Product Safety and Sustainability
The Toro Company is committed to developing innovative and safe products that yield performance, productivity and environmental benefits for our customers.
Unique to the industry, The Toro Company’s Center for Technology, Research & Innovation (CTRI) has been influential in the development of products that increase productivity, save water, reduce fuel consumption, and improve growing conditions. This group, comprised of leading agronomists and engineers, has also laid the foundation for future innovations in robotics, fuel cells, advanced battery technologies and site assessment.
The Toro Company is dedicated to building ever-safer products to minimize risk for our customers when operated in accordance with published operating instructions.
Product QualityAt The Toro Company, we believe our customers deserve quality products that meet performance expectations and prove to be reliable and durable. That is why The Toro Company prioritizes product quality throughout our development and manufacturing processes.
Product SafetyDesign and development processes of The Toro Company include rigorous protocols for the delivery of innovative product safety features. We comply with all mandatory safety standards set by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), European Union and other agencies worldwide, and have long been instrumental in the development of industry voluntary safety standards.
The Toro Company and its manufacturing locations have implemented stringent safeguards to remove toxic 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.
We work with third-party recyclers to convert used irrigation drip tape from agricultural fields into products like garbage bags, plastic lumber and highway barriers. This reduces the impact of disposal of Toro products and conserves precious, petroleum-based component materials.
The Toro Company is committed to compliance with Rule 13p-1 under the Securities Exchange Act and takes its obligations under the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulations seriously.
|Belgium||0-800-100-10 followed by 1-800-850-7247|
|Germany||0-800-225-5288 followed by 1-800-850-7247|
What is this warning?
You may see a product for sale that has a warning label like the following:
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
This warning is required by the California Proposition 65 (Prop 65), which is meant to notify California residents of exposures to Prop 65-listed chemicals.
What is Prop 65?
Prop 65 applies to any company operating in California, selling products in California, or manufacturing products that may be sold in or brought into California. It mandates that the Governor of California maintain and publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, and/or other reproductive harm. The list, which is updated annually, includes hundreds of chemicals found in many everyday items. The purpose of Prop 65 is to inform the public about exposure to these chemicals.
Prop 65 does not ban the sale of products containing these chemicals but instead requires warnings on any product, product packaging, or literature with the product. Moreover, a Prop 65 warning does not mean that a product is in violation of any product safety standards or requirements. In fact, the California government has clarified that a Prop 65 warning “is not the same as a regulatory decision that a product is ‘safe’ or ‘unsafe.’” Many of these chemicals have been used in everyday products for years without documented harm. For more information, go to https://oag.ca.gov/prop65/faqs-view-all.
A Prop 65 warning means that a company has either (1) evaluated the exposure and has concluded that it exceeds the “no significant risk level”; or (2) has chosen to provide a warning based on its understanding about the presence of a listed chemical without attempting to evaluate the exposure.
Does this law apply everywhere?
Prop 65 warnings are required under California law only. These warnings are seen throughout California in a wide range of settings, including but not limited to restaurants, grocery stores, hotels, schools, and hospitals, and on a wide variety of products. Additionally, some online and mail order retailers provide Prop 65 warnings on their websites or in catalogs.
How do the California warnings compare to federal limits?
Prop 65 standards are often more stringent than federal and international standards. There are various substances that require a Prop 65 warning at levels that are far lower than federal action limits. For example, the Prop 65 standard for warnings for lead is 0.5 μg/day, which is well below the federal and international standards.
Why don’t all similar products carry the warning?
- Products sold in California require Prop 65 labelling while similar products sold elsewhere do not.
- A company involved in a Prop 65 lawsuit reaching a settlement may be required to use Prop 65 warnings for its products, but other companies making similar products may have no such requirement.
- The enforcement of Prop 65 is inconsistent.
- Companies may elect not to provide warnings because they conclude that they are not required to do so under Prop 65; a lack of warnings for a product does not mean that the product is free of listed chemicals at similar levels.
Why does Toro include this warning?
