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Toro 20381
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Summary: This Toro 21-inch, self-propelled mower has multiple speeds and rear-wheel drive. It has a premium engine.
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Type: Gas multiple speeds self-propelled mower
About - Toro 20381

The Toro 20381 is part of the lawn mower & tractor test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, self propelled mower models like the 20381 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Reflects a combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how completely the mower distributed its clippings over the lawn's surface.

Denotes a combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how much clippings the bag held before it filled or the chute clogged.

Side discharging:
A combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how evenly clippings were dispersed from the side-discharge chute.

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About This Brand

Toro makes and markets lawn mowers and zero-turn riders under the Toro and Lawn Boy names. The Toro and Lawn Boy brands are considered premium. Most Toro and Lawn Boy lawn mowers are self-propelled, fully featured, and have Briggs & Stratton and Honda engines. Some models in the line comply with California emissions. Toro and Lawn Boy mowers are sold through dealers and at Home Depot. Toro also markets a line of lawn tractors made by MTD.

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Features & Specs - Toro 20381
info Forward speeds Variable
info Drive wheels rear
info Deck size (in.) 21
info Engine size 159
info Engine manufacturer Data not available
info Electric start No
info Blade brake clutch No
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User Reviews - Toro 20381
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Easy start
Easy To Use
Best Uses
What a great find. I shopped several brands based on CR's views and bought this personal pace model. Absolutely no problems from the first pull to start the engine. Mulched high grass so well, I thought I was bagging! No problem pulling the mower backwards like was mentioned in one review I read.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
Great so far.
Adjustable Cut-Lengths
Easy to Push & Steer
Ergonomic Grips
Starts with one pull
Best Uses
I bought this to replace my old Toro Super Recycler. My son's would have preferred a lawn service but they didn't get a vote. The main concern on this new model was the new OHV engine made in China. It still has the 5 year warranty but the dealer warned me that using gas with Ethanol would void it. It's hard to find no Ethanol gas so hopefully it won't be an issue. <br />Anyway, the unit starts great, runs great and is much more fuel efficient than it's predecessor. Toro makes a great mulching mower! I haven't tried the bag or side discharge and don't intend to. I'm hoping the reliability is as good as the mower it replaced but only time will tell.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
transmission is horrible.
Adjustable Cut-Lengths
Easy to Push &amp; Steer
Jerky Transitions
Best Uses
The variable speed is very hard to control. When I'm done mowing I feel like I'd been riding a bucking bronco. When you raise the front wheels to turn, even a small amount the speed will wildly vary. I've adjusted the drive cable ( dealer showed me how. When trimming around something and baking up the back wheels often lock up. I wish I had my 5 speed John Deere back.The dealer has tried to help.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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