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Toro Recycler 20333
 
Approximate retail price:
$399.00
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Summary: This Toro 22-inch, self-propelled mower has multiple speeds and rear-wheel drive. It has a blade-brake clutch.
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Type: Gas multiple speeds self-propelled mower
About - Toro Recycler 20333

The Toro Recycler 20333 is part of the lawn mower & tractor test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, self propelled mower models like the Recycler 20333 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Mulching:
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.

Bagging:
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 Recycler 20333
info Forward speeds Variable
info Drive wheels rear
info Deck size (in.) 22
info Engine size 190
info Engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton
info Electric start No
info Blade brake clutch Yes
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User Reviews - Toro Recycler 20333
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4.0
leaves mulch clumps
9/20/2014
Pros
Easy starting
Cons
Needs Additives To Gas
Best Uses
Small Lawns
Comment:
The fuel system is too sensitive to ethanol problems. Five months of twice a week use on a 1/4 acre, the self propel stopped working and she would not run smoothly. The dealer adjusted the self propel for free but charged me $85 to clean and rebuild the fuel system. Then the lecture about using premium and a fuel stabilizer for ethanol problems. All is better now...This unit does not mulch as well as the last one. It leaves clumps at each pause or turn in the run. In spite of these minor problems...I would recommend this mower.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
2.0
Another dissatisfied customer
9/19/2014
Pros
Easy to Push & Steer
Cons
Requires Constant Maintenance
Best Uses
Small Lawns
Comment:
I'm adding myself to the long list of customers who are dissatisfied with this Toro product. I was suspicious when the first unit I purchased had to be returned as it wouldn't start when taken right out of the box. I understand these things happen with mass produced products plus it received great ratings from CR so I went ahead and bought another one. <br /> The mower worked great for two years so I figured the first one was a fluke. I was wrong. First to go was the one pull start , that became a 20 pull start. Then the engine would sputter and die without warning. I had my neighbor look at it since he works with small engines but he couldn't figure it out. Next the piece that holds the dead man switch cable broke which set me back $40. My neighbor fixed that for me but had some complications due to the way the mower is designed.<br /> Now the last straw: I can get the motor started after several attempts but when I try to engage the blade brake clutch the mower shuts down. I'm guessing it's not generating enough torque to power the blade. To have the engine fixed would cost around $200 which is more than halfway to a new unit. While I was hoping to finish the season with this mower and purchase a new one in the spring it appears that isn't going to happen. <br /> Bottom line: In spite of CR's high recommendation for this model you would do well to steer clear of it. Like many other reviewers I'm considering a Honda model. I love their cars, hopefully I'll get the same satisfaction from their mowers.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Greatest Mower I ever owned
6/7/2014
Pros
14 Yrs One Major Tuneup
Cons
14 Years I Need A New Bag
Best Uses
Mowing Made Easy
Comment:
I would recommend Toro to anyone looking for low maintains, easy to use (it does most of the work)and most of all long lasting, I have been using mine for 14 years. The only things worn out are the bag and me.<br />Old timer.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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