I bought a Cub Cadet 760 mower last year to replace my old 21" Honda. The quad Honda mower cuts and mulches grass wonderfully but is just too small for my 1 acre yard. I bought the CC760 because it was bigger than the Honda but still small enough to fit through my fence gate. I chose Cub Cadet because they used to have a good reputation as a well built machine. I was unaware that Cub Cadet was purchased by the MTD Corporation and they are only riding on the good name of Cub Cadet, MTD does not produce quality machines.
Since new, my CC 760 has cuts grass very poorly; the grass is not cut thoroughly and numerous grass blades are left standing at full length in the wake of cutting. In addition, the side discharge clumps cuttings very badly even on dry grass and it absolutely, positively will not mulch dry grass – large, full length grass clumps are left on the lawn. Worse cut I have ever had on a mower. I am very dissatisfied with this machine.
Blade speed is everything with a good cutting mower as the faster the blades turn the more suction is developed under the mower deck and the more suction, the straighter the grass is pulled up to be cut. A fast turning blade also cuts the grass quicker with less torn and ragged stems left behind. My CC 760 seems to have a very low blade speed. My CC 760's engine runs at a lower RPM than other mowers I have owned, I think it is the same engine that is on my Craftsman snow blower, and snow blowers are not designed to turn at the same high RPMs lawn mowers do. Perhaps the low RMP engine on my mower was left over from when MTD Corporation switched the assembly line from building snow blowers to building lawn mowers at the end of the season (Cub Cadet builds snow blowers too). That might explain why I have such a slow turning motor on my lawn mower.
My CC 760 has not been reliable: the first season I had the mower, the engine had a valve break and the piston seized up. The repair was covered under warranty but it took three weeks before the mower was returned to me.
My CC 760 is poorly engineered; after my mower was returned from the valve mishap, I ran over a high spot on my lawn and scalped the top of a small rise. By scalped I mean that the blades struck dirt, no rocks, and bent the mower deck and spindle. Strangely enough, the blade did not bend, only the mower… I guess the blades are stronger than the machine itself.
Like everyone else, I am feeling the financial pinch of the economic times and simply do not have the money to buy another lawnmower. I wish I would have saved the money I spent on my CC760 and used those funds to buy a better machine. I will eventually have to replace my crummy Cub Cadet mower if I want a nicely cut lawn.
This is just my experience with my Cub Cadet 760 lawn mower