These days there is a pretty extensive range of Toro lawn tractors, zero turn mowers and riding mowers.
They are made for most budgets and to suit most homeowner requirements
Toro lawn tractors draw on the benefits of Toro’s position as one of the leading worldwide providers of professional grounds maintenance equipment.
This means that Toro’s offerings are generally techologically advanced and well built machines.
The Toro company and brand
The Toro company has been in existence since 1914 when it was founded in order to sell engines to the Bull tractor company. It took the name ‘Toro’ (the spanish word for bull) as a nod in the direction of its partner company.
During World War 1, Toro built steam engines for merchant ships. It started in the lawn business in 1920, when 5 reel mowers were strapped to a Toro tractor to cut the fairways at at the Minikahda Golf Club in Minneapolis.
Today, Toro’s world headquarters are in Bloomington, Minnesota, but it sells its equipment in more than 80 different countries
It has about 4,700 worldwide employees and in 2010 had total revenue of around $1.7 billion.
Among others, Toro owns the Lawn-Boy, Hayter and Exmark brands.
Toro prides itself on innovation, sustainability and community and the extent of its reach in the world of professional grounds maintenance. Its machines are used on some of the world’s great golf courses (including St Andrews in Scotland) and in many NFL and soccer stadiums around the world.
You’ve probably also seen Toro machinery at work in your local park or municipal gardens or in the hands of pro landcapers in your area.
I always think its helpful to look at the extent to which residential/home owner products play a part in a company’s revenue streams, so as to get an idea about how serious that company is about supporting its home owner products.
According to information in Toro’s company fact sheet, which you can access here, 64 per cent of Toro’s revenue comes from the professional market and 34 per cent from the residential market.
That seems to me to be a healthy enough slice of $1.7billion dollars to make me think that Toro won’t be abandoning the residential market any time soon.
A Toro zero turn mower in action
Toro lawn tractors and riding mowers
The current range of Toro lawn tractors includes the:
- LX423, with a 20 Hp Kohler engine and 42 inch, 2 blade deck
- LX427, with a 20 Hp Kohler engine, 42 inch, 2 blade deck and hydrostatic transmission
- LX468, with a 22 Hp, twin cylinder Kohler engine, 46 inch, 2 blade deck and hydrostatic transmission
- GT2200, with a 25 Hp twin cylinder Kohler engine, a 50 inch, 3 blade deck and GT hydrostatic transmission.
It addition Toro makes various different series of zero turn mowers, as follows.
The Timecutter series
There are 6 models in the Timecutter MS series with engines ranging in power from 16 Hp to 23 Hp and decks ranging in width from 32 inches to 50 inches.
There are two further models in the Timecutter MX series. These both have 23 Hp Kawasaki V-Twin engines but the MX4260 (74640) has a 42 inch deck and the MX5060 (74641) has 50 inch deck.
The Titan series
The 6 models in the Titan series have engines between 21.5 and 24 Hp and decks between 48 and 60 inches.
These models have tubular frames, heavy-duty decks and lifetime frame warranties. They are deisgned to bring the commercial experience to residential mowing.
Read our detailed review of the Toro zero turn Titan ZX5020 here
Read our detailed review of the Toro zero turn Titan ZX5000 here
Toro is a trusted brand with a big history that brings its experience of making commercial lawn care products firmly into the residential arena.
Toro also draws on the some of the other big names in the business too, so you’ll find Kohler and Kawasaki engines in the best Toro lawn tractors and zero turn mowers.