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Toro TimeMaster 30 vs Exmark Commercial 30 vs Toro Commercial 30 vs yBravo 25

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Exact Rototilling, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,566

    The mower is no sidehill machine, either. There just too much weight and not enough traction from the wheel size. I often wonder how much better it might be, if it were a high wheeler.
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,292

    Thanks for sharing and I would like pictures. Is this the commercial version or homeowner? Could you get parts for this transmission? I wonder if it common with other mowers?
  3. automan2164

    automan2164 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7


    Picked it up Monday. Original price was $1098 for the electric start model (Only one my local Toro dealer had). They told me they would work with me when I was in purchasing parts for the one at work. Came in, asked if they would still wheel and deal, ended up buying the whole shebang for $925 + tax. I was impressed they dropped it that low, I was expecting to have to fight a bit. Very great place to deal with though, so even at the regular price I would have been a buyer.

    Just ordered the Tiny Tach today from their website for the hours/tach. First cut should be tomorrow evening.

    Rob :cool2:
  4. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    So after putting roughly a hundred hours on the time master. I will say I would rather purchase and exmark 30 over any of the toro time master turfmaster. Draw backs on time master are it doesn't pull hills as well as either the turfmaster or exmark 30. Engine is somewhat weaker than the kawi. Parts are a bit flimsey. Purchasing another exmark 30 and keeping the timemaster for a back up mower.
  5. MiscCleanUpCrew

    MiscCleanUpCrew LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    Could you post the model number for the tach? I'm trying to get one for my Turf Master but can't find it on the website.
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  6. automan2164

    automan2164 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

  7. MiscCleanUpCrew

    MiscCleanUpCrew LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    Thanks! Sorry I thought it was from Toro.
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  8. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,566

  9. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 4,272

    Has this unit held up for you?
  10. Kawizx62003

    Kawizx62003 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,458

    Gonna throw my thoughts on on the TURFMASTER after a few hours running it.
    1. I can mow smaller yards <20000 gross, just as fast, sometimes faster than older 48" WB. The Turfmaster makes up for the 18 inches of less deck in maneuverability. You can turn on a dime, where the WB would be a 3 pt turn as to not tear up turf.
    2. The engine is slightly underpowered. I read another thread where someone said if it had 1/3 more power it would be great. I agree.
    3. I am not a fan of the single bail. Several reasons for this. It gets slippery when your hands are sweaty. I will try some grip tape as mentioned in another thread. It makes it a PITA to back it up. For instance, if you are in a tight spot and need to back up, you have to release the bail enough do stop the drive wheels but want to keep the blades engaged. Thats hell on the finger extension and its easy to slip and let the blades stop. I also get almost to the blister point in the web of my hands from operating it.
    4. The damn height adjustment rules.
    5. Stripes OK on a decent fescue lawn.
    6. When warm (at least mine) takes a few pulls. Cold it starts right up.
    7. Adjusted the drive cable, pulls hills just fine. I don't have many yards with hills though so not an issue. Its tough to cut ditches. Not too much harder than a 21 though.

    I installed an hour meter but wish I got the RPM/hour meter to see what the RPMS are. I have mulched mostly but side discharge is much better for low power issue. I have not had the chance to gut wet/dew grass yet as we haven't had much rain. That will change this weekend. Maybe I will get a chance to get out in my thick fescue lawn when wet this weekend. Of course I keep it mowed and it has not grown much.

    Overall I am satisfied. I have 2 TORO dealers within 10 minutes of me so I never looked into the Exmark too much as the dealer is about 30 minutes away. BUT, I wish I did give it more of a chance. The only reason is the "traditional" bail.

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