Got a ZTR Mower? You Need Brinly’s ZTR Attachments. Toro zero turn attachments
Will It Work With My Zero-Turn Mower?
The short answer is yes. You bet. We connect to Zero Turn Mowers all the time. Your new Cyclone Rake has been engineered to fit your mower, whether it’s a ZTR, a traditional riding mower, or a sub-compact tractor. As long as your mower has a right-handed discharge chances are, we’ll be able to connect your new Cyclone Rake to it.
After being in business for more than 20 years we’ve come to learn a thing or two about connecting to lawn mowers. We’ve found that the more custom the connection can be, the better. Customizing the way your Cyclone Rake leaf and lawn vacuum connects to your mower gives you a better performance, a better connection, and a better experience. For this reason, we’ll connect the Cyclone Rake to your ZTR the same way we connect to a traditional riding mower, no extra kit needed.
Mower Deck Adapter
The Mower Deck Adapter (MDA) is the boot piece that connects the deck of your mower to the Cyclone Rake system. They’re made from high density polyethylene to handle all the grass, leaves, nuts, on your property. Even the occasional rock! We have several dozen different MDA designs depending on the make, model, and deck size of your mower. Many of them come pre-cut to fit the deck of your mower specifically. While these do change depending on your mower, they connect to zero turn mowers the same way they connect to traditional riding mowers.
NOTE: The Mower Deck Adapter is included in our Cyclone Rake Bundles. If you purchase one of the standard models you will need a way to connect the deck of our mower to the Cyclone Rake if you don’t have a boot or adapter from a previous bagging unit.
2. The Deck Hose
Not only does the dual pin hitch allow a rigid mount, and make it impossible to jackknife, it also allows us to use the shortest, and straightest length of deck hose possible. When you connect your Zero Turn Mower to other leaf and lawn vacuums on the market, you also need to purchase a whole other kit to hold their long hose in place. Not with the Cyclone Rake. We custom fit the length of hose that you need for your mower to be just the right length. The dual pin hitch allows us to use a fixed length of hose, all but eliminating the opportunity for the clogging and hassle you see in other machines with long, winding hoses. And doesn’t everyone want less clogging and hassle?
3. The Hitch
One of the things we’re most proud of about the Cyclone Rake is the way it connects to the rear of your mower with our Dual Pin Hitch. This means that the Cyclone Rake is connected in two separate points which creates a rigid mount to the rear of your mower. Just like our MDA’s we have many different varieties of this dual pin designs to accommodate hundreds of different mowers. That includes your zero-turn mower! The rigid mount makes it impossible to jackknife the Cyclone Rake when you’re backing up.
- Won’t ever jackknife when you back up.
- No need for an extra-long hose like single-pin setups which create massive clogging opportunities.
Note: Some tractors require a 3 point hitch adapter which is available for purchase
Got a ZTR Mower? You Need Brinly’s ZTR Attachments
Put your zero turn riding mower to the test. If your ZTR is engineered to hitch a lawn care and garden attachment to it, you now have the freedom to mow your lawn as well as care for it at the same time.
Why Use Accessories for Zero Turn Mowers?
While lawn care attachments are designed for lawn and garden tractors, some ZTRs can also be used with attachments. Before you buy any accessories for your ZTR, read your Zero Turn’s manufacturing manual first.
If you enjoy working on your property, including your lawn, you need ZTR accessories designed to care for it. While the following products are intended for riding lawn mowers, they make perfect add-ons for zero turn mowers as well.
- Lawn sweeper– Stop raking your large lawn. Instead, invest in Brinly’s lawn sweeper that uses brushes to pull up leaves, twigs, pinecones, and other lawn debris. The lawn sweeper flips the yard waste into a hamper so you can take it to your burn pile.
- Tow spreader– Our tow spreaders, heavy-duty broadcast spreaders, come in two sizes. Our 125lb. tow behind spreader works perfectly for small yards (under one acre). Our 175lb. tow behind spreader works well for larger lawns of one acre or more. Both tow spreaders feature a universal hitch that fits most ZTR mowers.
