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Model: 20353
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Grade
Entry Level Lawn Mowers
Style
Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers
Surface Area
Medium Home
Medium
Terrain
Hilly Terrain
Hilly
Width
22

Cutting Inches
Engine


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Briggs & Stratton 163cc 725 Series 4-Cycle Engine
Overhead valve (OHV) design for cooler, cleaner operation
ReadyStart® system - no prime, no choke - just pull for power

All Wheel Drive
Drive system delivers power to all four wheels
Provides optimum traction on hills or on wet grass

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

Traction Assist Handle
Use for challenging areas and uneven terrain
Helps you monitor your cutting speed

22-Inch Recycler® Cutting Deck
Front throw chamber helps lift and suspend grass clippings
Atomic blade re-cuts clippings into a fine mulch

Bag On Demand Quick Change Lever
Switch from mulching to bagging in seconds by flipping a lever

Deck Washout Port
Attach a garden hose to clean the underside of the mower deck


Engine
Engine Brand
Briggs & Stratton
Starting System
Recoil Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
CC
163 CCs
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Oil Filter
No
Torque
7.25 Lbs
Consumer Engine Warranty
3 Years
Deck
Cutting Options
3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
Deck Material
Steel
Deck Construction
Stamped
Blades
1 Blade
Cutting Width
22 Inches
Cutting Height
1.0-4.0 Inches
Drive
Speeds
Variable
Drive Wheels
All Wheels
Drive System
Self-Propelled
Accessories
Rear Bagger
Included
Mulcher Kit
Included
Wheels
Front Tire Size
8 Inch
Rear Tire Size
8 Inch
Tire Type
Plastic Wheels
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
80 Pounds
Consumer Warranty
2 Years
UPC
021038203539
Model
20353
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  2 Questions
Q: How many settings are on the cutting height?
by Mal from Texas on May 26, 2016

A: Mal - The Toro model 20353 has nine cutting height settings: 1"; 1-3/8"; 1-3/4"; 2-1/8"; 2-1/2"; 2-7/8", 3-1/4"; 3-5/8" and 4"

