Cub Cadet was a quality brand of equipment before MTD bought them out
and MTD, to their credit, continued that great quality for about 5 years.
But that has been 20+ years.
Bolens, Troy-bilt, Yardman, Yard-power, White Outdoor, are all formerly quality brand names that were not able to compete with the cheap mowers made by Murray, AMF, Roper, and MTD.
So all of those brands went out of business. So then the names Bolens, Troy-bilt, Yardman, Yard-power, White Outdoor, and of course Cub Cadet were purchased by MTD. MTD is now putting those names on their cheaply made equipment.
The public is being deceived into thinking they are buying quality merchandise just because of the name.
You can read more of this on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cub_Cadet