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Toro Super Recycler (21") 159cc Personal Pace Lawn Mower

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4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
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Grade
Mid Grade Lawn Mowers
Style
Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers
Surface Area
Medium Home
Medium
Terrain
Hilly Terrain
Hilly
Width
21

Cutting Inches
Engine
N/A
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Toro 159cc Premium OHV 4-Cycle Engine
Superior airflow & engine block design - helps engine run cooler
Low-tone muffler keeps noise down

Auto Choke System
No need to choke or prime the engine before starting

Personal Pace® Self-Propel Rear Wheel Drive System
Mower automatically senses and adapts to your walking speed

21-Inch Cast Aluminum Mower Deck
Durable and rust free
Mulch, side discharge or rear bag grass clippings
Height of cut adjustment from 1.25" to 4"

Toro Exclusive Recycling Cutting Action
Recuts the grass into finely shredded clippings
Adds nutrients to your lawn by creating a natural compost

Deck Washout Port
Convenient way to clean the bottom of the deck
Simply attach a garden hose to the top of the mower deck

"Quick Change" Storage Handle
Handle raises to store upright in tight spaces

5 Year FULL Warranty


Model
  Model Number:20381
 UPC:021038203812
 ManufacturerToro
 Made in USAYes
Engine
 Engine BrandToro
 Starting SystemRecoil Start
 HP/CC159 cc
 Torque7.0 ft-lbs Net Torque
 Cycles4-Cycle
 Consumer Warranty5 Years
Drive
 SystemSelf-Propelled
 SpeedsVariable
 Drive WheelsRear Wheels
 Maximum Speed4.0 Mph
 Maximum Reverse Speed0.0 Mph
Wheels
 Front Tire Size8 Inch
 Rear Tire Size8 Inch
 Tire TypePlastic Wheels
Deck
 Cutting Options3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
 MaterialCast-Aluminum
 ConstructionStamped
 Blades1 Blade
 Positions7 Positions
 Cutting Height1.25-4.25 Inches
Accessories
 Rear BaggerIncluded
 Mulcher KitIncluded
 HeadlightsNo
 Hour MeterNo
 Arm RestsNo
 Engine GuardNo
Overview
 Assembly RequiredNo
 Weight81.0 Lbs. (36.74 kilograms)
 Consumer Warranty5 Years
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  4 Questions
Q: What is the difference between Personal Pace and Self Propelled?
by Steve Brasington from South Carolina on April 09, 2015

A: Steve - Toro's "Personal Pace" system is one type of self-propelled drive system on a walk behind mower. The Personal Pace self-propel system automatically adjusts the speed of the mower to your walking speed. With a normal self-propelled system, the speed of the mower is controlled with a bail, a lever or some other mechanical means.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: I recently purchased a new toro lawn mower. I am not sure how to change the oil on the machine. Is there a tutorial of how to do so?
by Luis Ceja from New York on June 12, 2014

A: The following is available on the Toro website under their FAQ section....

How do I change the oil in my mower?
For Recycler® and Super Recycler® mowers:

Recommended Oil type for Toro Walk Behind Mowers, 4-Cycle engines - SAE 30W Detergent oil with an API service classification of SF, SG, SH, SJ, SL, or higher.

-Run the engine for five minutes to warm the oil so it drains better. (Recommend only filling fuel tank with enough gas to run for five minutes before changing oil.)
-Remove the dipstick.
-Tip the mower onto its side (air filter side up) to drain the used oil out through the oil fill tube into a drain pan. (Tipping the machine on its side is the recommended method by engine manufacturers.)
-Let oil drain completely.
-Tip the mower back up on its wheels and slowly pour new oil into the oil fill tube until oil level reaches the FULL line on the dipstick. (To properly check the oil level , wait one or two minutes after filling the engine with oil to allow it to settle. Wipe the dipstick clean, reinsert dipstick, remove dipstick and check oil level, repeat the process a second time.)
-Important Do Not overfill - If you overfill the engine with oil you will need to remove the excess oil by following the oil draining steps listed above. Too much oil can cause engine damage or failure.

For complete step-by-step instructions, please consult your Owner's Manual or view our interactive smart manual by selecting your model number from the list below.

