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Old 06-04-2015, 02:18 PM
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My dad has had a Toro mower since before I was born (30 years). He's replaced the drive belt once and the rear wheels twice because they were worn slick. Damn thing still fires up first pull. I'm in the market for a new self-propel, so my natural choice is to go with a Toro due to my excellent experience with this one. With limited recent experience I just don't know enough. Are they still making a quality product?
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Yes they are if you buy from a lawn mower shop instead of a big retail chan they have better parts in them like comercial grade.I have a 07 toro z master great mower bought it used has a 23hp kawasaki engine also have 2 push mowers self propelled great mowers.
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Yes they are if you buy from a lawn mower shop instead of a big retail chan they have better parts in them like comercial grade.I have a 07 toro z master great mower bought it used has a 23hp kawasaki engine also have 2 push mowers self propelled great mowers.
This^^^^ The commercial grade mowers are still fine mowers.
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Bought a self-propelled from Lowe's last year. No problems, but it's early. Starts right up on first of second pull.
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Yes they are if you buy from a lawn mower shop instead of a big retail chan they have better parts in them like comercial grade.I have a 07 toro z master great mower bought it used has a 23hp kawasaki engine also have 2 push mowers self propelled great mowers.
The residential mowers at Home Depot are the same as the residential mowers at the dealer. The dealer offers commercial mowers in addition. They are better.
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Old 06-04-2015, 04:34 PM
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Our local Toro dealer does not carry "residential" grade mowers for a reason.
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They are good mowers and well made. I use one at my place and its a large property with difficult complex mowing jobs. Best mower Ive had since I sold my Hustler. I have a upper model Titan MX which is a entry level commercial large land owner model. Rebuildable serviceable commercial hydros, Air ride seat, fabricated deck and all that sort of commercial stuff.

There are residential level models at the dealer. The same as any of the ones that were sold at big box units. Toro designed a lower quality line to be sold at big box stores just like John Deer but it offers them through its dealers as well. At the same pricing and with better support. It learned the hard way years ago not to cut its dealers out. I heard they had decided to stop selling those through big box stores so I am not sure you'll see them much longer.
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Not the same. The older ones have a steel deck. The newer ones are poly. I have a 30 year old one. Starts first pull every time.
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I hated when the rear wheels got worn , the replacements have gears in them not stock wheels but very pricey, I bought a Snapper and it's great.
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I bought a toro about five years ago from a dealer. Paid a bunch of money for it. Great little push mower.

As a kid I was a professional lawn boy during the summers. I worked on a plantation and I push mowed from 8-5, five days a week. I don't skimp on mowers. My all time favorite was the original 2 stroke lawnboy. I could push that thing forever. I hated snapper rear baggers - heavy, cheap brigs engines and the balance was thrown off as the bag filled.

My toro will never replace that smokey, 2 stroke lawnboy, but it is a fine mower. Now you want to talk mowers, talk to me about my 325D grasshopper. Now that is a fine piece of equipment!

Buy the toro.
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I bought a Snapper and it's great.
I bought a Snapper 23 years ago.

Surprised after all these years she still puts up with me!
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Yes they are if you buy from a lawn mower shop instead of a big retail chan they have better parts in them like comercial grade.I have a 07 toro z master great mower bought it used has a 23hp kawasaki engine also have 2 push mowers self propelled great mowers.
I have an email from Toro denying this in regards to buying snowblower from big box store or dealer.
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So does anybody have anything bad to say about the big box version of them? I know this is THT, but I'm just going to go ahead and admit (against my better judgement) that I'm probably going to buy the residential version of whatever it is. My lot isn't even a half acre, so I really don't want to go fork over the $$ for a commercial mower.
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Originally Posted by ryan darrow View Post
So does anybody have anything bad to say about the big box version of them? I know this is THT, but I'm just going to go ahead and admit (against my better judgement) that I'm probably going to buy the residential version of whatever it is. My lot isn't even a half acre, so I really don't want to go fork over the $$ for a commercial mower.
You will be fine. It will last you a while. Enjoy.

I used to use a residential Troy Bilt riding mower for 1 acre for 7 years. For $800, I got my moneys worth.
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My toro is about 10 yrs old. Bought it from a power equipment store so I dont know if theres a difference. Techemsch 6.5 hp engine self propelled. Sharpen the blade and change the oil once a yr starts on the first pull everytime.
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First pull? You mean they don't have the crank handle/spring deal on top any more?
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Originally Posted by ryan darrow View Post
So does anybody have anything bad to say about the big box version of them? I know this is THT, but I'm just going to go ahead and admit (against my better judgement) that I'm probably going to buy the residential version of whatever it is. My lot isn't even a half acre, so I really don't want to go fork over the $$ for a commercial mower.
The same thing is sold at a Toro dealer at the same price. They carry the same residential models too. They will match the price or beat it. And sometimes even with an incentive going on. And you can often get them to throw in first service and a hat. Plus you get complete after sale care that you do not get from the Big Box. That right there is enough to make you go to a dealer. Its the same thing same model and better care for no more money.
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12/8/2010

Dear Jeff
Thank you for taking the time to contact The Toro Company. We appreciate your inquiry.

There is absolutely no difference between the snow throwers that are sold at Home Depot or at our Authorized Service Dealers.

We value you as a Toro customer. Please know that you have an open invitation to contact us at any time.

Sincerely,

Peggy D

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As has been said, buy from a reputable Toro dealer. Purchased a Z Master 5000 2 years ago with no problems in the 175 hours I put on it since.
Can't beat the 5 year warranty or factory support.

As an aside, Toro also owns Exmark mowers.
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