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Toro 20378 Gas Mower

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20378
The Toro 20378 self-propelled mower has
  • a single speed
  • front-wheel drive
  • an overhead valve engine
  • a washout port
Description
The Toro 20378 self-propelled mower has
  • a single speed
  • front-wheel drive
  • an overhead valve engine
  • a washout port

Ratings Scorecard

Test Results

Side discharging

Side discharging

How far and evenly clippings were dispersed from the discharge chute.

 /  5
Mulching

Mulching

Reflects how fine the clippings are and how completely the mower distributed its clippings over the lawn's surface.

 /  5
Bagging

Bagging

Denotes how much clippings the bag held before it filled or the chute clogged.

 /  5
Evenness

Evenness

Judgement of how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing.

 /  5
Handling

Handling

Includes ease of operating the drive controls (for self-propelled only), pushing and pulling, making U-turns, and maneuvering in tight spots.

 /  5
Noise at ear

Noise at ear

Noise measured at the operator's ear in decibels. Models scoring Fair or Poor exceeded 85 decibels, a level at which hearing protection is recommended.

 /  5
Noise at 25 ft.

Noise at 25 ft.

Noise measured in decibels at a distance of 25 feet simulating a neighbor's exposure.

 /  5
Ease of use

Ease of use

Includes ease of starting the engine, operating the blade-stopping controls, shifting speeds (for self-propelled only), and adjusting the cutting height. Bag convenience and ease of changing modes are separate judgments that contribute to the overall score.

 /  5
Noise

Noise

Noise is measured in decibels at the users ear.

 /  5

About

The Toro 20378 is part of the Lawn mowers and tractors test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Gas Mowers models like the 20378 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Side discharging How far and evenly clippings were dispersed from the discharge chute.

Mulching Reflects how fine the clippings are and how completely the mower distributed its clippings over the lawn's surface.

Bagging Denotes how much clippings the bag held before it filled or the chute clogged.

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