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Toro TimeCutter SW4200 (42") 24.5HP Steering Wheel Zero Turn Lawn Mower

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Model: 74784
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4.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5
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Entry Level Lawn Mowers
Zero-Turn Mower
Surface Area
Office Building, Farm, or Parks
Hilly Terrain

Cutting Inches
Zero Turn Manuverability With Steering Wheel Control
Drives just like a car or a tractor - but still turns on a dime
Speed control foot pedal
Adjustable steering column makes it easier to get on and off

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

Smart Park™ Braking System
Automatically sets the parking brake when user gets off the mower
Also automatically disengages the mower blades
Allows you to keep the engine running when you dismount the mower

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

42-inch, 2-Blade Mower Deck
13-gauge stamped steel deck design
2 anti-scalp wheels allow the deck to float over the turf
Deck washout port provides quick cleaning underneath the deck

18-Inch High Back Seat
More back support for a smooth, comfortable ride

Starting System
12-Volt Key Start
Engine Cycle
24.5 HP
708 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
3 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
2 Cylinders
Oil Filter
Consumer Engine Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Engine Warranty
30 Days
Battery Included
Battery Voltage
12 Volts
Battery Type
Lead Acid
Cutting Options
3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
Deck Material
Deck Construction
Spindle Material
2 Blades
Deck Positions
7 Positions
Cutting Width
42 Inches
Cutting Height
1.5-4.5 Inches
Deck Lift System
Manual Hand Operated
PTO Electric
Deck Drive
Maximum Speed
Maximum Reverse Speed
3.5 MPH
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Transmission Type
Drive System
Rear Bagger
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Seat Type
High Back
Hour Meter
Sold Separately
Arm Rests
Front Bumper
Trailer Hitch
Mulcher Kit
Sold Separately
Front Tire Size
13 x 5 Inch
Rear Tire Size
18 x 7.5 Inch
Tire Type
Pneumatic Wheels
Made in USA
595 Pounds
Product Length
72.0 Inches
Product Width
45.3 up/53.8 down Inches
Product Height
37.5 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Warranty
30 Days
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  5 Questions
Q: Does the pedal articulated speed work for forward and reverse?
by Kerry from West Virginia on May 11, 2016

A: Kerry - yes, the foot pedal on the Toro SW4200 (model 74784) is used to control the speed of the mower when traveling in both forward and reverse. The further you press the foot pedal down, the faster the mower will travel.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: I have a side hill that is about 10-15 degrees. Would this mower be able to handle mowing it down the sideslope or up and down the hill? The hill is a smaller part of my acre property but want to make sure to get a mower that can handle that hill. Was not sure if the steering wheel compared to the bars made a difference in the control?

Thanks for any input in advance!

by Brandon from Georgia on April 17, 2016

A: Brandon - yes, the steering wheel style zero turn mowers are much more effective for mowing hills and inclines since the front wheels are on a true steering mechanism and don't swivel independently like they would on a lap bar style zero turn. Mowing a hillside or slope is one of the main reasons for choosing a steering wheel style zero turn mower. A slope of 10 to 15 degree's is well within the operating specs for a steering wheel style zero turn. I think one of these would be ideal for what you are describing.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: They show the 79391 bagger kit for this mower will the exhaust from the muffler melt the bags?
by Jerry from Florida on March 18, 2016

A: Jerry - the exhaust from the muffler should have no impact on the grass collection bags
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
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 74784 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
4.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5
Easy To Use (9)
I'd Buy It Again (8)
Fast (6)
High Quality (5)
Exceeded Expectations (3)
Expensive (2)
Heavy (2)
Noisey (1)
Low Battery On Receipt (1)
Need To Improve Locknut ... (1)
97% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Total Reviews
90 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
14060 Helpful Votes
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The Toro SW4200 steering wheel zero turn mower offers homeowners an alternative to traditional zero turn mowers. This model combines the maneuverability and time savings of a zero turn mower with the familiar ease of a steering wheel and speed control pedal, much like a car or tractor.

The Toro SW4200 has a 42-inch, twin-blade mower deck that is ideal for mowing areas where compact size is needed. The deck washout port provides quick cleaning underneath the deck when you're finished... more
Jose Recommends This Model
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Anthony O.
Boise, ID
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/13/16
Most Helpful Positive Review
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Awesome Lawn Tractor
My new Toro mower is awesome! I have about 1 1/2 acres and this mower rips through it in no time. The ride is a little bumpy so forget about having a beer in the cup holder as it will turn to foam :-). I bought the mulcher kit and it works great but, as another reviewer suggested, make sure you sharpen the blades that come with the kit first before installation.

