Here is some good reading about Cub cadet.
Today, the Cub Cadet units seen in stores like Home Depot, Lowes, and Tractor Supply Company are not the same premium quality units as what were manufactured before MTD bought them from International Harvester in 1981.The quality of Cub Cadet's 2000, 3000 series, commercial line, or Cub Cadet Yanmar tractors that are not available at big box stores and are only available at Cub dealers and meet or most often exceed their competitors such as John Deere, Simplicty, Snapper, Toro (ZTRs), Ariens, and Gravely. Modern Cub Cadet units found in stores now are nearly identical to the other inexpensively manufactured models MTD makes with the names Yard Machines, Yard Man, White Outdoor, Bolens, Troy-Bilt, and MTD. Even Toro can not compete with these cheaply made units, and sadly is having MTD make their Front Engine Tractors. The only substantial difference between these brands is the paint color Although some Cub Cadet units have a different frame design, hood, seat, headlights and hour meters, they are inferior quality to what once was made when owned by IH They even share replacement part numbers and partial model numbers with the other inexpensive MTD equipment (the first half of the number represents the true model number, the second half represents the brand stamp). The modern Cub Cadet units are technologically identical and offer the same features found on most other MTD brands; Even The commercial, agricultural, and premium lines (although better) are not on par with other equipment manufacturers, and the historically high quality standards of Cub Cadet IH.