First released in 1989, the Toro Groundsmaster 580D mower is a professional quality mower with a 16-foot mowing area. This is covered by three mowing decks. These mowing decks can be engaged separately. This allows the operator maximum flexibility in mowing areas from 8.5 to 16 feet in width. The Toro Groundsmaster 580D unit is exceptionally efficient and can cover up to 14.5 acres per hour. When transporting the 580-D, mower decks can be raised and shifted from the front to the back of this model. Doing this improves the tractor's balance, giving it the ability to reach transporting speeds up to 20 miles per hour. A feature called Traction Plus gives the Toro Groundsmaster 580-D greater control when cutting on slopes. This feature spreads the weight of the machine over a greater area by engaging the traction wheels. It also reduces the hazard of flipping or getting stuck on sloping lawn. Another handy feature of this model is the breakaway deck. This engages when the mower strikes an object and moves the deck away, preventing further damage. The engine will re-engage when the deck is lifted. This Toro Groundsmaster model was designed with the operator in mind. It features ergonomic seats and easy-to-read controls. The operator will have no trouble learning to drive this machine since the pedals are positioned similarly to automotive controls. The Toro Groundsmaster 580-D features a four-wheel-drive function to keep it from getting stuck. Its decks and frame are constructed from heavy-duty welded steel. It is designed to mow precisely around trees and corners, reducing the time taken to complete a task. Without it, you may need to use smaller equipment or string trimmers to finish the job.The Toro Groundsmaster unit also provides precision maneuverability and ease of servicing when it is scheduled for routine maintenance. The machine has been designed to provide easy access to major components like the engine, transmission, and deck belts. Mechanics can quickly grease the deck spindles without having to remove other pieces. The electronic diagnostic system allows mechanics to locate the trouble spot and repair it. They won’t be wasting time taking the machine apart in a search for clues. Attachments that add functionality and value to this Groundsmaster model include a rotary broom kit, snow thrower, leaf mulching blades, and grass mulching blades. A hard-enclosed cab, canopy kit, or air conditioning mount kit can be used to keep your employees comfortable and safe during those long hours in the sun.The Toro Groundsmaster 580D is a large cutting unit. It’s intended to serve the landscaping needs of municipalities, parks and recreation departments, golf courses, camps, and commercial clients. It’s even great for professional lawn care companies. With its flexible mowing decks, reliable engine, extreme durability, and efficient cutting capacity, this model will provide years of service. Other mowers may promise to do the job, but Toro does it professionally.