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Toro 20360
 
Approximate retail price:
$399.00
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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 icon17 people have reviewed this model.
Type: Electric-battery push mowers
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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.

 
4.0
Not bad for small lawns
8/2/2013
Pros
Simple maintenance
Cons
Cuts Unevenly
Best Uses
Comment:
We decided to rid ourselves of the maintenance of a gas-powered for our small lawn. Generally, this is a good product, with some caveats: slow your roll-cuts best if you push at a slower speed: keep your blade sharp- learn how to sharpen your own blade 'cuz you're going to have to do it 2-3 times during the cutting season: remember- it IS battery-powered, so plan on it quitting on you at some point and having to be re-charged in mid-cut. Overall, it is a good low-maintenance machine that is reliable, quiet and easy to use
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

 
1.0
Poor Quality
7/22/2013
Pros
Adjustable Cut-Lengths
Cons
Cuts Unevenly
Heavy
Best Uses
Comment:
I only have 2 small sections of lawn to cut and this mower is awful. It loses power through taller grass that's been allowed to grow for 1 week, heavy, doesn't keep a charge, doesn't bag any of the clippings, and has left me to use my manual reel mower to get a better quality cut. I had hoped to alleviate the annoyance of our noisy, gas-powered mower and though going greener was the right choice. Toro has really let me down with this poor quality machine - don't buy it!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not 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 Can side discharge, Engine size, Deck size (in.), Can bag, Can mulch. In our lab tests, Lawn mowers & tractors models like the Toro 20360 are reviewed on Ease of use, Handling, Overall score, Side discharging, Mulching, 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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