Toro has chosen to provide consumers with as much information as possible so that they can make informed decisions about the products they buy and use. Toro provides warnings in certain cases based on its knowledge of the presence of one or more listed chemicals without evaluating the level of exposure, as not all the listed chemicals provide exposure limit requirements. While the exposure from Toro products may be negligible or well within the “no significant risk” range, out of an abundance of caution, Toro has elected to provide the Prop 65 warnings. Moreover, if Toro does not provide these warnings, it could be sued by the State of California or by private parties seeking to enforce Prop 65 and subject to substantial penalties.
The Toro Company (Toro) is committed to compliance with Europe’s Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). Pursuant to Article 33 of REACH, any supplier of an article, as defined in Article 3 of REACH, containing one or more substances of very high concern (SVHC) in a concentration above 0.1% weight by weight (w/w) is subject to specific duties to communicate information. SVHCs are included in the authentic Candidate List published on the European Chemical Agency’s (ECHA) website.
Toro is aware of its legal duties under Article 33 of REACH and monitors updates to the SVHC Candidate List and amendments to REACH. Based on evaluations of the raw materials and components that make up our products, together with collaboration and communication with our suppliers, Toro satisfies the requirements of Article 33 as they relate to our products. To the best of our knowledge, Toro products do not contain more than 0.1% weight by weight (w/w) of any SVHC presently on the Candidate List. Accordingly, Toro is not subject to the duty to communicate information pursuant to Article 33 of REACH.
Moreover, Toro observes the restrictions specified in Annex XVII of REACH with respect to the manufacture, placing on the market and use of certain dangerous substances, mixtures and articles.
Throughout our history, using innovation to solve real customer problems has been a hallmark of our success. With a focus on efficiency and reduced total cost of ownership, our current offering includes products powered by propane, biodiesel and advanced batteries – made more efficient by incorporating electronic fuel injection, hybrid and electric technologies. Other product benefits include GPS-supported technologies to apply resources and other inputs more precisely, and highly efficient LED solutions for professional lighting. These innovations help to provide better functioning landscapes and ecosystems while reducing resource use.
- Toro’s innovative GeoLink® system for Multi Pro® sprayers incorporates GPS technology and individual nozzle control to help golf course and grounds professionals achieve a more precise, repeatable and consistent spray coverage, eliminating overspray and gaps, and significantly reducing overall application costs.
- In 2017, Toro announced a partnership with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) to support research efforts in GPS sprayer technology to benefit turf maintenance practices. With use of Toro’s Multi Pro 5800 with GeoLink, we are working to minimize the amount of inputs applied to a site by accurately mapping the location of problems and treating only the affected areas. Combining these unique tools helps us to meet customer needs, while optimizing the inputs of labor, resources and capital.
- In 2015, Toro introduced the industry's first fairway mower with a true hybrid drive system. With exclusive PowerMatch™ technology, the Reelmaster® 5010-H delivers power when and where it’s needed. Utilizing a motor generator and battery pack, in conjunction with a Tier 4 Final certified low-emission diesel engine, the mower boasts an average fuel savings of 20 percent when compared to conventional fairway mowers, and additional fuel savings when operated in economy mode.
- The Toro® Greensmaster® eFlex™, the industry's first lithium-ion battery-powered walk greens mower, is now manicuring greens and sports fields at championship venues around the world. Customers and bystanders appreciate the quieter operation, and the fact that the eFlex can mow up to nine greens on a single charge.
- Toro's Greensmaster® TriFlex™ Hybrid riding greens mower features an all-electric reel drive system, reducing the consumption of hydraulic oil.
- With a focus on innovation and environmental responsibility, Toro's EnergySmart™ label ensures confidence in the efficient utilization of fuel and labor – and providing sustainability improvements for customers.
- Several Toro® and Exmark® commercial mowers incorporate closed-loop Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) systems to offer significant benefits in improved startability, stronger performance, and dramatically reduced fuel consumption. In some cases, commercial landscapers who have adopted EFI technology have documented up to 25 percent less fuel usage than comparable carbureted engines.
