Having reviewed and used dozens of ZT mowers over the years, our team likes to stay up to date. We want to test and review the latest advances and technologies manufacturers integrate and migrate into both commercial and residential products. This week, the sub-$4,000 Toro TimeCutter 60-inch zero turn mower (model 75760) came into the PTR shop. This updated zero-turn mower features some compelling new upgrades over the MX6050 that should appeal to those shopping for a ZT in this price range.
RecommendationThe 60-inch Toro TimeCutter ZT adds new features like an upgraded cut height system, storage cubby, easier walk-through front, and replaceable cast aluminum spindles. Toro even upgraded the seat and relocated the Smart Speed control to the right side to get it away from your legs.
What’s Carried Over from the MX6050
It’s always good when a manufacturer keeps the features consumers like. The new Toro TimeCutter 60-inch zero-turn hangs onto what makes the Toro MX6050 such a great mower. You still get the 10-gauge fabricated deck and reinforced leading edges across the entire front of the deck to protect against minor impacts and abrasions.
The commercial-level 24.5 hp Toro Commercial V-Twin 708cc stays, as does the tool-free oil drain and filter system.
Speeds are unchanged with the Smart Speed system. You get up to 7 MPH in Mow mode, 5.5 MPH in Tow mode and 4 MPH in Trim mode.
You also get the 3-year limited residential warranty.
What’s New with the Toro TimeCutter
Now, while much is the same, Toro made significant changes as well. While the deck still has a foot pedal lift, the pedal itself has a beefier build quality than before. Toro also now utilizes a more commercial-style drop-pin height adjustment system instead of a lever.
The IronForged fabricated 10-gauge steel deck adds a fully tubular 2″ x 2″ front axle with rugged solid cast aluminum caster hubs. Previously, if you slammed into something with one caster at 7 mph, you’d potentially bend the frame and total the mower. Toro designed these new caster hubs for easy replacement—removing a pain point for dealers when dealing with damage.
They also use Kevlar-reinforced belts for better durability on the blade drivetrain as well.
Toro TimeCutter 60-inch Zero Turn Adds Step-Through
The step-through front-end model features a split footrest and lowered axle that lets you quickly exit the mower when you need to pick up debris. A fixed rubber floor mat reduces vibration to your heels while driving.
You also get a new under-seat cubby to stash things like sticks, small toys, avocados, and whatever else you might come across in your yard while mowing.
While they kept the Smart Speed system, Toro moved it to the right side of the mower to get it away from your legs while mowing.
We got very curious about the Smart Speed system and quickly began looking under the chassis to see how it worked. This ingenious system actually mechanically adjusts the throw-arms from the two lap bars. This lets Toro use the same hydrostatic transmission while delivering three different speed ranges. Whether you’re Mowing, Towing, or Trimming, Smart Speed alters the maximum speed of the mower—but allows you the full range of arm movement while driving.
Toro went with a pair of ZT-2800 hydrostatic transmissions. This is Hydro-Gear’s largest residential-grade transaxle designed for larger properties. We like that it’s fully serviceable with an external oil filter.
Air filters also change without a single tool. Just pop open the rear cover, reach in, and remove and replace the filter.
One last thing—in addition to that 3-year limited residential warranty, Toro now adds a 300-hour commercial use warranty for mowers using their Toro engines. That’s pretty cool—and makes sense given it’s basically the same motor used in some of their 2000-series commercial mowers.
How Fast Does the Toro TimeCutter 60-inch ZT Mow?
For the commercial guy, speed plays a big part in the purchasing decision. For residential use, we typically see them well under those 10-12 mph levels of a commercial mower costing twice the price. The same goes for the Toro TimeCutter zero-turn mower. At 7 mph, you won’t be flying across the grass—but you won’t feel like you’re crawling either.
The Toro commercial V-twin engine effortlessly drives this mower across grass. The high-back seat feels comfortable at all speeds. The mower jostles a bit while mowing for sure—but it never felt jarring at the seat. The deck is well-isolated from the chassis.
We found the armrests a bit low for our liking—a minor issue. You can lift up the seat to manually adjust it forward and back, but both I and our news editor, Chris, found the default setting perfect for our 5’9 – 5’10 heights.
The cup holder on the left and storage tray on the right make for a nice touch. The dampeners on the lap bars really give them the perfect amount of resistance for steering at any speed. Finally, we liked the oversized fenders which did a great job protecting us from spray—a common occurrence when cutting Florida grasses.
You get a 3-gallon gas tank on the Toro Timecutter 75760. That limits commercial use somewhat but should allow for plenty of residential acreage before having to refuel.
How You Adjust the Height of Cut
Toro made it super-easy to adjust your cutting height. On the Toro Time Cutter ZT mower, you just push down on the deck lift pedal with your foot, relocate the height pin, and release the deck back down. You can vary the height from 1.5 to 4.5 inches which should cover everything from Fescue to Zoysia and thick St. Augustine.
Toro also made it easy to adjust the height of the anti-scalp rollers. Do this whenever you significantly modify your cutting height.
How to Use the Smart Speed System
As mentioned earlier, Smart Speed lets you adjust the maximum driving mode or speed while keeping the blade tip speed constant. For example, you definitely want it on the “Mow” mode (the highest speed) for normal mowing and transportation. For efficiency when bagging, mulching, or towing, however, the center “Tow” mode works best. When cutting really wet grass or when you simply want to limit the speed, the “Trim” mode will take care of you. Here’s how we look at it:
|Transporting the machine||X|
|Heavy wet grass||X|
To adjust the speed, put the mower into neutral, disengage the blade, and adjust the Smart Speed lever (located on your right below the seat) to the desired setting. As we found out, this manually limits the top speed for the lap bars—effectively granting you three speed “ranges” above.
Toro Time Cutter Zero Turn Specifications
- Engine: 24.5 hp (3,600 RPM) Toro Commercial V-Twin
- Displacement: 708cc
- Fuel capacity: 3 gallons (11.4 L)
- Cutting width: 60 in. (152 cm)
- Deck: 60 in. IronForged™ fabricated 10-gauge steel
- Deck lift: Foot-operated
- Height of cut: 1.5 – 4.5 in. (3.8 – 11.4 cm)
- Mow Speed: 7/3 mph (11.3/4.8 km/h)
- Tow Speed: 5.5/2.4 mph (8.8/3.8 km/h)
- Trim Speed: 4/1.7 mph (6.4/2.7 km/h)
- Seat: 18 in. (45.7 cm) handcrafted high-back with armrests (knob adjustment)
- Steering controls: Dual dampened wrap-around levers
- 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-year / unlimited hour residential and 3-year / 300-hour commercial engine
Wrapping It Up
Much goes into deciding on a new zero-turn mower. For residential use, that may involve a careful look at the warranty and features. For commercial users, the dealer relationship and serviceability are key. With that in mind, it’s great to know that Toro has 3,000 servicing dealers across the U.S. and Canada.
We genuinely like the upgrades made to the 60-inch Toro TimeCutter Zero Turn mower. They added practical new features like an upgraded cut height system, storage cubby, easier walk-through front, and replaceable cast aluminum spindles. They kept the features that already made this mower a great choice—like Smart Speed and the premium seat—but made them better.
The mower drives great, services easily, and comes with a great 3-year warranty. It’s an easy recommendation, especially at this price. For those who need something a bit larger than the Toro TimeMaster push mowers, the TimeCutter line might be worth looking into.
Get more information from the Toro website.