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Toro 20381 self propelled mower

 
Approximate retail price:
$520
Summary: This Toro 21-inch, self-propelled mower has multiple speeds and rear-wheel drive. It has a premium engine.
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Type: Gas multiple speeds self-propelled mower
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5.0
outstanding lawnmower
6/6/2015
Pros
Capability And Reliabilit
Easy to Push & Steer
Cons
Best Uses
Large Lawns
Mulching
Small Lawns
Comment:
This is the second toro personal pace I've owned and both have been outstanding. The first lasted 15 years and I sold it at a garage sale. Just wanted a new one.<br />The mulching capability is without equal in my opinion. Personal pace capability is something my wife loves.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

 
1.0
Ergonomic Nightmare!
5/27/2015
Pros
Lightweight
Cons
Jerky Transitions
Best Uses
Comment:
CU really missed it on this review. No discernible lows ...did they actually try using it? I can't believe they missed the destructive ergonomics of this poorly designed mower. It's so far ahead of it's time that humans haven't evolved their wrists to it yet.<br /><br />Background: 1) the bottom of your wrists are very sensitive. 2) I have a half-acre with long even stretches and some slight inclines, trees to duck under and objects to maneuver around. 3) it takes about an hour to do the job.<br /><br />Take a close look at the picture. This has two handle bars (you are used to one). The upper handle bar is the one you hold because it slides back and forth, as you walk, to engage the power wheels (more later). The bottom bar does nothing EXCEPT to constantly bang on and rub the bottom of your wrists. After an hour, you will have slight red marks on your wrists from the rubbing, but the aching from the frequent banging on that bottom bar is very uncomfortable. <br /><br />I'm 6'1 and it will be worse the shorter you are. On a straight and flat lawn, with no bump, you will be fine. It occurs most when you are moving up any incline, ducking under a tree or maneuvering around objects. After ten mowings, I had to cut away that bottom bar to save my wrists.<br /><br />Now for the variable speed self-propelling. It's basically two speeds: stop and fast. As you walk, it hits the top speed right away. It's a very odd surge you get with every step, but you get used to that. The problem with it is, because it rear wheel drive, going from stop to max means you are constantly doing 'wheelies' where the front of the mower lifts slightly off the ground. No wonder that Toro recommends lowering the height of the front wheels while leaving the rear wheels higher if you don't like the cut - which can be wavy because of the 'wheelies' you do all over the lawn.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line

 
1.0
No More Toro
5/22/2015
Pros
Adjustable Cut-Lengths
Ergonomic Grips
Lightweight
Cons
Hard to turn
Best Uses
Side Hill
Comment:
The Toro is a great machine, cuts well, does everything well except it wears me out trying to turn around and especially on a side hill. When I raise the front end up to turn around under power, one rear wheel will slide and one will spin. The lawnmower wheels are locked to pull together. I bought this lawn mower last summer and during the very first mowing I knew I had made a mistake. I wish I had my rear wheel Snapper back. The Snapper has a differential rear wheel drive. Easy, very easy to turn around. I've written to consumers report twice with no response from them. In the next month I expect to own a new snapper.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
The Toro 20381 is part of the Lawn mowers & tractors test program at Consumer Reports. The Toro 20381 Lawn mowers & tractors features and specs include Engine manufacturer, Drive wheels, Forward speeds, Electric start, Engine size, Deck size (in.), Blade brake clutch. In our lab tests, Lawn mowers & tractors models like the Toro 20381 are reviewed on Mulching, Overall score, Side discharging, Bagging, Ease of use, Handling. Consumer Reports subscribers share reviews of the Toro 20381 based on personal experience. The user reviews of the Toro 20381 include star ratings, pros, cons, best uses, and a bottom line review to help guide your purchasing decision of the Toro 20381.
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