- Toro's Horizon™ technology on select Z Master® models, and Exmark's patented RED technology on select Lazer Z® models, provides onboard intelligence to control mower power and efficiency with defined performance modes. Coupled with EFI and E-governor technologies, Horizon and RED-equipped models can use up to 40 percent less fuel than their carbureted counterparts.
- Incorporating the latest in LED technology, the innovative FLEX GOLD™ Series LED lamps from Unique Lighting Systems® can reduce energy usage by up to 85 percent compared to halogen lamps.
- Rivaling the power and performance of gas-powered models, Toro’s all-new PowerPlex® family of 40V lithium ion battery-powered handheld tools features a versatile system that allows homeowners to easily switch from task to task with the same interchangeable battery pack. The line includes a debris blower, chainsaw, 24-inch hedge trimmer, 13-inch string trimmer/edger, and 14-inch string trimmer. ¬¬
- Toro and Exmark were first in the turf industry to approve B20 biodiesel fuel for most commercial and landscape contractor equipment.
- Our proprietary Recycler® cutting system mulches grass clippings into fine particles to return vital nutrients and moisture back to the soil, helping reduce yard waste sent to landfills and fertilizer usage.
- Our proprietary Recycler® cutting system mulches grass clippings into fine particles to return vital nutrients and moisture back to the soil, helping reduce yard waste sent to landfills and fertilizer usage.
The Toro Company has worked with its suppliers to use engines compliant with applicable worldwide exhaust and evaporative emission standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California Air Resources Board (CARB), and the European Union.
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 emissions regulations for non-road diesel engines (25-74 horsepower) took effect January 1, 2013. These regulations require particulate matter emissions to be reduced 90 percent, plus additional reductions in Nitrogen Oxides emissions.
- To ensure compliance with these emissions regulations, Toro has partnered with Yanmar America to supply Tier 4 compliant engines.
- EPA Phase 3 emission standards for small off-road engines, implemented during 2011 and 2012, have reduced exhaust hydrocarbons by roughly 35 percent and evaporative emissions by about 45 percent.
- Our product specifications have been changed in accordance with EPA and CARB guidelines to incorporate low permeation fuel lines and tanks, sealed and tethered fuel caps, carbon canisters, and other modifications.
Limitations in water quantity and quality are two of the greatest challenges we face globally today. We understand the importance of water in creating functional landscapes and recreation areas, as well as producing food and other crops. Therefore, we strive to innovate industry-leading irrigation solutions that apply water more efficiently to turf, landscapes and agricultural crops. We collaborate with universities, industries and communities to further education and awareness around proper irrigation strategies for enhancing and protecting our ecosystems. In addition, we provide product and financial resources to help nonprofits, consumers and businesses realize the environmental and economic benefits of water efficiency.
- In 2018, The Toro Company entered into a strategic equity investment with GreenSight Agronomics, a leader in automated drone sensing technology for the turfgrass and agricultural markets. For golf course professionals, the system provides thermal mapping and detection analytics to improve turf health with less water, and reduced fertilizer and pesticide use.
- Taking irrigation efficiency to the next level, Toro’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 provide even greater functionality and control.
- Advanced solutions in site assessment, like Toro's new PrecisionSense™ technology, 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 Turf Guard® wireless soil monitoring system measures and reports soil moisture, temperature and salinity. The real-time data helps customers make more informed decisions on when and how much to water, ensuring healthier turf without over or under watering.
- Toro was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with the 2017 WaterSense® Excellence Award for efforts in outdoor water efficiency and education. This was the third consecutive year that Toro received a prestigious WaterSense award. Over the past decade, Toro and nearly 2,000 other WaterSense partners have helped consumers save more than 2.1 trillion gallons of water.
