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Cub Cadet makes first lawn tractor with bluetooth

Cub Cadet makes first lawn tractor with bluetooth
What will they think of next? This Cub Cadet is a tech-smart lawn mower

Believe it or not, there's a bluetooth app for a lawn tractor. Mowing the yard has come a long way since the old push mower with a wooden handle and two spiraling blades. It's even come a long way from the two-cycle Lawn Boy models.

Now you can keep your lawn tractor operating at peak performance through your smartphone with the free Cub Connect bluetooth app, an industry first that has been recognized as a 2015 Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards finalist.

New with the launch of the XT Enduro Series, the Bluetooth app takes the guesswork out of maintenance by allowing the lawn tractor to alert owners about needed oil changes, blade maintenance, air filter replacements and other routine maintenance.

Not your dad's lawn tractor! This new Cub Cadet is equipped with bluetooth technology so that you can monitor maintenance chores and track many other factors too.

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For more than a decade some Cub Cadet models were equipped to display a blinking light on the hour meter dash when it was time to change oil. It was based strictly on a total hours basis, and would eventually stop flashing whether you changed oil or not.

This app's automated maintenance dashboard also tracks total running hours over the lifetime of the tractor and keeps a record of all tasks performed in a maintenance log, which can be printed or e-mailed to a servicing dealer.

In addition, it provides owners with quick access to product registration, do-it-yourself maintenance instructions, mobile-optimized operator's manual, click-to-call customer service, locations of nearby service centers and easy online purchase of maintenance parts. It makes your smartphone more valuable for maintaining your lawn tractor than a socket wrench.

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What will they think of next? This Cub Cadet is a tech-smart lawn mower

What the editors are saying >>


Tom's take
Technology was bound to find lawn tractors eventually. Providing lawn tractors to both rural and suburban America has become big business. This app sounds like it brings the same type of technology that can monitor details in large tractors to lawn tractors.

Changing oil regularly and remembering what maintenance chores I've performed is a weakness of mine. If this app can help, it's definitely worth looking into the next time I invest in a new lawn tractor.

Lon's views
Geez, I don't know about all this high-tech maintenance stuff on my riding lawnmower. I'm not sure I need my lawn mower telling me to change oil. I need a lawn mower with a self-sharpening blade and a trimming line built in. Instead of telling me it needs maintenance, couldn't the mower just drive itself to the dealership?

Mindy's views
Now here's an app any 'gopher' can appreciate. I can't recall how many times my husband politely asks that I head to town for parts, only to get there and not know tractor model or serial number. With the mini-customer profile page, I have that information ready for the counter person. Better yet I could put the app on multiple phones. While I'm picking up parts my husband can view DIY tutorials on how to fix it when I get home. It looks like a win-win app for farm couples.

Tom J. Bechman is editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Lon Tonneson is editor of Dakota Farmer, Mindy Ward is editor of Missouri Ruralist.

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