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Hi all,

I've been casually looking for a Cub cadet 2000 series. I want something that is shaft driven and a little more heavy duty than my 1525 but I want the ability to retain a smaller deck.

These ones are listed on my local Craigslist. If you were to buy any of them, which would it be and why?

https://akroncanton.craigslist.org/grd/d/robertsville-cub-cadet-2130-mower/6974435694.html

https://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/grd/d/ford-city-cub-cadet-2166/6963391114.html

https://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/grd/d/new-derry-cub-cadet-2185/6969413326.html

https://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/grd/d/baden-cub-cadet-2164-lawn-tractor/6987809100.html

https://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/for/d/sewickley-cub-cadet-lt2180/6959270266.html
 

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I did not look at the specs for each so I don't know what engines they have but did notice a 2166 in that group. I do like my 16+ year old 2166 w/800+ hours on it but would not invest in another simply because if the 16 hp single cyl. Kohler. Kohler retired that engine and when it goes the entire mower is gone, there are no short blocks available and parts are getting harder to find and more expensive everyday. A repower to a different brand engine is over $2500.00 so that's out of the question.
I may have the pto clutch replaced with an x-treme clutch over the winter because the original will not disengage so hopefully that will be the last major investment on it.
If any other of those have a v-twin then you may be better off. Good luck.
 

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I did not look at the specs for each so I don't know what engines they have but did notice a 2166 in that group. I do like my 16+ year old 2166 w/800+ hours on it but would not invest in another simply because if the 16 hp single cyl. Kohler. Kohler retired that engine and when it goes the entire mower is gone, there are no short blocks available and parts are getting harder to find and more expensive everyday. A repower to a different brand engine is over $2500.00 so that's out of the question.
I may have the pto clutch replaced with an x-treme clutch over the winter because the original will not disengage so hopefully that will be the last major investment on it.
If any other of those have a v-twin then you may be better off. Good luck.
Great info. I think the 2164 and the 2180 have B&S Vanguard V-Twins.
 

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These are cool mowers but they do have pitfalls to watch out for. Right off the batt you do NOT want the AGS which is Auto Gear System iirc. This is a weird gear trans that engages the clutch as you push down the go pedal. They eventually wear and the clutch won't engage.

You DO want the HDS which is a normal pedal operated hydrostatic transmission. I had an HDS 2146 for a while which had the Onan/Linamar single cyl ohv engine. A top line engine but long out of production. Actually, all the motors for this unit are basically out of production. If you want one of these for the long term you should be keeping your eyes out for parts machines that have good motors.

I've never been able to find the torque capacity and load capacity of these transmissions. I don't think the 2000 series are true heavy duty units. The 3000 series is a heavy duty trans with a cast iron case unlike the lower lines' alum case.

The 2000 series have the normal CC deck issue of metal that is too thin for long life. It would be interesting to see if the deck will interchange with the 1500 series you have. There is also the potential for pitn if you have a stator issue as you will have to pull the motor. Also, the hood and side panels are a pitn to deal with but you are probably used to this from your 1500 series unit. I enjoyed my 2146 but switched to green and yellow and haven't looked back.

Personally, I would look specifically for the Kohler Command single powered ones as that is my favorite motor. I would look for the 13hp to 15hp as the 16hp has the goofy spark box that eventually fail and cost a lot of money to repair. Good luck !!
 

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Man if you were close to AR there is a deal here. A GT2542 in good shape popped up for $400 on Marketplace.
 
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