The Toro 20382 is a self propelled mower available from
The 20382 typically costs
between $19.99 - $599.00.
Consumer Reports recommends that you match the features on a model to the needs you have. Here's
our take on some of the specifications and features that are commonly available on self propelled mower
models like the 20382.
Some self-propelled mowers have one speed, usually about 2 1/2 mph; others have several. Still others have a continuous range, typically from 1 to 3 mph. Two or more speeds let you adjust to the terrain and grass.
Front-wheel drive lets you make U-turns by pushing down on the handlebar and swinging the mower around without disengaging the drive. The downside is less traction than you get from mowers with rear-wheel drive.
Deck size (in.):
Most models have a deck size, or cutting swath, of 20 to 22 inches. There is no significant advantage from one size to another. A larger deck can cut more grass in a single pass, but in this size range the difference is negligible.
The Ratings of Toro 20381 were applied to untested model Toro 20382, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
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.
Forward speeds Some self-propelled mowers have one speed, usually about 2 1/2 mph; others have several. Still others have a continuous range, typically from 1 to 3 mph. Two or more speeds let you adjust to the terrain and grass.
Drive wheels Front-wheel drive lets you make U-turns by pushing down on the handlebar and swinging the mower around without disengaging the drive. The downside is less traction than you get from mowers with rear-wheel drive.
Deck size (in.) Most models have a deck size, or cutting swath, of 20 to 22 inches. There is no significant advantage from one size to another. A larger deck can cut more grass in a single pass, but in this size range the difference is negligible.
Deck size (in.)
Engine size For gas-powered mowers, engine size in cubic centimeters (cc) provides a rough indication of the engine's power; electric models are rated in volts (for cordless) or amperes (corded). A larger number for either a gas or electric model, however, does not necessarily result in better cutting performance.
Engine manufacturer Stated manufacturer of a gasoline engine. For some mowers the engine manufacturer is not documented and is listed as "unknown."
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Electric start Starts a gasoline-powered engine with the turn of a key by the operator. An electric start is powered by an on-board battery that requires periodic charging.
Blade brake clutch Allows the gasoline engine to continue to run when the operator leaves the area behind the handlebar to empty the grass-clipping collection bag or to move an object in the path of the mower. It saves wear on the engine by reducing stopping/restarting cycles.
This is simply a great mower. I previously had the lower model (20332). The drive system was junk (replaced the drive system twice) and the B & S engine was noisy and used more gas. This model's drive system is much more robust, can be easily pulled backwards (20332's drive wheels would lock up when pulled backwards) and the Honda engine is much more refined. The Personal Pace drive system works as advertised, the faster you walk, the faster it goes, but it matches your pace. Works fine when you bag, but it won't vacuum your lawn like a Snapper Hi Vac (i.e. pick up sticks, etc.). Mulch works best when grass is dry. Also, there are several nooks and crannies on the underside which get packed with grass, especially when the grass has higher moisture content, requiring hand cleaning. It has a wash-out port, but I'm reluctant to use for fear of forcing water throughout the underside. Never used a top end Honda mower, but can't imagine how it could be better.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Skip the long armed Easy Start mower guy
from Andover MN
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
In for the long pull
Controls Easy To Use
Great at mulching
Easy Start Not So Easy
This Toro mower uses the Honda GVC 160cc engine. The sticker on the engine housing proclaims Easy Start. There is no primer button on this engine. It was purchased in October 31, 2013. It was Easy Start (two or three pulls max) from day of purchase to August of 2014 when Easy Start increased from 12 pulls to 35 pulls on September 21, 2014. It has been in the dealer shop for 30 days and I presume they are still pulling the starter rope to get it to Start Easy.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Columbia, Pa.
(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)
Toro hit one out of the park!
Easy to Push & Steer
Toro has hit one out of the park for me! I purchased Model 20382 April 2013, and though I have only used it twice, I couldn't be happier! I am a 71 years old male, and have taken quite a few mowers for a walk over my life span, and will say this just happens to be the best ever! By the way it isn't the most expensive mower that I have owned either. I've used and owned front wheel and rear wheel drive mowers, and as for me I would definitely opt for this rear wheel drive system! <br />One might be concerned about having the rear wheel drive tear up the lawn when making a 180 degree turn, but not to worry, this mower's drive system is fabulous! The overall weight is very light and easy to maneuver! I'm not certain, but I think it might go a little faster than I have had it go? The neat experience is that I have no sense of it going too slow or too fast at the wrong time. It's just so incredibly user friendly!<br />I would recommend this to a friend! I have even driven back to the place of purchase, for no other reason than to commend the salesman.<br />By the way, I came here to consumer report to help me make a selection. I wish to thank all those who have given reviews of the Toro mower line.