<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd"> <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <head> <meta content="text/html; charset=utf-8" http-equiv="Content-Type" /> <title>Toro Field Notes</title> <style type="text/css"> a { color: #666666; } </style> </head> <body> <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width: 633px" align="center"> <tr> <td> <img alt="Field Notes from Toro" height="182" src="images/1001_Toro_header.gif" width="633" /></td> </tr> </table> <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width: 633px" align="center"> <tr> <td> <img alt="top bar" height="25" src="images/1001_Toro_top-bar.gif" width="633" /></td> </tr> </table> <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width: 633px" align="center"> <tr> <td style="padding: 0px 4px 0px 4px"> <table cellpadding="0" style="width: 100%; border-collapse: collapse; border-left: 1px solid #C0C0C0; border-right: 1px solid #C0C0C0;"> <tr> <td> <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width: 95%" align="center"> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td> <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width: 100%"> <tr> <td valign="top" style="padding-bottom: 15px"> <p style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 20pt; color: #000000; margin-top: 5px"> Walk this way</p> <p style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt; color: #000000; margin-top: 5px"> <strong>Walk-behind mowers offer more than versatility and reliability.</strong></p> <p style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt; color: #000000; margin-top: 5px"> <img alt="mower image" src="images/1202-28_Toro_FieldNotes_Feature1.jpg" width="170" style="float: right; margin: 0px 0px 15px 15px" height="169" />The walk-behind mower offers flexibility and maneuverability without sacrificing power from a smaller frame. Toro offers a 21-inch walk-behind, as well as fixed deck and floating deck mowers in gear and hydro drives that range from a 32-inch to 52-inch deck. Contractors use them for residential properties, tight spaces and challenging slopes without sacrificing the quality of the cut. </p> <p style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt; color: #000000; margin-top: 5px"> Some companies are finding their lawn care operators are more attentive when using walk-behinds.  I definitely like the fact that the guys are standing up, says C.S.S. Landscaping Vice President of Operations Justin Harris.  I feel like they re more alert, they re going to get off the mower quicker and easier to pick up trash, pick up objects. </p> <p style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt; color: #000000; margin-top: 5px"> <strong>The flexibility.</strong> Harris puts a 52-inch walk-behind on each one of his trucks, and he says there are three specific things he likes about them: they have good maneuverability, they re lighter weight and easier to use on lake banks. </p> <p style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt; color: #000000; margin-top: 5px"> C.S.S. is a full service commercial and residential landscaping company based in Jacksonville, Fla., and the walk-behinds are used for hard-to-access areas and near curbs.  Mainly in between and behind buildings and on any residential properties that we have, we typically use the walk-behinds, Harris says.&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt; color: #000000; margin-top: 5px"> Brian Jones, owner of Brian Jones Lawn Service, which is also in Jacksonville, says he s found the walk-behinds particularly useful, not only for tight backyards but when it comes to mowing around retention ponds and on slopes.  We have to use the walk-behind around retention ponds, he says.  They re also more stable on hills. You re not going to slide down on a hill with a walk-behind versus you could slide a lot more with a Z. </p> <p style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt; color: #000000; margin-top: 5px"> <strong>The comfort.</strong> Jones says his favorite element of Toro s walk-behinds is they offer a T-bar controller and not just the traditional pistol grips.  Toro is the only one in the business that makes the T-bar, Jones says.  It s less fatigue, less hand fatigue. If worst came to worst, you could drive it with one hand if you had to. Where with the pistol grips, there is no way to drive it with one hand. </p> <p style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt; color: #000000; margin-top: 5px"> It also provides a smooth drive for walking.  I enjoy walking, just using it, getting exercise, he says.  That s part of the business, staying in good shape. Sometimes you get lazy from sitting on a Z for too long. </p> <p style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt; color: #000000; margin-top: 5px"> <a href="http://www.toro.com/professional/lce/tfc/index.html?utm_source=lawn-landscape-enewsletter&amp;utm_medium=banner&amp;utm_campaign=TFChallenge"> <img alt="Large Tile Ad" src="images/lce_12_fieldn_banner_ad_300x250.gif" style="border-style: none; border-color: inherit; border-width: 0px; float: right; margin: 0px 0px 15px 15px" height="253" width="300" /></a><strong>The cut.</strong> Jim Thiewes started his residential lawn care company, Feldjagers Pest and Lawn, in the Minneapolis area last September. And one of the main reasons he went with Toro mowers was the straight, clean cut he gets from his walk-behind.  The cut is very level, very clean, he says.  When you re cutting, you don t want the deck to be unlevel because it can cause grass damage. So you want to have as clean a cut as you can and as level as you can. </p> <p style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt; color: #000000; margin-top: 5px"> <strong>The reliability.</strong> The second factor Thiewes took into account when looking for a manufacturer was the durability of the equipment and the reliability of the parts.  It s just much easier to service, he says, adding he s able to perform simple maintenance himself, and he uses a small-engine repairman, who Thiewes says finds Toro parts readily accessible. </p> <p style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt; color: #000000; margin-top: 5px"> Harris says the equipment s reliability and service has kept C.S.S. buying Toro walk-behinds and zero-turns for years.  Toro s known to be very tough equipment and very easy to work on, so that s really initially why we went with Toro years and years and years ago, Harris says.&nbsp;</p></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width: 633px" align="center"> <tr> <td> <img alt="bottom bar" height="25" src="http://www.giemedia.com/images/newsletters/clients/toro/1001_toro_bottom-bar.gif" width="633" /></td> </tr> </table> </body> </html>