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.
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.
The following models have the same ratings as Toro Recycler 20333.
Features and specs may vary
The Ratings applied to untested model Toro Recycler 20334 come from our tests of model Toro Recycler 20333, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
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.
Owned it for three years. We bought because we wanted a top-grade mower that would do a good-looking cut AND mulch (no bagging). The cut looks uneven no matter how we adjust the height. And now the mulch feature appears not to work as the mower leaves clumps of cut grass in its wake. Also, self propelled does not describe the significant effort it takes to push the machine up a grade!<br />You can get as good a mower as this for far less money!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Mack 1
from New Jersey
great until the transmission broke
Easy to Push & Steer
Small To Medium Yard
worked great for 4 summers in the northeast, then the tranny went and i bought a new transmision installed myslf took 12 hours to replace on my model.