• Dec 31, 2011
The new Ford Fusion. The 2012 BMW 3 Series. The Lexus LF-LC. The Craftsman CTX-series... lawn tractor? Indeed, as odd as it sounds, you can count the latter among the many debuts scheduled for the 2012 Detroit Auto Show when the doors open to the public.

Craftsman's new premium tractors go on sale in February and will range in price from $3,000 to $6,500, with two yard tractor and two garden tractor models available. (The garden tractors are the most flexible, able to accommodate the full spectrum of towed, front-mounted, and ground-engaging attachments, which are sold separately.)

Power comes from Briggs & Stratton, whose available 30-horsepower engine allows for a top forward speed of 8 miles per hour (3 mph in reverse). It's mated to a hydrostatic automatic transmission. Key features include electronic fuel management, automatic traction control (power is independently split between the rear drive wheels), a quick-release mowing deck, electronic cutting height adjustment, digital instrumentation, cruise control, tilt steering, and the obligatory cupholder. The evolution of creature comforts for these rigs will continue as well. In an interview with The New York Times' Jim Motavalli, a Craftsman spokesperson says that an iPod jack is planned as a future enhancement for its tractors.

The Craftsman CTX will be displayed in the concourse/lobby area of the COBO Center, so Dodge needn't be concerned about it stealing the Dart's thunder on the main show floor. Regardless, that placement ensures plenty of eyeballs for the new tractor as the public files in and out of the exhibition. And if you think the CTX seems like an absurd product to showcase in Detroit, consider this: it's at least more viable and relevant to American consumers than the Chinese-car vaporware that has occupied premium floor space at the venue in the past.

You can read the full press blast from Craftsman after the jump.
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DETROIT– Ready...set...mow. On Monday, January 9, the Craftsman brand will showcase the new CTX tractor series in the concourse at the 2012 North American International Auto Show – the first tractor ever to be at the Detroit event. Powerful, durable and dependable, the CTX tractor is fully loaded with automotive-inspired features that help homeowners achieve an unbelievable cut for their lawn and conquer their landscaping needs.

With design elements like automatic traction control, electronic fuel management (EFM), electronic cutting height adjustment and quick deck removal, the Craftsman CTX tractor has the ability to take on challenges of any type of terrain. That's why it is "America's Hardest Working Tractor."

Feature Details:
  • Automatic Traction Control: Off-roading is no problem. Whether mowing on an incline or hauling on a wet surface, the unique automatic traction control system sends power to both wheels independently, so if one slips, the other keeps the tractor under control.
  • EFM System: New cars don't have carburetors and neither does the CTX tractor. The EFM system ensures reliable automotive-style starting and peak engine performance year after year.
  • Electronic Cutting Height Adjustment: To get that perfect lawn, adjusting the cutting height for seasonal changes is a must. This automatic package comes standard on all new CTX models and allows you to adjust the cutting height with the push of a button.
  • Quick Deck Removal: With just a few simple steps, the deck easily comes off, making it simple to perform maintenance like deck cleaning or blade sharpening. Plus, additional attachments can transform the tractor into a hauler, aerator, dethatcher, cultivator, sweeper or snow plow – giving you a tractor that handles your outdoor maintenance requirements year round.

Under the hood, the CTX tractor packs a 30-horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine that delivers 8.0 mile per hour top forward speed and 3.0 reverse speed. A heavy-duty welded frame and a cast iron axle give it the strength and ruggedness to be a total lawn and garden workhorse. A 54-inch deck lets you tackle large areas of grass and an 18-inch turning radius lets you maneuver through tight spots.

No vehicle would be complete without cruise control, full digital instrumentation with color-coded controls, power steering, soft-grip tilt steering wheel, consol with a cup holder and 12-volt adapter. The Craftsman CTX tractor, which stands for "Craftsman Tractor Experience," has it all.

The Craftsman CTX tractor series will be available in February 2012 at Sears stores nationwide. Two yard tractor and two garden tractor models will be available, ranging in price from $2,999.99 to $6,499.99. Attachments are sold separately.

The 2012 North American International Auto Show runs from Jan. 9-22, 2012 at the COBO Center in Detroit. Stop by to see the Craftsman display in the concourse outside of Oakland Hall. For more information on the tractor, award-winning Craftsman innovations and the 84-year history of the brand, log on to www.craftsman.com or www.facebook.com/craftsman.


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      Bob
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd rather look at a Sears Craftsman booth than that stupid DUB rims booth that's always in the basement with music blaring away. Yes, we get it, you can put 23 inch wheels on a Chrysler 300 with tires the thickness of rubber bands. WE GET IT.
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Id have to agree with the author. Lawn tractor/mowers are a far more relevant means of American transportation than most Chinese cars :)
      chirowolf
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have had little or no success with Craftman lawn equipment. Everything so far has just been big box MTD junk. I think somewhere in th 80's Sears just sold out and started rebadging crap. I had an old craftsman tractor from the 70's and was reliable for 20 years, after 3 or 4 tries with some of there new stuff I just gave up on them.
        Timothy Tibbetts
        • 3 Years Ago
        @chirowolf
        Sadly, most home use riding mowers are MTD now. Cub Cadet, John Deere are all the same if you look at them at any home supply store. Obviously those 2 companies charge more and build it a bit better but you can see the frame and cutting area are the same. My understanding is you need to step way up to get a better mower, beyond what most of us need. A friend claims that if a John Deere does not have lug nuts, you know it's not a John Deere. Got me. I just want to cut my lawn cheap.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @chirowolf
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        Andre Neves
        • 3 Years Ago
        @chirowolf
        Have a craftsman lawnmower. That things been in the shop almost every year for repairs. How difficult is it to build a reliable lawnmower? Really. I mean, it's not a complicated machine. It's a small motor on wheels that spins a blade. C'MON!
      kontroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought Honda did that already when they introduced the...C I V I D
      tomtomtom
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a rebadged Simplicity
      XJ Yamaha
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or does the guy in the picture look as though his alzheimers took a turn for the worse halfway through the job and he now has no idea who he is or what he's doing?
      S.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like lawn tractors are following the steps of the SUV. Once a rough and capable machine, now will it also become just a vanity item to show off to friends.? IMO some of those features are pure gimmicks. Trac control and electronic decks just sound like things that will cost a lot to fix when they fail, nor are they necessary. iPod jack...can't you just put your iPod in your pocket? But I guess if you have to out-do the Joneses while you mow your .20 acre lawn, go for it. EFM and quick deck removal are very useful and I'm glad they're added features.
        caddy-v
        • 3 Years Ago
        @S.
        Try spending three to four hours cutting grass each week sitting on a little more than a wooden crate with the constant growl of a lawn tractor engine and the bone bouncing ride and maybe you'd learn real quick how to appreciate any advancement in these necessary evils.
      gtv4rudy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Having Autoblog now writing an article about some new lawn tractor is the 'canary in a coal mine' for the sad future of automotive industry.
      turbomonkey2k
      • 3 Years Ago
      They must be desperate to sell some of that floor space that used to be occupied by Pontiac, Saturn, Hummer, SAAB, Mercury. But hey, there's FIAT now.
        Narom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @turbomonkey2k
        Exactly my thought. I'm expecting prams to be next!
        chirowolf
        • 3 Years Ago
        @turbomonkey2k
        I was thinking the same thing. It will leave more room to sell "shamwow"
      Josh Schneider
      • 3 Years Ago
      craftsmanblog
      thedriveatfive
      • 3 Years Ago
      Imported from Detroit!
      - v o c t u s -
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Mayans were right
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