The Toro 74820 – Toro Titan ZX5000 (50″) 22-HP Zero Turning Radius Lawn Mower – 5495 is a big machine designed for big jobs. It also features zero turn radius technology. If you are in need of a semi-professional grade machine for your grass cutting jobs, you should take a closer look at this powerful member of the Toro lineup.
Features at a Glance
- 22 horsepower Briggs & StrattonExtended Life Series engine
- 50 inch (127 cm) cutting width
- Side discharge
- Zero turn
- Hydrostatic transmission
- Three-year limited consumer warranty
- Solid tubular steel frame
Who is the Toro ZX5000 Suitable For?
Zero turn radius mowers can be very expensive, and they also require a bit of learning in order to operate them effectively. However, those who are familiar with operating such mowers swear by them. They are certainly not for everyone, though. This is because they tend to be too big for some lawns, and they can be prohibitively expensive.
Many people fall into the trap of buying too much mower for their lawns, so this mower should be avoided if you have a yard that is less than one acre in size. If, however, you intend to use your mower for large surfaces where tight turns are required, then the Toro ZX5000 might be the ideal machine for you
Engine, Transmission, and Frame
The ZX5000 comes equipped with a muscular Briggs & Stratton 22 horsepower engine. The Briggs power plant is responsible for powering the mower’s hydrostatic drive as well as its cutting system. The engine is professional-grade, and benefits from a dual-sealing air filter so that impurities are kept from its vital components.
Also, it is lubricated with a pressurized system designed to keep parts from becoming damaged, especially during periods of heavy usage.
The hydrostatic transmission allows you to constantly adjust your speed as necessary, and it is operated by using two lap levers which also effectively control the unit’s steering. The lap lever system can be difficult for new users to get accustomed to, but once operators get the hang of it, it is actually quite simple.
Because this unit is made to be tough and durable, its frame is made from heavy-duty tubular steel. This ensures that the ZX5000 will last for many cutting seasons.
The 50 inch deck on the ZX5000 features three durable blades which work together. The blades are belt-driven, and they are engaged with an electric power take-off system. The cutting height is easily adjustable, and it can be set between 1.5 inches and 4.5 inches, giving you a full three inches of adjustment.
The deck is constructed with steel, and it features dual wash out ports which allow you to clean its interior without removing it. Also, your lawn is protected by anti-scalp wheels which come standard on the deck.
Convenience and Comfort
The convenience of operating a zero turn radius mower is unmatched. Turning and maneuvering this machine is about as simple as can be expected from a unit of the ZX5000’s size. The mower’s design allows for terrific vision while operating, and its padded seat is supported by springs that absorb vibrations. An hour meter is not included, but you can purchase one separately from your Toro dealer.
Accessories and Attachments
As far as attachements and accessories are concerned, this Toro is set up for side discharge, but mulching and bagging kits are available if you prefer to fertilize your lawn with clippings, or dispose of your grass elsewhere
Around $5,000 is a lot to pay for a lawn mower, but people requiring a large, and easy to operate machine swear by zero turn radius technology.
Because this Toro is so large, it is not ideal for the average consumer. However, it is perfect for large lawns or semi-professional applications. If you have the budget for such a machine, and you need a big beast to cut your lawn, then you this Toro riding lawn mower might be what you need.
Look for Something a Bit Cheaper?
Another great zero turn mower from a well reputed manufacturer is the Husqvarna RZ5424 (pictured below).
It has a 54-Inch cutting deck and 24 HP Kohler Kohler engine and retails around $3,000 so is a much cheaper option than the ZX5000. Check the latest price here
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