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mysteryman
01-19-2010, 02:02 PM
1) does the GrandStand (48") have OPERATOR PRESENCE controls? Does that 'right-side' control handle pop up (if let go) to stop the machine?

2) does the optional OCDC-operator-controlled-discharge-chute add anything at all to the width of the deck, even as little as the thickness of sheet steel? or is it all contained within the width of the deck (48")?

Thank you for your responses.

The Toro Company
01-19-2010, 05:00 PM
mysteryman -

Yes, the operator presence control (safety switch) is located in the right-hand control lever. This was done to prevent the engine from cutting in and out when mowing on rough terrain, and to provide the operator more freedom to shift their feet and weight without killing the engine. It was also done to allow the GrandStand to be run in a walk-behind mode. If you let go of the handle the blades are de-activated, but the engine continues running, allowing the operator to easily dismount and re-mount the mower without having to go through the wasted effort of setting the brake or re-starting the engine.

As for the OCDC, it is part of rubber discharge chute (mounted to underside of chute)and therefore doesn't add any extra width to the deck. It is also made of the same rubber material as the chute, so it is flexible / pliable.

-The Toro Company

mysteryman
01-19-2010, 05:37 PM
Thank you for that information.

One other unrelated question, on the COMMERCIAL MOWING leg of the site there's talk of the 2010 GrandStands having a frame-mounted engine as opposed to the deck-mounted style of the 2009s. Is there any truth to this?

The Toro Company
01-22-2010, 10:18 AM
Mysteryman -

The engine on all 2010 models are mounted in the same fashion as the model year 2009 design, on the deck.

-The Toro Company

mysteryman
01-22-2010, 11:03 AM
Thank you for clearing that up, it was a rumor growing to great proportions.