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Toro TimeCutter SS5000 (50") 23HP Kawasaki Zero Turn Lawn Mower

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Entry Level Lawn Mowers
Zero-Turn Mower
Surface Area
Office Building, Farm, or Parks
Hilly Terrain

Cutting Inches
Kawasaki Engine
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23HP/726cc Kawasaki FR Series V-Twin OHV Engine
Dual element air filter
Full pressure lubrication system with spin-on oil filter

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

Dual Hydrostatic Drive System
Provides responsive manueverability

50-inch, 3-Blade Stamped Steel Mower Deck
Provides superior cutting performance in all conditions
2 deck gauge wheels prevent scalping on uneven terrain
Deck washout port provides quick cleaning underneath the deck

Automatic Parking Brake
Engaged when control arms are moved outward

Heavy Duty 10-Gauge Steel Frame
For increased strength and durability

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

  Model Number:74631
 Made in USAYes
 Engine BrandKawasaki
 Starting System12-Volt Key Start
 Battery IncludedIncluded
 Battery Voltage12 Volts
 Battery TypeLead Acid
 HP/CC23 HP/726 cc
 Fuel Tank Size3.0 Gallons
 Cylinders2 Cylinders
 Oil FilterYes
 Consumer Warranty3 Years
 Drive WheelsRear Wheels
 Maximum Speed7.0 Mph
 Maximum Reverse Speed4.0 Mph
 Transmission TypeHydrostatic
 Front Tire Size13 x 5
 Rear Tire Size18 x 9.5
 Tire TypePneumatic Wheels
 Cutting Options3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
 Spindle MaterialAluminum
 Blades3 Blades
 Positions7 Positions
 Cutting Height1.5-4.5 Inches
 Deck Lift SystemManual Hand Operated
 EngagementPTO Electric
 Deck DriveBelt
 Seat TypeExtra Tall Back
 Rear BaggerSold Separately
 Mulcher KitSold Separately
 Hour MeterSold Separately
 Arm RestsSold Separately
 Engine GuardIncluded
 Front BumperNo
 Trailer HitchIncluded
 Assembly RequiredMinor
 Weight580.0 Lbs. (263.09 kilograms)
 Dimensions73.1L x 54.6 up/63 downW x 45.0H
(185.67 x 138.68 x 114.30 cm)
 Consumer Warranty3 Years
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  9 Questions
Q: Several of the Toro Zero Turn mowers have 23 or 24HP engines. That seems very high for a riding mower - more like a Kubota (or similar) tractor. Are these suitable for towing big loads or adding attachments? Is there a PTO?
by Kyle from Connecticut on May 20, 2015

A: Kyle - the Toro TimeCutter zero turn mowers are not designed to tow heavy loads. Towing capacity will vary by model, but for the most part, these mowers will not tow more than about 200 to 250 lbs total payload. And none of the zero turns that we sell have a PTO that would power any sort of attachment.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: What kind of drive motors on the SS5000 50" Toro zero turn mower
by Dean from Colorado on May 10, 2015

A: Dean - the Toro 74631 TimeCutter uses dual Hydro Gear EZT hydrostatic transmissions
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: What hydro drive system does the ss5000 have? I know the MX 5060 has the 2800 series. There is no mention of the durability or model of transaxles for the ss5000 or ss5060. How are the transmissions different on the ss5000 models compared to the mx5060 model.

by Tom from Illinois on August 13, 2014

A: Tom - both the Toro SS5000 and the SS5060 use the ZT2200 transmission, also known as the EZT.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Was looking at Toro lawn mowers SS5000 series and Toro series SS5060. Besides the price, one being $400.00 more than the other what are the difference between these two machines?
by John Mccleary from South Carolina on November 07, 2013

A: John - the Toro SS5060 (74632) is basically the same mower as the SS5000, but it is a full-featured model with a number of added accessories that are not included on the SS5000 model. The SS5060 includes an engine guard, a foot-assisted height of cut adjustment pedal, an anti-vibration floor mat, an hour meter and armrests as standard equipment. These would all be "extra" on the SS5000. The SS5060 also has a premium grade, extra tall contoured seat. The seat on the SS5000 is the standard extra tall seat.
by Jose, Product Expert

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: Looking for rear engine guard for a Toro 50" Timecutter ss5000 model 74631
by Ron from Maine on October 05, 2013

A: Ron - sorry, but Toro does not offer a rear engine guard that is compatible with the 50-inch, SS series TimeCutter zero turn mowers.
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: Does the Toro SS5000 50in mow in reverse?
by Mike from Michigan on June 10, 2013

