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Cub Cadet SC100HW Review

By: Carl Laron on April 12, 2018

Bottom Line

The Cub Cadet SC100HW is a top choice based on its performance and value. The large rear wheels make this an especially good choice for lawns that are not perfectly flat. The three-year warranty includes a promise that the mower will start up with no more than two pulls.


  • Solid construction
  • Good cutting performance
  • Large rear wheels
  • Three year starting guarantee


  • Best for small lawns
  • Reports of occasional lemons are not unheard of
Our Analysis

Breaking it down


Very good in most regards. The Cub Cadet SC100HW performs as well or better than any other gas-powered push mower in its class. It features Cub Cadet's Signature Cut System for a terrific looking lawn. Cub Cadet's brand reputation is sometimes called into question, but its ranking in Consumer Reports' most recent brand reliability survey has risen to fourth, which is about average. 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. Not so with Cub Cadet. It features an Autochoke SureStart system that adjusts for temperature to provide reliable starting -- so reliable that this Cub Cadet includes a three-year warranty that guarantees the mower will start with no more than two pulls. Setting the mower for different cutting heights is a breeze thanks to its single point cut height adjustment. Large, 11-inch rear wheels improve maneuverability and handling over uneven terrain.


Brake shuts off blades. The Cub Cadet SC100HW 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 SC100HW, but we also didn't spot significant user complaints regarding its noise level. Still, safety experts say hearing protection should be used with gas mowers.

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