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Mower roundup: Toro’s TimeMaster mower updated with new engine
Beth Hyatt | March 31, 2017

According to Toro, this new engine delivers more power to rotate the blade with 10.00 ft-lb of gross torque.
Photo: Toro

The newest engine in the Toro TimeMaster 30-inch mowers is now equipped with a Briggs & Stratton Professional Series 1000 engine, which Toro says offers increased gross torque and displacement compared to previous models.

According to Toro, this new engine delivers more power to rotate the blade with 10.00 ft-lb of gross torque. The TimeMaster is also able to handle thicker, heavier grass with ease. Additionally, the overhead valve (OHV) engine design runs cooler and cleaner for better fuel economy and a longer engine life.

“The new Briggs & Stratton Professional Series 1000 engine is a powerful upgrade for the TimeMaster product line,” said Wade Tollison, Toro senior marketing manager. “Combined with the 30-inch wide mowing deck, the added engine torque helps our customers take charge of their yards, with even more power to cut through lush grass while also saving a bunch of time.”

Other features include a Super Lo-Tone engine muffler, a dual-sealing commercial-grade air management system that helps keep debris from entering the engine. The ReadyStart starting system also comes standard.

Toro says the TimeMaster mower’s new engine enhances productivity and allows users to cover more ground in less time. The company also says that the 30-inch wide cutting path and travel speed of the mower can reduce mowing time by up to 40 percent.

Toro announces new engine for Recycler mowers

Beginning this year, both Toro Recycler mowers with SMARTSTOW will be equipped with a Briggs & Stratton engine featuring Just Check & Add technology. Toro says the new engine allows the  mower to be stored upright and never requires an oil change. Regular scheduled maintenance must still be performed.

Toro says the new engine allows the mower to be stored upright and never requires an oil change.
Photo: Toro

Briggs & Stratton offers both technologies in one engine for the first time, and these features together make the Recycler mower easy to maintain and store.

The engine includes new vents, gaskets and oil seals, as well as a unique fuel tank design that helps prevent oil and gas from leaking when the mower is stored upright.

“We’ve seen great success with the Just Check and Add innovation on Toro all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive Personal Pace models, so launching it on our SMARTSTOW models is another exciting step forward,” said Wade Tollison, Toro senior marketing manager. “Our collaboration with Briggs & Stratton assists us in making lawn mowers that meet consumers’ unmet needs for more storage space and easier maintenance, without compromising on mowing power, performance, and productivity.”

Additionally, the Just Check & Add technology helps keep debris out of the engine while also allowing the engine to run cooler. Toro says it partnered with Briggs & Stratton to offer the unique engine on Toro Recycler SMARTSTOW mowers, which can be stored upright for a 70 percent reduced storage footprint. The models also fold in three tool-free steps to reduce overall storage space.

Altoz tracked zero-turn mowers


Altoz’s TRX zero-turn mower comes with two type and two deck size choices.
Photo: Altoz

The TRX turned heads in October when it was introduced during GIE+EXPO 2016 and received a 2016 Pro Tool Innovation Award (PTIA), which recognizes best-in-class products for innovation, power and value.

Equipped with rear-mounted tracks, a torsional suspension system and patent-pending technology for commercial use on sloped, wet and untamed terrain, the TRX allows lawn care professionals, utility companies and municipalities to maintain places they normally can’t effectively or safely cut with a traditional zero-turn mower.

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BOB-CAT upgraded mower decks 


The new deck’s improved airflow lifts grass, providing a higher quality cut, according to the manufacturer.
Photo: BOB-CAT

BOB-CAT says it has updated its commercial zero-turn mowers with more power and improved cutting decks, among other features.

Improvements to the Predator-Pro and ProCat mowers include the manufacturer’s new 61-inch “DuraDeck XF” cutting deck. The mower is now ¾-inch deeper, allowing for more airflow and better dispersal of clippings.

BOB-CAT says the airflow and enhanced baffle system also improve the vacuum and lift of the grass, providing an even better quality of cut.

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