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How to Raise the Wheels on a Toro Lawn Mower

By Dale Yalanovsky ; Updated September 21, 2017

For the best looking lawns, lawn mower cutting height can be critical. Cutting a lawn too short can lead to burning or yellowing, and cutting a lawn and leaving it too tall makes it look shaggy and normal growth patterns will have you out there cutting again in no time. But before you can cut any lawn at any height, you have to be able to adjust the cutting deck of your lawn mower, and the best way to do this on a Toro lawn mower is to raise or lower the wheels.

Turn off the engine and put on your garden gloves for a little extra hand protection.

Grab the wheel height adjustment lever, there will be one at each wheel, and pull it outwards away from the wheel. This will release the height adjuster catch.

Push the lever forwards to lower the wheels, then release the lever and it will click back into the adjuster catch.

Adjust each wheel in the exact same way for level mowing. Spray a little lube on the lever if it hangs up and doesn't work smoothly.

Raising the wheels is done by repeating the process in the opposite way, by pulling back on the lever and locking it into the adjuster catch.


Things You Will Need

  • Garden gloves
  • Spray lube


  • Lowering the wheels raises the height of the deck and conversely, raising the wheels lowers the deck height. On most Toro mowers, each adjuster catch will have a number stamped into the steel next to it, which will give you an idea of how many inches the deck is above the lawn for precise cutting.

About the Author


Dale Yalanovsky has been writing professionally since 1978. He has been published in "Woman's Day," "New Home Journal" and on many do-it-yourself websites. He specializes in do-it-yourself projects, household and auto maintenance and property management. Yalanovsky also writes a bimonthly column that provides home improvement advice.