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Buyer’s Guide to Cub Cadet Enduro XT3 Garden Tractors

Cub Cadet offers two models in the XT3 series, the GS and the GSX tractors. Both models are on the same chassis. The GS series tractors differ because they have a 22 ½ horsepower engine versus a 25, manual steering versus electric power steering, and manual lift for your attachments versus electric lift. The GSX models have the full bumper whereas the GS models just have the standard front bumper. All the Cub Cadet Enduro XT3 garden tractors have the same durability but there are some added features on the GSX tractors.

Some of the key features of the GSX tractors include a fully robotically welded twin channel frame for exceptional strength. On these models, there is a little hump in the center of the foot pan and this protects your drive shaft. This would have a drive shaft direct from the engine to the transmission to eliminate the belts and pulleys.

Cub Cadet Enduro XT3 garden tractors are designed for doing a little heavier work and adding garden implements, what they call “ground engaging tools,” so you need that extra strength and durability. We mentioned that these tractors are powered by 22 ½ and 25 horsepower Kohler engines.

To open the hood, you just lift the hood guard up, flip forward, and pop the engine up. The first thing you’ll notice is that the engines are mounted horizontally versus vertical. The advantage you have with the horizontal placement is to get that drive shaft drive versus running a pulley off the bottom of the engine. Cub Cadet Enduro XT3 garden tractors have Kohler Command engines. The Kohler Command is an overhead valve and is a true commercial grade engine, designed for a little heavier use.

Cub Cadet GSX models have electronic power steering. The advantage with electronic power steering versus hydraulic is the electronic power steering doesn’t pull the power away from the engine and if you’re running it at slower speeds you still get the same steering as you would at a higher speed. The electronic power steering, especially if you’re adding attachments on the front with additional weight, this still gives you a very light feel to your steering wheel.

Cub Cadet GSX models offer much less operator fatigue and the electrical PTO switch is standard to engage all your attachments. Just pull the switch to engage and push to disengage. What that’s going to do for you is eliminate the idler pulleys for the engagement to prolong your belt life.

Like all Cub Cadet tractors, the Enduro XT3 garden tractors have the 2-pedal hydrostatic drive system. With this, the further you push forward the faster the machine goes. Reverse is on a separate pedal over to the side, and these models also have cruise control. You can lock the cruise control if you have extended mowing lengths and you don’t want to hold your foot on the pedal. To disengage cruise control just tap the pedal or the brake pedal.

All Cub Cadet Enduro XT3 garden tractors have the mow in reverse feature. Once you’re confident that there are no obstacles or no pets or children outside you can push the button, so you are able to mow in reverse if you so desire. Another nice feature on these mowers is your mowing height is controlled with the lever on the side. Also, all your attachments can be raised and lowered electrically. If you push the button with the arrow pointing forward that will lower your desired height of cut and if you push the button with the arrow pointing backward you will raise the height of cut and that will work for all your attachments. That’s a very nice and convenient feature, especially if you have some heavier attachments, this makes it much easier to operate.

The fuel tank fill is right on the rear fender of the Cub Cadet Enduro XT3 garden tractors so it’s very easy to access without having to reach over the hood of the tractor. The operator seat tips forward and there’s a slide system so you can adjust your height and seat position based on the comfort of the operator. These tractors are also equipped with heavy transmissions. This is Cub Cadet’s top-of-the-line lawn and garden tractor, so there’s a very beefy cast iron housing transmission. It’s extremely durable for those tougher applications.

Cub Cadet Enduro XT3 garden tractors don’t come standard with any mower deck option. Based on the users’ needs you can have a 42, 48, 50, 54, all the way up to a 60-inch mower deck. This gives you a lot of versatility and a wide range of front and rear attachments are available. We mentioned between the two models the GSX has the differential lock. You can push the button and engage your differential lock right from the operator seat. That’ll lock both rear wheels together for increased traction. I you get stuck in snow or you’re in a garden where you need increased traction that’s where differential lock comes in handy, and it’s easy to remove just by flipping the lever.

 

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