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toro turfmaster review

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Schrock Lawns, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,053

    :laugh: I was talking about the mower not the bag.
  2. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    You were talking about bags, you should have stated you were talking about the whole mower after talking about bags. :hammerhead:
  3. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,096

    Now to be up front I didn't run the machines, merely observational.

    Both machines had same style spindles, almost identical baggers, transmissions appeared identical.

    The weight difference of the TurfMaster being heavier was very noticeable. I would assume the weight differential would definitely take a toll on someone after 4 or 5 properties, depending on your physical condition.

    TurfMaster larger gas tank, easier height adjustment, not by much but noticeable. TurfMaster had a fuel filter, TimeMaster did not.

    Deck identical other than the bull-nose on the TurfMaster.

    There were a few other subtle differences but the biggest obviously, well two, the Kawi versus the Briggs. Kawi about 180cc, Briggs about 190cc. Doesn't mean much to me, Kawi is usually under-rated.

    Price tag, TurfMaster about $1700 depending on your market, $1000 for TimeMaster.

    For the price difference, I really don't see the value in purchasing the TurfMaster over the TimeMaster.

    That's my take...
  4. locallawncare.ca

    locallawncare.ca LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 756

    I think the price is ok, considering a commercial 21" is between 900-1200 bucks and a homeowner one is 250-400, the difference is durability, the timemaster has proven to not withstand commercial use, uts also a new segment in the mower industry, so time will tell if its just a fad or here to stay. I held off getting a timemaster in anticipation of the turfmaster, to me its worth a shot.
  5. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,096

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  6. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,096

    Yeah...well there was a review by an LCO last spring who used them commercially as main mowers and he claimed it held up.

    Time will tell I guess.
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  7. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,687

    Did you mean that Kawasaki are usually overrated?
  8. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,738

    One year does not rate as commercially proven.

    My Toro 21 Super Recyclers easily lasted a full year...but I bought a new one every Spring to be sure.
  9. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,687

    the guy that had the highest regard for the timemaster on her claimed he bought four and used each for over 600 hrs. in a yr. He said he never changed oil and had minimal repairs. Don't know if it's true, but if it is, I'd choose the Timemaster over the Turfmaster. If the biggest difference is the engine, I'm not sure it's worth the extra 800. I was really pleased to hear you could purchase a higher lift blade from exmark.
  10. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,096

    LOL...well maybe for some. I've had good experience with Kawi but I'm sure others would disagree.

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