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Toro 20382
 
Approximate retail price:
$570
We expect this model to perform similarly to the tested Toro 20381 although it may differ in price and features.
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Type: Gas multiple speeds self-propelled mower
About - Toro 20382

The Toro 20382 is a self propelled mower available from Toro. The 20382 typically costs $570 .

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.


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.

Tested Model
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 20381
Approximate retail price:
$520
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 20382
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 20382
User Reviews
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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Toro hit one out of the park!
4/21/2013
Pros
Adjustable Cut-Lengths
Easy to Push & Steer
Ergonomic Grips
Lightweight
Cons
None detected
Best Uses
Mulching
Comment:
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.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Follow up of previous review
9/26/2012
Pros
Easy to Push &amp; Steer
Ergonomic Grips
Cons
Best Uses
Mulching
Small Lawns
Comment:
I submitterd a reveiw for the Toro 20382 on 8/26/2012. I have now taken the mower back a second time. It is now working much better. My initial comments at the time were correct. Since then it is a decent machine. The reving has stopped and it operates smoothly. The grips are comfortable and the personal pace speed is effective. It is now working as exspected for the price.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
(4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Not a good lawn mower
8/26/2012
Pros
Cons
Heavy
Noisy
Requires Constant Maintenance
Best Uses
Mulching
Small Lawns
Comment:
I purchased this model July 29 2012. It was very expensive. I have used it 4 times only. It was back to the place of purchase last week. The throttle was reving up and down even when fully warmed up. I used it today and the same thing is happening again. My yard is only a third of an acre. It has a Honda motor. I am so disappointed. My old lawn mower which was a quarter the cost was fine. I should have left well enough alone. Now I am paying for a headache and my time to have it fixed.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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