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 |  Jan 01 2012, 4:17 PM

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2012 already looks to be a year for firsts, as Craftsman is scheduled to debut its new CTX tractor at the upcoming 2012 Detroit Auto Show. This will be the first time ever that the Detroit Auto Show will be debuting a lawn tractor, alongside the highly anticipated Honda NSX and Lexus LF-LC Hybrid, just to name a couple of scheduled debuts.

Interestingly enough, Craftsman’s CTX tractor’s specifications sheet reads much like a vehicle’s, featuring Automatic Traction Control, an EFM system, Electronic Cutting Height Adjustment and Quick Deck Removal. It’s powered by a Briggs & Stratton engine that is good for 30-hp and can deliver 8-mph top speed going forward and 3-mph top speed going backwards.

The CTX tractor series will go on sale starting February 2012 at Sears stores nationwide. Two yard tractor models and two garden tractor models will be made available with pricing ranging from $2,999.99 to $6,499.99.

GALLERY: Craftsman CTX Tractor

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 |  Sep 27 2011, 4:30 PM

Ever been out to the mall or on a trip out of town and wondered if you had closed your garage door?

Well if you have the new Craftsman garage door with AssureLink, you can close your door using your smart phone, laptop or tablet.

The system works similarly to that used by some car companies to remotely unlock doors or start the car. This system will allow you to close your garage door as long as you have a working smart device.

What if someone is in the way as the door closes? The system has you covered, as it makes plenty of audible sounds, plus will re-open if its obstructed by an object, so no worries about crushing anyone.

This system will appeal to many, but it does come with a price. Craftsman will require you to register for this app and it has an annual user fee of $19.99. Not bad if you are in California, wondering if your garage door is open in Kansas.

[Source: USA Today]