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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


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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 (4)
Price (3)
High Quality (2)
Features (2)
I'd Buy It Again (2)
Cons
Packaging (3)
Unreliable (2)
Grass Chute Is Rigid So ... (1)
Durability (1)
Heavy (1)
73% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Randy P.
Nashua, MN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/7/16
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
MAY.
30
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
Mower was delivered on time, and the driver was very helpful. Took a bit to get it out of the crate, but it was worth it. Did a quick check of the deck, did have to adjust it a little. This is my second zero turn, so operating was a snap. Would buy from Mowers Direct anytime.
Randy 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
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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Bob L.
Tellico Plains, TN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/16/16
REVIEWED
MAY.
19
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Shipping
I have not received my mower yet and will write that review after I use it.. This is what you need to consider as far as shipping is concerned. This is freight, hauled by a freight company. I was called today from Saia and informed it would arrive by a 53' trailer and that from the information available on Google maps etc. would not be delivered to my address because the roads were not large enough to accommodate the truck.

The C.S.R. also told me the driver reserved the right to refuse... more
Bob Recommends This Toro Mower
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Richard S.
Springfield, MA
REVIEWED
MAY.
13
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Unboxing My Toro Zero Turn
This can very well be a 2 to 3 hr job because your mower is inside a box secured in a wooden crate. I just simply took a chainsaw to the crate and that did the trick
Richard Recommends This Toro Mower
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Dennis L.
Franklin, GA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/18/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
MAY.
11
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
1st Zero Turn.
I've been wanting a zero turn mower for a long time. I had my previous one for 10 years. My wife came out to my shop and said look at this.

She found mowers direct on the web with great deal's. So I purchased one with no sale's tax and free delivery.thanks mower's direct.
Dennis Recommends This Toro Mower
Dennis's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Went to order on line but had some questions and the person we talked to was very helpful and took our order right there on the phone. With lightning fast delivery."
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Kevin P.
Drums, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/31/16
REVIEWED
MAY.
07
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
So Far So Good
I was a little skeptical about buying a mower online... But was pleasantly surprised by the quick delivery and minimal assembly. I mow about 3 acres which is a little hilly. After 3 cuts no problems. Cuts fast and is easy to handle also no problems with the terrain. Overall I have been very pleased with the Toro.
Kevin Recommends This Toro Mower
Kevin's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I was a little skeptical after reading some reviews online, but I had no problems. Delivery was quick right to my garage! I did not have to contact customer service for anything so I gave them 5 stars."
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John G.
Bridge City, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/21/16
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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William P.
Drexel, MO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/23/16
REVIEWED
JUN.
14
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower/a Few Problems
I ordered a Toro 74731 from Mowers Direct on May 23rd. Mower was delivered May 26. Free shipping and no sales tax was a plus.
After ordering, I found Toro had a promotion on the mower starting two days after I ordered. I would have appreciated it if someone had notified me to wait two days and saved another $200. Would suggest customers check to see if there is an upcoming promotion that would benefit them.

Packaging: Toro needs to give better unpacking instructions. If I had known all the... more
William Recommends This Toro Mower
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Bob L.
Tellico Plains, TN
REVIEWED
JUN.
06
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
The Best
I would definitely recommend this mower, and Mowers Direct. The price is good as is the mower. The only 2 improvements I would make to this mower are either it has a remote control so I could sit on my porch and watch it, or my wife mowed the lawn for me. Seriously, I debated ordering online, but the experience was w/o hassle, except watch for delivery requirements.

My back yard is a little rough and on a fairly good incline. Even today, after it rained all weekend and the grass was... more
Bob Recommends This Toro Mower
Bob's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
4/5
"Again, this comes on a semi truck and cannot deliver on country back roads."
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Randy S.
De Soto, KS
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/14/16
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
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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Matthew M.
Murfreeboro, TN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/18/16
REVIEWED
JUN.
12
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Love It!!
i went from a push mower to this beast. it took me over 2 hours to push mow my yard, now i can mow, weedeat, and blow off both mine and my neighbors yard in less time than that! i did the unconventional method of getting my neighbor to split the cost of the mower with me, under the stipulation that i would mow their grass for (at least) the next couple years free of cost ****when you add up the yearly cost of mows by an outside company, after year 1 they are basically breaking even.

I'm... more
Matthew Recommends This Toro Mower
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