turf Tiger, but of course we're talking some serious money. I very much enjoy mowing our 2 1/2acres, but I do not want to spend half of the time repairing the Cub Cadet, and unfortunately, that is what I feel like I am doing.
Thank you again,
Well I can understand your frustration and share your outlook on finding reputable repair work. I have done all my own maintenance on my tractor which is now 21 years old. The dealer that I bought it from told me that the newer Cub Cadets aren't built like the older ones which is pretty obvious. He also said that my model 1320 tractor which is a hydrostatic model usually looses the hydro unit between 500-600 hrs. Well I'm just about in the middle right now and every time I use it I keep thinking is today the day the rear goes. He also mentioned that the hydro rear had no repair parts available and a new replacement was not offered.
After doing some research I found a place in Belden, Mississippi that sold remanufactured ones for $850 plus $350 for shipping and you had to send your rear to them. That would mean another $350 to send it, so now it's up to $1550. I don't think so, I'd rather buy a newer model. I'm not sure If I'll go with a Cub Cadet when the time comes.
One thing I have found out throughout my life is you get what you pay for. The good things are pricey for a reason. I'm really giving the zero turn models some serious thought. You can save some major time mowing with them because of their quick response time. It doesn't get much better than those Skag Turf Tigers.
I was at my local Home Depot and they had a Cub Cadet Z Force zero turn sitting next to an Ariens Zoom zero turn. I believe they were pretty close to deck size, engine cc, and price. The Ariens made the Cub Cadet look cheap.
Hopefully when and if the time comes I will have a good idea on what to replace it with. Right now I'm not really sure.