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Toro 20360
 
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$369.99 - $554.99
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Summary: This Toro 20-inch, battery-powered push mower is a basic model. It cannot side-discharge.
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Community icon19 people have reviewed this model.
Type: Electric-battery push mowers
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3.0
Update--and a revelation
12/6/2014
Pros
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
I've used this mower for 5 seasons now. If you've seen my two earlier posts, I've been disappointed in the overall cutting ability of this machine and poor bagging, especially when the grass is thick or long, but it is quiet, the battery charge has never quit on me, and other than sharpening the blade once a year there has been no maintenance expense or hassle.<br /><br />This fall, I decided to try a new blade. I bought a Univerasal 20 replacement blade from Home Depot ($18), got it sharpened and put it on. (another advantage about electric over gas, you can flip the mower on its side anytime you want.) I noticed that the new blade is much thicker and probably twice as heavy as the blade that comes with the machine, and it has an upward flange on each end of the blade. Well, the difference in cutting ability is amazing! The machine now sounds like a propeller airplane, it has amazing upward suction and thrust of the clippings into the bag, and it mulches much better, too. I used it for vacuuming up the leaves. It cleared the lawn almost as well as my neighbor's Honda gas mower.<br /><br />Of course, there is downside. The heaviness of the blade is much more work for the motor, so the charge lasts only about 1/2 the time, about 30 minutes. So if you have a large lawn, this would be a problem. (My mower is 5 years old, so it's also possible that my battery ain't what it used to be). I also don't know if this heavy blade will shorten the life of the motor or battery, but I've already gotten my money's worth out of it. <br /><br />Something to consider is you're not satisfied with this mower and your lawn isn't too big.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

 
2.0
battery unreliable
7/27/2014
Pros
Adjustable Cut-Lengths
Ergonomic Grips
Cons
Battery Unreliable
Heavy
Requires Constant Maintenance
Best Uses
Small Lawns
Comment:
I have a very small yard and did not want to deal with a gas mower. At first I was excited to have a push mower that was electric but found it heavy, hard to maneuver and then, worst of all, unreliable. The battery doesn't charge correctly. The retailer advised me to buy a new mower instead of fixing or replacing the battery. It is incredibly disappointing to me.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Fifth summer and still going strong
8/5/2013
Pros
Excellent mulching
Long Lasting Charge
Very little maintenance
Cons
No Height Scale
Best Uses
Mulching
Comment:
I'm in my 5th cutting season with the Toro. Before 2005 I used an 18 inch electric corded mower until I bought a home a with a lawn of 5000 plus square feet. The cord and the narrow 18cutting width required too much time. I purchased a gas powered 20 mulching mower and was disappointed by the mulching and the amount of money and time on maintenance and messing with gasoline. At the time there were few 20 battery operated mowers on the market. The main selling point was that the Toro manual indicated that the battery would not overcharge and did not require to be stored indoors during the winter. I bought the Toro in 2008. I was first impressed by it's mulching capability and since then rarely rake in the autumn and instead just run the lawnmower over the leaves regardless if grass needs cutting or not. The Toro has two batteries; the engine is driven by a motorcycle type battery tandem wired to a car-type of battery and that might explain why there in never a drop off in power from the beginning of cutting/mulching until completion. I keep the blade very sharp and balanced which I think is very important for electric lawn mowers. I'm using my second blade since purchasing the mower. In 2010 I noticed a flutter when letting off of the power handle. I removed the cowl and found that the nut on top of the electric motor was loosening. I removed the nut applied a liquid nut/bolt glue to the threads and put the nut back on the motor. I have been operating the mower without problems since then. Two different neighbors just this summer just realized that I was using an electric mower. They both thought I had a very quite gas powered mower and asked me where I got it. My son uses the mower to cut some of other neighbors lawns too.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
The Toro 20360 is part of the Lawn mowers & tractors test program at Consumer Reports. The Toro 20360 Lawn mowers & tractors features and specs include Engine size, Deck size (in.), Can side discharge, Can bag, Can mulch. In our lab tests, Lawn mowers & tractors models like the Toro 20360 are reviewed on Ease of use, Handling, Mulching, Overall score, Side discharging, Bagging. Consumer Reports subscribers share reviews of the Toro 20360 based on personal experience. The user reviews of the Toro 20360 include star ratings, pros, cons, best uses, and a bottom line review to help guide your purchasing decision of the Toro 20360.
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