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The Toro timecutter ss4260 (42") 21.5hp kawasaki zero turn lawn mower has been discontinued and is not available for purchase at this time.

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Toro TimeCutter SS4260 (42") 21.5HP Kawasaki Zero Turn Lawn Mower

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Grade
Mid Grade Lawn Mowers
Style
Zero-Turn Mower
Surface Area
Office Building, Farm, or Parks
Large
Terrain
Hilly Terrain
Hilly
Width
42

Cutting Inches
Engine
Kawasaki Engine


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21.5HP/726cc Kawasaki V-Twin 4-Cycle OHV Engine
Dual element air filter
High performance pressurized lubrication system
3-gallon fuel tank with sight gauge

Toro Exclusive Smart Speed Control System
Choose different speed ranges with the flip of a lever
Gives operator more precise control
0 to 7 mph for mowing large, open areas at high speed
0 to 3 mph for mowing around trees and landscaping

42-Inch, 2-Blade Mower Deck
Provides superior cutting performance in all conditions
2 anti-scalp wheels allow the deck to float over the turf

Automatic Parking Brake
Engaged when control arms are moved outward

18-Inch Extra Tall Seat
More back support for a smooth, comfortable ride

Heavy Duty 10-Gauge Steel Frame
Increased strength and durability

Standard Features Included On This Model:
Foot assist HOC; anti-vibration floor mat; engine guard


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Engine
Engine Brand
Kawasaki
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
HP
21.5 HP
CC
726 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
3 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
2 Cylinders
Oil Filter
Yes
Consumer Engine Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Engine Warranty
30 Days
Motor
Battery Included
Included
Deck
Cutting Options
3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
Material
Steel
Construction
Stamped
Spindle Material
Aluminum
Blades
2 Blades
Deck Positions
7 Positions
Cutting Height
1.5-4.5 Inches
Deck Lift System
Manual Foot Operated
Engagement
PTO Electric
Deck Drive
Belt
Drive
Speeds
Variable
Maximum Speed
7 MPH
Maximum Reverse Speed
3 MPH
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Transmission Type
Hydrostatic
Drive System
Hydrostatic
Accessories
Rear Bagger
Sold Separately
Engine Guard
No
Seat Type
Extra Tall Back
Hour Meter
Included
Arm Rests
Sold Separately
Front Bumper
No
Trailer Hitch
Included
Mulcher Kit
Sold Separately
Headlights
No
Wheels
Front Tire Size
11 x 4 Inch
Front Axle
Swivel
Rear Tire Size
18 x 7.5 Inch
Tire Type
Pneumatic Wheels
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Assembly Required
No
Weight
490 Pounds
Dimensions
72.0L x 45.0 up / 54.0 downW x 40.3H
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Warranty
30 Years
UPC
021038746265
Model
74626
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  15 Questions
Q: Just ordered a Toro TimeCutter zero turn mower. What type gas does it use? regular or supreme?
by John Strickland from Florida on November 02, 2013

A: John - you should use regular grade 87 octane gas. The higher grade gas is just a waste of money - it will not improve engine performance. Also, make sure the regular grade 87 octane gas you use does not have an ethanol content of more than 10%.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Is the floor plate removable in order to have easy access to the center blade spindle and belt maintenance?
by James Griffin from Texas on June 29, 2013

A: James - the floor plate is NOT removable on any of the Toro TimeCutter zero turn mowers, including the SS5000.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: How is this mower cleaned?

by Jim Thompson from Wisconsin on June 27, 2013

A: Jim - there is a deck wash out port on the mower deck that allows you to connect a garden hose and spray the underside of the deck with water if you wish to clean it in this fashion.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Todd,

If I purchase a TimeCutter SS4260, how big of a gate fence should I have to comfortably ride through?

I'm afraid a 5-foot gate might not work if it has the mulching feature on it.

Please advise. Thanks! Brad

by Brad Hawkins from Washington on February 18, 2012

A: Brad - with the discharge chute cover in the "up" position, the mower has an overall width of 45 inches. When you are mowing and the discharge chute cover is down, the overall width is 54 inches. So fitting through a 5 foot (60") fence gate should not be an issue. The mulch kit mounts entirely under the mower deck and would not anything to the overall width of the mower.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Does installing the mulching kit on the Toro TimeCutter SS4235 increase the final operating width more than the stated specification of 43.5"?
by Jim from Colorado on June 22, 2011

A: Jim - the mulch kit on a Toro SS series TimeCutter zero turn mower mounts totally on the inside of the mower deck, so the mulch kit would not have any effect on the overall width of the mower.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: What is the width of the Toro Timecutter SS4235 with the mulching attachment. I have a 48" gate to get thru.
by Jim from Colorado on June 13, 2011

