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

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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


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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
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (22)
I'd Buy It Again (15)
Features (13)
High Quality (10)
Reliable (9)
Cons
Expensive (9)
Heavy (4)
Low Quality (2)
Durability (2)
Packaging (2)
79% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Wayne T.
Presque Isle, MI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/11/15
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JUL.
04
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Toro Purchase
My last toro lasted me 16 years, the transmission needed rebuilding, but I purchased a new one instead. I am very satisfied with my new one. It was very easy to put into service, it started first pull, and the mower was in real good condition. Thank you.
Wayne Recommends This Toro Mower
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Brian C.
Hilliard, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/9/15
Total Helpful Votes
29 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
APR.
30
2015
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Jury Is Still Out
Mower was easy to order through mowersdirect.com, price was right, and I ordered on the 9th, shipped the 10th, and arrived the 13th.

Setup was easy.

Cosmetic damage to dust shield and mowersdirect.com promptly shipped me a replacement. The engine didn't run well, wax and wanned, and acted like it was going to stale out. I took it to a Toro dealer (they have been a little hostile since I ordered it online and you have to provide them with proof of purchase for warranty) and the first... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Fast, Easy To Store
Cons: Low Quality, Bad Instructions, Packaging, Durability
Brian Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Brian,
The reason we cannot take back an already gassed item is due to federal shipping regulations. Federal law prohibits return shipping on items that have been gassed.
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Ken F.
West Chester, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/18/15
REVIEWED
MAY.
09
2015
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Okay, Basic Mower
Mower arrived damaged from shipping (paint was worn where the handle bars were folded), hit both sides with spray paint and got on to mowing. The Toro is an okay mower. Not any better than the Craigslist Honda mower it replaced. Chief annoying problem is that the rear wheels don't always disengage from the auto run when pulling the mower backwards, hence scrapping the ground when pulling backwards. Adding more grease helped but did not eliminate the problem.
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Ken Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Zachary B.
Decatur, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/5/16
REVIEWED
APR.
27
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Most Enjoyable Mower Ever
I have been mowing for almost twenty years and have found this mower to be the most enjoyable mower I've ever used! I looked and looked for a new mower. I have used many different kinds of mowers and had a difficult time picking a new one. I wanted a mower with a good name and one that could be serviced locally. If I purchased one from a big box store I was afraid it wouldn't be repaired very easily.

I decided upon the toro super recycler because of the good things I'd heard about it. Also,... more
Zachary Recommends This Toro Mower
Zachary's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great experience!"
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Tony P.
Indianola, IA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/1/16
REVIEWED
APR.
26
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
New Replacement For 20 Year Old Toro Personal Pace.
Bought this as a direct replacement for our 20 year old personal pace Toro. Started on second pull.

Used it to mow and bag almost 400 bags of grass that weekend, 4 tanks of gas. Ran awesome.
Tony Recommends This Toro Mower
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William C.
Kingwood, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 2/11/16
REVIEWED
APR.
26
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
My First Toro
This is my first Toro after two Honda lawn mowers. I am extremely satisfied with my Toro in every way. And it is better built than my last Honda.

This is also my first self-propelled mower. I can cut at my pace instead of chasing the mower like I did when I borrowed my neighbors old Honda. All in all a great mower.
William Recommends This Toro Mower
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Ryan R.
Manassas, VA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/6/15
Total Helpful Votes
11 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
18
2015
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Great Cut Poor Drive System
I received the mower very quickly and everything was in good shape. Easy to set up and started right away. Mower worked well for the first two uses before the drive wheels stop working. The wheels would turn when the rear of the mower was held in the air, but once the wheels were on the ground they would not drive the mower.

It seemed the left wheel would engage at random times and jerk the mover to the right which then makes a crooked cut. I tried all of the adjustments with no... more
Ryan Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Jonathan A.
Dayton, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/21/15
Total Helpful Votes
11 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
17
2015
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Mows Great, But Personal Pace Does Not Work
The mower mulches awesome. It does a great job with an even cut. The only issue out of the box is the personal pace system. It didn't work. It will run up in the air, but not on the ground. I have to take the mower to get it fixed out the box. That should not happen.
Pros: Price, Easy To Store, Light Weight
Cons: Personal Pace
Jonathan Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Jonathan,
We are very sorry about the inconvenience this has caused you. More than likely this is a simple adjustment which a local dealer can make to correct the issue. Again, this is not always ideal, but the unit is under warranty and this should not be an issue moving forward after it has been corrected. If you have any questions or other issue, please let us know and we would be happy to assist.
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Jonathan's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
4/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
5/5
"Mowers Direct delivered the Mower in 1-2 days. Awesome. I just wished the mower worked correctly."
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Gregory K.
Springfield, VA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/19/15
REVIEWED
MAY.
12
2015
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Toro Super Recycler, Personal Pace Mower
The personal pace option, I totally dislike. Only the right rear wheel has power. This mower does not start on first or second pull as advertized, it takes 6-10 pulls before starting.

I have owned toro's for 30 years and I still own both of them, they need to go back to the 3-speed forward. This newer model cannot compare to the old ones.Toro

Totally disappointed!
Gregory Does Not Recommend This Mower
Gregory's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Power Equipment Direct was great to work with but just disappointed in this particular mower, not up to my expectations."
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Gary S.
Gurnee, IL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/15/15
REVIEWED
MAY.
07
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Starting Problem
The mower does a great job, but does start on one pull. Usually takes 2-3 pull, what do I do?
Gary Recommends This Toro Mower
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Larry B.
Cary, NC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/19/15
REVIEWED
MAY.
11
2015
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Problems After The First Use
The mower started right up and was working well, however half way through my first use, the personal pace feature faltered. I finished mowing the lawn as if it was just a push mower. Upon completion, I cleaned up the mower and checked and adjusted the personal pace cabling. There didn't appear to be any slack, but I just made sure it was working properly. During my second use, the personal pace feature worked very intermittently (mostly not functioning). I will now have to take it in for... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Features, Light Weight
Cons: Unreliable
Larry Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Larry,
We apologize for this experience, and if there is anything we can help with, please let us know.
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