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Cub Cadet has five models in their new Series 1000 lawn tractors, all
powered by Kohler engines. Cub Cadet models -- as several other lawn
equipment brands -- are manufactured by MTD Products.
Cadet LT 1045 has a 20-hp Kohler single-cylinder engine, with an
aluminum block and cast-iron sleeve for longer life. It has a
full-pressure lubrication system with spin-on oil filter for easier
maintenance. This engine is not as powerful or as long lasting as the
Kohler V-Twin OHV, which is available in other models in the line, but
the LT 1045's engine is still solid enough to provide years of mowing.
The hydrostatic (automatic) transmission is a good match with the
engine and provides sufficient grip to cut grass on moderate inclines.
Power is transferred from the engine to the transmission by a heavy-duty
Kevlar belt rather than a more expensive shaft drive. A Kevlar belt
also drives the three cutting blades.
The mowing deck cuts a
swath of grass 46 inches wide at one pass, and is removable for service
and cleaning. Four anti-scalping wheels help keep the deck from scalping
grass on uneven ground. The cutting height is manually adjusted from
1-1/2 to 4 inches. The turning radius is 18 inches, which standard for
lawn tractors. This model is intended for use on 1- to 2-acre lawns
without many turns or small obstacles.