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.
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
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Tossing the Toro
from York, PA
Another dissatisfied customer
Easy to Push & Steer
Requires Constant Maintenance
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
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Old Timer
Greatest Mower I ever owned
14 Yrs One Major Tuneup
14 Years I Need A New Bag
Mowing Made Easy
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.