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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
4.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 5
Pros
Fast (8)
Price (6)
Features (4)
I'd Buy It Again (3)
High Quality (3)
Cons
Packaging (5)
Unreliable (2)
Grass Chute Is Rigid So ... (1)
Durability (1)
Heavy (1)
75% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Rodney W.
Harwood, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/10/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Most Helpful Positive Review
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
Most Helpful Critical Review
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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Randy V.
Shippensburg, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/19/17
REVIEWED
AUG.
09
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Handles With Ease
Awesome piece of equipment, plenty of horsepower, and cuts mowing time in less than half. Love it.
Pros: Fast, Price, I'd Buy It Again, Reliable
Randy Recommends This Toro Mower
Randy's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
4/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
5/5
"It was smooth."
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John G.
Bridge City, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/21/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
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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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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Patrick L.
Grand Island, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/10/17
REVIEWED
JUL.
25
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice Mower, Get Help Uncrating
I have about a 0.75 acre lawn with a boatload of landscaping and trees to navigate around. Nice mower, powerful, smooth cut, much better cut than my 15 year old 42 inch tractor. The smart speed and towing options are a bonus. This baby is quick, going 7 mph on my straight long runs is great. Neighbors have commented how fast it looks like I am going. Grab a sawzall and call a strong buddy to help you uncrate, though my 98 pound wife was able to help.

Great price, this mower was about $300... more
Pros: Fast, Price, Features
Cons: Packaging
Patrick Recommends This Toro Mower
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Frank F.
Bend, OR
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/16/17
REVIEWED
JUN.
27
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
An Outstanding Mower
And Mowers Direct is definitely a five star company.
Pros: Fast, High Quality, Durable, Exceeded Expectations
Frank Recommends This Toro Mower
Frank's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Dealing with Mowers Direct was simple and pleasant. They even shipped it for free."
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Richard C
Ballwin, MO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/10/17
REVIEWED
JUN.
01
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
A Good Value Mower
The most negative thing about receiving the mower was the difficulty in removing it from the crate, I had to lift the mower with my front loader tractor after cutting all exposed crating, what a chore !!!! I suggested mowers direct include an instruction sheet with customer purchased mowers but I don't think they will , do they care after the sale ????
I have used the mower only once and it stopped running after an hour or so. I had to push it and allow it to rest before starting . I truly... more
Pros: Fast, Price, Features, Easy To Use
Cons: Packaging, Bad Instructions
Richard Recommends This Toro Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Richard,
I'm sorry to hear about the difficulty you have been experiencing with your mower. If you'd like to get another copy of the owners manual plus the installation guide, you can find both on our website. Please click this link: Toro 74731 In the middle of the page, please click the 'Specs' tab, then on the right hand side of the page will be two links - one for the owners manual and one for the installation guide. I hope this helps! Happy mowing!
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Gary C.
Clayton, NC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/25/15
Total Helpful Votes
30 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
25
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
My Joy Ride
I have used this mower twice now since I got it. My mowing time has been cut in half and this mower is fun to drive. I have to concentrate when driving it around trees so I don't hit the grass chute against the tree since it sticks out more than my riding tractor did. The turning and the speed can get tricky but I just slow down and it gets better with each mow. It is like driving a tank with the steering arms. The ONLY issues I had was with unpacking it and leveling the deck. It was a little... more
Gary Recommends This Toro Mower
Gary's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"The shipping was fast and efficient. I ordered the mower on a Monday and I had it by Thursday the same week. Other mower websites made it a 2 to 3 week delivery and I was going on vacation. The driver was courteous but was understaffed for removing the mower so I had to help him. I had to pay the $50 fee for the mower to be unloaded in my garage but I had to help him unload it from the truck because he was alone. There was no way he was going to get that into my garage. I asked him what he would have done if I was some old lady who couldn't help him and he said he would have taken it back to the warehouse. I tipped him anyway because it was hot and we sweated our butts off getting the mower unloaded and into my garage. I even used my dolly to help him move the mower into my garage since it was a large crate. Not sure why they make you pay the $50 when you have to help unload it."
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Jack
Bell, FL
Total Helpful Votes
18 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
FEB.
22
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower!
This is the second Toro Timecutter I have purchased from Mowers Direct. First was a 42" Timecutter, sold my home and buyer HAD TO HAVE IT! Sold the 42" w/Kawasaki 23.5HP to him and bought the 50" w/Toro 24.5HP for my new home on 6-acres.

As with the 42" Timecutter, I added the mulching kit (Toro should include the mulching kit with all their mowers). Love it, maybe even more than the 42" timecutter. The three-speed transmission is NICE!

Hats off to Mowers... more
Jack Recommends This Toro Mower
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