**22" Toro Recycler® Mower

**Super Recycler® Model 20053 - 20058

Troubleshooting Guide for Starting

See Also:

Advanced Toro Search - Try our Advanced Search feature to help determine your machines Model number.

Authorized Service Dealer - Not comfortable doing the maintenance yourself? Contact your local authorized service dealer for assistance.

by Jose, Product Expert
Q: i expected this mower engine 20381 to continue running while the blade is stopped

it is not doing that. what am i missing

by Greg Fernandez from New York on April 26, 2014

A: Greg - the Toro model 20381 mower does not have the Blade Stop feature you are referencing. The only Super Recycler model that offers the Blade Stop feature is the Toro 20383
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Who makes the engine on the toro mod. 20381. And what horse power is it.
by David Lehner from New York on April 19, 2014

A: David - the Toro 20381 has a Toro brand engine that is designed and built by Toro. There is no true conversion from cc's to HP but 159cc is roughly equal to about 5 HP
by Jose, Product Expert
Toro 20381 Reviews & Ratings
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Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (14)
I'd Buy It Again (11)
Features (8)
High Quality (8)
Reliable (6)
Cons
Expensive (7)
Heavy (2)
Durability (1)
Should Have A Single Adj... (1)
Low Quality (1)
88% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
48 Reviews  Sort by 
 
Justin L.
Orlando, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/27/15
REVIEWED
APR.
18
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Good Buying Experience. Mower Doesn't Work.
Purchase experience with Mowers Direct was very good, and I would use them again.... with one caveat.

My mower "Personal Pace" system does not work. In order to get it repaired, I was required to take it to an approved Toro Shop.... and they were not happy that I was asking them to repair a mower that was not purchased from them.

Fortunately, after a song and dance, they agreed to check out my mower and talk with Toro to see if it would be a warranty item. (I've only used the... more
Cons: Mechanical Failure
Justin Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Justin,
We're really sorry to hear that they gave you such a hard time. If you have any other issues like this in the future, please let us know right away. We'd be happy to do whatever we can to help.
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Mark S.
Port Angeles, WA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/22/15
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
APR.
13
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Good Product
Was recommended by a friend who does a lot of lawns and has proven to be a good product so far. Starts very easy and mows with the assist very well. I like it!
Mark Recommends This Toro Mower
Mark's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Have purchased several things from this on line company.... very happy"
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Brian
Total Helpful Votes
45 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
MAY.
14
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Fantastic Mower!!!
I bought this mower after reading reviews on numerous websites and after looking at 2014 mower ratings on Consumer Reports. I was in the market for a new mower this spring b/c my 6 year old Honda HRR either a) wouldn't start, b) wouldn't run unless in choke, or c) wouldn't run at all. I had replaced the carb and done a service on that mower but when that didn't solve the problem, I decided not to throw good money after bad and started looking for a new mower. Feeling a little burned by my... more
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, High Quality, Quiet, Reliable
Cons: Expensive
Brian Recommends This Toro Mower
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Michael D.
Baldwin City, KS
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/16/14
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
02
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower
My lawn never looked better. It starts on the first pull. Only thing I am concerned about is the oil dipstick seems to be the wrong part. It doesn't match the owner's manual on the "add-fill" crosshatch lines. It just has two holes in it and doesn't give a true reading on the amount of oil in the crankcase.
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Price, Easy To Store
Michael Recommends This Toro Mower
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Michael D.
Nesconset, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/19/14
REVIEWED
JUN.
01
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Machine
Hi quality and easy to use.
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Light Weight, Fast
Cons: Expensive
Michael Recommends This Toro Mower
Michael's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Easy to buy at a better price than anyone else. I had my machine in 3 days, set it up in 30 minutes and was cutting the lawn the next day. Brick and mortar stores were charging 15% more and getting between $10 and $25 as a set up charge."
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Stephen B.
Fairfax, VA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/24/14
REVIEWED
JUL.
12
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Toro Super Recycler
I purchased this mower to replace my aging 9 year old Toro. The old Toro still starts on the first pull and runs great but the chassis and wheels are worn out. I really wanted to get the Personal Pace since my yard has many obstacles and the Personal Pace makes it easier to mow. The new Toro works great and mulches better than the old one. It is also quieter and easier on gas than the old mower. I have only used it about 15 hours so far but it has started on the first pull straight out of... more
Stephen Recommends This Toro Mower
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Kenneth H.
Chicopee, MA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/14/14
REVIEWED
JUL.
05
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Had Some Problems
Got the mower in four days, which was very good. When I went to put handle on the mower, the brackets that the handle snaps into were bent. Had to take vice grips to bend it into proper alignment so handle would snap in. By using the vice grips, the paint was removed on the brackets. Not too happy about that.

