Toro Z-Master 5000 Series
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Toro Z-Master 5000 Series Zero Turn Review

The Toro Z-Master 5000 series mowers are a family of mowers developed for a wide range of needs. Suited to professional handling, these mowers have the added capacity of meeting different field and operational requirements.

Having been optimized with multiple Turbo Force Deck sizes, the same mower family does one better in offering Rear Discharge functions on select models.

Quite frankly, we don’t think there is a mowing situation where these babies wont shine. In this review, we are going take an even deeper look into all of the units that make up this series. Shall we?

Comparison:

The fact that this series houses a variety of different mowers with different models makes it almost difficult to compare with a standalone mower. Looking at the depth offered by this series as well as the diverse operational capacities, it can only be identical to the Exmark Laser Z X-Series.

Both mower series have almost the same design on them. Considering the fact that Toro is the parent company behind both models though, this similarity is to be expected.

Moving away from the Toro architecture, there is rarely any other series which attains the power levels, engine range and choice this one provides. In that rarity comes the Ferris IS3200Z and Scag Turf Tiger II Zero Turn Mowers which can stand toe-to-toe with this series and still keep its ground.

Power:

Every unit in the Toro Z Master 5000 series come with the same engine build. Under the hood will be found a Kohler Command PRO EFI 747cc engine.

Moving from one TURBO FORCE deck to the other brings variations in terms of the horsepower the engine can record. The listings below show the various horsepower levels associated with different engine types in the Toro 5000 series

  • 48 inch – 23 HP
  • 52 inch – 25 HP
  • 52 inch (MyRIDE) – 25 HP
  • 60 inch – 25 HP
  • 60-inch Rear Discharge – 25 HP
  • 72-inch Rear Discharge – 25 HP
  • 72 inch – 25 HP

Features

  • 48”, 52”, 60” or 72” cutting decks
  • Rear discharge on 60” and 72” models
  • Unitized pump and wheel motor to eliminate leaks
  • 7-gauge strength supported by high-strength steel
  • Tough spindle accessories
  • Deluxe suspension seats for comfort
  • Discharge chute (rubber)
  • 10 MPH ground speed
  • 12-gallon (45L) gasoline tank

At 10mph, the units in these series are not only efficient but fast too. The fact that they can move that weight on any amount of grass in almost record time – 5 acres of land in under an hour, according to Toro’s estimates – is a laudable one.

Perhaps more impressive is the fact that the engine has been optimized to use 25% lesser fuel than other non-EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) mowers. The series has some units equipped with rear discharge chutes, and for good reason. These chutes will allow trimming on either side of the deck without the need for changing directions.

Speaking of the deck, a wider base allows for more stability when in operation. This feature also allows the mowers work on elevated spaces without the fear of toppling over.

When in operation, the Toro 5000 series are designed to keep clippings within the path of the mower. That way, it is always easier and less time-consuming to carry out clean-up operations.

Fitted with different engines carrying different horsepower to fit different needs, a 45L gallon holds enough fuel to last continuous operations of these engines. Combining all of these with an effective weight distribution technique means every Toro 5000 mower is not too heavy for comfort, even after it has been topped up to the brim.

Durability

Not many user reviews have turned up of this unit yet. With what Toro packed onto every machine though, the durability of their 5000 series should not be in question.

Sturdiness on the body cannot be mistaken on first sight. That is taken a notch further with the introduction of a 7-gauge nose bumper to protect against frontal impacts. A rubber discharge chute makes it possible to do close trimming operations without risking damage to the chutes.

Of course, one of the most important sections of a mower is the blade. Toro were clearly thinking of how these blades could last longer when they made them flex-resistant. Fabricated from high-strength, heat-treated steel, your blade is sure to come out tops of most encounters with the hard elements.

Finally, a rugged spindle assembly provides the perfect cushion for surviving impacts that other spindles would have given in to.

Did we mention the TURBO FORCE deck with at least, 33% steel thickness than most products obtainable on the market?

Comfort:

Toro makes a deluxe siting chair available to provide comfort to the operator. Each sitting area comes fully fitted with hand rests. They are aso completely cushioned to eliminate muscle and joint pain from vibrations during use. Complete with a small back rest, operators can keep going at the mower for hours and not feel a thing.

Aesthetics:

No matter the deck size you opt for, all the Toro 5000 series units have a modern-day aesthetic appeal to them. Coming with a red paintjob with details of black, they will always be standout mowers in any setting they find themselves in.

Safety:

These Toro 5000 series units eliminate the major problem of being thrown off in stand-on mowers by making seats available for operators. A wide base gives the machine a better center of gravity (COG), allowing it better sturdiness.

The COG tweaks also mean the mower does well in elevated positions. With rubber chutes and gauges protecting many of the moving parts, incidences of operational accidents are kept to the barest minimum.

Price:

Depending on the model of the Toro 5000 series you want to purchase, you will be required to shell out an average of $10,000 – $15,000. Note that prices in certain regions may be slightly higher than those in other places. This will be due to a lot of factors such as delivery, supplier, etc.

Overall:

Performance:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Cut Quality:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Durability:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Comfort:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Price:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Overall:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)

What’s your opinion on the Toro Z-Master 5000 Series?

Have you ever used any of these mowers? Perhaps, you own one that you’ve been using for yourself. If that is the case, do share your experience with us.

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