The Toro Recycler 20332 is part of the lawn mower & tractor
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, self propelled mower
models like the Recycler 20332 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.
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.
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.
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."
Briggs & Stratton
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 Toro is probably the best mower I have owned. When I first used it I was really impressed by how easy it is to change from mulching, side discharge, and bagging, without tools. I really like the Personal Pace drive. I bought this mower in May of 2010. I mow about 15,000 square feet of yard just about every week from late April until mid November. Other than routine maintenance I have replaced the rear wheels[wore smooth], a broken carburetor return spring and choke thermostat. I do my own maintenance and service, and compared to other mowers I have owned this mower is very easy to maintain and use
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Mike the Unhappy Mower
from Dedtroit, MI
Disappointed Big TIme!
Easy to Push & Steer
Bag fills quickly
I bought this mower 2 years ago because of CR's excellent review and Toro's 3-year starting guarantee. Hidden away on page 6 of the operator's manual is a warning about using gas containing more than 10% ethanol. I use gas containing 10% ethanol as that's all that's sold in my area. The manual also reccomends adding fuel stabilizer when the gas is still fresh. I do that. It turns out that this isn't good enough. Sometime during every mowing season my mower stops starting. When I take it to an authorized warranty service provider, I'm always told that the problem is water in the gas line due to the deterioration of the ethanol over time and NOT COVERED BY THR WARRANTY. This after I add only fresh gas a third to a half gallon at a time when the tank is about empty and always use fuel stabilizer.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Rochester, MN
Poor Quality Mower
Transmission shaft and drive wheels failed after 4 summers of use in Minnesota. Repair estimate of $225 was a joke. Toro Repair dealer offered me no charge for diagnostic if they could keep the mower for parts. They can have it. Saved me the cost of disposal! I'm done with Toro products.