Toro slaps a steering wheel on new ZTR lawnmowers

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Toro introduced a line of zero-turn-radius (ZTR) riding lawnmowers that uses a steering wheel rather than handlebars to turn on a dime.

Toro says the TimeCutter SW Series will be available in January 2015 and the price range will be $2,999–$4,500, company spokesperson Lisa Howard tells Consumers Digest.

The ZTRs are Toro’s first that use a steering wheel, and we found only one other manufacturer (Cub Cadet) that makes a ZTR that uses a steering wheel.

The TimeCutter SW series also Toro’s the first lawnmower line to feature “smart park” braking technology, which automatically stops the lawnmower’s cutting blades and sets the parking brake but allows the engine to continue to run when a user gets off the lawnmower. The Smart Park feature also sets the parking brake within 5 seconds after a user turns off the engine.

Toro says the TimeCutter SW line will be available with 32-, 42- and 50-inch steel decks that are 4 inches deep, or with 42- and 54-inch decks that are comprised of fabricated 10-gauge steel. All models come with a hitch.

To learn more about other developments in lawnmowers, you can check out “Exceptional Lawnmowers: Home Turf Advantage.”