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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


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
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)
Packaging (2)
Durability (2)
80% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
84 Reviews  Sort by 
 
Gerard L.
Cedar Grove, NJ
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/16/15
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JUN.
20
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Machine
This machine runs fine and I like the self-propelled feature. The mulching feature leaves behind some cuttings. Reading the yellow oil dipstick is a real challenge.

I give this a A- rating.
Pros: I'd Buy It Again
Gerard Recommends This Toro Mower
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Brian C.
Hilliard, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/9/15
Total Helpful Votes
19 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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Doug M.
Windsor, CO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/3/15
REVIEWED
JUL.
28
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Perfect
Delivered on time in perfect condition, and setup was easy. It's been 12 years since I replaced my old Toro with a different brand. I'm so glad to have the recycler back. Have no issues whatsoever. It starts first pull every time and the personal pace works great.
Doug Recommends This Toro Mower
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Tom B.
Chahkhill, PA
REVIEWED
JUL.
23
2015
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Will Not Pick Updried Grass
I would not buy this mower unless you have a small yard and you can mow often as it will not cut very high grass and it will not pick it up.
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, Easy To Store, Quiet
Tom Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Jason
Lexington, SC
REVIEWED
JUL.
20
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Mixed Feelings
I bought my mower from mowersdirect.com a couple of months ago. I had an excellent experience with the company (I called to ask how this process works and they were patient and explained it all to me). The price was competitive and it arrived quickly and without damage.

The mower itself was easy to put together, though the pictures were a little hard to figure out. I'm handy with stuff like this so I imagine it would be more difficult for someone less handy or used to this sort of thing.
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Jason Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Steven H.
Wallingford, CT
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/2/15
REVIEWED
JUL.
11
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Good
I'm pleased with this purchase. Very good product for great price. No issues or complaints here. I'm mowing a larger yard with it, thus making it work. Easy to keep clean.
Steven Recommends This Toro Mower
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Ryan R.
Manassas, VA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/6/15
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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Brian T.
College Place, WA
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
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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Jonathan A.
Dayton, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/21/15
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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