Three ways to­day’s lawn equip­ment is more like your car

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The cars of to­day aren’t quite your fa­ther’s car. While that’s not a sur­prise given the rise in new tech­nol­ogy for the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor, what some home­own­ers may find sur­pris­ing is the level of tech­nol­ogy with items in the garage next to the car — like the lawn equip­ment. Here are three unique ways to­day’s lawn equip­ment is fea­tur­ing au­to­mo­tive-like tech­nol­ogy.

Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity

While Blue­tooth tech­nol­ogy has be­come more of a stan­dard on new cars, it is ac­tu­ally a unique fea­ture on lawn equip­ment. With the Cub Con­nect mo­bile app, own­ers can con­nect their smart­phone with cer­tain lawn mow­ers, gar­den trac­tors and zero turn riders via Blue­tooth. It takes the guess­work out of main­te­nance by al­low­ing the lawn trac­tor to alert its owner about needed oil changes, blade main­te­nance, air fil­ter re­place­ments and other rou­tine main­te­nance.

“With so many apps avail­able for things home­own­ers don’t use, this app can ac­tu­ally help them keep track of main­te­nance for an im­por­tant piece of equip­ment,” says Ja­son Cameron, home ex­pert and TV host.

Elec­tronic fuel-in­jected en­gines

Elec­tronic Fuel-In­jected En- gines — or EFI en­gines — were pop­u­lar­ized in the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor in 1980s. How­ever, no one had been able to en­gi­neer the same type of tech­nol­ogy in res­i­den­tial lawn trac­tors un­til this year. For the first time ever, fuel-in­jected en­gines are now avail­able on XT2 LX42 Cub Cadet lawn trac­tors. The new en­gine tech­nol­ogy re­duces emis­sions and de­liv­ers ex­cel­lent fuel con­sump­tion — us­ing up to 25 per­cent less fuel than car- bu­reted en­gines that are stan­dard on other lawn trac­tors.

“Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study, lower fuel con­sump­tion is a top ben­e­fit to res­i­den­tial lawn mower cus­tomers,” Cameron said. “And they have a will­ing­ness to pay for fuel-in­jec­tion tech­nol­ogy — more than half sur­veyed were likely to pur­chase a rid­ing mower with a fuel-in­jected en­gine.”

An­other ad­van­tage of the en­gine tech­nol­ogy is that rid­ing mow­ers with th­ese en­gines fea­ture a on­estep start, mak­ing it eas­ier to start in all weather con­di­tions. The push-but­ton start mir­rors the fea­tures in many cars.

Zero emis­sions

Hy­brid and elec­tric cars have carved a place in the au­to­mo­tive world, but there is now an equiv­a­lent to that eco-friendly tech­nol­ogy for lawn care. The RZT-S Zero is the world’s only elec­tric zero-turn rider with steer­ing wheel con­trol and four-wheel steer­ing. It re­quires zero gaso­line, zero oil, zero oil fil­ters and pro­vides zero emis­sions and zero en­gine noise, mak­ing it one of the most en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly lawn mow­ers on the mar­ket to­day. It op­er­ates on bat­tery power, which pro­vides up to 60 min­utes of con­tin­u­ous mow­ing on an overnight charge.

For hand­held lawn equip­ment, there’s a new tech­nol­ogy avail­able that also pro­vides zero emis­sions. Cub Cadet pow­ered by CORE uses a so­phis­ti­cated mo­tor tech­nol­ogy to de­liver more torque with longer run­times and no gaso­line. It’s the same type of tech­nol­ogy used in wind tur­bines and even sub­marines. In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing zero emis­sions, it of­fers re­duced noise and high torque lev­els equal to two-cy­cle en­gines most com­mon in garages. This tech­nol­ogy is avail­able in string trim­mer, hedger and leaf blower op­tions.

With fea­tures like Blue­tooth, push-but­ton start­ing, fuel-in­jected en­gines and zero emis­sions, cars aren’t the only prod­ucts show­cas­ing in­no­va­tion. The next gen­er­a­tion of lawn equip­ment is de­signed to help home­own­ers cre­ate their ideal out­door spa­ces by in­cor­po­rat­ing ef­fi­cient new tech­nol­ogy.

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