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Riding Mowers and Tractors

What if my zero turn mower won't start?

If your machine will not start, please verify the following: 

  • The blade control (PTO) is disengaged or turned to the OFF position.
  • Parking brake is set.
  • The operator of the machine must be sitting in the seat when starting.
  • Battery is fully charged.
  • All electrical connections are connected and in good condition (not corroded or loose).
  • Fuse is not blown.
  • Fuel being used was purchased within the last 30 days (verify no dirt, water, or stale fuel is in the fuel tank or fuel container)

If you need additional assistance, please contact your local Toro Authorized Service Dealer for service.

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How do I obtain a replacement Owner's Manual or Parts Manual?

To request or download a replacement Owner's Manual or Parts Manual, you will need the model and serial number of your unit.

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What do I do if my LX or GT Tractor will not start?

What do I do if my LX or GT tractor will not start?

Verify the following:

  • Parking Brake is set
  • Sitting in the seat when starting the unit
  • PTO is in the OFF position
  • Battery fully charged
  • Fuse is in good condition
  • Fuel being used was purchased within 30 days, (verify no dirt, water, or stale fuel in the fuel tank and fuel container)

Note: If the unit was previously run at less than full throttle it will not charge the battery.  The headlights (and electric PTO on some machines) can drain a battery down if the engine is not running at full throttle.

If the battery is completely dead, we recommend charging the battery at 2-10 AMPS for approximately 6 hours.  *** Do not attempt to jump start the tractor ***

If you need additional assistance, please contact your local Toro riding tractor Authorized Dealer.

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Why does the engine stop running after it starts?

If the machines engine is hard to start or fails to keep running. please verify the following:

  • Fuel tank is full.
  • Air filter is clean..
  • Fuel filter is clean.
  • Fuel being used was purchased within the last 30 days. (Verify that there is no dirt, water or stale fuel in the fuel tank.)

If you need further assistance, please contact your local Toro authorized service dealer for service.  

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What attachments are available for the LX or GT tractor?

Some of the optional attachments available for the LX tractor are:

  • Mulch Kit
  • Bagger
  • Two-Stage Snowthrower
  • Washout Port Kit

For additional information on purchasing, pricing and availability of these attachments, please contact your retailer or from any local Toro Riding ProductsAuthorized Dealer for assistance.#160;

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Where can I purchase an attachment for my LX or GT tractor?

You can purchase an attachment from your retailer or from any local Toro Riding Tractor Authorized Dealer.

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How can I obtain a wiring diagram for my riding mower?

The wiring diagram for your tractor can be found in the operator's manual. You can order a replacement operator's manual through your local Authorized Toro Service Dealer or through this website.

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What attachments and/or accessories are available for my riding mower?

Our network of Authorized Toro Service Dealers can provide detailed information regarding the availability and pricing of any attachments and/or accessories that will fit your specific model.

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Why does the engine backfire after the engine is shut off?

Backfire is not occurring in the engine cylinder but in the muffler. Muffler retains heat which can ignite fuel vapors once the engine is shut off. Shut off engine at 3/4 to full throttle to allow fuel vapors to pull completely through the engine.

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Why does my Zero turn riding mower pull to one side?

If your Zero Turn riding mower is pulling to the left or right side, the unit may need a "Tracking Adjustment".  Please consult your Owner's Manual for step by step instructions on how to do the "Tracking Adjustment".

If you are not comfortable in performing this adjustment, please contact your local Toro Authorized Service Dealer for service.

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How do I prevent the grass from blowing out the side of the mowing deck?

The following tips may help in eliminating grass "Blow out":

  • If you are currently using high lift blades, try switching to low or medium blades.
  • Check to make sure the baffle is adjusted properly in the "A" position.
  • Reduce your ground speed.   /li>
  • Check deck pitch from front to back.

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Why is the grass not properly emptying into the bagger on my riding mower?

The most common reasons for the grass not bagging properly are:

  • The bagger screen may be dirty.   Make sure it is clean and free of any debris. 
  • Ground speed may be too fast.
  • Conditions may be too wet.  For best result wait until the grass is dry before bagging.
  • Verify that the bagger is securely in place.
  • Verify bagger belt tension is adjusted properly.

If you need further assistance, please contact your local Toro Authorized Service Dealer for assistance.

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What are the benefits of running your riding mower on full throttle?
  • Cleaner cut on the grass
  • More power, less likely to bog down
  • Less stress on the engine
  • Engine runs cooler
  • Slow engine speeds can result in hot spots on the cylinder
  • In addition, many of these machines have hydrostatic transmissions that generate heat during operation. They have a fan that keeps them cool and the fan is driven directly by the engine. Running the engine less than full speed will frequently allow the transmission to overheat. The first sign is usually a lack of power on hills. Permanent transmission damage can result. By keeping the engine at full speed the operator will keep the fan at full speed. This will maximize the air flow for the transmission keeping it cooler and preventing premature failure.
  • Riding products should be at full throttle at all times.
What type of fuel do I use in my machine?

Click here to visit our Fuel Facts page

Type of Fuel:

Unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of at least 87 ((R+M)/2 rating method) is the recommended fuel grade for all gasoline engines in Toro products. Gasoline with up to 10% ethanol (gasohol) or 15% MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether) by volume is acceptable. Only purchase what you expect to use within 30 days, or add stabilizer. Fuel stabilizer is available from most Toro dealers.

Ethanol Fuel: Gasoline with up to 10% ethanol is acceptable to use per engine manufacturers guidelines.

Do not use gasoline containing methanol.

For further information about choosing the correct fuel for your machine:

Fresh Fuel:

Fresh fuel (less than 30 days old). Gasoline starts deteriorating over time and fresh fuel ignites more easily. Old gas can leave harmful deposits in your products fuel system.

Today's gasoline does not have the same chemical makeup as years ago. Testing has shown that significant deterioration can begin in as little as 30 days. The first sign of old gas is it makes starting more difficult. This is because the most volatile components of the fuel are the first to deteriorate and are the ones that help an engine start easily.

Fuel Stabilizer:

Fuel stabilizer is designed to help keep the fuel fresher longer. It has to be added the day the fuel is purchased otherwise it will not do the job. It will not make old fuel fresh again. (Please follow the manufacturer’s instructions of the Stabilizer for the amount and how to add to the fuel)

For information regarding Toro Premium Fuel Treatment, click here:

To purchase one 4oz bottle of “Toro Premium Stabilizer”, order part number 117-0089, please visit or an authorized Toro dealer.

Fuel Containers:

Use a new or clean fuel container when obtaining new fuel. Toro No Spill Gas Cans are available on our online store at or through an authorized Toro dealer.

To download a free operator’s manual, click here. You will need the model and serial number of your machine to download the appropriate manual.

Where do I find the model and serial number? Click on the gray “?” circle under the “Parts & Manual” Heading in the “Customer Support” Tab.

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