VALLEY CITY, Ohio — Cub Cadet is debuting its first semi-autonomous commercial mowers. The Cub Cadet PRO Series PRO Z™ 960 S and 972 S SurePath units are outfitted with GPS technology and an exclusive four-wheel steering system to deliver the most efficient cut possible.
The operator simply sets the preliminary cut line, and the PRO Z SurePath units will perform straight cutting paths with an auto-zero-turn at the end of each pass with the touch of a button. By utilizing high-precision GPS technology, SurePath Auto Steer reduces overlap and cuts perfect stripes, allowing the operator to complete a property in less time while producing superior cut quality.
“SurePath Auto Steer technology is the ultimate efficiency tool. Our field research shows it significantly reduces overlap and increases productivity by more than 0.5 acres per hour compared to traditional lap-bar steering controls*,” said Josh Sooy, Director, Professional Business Segment, Cub Cadet. “Landscapers can look forward to time savings to shorten their day, cover more ground or take on other tasks.”
Post-pandemic labor shortages have been particularly challenging for landscaping businesses. The lack of skilled labor has equated to more time and resources being diverted to training new hires who lack experience operating larger commercial mowers, resulting in reduced productivity and poor cut quality. Because of the semi-autonomous nature of the Auto Steer technology, every single operator — from new hires to skilled operators — can be expected to deliver consistent quality cuts and efficient operation when using a PRO Z SurePath unit. Plus, the simple and intuitive user experience helps lower the learning curve and reduces the time necessary to train new landscapers.
“In addition to greater overall productivity and efficiency for landscaping businesses, SurePath Auto Steer technology lowers the risk of turf damage and unhappy customers and enables even the most inexperienced operators to quickly rival and even surpass the speed and cut quality of experienced landscaping professionals,” Sooy said.
Built on the trusted PRO Z 960 S and PRO Z 972 S platforms, the SurePath units are outfitted with 16CC transmissions, 26-inch rear tires and a high-performance FX1000v Kawasaki engine, and are backed by a 3-year, no-hour-limit warranty or a 5-year 1,750-hour limited deck warranty.
Cub Cadet PRO Series PRO Z 960 S and 972 S SurePath units will be available at dealers starting in Spring 2022.