A: Jim - The mulch kit has no impact on the width of the mower. The mulch kit mounts totally underneath the mower deck on the inside. so, with the chute deflector cover is the "up" position, the Toro 42" zero turn mowers measure approx 45" wide at their widest point. With the chute deflector cover in the down position, the Toro 42" zero turn mowers measure approx. 54" wide.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: I have a 4 foot door and need to know what the the maximum width of the Toro TimeCutter SS4235 with the deflector shield removed is?
by Greg from Texas on June 11, 2011

A: Greg - with the chute deflector cover is the "up" position, the Toro 42" zero turn mowers measure approx 45" wide at their widest point. With the chute deflector cover in the down position, the Toro 42" zero turn mowers measure approx. 54" wide.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: What is the width of Toro Timecutter SS4235 with the Twin Bagger attached?
by Jim from Colorado on June 05, 2011

A: Jim - with a bagging system installed, the Toro 42-inch TimeCutter will measure approx. 49 inches wide at the rear of the mower where the bagger is hooked up.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: What incline does the Toro TimeCutter SS4200 (42") 19HP Zero Turn Lawn Mower (2011 Model) handle
by Mila from California on May 29, 2011

A: Mila - Toro recommends that the SS4200 TimeCutter should not be operated on slopes of greater than 15 degrees. Toro also recommends that you should not operate this mower on ANY slopes when grass is wet. Slippery conditions reduce traction and could cause sliding and loss of control.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: What's the difference between the 4260 and the 4235, besides 2 HP and $300.00?

Also do you know the Dba for the 20 and 22 HP?

Thanks

by Ron Johnson from Washington on May 21, 2011

A: Ron - the Toro TimeCutter SS4235 and SS4260 are the same mower except for these main differences (1) the SS4260 has a 22HP Kawasaki engine vs. the 20HP engine on the SS4235 (which you pointed out); (2) the SS4260 includes a foot-assist height of cut adjustment system, a rear engine guard and the anti-vibration floor mat as standard equipment. These would all be optional accessories on the SS4235. These three very popular accessories would sell for about $150 to $160 if purchased separately. Kawasaki does not list a decibel rating for their riding mower engines, so I cannot provide you with this measurement, but both the 20HP and 22HP engines are loud enough that Toro recommends the operator use some sort of ear protection when operating a TimeCutter zero turn mower.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: What is the blade speed on this mower, does it work good with bagger set-up.
by Al Harris from Oklahoma on May 13, 2011

A: The blade speed on this mower is going to be about 3600 RPM give or take 100 on each blade.

In terms of using a bagger. The suction provided from the deck design would give you more than enough speed to give you a good result from a bagger attachment.

Thanks,

Mowers Direct
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Is there any mower that has power steering, as husband has Parkinson's . push button blade control?
by Terri Graham from Minnesota on April 26, 2011

A: This is going to depend on what is meant by power steering. When it comes to a zero turn, these are very easy to steer by using the steering bars that effortlessly move forward and back.

In terms of the push button blade control, these would be activated by a push button that you would push in and pull out for blade engagement.

Thanks,

Mowers Direct
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Can the twin bagger attachment for the Toro SS4260 be used with the mulching kit in place, or would you have to remove all the mulching baffles before using the bagger?
by Todd Stevens from Maine on April 19, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. Yes, you can bag with the mulch kit in place. Just make sure you remove the mulch plug from the discharge chute.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Is the deck on the ss4260 (42) made of 10 gage steel or is it a stamped deck?
by Eddie Freeman from North Carolina on March 24, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. The deck on this mower is stamped.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Hi Todd,
I was looking at the 42" Toro ss's and was interested in your thoughts on the Kawasaki 20 hp vs. The 22 hp. $300 seems like an awful lot more for 2 hp.

by Pat Raugh from Pennsylvania on March 20, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. The Kawasaki is the best zero turn engine you will find. This engine is worth the extra money becuase it will give long lasting durability and performance.
by Jose, Product Expert

Toro 74626 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
5/5
Overall
4.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (6)
High Quality (4)
Exceeded Expectations (4)
Fast (4)
Quiet (3)
Cons
Only Has 2 Cutting Blade... (4)
Packaging (3)
The Metal On The Deck Is... (1)
Good (1)
Saia Delivery Schedule U... (1)
91% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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More Than Just A Mower
Increase your versatility and maximize time savings with additional attachments.

Toro TimeCutter mowers are the only zero turn mowers with a Smart Speed® Trim & Tow mode. Along with the standard hitch, you can now tow pull-behind attachments with the speed and precision control they were designed for.
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Jim C.
Acworth, GA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/26/14
Total Helpful Votes
20 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
04
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Toro - Built Tough
I really have only minor negatives to report - which really don't pertain to the mower itself. This Toro was delivered by a freight line with the lift gate option. The driver was great, backed right in my long driveway and was kind enough to place the crate in my garage for me. The problem was that the freight company or Toro had placed the mower on two 6 foot long pallets, one on top of the other pallet. The driver could not remove the extra pallet and believe you me that extra 4" in... more
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Quiet, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: Only Has 2 Cutting Blades, Packaging, Heavy, Bad Instructions
Jim Recommends This Toro Mower
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200
Tom
Leander, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/11/13
Total Helpful Votes
21 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
06
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
2 Acres To Mow
I have been mowing 2 acres with a lawn tractor for the last 10 years, property is covered with trees and I finally broke down and bought a Toro (recommended by my small engine repair service) and it is great. Can mow in less than half the time with a much cleaner cut. Very happy with purchase.
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214
Louis M.
Bueche, LA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/3/13
Total Helpful Votes
18 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
27
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Louisiana Grass Guy
As with other buyers, I found that getting the mower uncrated was quite a chore. My delivery was one day late but, when it did arrive the driver was very friendly and accommodating in getting the mower into the garage. it arrived unscathed and very well packaged.