Also as mentioned by others it was difficult to uncrate (that baby was going nowhere during shipment) and having the lift gate... more
Anthony Recommends This Toro Mower
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Steven C
Stafford, VA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/14/17
Most Helpful Critical Review
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
It Sucks!
The steering wheel came off while cutting grass. Yes the steering wheel was torque as directed. The front wheels are so hard to turn, looked for grease fittings but none were to be found. Arms are tired and sore just trying to steer the damn thing after getting the steering wheel back on.
Pros: Couldn't think of one.
Cons: Low Quality, Heavy, Unreliable, Expensive
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
I am very sorry to hear about the issues you experienced with your mower and apologize for the inconvenience. This will be covered under warranty and will not cost you anything to have repaired. I would strongly recommend contacting a certified Toro repair center for this work. If you need assistance locating your nearest dealer, please give us a call and we can help. Thank you very much for your business and I hope you have a great day.
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Bruce M.
Mount Dora, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 12/9/15
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Great Machine... Shipping Not As Good, But Resolved.
PROS...Machine works awesome, great power. Added mulching Recycler kit. No Complaints on quality.

CONS...Machine arrived with packing crate/pallet damaged. Mower shifted and BOTH rear wheels were FLAT. Impossible to get it to garage and took hours to remedy... Mowers Direct shipped new tire assemblies a week later.
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Pros: I'd Buy It Again, Easy To Use, High Quality, Quiet
Cons: Packaging
Bruce Recommends This Toro Mower
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George N.
Germantown, TN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/12/16
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
I love this mower. Plenty of power and turns on a dime. Real smooth, comfortable ride.
George Recommends This Toro Mower
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Ronald A.
Temple Hills, MD
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/13/16
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Just What I Was Looking For
I love this mower. Of course it cuts the perfect cut every time. The slopes and hill problem I used to have are all gone. I wish I had this mower years ago. The delivery guy was real cool too. Over-all, a very enjoyable experience. Thanks.
Ronald Recommends This Toro Mower
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Dan J.
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/30/16
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Toro Zt Mower With Steering Wheel
Regular two handled zero turn mowers made both my wife's shoulders and my shoulders hurt. This one does not. I like the tilt wheel for comfort and getting on and off the mower. It starts easily and mows great. Only problem I have with it is the push button brake. I am used to the pedal brakes and have a hard time locating the button when I need it to stop-especially on any incline.
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, High Quality, Reliable
Dan Recommends This Toro Mower
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Robert M.
Tampa, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/1/16
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Well Worth It!
Very difficult to take off the crate. Figured out that it was easier just to drive it off, in reverse, than to try and dismantle the skid. Got the mulching kit. Of course the blades were not sharp, even though they were wrapped in several layers of cardboard.

Drove like a dream, cut even better, once I sharpened the blades. Very little amount of grass clippings showing after a run. One important thing to mention, slow down in sharp turns and if you can't, then do a loop turn. Actually fits... more
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Rick F.
Grove City, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/31/16
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Fine Machine
After a great deal of research, I opted for the SW4200 for its capabilities, and available options. I love it! Have only used it five times, so still getting a feel for it. So far it's everything that I expected. The zero turn is great, as expected. The steering wheel verses the "paddles" is what sold me.

The 24.5HP engine, makes quick work of cutting the lawn as well. I'm very happy with this Mower, and would highly recommend it to anyone that wants a zero turn mower. I know a... more
Rick Recommends This Toro Mower
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Kurt B.
N. Little Rock, AR
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/1/16
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Perfect Mower For My Property
The mower was delivered in perfect condition and has exceeded my expectations. My yard is uneven and bumpy and has plenty of obstacles to maneuver around. The steering wheel allows for close turning in tight quarters.

I'm 6' 5" and appreciate the ease of getting on and off with the tilt steering wheel. My mowing time is cut from 1 1/2 hours with a push mower to 30 minutes. You do need to be prepared to take some time to uncrate the mower. Part of the fun.
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Fast, Exceeded Expectations
Kurt Recommends This Toro Mower
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"The website was easy to navigate and offered several brands to compare features. Ordering was easy, and the unit was shipped and delivered in a timely manner. Mowers Direct has been bookmarked!"
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Herb P.
Axton, VA
Total Helpful Votes
65 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Best Mower I Have Ever Owned
I have 2 1/2 acres of mostly sloping land 10 to 15 degrees not counting several ditches, trees and a goat house.
I spent about 1 hour getting familiar with the feel and controls.(Note: If I had mostly flat land I would have spent a lot less time)
After this, I finally felt comfortable enough to tackle what I call "heartbreak hill."

This is a steep bank along a fence line with a sharp turn that has always given me trouble ... even my old Husky zero turn would do burn outs on dry... more
Pros: Features, Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: No Air Condition
Herb Recommends This Toro Mower
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Dennis B.
Salix, IA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/2/15
Total Helpful Votes
36 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice Machine
The mower does a nice job, with lots of power. I did have one problem. On my third tank of gas, I +-stopped to talk to my wife, and the left drive would not release and move.

What I found was the lock nut was missing on that side brake linkage. I replaced it and add another nut to lock it better. I checked the right side lock nut and found it was about to fall off. I tighten and added another nut (double nut).
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, Easy To Use, Features, Fast
Cons: Need To Improve Locknut Design
Dennis Recommends This Toro Mower
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