It’s almost springtime again — at least you might be fooled into thinking it is here in Texas — so our minds turn to lawn care. Well, the care of what’s left of my lawn after last year’s nasty water restrictions here. Anyway, Toro’s offering a new version of its famous zero-turn-radius mowers — pros everywhere ride these — called a “subcompact.” The upshot of this is that their 34″ and 40″ models fit easily through standard-sized 36″ and 42″ gates, hopefully saving you some time with the push mower.
Both are powered by a 19 horsepower Kawasaki KAI engine and feature a 7-gauge (!) deck and 9-3/8″ cast-iron spindle housings as well as semi-pneumatic (read: no flats) caster tires. For those who’ve never operates one of these mowers, you drive it like a tank with the two levers on either side of the seat.
We’re having a hard time finding pricing here — though we know Toro has deals with some distributors that prevent price notification. Have any of you seen this in dealerships or stores?