Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 338
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Homemower A great step up from a smaller walk-behind
I had a 20" walk-behind mower when I moved into a new house with a larger (0.32 acre) yard. I really liked my previous walk-behind for its ease of storage and use, but it was taking too long for me to mow the new yard. I didn't want to get a ride-on mower because of storage concerns, and I am not a fan of pistol grips on mowers.
The Toro TimeMaster is almost as easy to use and store as my previous mower, and cut my mowing time by about 40%. The handle is easy to fold up for storage and the electric start is convenient. I was able to mulch wet 7" tall grass as fast as I could walk, some of it while going uphill, without the engine ever bogging down.
It is noticeably heavier than my previous mower, but that hasn't been an issue since I got used to the Personal Pace self-propel system.
September 11, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jwwoods Timemaster 30 in vs Cub Cadet 36 in
This is a heavy mower but lacks the reverse and neutral gears of the Cub Cadet. Also no swivel wheels in the front. Still, due to its balanced weight distribution, one can tilt it back easily to maneuver around plants and trees. The rear drive wheels tend to spin on uneven ground. This coupled with the Toro personal pace can lead to unexpected lurch forward. To counteract this, just make sure not to push up on the handle when trying to move forward. Just push down and keep an eye on the right rear drive wheel to detect any spin. There is also an issue on hills. Probably we should only mow parallel to the hill because the mower could roll down the hill. Now, the safety handle would shut off the blade if the machine got away from you, i.e. started to roll down the hill, still one must be careful of this. On uneven ground with a gentle slope upwards, I find it best to mow at a slight angle to the slope, and then to back downward for the next swath. Anyway, it seems to work well for me, and prevents a turn at the swath end. I would not try this on anything more than a gentle slope though.
By the way, I find it cuts very well, even with wet and or high grass, i.e. a few weeks growth.
A hint for Toro: With a mower this heavy, how about a break to prevent it from rolling away.
September 10, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Julio Goats are better at mowing
This mower was a bad purchase. This mower started with a recall on the deck pulleys. Toro did not have the parts available, so I'm without a mower for over 30 days. Once it was repaired, this mower bogs down in dry and wet conditions even with a high mower height and the discharge chute attached. This mower does propel well and is good on hills. However, I need it to mow grass which it does not. A $1200 mistake. My Husqvarna 19" outperforms this slug.
September 4, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Clint Toro 30'
This is the way to go when cutting grass. Easy to store when not in use. The key start makes it breeze to work with. Love this toy!!!
August 2, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Slv Under powered for tall grass
I've had this mower now for several weeks and can report that it works well if you keep up with your mowing. I love the 30" cut and electric start. However if you get behind in your mowing, it will choke down in tall or wet grass. The deck holds grass and will need regular cleaning. It could also use a larger fuel tank and swivel wheels on the front end to help with maneuverability.
August 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mick Love My Torro
easy to mow my ditch now.I even mow parts i can use my rider on.if you can walk you can use this mowrer
July 19, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Elby There are better mowers than this one
I have this mower made in 2012. I had been a Toro fan for a long time until lately. I bought a Z model zero turn mower also and had issues. But back to this 30in. I like the features; electric start, blade stop and leave engine running, 2 lever height adjust though 1 lever would be ideal, ease of changing bag/mulch/side discharge. Now the bad. Will not start when hot. Even sitting in the sun on a hot day will keep it from starting. To me this is more a Briggs engine problem than Toro but it is a Toro unit after all. Change engine makers Toro! Bogs down in grass over @ 10 in tall. Trans will not drive the mower anymore.. When I lift the rear of the mower the wheels turn. But not enough torgue/power to move the mower. Even on a flat concrete surface it barely drives the mower. And yes I tried all the adjustments. Without the engine running though it can be a bear to push. Weird. If you drop the front of the mower even moderately the front axle mounts break. Cheap. There are other small niggly issues but the main ones are the starting and trans ones. Essentially makes it unuseable. I have contacted Toro and basically there response is too bad for you because it's out of warranty. There are forums that talk about the hot start and trans issues. You would think Toro would have addressed them but apparently not because as you can read folks still have issues on new units. It seems Toro does no't make a quality mower anymore. Too bad. I will look elsewhere. Are you paying attention Home Depot?
July 15, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BC Accurate description, so far, so good
Home Depot delivery was easy, delivery brought the mower into my garage for unpacking. Just add oil and gas and fire it up - could not have been easier. When you engage the blades, sounds like the engine strains a bit, but gets up to speed quickly. This machine literally cut my mow time in half - love it!
July 5, 2016