- Spike and plug aerator– Our aerators work hard to relieve your property’s soil from compaction, and they work well as an attachment for ZTRs. When you aerate your lawn, carbon dioxide releases from the ground. Aeration also preps the ground to receive water, oxygen, and seed.
For example, Brinly’s 40” Aerator/Spreader aerates the soil at the same time that it fertilizes and adds seed to the ground. Our 40” aerator/spreader includes a durable steel frame and drawbars for heavy-duty use. This aerator comes with a 2-year guarantee for your satisfaction.
- Lawn roller – Smooth out your lawn and push grass seed firmly into the ground with our lawn roller. Follow your owners’ manual to make sure your ZTR can carry Brinly’s lawn roller. Our lawn rollers come in these sizes:
- 42 gallon
- 54 gallon
- 76 gallon
- 28 Gallon
Here’s a video to help you visualize how the lawn roller works with your ZTR.
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Two Brinly Accessories for Zero Turn Mowers
At Brinly, we also have ZTR accessories designed specifically for zero turn mowers. Here are two attachments for ZTRs:
- The 48” ZTR Dethatcher attachment has one bolt clamping design that hitches to many different types of zero turn mowers. You’ll quickly reach corners, edges, and tight spaces with precision.
- The Rear Mounted ZTR Spreader hitches up with Toro’s Timecutter ZTR.This zero turn mower attachment can hold up to 80 pounds of seed, fertilizer, ice melt, and more. The Rear Mounted ZTR Spreader includes patented ACCUWAY Spread technology.
Always Use Caution When You Hook Up Your ZTR Accessories
First, you need to consult your owner’s manual to see what capacity your particular zero turn mower can handle. You don’t want to hitch anything to the back of your ZTR if your mower wasn’t designed to carry attachments.
After that, you need to make sure that your ZTR has a hitch kit included with it or if you need to buy one for your mower. If your ZTR came outfitted with hitch capacity, check the ball size to make sure you can attach ZTR accessories to your mower.
When you hook up your lawn care attachment to your ZTR, use care, and make sure children and pets aren’t playing nearby.
Brinly recommends that you reduce your speed to three to five miles per hour when towing one of our ZTR accessories. The Sisters Grimm also added these guidelines:
- Use your ZTR with a lawn care attachment only on dry grass.
- Don’t use excessive speed while using your ZTR mower.
- Make wide turns to prevent jack-knifing. You risk jack-knifing when your “ZTR skids while the trailer (in your case, the attachment) spins around and collides with it.”
- Slow down before you plan to stop your mower. The lawn care attachment’s excess weight makes it difficult for your ZTR mower to come to a complete stop.
- Give yourself plenty of space to stop your mower for the above reasons.
Don’t use your ZTR with a lawn care attachment near any dangerous spots on your property. Five examples of hazards include slopes, ditches, landscaped areas, hardscapes, and water features.
- Tow only using a hitch specifically made for your lawn care attachment.
- Don’t hitch lawn care attachments that weigh more than your ZTR’s manufacturer’s recommendations.
Where to Find Your Brinly ZTR Accessories
Lastly, if you own a high-power zero turn mower, you can find your Brinly attachments for ZTRs online. If you have any questions about your zero turn mower attachments, you can call our customer service at 877-728-8224.
The best zero-turn mowers: are they worth the money?
Zero-turn mowers are great for both larger properties as well as yards with lots of obstacles. And they’re growing in popularity thanks to their generous cutting width, ergonomic design, and electric options.
Zero-turn mowers are like the high-end sports cars of lawn and garden equipment. They feature a zero-inch turning radius, which allows you to pivot in place and maneuver in tight spaces without ruining your lawn, as well as more powerful engines and wider cutting decks than their regular riding mower counterparts. And their demand will continue to grow in the next five years, as more people and businesses adopt them thanks to their ease of use and expedited cutting times.
