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#2 Toro TimeCutter SS5000 50 inch Review 2018



Making our list at number 2 the ToroTime Cutter SS5000 50-inch has some great exclusive features that are perfect for any homeowners landscaping needs. The Time Cutter may not be has tough and big as our number one pick, the Ariens Max Zoom 60-inch, but it has a similar dependable powerful engine and most of the same great features. Except the one thing that makes Toro's Time Cutter stand apart from the rest of the mowers on our Top Ten Residential Zero Turn Mower list is; Toro's Smart Speed System. The line of attachments is vast which allows homeowners to literately do anything that a professional can do.


Toro TimeCutter SS5000 Smart Speed zero turn mower
Unlike most other residential zero turn mowers Toro equips their Time Cutter and MX mowers with a tow hitch. The reason is the Smart Speed System. This feature allows you to choice two speed settings which utilize the best combination of speed and torque depending on the job at hand. The Mow and Go setting allows the mower to operate at it's full speed of 7mph and is intended to be used for simply cutting the grass. The Trim and Tow setting doesn't allow the mower to go any faster than 4mph which put the mower and transmissions in the best power range to tow attachments without tearing up the transmissions. This is also an optimal setting to use for the less experienced users or for the tighter areas of the yard.


Smart Speed is completely exclusive to the Toro Zero Turn Mower lineup. Like the Ariens Max Zoom the Toro Time Cutter is backed by an exceptional 3-year consumer unlimited hours warranty. This shows that Toro stands behind the quality of it's product. Very few residential zero turns have this kind of warranty which is one of many reasons the Toro Time Cutter is one of the top choices for homeowners.

Toro TimeCutter SS5000 50 inch zero turn mowerToro Time Cutter SS5000 50-inch


Number two on our Top Ten Residential Zero Turn Mower list the Time Cutter SS5000 50-inch received a 4.7 out of 5.0 rating.
Features: 4.5/5
Quality: 4.5/5
Ease of Use: 4.8/5
Value: 4.9/5
This information was gathered from 444 consumer reviews.



Brand: Toro
Manufactured By: Toro
Model:Time Cutter SS5000 50-inch
Item Number: Kawasaki-74631 / Kohler-74637
MRSP: $2,899.00(Kohler) $2,999.00(Kawasaki)
Buying Options: Online on Ebay or Authorized Dealers


When you buy the Toro TimeCutter from an authorized dealer near you most dealers will assemble and perform a complete inspection to ensure operation. At the time of delivery the Certified Professional will teach you on site how to operate and properly maintain the zero turn mower. This is one of the most valuable things for a first time Zero Turn owner.


If there is not a authorized dealer close enough you will have it shipped to you. You will have to take it out of the crate and get it ready to mow yourself. It’s not a big job. You’ll need a wrecking bar or heavy claw hammer to take the crate apart and a few hand tools to install the steering wheel, seat, grass deflector and battery.



Cutting Width: 50 inches
Acres per Hour: 3 @ 7mph
Top Speed: 7mph
Weight: 588lbs
Warranty: 3-year unlimited hours
Engine brand: Kohler or Kawasaki
Horse Power/CC: 24hp/725cc or 23hp/726cc
Height Cutting range: 1.5-4.5”
Fuel Capacity: 3 gallons
Discharge: Side, Mulching or Bagging
Drive System: Hydrostatic
Recommended for moderate slopes? Flat terrain to moderate slopes
Mow in Reverse? Yes


Toro TimeCutter SS5000 Brinly Hardy Attachments zero turn mower

Dump Carts:

Great for hauling mulch, dirt or for picking up yard debris, etc. There are two dump carts available for TimeCutter.

Model # PCT-10BH

-10 Cu Ft. Capacity.
-15 x 6 pneumatic tires.
-Hands free steel pedal provides easy emptying.
-Cart made of polymer to keep weight down which makes towing easier, and it wont rust or dent.
-56 degree dumping bed makes the dumping easy and ensures keeping materials in the cart without them falling out.

Model # PCT-17BH
-17 cu Ft. Capacity.
-16 x 6.5 pneumatic tires.
-Solid steel axle.
-Hands free steel pedal provides easy emptying.
-Cart is made of polymer which keeps weight down, makes towing easier, and it will not rust or dent.
-45 degree dumping bed makes dumping easy while also keeping materials in the cart.


