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Toro Lawnmowers - A Review Of Toro Riding Mowers And Lawn Tractors

Jul 7, 2008
Toro lawnmowers are well known for their outstanding quality and durability and win many awards in the annual Consumer Reports review articles. Toro's product range includes, walk-behind lawnmowers, zero turn lawnmowers and riding lawnmowers and tractors. We will take look at their riding mower and lawn tractor range, compare features and note the advantages and disadvantages of each model range.

The LX Lawn Tractor Series

Manufacturer's Suggested List Price: $1,499 - $2,049 USD

Features

Kohler Engines
Premium engines are carefully matched to the model. The LX 425 sports a 20hp Kohler Courage Twin Cam OHV Engine, top of the range LX 500 has a 22 hp Kohler Courage Twin Cylinder Engine. Kohler engines have been manufactured for the commercial market and the durability and quality are excellent. The Kohler twin-cylinder engines have reduced noise, less vibration and are easy starters. These engines also have an increased fuel efficiency and are clean burning.

Automatic CVT Transmission with Cruise Control
All models have a continuously variable transmission to allow you to easily change speed up to a maximum 6.4 mph. Set the cruise control to maintain a constant speed.

3-in-1 Cutting Decks
Easily switch between mulching, bagging and side discharge.

Mowing Deck
Between 42" and 50" mowing decks, depending on the model.

Attachments

One of the big advantages in buying a lawn tractor is the large range of attachments available. Attachments can turn your lawn tractor into a snowblower, a lawn sweeper, an aerator, a dethatcher and a mulcher. A front blade can be attached to easily to move soil, rocks or even snow. Transport materials around your yard with the 10 cu ft or the 17 cu ft poly cart. Toro's Attach-a-Matic hitch system makes changing attachments quick and easy.

Comfort

The LX series has a soft touch rubber steering wheel, much better than plastic on a hot day! Comfort is also ensured by the high back seats, the side handles and rubber foot rests.

Advantages

Excellent engines that should give years of use. Good range of attachment and comfortable to ride.

Disadvantages

Attachments tend to be expensive. No anti-scalp rollers on the cheaper models.

GT2000 Series Garden Tractors

Manufacturer's Suggested List Price: $2,499-$2,899 USD

Features

Premium Kohler Courage Engines. 23 or 25 hp KohlerŽ Courage Twin Cylinder Engines. Excellent engines for years of use.

Automatic and Hydrostatic Transmissions

Automatic or foot controlled transmission for variable mowing speeds. Cruise control for constant speed.

3-in-1 Mowing Deck
The 50" mowing deck has anti-scalp wheels and allows mulching, bagging or side discharge.

Comfortable to Ride

The GT2000 series has the same comfort features as the LX range.

Easily Variable Cutting Height

Cutting height can be set between 1.5 and 4 inches.

Attachments

Using Toro's Attach-a-Matic hitch system changing attachments is easy. Not such a large range as for the LX series, attachments include a snowblower, loading ramps, triple bagger and front blade.

Advantages

Excellent powerful Kohler engines. Time saving 50" deck. Comfortable ride.

Disadvantages

Fewer attachments than the LX range.

Overall value for Money

Toro has an enviable reputation is delivering quality products at an affordable price. The LX and GT2000 series are no exception. Lawn tractors from either of these ranges will give years of hard work and be comfortable to use. Their durability and excellent workmanship makes secondhand Toro lawnmowers and garden tractors good buys.
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