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You can choose models with cutting decks as narrow as 42 inches for suburban lawns or as wide as 72 inches for rural properties. And with engines up to 26HP, you’ll get plenty of power to haul wagons of dirt, mulch, and tools or equipment without overworking the motor.
Zero-turn mowers also feature hydrostatic transmissions, which means that the more you push on the lap bars or the harder you step on the pedals, the faster you’ll go. This makes it akin to driving a car, so they’re easier to learn how to operate. The lap bar steering system does take some getting used to, however, so I recommend driving around your yard with the blades disengaged to practice before you mow your lawn with it for the first time.
To help you find the best zero-turn mower for your lawn, I’ve gathered a list of the 5 best ones available to buy. I’ve broken down their features and price points to help you match them up with your needs and lot size.- as well as your budget. To find the perfect zero-turn mower for your yard, you can keep reading below.
Cub Cadet Ultima ZT1
Best zero-turn mower overall
Cutting width: 50 inches | Power source: Gasoline | Transmission: Variable speed hydrostatic | Engine: 23HP 726cc | Mulching and bagger capable: Yes | Max cutting area: 4 acres
The Cub Cadet Ultima ZT1 was featured as my pick for the best zero-turn mower in our list of the best lawn mowers you can buy, and it’s still my number one choice. It features a 50-inch cutting deck that is stamped from 11-Gauge steel as well as a tubular steel frame design for strength, durability, and stability while mowing over different kinds of terrain. The 23HP Kawasaki engine uses a hydrostatic drive for easier forward acceleration of up to 7.5mph and quick reversing to maneuver around obstacles or go back over spots you may have missed.
A removable floor plate gives you better and faster access to the cutting deck and engine when you need to clean things out or perform maintenance, while the smooth-tread front wheels allow you to drive, turn, and pivot without worrying about damaging your lawn. The ergonomic seat also features a suspension system to keep you comfortable and safely in place while driving over rough patches, while the lap bars have ergonomic grips for more comfortable operation. And with a maximum cutting area of 4 acres, the Cub Cadet Ultima ZT1 will feel at home in both larger suburban corner lots as well as big rural properties.
Best electric zero-turn mower
Cutting width: 54 inches | Power source: 48V integrated battery | Transmission: Variable speed hydrostatic | Engine: Brushless electric motor | Mulching and bagger capable: Mulching only | Max cutting area: 3.5 acres
The Ryobi 48V zero-turn electric mower was one of my alternative picks on the list of best electric mowers, and after doing more research, I can say that it is the best electric zero-turn on the market. The integrated 48V battery can be charged via a regular wall outlet, which means you won’t have to worry about keeping special chargers and cables on hand to top up your mower when not in use. It also makes the Ryobi 48V easier to integrate into your garage or workshop if you don’t have any other Ryobi tools or equipment that could share a battery with the mower. The battery gives you enough power on a full charge to mow up to 3.5 acres, which is great news for anyone with a larger yard.
It features a 54-inch cutting deck with 3 sets of blades for a more even cut on each pass, and the deck can be set to 12 different heights for the perfect mow all season long. A control panel lets you monitor battery levels, turn on the LED headlights, mow in reverse, and even charge your phone with the built-in USB port.
Since the Ryobi 48V zero-turn mower doesn’t have a gas engine, that means that you’ll save both time and money by not having to do any oil changes, spark plug cleanings, or fuel treatments at the start and end of every season. And no gas engine means no exhaust emissions, making this a more environmentally friendly option for lawn care.
Toro TimeCutter 60-inch Zero Turn Mower Review (75760)
Having reviewed and used dozens of ZT mowers over the years, our team likes to stay up to date. We want to test and review the latest advances and technologies manufacturers integrate and migrate into both commercial and residential products. This week, the ~4,700 Toro TimeCutter 60-inch zero turn mower (model 75760) came into the PTR shop. This updated zero-turn mower features some compelling new upgrades over the MX6050 that should appeal to those shopping for a ZT in this price range.
