Our team has reviewed and used dozens of ZT mowers over the years, so they want to know the latest information. We want to test and review the latest advances and technologies that manufacturers integrate and migrate into commercial and residential products. This week, the Toro TimeCutter 60-inch Zero-Turn Mower (Model 75760) hit PTR stores for about $4,700. This updated zero-turn mower builds on the MX6050 with some compelling new upgrades that should appeal to those buying a ZT in this price range.
What is inherited from MX6050
It's always good for manufacturers to keep features consumers love. The new Toro TimeCutter 60" Zero Turn Hitch is on top of the Toro MX6050 such a great mower. You still get a 10-gauge fabricated deck and a reinforced nose across the entire front of the deck to protect against minor impacts and scuffs.
The commercial-grade 24.5 hp Toro Commercial V-Twin 708cc remains unchanged along with the tool-less oil drain and filtration system.
The speed of the Smart Speed system does not change. Up to 7 MPH in mow mode, up to 5.5 MPH in tow mode, and up to 4 MPH in trim mode.
With the Toro Timecutter 75760, you also get a 3-year limited residential warranty.
New Features for Toro Timecutter 75760 ZT
Now, while much of it is the same, Toro has also made significant changes. While there are still foot pedal lifts on the deck, the build quality of the pedals themselves is stronger than before. Toro also now uses a more commercial drop height adjustment system instead of levers.
The 10 gauge steel deck manufactured by IronForged adds a fully tubular 2″ x 2″ front axle and strong solid cast aluminum caster hubs. Previously, if you hit something with one caster at 7mph, you could bend the frame and damage the mower. Toro designed these new caster hubs to be easy to replace, eliminating the pain point for dealers dealing with damage.
The Toro Timecutter 75760 also uses Kevlar reinforced belts for increased blade drive train durability.
Toro TimeCutter 60" Zero Turn Added Stepper
Step-up front-end models feature split footrests and a lowered axle to get you out of the mower quickly when you need to pick up debris. Fixed rubber floor pads reduce heel vibration while driving.
You also get a new under-seat locker for things like sticks, small toys, avocados, and anything else you might come across in your yard while mowing the lawn.
While they kept the Smart Speed system, Toro moved it to the right side of the mower to keep it away from your legs while mowing.
We were very curious about the Smart Speed system and quickly started looking under the chassis to see how it worked. This ingenious system actually adjusts the throwing arm mechanically via two lap levers. This allows Toro to use the same hydrostatic transmission while offering three different speed ranges. Whether you're mowing, towing or pruning, Smart Speed changes the mower's maximum speed – but allows full range of arm motion while driving.
Toro is equipped with a pair of ZT-2800 hydrostatic transmissions. This is Hydro-Gear's largest residential grade transaxle designed for large properties. We like that it is completely serviceable with an external oil filter.
The air filter can also be replaced without any tools. Simply pop off the back cover, reach in, remove and replace the filter.
One last thing – in addition to the 3 year limited residential warranty, Toro is now adding a 300 hour commercial use warranty on mowers with Toro engines. That's pretty cool, and makes sense, since it's basically the same motor used in some of their 2000-series commercial lawn mowers.
How Fast is the Toro TimeCutter 60-Inch ZT Mower?
For business people, speed plays an important role in purchasing decisions. For residential use, we typically see them well below the 10-12 mph range for commercial mowers that cost twice as much. The same goes for the Toro TimeCutter Zero Turn Lawn Mower. At 7 mph, you won't be flying over grass—but you won't feel like you're crawling, either.
A Toro commercial V-twin engine drives this mower effortlessly through the grass. The high-back seat feels comfortable at all speeds. The mower definitely gets a little bumpy when mowing — but it's never harsh in the seat. The deck is well isolated from the chassis.
We found the armrests to be a bit low for our liking – a minor issue. You can lift the seat and manually adjust fore and aft, but my news editor Chris and I both found the default setting to be perfect for our 5'9 – 5'10 heights.
The cup holder on the left and the storage tray on the right feel good. The dampers on the knee bars really give them the perfect amount of resistance to steer at any speed. Lastly, we love the oversized fenders, which do a good job of protecting us from spray—a common occurrence when mowing in Florida.
There is a 3 gallon tank on the Toro Timecutter 75760. This limits commercial use somewhat, but should allow enough residential square footage before having to refuel.
How to Adjust the Height of Cut
Toro makes adjusting the height of cut super easy. On Toro Time Cutter ZT mowers, you simply depress the deck lift pedal with your foot, reposition the height pin, and release the deck. You can vary the height from 1.5 to 4.5 inches, which should cover everything from fescue grass to zoysia and thick St. Augustine.
Toro also makes it easy to adjust the height of the anti-scalp roller. Do this whenever you modify the cut height significantly.
How to Use the Smart Speed System
As mentioned earlier, Smart Speed lets you adjust the maximum drive mode or speed while keeping the tip speed constant. For example, you'll definitely want it in "mowing" mode (top speed) for normal mowing and transport. However, for increased efficiency when bagging, mulching or towing, the center "tow" mode works best. When mowing very wet grass or when you just want to limit your speed, "Trim" mode will serve you well. Here's how we see it:
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To adjust the speed, put the mower in neutral, release the blades, and adjust the smart speed control lever (located on the right under the seat) to the desired setting. As we discovered, this manually limits the top speed of the lap bar – effectively giving you the above three speed "ranges".
You can buy a Toro Timecutter 60-Inch Zero Turn Lawn Mower for around $4799 at Home Depot or any authorized Toro dealer.
Toro Time Cutter Zero Turn Specifications
- Model: 75760
- Engine: 24.5 hp (3,600 rpm) Toro Commercial V-Twin
- Displacement: 708cc
- Fuel Capacity: 3 gallons (11.4 liters)
- Cutting Width: 60" (152 cm)
- Deck: 60" IronForged™ 10-gauge steel
- Deck Lift: Foot-operated
- Height of Cut: 1.5 – 4.5 inches (3.8 – 11.4 cm)
- Mowing Speed: 7/3 mph (11.3/4.8 km/h)
- Towing Speed: 5.5/2.4 mph (8.8/3.8 km/h)
- Tuning Speed: 4/1.7 mph (6.4/2.7 km/h)
- Seat: 18" (45.7 cm) handmade high back with armrests (knob adjustment)
- Steering Controls: Dual Damped Wraparound Joysticks
- Tires (Front): 13 x 6.5 in (33 x 16.5 cm)
- Tires (rear): 20 x 10 in (50.8 x 25.4 cm)
- Transmission: Dual hydrostatic HG-ZT2800
- Warranty: 3 Years/Unlimited Hours Residential and 3 Years/300 Hours Commercial Engines
wrap it up
There is a lot that goes into deciding to buy a new zero-turn lawn mower. For residential use, it may be worth looking carefully at warranties and features. For business users, dealer relationships and service capabilities are key. With that in mind, it's good to know that Toro has 3,000 service dealers in the US and Canada.
We really like the upgrades we made to our 60" Toro TimeCutter Zero Turn mowers. They added useful new features like an upgraded cutting height system, storage cabinets, easier access front panels and replaceable cast aluminum spindles. They kept the features that already made this mower a great choice (such as Smart Speed and premium seats), but made them even better.
The mower drives great, is easy to service, and comes with a 3-year warranty. It's an easy recommendation, especially at this price. For those who need something a little bigger than the Toro TimeMaster push mower, the TimeCutter line may be worth looking into.
Get more information from the Toro website.