The machine does not work. I have had three Toro's over the past 20 years. All single stage and very reliable machines. I am familiar with their operation. The control cable does not activate the blades. The cable has far to much slack for proper engagement.
I do understand the cable adjustment procedure (adjuster link) but there seem to be many inches of excess slack remaining. I am at maximum adjustment. I have called the company and I will visit a local Toro dealership.