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Toro TimeCutter SS5000 (50") 24.5HP Zero Turn Lawn Mower

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Model: 74731
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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
24.5HP/708cc Toro V-Twin 4-Cycle OHV Engine
Max-Flo air filtration - less dirt and debris build-up
Double barrel carburetor and quick drain oil hose
High performance pressurized lubrication system

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

Dual Hydro Gear EZT Hydrostatic Transmission
Fan cooled 10cc pumps and wheel motors on each drive wheel

50-inch, 3-Blade Mower Deck
12-gauge stamped steel deck design
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
Increased strength and durability

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


Engine
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
HP
24.5 HP
CC
708 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
Battery Voltage
12 Volts
Battery Type
Lead Acid
Deck
Cutting Options
3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
Deck Material
12-Gauge
Deck Construction
Stamped
Spindle Material
Steel
Blades
3 Blades
Deck Positions
7 Positions
Cutting Width
50 Inches
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
3 MPH
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Transmission Type
Hydrostatic
Drive System
Hydrostatic
Accessories
Rear Bagger
Sold Separately
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
Weight
588 Pounds
Product Length
73.1 Inches
Product Width
56.6 up/63.0 down Inches
Product Height
41.5 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Warranty
30 Days
UPC
021038747316
Model
74731
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  3 Questions
Q: hi jose, who is the manufacture of the oem v twin? briggs, kawaski, or kohler
by Troy from Michigan on May 06, 2016

A: Tony - the Toro V-Twin engine is manufactured by Toro. Briggs, Kohler and Kawasaki have no involvement in the design or manufacturing of this engine.
by Jose, Product Expert
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: HOW HARD IS IT TO CHANGE THE OIL?
by Ed Mclain from Ohio on May 12, 2015

A: Ed - The new Toro V-Twin engine on this mower allows for tool-free oil changes with less mess, so you don't have to be a mechanic to keep on top of your own maintenance. All you have to do is pull the long drain hose out of its holder to let the oil drain, then replace it when you're finished. Tools aren't necessary! The length of the drain hose helps make for less mess, allowing you to aim where you want the used oil to go.
by Jose, Product Expert
Toro 74731 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 5
Pros
Fast (5)
Price (4)
Features (3)
I'd Buy It Again (2)
High Quality (2)
Cons
Packaging (4)
Unreliable (2)
Bad Instructions (1)
Grass Chute Is Rigid So ... (1)
Low Quality (1)
73% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Kevin
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/26/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
AUG.
15
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Works Fine Now, After Initial Mishap
After doing months of research on both a new lawn mower for 2 acres I recently purchased and am building a house on, and a dealer to purchase from, I decided in May to purchase this Toro mower from Mowers Direct. The experience up until the delivery was exceptional. After my house was delayed, Mowers Direct worked with me to push back the delivery until I was ready. Once delivered, it took me 2 hours to unpack the mower from the crate.

As another reviewer noted, the mower is in a large... more
Pros: Fast, Durable, Price, High Quality
Cons: Heavy, Packaging
Kevin Recommends This Toro Mower
Kevin's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Mowers Direct's website was very easy to navigate and to purchase from. Their customer service team is easy to reach and very communicative and friendly. I would purchase from them again (also purchased a brush cutter)."
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Randy S.
De Soto, KS
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/14/16
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUL.
21
2016
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Several Chronic Issues, Very Little Customer Support!
So far I have learned that Toro Zero Turns have a couple of chronic, known issues. I wish Toro or Mowers Direct would stop selling these or fix the problem before putting them on the market.

1. As you can see by other reviews, the brake box module is known to be faulty on this year/model. There was a bad batch out of China or something. Mine failed after 2 hours of mowing.

2. I was told that Toro batteries are bad right out of the factory, and often fail quickly.

I called Mowers... more
Cons: Unreliable
Randy Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Randy,
I see we where working with you on getting this resolved and the brake box issue was on some models not all and Toro did not want to do a recall since it was not many models this affected. If we can be any help in the future please let us know.
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John G.
Bridge City, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/21/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
AUG.
24
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Toro Timecutter Ss5000 (50") 24.5 Hp Ztr Mower
Typically I never write reviews but I made an exception this time. The mower arrived as promised completely ready to use with a couple of simple items to attach to the mower. Added petrol and decided to use the mower to mow approximately 1.5 acres which the mower performed well though it took time getting accustomed to using a ZTR mower, as this is the first one purchased.