What’s Carried Over from the MX6050
It’s always good when a manufacturer keeps the features consumers like. The new Toro TimeCutter 60-inch zero-turn hangs onto what makes the Toro MX6050 such a great mower. You still get the 10-gauge fabricated deck and reinforced leading edges across the entire front of the deck to protect against minor impacts and abrasions.
The commercial-level 24.5 HP Toro Commercial V-Twin 708cc stays, as does the tool-free oil drain and filter system.
Speeds are unchanged with the Smart Speed system. You get up to 7 MPH in Mow mode, 5.5 MPH in Tow mode and 4 MPH in Trim mode.
With the Toro Timecutter 75760 you also get the 3-year limited residential warranty.
What’s New with the Toro Timecutter 75760 ZT
Now, while much is the same, Toro made significant changes as well. While the deck still has a foot pedal lift, the pedal itself has a beefier build quality than before. Toro also now utilizes a more commercial-style drop-pin height adjustment system instead of a lever.
The IronForged fabricated 10-gauge steel deck adds a fully tubular 2″ x 2″ front axle with rugged solid cast aluminum caster hubs. Previously, if you slammed into something with one caster at 7 mph, you’d potentially bend the frame and total the mower. Toro designed these new caster hubs for easy replacement—removing a pain point for dealers when dealing with damage.
The Toro Timecutter 75760 also uses Kevlar-reinforced belts for better durability on the blade drivetrain as well.
Toro TimeCutter 60-inch Zero Turn Adds Step-Through
The step-through front-end model features a split footrest and lowered axle that lets you quickly exit the mower when you need to pick up debris. A fixed rubber floor mat reduces vibration to your heels while driving.
You also get a new under-seat cubby to stash things like sticks, small toys, avocados, and whatever else you might come across in your yard while mowing.
While they kept the Smart Speed system, Toro moved it to the right side of the mower to get it away from your legs while mowing.
We got very curious about the Smart Speed system and quickly began looking under the chassis to see how it worked. This ingenious system actually mechanically adjusts the throw-arms from the two lap bars. This lets Toro use the same hydrostatic transmission while delivering three different speed ranges. Whether you’re Mowing, Towing, or Trimming, Smart Speed alters the maximum speed of the mower—but allows you the full range of arm movement while driving.
Toro went with a pair of ZT-2800 hydrostatic transmissions. This is Hydro-Gear’s largest residential-grade transaxle designed for larger properties. We like that it’s fully serviceable with an external oil filter.
Air filters also change without a single tool. Just pop open the rear cover, reach in, and remove and replace the filter.
One last thing—in addition to that 3-year limited residential warranty, Toro now adds a 300-hour commercial use warranty for mowers using their Toro engines. That’s pretty cool—and makes sense given it’s basically the same motor used in some of their 2000-series commercial mowers.
How Fast Does the Toro TimeCutter 60-inch ZT Mow?
For the commercial guy, speed plays a big part in the purchasing decision. For residential use, we typically see them well under those 10-12 mph levels of a commercial mower costing twice the price. The same goes for the Toro TimeCutter zero-turn mower. At 7 mph, you won’t be flying across the grass—but you won’t feel like you’re crawling either.
The Toro commercial V-twin engine effortlessly drives this mower across grass. The high-back seat feels comfortable at all speeds. The mower jostles a bit while mowing for sure—but it never felt jarring at the seat. The deck is well-isolated from the chassis.
We found the armrests a bit low for our liking—a minor issue. You can lift up the seat to manually adjust it forward and back, but both I and our news editor, Chris, found the default setting perfect for our 5’9 – 5’10 heights.
The cup holder on the left and storage tray on the right make for a nice touch. The dampeners on the lap bars really give them the perfect amount of resistance for steering at any speed. Finally, we liked the oversized fenders which did a great job protecting us from spray—a common occurrence when cutting Florida grasses.