Lawn Turf Sod Roller:

Rollers help level your lawn or pack down sod. This helps eliminate things like mouse holes, mounds, ant hills, divots or smooth out the uneven surfaces. These rollers can use either water or sand. The following town rollers are available for the TimeCutter.

Model # PRC-24BH

-28 Gallon capacity.
-24 Inch roller width.
-Can be towed or pushed.
-Compact design to use in tight areas or smaller yards.
-Fill hole is extra large to allow quicker filling and emptying.
-Roller is made of Polymer so it will not dent or rust.
-While empty and not in use it is light enough to hang up for storage.

Model # PRC-36SBH

-42 Gallon capacity.
-36 Inch roller width.
-Larger design makes this great for larger yards or open areas.
-Extra large fill hole allows for easier and quicker filling and emptying.
-Roller is made of polymer which mean it wont rust or dent.
-When empty it is light enough to hang for storage purposes.



Spreaders are used to spread fertilizers, minerals or grass seed into your lawn. These ensures a fast and even distribution and there are two sizes available for the TimeCutter.

Model # BS-26BH

-2.5 Cu ft. 125lbs capacity.
-Hopper made of polymer which wont rust or dent.
-6:1 ratio glass filled nylon provides high speed extra wide spreading.
-Gearbox is fully enclosed and maintenance free.
-Interior hardware is stainless steel, the agitator and shaft will not rust or corrode.
-Controls are easy to reach and the settings lock which eliminates handle controls getting out of adjustment while in use.

Model # BS-36BH

-3.5 Cu ft. 175lbs capacity.
-Polymer made hopper will not dent or rust.
-Tubeless pneumatic 14” x 4” tires provide a smooth tow.
-High Speed 6:1 ratio glass filled nylon provides extra wide spreading even at low speeds.
-Gearbox is fully enclosed and maintenance free.
-Interior hardware is stainless steel, the agitator and shaft will not rust or corrode.
-Controls are easy to reach and the setting lock which eliminates handle controls getting out of adjustment while in use.


Toro TimeCutter SS5000 Cargo Carrier Attachment zero turn mowerCargo Carrier:

Toro's cargo carrier works perfect for hauling up to 100lbs of soil and mulch bags, garden tools, rocks, etc…. Great for homeowners that have limited storage or aren't comfortable using a trailer. So no having to worrying about “jack-knifing” a trailer. A front weight kit is required so the zero turn doesn't tip.




Aerators are designed to put holes in your lawn, this allows nutrients and water to absorb better into the lawn. Professionals suggest to aerate twice a year. They are available in Plug or Spike styles. There are several aerators available and some are even both an aerator and spreader in one.



This tow behind is good to use in the spring time after a long winter. Dethatcher's help kick up and pull old stuck leaves, dead grass and weeds. This can prevent grass from choking in the spring and makes for a healthy lush start to growing season. There is a 40-inch wide and 48-inch wide Dethatcher available.


Toro TimeCutter SS5000 twin bagger zero turn mowerTwin Bagger:

The twin bags have of a capacity of 8 bushels. They remove easily for quick emptying. Bagging is the way to go when wanting a crisp, clean and professional looking manicured lawn. The bagger works perfect while cutting the grass to pick up clippings or while mowing over leafs in the fall to clean up the yard one last time before winter.


Recycler Mulch Kit:

Toro's Recycler Mulch kit is a patented system that will help your lawn to be greener and healthier. This system cuts the grass 6-8 times Toro TimeCutter SS5000 Mulching Blade kit zero turn mowerinto fine little clippings. These clippings will fertilize your yard. This unique mulching design utilizes “kickers” and baffles that redirect the clippings back into the cutting blades multiple times before dropping them into your lawn. The kit includes the mulching blades, side-discharge plug, installation hardware and deck battles.



Rubber Floor Mat:

The rubber floor mate helps protect the platform and provides a slip resistant surface incase of wet conditions. These mats help reduce deck noise, vibrations and cushion your feet while mowing.


Foot Assist Height-of-cut system:

This foot pedal attaches to the platform near the front of the mower. It's linked to the deck which helps you adjust cutting height quickly to avoid hitting objects and/or scalping while mowing. The foot assist is also great to use while adjusting cut height. Simply push down on the pedal with your foot holding the deck up while adjusting the cut height.


