Do you need a utility vehicle that’s built to haul? Does it need some weather protection? Should it work on a variety of surfaces from pavement to rocky terrain? If so, then Cub Cadet’s Volunteer WT Cab is the perfect vehicle for the job.
What’s the Difference Between the WT Cab and the Regular Volunteer 4×4 EFI?
They may share some parts, but there are several key differences between these two models. Here’s what the WT has in addition to the standard Volunteer:
- A larger payload capacity
- An aluminum bed that can be used as a flat bed
- The ability to disengage the front axle for better handling on pavement
- Power steering
- Stronger suspension
- Multi-surface tires
- A standard cab
- The option of adding a winch
That extra capability comes with a higher price tag, though there are some unique disadvantages to the WT. It really depends on what you need in a utility vehicle. The WT has a much wider turning circle, and that extra payload capacity can result in a less comfortable ride.
If you plan on using a utility vehicle primarily off-road and will only load it down occasionally, get the 4×4 EFI: it will be cheaper and more fun to drive. But if you need a work vehicle primarily for hauling that works on a variety of surfaces, get the WT: you’ll appreciate the flexibility and extra payload in the long run.
The Volunteer WT Cab is powered by a liquid-cooled Kohler Aegis V-Twin engine. In this configuration, it produces 31 hp and 47.7 ft-lbs. of torque, which is directed to the wheels via a CVT, keeping the engine running at peak power from when it first pulls away up to the WT’s 25 mph top speed. There’s also more to this engine than just power: it uses an automotive-style EFI system, has a full pressure oiling system with filtration and uses a large, replaceable air filter. That means easy starts, less internal wear and longer maintenance periods for lower total ownership cost.
The WT has an aluminum bed that can be used with the sides up like a regular truck bed or folded down to form a flat bed. With the sides up, the bed measures 48 inches long, 60 inches wide and 18 inches tall. It can handle up to 1,200 lbs. For towing, it comes with a rear-mounted two-inch Class I hitch receiver. Total payload capacity, including the driver, passenger, cargo and items attached to the hitch is 1,700 lbs.
The WT is steered using an electrically-assisted rack and pinion setup. The front axle uses a Hilliard differential which automatically locks and unlocks depending on the position of the wheels, so it always maintains maximum traction. The rear axle uses a more traditional locking differential. The WT can also run in rear wheel drive mode to eliminate tire scrubbing while driving on pavement.
The suspension is fully independent and uses heavy duty adjustable coil-overs at each corner so that the stiffness can be adjusted to match the payload. The turning circle for this vehicle is 22 feet.
Stopping power is provided by 8-inch disc brakes at each wheel. These brakes are manual, but steel braided brake lines help put down power and improve brake feel.
The Volunteer WT Cab is 140 inches long, 66 inches wide, 73 inches tall, and has a 78 inch wheel base. It should fit on most six foot wide open trailers, although its height may be an issue in some enclosed trailers.
The WT is built primarily for hauling, but with the right accessories, it can fill a number of roles:
- Using it in the winter? Add a heater and a dozer blade.
- Need more stability when making turns? Add a sway bar kit.
- Working near roads? Add a turn signal/brake light kit, a rear view mirror and a backup alarm.
- Want to add electronics? Add a buss bar kit or an accessory wiring kit.
- Need to work in the rain? Add a windshield wiper.
- Need more flexibility when moving equipment? Add a winch to the front.
Where to Get Parts for the Volunteer WT Cab
No matter which Cub Cadet utility vehicle you choose, you can get parts for it at www.cubparts.com. We’re a certified dealer for Cub Cadet and the Kohler engines used in the WT, and we can ship whatever you need across the U.S. and Canada. Our site has built-in parts diagrams to help you identify what you need, even if it’s part of an accessory.