You get a 3-gallon gas tank on the Toro Timecutter 75760. That limits commercial use somewhat but should allow for plenty of residential acreage before having to refuel.
How You Adjust the Height of Cut
Toro made it super-easy to adjust your cutting height. On the Toro Time Cutter ZT mower, you just push down on the deck lift pedal with your foot, relocate the height pin, and release the deck back down. You can vary the height from 1.5 to 4.5 inches which should cover everything from Fescue to Zoysia and thick St. Augustine.
Toro also made it easy to adjust the height of the anti-scalp rollers. Do this whenever you significantly modify your cutting height.
How to Use the Smart Speed System
As mentioned earlier, Smart Speed lets you adjust the maximum driving mode or speed while keeping the blade tip speed constant. For example, you definitely want it on the “Mow” mode (the highest speed) for normal mowing and transportation. For efficiency when bagging, mulching, or towing, however, the center “Tow” mode works best. When cutting really wet grass or when you simply want to limit the speed, the “Trim” mode will take care of you. Here’s how we look at it:
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To adjust the speed, put the mower into neutral, disengage the blade, and adjust the Smart Speed lever (located on your right below the seat) to the desired setting. As we found out, this manually limits the top speed for the lap bars—effectively granting you three speed “ranges” above.
You can pick up the Toro Timecutter 60-inch zero-turn mower for about 4799 at Home Depot or any authorized Toro dealer.
Toro Time Cutter Zero Turn Specifications
- Model: 75760
- Engine: 24.5 HP (3,600 RPM) Toro Commercial V-Twin
- Displacement: 708cc
- Fuel capacity: 3 gallons (11.4 L)
- Cutting width: 60 in. (152 cm)
- Deck: 60 in. IronForged fabricated 10-gauge steel
- Deck lift: Foot-operated
- Height of cut: 1.5 – 4.5 in. (3.8 – 11.4 cm)
- Mow Speed: 7/3 mph (11.3/4.8 km/h)
- Tow Speed: 5.5/2.4 mph (8.8/3.8 km/h)
- Trim Speed: 4/1.7 mph (6.4/2.7 km/h)
- Seat: 18 in. (45.7 cm) handcrafted high-back with armrests (knob adjustment)
- Steering controls: Dual dampened wrap-around levers
- Tires (front): 13 x 6.5 in. (33 x 16.5 cm)
- Tires (rear): 20 x 10 in. (50.8 x 25.4 cm)
- Transmission: Dual hydrostatic HG-ZT2800
- Warranty: 3-year / unlimited hour residential and 3-year / 300-hour commercial engine
Wrapping It Up
Much goes into deciding on a new zero-turn mower. For residential use, that may involve a careful look at the warranty and features. For commercial users, the dealer relationship and serviceability are key. With that in mind, it’s great to know that Toro has 3,000 servicing dealers across the U.S. and Canada.
We genuinely like the upgrades made to the 60-inch Toro TimeCutter Zero Turn mower. They added practical new features like an upgraded cut height system, storage cubby, easier walk-through front, and replaceable cast aluminum spindles. They kept the features that already made this mower a great choice—like Smart Speed and the premium seat—but made them better.
The mower drives great, services easily, and comes with a great 3-year warranty. It’s an easy recommendation, especially at this price. For those who need something a bit larger than the Toro TimeMaster push mowers, the TimeCutter line might be worth looking into.
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I tested Toro’s zero-turn mower for a few weeks and this is what happened.
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A zero-turn, or zero turning radius, mower is one that is engineered with drive wheels that can rotate in opposite directions, effectively turning the mower in place. Zero-turn mowers have been popular with professional landscape maintenance companies and large-property owners for decades. Unlike conventional lawn tractors that perform a wide range of functions beyond mowing the grass, zero-turn mowers are specially engineered to maximize mowing speed, efficiency, and grass appearance. As zero-turn tech continues to spread into the consumer mainstream, improvements move toward operator comfort. For a great example, look no further than the Toro brand.
