I had a Deere Sabre mower with a 17.5hp engine. I can zip all over the yard, pretty speedy little tractor. It's 11 years old and basically thru my neglect, the deck rusted thru and I was having some starting problems.
Instead of sinking too much money into it, I found a Cub Cadet LT1018 for sale for what i thought was a very reasonable price. It has 225 hours on it and pretty much looks like new.
The guy selling it was going on vacation, but I talked him into sticking around for a little bit until I could get there to look at it. Everything looked like new, had the 225 hours on it, engine sounded great and when I turned on the deck, all seemed well - so i really did not drive it much. Was not the seller's fault, he wanted to wait until he got back from vacation so I did not take as much time as I normally would.
Got it home and before i checked the deck level etc, cranked it up and was going to zoom around the yard. Key words there are "was going to".
With the pedal all of the way down, the mower goes at about walking speed. It is actually about the same speed I walk when I use my self propelled push mower.
Surely this mower should go faster then this. I am not looking for a hot rod mower, but I do cut about an acre and a half and it is going to easily take me twice as long as it did with the sabre.
Apparently I should check the hydro fluid and insure the pedal adjustment is correct ?
Any info is appreciated. I am happy I don't have to use the push mower to cut the lawn any more, but I was hoping it would be quicker when I got a rider again