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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


Model
  Model Number:74626
 UPC:021038746265
 ManufacturerToro
 Made in USAYes
Engine
 Engine BrandKawasaki
 Starting System12-Volt Key Start
 Battery IncludedIncluded
 HP/CC21.5 HP/726 cc
 Fuel Tank Size3.0 Gallons
 Cycles4-Cycle
 Cylinders2 Cylinders
 Oil FilterYes
 Consumer Warranty3 Years
 Commercial Warranty30 Days
Drive
 SystemHydrostatic
 SpeedsVariable
 Drive WheelsRear Wheels
 Maximum Speed7 Mph
 Maximum Reverse Speed3 Mph
 Transmission TypeHydrostatic
Wheels
 Front Tire Size11 x 4, Swivel
 Rear Tire Size18 x 7.5
 Tire TypePneumatic Wheels
Deck
 Cutting Options3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
 MaterialSteel
 ConstructionStamped
 Spindle MaterialAluminum
 Blades2 Blades
 Positions7 Positions
 Cutting Height1.5-4.5 Inches
 Deck Lift SystemManual Foot Operated
 EngagementPTO Electric
 Deck DriveBelt
Accessories
 Seat TypeExtra Tall Back
 Rear BaggerSold Separately
 Mulcher KitSold Separately
 HeadlightsNo
 Hour MeterIncluded
 Arm RestsSold Separately
 Engine GuardIncluded
 Front BumperNo
 Trailer HitchIncluded
Overview
 Assembly RequiredMinor
 Weight490 Lbs. (222.26 kilograms)
 Dimensions72.0L x 45.0 up / 54.0 downW x 40.3H
(182.88 x 114.30 x 102.36 cm)
 Consumer Warranty3 Years
 Commercial Warranty30 Days
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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
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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
Maneuverability (1)
High Quality (4)
Easy To Use (4)
Exceeded Expectations (3)
Fast (3)
Cons
Only Has 2 Cutting Blade... (4)
Packaging (3)
Unreliable (1)
Heavy (1)
Bad Instructions (1)
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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 SpeedŽ 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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Edwin H.
Apollo Beach, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/19/14
Most Helpful Positive Review
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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William G.
Hempstead, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/23/14
REVIEWED
OCT.
14
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Product Great Customer Service.
Very excited about making weed wacking simple
William Recommends This Toro Mower
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Jim C.
Acworth, GA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/26/14
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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Carrol D.
Tolna, ND
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/25/12
REVIEWED
JUL.
08
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
I Love My Toro Zero Turn Lawn Mower
This machine is full of power. It can cut through grass that is 6' tall and never misses a blade. It was easy to catch on to using this mower. I'm so glad that I have it.
Carrol Recommends This Toro Mower
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George S.
Cottage Grove, MN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/5/14
REVIEWED
SEP.
30
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Happy In Mn
The mower arrived when it was scheduled to, the driver helped get it into the driveway, and I had it together and cutting within a half-hour.
George Recommends This Toro Mower
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Michael B.
Dunlap, TN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/26/14
REVIEWED
SEP.
30
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Machine
Order was processed and shipped quickly. It took more time to remove the shipping crate than to complete what little assembly was needed.

Everything checked out...added a little gas...and wife was mowing! We love it. Found it was easy to use and easy to clean up.

We doo recommend taking a few practice laps to get used to the operating controls though as we found them to be very sensitive.
Michael Recommends This Toro Mower
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Richard R.
Montgomery, AL
REVIEWED
JUN.
03
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
42" Zero Turn
Bought 3-1/2 acre park like property. Needed mower. Looked at all the popular ones. Bought the Toro. Have been so pleased with it, I volunteer to cut other peoples yards just so I can use it more often. I love my Toro....
Pros: Fast, Exceeded Expectations, Price, Reliable
Richard Recommends This Toro Mower
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H. Corry
Salisbury, NC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/23/13
REVIEWED
NOV.
14
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Prompt Delivery
I was very impressed with the time it took to arrive. The company was fast to respond with a follow up regarding its arrival. It took little time to get the feel of the controls! I was surprised to learn that trimming would ultimately be at a minimum once I became more efficient with the (zero turn) controls.

I would definitely buy again. While I am currently at the end of my cutting season, I am looking forward to next spring when I will surely give it a full workout. So far so good.
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Fast
Cons: Only Has 2 Cutting Blades
H. Recommends This Toro Mower
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Andrew K.
Lemont, IL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/2/14
REVIEWED
SEP.
25
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Roc N Roll
It was a gift for my son's first home.
Andrew Recommends This Toro Mower
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Louis M.
Bueche, LA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/3/13
Total Helpful Votes
15 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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