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Cub Cadet SC100 Review

By: Carl Laron on May 04, 2017

Bottom Line

The Cub Cadet SC100 is a top choice of experts and owners, offering strong performance and reliable operation. Handling is judged to be terrific -- at least for a non-self-propelled mower. The three-year warranty includes a promise that the mower will start up with no more than two pulls.


  • Terrific mulching
  • Efficient bagging
  • Easy, reliable starting
  • Good value


  • Best for small lawns
  • May be difficult to assemble
Our Analysis

Breaking it down


Very good in most regards. The Cub Cadet SC100 performs as well or better than any other gas-powered push mower in its class. It's "impressive" when mulching or discharging clippings out of the side port, one expert says. Bagging performance is not quite as impressive, but that can be said for almost every mower in its class. Cub Cadet gets some catcalls in one survey for being a repair-prone brand, but this model seems to be a happy exception. While user tales of broken or faulty mowers are not unheard of, those are more than offset by the very many owners who share nothing but raves.

Ease of use

Sure starting. One of the hassles with gas mowers that lack electronic starting is the sometimes back-breaking job of yanking the recoil cord time and time … and time again. No so with Cub Cadet. It features an Autochoke SureStart system that adjusts for temperature to provide reliable starting -- so reliable that the Cub Cadet includes a three-year warranty that guarantees that the mower will start with no more than two pulls. Handling is judged to be very good in expert testing. Setting the mower for different cutting heights is a breeze thanks to the dual-lever, six-position adjustment system. Jose Castellanos at MowersDirect.com says "The industrial tread ball-bearing wheels are going to give you years of reliability and helps the mower easily move across uneven terrain with ease."


Brake shuts off blades. The Cub Cadet SC100 includes a control bar that must be pulled back for the engine to run and the blades to turn. As soon as the bar is released, a brake stops the blades from spinning and shuts the engine off. We didn't find any expert tests that measure the noise of the SC100, but we also didn't spot significant user reviews regarding its noise level. Still, safety experts say hearing protection should be used.

Our Sources

Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

The Cub Cadet mower is among the dozens of push mowers rated and ranked by ConsumerReports.org. The mower is tested for performance in various lawn cutting tasks, such as mulching and bagging, and its handling and ease of use are evaluated. An overall rating is assigned that can be compared to other, similar mowers.

Paul Hope, Mar. 16, 2017

This free article lists the best … and worst … lawnmowers based on recent testing by ConsumerReports.org. It names the Cub Cadet SC100 as the best gas push mower. Paul Hope writes: "At $250, it's not only the top gas push mower in our ratings but also one of the least expensive, earning it the mantle of a CR Best Buy."

Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of May 2017

The Cub Cadet SC100 earns a 4.4-star rating based on more than 440 reviews at HomeDepot.com. Around 92 percent of owners whose reviews appear here say that they would recommend it.

Jose Castellanos and Contributors to MowersDirect.com, As of May 2017

Jose Castellanos gives the Cub Cadet SC100 his Recommended label and adds that this "mower is great if you are looking for a push mower with a good reliable engine." That assessment is backed up by nearly 125 mostly very positive user reviews, and 95 percent say that they would recommend it to a friend.

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