Note: This is a press release from PRNewswire.
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Cub Cadet’s new XT Enduro Series of lawn tractors is being celebrated as one of the best Bluetooth-enabled products available during the Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards media event at the Consumer Electronics Show. The XT Enduro Series was named as a finalist in the international awards competition for its ability to provide owners real-time monitoring and maintenance notifications through the lawn care industry’s first Bluetooth app, Cub Connect™.
Cub Cadet introduced the XT Enduro Series at its National Dealer Convention in September 2014. This next generation of Cub Cadet lawn and garden tractors establishes a new standard in strength and comfort. By combining benefits like the strongest warranty in the industry with comfort and convenience features like the industry’s first Bluetooth maintenance monitoring system, the XT Enduro Series provides owners with the ultimate lawn tractor experience.
“Regular maintenance isn’t top-of-mind for most riding mower owners. They want the process to be easy and convenient,” notes Emily Sword, director of brand marketing for Cub Cadet. “With Cub Connect, you don’t have to rely on mental reminders – your tractor communicates directly with your smartphone when maintenance is needed and makes it easy to get it done and off your mind.”
Bluetooth takes the guesswork out of maintenance by allowing the lawn tractor to alert its owners about needed oil changes, blade maintenance, air filter replacements and other routine maintenance. The app’s automated maintenance dashboard helps owners keep their machine running at peak performance while also tracking total running hours over the lifetime of the tractor. The app also keeps a record of all tasks performed in a maintenance log, which can be printed or e-mailed to a servicing dealer.
In addition, the app also 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.
The Cub Connect app currently connects to select Bluetooth enabled Cub Cadet XT Enduro Series mowers including:
XT1 LT 54 Lawn Tractor
XT1 LT54 Fabricated Lawn Tractor
XT1 GT 50 Garden Tractor
XT2 GX 54 Fabricated Garden Tractor
Cub Connect also connects to the following Bluetooth enabled Cub Cadet Zero Turn riding mowers:
RZT S 46 Fabricated Zero Turn Riding Mower
RZT S 54 Fabricated Zero Turn Riding Mower
RZT L 46 Fabricated Zero Turn Riding Mower
Note: The Bluetooth enabled tractors are only available at your local independent Cub Cadet dealer. There is no word on when or if they will be available at retailers.
The new non-Bluetooth enabled tractors are now at Home Depot.
Cub Cadet Lawn Mowers XT1 Enduro Series LT 42 in. 18-HP Kohler Hydrostatic Gas Front-Engine Riding Mower LT42
Cub Cadet Lawn Mowers XT1 Enduro Series LT 46 in. 22-HP V-Twin Kohler Hydrostatic Gas Front-Engine Riding Mower LT46
Cub Cadet Lawn Mowers XT1 Enduro Series LT 50 in. 23-HP V-Twin Kohler Hydrostatic Gas Front-Engine Riding Mower LT50
XT Enduro Series tractors are available at authorized Cub Cadet retailers nationwide starting this month. To learn more about the XT Enduro Series and where to buy, visit www.CubCadet.com.
The Bluetooth Breakthrough Awards is the official awards program held by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), and celebrates the best of Bluetooth technology based on criteria like uniqueness of idea and ease of use. The XT Enduro Series has been recognized alongside products from companies such as Microsoft and Proctor and Gamble as finalists. The overall winner will be announced from the Mobile World Congress (MWC) on March 1, 2015, in Barcelona, Spain.
About Cub Cadet
For more than half a century, Cub Cadet lawn and garden tractors have been proudly built in America. Established in 1961, Cub Cadet engineers continue to design and build outdoor power equipment using the highest quality components sourced locally and globally. Through a dedicated and extensive network of dealers and retailers, Cub Cadet delivers a full line of high performance power equipment and services that cover all aspects of grounds care for professional and homeowners – including four-wheel steer zero-turn riders; lap bar zero-turn riders; utility vehicles; lawn and garden tractors, lithium ion- and gasoline-powered handheld and chore products; snow throwers and more. Based in Valley City, Ohio, Cub Cadet is recognized worldwide for its legacy in engineering excellence and its progressive dedication to exceeding owner expectations by delivering on its promise of better products, a better experience and better results. For more information on all Cub Cadet products, visit www.CubCadet.com.
About Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
Bluetooth wireless technology is the global wireless standard enabling simple, secure connectivity for an expanding range of devices and serves as the backbone of the connected world. Bluetooth Smart technology, through an updatable platform and low power consumption, creates new application opportunities for the mobile phone, consumer electronics, PC, automotive, health & fitness and smart home industries. With nearly three billion devices shipping annually, Bluetooth is the wireless technology of choice for developers, product manufacturers, and consumers worldwide. Backed by industry leading companies, the Bluetooth SIG empowers over 25,000 member companies to collaborate, innovate and guide Bluetooth wireless technology. For more information, please visit www.bluetooth.com.
Thanks Paul for getting back to me. That craftsman you suggested was also on my list. How accurate is that 6 in turning radius on those craftsmans? That has me intrigued and I wonder if it is worth paying extra for.
Hi Jordan, Here is my complete review of the Craftsman Craftsman 20390. The review itsef is worth reading because it goes through everything about the mower and you can use the info to compare other tractors.
Owners like the Turn-Tight steering on the Yard Tractors. It’s like having a zero-turn mower mower without the learning curve of one.
The only real thing owners of the 20390 complain about is the foot pedal is about 3/4 inch higher than what they are used to. If you have a size 10 shoe or larger it’s not an issue. The foot pedal needs to be longer to get the speed range of this Craftsman (7.5 mph)
I just checked out the Cubs they had at Home Depot yesterday. Was thoroughly impressed and am thinking about picking up the LT1 46. I currently have an old 30in snapper rer, but dislike the turning radius and it takes me almost 2 hour to cut a half acre. I have trees and a hill to mow up and around. And sometimes get standing water in the low spots cause I am on clay. The snapper gets stuck and I have to push it out.
I just want your take on the cub. Maybe there is a better option for me.
Jordan from west Michigan
Hi Jordan, I spent quite a bit of time going over the new XT1’s last October including driving them and they are a solid step up from the the LTX series they are replacing. I’m still thinking about if it is better than my first choice last year, the Craftsman 20390.
Let’s go through the list:
Steering – Craftsman 6 inch Turn-tight. Cub Cadet 16 inch. That may seem like a big difference but the Cub Cadet is a “standard” radius but to get under that 14-16 inch turning radius you have to do things like additional camber or add parts to the front steering. The Cub Cadet will turn well under all conditions – dry grass, wet grass, no grass. The new steering is very easy and as close to rack and pinion as you can get without moving the steering box out to the axle. With the larger deck and tighter turning radius it will leave about 1/4 of the uncut circle your old Snapper left.
Engine – Cub Cadet loves Kohler’s and this 725 cc engine was flawless last year (it was new last year)
Transmission – This tractor uses a K46 Tuff-Torq. You will read a lot of complaints about this transmission on the Internet but the main reason it fails is manufactures use it in too large of tractors and owners use it to pull to heavy of loads or too steep of hills. But when you add the fact that about 1 million of these transmissions are sold every year – the problems are few a far between. For the conditions you have to mow and the size of this tractor you will never have a problem with the transmission.
Deck – the older deck cut well but the engine to deck belt had a habit of breaking. Cub Cadet assured me this will never happen again on this new mower. I expect this new cut to cut even better.
Cub Cadet also made a few changes that owners hated on the older tractors. The gas fill tube is now outside the hood and has a fuel level indicator right where you can see it. The seat is better and you can get armrests!
Price: The new Cub Cadet is $300 less than the Craftsman 20390.
So all that said, I think the Cub is a good choice for your yard.
If you would like to buy online through Home Depot and then pick it up at your local store here is a link: Cub Cadet Lawn Mowers XT1 Enduro Series LT 46 in. 22 HP V-Twin Kohler Hydrostatic Gas Front-Engine Riding Mower LT46