Solving Customer Problems
Throughout our history, using innovation to solve customer problems has been a hallmark of our success. As we commonly say, we work on solving problems, not just producing products.
Unique to the industry, our Center for Technology, Research & Innovation focuses on helping our businesses develop products that increase productivity, save water, reduce fuel consumption and improve growing conditions. This group, comprised of leading agronomists and engineers, also lays the foundation for future innovations in robotics, fuel cells, advanced battery technologies and smart technologies.
Long-Term Focus on Water Stewardship
Water scarcity and pollution are growing concerns, and among the greatest challenges, for communities around the world. At The Toro Company, we understand the importance of water in producing food and other crops, and in supporting functional recreation areas and landscapes. We strive to innovate industry-leading irrigation solutions that apply water more efficiently to turf, landscapes and agricultural crops.
Both our Toro and Irritrol brands have received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense® award, as well as the WaterSense certification for numerous irrigation controller families and models.
Importantly, our efforts expand beyond product development to fostering education and industry collaboration in water stewardship. We provide product and financial resources to help nonprofits, schools, consumers and businesses realize the environmental and economic benefits of water efficiency. As just one example, TTC has donated over 350 drip irrigation kits to schools in California and Arizona to help teach children the value of water, agriculture, growing vegetables and produce and healthy diets. We also collaborate with universities, industries and communities to build awareness around proper irrigation strategies for enhancing and protecting ecosystems.
We Work on Solving Problems, Not Just Producing Products.
The Water Zone
Sponsored by The Toro Company, The Water Zone weekly radio show brings together local, state, federal and international officials, water experts, civic leaders and technologists to discuss today’s water challenges and explore strategies for sustaining one of our world’s most precious resources.
This popular radio program has been recognized many times over the last decade for its unique approach to educating industry experts and the public alike. In 2019, the program was honored with an award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Public Relations & Education. The counties of Riverside, CA, and San Bernadino, CA, also both recognized the program in 2019 for its effective approach to public education.
Advancing Agricultural Efficiency
The Toro Company is a leader and active member of many organizations supporting efficient irrigation, including the California Ag Irrigation Association, the California Irrigation Institute, the Irrigation Association, the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and the American Society of Agronomy among others.
For decades, our Blue Stripe® hose and patented Aqua-Traxx® drip tape have been trusted by farmers and nurseries worldwide for helping to increase water use efficiency and crop yields. Blue Stripe and Aqua-Traxx, along with our more recent BlueLine® PC heavy-wall dripline and FlowControl ® premium drip tape, greatly improve water use efficiency by evenly applying water slowly and directly to the crop's root zone. As a result, crop yields, quality and resource use efficiency are improved, and environmental degradation and wastewater are minimized.
As pressure changes throughout the irrigation run, standard drip tapes often stress plants and reduce yield and efficiency by over- or under-watering. FlowControl drip tape gives a more uniform irrigation, regardless of elevation changes. In addition, with its patented flexible emitter flowpath, FlowControl is designed to free debris every time the system is shut down, which removes obstructions and unclogs emitters – ultimately reducing labor, improving yield and increasing system longevity.
Just ask the growers at Strawberry Hill, USA. They made the switch to FlowControl a few years ago in an effort to improve production yields, conquer challenging terrain, and elevate their business. Thanks to TTC's FlowControl design, they have been able to irrigate longer runs and uneven terrain, improve uniformity and crop yield, reduce clogging, improve installation efficiency and increase their profitability.
We help our customers make smart decisions about water usage across diverse industries and landscapes.
Lynx® Central Control System
Precision Design, Application and Monitoring
The Toro Company provides a range of products and technology solutions to help our customers make smart decisions about water usage across diverse industries and landscapes, including:
- Toro's PrecisionSense™ technology is designed to measure the variability of key site attributes – including soil moisture, salinity, compaction and plant performance – to help customers improve water and resource efficiency and produce healthy, more uniform turf.
- Toro's patented and award-winning Precision™ Series Spray Nozzles and Precision™ Series Rotating Nozzles easily retrofit to existing irrigation systems. Both nozzle families are designed to apply water slower and more evenly, eliminate runoff and deliver savings in outdoor water use.
- Taking irrigation efficiency to the next level, TTC’s comprehensive Lynx® Central Control System combines access to real-time course information, precision control options and convenience through mobile connectivity to better manage turf health and water resources. Expanded capabilities through the new Lynx Smart Hub, Lynx Smart Satellite and Lynx Dash interface are designed to provide even greater functionality and control to help our customers use water as efficiently as possible.
- Toro’s Turf Guard® wireless soil monitoring system measures and reports soil moisture, temperature and salinity. Real-time data helps customers make more informed decisions on when and how much to water, ensuring healthier turf without over watering.
- The award-winning, industry first Toro® EVOLUTION® irrigation controller provides an intuitive interface, USB functionality and smart controls that can be accessed anywhere in the world to help reduce water use.
OUR ALTERNATIVE POWER OFFERINGS INCLUDE PRODUCTS POWERED BY PROPANE, BIODIESEL AND ADVANCED BATTERIES.
With a focus on efficiency and reduced total cost of ownership, our alternative power offerings include products powered by propane, biodiesel and advanced batteries – made more efficient by incorporating electronic fuel injection, hybrid and electric technologies. Increasingly, we are also focusing our innovation efforts to enhance our leverage of alternative energy sources.