- The award-winning Toro® EVOLUTION® irrigation controller provides the perfect balance of simplicity and sophistication with its intuitive interface, USB functionality for future water-saving upgrades, and smart control. Wireless connectivity to Toro weather and soil moisture sensors enables each irrigation program to be controlled independently and automatically adjusted based on weather or soil conditions. Further, the SMRT Logic and SMRTscape platform allows EVOLUTION users to manage and control their irrigation from anywhere through a smartphone, tablet or computer.
- Leveraging Toro's innovative Turf Guard® wireless soil sensing technology used on golf courses and sports fields, the award-winning Precision™ Soil Sensor helps homeowners maximize irrigation efficiency by preventing scheduled irrigation cycles from running when sufficient moisture is already in the soil.
- Toro's patented and award-winning Precision™ Series Spray Nozzles and Precision™ Series Rotating Nozzles easily retrofit to existing irrigation systems comprised of all major brands. Both nozzle families apply water slower and more evenly than competing nozzles to help eliminate runoff and deliver up to 30% savings in outdoor water use.;
- Introduced in 2015 and 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 most precious resources. In 2017, the Irrigation Association announced a partnership with The Water Zone to provide on-air educational training for irrigation and landscape professionals..
- With a focus on providing sustainable solutions in water management, Toro's Irrigation Business received the 2014 "Sustainable Design and Innovation Award" from the City of Riverside (California). Presented to companies that exemplify excellence in green building standards, Toro was recognized for its efforts in optimizing energy usage, conserving water resources, and using environmentally preferable products in site design.
- In 2009, Toro became a founding partner of the Certified Water Manager Program. Created and managed by the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA), this is the first and only "performance based" certification program for water management in the country. The program provides the training and tools to enable irrigation contractors to manage landscape sites to water budgets set by California's Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance.
- Toro’s award-winning drip irrigation recycling service is a result of an ongoing commitment to helping farmers maximize crop production with efficient and sustainable irrigation practices, including the recycling of spent drip irrigation tapes and driplines. The service, in partnership with Revolution Plastics, uses the recycled materials to make plastic can liners, and other agriculture and construction sheeting, rather than sending the used materials to a land fill.
- In support of the Western Growers Foundation and its school garden program, Toro has donated over 350 drip irrigation kits to schools in California and Arizona to help teach children the value of agriculture, growing vegetables and produce, and healthy diets.
- In partnership with government agencies and NGOs, Toro is helping smallholder farmers in developing countries adopt drip irrigation as a tool to improve food security, nutrition and economic development.
- For decades, Toro's Blue Stripe® hose and Aqua-Traxx® drip tape have been trusted by farmers and nurseries worldwide to help 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, environmental degradation avoided, and water waste minimized.
- Toro has published a library of drip irrigation educational material at www.driptips.toro.com, including the award-winning Toro Ag Owner's Manual and Solutions Brochures for fruit, nut, vegetable and row crop applications – in addition to recorded webinars and podcasts available on iTunes from The Water Zone radio show.
- Toro Ag is a leader and active member of many organizations supporting efficient irrigation, including the California Ag Irrigation Association (CAIA), the California Irrigation Institute (CII), the Irrigation Association (IA), the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), and the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) among others.
- Helping growers identify the best system design for optimal water and resource use efficiency, Toro's AquaFlow Design Software reports the predicted emission uniformity of a proposed drip irrigation system design, as a result of user selected laterals, submains, mainlines and flushing parameters.
- Toro's Drip Irrigation Payback Wizard helps growers and industry professionals immediately view predicted cost savings and revenue benefits associated with the conversion from flood or center-pivot sprinkler irrigation to high-efficiency drip irrigation technology using actual cost and revenue data from crops throughout the United States.
The Toro Company and its subsidiaries (collectively “Toro”) strongly oppose the use of child, slave and forced labor, and participation in human trafficking by any person or organization, including its business partners. Furthermore, as a manufacturer doing business globally, Toro is committed to compliance with all applicable laws, including California’s Transparency in Supply Chains Act, the United Kingdom’s Modern Slavery Act and similar laws that may be adopted in other jurisdictions.