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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. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    we just got one of those, homeowner models, and it is totally awesome. just have to treat it better since it lacks the protective guards and metal wheels. other than that, same mower.............
  2. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,687

  3. Platinum2

    Platinum2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    I guess I must be off my rocker. Am I the only one who feels these mowers are grossly underpowered for a twin-blade mower? I mow KBG, and it is quite thick (not to be confused with long) most of the year. This 190cc engine just doesn't have the guts in my experience. While the Kawi might be better in this respect, it is only 180cc so I can't imagine it is substatially more robust in its power, but I could be wrong....I haven't used one. I think the TimeMaster cut is good, and I do like the personal pace since my lawn is flat. But I do have one fairly steep slope and it does not work great in that area. Other than that, the drive works well. My biggest complaints are lack of power and weak bagging performance. It mulches pretty well and of course, side discharge works well too. I just don't think these are $1000 machines. I don't think I would have gone with a commercial mower, but perhaps a Billy Goat HP3400 would have been a better choice. That would have at least gotten me some real power and a fabricated deck. Anyway.....just my thoughts on TimeMaster.

  4. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,740

    It appears my early concerns with the timed-blade system are essentially unfounded. Timed blades make a LOT of sense...until you hit something substantial, that is.

    If any of you have had to replace a shear pin/belt...how difficult a procedure is it?

    Am sure enjoying reading all the comments/reviews. The future of these mowers appears in tact once the bugs are dealt with. Still, some more power/torque seems obvious is all aspects. An optional power upgrade would fit the bill. Maybe the present deck/components could not handle it, but 11-12 hp would be a nice improvement.
  5. jlaws2009

    jlaws2009 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I just purchased the Timemaster. Love the drive controls, but not happy with the stragglers in St Augustine yards. I have it set up to mulch and am careful to walk very slowly in thick grass, but it still doesn’t give a clean cut. It’s a pain having to back up and recut a single blade of grass. My Toro dealer claims the Turfmaster blades are identical to the Timemaster blades. I called another Toro dealer and was told the same thing.
  6. stansoph

    stansoph LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

    Get the turfmaster blades they are higher lift.

    The timed blades are keyed at the blade and timed with a cogged belt. I sheaared a blade washer, the blades flanked, let off the BBC, figured out the problem, got new washer. All good, no real issues, blades still measure put on the garage floor.
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  7. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,687

    I felt like I was trying to read Hebrew when I read this Exact. What is ZDDP? And what is SL? :dizzy::dizzy: How does Castrol differ from Mobil 1 for example? I'm trying to learn these things and hone my inner mechanic.
  8. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,378

    If you are bagging your grass....you must get the Higher lift Turf Master blades. I wonder how Yoda would say that... :laugh:

    I put a sharp set of lower lift Time Master blades on today just to compare....:cry:

    Seriously forgot how bad they were for bagging.... :hammerhead:

    The lower lift Time Master blades I believe drove much of the hate towards the machine.

    Going to save the low lift Time Master blades for aeration plug break up drills.

    Last I checked this years Time Masters are still shipping the lower lift blades.

    The lower lift blades bag okay in nominal growth....just not as well as with the Turf Master blades.

    I seriously hate bagging and will only do it for granny lawns that are small and mowed too short.....and the time master is what I use. Wet soggy conditions yBravo 25.

    I can double cut with my Dually 36 or 44 and mulch and beat the single pass bagging time with the Time Master....but I run or jog behind the Dually. ;)

    Are you bagging or mulching...? What height....?
  9. Platinum2

    Platinum2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    I do either, depending. Generally, I mulch and the mower seems to do that pretty well as long as the grass is not too tall (say 3" or more), or wet. I cut to 2" in the spring and 2.5"-3" in the summer. I would be interested in trying the Turfmaster blades.

    I still don't like the lack of power. Even MTD uses a 10.5HP motor (or better) on their wide cut mowers. Commercial mowers usually have at least 13HP. I just feel Toro cheaped out in the engine department in a big way.

  10. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,740

    The deck and components would possibly/likely need to be beefier to handle more power...? Then the cost and weight would go up...??

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