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

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4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
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  • Features
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    Q&A 
  • 53
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Grade
Entry Level Lawn Mowers
Style
Zero-Turn Mower
Surface Area
Office Building, Farm, or Parks
Large
Terrain
Hilly Terrain
Hilly
Width
50

Cutting Inches
Engine
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


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Engine
Engine Brand
Kawasaki
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
HP
23 HP
CC
726 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
3 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
2 Cylinders
Oil Filter
Yes
Consumer Engine Warranty
3 Years
Motor
Battery Included
Included
Battery Voltage
12 Volts
Battery Type
Lead Acid
Deck
Cutting Options
3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
Deck Material
Steel
Deck Construction
Stamped
Spindle Material
Aluminum
Blades
3 Blades
Deck Positions
7 Positions
Cutting Height
1.5-4.5 Inches
Deck Lift System
Manual Hand Operated
Engagement
PTO Electric
Deck Drive
Belt
Drive
Speeds
Variable
Maximum Speed
7 MPH
Maximum Reverse Speed
4 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
Sold Separately
Arm Rests
Sold Separately
Front Bumper
No
Trailer Hitch
Included
Mulcher Kit
Sold Separately
Headlights
No
Wheels
Front Tire Size
13 x 5 Inch
Rear Tire Size
18 x 9.5 Inch
Tire Type
Pneumatic Wheels
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Assembly Required
No
Weight
580 Pounds
Product Length
73.1 Inches
Product Width
54.6 up/63 down Inches
Product Height
45.0 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
UPC
021038746319
Model
74631
  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.
Thanks

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
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (19)
Fast (12)
Price (9)
I'd Buy It Again (8)
Quiet (7)
Cons
Packaging (5)
Low Quality (3)
Durability (2)
Unreliable (2)
No Hour Meter (1)
86% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
53 Reviews  Sort by 
 
Mike B.
Hemingford, NE
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/30/14
Total Helpful Votes
37 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JUN.
29
2014
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 www.mowersdirect.com, 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
Mike's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I had searched many places to buy our Toro TimeCutter mower. I could not find anywhere to beat the price of www.mowersdirect.com. 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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Gordon S.
Sequim, WA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/15/13
Total Helpful Votes
129 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
17
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Be Informed Before Buying This Toro Or Any Other Toro Product
I have been using a John Deere mower over the past 12 years, and was never happy about the way it cut grass. This Toro came in excellent time and condition and there is nothing I have found to complain about the machine itself. It cuts as smooth as a golf course, in half the time, and far less gas. However if anything goes wrong with the Toro I have found that I will be up a creek without a paddle! Toro warranty has to be done at a Toro authorized facility, and my local Toro dealership... more
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1299
Roger L.
Sevierville, TN
Total Helpful Votes
68 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
09
2013
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Very Disapointed
Sold a perfectly good Cub Cadet Tractor to get this Zero Turn for my wife who does the mowing. Bought from Home Depot and tried getting some feedback from them on the operational issues but worthless. Could not go up a 5-10 degree grade in high gear. Would not track properly. Finally had to take to Authorized Dealer when the thing literally would not go forward. They said the unit was badly out of adjustment. All three of the blade spindles are shot with 108 hours of service. Am... more
Pros: Easy To Store
Cons: Durability
Roger Does Not Recommend This Mower
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6812
Frances P.
Picayune, MS
Total Helpful Votes
59 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
APR.
26
2014
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Lemon From Day One
Have had to replace starter, deck bounces off very easily then belts come off. Used only non ethanol gas, line into gas tank broke off. Have had to replace solenoids twice. Tires on front won't stay aired up. Have to take to shop every time I use it. Consider it junk to keep working on. Too expensive to buy another. Wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy.
Pros: Easy To Use
Cons: Low Quality, Unreliable, Durability, Wouldn Buy Another Toro Product Have Had To Replace Starter Us
Frances Does Not Recommend This Mower
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5910
Leslie H.
Daisetta, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/23/13
Total Helpful Votes
46 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
30
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
This Toro Is Great
This 50" Toro ZTR cuts like a dream and is fast. I mow 1 and 5 acre properties and it does great. It takes less than 2 hours to mow the 5 acres. This mower replaces a 13 year old 42" zero turn that the deck finally rusted out on, but still runs good, just no deck. This Toro is much more heavy duty. I read some of the reviews where some people were complaining about how difficult it was to remove from the box. I just can't figure out what they were doing that they thought it was... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Quiet, Exceeded Expectations, Price
Leslie Recommends This Toro Mower
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464
Andrew
Mapleton, UT
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/24/13
Total Helpful Votes
37 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
17
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
Yes, as one reviewer wrote, uncrating the mower is extremely difficult. That said I suspect it would have been difficult for me to bring it home from a store too. If you don't have a few friends that can help you get it off the pallet then pay for the white glove service and I'll bet the uncrating would be part of that.

Otherwise the mower is great. I did need to top off the oil after the first mow and am scheduled to change the oil now after using the mower 5 times (just to clean out any... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Packaging
Andrew Recommends This Toro Mower
Andrew Would Recommend Mowers Direct To A Friend
Web Site
4/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great buying experience. The guy I spoke with was very knowledgeable, answered all my questions with respect and clearly was intent on helping me. Very low pressure (no pressure actually)."
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371
Jerry H.
Mt. Juliet, TN
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
52 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
APR.
10
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Needs Optional Hour Meter On It When You Buy It.
Great mower. It needs the hour meter on it from the start. I just ordered the optional hour meter at almost $100.00 with shipping and tax. This is the only mower that I looked at that didn't have one on it. I would have bought another brand of mower with it already on it .Otherwise I would recommend this mower.
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398
Mark G.
Barron, WI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/8/13
Total Helpful Votes
31 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
20
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Mow Like A Pro.
I mow 3 acres of grass.The SS5000 Toro has cut mowing time in half. It does a smooth professional job. It is well designed, easy to use and a Kawasaki 23hp. This machine makes lawn mowing fun.
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Quiet, Exceeded Expectations
Mark Recommends This Toro Mower
Mark Would Recommend Mowers Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Excellent . Even the delivery driver was helpful"
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313
Andy
Total Helpful Votes
31 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
06
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Not What I'd Hoped
I've been using my Timecutter all summer now, and have to say- for this kind of cash, I should have let the lawn service handle things. I have several issues with the way this mower functions:

1. It leaves clumps of grass in the lawn- lots of them- unless I'm cutting off an inch or less at a time. I have to mow every 3-4 days just to avoid this. Meanwhile, my neighbors with cheap mulching push mowers mow once a week and have lawns that look far better than mine.

2. The thing tears up the... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast
Cons: Packaging, Low Quality
Andy Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Robert
Yakima, WA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/5/13
Total Helpful Votes
27 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
26
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
Ordered online through Mowers Direct after much research and visits to the local box stores. Saved a ton on the purchase price by ordering online. The box stores in our area had to ship the model I wanted anyway (didn't stock it locally) so there would be a delay regardless.

Arrived yesterday and was already in use by the end of the day. Performed flawlessly on our rather steep sloping yard and it was raining at the time too. Lots of power with the Kawasaki engine. Couldn't be happier with... more
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Quiet, High Quality
Robert Recommends This Toro Mower
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Eddie C.
Linn, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/22/14
Total Helpful Votes
28 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
16
2014
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
Eddie,
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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