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Zero Turn Mower Safety Tips

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Like all lawn mowers, zero turn mowers require care to prevent accidents when mowing around water, drop-offs, steep inclines and wet conditions.  Prepare for the mowing season by remembering these helpful safety tips: Read and understand the operator’s manual before operation. The manual provides important maintenance and safety information. Do not operate the mower when people, especially children and animals, are in the area. Allow plenty of safe clearance in the…


Pre-Season Lawn Mower Prep

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After your lawn mower has been stored all winter, you should take your machine to your local Toro dealer for any needed maintenance or repairs before using it during the upcoming season. If you like to perform your own maintenance or product repair, it is essential that you review your product’s operator manual before beginning. Here is a list of steps to follow for checking over your mower: Carefully check…


How to Minimize Fuel System Problems When Using Ethanol-Blended Gasoline

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What To Look For When Buying A Zero-Turn Mower

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(ARA) – Ever wonder how those lawn-care guys get so much done in a day?


Storing Your Mower

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The mowing season is coming to an end, and winter is just around the corner! Once you’re done mowing for the year, replace any worn parts and properly store your machine to help ensure it is ready for next spring. If you’re planning to do your own maintenance or just want to see what Toro recommends, here are tips that will help you prepare for winter. See your operator’s manual…


Choosing the Right Mower

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For more than 150 years, human and animal-powered machines have given way to compact equipment powered by internal combustion engines of all sizes and configurations.  Even as caring for yards and gardens becomes more mechanized, homeowners still have a basic choice: power and speed—or muscle and patience—with lots of options in between.  A homeowner necessity, lawn mowers today range from manual reel push mowers to technologically sophisticated zero-turn-radius mowers. Speed…

Zero-Turn-Radius Mowers

Choosing A Zero Turn Mower

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Easily maneuverable and time reducing, zero turn mowers are the fastest-growing category of riding mower today.  Zero turn mowers turn quickly thanks to independent rear-wheel drives (hydraulically operated transaxles or wheel motors) and front caster-style wheels.  You can cut tight contours, such as around trees and garden beds, without having to reverse.  Zero-turns also have a visibility advantage over tractors, as there is nothing in front to obstruct your view. To…

Garden and Lawn Tractors

Garden & Lawn Tractors

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Garden tractors cost $3,000 to $12,000,without any attachments.  Tractors have big OHV (overhead valve) engines, 20 horsepower and up.  Mowing decks are up to 54 inches wide and have two or three blades.  Top-of-the-line units feature power steering, automatic transmission, cruise control, and four-wheel drive.  A tractor can attain speeds of 9 mph, and collection bags can hold up to 17 bushels.  In addition to mowing, garden tractors can also be…

Self-Propelled Walk-Behind Mower

Self-Propelled versus Push—What is the Difference?

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Walk-behind rotary mowers come in two basic types: self-propelled and push.  Over recent years there have been many innovations for the push mower.  For example, some manufacturers now offer ground speed controls that allow you to mow at the pace you desire. Self-Propelled Mowers Both electric corded and cordless units are suitable for small to average-size lawns (2,500 square feet or less), but  corded units are limited by the nearest…

Riding Mowers

Riding Mower Maintenance

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Riding Mower Maintenance Regular maintenance is the most important step for achieving the best performance and longest life out of your riding mower.  If equipped, use the hour meter to track and perform routine services, such as oil changes and spark-plug replacements.  If not equipped with an hour meter, one way to track time used is to put a piece of masking tape on the product and make a pencil…