Hour Meter Kit:

Unfortunately Toro doesn't make Hour Meters a standard on the Time Cutter. Weather they don't think it is needed due to their quality or that they don't think it is needed on residential applications is for us to guess. The warranty is unlimited hours, however it is suggested to use an Hour Meter to help keep up with maintenance. It's worth the investment to keep the TimeCutter in peak operating condition and prolong it's lifespan even more.


Lawn Stripping Kit:

This is a very unique attachment not seen in any of the other brands in our Top Ten Residential Zero Turn Mowers list. Now homeowners can really get the professional look that you maybe looking for. This method is the exact same method used by the professionals to create stripes, waves, checkers or other designs on your lawn. The Lawn Stripping Kit simply hooks to the TimeCutters hitch.


-Tow hitch comes standard.
-Smart Speed System.
-Vast line of attachments.
-3 Anti-Scalp wheels.
-Parking brake built into control bars.
-18” High back seat.
-Engine Guard.
-See Through gas tank level window.
-Washout ports on both sides of deck.
-3 year unlimited hours warranty.



-Hour Meter not equipped from factory.
-No Headlight Options.
-Seat Armrest are not standard.
-Deck is not fabricated.



Toro TimeCutter SS5000 50 inch deck zero turn mowerToro TimeCutter SS5000 is equipped with a 3 blade 50-inch wide cut. Blade engagement is done with an electric PTO. It is made of a 12 gauge rust resistant stamped steel featuring a 4 inch deep dome and top discharge design. While mowing you can either side-discharge, mulch or bag grass clippings. The deck cutting height ranges from 1.5” to 4.5” with 7 cutting positions available. All three of the adjustable deck wheels are made of an anti-scalp design that also ensure even cutting eliminating grounding of the mower deck.



Toro's TimeCutter SS5000 is available with two engines, either the 23 horse power Kawasaki or 24 horse power Kohler.

Kawasaki FR691V:

The Kawasaki engine delivers 23 horse power. This zero turn is a little bit more with the kawasaki engine. Many people prefer Kawasaki due to it's history and durability. The FR691V is a 2 cylinder V-twin forced air cooled vertical shaft over head valve engine. Kawasaki engines deliver smooth, efficient, quiet and reliable engines. Click Here for more information about the Kawasaki engine.


Kohler KT735 7000 Series:

Kohler's 7000 series engines deliver a powerful commercial grade engine with smooth and quieter than ever performance. The V-tiwn 24 horse power air cooled virtual shaft engine is just like what the pros use without the big price tag. Cast iron cylinder walls and pressure lubricated protection help prolong the engine's life. Maintenance is a breeze with all the maintenance points being located in the same area and are easy to get to. Click Here for more information about the Kohler engine.



The Toro TimeCutter SS5000 comes with dual hydrostatic drive system. Push the control bars in whatever direction you want to go in and the transmissions will engage with ease. Dual hydrostatic systems deliver smooth and responsive maneuverability. These are know to provide years of dependable performance. Hydrostatic transmissions are the most common on residential zero turn mowers.



The steering system has a built in parking brake. While the control bars our swung out the parking brake is engaged automatically and vice versa. The control bars have dampers that help provide smooth operation and prevent jerky movements. As with any traditional zero turn mower there is a bit of a learning curve for any first time operators. Check out the video section to view some how-to's and safety videos.



The 18 inch high back seat provides great back support that helps ensure better posture. Thickly cushioned seat will allow for hours of comfortable mowing time. The control bars are thickly padded as well. The seat is built with shock absorbing springs and is adjustable along with the control bars so that almost any sized person can be comfortable. All of the basic controls on the right side for ease of use.

What Toro TimeCutter SS5000 Owners are saying:

-”For 2 years I've mowed about 2.5 rough acres. The strong engine never bogs down, no mechanical problems, even cut on rough surface, can handle hitting rocks.”

-”This machine is great!”

-”Needed foot assist for mower deck should be standard.”

-”This model has no non-sense features.”

-”Comfortable seating and easy controls make it a joy to drive.”


-”My old tractor(s) died. We have about 5 of 13 acres as lawn. I needed something to take care of this, without breaking the bank. This mower is really built better than I would expect at this pricepoint.”

-”After reading some reviews I was worried about a few little hills I have in my yard and how the zero turn would handle them. To my surprise it was actually no concern at all and it handled them great.”





Other Comparable Residential Quality Zero Turn Mowers:


John Deere EZtrak Z235 42-inch

Cub Cadet RZT-L 42-inch

Toro TimeCutter SS4260 42-inch

John Deere Z425 54-inch