The Toro Company, based in Bloomington, Minnesota, was founded in 1914, when it began building tractor engines. By 1919, with the invention of the Toro Standard Golf Machine, the company established a lasting reputation of producing innovative, dependable mowing equipment. A global giant in the mower industry, The Toro Company’s lineup includes respected brands such as Exmark, the leading manufacturer of commercial zero-turn mowers, and one of the fastest-growing commercial zero-turn mower brands in Spartan Mowers. However, many of the mowers within the Toro brand target the residential market, with equal attention to details of performance, convenience, and user comfort.
When I was presented with the opportunity to try out a brand-new Toro TimeCutter MyRIDE zero-turn mower, I was happy to oblige. The marketing materials promise great things, like “commercial-grade DNA that pros rely on” and “the ultimate in comfort.” After putting the 50-inch TimeCutter MyRide Zero Turn Mower to the test on my 2 acres of established lawn and old field, I support those claims and more. It may not be the right choice for every shopper, but anyone with lots of grass to mow would do themselves a favor by taking a closer look. Read on for more details about the machine and my experience mowing with it.
Toro 50″ TimeCutter MyRIDE Zero Turn Mower: At a Glance
- Mowing speed up to 7 mph
- Smooth, comfortable ride
- High-capacity fuel tank
- Heavy-duty construction
- Professional-quality cut
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What Is the Toro 50″ TimeCutter MyRIDE Zero Turn Mower?
The Toro 50″ TimeCutter MyRIDE Zero Turn Mower is a premium residential mower built for wide-open spaces and larger lawns dotted with obstacles. I use the term “residential” loosely since it is packed with tons of commercial details, like an incredibly strong 10-gauge steel frame, forged mower deck, large-capacity fuel tank, and a commercial-grade 24.5-horsepower engine.
The comfortable ride of the smooth MyRide suspension system and thoughtful conveniences like the Smart Speed control system and toolless oil change system complement powerful performance. This is an approachable mower for new zero-turn users. It is highly capable, comfortable to operate, and intuitive to learn. Available accessories include a recycler kit to mulch grass clippings, a grass-striping kit, and a bagger, as well as numerous tow-behind lawn care tools.
How Comfortable Is the Toro 50″ TimeCutter MyRIDE Zero Turn Mower?
The 50″ TimeCutter MyRIDE Zero Turn Mower was designed with comfort top of mind. It starts with a generously cushioned 18-inch seat with armrests. Next, the MyRide system positions the operator on a floating platform with more than 3 inches of cushioned independent movement above the mower frame. The platform is cushioned by an adjustable shock-absorption system that takes on any bumps in the landscape, which makes for an amazingly smooth ride. In my test run, I mowed a gently sloped 1-acre field full of ruts and rocks in about 20 minutes, which translates to about 3 acres per hour. That was close to maximum speed for the mower, and the ride was butter-smooth.
At this point, I should note a few additional comfort and convenience points. First, the mid-mount deck configuration places the operator directly above the mower deck, which affords excellent visibility. Second, the foot-operated deck lift lever made it easy to raise the deck to ride over an approaching rock or other low obstacles, without stopping to reach for the deck’s hand lever. Also, the Smart Speed control system allowed me to easily pick up the pace for straight mowing, and then work slow and steady while trimming around trees, landscape beds, and other obstacles. Finally, the handles automatically control the parking brake, setting it whenever they are in the “parked” position and releasing it when the handles are raised to the “move” positions.
Comfort and convenience features include:
- Mid-mounted deck
- 18-inch high-back seat with armrests
- MyRIDE suspension system
- 18-inch by 9.5-inch rear tires
- Smart Speed control system
- Foot-operated deck-height adjustment
- Automatic parking brake
How Powerful Is the Toro 50″ TimeCutter MyRIDE Zero Turn Mower?
The commercial-grade 708-cc, 24.5-horsepower Toro V-Twin engine with cast-iron cylinder liners and full-pressure lubrication delivers outstanding performance. The top mowing speed is listed at 7 miles per hour, which would be about right based on my experience of mowing an acre in 20 minutes. Even at that fast pace on bumpy terrain, it tracked well and left a nice clean finished cut.
