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Toro 52" Proline

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Executive Lawn Care, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. Executive Lawn Care

    Executive Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Hello everyone,

    I have a small business, I have operated for a full year and have roughly 15 contracts with a mixture of residential and commercial C's. My company mows, overseeds, fertilizes, offers aeration and seasonal clean ups. I recently purchased this toro 52" proline as it was for sale for 500.00$ used, I was able to pick up the machine for 300.00$ however it has been in storage for 2 years. I was able to start the machine with instant start spray. I realize that the fuel lines and carb must be cleaned at the very least. It has the Kawasaki engine not sure of the HP though.

    What does everyone think of this machine? Does it offer a clean cut? How do I know if it has a "mulching" kit? And finally I have seen many people with a garbage can and leaf shredder attached?

    Let the discussion begin !

    Thank you for all your comments in advance!

    Stewart

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  2. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,435

    I still have a Scag with a kawi engine on it, mine is a 17hp what looks exactly like that one. Its a great engine and never really bogged out at all. Also I had a older toro poroline with a 44in deck and to me it cut was better than the scag.

    Though the down side to that proline is that its slower then the scag, belts like to slip when you kick moisture from the grass, it doesn't like to be on steep hillsides. Also if you ever put a sulky on it the front end of my 44in would like leave the ground easily, might be different with a 52in having more weight up front, and the drive tires are tiny.

    But for that price it would be nice to get you going, and save up to by a better machine and just slide that into a back up position.
     
  3. Realslowww

    Realslowww LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,527

    Just run it it is good,it has the big belt drive wheels which is real good but the machines design with the Tbar will cause it to stretch the belts and wear the belts quick.

    As a do it all mower it is great for a small business.
     
  4. Executive Lawn Care

    Executive Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Thanks for the response guys! I kind of figured the T bar system would wear the belts out quick. And swampy, the idea would be to certainly use this for one season and then slide it into back up position.

    I appreciate any more comments/concerns/questions.

    Thanks again,

    Stewart
     
  5. 94gt331

    94gt331 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male
    Messages: 1,718

    Wow $300 for that mower you got a homerun there!
     
  6. calvinslawnservices

    calvinslawnservices LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 836

    For $300 you did great. I have a proline like yours, it is a great machine. Except in wet conditions and steep hills. The belts do wear quickly but it will put a 250 pound guy on a sulky up a hill. As for a trac vac (the trash can and blower motor) I don't know. I would like to buy one just don't have the need yet. A mulch kit you would know if you have it by the discharge shoot being covered.
     
  7. Executive Lawn Care

    Executive Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    There is actually no cover or shoot I see the blade through the shoot. I also have a toro 30 inch time master and it also struggles in wet conditions. Is this a common issue with toro equipment?
     
  8. calvinslawnservices

    calvinslawnservices LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 836

    My mower has no problem cutting in wet conditions except for the belts slipping. I cut in the morning dew everyday, the cut is still great.

    You don't have a mulch kit on mine. I do have an OCDC chute blocker, it keeps from throwing grass clippings in the beds. My mower will throw clippings close to 3 passes so its nice in smaller yards.
     
  9. oabdu123

    oabdu123 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    $300 is an awesome deal! I love Toro Prolines. Do you still use the 52 proline? I'm actually looking to purchase one as we speak
     
  10. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Male
    Messages: 10,670

    T bar won't wear belts any faster than pistol grip it's the exact same engagement principle , reversed and upside down to accomplish the same thing
     

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