Unfortunately, the mower stopped working and would not start and the battery went dead. Delivered mower to local... more
John Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Russell S.
Greenwell Springs, LA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/29/16
REVIEWED
SEP.
19
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Poor Delivery!!!
I was told by R&L Carriers that they would be there on a Wed..nope...next wed. nope. Had to drive 5 hours each time to find out they did not deliver 3rd time no problem. Like other reviewers had a hell of a time unpacking the mower, would not have made it without a friends help.

The mower I am not sure about yet, the controls are a little jerky but hope they will smooth out with some use. Everything else seems like it is okay, cuts fine and have not towed with it yet. A lot... more
Pros: Fast, Price, Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Packaging
Russell Recommends This Toro Mower
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Randy S.
De Soto, KS
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/14/16
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
AUG.
22
2016
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Repeated Issues!!! Will Not Start For 3rd Time In 3 Months!
Worst purchase of my life! I have had this mower for 3 months, and is needing repairs for the third time. Toro has known issues with components on this mower, and will do nothing to correct it. Mowers Direct is no help either. I received zero customer service from them. Please do not offer your sorrow for the complete lemon that I now have on my hands. Please only offer a buyback and full refund. If you can't do that, please just post my negative feedback so no other customer is... more
Randy Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Randy,
Unfortunately, once the mower is gassed and oiled, the manufacturer's warranty takes effect. The issues will need to be handled by a local Toro dealer. Sorry for the inconvenience and if you need help locating a service center, please do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you
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John P.
Oxford, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/29/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
21
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Perfect Machine
This is an absolute joy of a machine to own. I took it out of the crate by myself, which was a big pain but i got it done. I dont know why you guys dont use regular phillips or flat head screws for easier dismantling of the crate. I could not get anything that would take the screws out so i had to break them out.

The machine though was pristine and all i had to do was put gas in it. checked oil and everything else, which was all great. I took it out for the first cut out of the box... more
John Recommends This Toro Mower
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Kurt W.
Spring, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/15/16
REVIEWED
JUL.
07
2016
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Buy With Caution
Mower broke down the second time I used it. Currently in shop being repaired. Would have expected much more from Toro and for the purchase price. Initial feedback from shop is that it is a brake control box issue, and that they have seen this issue before. Would think Toro and Mowers Direct would fix this known issue before selling the mower.
Kurt Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Kurt,
Sorry to hear about the mower Toro never advised their dealers of this issue they are taken it case by case which it is covered under warranty if their is an issue. Please let us know if the issue was resolved if not we can contact Toro for you on your behalf.
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Rodney W.
Harwood, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/10/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
OCT.
06
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
The 74731
Just got it out of the shop yesterday. It works well like the ad says.
Rodney Recommends This Toro Mower
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Rodney W.
Harwood, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/10/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
OCT.
03
2016
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
The 74731
Took mower out of the crate. It would not start . It has been in the shop from day one. I wish I never got this mower
Rodney Does Not Recommend This Mower
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James
REVIEWED
SEP.
03
2016
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Nothing But Problems
DO NOT BUY THIS MOWER. You will regret it! I bought this mower last year. The thing already broke down in under 1 full season in Ohio. I have used it less than 15 times. I read the manual and take good care of it and do all the required maintenance. Yet, right now I have half my grass cut and I can't do anything about it.

The dealer is closed for the holiday weekend. My last riding mower lasted 10 years before it broke down. My mower before that lasted 8 years. This is my first Toro and my... more
James Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Tim C.
Liberty, SC
REVIEWED
JUL.
21
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
It's A Great Mower & I Love It !
I purchased mine used about 3 weeks ago. And overall, it's more than I expected it to be with the Kawasaki engine. But the previous owner took off some of the safety switchers after the brake module went bad. It wasn't replaced because the price was so high.

They bypassed the safety switches and sometime the right side brake will lockup and I'll do things to try to unlock it but I it will unlock eventually. how can I fix it ? I don't know where to start and I didn't get an owner's manual... more
Tim Recommends This Toro Mower
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