In another portion of my yard, where Bermuda grass grows especially thick, I tested the TimeCutter’s ability to low-cut the semi-dormant grass ahead of spring. This is the normal procedure for warm-season grasses at the end of winter, but it puts extra strain on the mower since airflow to the deck is constricted by the surrounding grass. Commercial mowers are equipped with adequate power to low-cut the grass at a nearly normal mowing pace, while residential mowers must work at a snail’s pace. The TimeCutter resembled a commercial mower while low-cutting, without slowing or bogging down in the least.
The Toro 50″ TimeCutter MyRIDE Zero Turn Mower is well constructed to handle hard work while reducing operator strain and fatigue. The mower frame and deck are fabricated from thick, 10-gauge steel, and the leading edge of the deck is reinforced with an extra layer of steel for extended wear protection. The rear drop-pin towing hitch has a towing capacity of up to 442 pounds, for fertilizing, aerating, and other heavy-duty lawn-care projects.
Power and performance features include:
- 708-cc, 24.5-horsepower Toro commercial V-Twin engine
- Cast-iron cylinder liners and full-pressure lubrication
- Mowing speed up to 7 mph
- 10-gauge steel frame
- 50-inch fabricated 10-gauge steel deck with reinforced leading edge
- Mowing height range of 1.5 to 4.5 inches
- 3-gallon fuel capacity
- Towing hitch
- Easy maintenance features: toolless oil change and belt cover
It is important to note that, for all its capabilities, there are a few areas where this mower does not excel. Most importantly, it is not designed for use on hilly terrain. The manufacturer recommends avoiding slopes greater than 15 degrees, or about 5.5 feet of elevation change per 20 linear feet. Also, the size of the machine is scaled for larger properties with 2 to 4 acres of grass. Small and midsize properties increase the instances of bottlenecks such as narrow walk-through gates or pathways between landscape beds where the 50-inch TimeCutter simply will not fit.
Is the Toro 50″ TimeCutter MyRIDE Zero Turn Mower Worth the Money?
The Toro 50″ TimeCutter MyRIDE Zero Turn Mower is loaded with feature upgrades that make it highly competitive among top-tier residential zero-turn mowers. Pro-quality construction and performance combined with perhaps the most comfortable ride in the industry make a convincing argument for the MSRP of 4,599. Still, The Home Depot sells it for 200 below MSRP at 4,399.
Major brand competitors include John Deere and Cub Cadet, both with closely comparable models. Cub Cadet Ultima ZT2 with a 50-inch deck offers less horsepower (23), thinner steel (11-gauge) in the deck, and is priced 100 lower than the Toro 50″ TimeCutter MyRIDE MSRP at 4,499. John Deere Z515E with a 54-inch deck that is stamped, not fabricated, comes with a 24-horsepower engine and a simple 2-spring suspension system, also for 4,499. So, the 50″ TimeCutter MyRIDE appears to be priced just about right and could even be considered a bargain.
Is the Toro 50″ TimeCutter MyRIDE Zero Turn Mower Right for You?
To get the best bang for your buck, an ideal yard for the Toro 50″ TimeCutter MyRIDE Zero Turn Mower would be between 1.75 and 4.25 acres, with lots of grass and no steep hills. Regardless of whether you strive for a pristine, golf-course-like lawn or more of a wild-prairie-type appearance, this mower can help. In fact, bumpy, rough ground with occasional mow-around obstacles is where it excels.
With a maximum mowing speed of up to 7 miles per hour, this TimeCutter can tackle a wide-open 3 acres in about an hour, or slightly longer where there are trees and landscape beds to navigate. And you may even be able to skip the next chiropractor appointment. But if your yard is on a mountainside, in a forest, or requires navigating narrow (less than 60 inches) passageways, this big zero-turn mower may not be the best choice.
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