I couldn't wait to tell you about my experience with the Toro Timecutter I just bought. You need to understand some things first. I've never owned a zero turn mower. I've never owned a mower with an engine this big. I've never owned a mower with this size cutting width. My experience has been with Cub Cadet riding tractor mowers and the Craftsman 19.5 horse riding tractor mower. That's it. I had the new Cub Cadet all picked out and sent my sons to buy it from Home Depot. I taught my sons to be independent thinkers and I'm so glad they are. We talked on the phone about the new Toro and they wouldn't buy the Cub Cadet for me. In their words, The Toro was a much better machine hands down. They bought it and brought it home on a Sunday afternoon late. Everybody knows you don't mow your lawn on Sunday. That old saying went right out the door seeing that Toro sitting in my carport. We had a problem at first trying to start it. I admit it, I was as much an idiot as my sons. We left the motion control levers closed together and not out in the parked position. We went through testing the battery, checking safety switches to make sure they were connected and eventually an idiot will find his way out of a paper bag. One of us read from the manual while the other two carried out the instructions for starting. I stayed out of it. My sons are grown and they don't need me sticking my nose in it. Let me tell all of you, this is one intelligently designed machine. The starter motor makes a weird noise if you are doing something wrong while trying to start the motor. It sounds like the battery can't turn over the motor. Well, next they pushed the speed control all the way to FAST. They pulled out the choke and paused. It was the moment of truth. If it didn't start after reading the manual, we were hopelessly lost. One son turned the key and the motor spun. It wasn't a slow grinding kind of start. This sucker spun like we had enough battery to start a 18 wheeler. When those twin engines picked up the gas inside their cylinders, they came alive. They were living breathing demons perfectly tuned and matched like a race car. My son gave it gas back and forth while we listened to the roar of those 24.5 horses. You don't hear some tinny whinny noise, you hear muscle and a beast. The engine seems a little fast when set on FAST but that's what the manual said. We were believers of the manual by now. He engaged the PTO to start the blades. Wow, I mean wow! On my Cub which is what I am experienced with, it struggled to get those twin blades moving and turning. The Toro has three blades and only one belt drive it all. There are two tension pulleys and once the PTO engaged, the blades zipped right up to running speed without the slightest drag on the motor. On my Cub, the motor will pull down while it is trying to get the blades going. Not so with this Toro. I encourage all of you to see the comparisons of engine on You Tube. Toro is comparing its twin with Kohler and the Kawasaki. I know a thing or two about engines. I also know two curbs is better than one unless it is on a British MGB.Number 1 son backs the mower as best as he can. He didn't have any experience with the Zero Turn mower either. I'm not going to kid you, it takes some learning but is it well worth the time and trouble learning. We mowed our lawn on a Sunday because we couldn't help ourselves. We all noticed something different about the mower our first rides. I noticed how much more beautiful my lawn looked after I mowed with it than after my Cadet. Toro has spent some R and D on their mower decks to make sure you and I get the best deck man can make. This deck has three scalping rollers so you CAN NOT scalp your yard. No matter what you do, you can't do it. You can drop the front into a hole and come out the other side with only a slight indentation in the lawn. I hit a hole and raised the right front wheel a foot off the ground. I looked back to see what I left behind me. Nothing. I saw where my big tire dropped down into the hole but that's it. No grass scalping. I have some above ground tree roots I always hit with cadet. I have to raise the deck to its highest level to keep from hitting the roots. Not with the Toro, the front rollers keep me above the roots. My son asked me what I thought. This a quote. "Son, mowing with a Toro is easier than eating! All you do is sit there pushing two motion control levers back and forth only inches at a time and you don't have to keep lifting your legs to hit the brakes. You don't have to shift gears, strap in or buy insurance in case you lose control of your Cadet. You leave the seat, it shuts off. You can back up and cut crazy eights with it. Oh, you'd expect this Hoss to be a gas guzzler but you'd be wrong. It's a sipper! It was full when we started mowing and after mowing a 1.5 acre yard, the liquid line was out of sight and hadn't dropped down to measure yet. I mowed the yard again a second time a week later and finally I saw a drop in my gas levels. It's a 3 gallon tank but I may have used a half gallon on one mowing. Maybe! Now about the smart settings. I don't tow stuff so the middle setting isn't important to me. The trimmer setting is for learning. It is supposed to go slower but you can't prove it by me. You may as well put it in Mow and go. I cut back on how fast I let the engines run. I don't like a loud high revving engine when I mow. Do what you like with this Toro! It's happy doing it slow or fast. The responsiveness is shocking. I do mean shocking. I cut my lawn set on 2 inch and it's never looked so pretty before. We're getting a lot of rain here and I'm glad. I can mow twice a week now. I can carry my lunch and have places to hold it on the Toro. It has a glass holder and a tray for whatever. I put my clippers in it in case I need to cut back on a low hanging tree. I can't say enough about the design of the deck. It's designed to send the clippings way out there and disperse them evenly. With my Cadet, I always had clumps of grass but not with the Toro. I go thru the thickest grass and it looks so pretty. No clumping, pile ups of grass, nothing. I suppose when I get better at driving it I won't make those divets. I like mowing so much I still make those loops at the end of my row. It ain't like I'm doing a lot of steering wheel turning. The deck won't scalp the yard when I made sharp turns either. I'm in love as you can see. You will be too. You don't need to spend $10,000 on a mower when you can have it all for a lot less!
Accurate, All In One, Cuts Well, Durable, Easy to Store, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Great Engine, Long-Lasting, Powerful, Self-Propelled, Small Turn Radius, Sturdy