Toro receives patent for cutting unit invention


The Toro Company was recently issued a second U.S. Patent for its SidewinderTM  technology.  The first Sidewinder patent was issued in 2000 for reel mower applications and the second, recently issued, patent covers all mower applications.  The Sidewinder feature gives the operators the ability to shift all of the cutting units left or right while on the fly, providing additional, adjustable overhang on both sides.  Currently, the Sidewinder feature is standard on the Groundsmaster® 3500-D and a popular optional on the Reelmaster® 3100-D.


“We’re proud of inventors Jack Gust, Daniel Treu, Walter Petersen, Gordon Schmidt and Donald Lackner, who when challenged to make trim mowing easier, invented the Sidewinder  technology," said John Wright, Toro's director of marketing for golf products.  "Toro vigorously pursues patents, with more patents added every year."


Since its release, the Sidewinder   technology has proven to be an asset for golf courses and sports fields.  In one of its embodiments the Sidewinder Cutting System slides cutting units 12 inches left or right of center to achieve greater trimming ability and varies the tire tracking, an important feature in areas where mowing in the same pattern is required, or in areas where striping is desirable.


For more information, contact Toro at (952) 888-8801; write to Toro Commercial Equipment, 8111 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55420 or visit Toro on the Internet at

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