Z-Master 3000 5000 6000 7000 7500 8000
This might be confusing but Z-Master is not a specific type of mower and having a higher series/model # does not necessarily mean it is better or more expensive. Z-Master more or less means that pieces of equipment bearing the name are the toughest most durable pieces of equipment TORO has to offer in whatever category the equipment falls. All Z-Masters are designed for the operator to be seated, while TORO's heavy commercial stand on zero turn models are called GrandStand.
In gasoline powered mid-mount Z's there are 27 machines categorized into groups. These are the 3000 series, 5000 series & 6000 series all of which are based on the TORO G3 platform/frame, designed to have a wide stance and low center of gravity for industry leading hillside performance. The 3000, 5000 & 6000 series share the same decks & frames. Where they vary is mostly engine horsepower and a few bells & whistles.
There are three Kubota 25hp liquid cooled diesel engine mid-mount Z models which comprise the 7000 series.
There are seven Yanmar 37hp liquid cooled diesel engine mid-mount Z models which comprise the 7500 series.
There are two front deck zero turn grooming mower models, a 42" and a 48" which comprise the 8000 Series Direct Collect.
That makes for about forty different Z-Masters.
The models we most commonly sell / stock are listed below:
Kawasaki FX 20.5hp
Kawasaki FX 24.5hp
Kawasaki FX 24.5hp
KOHLER Command Pro 25hp
Kawasaki FX 25.5hp
KOHLER Command Pro EFI 25hp
Kawasaki FX 25.5hp
KOHLER Command Pro 25hp
KOHLER Command Pro EFI 26.5hp
Kubota Diesel 25hp
Yanmar Diesel 37HP
KOHLER Command Pro EFI 23hp
Z-Master G3 - (3000 5000 6000)
The Z-Master 3000, 5000 & 6000 are 95% the same machines. They are based on the G3 platform which was developed to deliver unparalleled traction and hillside performance. The three levels, 3000, 5000 & 6000 share the same frames. In general as you climb up in series the horse power grows as well as other mostly small differences. For example the 3000 has an 8 gallon fuel tank, while the 5000 & 6000 have a 12 gallon fuel tank. The 3000 is the best seller as it is priced lower and has the core features & performance offered by the G3 platform. The Toro limited warranty is 5yrs/1200hrs on the 3000 & 5000 and 5yrs/1400hrs on the 6000, while the engine mfg warranties are just a flat 3 years. See toro.com for more detail about warranty. The three levels of Toro's Exmark brand's Lazer Z which are the E Series, S Series & X Series are the similar sister models to the 3000, 5000 & 6000. They share the same frames and most of the same components.
TurboForce Deck Adjustable Baffle
The Z-Master side discharge Turbo Force Decks have an adjustable flow baffle that allows you to optimize the air flow characteristics of the deck to complement your blade selection. For example if you are using a high flow blade then you are trying to maximize air flow and get the grass out from under the deck as quickly as possible in which case you would move the baffle toward the front of the deck to maximize the discharge opening and flow. Conversely if you were using a "Gator®" type blade which is designed to move less air such that it keeps the grass under the deck longer to result in more re-cutting of the grass then you can compliment that blade's desired performance by moving the baffle toward the rear of the deck to minimize the discharge size and air flow. You may also use this adjustment feature to adjust air flow to match the intake flow of a powered bagging system's blower.
Pictured above: Parker Pump, Manifold & Wheel Motor | 9-3/8" Cast Iron Deck Spindle | Turbo Force Adjustable Deck Baffle
Z-MASTER G3 - Standard Features:
• Top Tier Commercial 4 Cycle Air Cooled Engines (Kohler Command Pro & Kawasaki FR)
• Parker Unitized Hydraulics - Two Pumps / Two Wheel Motors / No Hoses
• 9-3/8" Cast Iron Spindles
• TurboForce™ 7 gauge Fully Welded Decks w/ Adjustable Flow Baffle
• 1.5” to 5.5” height of cut, adjustable in 1/4” increments
• Deluxe Bolstered Spring Suspension Seat
• 8 & 12 Gallon Fuel Tanks (3000:8, 5000:12, 6000:12)
• Folding ROPS (Roll Over Protection System)
Z-MASTER G3 Options & Accessories:
• MyRIDE™ Suspension Platform (Available on select models in 3000, 5000 & 6000 series)
• EFI Closed Loop Electronic Fuel Injection (Available select 3000, 5000 & 6000 series)
• Light Kit
• Recycler Kit (Mulching kit)
• Operator Controlled Discharge Chute
• Towing Kit
• Toro Deluxe Z Cover
• Maintenance Jack (Requires jack mount kit & jack)
• Dump From Seat Grass & Leaf Collection
• Twin/Triple Soft Bag Grass & Leaf Collection System (Twin for 48/52 - Triple for 60/72)
• Aluminum Cage Grass & Leaf Catcher (After Market | Side Discharge Decks Only)
• Toro offers 5 different blades for each Z-Master Turbo Force Deck (HiFlow, MediumFlow, LowFlow, Atomic & Mulch)
What should really matter when selecting a new mower?
Most people tend to focus on design, performance and initial quality which are of course important. But what sometimes gets forgotten until you need it is after the sale support. A dealer that stands behind the product and a manufacturer that stands behind the dealer to help you when you need help.
If you are buying a mower that you expect to last 10, 15, 20 or more years then it is important to deal with a manufacturer that will likely have parts for your mower 20 or more years after purchase. And a dealer that is likely to be around to support you with parts, service and warranty over the decades.
At B T South we see mower owners everyday asking if we can match up a part because their nearest dealer is so far away or does not stock parts or the part is no longer available or the manufacturer went out of business. Everyday we see mower owners asking if we will please, please work on their mower because the line at their dealer is weeks or sometimes months long. We are seldom able to help them because we specialize in servicing the products we sell which is the very reason we are able to have the knowledge and parts in stock to service our customers quickly and efficiently.
It comes down to not having regrets. Think about the long term and make a purchase that you can look back on many years from now and say "If I had it to do over, I would do it the same."