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Toro Proline 52

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by homemwr, May 1, 2001.

  1. homemwr

    homemwr LawnSite Member
    from MN
    Posts: 20

    Just purchased a used (I believe 1989) Toro Proline 52" floating deck. It has the 12.5" Kawasaki traction unit. I will use it to mow 1.25 acres with lots of oak trees. I just tried it yesterday, and it didn't appear that much faster than my old tractor. Though I didn't mow the area with all of the trees. How fast should I be able to mow this yard (~40 oaks and some other misc. trees.) The lot is outlined with ~100 pines so the mowing area is smaller still. With all the shade, my grass in MN is not that thick. Will this mower be able to pull a sulky? What are the maintenance do's and dont's with this unit. I would like to pull a sweeper to pick up both acorns (last year over 500 gallons) and mulched leaves (after mowing in circles and chopping.) I was thinking about a rectangular shaped structure that I could walk inside and mount a wheel that swivels at the back where the sweeper could tow from. Any better ideas - other than a used Trac-Vac? What works best on acorns or can I just leave them?

    What set-up of double blades would work best for leaves? It did come with a handmade mulch plate, but no deck baffles.

    Thanks for any help you can provide.
  2. edward hedrick

    edward hedrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 871

    I had a 44 Toro w 14hp Vanguard, I tried a 470 Trac vac.had
    no problem with a trailing sulky. for mulching try some of
    toros Recycling parts, Check the tension of the belt from
    engine to trans. Some times I had to tow the trailer to pick up things.

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