by Jose, Product Expert
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
Toro 20353 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (20)
I'd Buy It Again (10)
Features (10)
Reliable (10)
High Quality (8)
Cons
Packaging (4)
Expensive (3)
Unreliable (2)
Under-powered (1)
No Con Yet But I Am Conc... (1)
84% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Peter C
Sioux Falls, SD
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/11/17
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
MAY.
08
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Exactly What I Needed!!
I have used the Toro Recycler 5 times so far. Does a good job of mulching, (as long as the grass isn't too high). Cuts clean and climbs inclines like a mountain goat. Overall, I'm quite happy with my purchase.
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, Features, I'd Buy It Again
Peter Recommends This Toro Mower
Peter's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Shipped the same day I ordered and received two days later. Couldn't beat the price!"
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Larry W.
Atchison, KS
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/10/17
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUL.
02
2017
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Good Concept But Not Reliable
Used this mower 4 to 5 times and is was great. 6th time I used it the back wheel came off. Hard to find someone in my area to fix the problem. Still trying to locate someone.
Pros: Easy To Use
Cons: Unreliable
Larry Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Larry,
To find your local Toro Service Center, Toro can be reached directly @ (888) 384-9939.
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Richard H.
Edgewater, MD
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/5/17
REVIEWED
APR.
18
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Toro 22" Recycler Mower
I have a 28 degree sloped front yard with landscaping and a rear yard that is even worse, but a great water view, before you think I am stupid for buying such a steep yard. This mower is a beast! It makes mowing a lot easier and has no issues pulling itself and me up the hill. I absolutely love the 4 wheel drive. I also like the fact it is easy to swap from bagger to mulching. The hose attachment for cleaning makes it all the more nicer. If I stall it out, one or two pulls and she is up and... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, Quiet, Price
Richard Recommends This Toro Mower
Richard's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
4/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"The web page was good, not great. I could find my way around and I got the job done."
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Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Richard,
Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate hearing directly from folks. Is there anything we can do to make our website easier to navigate? All suggestions are welcome. Thank you for submitting your review and thanks as always for your business. I hope you have a great day.
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Donald T.
West Palm Beach, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/7/17
REVIEWED
OCT.
30
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
This Is One Of The Best Mower I've Ever Purchased
I've had Toro Personal Pace mowers since 1997 and this is by far is one of their best. Living in South Florida I mow every 5 days - almost all year and this does the job to perfection
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Price, Fast
Donald Recommends This Toro Mower
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Robert R.
Northern, AL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/5/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
26
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Pleased With Product And The Service
My online search led me to the Toro 20353 and Mowers Direct had the best price, and they had the product in stock for immediate delivery. I have not been disappointed on either part of the transaction. The mower lives up to the manufactures claims and has proved to be up to doing the trim work on a very large sloped yard. We opted to go with the non-electric start model to reduce weight and complexity. No sacrifice as the pull start has worked with only two pulls needed after first servicing... more
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Light Weight
Cons: Packaging
Robert Recommends This Toro Mower
Robert's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Painless and best price. Pleased so far."
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Frank
REVIEWED
SEP.
25
2017
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Very Disappointed
Have had this mower for 2 years and yesterday was the third time the drive belt came off the pulley. Had a local repair shop put it back on the first time and the tech told me to get used to this happening, that the design was poor. I watched a youtube video the second time to repair it myself and it was a real pain as you have to remove the rear wheels and the transmission to get at it. I will not be buying another Toro.
Cons: Unreliable
Frank Does Not Recommend This Mower
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Frank,
Thank you providing feedback. We'll definitely pass this review on to our rep @ Toro.
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Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Frank,
We are sorry to hear you are having trouble with your Toro mower. In 2017 we implemented a change to add a belt cover to the mower's design. This belt is also available as a kit to retro-fit to older models, which will resolve your issue. Please call our customer service number if you have any other questions and we may be able to provide a more personalized solution (888) 384-9939 (toll free).
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Rodney P
Austin, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/25/17
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
REVIEWED
SEP.
04
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
The Best Mower I've Owned
This mower far exceeded my expectations in performance and ease of use. I bought this specifically for Toro's reputation and am very pleased. It starts on the first pull and the drive engagement is very easy to use. The Four Wheel Drive is definitely a feature I highly recommend as well as the self pace drive system which makes it easy to maneuver around trees and flower beds. If there is a con with this mower it would be the plastic side grass discharge. This piece does not permanently mount... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, Features, High Quality
Cons: Packaging
Rodney Recommends This Toro Mower
Rodney's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Excellent customer service and very fast shipping."
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Sheri G.
Fort Worth, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/7/17
REVIEWED
AUG.
01
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
The Answer To My Problem.
I was physically unable to mow the slope in my yard until my son found this mower for me. It is amazing! It helps me up the hill! I was able to release my lawn service. It will pay for itself in just a few months.
Pros: Easy To Use, Features, I'd Buy It Again, Exceeded Expectations
Sheri Recommends This Toro Mower
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Curt K.
Calhoun, LA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/31/17
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
AUG.
01
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Fine Mower.
This is a fine mower and starts on the first pull. I'm glad it has the capability to side discharge, mulch, or bag. The all-wheel drive is great and the engine has enough power to do its job. It arrived a little later than planned, but was in good condition. I did notice the rear discharge flap was not attached on one side and I had to loosen all the bolts on one side (by rear wheel) to make room for the correct installation of the plastic mulching flap. This was a pain.

Also, although the... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, High Quality, Quiet
Cons: Heavy, Expensive
Curt Recommends This Toro Mower
Curt's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
4/5
"The mower and cover were supposed to arrive on the same day. The mower arrived 2 days later. Other wise, a good experience and tax, shipping free."
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Ashwet K.
Marion, IA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/28/17
REVIEWED
JUL.
31
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Great Product
Ease of start and user friendly. Love the variable speed drive.
Pros: Easy To Use
Cons: Packaging
Ashwet Recommends This Toro Mower
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Keith M.
Williamsport, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/1/17
REVIEWED
JUL.
26
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Happy With My Purchase!
This is my second Toro Recycler personal pace lawn mower. The first one I bought 10 years ago. It was only two wheel drive, and my property has a slope on over 1/2 the yard. The two wheel drive was starting to slip and make it difficult.

This is so much better so far. 4 wheel drive makes it easier, also the one pull start without having to prime it! Plus the instant bagging with just a flip of a switch! Sometimes I just want to clean up the clumps if I cut it when it the grass is too tall... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, Features, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: None
Keith Recommends This Toro Mower
Keith's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Mower's Direct saved me some money buying from them, and also delivered on time and as promised!"
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