Toro unveils vast product lineup for 2011

At GIE+EXPO 2010, Toro expanded its zero-turn mower lineup with the introduction of the Z Master G3 Commercial Series, Z Master G3 propane-powered units, TITAN MX Series and TimeCutter SS Series. The Bloomington, Minn.-based company also unveiled an electric mower, an electric snowblower, a second snowblower and several tree care products.

The new Z Master G3 Commercial Series mowers provide landscape contractors more benefits in an affordable package.  They feature 20- to 24-hp. Kawasaki engines, a 48- or 52-inch Toro Turbo Force cutting deck and 9-3/8-inch-diameter cast-iron spindle housings to absorb impact loads. They are also designed with a low center of gravity, as well as enhanced hillside stability and traction for better control and less “crabbing.” A height-of-cut (HOC) system gives operators 1-1/2- to 4-1/2-inch cuts in 1/4-inch increments and is designed with clear, easy-to-read settings, a single-point setting calibration and a keyhole-style pin. The HOC system’s flexible transport lock allows professionals to feather the deck over uneven terrain. Plus, they are backed by a five-year/1,200-hour warranty, two-year commercial engine warranty and lifetime frame warranty.

“We know that in many cases, these machines will serve as the primary commercial units for our customers, so it’s critical they deliver impressive, commercial-grade results plus an outstanding value,” said Scott Wozniak, senior marketing manager for Toro.

As part of its continuing commitment to investigate technologies that are both customer valued and environmentally responsible, Toro introduced the propane-powered Z Master G3 zero-turn mowers with cleaner-burning fuels that can reduce engine maintenance cost and extend engine life. Engineered with a 29-hp. Kawasaki engine, these machines offer ground speeds up to 11.5 mph. Their single propane tank holds 43.5 pounds of liquid propane and is mounted behind the seat, allowing for better deck and drive tire visibility. They will be available with a 60- or 72-inch deck.

Bridging the gap between commercial-grade and residential zero-turn mowers is the TITAN MX Series. Designed for serious property owners, who do more than just mow their lawn, the TITAN MX mowers boast Kawasaki engines, 22-inch by 10-inch rear and 12-inch by 6-inch smooth front tires, fully fabricated decks with anti-scalp rollers, a fully tubular frame, commercial-grade transmissions, heavy-duty gears, Toro’s premium seat with 3-D isolation suspension and extra-thick padding, and hydraulically dampened, dual-oversized Comfort Grip control levers and padded armrests. The TITAN MX is available in two models: MX4880 with a 22-hp. Kawasaki engine and a 48-inch, 10-gauge fabricated deck, or the MX5480 with a 24-hp. Kawasaki engine and a 54-inch, 10-gauge fabricated deck.

Toro has created a whole new zero-turn mower category with its new TimeCutter SS Series. These mowers are equipped with a new Smart Speed control system that adds greater control to the time-saving speed and maneuverability associated with the Toro TimeCutter. Smart Speed allows users to choose the best ground speed range to fit their mowing needs. The TimeCutter SS Series is available in six models, ranging from 15 to 24 hp. and 32- to 50-inch decks.

Built to the same performance standards as Toro’s Recycler Series mowers, the Toro e-Cycler electric mower is a convenient choice for homeowners with typical urban-sized yards. This powerful 36-volt cordless, rechargeable mower can take on lawns from 7,500 to 10,000 square feet, under normal mowing conditions, in a single charge. Weighing in at only 77 pounds, it’s lighter than most electric mowers. Best of all, there are no hassles with gas and oil.

In addition to a new electric mower, Toro also introduced an electric snowblower, the single-stage 1800 Power Curve, as well as the two-stage Power Max 726 OE snowblower. The 1800 Power Curve offers an environmentally friendly choice, without sacrificing power or performance. With an 18-inch clearing width and 15-amp motor, it can throw up to 700 pounds of snow per minute, tossing it up to 30 feet out of the way. Thanks to Toro’s patented Power Curve technology, the 1800 Power Curve clears snow down to the pavement. The Power Max 726 OE boasts a 26-inch clearing width and 205-cc Briggs & Stratton engine OHV 4-cycle engine that powers through nearly 1,900 pounds of snow per minute, throwing it up to 45 feet away.

As for tree care products, Toro introduced three stump grinders (6-hp. SGR-6, 13-hp. SGR-13 and 26-hp. STX-26); the LS-9 log splitter, which boasts cycle times as fast as nine seconds and a splitting force of 28 tons to handle logs up to 26 inches long; and the 25-hp. BC-25 brush chipper, which can fit through a 36-inch-wide gate opening and handle logs up to 6 inches wide.

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