TORO TimeCutter Video Owners Manual & Complete Guide

Mastering Your Toro Time Cutter: A Comprehensive Guide

Congratulations on your new Toro Time Cutter! It's a fantastic choice for maintaining your lawn with ease and precision. Whether you're new to using a zero-turn mower or looking to refresh your knowledge, this guide will walk you through everything you need to know to operate and maintain your machine effectively.

Getting Started with Your Toro Time Cutter

Initial Setup and Adjustments

Before you start mowing, familiarize yourself with the basic controls and features of your mower:

  • Deck Lift System: Locate the deck lift lever, which allows you to adjust the cutting height. It's recommended to start with a higher setting and gradually lower the deck until you achieve your desired grass height.
  • Smart Speed Control System: This feature is crucial for beginners. It lets you operate the mower at full throttle while controlling the speed—keeping it to a manageable 4 miles per hour initially. As you gain confidence, you can increase the speed up to 7 miles per hour.

Operating the Mower

  • Starting the Engine: Ensure the mower is in park (handles out) and the blade switch is off. Move the throttle into choke position, turn the key, and once the engine starts, move it back to run.
  • Blade Engagement: Engage the blades by lifting the yellow knob. To extend the life of your belt, start the blades at half throttle and then increase to full throttle after the blades are in motion.

Fuel Handling and Capacity

The mower comes with a translucent fuel tank with a capacity of 3.5 gallons. Be mindful not to fill the fuel beyond the bottom of the vertical cylinder inside the neck to avoid overfilling.

Driving and Maneuvering

Basics of Driving a Zero Turn Mower

Driving a zero-turn mower is similar to maneuvering a shopping cart:

  • Forward and Reverse: Push the handles forward to move forward, and pull them back to reverse.
  • Turning: Move one handle more than the other to turn in that direction. To make sharp turns without damaging the grass, avoid keeping one tire stationary.

Tips for Smooth Operation

  • Avoiding Turf Damage: Always keep both tires moving during turns to prevent digging into the turf.
  • Speed Adjustment: Use the Smart Speed Control to adjust the speed according to your comfort level and the area you are mowing.

Maintaining Your Mower

Routine Maintenance Checks

  • Blades and Deck: Regularly check and clean the blades and under the deck. Use the washout port after mowing to clear debris if necessary.
  • Engine Care: Check the oil level using the dipstick and replace the oil as needed. Other basic engine maintenance includes checking the spark plug, air filter, and oil filter.

Additional Attachments and Customizations

  • Mulching and Bagging Kits: Consider adding a mulching kit to recycle grass clippings or a bagging kit for easy cleanup.
  • Utility Attachments: Attach trailers or carts using the standard hitch for added utility.
  • Comfort and Convenience Features: Upgrade with a canopy kit for sun protection or an hour meter kit to track maintenance intervals.

Troubleshooting and Professional Services

Always refer to your user manual for specific troubleshooting guidance. For major issues or routine servicing, don’t hesitate to contact a professional service provider. They can handle everything from blade sharpening to more complex mechanical issues.


Owning a Toro Time Cutter is an excellent investment for any homeowner looking to keep their lawn pristine with minimal effort. By understanding the basic operations, driving techniques, and maintenance routines outlined in this guide, you'll ensure that your mower performs optimally for years to come. Happy mowing, and remember to enjoy the beautiful outdoors while caring for your lawn!

Product Discussed In The Video

TORO 42 in. (107 cm) TimeCutter® Zero Turn Mower - 75740

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