Toro expands into construction equipment sector

  • Article by: Dee DePass , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 30, 2013 - 12:48 PM

The Bloomington maker of lawn care equipment adds a line of building products.

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supervon2Jun. 30, 13 8:13 PM

The problem with 10 hour/day machines is they have to be built for it. Toro does not have a huge history in the rugged world but Astec did have a fairly good lineup. But, up against the big players like Bobcat, Gehl, Deere and few others will be a huge shaking of the Toro tree.

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davehougJul. 1, 13 7:16 AM

ONLY will a new entry be welcome IF the quality is there to be beat up in a rental and still go and go without delays for a crew on the clock.

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iowasenseJul. 1, 13 8:27 AM

I wish them luck. Rental equipment has to be overdesigned because people will misuse it some of the time.

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fuhrmannJul. 2, 13 2:15 PM

Aparently you only know about the Toro home equipment (my girlfriend's 20 year old Toro snow blower is still running well). Most of Toro's business is in the professional turf maintenance (golf courses, parks, sports fields) and landscaping contractors. These are people who use their equipment a lot and expect it to be ready when they want to use it. Many of them hire a lot of low wage seasonal workers that don't have much of a stake in the maintenance of the equipment. The rental equipment will last.

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