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03-08-04, 10:42 AM   #1  
Toro Recycler 20018

Anyone have any opinions/reviews on the Toro Recycler 20018. I'm looking for a quality self propelled, electric start, mulcher/bagger combo and am leaning toward that model for now.

Any other recommendations would be welcome

 
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03-08-04, 05:09 PM   #2  
That is a great mower. That is the one I had before I bought toro's commercial walk behind. I have had that mower for many years and have been very happy with it. It still runs. But of course I allways do a little TLC with it to keep it that way. That machine is actually very low maintenence. All I ever did with it is replace the air filter and sparkplug. And ran some carb cleaner through the gas tank. I would buy this mower. And if you ever have a lawn at even 5 inches tall, with the hp of that moter, it can cut it just fine. Just remember when cutting a lawn that mower picks up the clipings better if you cut a lawn at 1 2 3 or 4 inches high. 5 inches means you have to not bag it. So don't let your lawn get 5 inches high! LOL

 
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03-16-04, 12:38 PM   #3  
Did you deside to buy this model of mower hotbacon?

 
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03-16-04, 02:22 PM   #4  
It is currently still at the top of my list. We still have a few weeks until the lawn will be ready to mow, so I'm still looking around. I've been hearing nothing but good things about the 20018 though.

I still want to try the Personal Pace System though. I'm a little worried it'll take some getting used to being a rear wheel drive. I'm used to lifting the front wheels up and being able to free wheel as I choose (to turn, pull the mower, etc.). I'm told that if you can let off the PP a few inches before you want to pull or turn the rear wheels will be disengaged and its just like a push mower. Just a matter of practice and getting used to I'm sure.

 
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03-16-04, 03:54 PM   #5  
My Two Cents

Mowers designed as mulchers primarly do not often make good baggers of clippings dispite the manufacturers claims one machine does it all.

One machine may do it all but to what degree leaves a lot to be desired, in my opinion. Mulcher decks are designed to allow some of the clippings to remain on the lawn.

Thus the wind volume and deck design do not allow combination mowers to pick up clippings as well as non mulcher designs.

Blade changes to high lift designed blades produce less than satisfactory results when used on mulcher mowers.

Thus, professional gardeners choose non mulcher types of mowers for commerical usage. They lift clippings up far better.

Hence the deck designs are noticeably different upon close inspection. They are flat and not humped or rounded like those on mulchers or multiple use mowers.

Toro is a great choice in machines. How this model will perform needs to be determined. When you or some else buys one, note the suchioning and vacuuming power and reply back at that time.

Interested to know. Lawn care specialists I sharpen mower blades for claim the same as above. Great for homeowners but not so for commerical users, whom must leave a well manicured lawn.

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03-16-04, 05:12 PM   #6  
I have two walk behind mowers. One is the one he wants to buy, I use that around my own home because I like to mulch my grass. I use toro's commercial mower for my lawn care service. Its top notch if you are willing to pay $1000.00 for it.

 
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03-22-04, 06:04 AM   #7  
Well I picked it up this weekend. It turns out it is the model 20031...I could've sworn it was 20018. Toro Recycler, 6.75 HP Tecumsuh engine, bagger/mulcher/side discharge combo, personal pace...according to Toro.com this was supposed to be the 20018. Maybe the 20031 is just a Home Depot version of the 20018.

Unfortunately I won't be able to try her out for a few weekends yet as we got 6" of new snow on Friday .

 
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03-22-04, 10:13 AM   #8  
First of all, I already knew what you meant because I knew about that model number thing too. And second of all, you are still getting snow? Where do you live, canada?

 
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03-22-04, 12:43 PM   #9  
I'm in PA. 4" came down last Monday and 6" last Friday. It's not hanging around too long, but the sloppy leftovers and muck will keep the new toy in the garage for a little while yet.

 
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03-22-04, 05:34 PM   #10  
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I'll also vouch for the snow in PA. A real work stopper. 60 degrees one day and the next day --- snow

 
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04-16-04, 08:43 PM   #11  
I also have the mower you bought.

It replaced a 5 year old pristine Troy Built self propelled mulcher (awesome machine).
But that's a whole nother story...

I'm really happy with the Toro.

The personal pace is nice, takes some getting used to (I found myself fighting it) , but once you do, it really makes mowing effortless.

The other thing that helps is its weight.

The Troy Built had a cast aluminum deck.

 
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