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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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4.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 5
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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
42

Cutting Inches
Engine
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


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
13-Gauge
Deck Construction
Stamped
Spindle Material
Steel
Blades
2 Blades
Deck Positions
7 Positions
Cutting Width
42 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
3.5 MPH
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Transmission Type
Hydrostatic
Drive System
Hydrostatic
Accessories
Rear Bagger
Sold Separately
Seat Type
High Back
Hour Meter
Sold Separately
Arm Rests
No
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 7.5 Inch
Tire Type
Pneumatic Wheels
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
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
UPC
021038747842
Model
74784
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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
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 74784 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (13)
I'd Buy It Again (10)
High Quality (8)
Fast (7)
Features (6)
Cons
Expensive (7)
Unreliable (3)
Low Quality (3)
Heavy (3)
Packaging (2)
89% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
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Total Reviews
90 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
15312 Helpful Votes
Mowers Direct Recommended

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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Matthew N
Dewitt, MI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/14/17
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
MAY.
30
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower, Cuts Awesome
I am very happy with the mower. It cuts really well even at higher speeds. I went with the steering wheel model due to the slope of my lawn and likelihood that my wife would also be mowing. It was a great decision on both counts. My wife can handle it with ease and it handles the hills very well. This was my first zero turn mower so it wasn't until my second mow that I discovered how to actually engage the zero turn function (yep, I'm an idiot...I don't read owners manuals). When... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Features
Cons: Packaging
Matthew Recommends This Toro Mower
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Paul K.
Ewen, MI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/4/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUN.
16
2017
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Poor Chute Design
Chute hinges broke off and I had to wire it on.
Cons: Expensive, Low Quality, Unreliable, Durability
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Paul,
I am very sorry to hear about the issues you experienced with your mower and apologize for the inconvenience. I would strongly recommend contacting a certified Toro repair center for this work. Toro Service Center Locator
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Bruce M.
Mount Dora, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 12/9/15
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JAN.
26
2016
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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Steven C
Stafford, VA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/14/17
REVIEWED
MAY.
11
2017
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
Steven,
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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Michael G.
Thomasville, GA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/17/17
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
07
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Goog Deal, But Time Will Tell
This is more about shipping and packaging than performance, as I have only mowed the lawn with the Toro once so far ... Still learning, but it started right up, and it pulls better than the 48" Husqvara I previously had...I think the Toro layout with the engine weight behind the drive axle and my fat rear end ahead of the axle makes for better traction.

The zero turn seems to work well, but the complexity of the steering mechanism is scary...only time will tell how well it lasts.... more
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, High Quality, Features
Cons: Expensive
Michael Recommends This Toro Mower
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Jim
Baton Rouge, LA
REVIEWED
AUG.
15
2017
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Mine Failed In The First Hour Of Use
Didn't finish mowing my yard the second time before the mower began dragging a rear tire. Thought initially it was the electric parking brake. Apparently it is a gearbox... It cut well for the hour I got to use it. Now it's off to the shop for "warranty service."
Cons: Expensive, Unreliable, Low Quality, Durability
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Paul C.
Chittenango, NY
REVIEWED
AUG.
05
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
This Is A Great Mower
I purchased mower Jul. 20, 2017 from a local Toro Dealer. I liked the idea of the steering wheel opposed to the handle bar operation. To mow my lawn with a push mower it takes 1 hour and 45 minutes. My zero turn, first time out took me 40 minutes. Being a new user I haven't quite got the knack in the proper turn around method. I read one of the other reviewers comments, that gave me the idea I was not accomplishing the proper turn. The reviewer said when making the turn you must fully turn the... more
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, High Quality, Features
Cons: Expensive, The manual could be more informative
Paul Recommends This Toro Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Paul,
Based on the information in the manual. It does not indicate the back wheel have grease fitting that need to be serviced. Most likely these are sealed. For more information, Toro can be reached directly @ (888) 384-9939.
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Austin L.
Parowan, UT
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/24/17
REVIEWED
JUN.
15
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Review
Some problems with assembly. Short of some hardware. Unclear instructions for grass catcher attachment.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast, High Quality, Features
Cons: Heavy, Expensive, Bad Instructions, seat won't stay in up position when needing to service battery.
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Herb P.
Axton, VA
Total Helpful Votes
65 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAR.
31
2015
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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659
Dennis B.
Salix, IA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/2/15
Total Helpful Votes
37 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
APR.
25
2015
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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Ryan
North Royalton, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 2/15/15
Total Helpful Votes
37 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
APR.
26
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great So Far...
I have only used this once so far, but the design is well thought out. It's very easy to remove the deck. It takes under a minute! The seat adjustment is moveable, but you need to loosen bolts to do so. It's also light enough in the front end to lift by hand if you are strong enough.
Mow in reverse is really nice and you can mow at full speed with sharp blades no problem. I only weigh 145lbs and the seat sensor does not cut off the blades if it's bouncy from rough terrain.

I use the bagger... more
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, Fast, Durable, High Quality
Ryan Recommends This Toro Mower
Ryan's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
5/5
"Excellent to deal with and quick shipping. Best value. However the product went on sale before my card was charged and before it was shipped. I got no response on the honored sale price."
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