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Model: 20381
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Grade
Mid Grade Lawn Mowers
Style
Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers
Surface Area
Medium Home
Medium
Terrain
Flat Terrain
Flat
Width
21

Cutting Inches
Engine


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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


Engine
Engine Brand
Toro
Starting System
Recoil Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
CC
159 CCs
Torque
7 Lbs
Consumer Engine Warranty
5 Years
Deck
Cutting Options
3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
Deck Material
Cast-Aluminum
Deck Construction
Stamped
Blades
1 Blade
Deck Positions
7 Positions
Cutting Width
21 Inches
Cutting Height
1.25-4.25 Inches
Drive
Speeds
Variable
Maximum Speed
4 MPH
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Drive System
Self-Propelled
Accessories
Rear Bagger
Included
Engine Guard
No
Hour Meter
No
Arm Rests
No
Mulcher Kit
Included
Headlights
No
Wheels
Front Tire Size
8 Inch
Rear Tire Size
8 Inch
Tire Type
Plastic Wheels
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
81 Pounds
Consumer Warranty
5 Years
UPC
021038203812
Model
20381
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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
4.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (25)
I'd Buy It Again (17)
Features (13)
High Quality (11)
Reliable (10)
Cons
Expensive (10)
Low Quality (4)
Heavy (4)
Durability (3)
Packaging (2)
78% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
110 Reviews  Sort by 
 
John L.
Manchester, MO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/24/16
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JUN.
16
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Best Buy And Exceeds All Expectations!
I researched self-propelled lawn mowers, and found two that were consistently at the top of everyone's list. I purchased the higher-priced (so it must be better) mower from a local vender. It was too heavy too awkward to use hard to turn and a real challenge to control. So I returned it.

I then ordered my Toro Super Recycler #20381 from Mowers Direct, and received it at my front door, two days later. This Toro is easier to use, has more features, than my previous top of the line Toro... more
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Reliable, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: None
John Recommends This Toro Mower
John's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"What you see online is what you get. You also get what you don't see...quality service, efficiency, and reliability, and expertise."
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Loretta S.
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/2/15
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUN.
14
2016
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Disappointed
This is my second Super Recycler and I refer to it as "My Misery." It is only the second season I am using it, and I will be getting rid of it at the end of this season. Assuming it lasts that long. It has been in and out of the repair shop, which is inconvenient and usually means I don't have my mower for a week or so.

Problems started right away with a melted spark plug wire (known design flaw, mentioned by some other reviewers here). It is very difficult to start. Forget the 1... more
Loretta Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Lawrence M.
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/15/16
REVIEWED
JUN.
08
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Hoosier
I have used Toro self propelled mowers for 40 years. This is my third mower in that time.
The mower arrived with damage on the back of the mower from shipping. Better packaging should be used.

For some reason this mower is difficult to pull backwards. The wheels do not release for pulling backwards like my previous mower.
This mower does an excellent job of mowing and the side discharge is the best job I have ever had.
Lawrence Recommends This Toro 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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John P.
Denison, TX
REVIEWED
JUL.
03
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Not A Great Mulcher
Got a Toro Super Recycler to replace a 15 year old Honda twin bladed mulcher. It starts easy and is easy to use. But the mulching efficiency is not nearly as good as the Honda twin blade on my St Augustine lawn
John Recommends This Toro Mower
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Jose B.
Chesterfield, VA
REVIEWED
JUN.
09
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Awesome Lawnmower And At Exelent Price And Warranty
This Toro lawnmower is awesome and easy to use . I was very impressed with the lawnmower out of the box delivered by FedEx. As soon I received open, put it together and the first pull it's was on and the Honda engine looks great and the design it's awesome.

5 years of worry free and free shipping you can beat that! Better deal than those big places in orange and blue out there , they will not give you a warranty like MowersDirect.com thank you!
Jose Recommends This Toro Mower
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Tom
Washington Dc Area, VA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/20/16
REVIEWED
JAN.
29
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great To Get Back To Toro
Bought this Toro very late in the season, because I just ran out of patience with the Honda mower from the local big-box after only 4 seasons.

OK for men (I am 66), but my wife will find it a bit hard to pull the starter rope. It has started on the 1st pull every time this season. No choke! no speed setting! Just push. Pushing the mower is very easy considering range of handle height settings, the great self-propelled speed range built into the handle, and easy to hold handle.

One might... more
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, High Quality, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: none observed yet
Tom Recommends This Toro Mower
Tom's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
4/5
"Their shipping affiliate did them no favor when dropping the first delivery in a heap at the top of our driveway. The box was in pieces, poorly placed around the mower as if all were OK, parts missing, and attachment bag ruined. For a guy to see this done to a great machine is almost heartbreaking. But, Mowers direct shipped another one and picked up the first one in only a couple of days. Perfect delivery. I sent them some pictures of what the shipping company did to their first mower in case they wanted to say something to the shipping company."
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Chuck S.
Homestead, FL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/19/16
REVIEWED
OCT.
21
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Mower At A Great Price
It was time to replace my old Toro Super Recycler mower, so I went to the Toro site and checked out their current line. I was in between the SR 20381 and the regular Recycler. I went to a local Toro dealer and decided on the SR 20381.

He did not even come close to the Mowers Direct price, so I went home and ordered the mower. It was delivered right on schedule 3 days after I ordered it. All I had to do was to install the handle which was 2 bolts / nuts. I added some oil and gas, and... more
Chuck Recommends This Toro Mower
Chuck's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Mower had a great price, was shipped and received on time, free shipping, and no sales tax! Gotta love it!"
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James S.
Parma, OH
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
REVIEWED
AUG.
15
2016
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Disappointed In Toro
Got my mower from Power Equipment Direct. Ran fine, but a little heavy to manipulate around especially with the rear wheel drive. After only 3 years it began to run erratically. Changed everything, oil, fuel, air filter nothing made any difference. The it started stalling after running for only about 10 minutes, and wouldn't start like it was flooded.

Let it sit a 1/2 hour it would start, sometimes keep running sometimes it would stall again. Then the ultimate brake down, the pull cord... more
James Does Not Recommend This Mower
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
James,
We are sorry to hear you are having trouble with your Toro mower. I have located a few dealers that are in your area. Please bring your mower to one of these authorized dealers as your mower has a 5 year warranty and Toro will fix your unit for free per our warranty statement.

PURITAS HARDWARE (DBA)
14307 PURITAS AVENUE, CLEVELAND, OH 44135
Phone: (216) 941-7474

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Phone: (440) 582-2100

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Phone: (440) 356-1920

Please call our customer service number if you have any other questions (888) 384-9939 (toll free).
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James's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
4/5
"Have bought from this website before. And was always happy, until my last Toro mower broke down and needed professional repair in less than 3 years."
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Betty F.
Hagerstown, MD
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/27/16
REVIEWED
JUN.
09
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Toro Super Recycler
Grandson has used the mower and likes to mow with it. I keep as a backup mower when the riding mower is not running or as a trim out mower.
Betty Recommends This Toro Mower
Betty's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Excellent"
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James B.
Athens, GA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/9/16
REVIEWED
MAY.
31
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent
Item as expected. shipping very quick
James Recommends This Toro Mower
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