Cub Cadet Pro Z 972 SD Zero-Turn Mower Review

Cub Cadet Pro Z 972 SD Zero-Turn Mower Review: Pros & Cons


1) Price : $399.

99 (CAD)

2) Size : 3.

5 x 2.9 ft (1.0 x 0.8 m)

3) Speed : 1.

25 mph (1.6 km/h)

4) Capacity :

7,000 CFM (3,600 LPM)

5) Power Consumption : 4 kW (7 hp), 6.

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2 kWh/day (12.7 Wh/day).


1) No Electric Start!

You need to start it manually with the push button or turn it on by hand using the handle. In case you need it to start immediately, you need to have a charged battery ready.

2) No battery life indicator anywhere; I had to open it up to see what color mfg.

battery it had in there and what condition it was in (and yes, of course I wrote down the numbers on the sticker).

3) Not enough power to cut through tall weeds.

4) Very low center of gravity makes easy to tip over on soft or uneven ground.

5) If the grass is long enough, the mower can’t cut it; it just lifts the grass up and makes piles of them.

You have to go over it repeatedly to finish the job.

6) Long charging time (10 hours minimum).

7) No apparent way to hook up an exhaust pipe extension to allow it to be used in a garage/shed (or other enclosed area).

The Good:

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1) Very quiet compared to a gas mower.

2) Very easy to maneuver due to small size and low center of gravity.

3) Seems to be very solidly built.

4) I just like the design; it looks very cool.

5) It’s fun to cut the grass now.

While there may be something better out there, I do not think you can find anything better for this price. (See: Ego LM2001 19-Inch 56-Volt Lithium-Ion Lawn Mower) The trade offs are acceptable to me.

I knew that this would not be perfect and the problems are minor enough that it is worth having a quieter, non-polluting lawn mower. The only major problem I see is with starting it; if the battery goes dead while you’re using it, there is no easy way to start it. Also, there are no safety key or push button start like the Ego. I wish that it had both so that if the battery did go dead, one could still push start it.

I use my mower now more than I ever used my gas mower (which is why I bought it in the first place). It is so easy and fun to use that I actually look forward to mowing the grass now.

Hope this helps.

If you need any further information, just let me know.


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I have included some before and after pictures for you.

The first two show my old gas push mower and the last one shows my new e-mow. I hope you like them.

Hi Francesco,

Thanks for your very detailed review. I really appreciate your insights and the time you took to take the pictures to show how good the mower looks.

Looking at your pictures, it seems like you have quite a large area around your house that needs to be mowed.

Are you able to charge the battery more than one? Is there any chance you could give us more details about the area (length, width) and whether or not there are any major obstacles such as trees or hills?

Thanks again,

Jacob R.


Jacob R.

Customer Service

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To which I responded:


Yes, I can give you more details:

1. The area around the house is about 1/3 of an acre (about 90′ x 160′) and there are no major obstacles such as hills or trees.

It is all relatively flat lawn with the exception of two very small patio areas attached to the house.

2. There are NO trees in the area.

No bushes either.


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