Optimizing Power Usage
Our focus on energy efficiency begins with optimizing the amount of energy provided to a machine to fulfill the purpose it serves. For example, TTC's Smart Power® technology automatically adjusts the mower’s engine speed for the cutting conditions to maintain optimal power to the blades.
In 2019, The Toro Company launched a new line of products with the Flex-Force Power System® featuring 60V lithium-ion technology. All of the products in the 60V Flex-Force Power System line feature TTC's lithium-ion smart batteries, which are designed to be interchangeable among products in the 60V Flex-Force Power System line. The Flex-Force series of products also reduces noise pollution and product exhaust and evaporative emissions.
In 2019, Toro introduced the Greensmaster eTriFlex™ hybrid riding greens mower. These EnergySmart® models from our legacy TriFlex™ series of greens mowers carry no hydraulic fluid and are designed for quiet operation through the use of all-electric components for traction, steering, lift and cutting. Additionally, certain models of the eTriFlex™ provide fuel savings and emissions reductions or eliminate the need for a liquid fuel source altogether.
Toro introduced the new e-Dingo™ 500 compact utility loader in early 2020. Building on the 20-year history of the Dingo® product line that allows users to productively complete jobs in tight spaces, we evolved the platform by adding lithium-ion batteries to eliminate product exhaust and evaporative emissions. Furthermore, TTC included a patent-pending ECO-mode that allows users to choose power modes to conserve battery life, leveraging the right amount of energy needed for the job. The e-Dingo also provides a low volume of noise – allowing operators to work during the day while mitigating hearing disruption to their surrounding environment. The e-Dingo expands the use of TTC's compact construction product line from the outdoors to the indoors, offering a sustainable approach to indoor demolition or residential/commercial remodeling projects.
The e-Dingo™ offers a sustainable approach to indoor demolition and remodeling projects
The Toro Company is focused on reducing waste and increasing efficiency – for our customers, in our own operations and in partnership with our suppliers. Below are several examples of how that commitment comes to life in our product and service offerings:
TTC provides a wide range of products to customers through rental stores. This allows contractors and consumers to save money and storage space by renting equipment they don’t need every day, thereby maximizing the life of the equipment.
Snow and Ice Removal
BOSS Snowplow QuickCube™ is a revolutionary new approach for ice control that is designed to lower fuel costs, improve response times to job sites and protect the environment around where deicing materials are stored. This technology utilizes weatherproof poly cubes, called hoppers, that are filled with solid deicing materials and then staged at job sites in advance.
Cure-In-Place Pipe Technology
Designed and distributed by our Hammerhead Trenchless business, the Bluelight LED system is a revolutionary Cured- In-Place Pipe, CIPP, lining system for laterals and small sewer pipes. Repairing pipe and aging infrastructure, rather than replacing it, helps to reduce overall landfill waste and extend the life of previously installed piping networks. This process also helps to ensure that water is not lost on its way to the end user. An estimated 14-18% of treated water never makes it to the tap because of leaky pipes – enough clean water to support 15 million households.*
While traditional CIPP lining systems use epoxy resins cured with steam, hot water or ambient air, the Bluelight System uses specially formulated resin that cures with energy-efficient LED light, up to 5 times faster than conventional curing methods. The system also minimizes site disruption and maximizes customer efficiency. With its compact footprint, installers can instantly increase productivity and efficiency.
TTC’s proprietary Recycler® cutting system mulches grass clippings into fine particles to return vital nutrients and moisture back to the soil. This process reduces yard waste and helps optimize and reduce fertilizer usage
In an attempt to simplify and streamline product labeling, we added QR codes to product serial tags. The QR code landing page provides users with the relevant operator manual as well as warranty, compliance and service parts information.
We also replaced printed operator manuals with online “Quick Start Guides” for our residential walk power mowers and snowthrowers. This effort uses visual learning tools to enhance comprehension, reduces overall paper usage and ensures that operators have access to the most up-to-date information.
Advancements in Sustainable Packaging
In Australia and New Zealand, we design and market garden products under the Pope® brand name. In 2019, we launched or refreshed many Pope retail garden products and successfully executed significant packaging cost savings measures. Ultimately, our refreshed products received an “advanced" classification in a recent audit of sustainable packaging activities undertaken by the Australian Packaging Covenant, a government body established to drive improvements in environmental sustainability relating to packaging.
TTC cares deeply about the wellbeing of its customers and has been recognized in our industry throughout our history for leadership in product safety and labeling. Our most critically important focus is educating customers and consumers about the safe usage and maintenance of our products. We provide a comprehensive resource library of safety tips, videos, safety data sheets and operating manuals at www.toro.com/en/product-safety-information. Our operator manuals provide detailed operating instructions, safety guidelines and maintenance schedules.
Our product design and development processes include rigorous protocols for the delivery of innovative product safety features. For decades, we have been instrumental in the development of industry voluntary safety standards, and we comply with all mandatory safety standards set by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, European Union and other agencies around the world.
Finally, our manufacturing locations have implemented stringent safeguards to remove hazards from products and packaging, thereby reducing our environmental impact. This requires close partnership with our suppliers to similarly reduce toxic materials in our components and parts. We also collaborate with our distributor partners and public agencies to recycle batteries, tires and other materials to limit environmentally harmful waste.