The mower does take a lot of getting used to as I've always had a conventional lawn tractor. All that said, I went from a 48" cut Husqy to a 42" Toro ZTR and reduced my mowing time by 35%. The mower is fast, quiet and does... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Quiet, Fast, High Quality
Cons: Packaging
Louis Recommends This Toro Mower
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183
Edwin H.
Apollo Beach, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/19/14
Total Helpful Votes
14 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
22
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Time Cutter 4260 Cuts Time
Have had this Timecutter 4260 for only about 6 weeks now. The mower performs well so far. Time will tell how well it continues to perform, but it runs well. The Kawasaki engine I feel better about purchasing. I was a little concerned about power, but so far the 21.5 HP seems to handle the conditions. Since this is my first zero turn mower there's no basis for comparison, but I am happy with purchase so far. Did not take that long to get use to the handling. As stated can slide on hills, so have... more
Edwin Recommends This Toro Mower
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142
Ronald D.
Concrete, WA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/15/13
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
AUG.
11
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
What A Sweet Machine
Zero turn just does not say enough about this mower's maneuverability. Any direction at any time makes for a wonderful mower. I own a Kawasaki motorcycle so I know all about their great engineering on the motor. This thing is quiet too ........ you don't need the rpm on high to run this mower. You won't go wrong choosing this mower. I am one happy camper.
Pros: Quiet, Exceeded Expectations, High Quality, Maneuverability
Ronald Recommends This Toro Mower
Ronald Would Recommend Mowers Direct To A Friend
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Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I compared the price with the local hardware stores and I saved at least 400 dollars going with Mowers Direct. Do the math and save."
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131
Mike S.
Chesterfield, MO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/29/12
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
22
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Toro Ss4260 Zero Turn
My mower arrived as promised, in the time promised (very quickly I may add), and so far I am extremely pleased with the whole experience. Excited as a kid at Christmas, when I was told the crate was delivered, I was anxious to get home from work that night and get it out of the box and running.

The assembly, or lack of assembly I should say, was very easy, I cut off the box as instructed, unbanded the mower from the crate, and rolled it off the crating material into my garage. About 5... more
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132
Brent
Palm Harbor, FL
REVIEWED
SEP.
26
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Toro Time Cutter Model 74626 48" Zero Turn
Ordering was easy and tracking provided fast information. Delivery was within or before expectations, I think in 5 days. Mower was protected well with shipping crate and all I had to do was check the oil and add gas.

I am not used to a zero turn mower, so it takes a little learning curve to get up to the task. I would advise setting on slow speed for a while until you get used to controls, especially if you are near sensitive areas you do not want to hit or run off into a ditch etc.
more
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100
Ben P.
Labelle, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/8/14
REVIEWED
DEC.
11
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
My Mower
This is a great mower, we did have one problem about 6 hours into the mowing, when we went to start it again, the starter solenoid went out. Still waiting to get this repaired. But again, when it's running, I can't say enough about it. I love it.
Ben Recommends This Toro Mower
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50
Donna B.
Stow, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/27/13
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
AUG.
13
2013
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
3 Cutting Blades Are A Must
I bought a Toro TimeCutter with Kohler engine 42" cut when I lived in Florida and it was the best investment I made as it had 3 cutting blades and a mulching kit. The performance of this mower with the Kawasaki engine and 2 blades with the mulching kit does not perform as well as the one with 3 blades. The 3 blade got past me when I ordered this mower as I did not realize it had only 2 blades. In my opinion, do not buy one without 3 blades as it does not cut in the middle where the 3rd... more
Pros: Features, Easy To Use, Easy To Store
Cons: Unreliable, Packaging, Only Has 2 Cutting Blades, Only Has 2 Cutting Blades
Donna Does Not Recommend This Mower
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138
Dave
Thompson, CT
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/2/12
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
26 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
14
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Simply An Awesome Mower...
It was hard to imagine buying a machine of this size (and expense) over the Internet. But I took the plunge and Mowers Direct executed flawlessly. The mower arrived in just 2 days, the delivery company called in advance to arrange a time as promised and delivered when they said they would...excellent!

The mower itself took maybe an hour to get off the pallet, I attached the bagger and a few odds and ends. I added some gas and voila - it started on the first turn of the engine. The... more
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