Cub Cadet XT1 Accessories

Article by Mark Trotta

Having a riding mower makes lawn care easy, and adding a few accessories will make yard work even easier.

Cub Cadet XT1 Accessories

The following is an overview of what I've found to be the most helpful attachments and accessories for the Cub Cadet XT1 lawn tractor.

Yard Cart

Probably the most multi-functional riding mower attachment is a yard cart. It will allow you to haul items easily around your property, such as dirt, mulch, debris, fertilizer, fire wood, etc.

utility yard cart

There are many types of lawn tractor yard carts. Since ours stays outside all year round, we chose one with a poly-bed cart.

poly bed dump cart

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Leaf and Mulching Attachment

Another useful lawn tractor accessory is a leaf and mulching bagger attachment.

Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro series with bagger attachment

The MTD bagger was a perfect fit on our 46" deck Cub Cadet, and 42" decks have the same configuration.

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Lawn Dethatcher

There are many styles of lawn dethatchers. All are designed to penetrate hardened soil, which then allows water, seed, and fertilizer to reach the roots.

Of course, a dethatcher can be as simple as a hand rake, but pulling one around with your lawn tractor gets the job done much easier.

Cub Cadet pulling lawn dethatcher

Tow-behind dethatchers for riding mowers will have either metal blades or spring tines. Both styles get the job done.

Cub Cadet XT1 Accessories

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Most tow-behind dethatchers have a single-pin universal hitch that attaches to lawn tractors, as well as most zero-turns and ATVs.


Cub Cadet Tractor Cover

Our house has a two-car garage, but it's filled up with old motorcycles and assorted parts. There's no room for the lawn tractor and accessories, so the Cub stays outside all year round.

Cub Cadet XT1 cover

When we purchased the new tractor, we also purchased an outdoor cover. Like all quality tractor covers, it's water repellent and doesn't shrink or stretch.

Cub Cadet XT1 Accessories

With the bagger installed, a cover will still fit the mower, but it does not fit over the bagger.

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We have a 4' x 6' utility trailer, which can be used to transport the lawn tractor, but it's actually for motorcycles.

how much weight can a Cub Cadet XT1 pull

The trailer stays behind the shed in the back yard. When needed, the Cub gets called upon to pull it up to the street.

How Much Weight A Cub Cadet XT1 Pull?

From the Cub Cadet website:

"As a general rule of thumb, using a single-axle trailer and a properly maintained and adjusted tractor, you should be able to pull approximately half the weight of the tractor fairly safely and with control over level ground and over slopes less than 5 degrees."

An XT1 weighs about 575 pounds, so on fairly level ground, about 300 to 350 pounds would be considered safe. But you also have to factor in what the rider weighs.


Metal Gas Can

Week after week, filling up the lawn equipment with gas, and those cheap plastic jugs kept leaking gas all over. Finally, I had enough and bought the best metal gas can on the market.

No leaks ever.

best accessories for Cub Cadet XT1

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There's a few lawn tractor add-ons to make the Cub a little more comfortable, such as a sun shade and an armrest kit.

Cub Cadet sells a front bumper for the XT1, but be aware it's made of plastic, not metal. It's more for preventing scratches than for pushing things.

Cub Cadet bumper attachment

Other accessories for the XT1 include snow plow attachments and a snow cab to help keep warm while plowing.


Replacement Key

The tractor only came with one, so I bought a replacement key in yellow.

Not only does the key match the tractor...

Cub Cadet XT1 Accessories

If I drop it on the lawn, I can find it easily!

lawn tractor replacement key


Nothing gives your home a nicer look than a well-maintained lawn. Having a couple of accessories along with a Cub Cadet XT1 riding mower will let you to get more stuff done in less time.

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Kohler Twin-Cylinder Maintenance

Our Cub Cadet is powered by the Kohler 7000 twin cylinder engine. Since purchasing new in 2021, I've done all the required maintenance myself, including oil and filter changes, air filter replacement, and new spark plugs.

Cub Cadet XT1 review by owner

Read: Kohler 7000 Engine Specs and Maintenance


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