A: Mike - yes, the Toro SS5000 will mow in reverse.
by Jose, Product Expert

Toro 74631 Reviews & Ratings
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Overall Rating
4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
Easy To Use (19)
Fast (12)
Price (9)
I'd Buy It Again (8)
Quiet (7)
Packaging (5)
Low Quality (3)
Durability (2)
Unreliable (2)
Mower Deck Could Not Cle... (1)
86% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Mike B.
Hemingford, NE
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/30/14
Total Helpful Votes
36 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower For A Great Price!
I mow about 3 acres with this mower. It takes me about two hours to mow this area. I am even able to mow the very tall grass with this mower. Love the zero turn, so easy to go around tress, bushes, and other obstacles. I would highly recommend this mower, and you cant beat the great price from, I tried. Best price out there. Free shipping was great, and was shipped quickly and securely!
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Fast, I'd Buy It Again
Mike Recommends This Toro Mower
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"I had searched many places to buy our Toro TimeCutter mower. I could not find anywhere to beat the price of Plus with the free shipping, you cant go wrong. The shipping was free, fast, and the mower was very well crated. I would highly recommend! I am already looking forward to using their site for future purchases. Great place to buy."
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Eddie C.
Linn, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/22/14
Total Helpful Votes
28 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Critical Review
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
This Order Has Been A Disaster....
I haven't had a chance to mow one blade of grass.... Since the moment I unpacked the mower it has been an experience from hell. The engine is revving way too high. None of the servicing dealers in this area would come to pick up the machine for servicing, they all want to charge me extra for diagnosing the problem, extra carburetion fees, and any other fee they can dream up.

I had to arrange my own means of transporting it in for repairs, and now I have to wait 3 weeks before they can even... more
Eddie Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
We're sorry to hear you're having these problems. The Kawasaki engine has a 3-year consumer warranty, so you can try contacting Kawasaki at 866-802-9381, but make sure you have your serial number on hand if possible.

Otherwise, you could call Toro's customer service line for Mowers at 888-384-9939. Your mower itself has a 3-year consumer warranty as well. They should take care of this for you.

If you have any trouble getting it taken care of with them, give us a call back and we'll work with you to get it resolved.
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Mchenry, IL
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Toro Ss 5000
I have had this ZTR for about 3 years now and have purchased the bagger attachment for collecting leaves from my property. I must first shred the leaves because I have leaves up to 1 foot in some areas and I remove them once a week so they don't sit there for too long. The ZTR does a great job shredding the leaves and then bagging them and it also is great at cutting grass during the spring and summer.
Pros: Easy To Use, Durable, Reliable
Alex Recommends This Toro Mower
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Bill R.
Titusville, FL
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Toro Mx-5060
I have owned this a year now and have gotten to know it well. If you don't cut overgrown fields the blades hold up well, but revolve at such a high speed that they are prone to damage from limbs and pine cones, (common sense). I have a welded deck and can tell you it was well worth the added cost.

Slime in the tires has always been a given, even when I used Sears mowers. One problem I have is forgetting to check the belt routing after changing blades. Burnt up 2 belts due to not checking.... more
Bill Recommends This Toro Mower
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Lazaro M.
Lithia, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/3/14
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Toro Mower
I use the mower to cut about 3.5 acres. The mower has cut my cutting time significantly over my regular (non zero turn) riding mower, which I still use on the other portion of my property. The controls and the ease of driving the Toro is great. Also, getting on and off the machine is really easy. I only wish I would have bought a larger machine as it has a little problem with grass over 8" tall.

Overall the machine performs as advertised and up to now I am very happy with the... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast, Price, Features
Lazaro Recommends This Toro Mower
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Mike E.
Wills Point, TX
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
To Robert T
Mine was the same way. It pulled to the left. There is a very easy fix. Get a 1/2 wrench there is an adjustment behind each rear wheel. Go for a ride. Tighten or loosen each nut until it runs perfectly straight.
Mike Recommends This Toro Mower
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Robert T.
Bumpass, VA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/7/15
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
My Zero Turn Mower
The whole process was great, the order, the freight company and the Zero Turn Mower. Order on a Sunday, delivered four days later. The freight company driver was working with me, I got stuck in traffic on I-95. The mower was package very tight in a crate.

I like my new Zero Turn Mower, has cut down on time and a nice cut. The only complaint I have is when you pull back the handles all way back to go forward, the mower drifts to the right, have to keep working the left handle. I need to... more
Robert Recommends This Toro Mower
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Vince U.
Harper, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/27/15
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Sweet Mowing
Had a 42" lawn tractor. This is so much sweeter and faster. I mow places that my old mower couldn't. The warranty and reviews made me purchase the Toro. The review about the bad cup holder really made my final decision. If that's all they could find wrong. I have 4 acres.
Vince Recommends This Toro Mower
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Joel N.
Portland, ND
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/3/15
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
A Good Deal
I shopped around, looked at reviews and made a decision on the Toro Timecutter SS5000. Good price, free shipping and now I'm mowing away!
Joel Recommends This Toro Mower
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"Great prices, quick shipping in a easy open crate! I'm happy with the choice."
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Neil K.
Lake View, SC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/7/15
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Home Owner
Great machine! No problems, so far. Wish it came with an hour meter. So I ordered one from Napa, easy to install.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast, Price, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: No Hour Meter
Neil Recommends This Toro Mower
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Timothy M.
Lexington, SC
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Love This Mower
I purchased this mower in January 2015 from Home Depot. Had a problem with order, which they corrected. Mower came much earlier than expected ,was delivered by A-Z and very professional delivery guy explained everything. I had never operated. thanks
Timothy Recommends This Toro Mower
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