Mower started on first pull. My last Toro lasted for 15 years. Bracket problem was not caused by Mower Direct! Caused at Toro factory. Would buy from Mower Direct in a split second!
Kenneth Recommends This Toro Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Kenneth,
Kenneth,

Please feel free to give us a call and we can discuss further about the brackets. If this is something which happened via assembly we would be happy to assist in warranty. In situations like this we have no issue in sending parts if needed for replacement. Please give us a call and we can assist you further.
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Debra S.
Cascade, WI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/4/14
REVIEWED
JUL.
04
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Excellent Service From Mowersdirect
We received this machine very quickly. The service from Mowers Direct was great.

The mower starts like a Toro advertises. The mower is very heavy, it is fully disclosed that it weighs 81 pounds. The "Personal-Pace" feature does not disengage very easily, which makes it difficult to pull the machine towards yourself, thus making cutting around obstacles somewhat awkward.

We are still getting accustomed to it, so perhaps that will change. I have not yet asked if the personal pace... more
Pros: High Quality, Fast
Cons: Expensive, Heavy, Difficult To Use
Debra Recommends This Toro Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Debra,
Debra,

The Personal Pace feature unfortunately cannot be adjusted and does take some getting used to after someone has used a standard self propelled model. The main issue as you described is it does not disengage right away, so pulling back can be an issue if you do so right away. It is something Toro has been looking into as you are not the only person who has dealt with this.

If you have more questions, please let us know and we would be happy to help.
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Brian T.
College Place, WA
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
DEC.
29
2014
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Very Disapointed In Toro
This is only a review of my Toro Super Recycler. I purchased mine at a local Toro dealer. Not one of the big box stores, but a local father and son Toro dealer. It has always been hard to start. I had the mower serviced each year at the Toro dealer and complained about the hard to start issue. I have owned this mower for 4 years now. Each time I pick the mower up from the shop it is still hard to start. Mine is electric start and when I turn the key the mower turns over very slowly and not... more
Brian Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Brian,
We are sorry to hear of the unfortunate experience with your Toro mower. Our suggestion would be to keep working with Toro due to the fact they manufacture and warranty the product. Toro can be reached at 888-343-9939. I'm sure they would appreciate your feedback.
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Gary T.
Bountiful, UT
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/13/15
REVIEWED
MAR.
18
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Save Money - Buy From Mowers Direct
I ordered 2 of these on a Friday after noon to be shipped to Utah. The following Wednesday after noon I received them . (Fast shipping!!!) The process to put them together is about 20 minutes each. To unpack it is the most difficult it gets. After that it's a matter of putting the handle on with two bolts. The only disappointing thing about the mower is it does not come with the oil needed. Therefore, off to the store for two quarts. It requires 3/4 of a quart per mower.

One would... more
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Reliable, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: Expensive, This Model Cost More Then A Standard Toro But It Is High Grade
Gary Recommends This Toro Mower
Gary's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Save money and buy from Mowers Direct. With no tax and lower prices then local stores, waiting a few days is worth the wait. Plus your grass is only going to grow another 1/2 inch by the time you get your new mower. My friends and family will be buying from Mowers Direct. Thanks again and again."
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Steven S.
Stanwood, MI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/25/14
REVIEWED
JUL.
16
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
So Far So Good
Package arrived less than two days after order. Easy assembly, however, the metal part on the left side of the mower, where the handle adjustment latch goes, did not match up with the latch. I had to bend it so the little nob could go in the whole securely. Working fine now but I'll keep an eye on it. The mower runs like a charm with an even cut. It mulches like advertised. I've only used it twice so far so perhaps I'll have an update after the mowing season is over.
Steven Recommends This Toro Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Steven,
Steven,

If you need any assistance or have any questions on any issues you may be having, feel free to give us a call. We are happy to help when we can and can look into the latch for you as well if you would like us to.
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