At GIE+EXPO 2015, the Toro Company unveiled several new products, including the next generation of its stand-on mowers and one that will be a force to be reckoned with year-round.
Toro is bringing four-season versatility to its stand-on mower line with the all-new GrandStand Multi Force (pictured above) featuring a BOSS snow plow attachment. The new models allow operators to switch between a mowing deck and a snowplow with a simple change of attachments.
Ideal for clearing snow from sidewalks, the GrandStand Multi Force is equipped with a unique movable caster assembly that shortens the frame to maximize the performance of each attachment. This makes the machine more maneuverable and effective for removing snow. In addition, once Toro’s Quick Attach System is set up, users can switch from a mowing deck to a snowplow in minutes.
Attachments for the GrandStand Multi Force connect to a Power Arm that is able to lift more than 18 inches, allowing an operator to push snow up and over curbs.
Toro partnered with BOSS to design the GrandStand Multi Force with productivity, safety and durability in mind, according to Ross Hawley, senior marketing manager for Toro. “This design draws upon the collective experience of both teams, leading to a better result,” he noted. “Designing when and how the plow blade trips over an obstacle was a critical part of the collaboration.”
The GrandStand Multi Force also offers all the advantages of Toro’s traditional GrandStand stand-on mower, including a large, comfortable operator platform with smooth suspension; outstanding visibility; and a smaller footprint that’s easy to transport. Two models will be available in spring 2016. Customers can choose either a 52- or 60-inch Toro 7-gauge-steel Turbo Force mowing deck, which delivers a pristine after-cut appearance, to be paired with a 60-inch BOSS snowplow. Additional options and attachments are planned for the future.
“The GrandStand Multi Force gives our customers a way to do more with one machine, instead of needing dedicated equipment for each season,” Hawley added. “The result is added equipment utilization and higher productivity.”
In addition to the Multi Force, Toro unveiled its all-new 48-, 52- and 60-inch GrandStand stand-on mowers for 2016. These next-generation models offer a range of enhancements to help landscape contractors save time and operate more profitably. Toro upgraded the top ground speed on the new models from 8 mph to 10 mph, a 25-percent increase from the previous generation. This delivers more tractive power for a more responsive feel, especially on hills. Fleet owners and managers can set the top ground speed back to 8 mph, should they want to limit the speed for operators. With these new models, Toro increased the fuel capacity from 7.8 gallons to 10.5 gallons, so operators can spend more time mowing and less time stopping to refuel. A transparent fuel tank also makes it easy to gauge the fuel level on sight. In addition, the new GrandStand models are designed to simplify service, with fewer parts and streamlined systems. Toro eliminated hydraulic hoses, and there’s a stronger, simplified frame. Regular grease points were reduced from seven to zero, virtually eliminating daily or weekly maintenance. Plus, Toro’s durable, hefty cast-iron spindles are now maintenance free.
Toro also introduced its MyRIDE suspension system (pictured right) on select Toro Z Master zero-turn mowers. Built for maximum comfort, the MyRIDE suspension system features a fully suspended operator platform that delivers up to 3.6 inches of platform travel and isolates the operator from the rest of the machine. This design reduces impacts, bumps and vibrations for a more comfortable ride. The MyRIDE suspension system also features adjustable rear shocks, which allow operators to choose their personalized comfort setting. The system is quick and easy to adjust, and it offers a wide range of ride preferences, from soft to firm. The new Z Master mowers with MyRIDE deliver maximum comfort and ride quality without compromising performance, durability, reliability and quality of cut. The MyRIDE suspension system will be available on six models in the Z Master line, including the 3000 Series with 52- and 60-inch cutting decks, the 5000 Series with 52- and 60-inch cutting decks, and the 6000 Series with 60- and 72-inch cutting decks. “Our goal was to combine Toro’s legendary toughness with an industry-leading ride experience,” explained Chris Hannan, Toro senior marketing manager. “The response from those who have used this product has been overwhelmingly positive.”
In addition, Toro introduced three TimeCutter zero-turn mowers, a TurfMaster 30-inch commercial walk-behind mower, a rear-wheel-drive Personal Pace Recycler mower with space-saving SmartStow, and the SnowMaster and Power Max snowblowers.
For additional information, visit www.toro.com.