Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 2657
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Missouri417 Nice
I originally was going to buy a Honda but saw a in a review and then I double-checked in the owner's manual about how they are not supposed to be used on hills greater than 20 degrees. I needed a lawn mower to use on a steep hill in my backyard that you can see in the picture. So that ruled out buying a Honda. My previous Craftsman mower had front-wheel drive. This rear-wheel drive Toro does much better on my hill. It has no problems getting up the hill with little effort. The personal pace system took some getting used to but I don't have any problems with it. I have used it for three mowings so far and it has started on the first or second pull each time. This model does not have a folding handle or upright storage feature that some of the other models have but if you don't need that this lawn mower works great. I tried hooking on the garden hose to clean under the mower. It doesn't seem to be worth the hassle. It doesn't remove anything that is stuck on real good. It seems easier to tip the mower a bit and use a screwdriver to loosen any stuck-on grass. It was the same with my Craftsman.
August 21, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Mr0 My second Toro mower. Maybe my last?
I work in the small engine field and I trust the Toro name.
I like the "old style" Briggs side valve motor. It is very long lived and I like the personal pace drive system.
My issue is with the frame/chassis. It rusts quickly. I clean my machines and have them in a shed. My last Toro rusted through on top of the deck and started to spray me with grass clippings. The bail handle area was also bubbly with rust.
I bought another. So far, so good. This one I painted the undercarriage with undercoating.
I've never encountered another mower that rusted at all, much less one that rusts all the way through the frame!
This may be my last Toro.
Time will tell.
October 20, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by ToroOwner Purchased a new Personal Pace 22 inch mower in June, 2016 after owning the same model for the last several years and very pleased with it. Boy has the quality of the design gone down in my opinion. Both the oil and fuel caps have come loose when mowing the yard. First the oil cap came loose and I had oil all over the mower, what a mess to clean up. Then shortly afterward, the fuel cap came off even with the attaching strap and fell off. I ran over it and had to purchase a new one. The fuel cap is not even furnished as a part you can buy from Toro, it is supplied by Briggs and Stratton. The old style fuel cap screwed on and never had a problem with it. This new style twists on with 2 tabs and is not very secure, especially when the mower is running and the motor vibration causes it to loosen. These newer design just seem so much cheaper built than the older same model mower.
October 27, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by zifster So far so good....
I only gave it an overall of 4 stars as it doesn't have all that much traction going up hills, so you have to help it along a little bit. But Toro does make an all wheel drive, which I didn't think I needed to spend the extra $ on.
And lastly, on the flats, it cuts great and mulches even better, just it is not as fast as my 10 year old Honda engine Craftsman with rear wheel drive, but that might be because the engine is a tad smaller on this Toro.
For normal lawns, this unit will be more than adequate.
Setting up the mower was simple, and the wash port for the deck works as promised.
September 27, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by BigMow Not comfortable or up to the job
I bought this mower and returned it after one use.
Where do I start? To begin with, it is uncomfortable. The height is too low. My wife & myself are between 5'9" & 6' tall, we had to stoop over due to the low handle position. Not good. The handle slides in & out to engage the drive. This was somewhat annoying. It also lacked power. We had to cut our mowing pace in half to keep from bogging it down too much. Ran out of gas. Old mower could easily do whole yard on one tank. I had to return unit. Purchased a Husgvarna with 160cc Honda engine for the same price, higher handle height, has plenty of power, less time, less fuel! Toros used to be rock-solid as far as construction & durability. Not so much any more.
October 6, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by CH To be decided
Came with one plastic wheel adjustment lever broken - was still able to move wheel to proper position and since it is a one time wheel adjustment for lawn cutting, I did not return the item......very hard to start on initial gas tank fill....almost gave up....but pulling handle made it start after that....really needs to have a choke button to get gas moving to engine ahead of yanking.....cuts great and self propel is great and handle is at good height so I am not bent over - but the item is difficult to pull backwards when operating due to its weight or design - you need backwards pulling when doing corners or edge of lawn backed up to a forest area as I have. Considering a piece of the item was broken on arrival to house, I cannot recommend it.
October 11, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by JPK Do not buy.
My Toro PP with electric start and B&S engine has been terrible. I purchased it in 2011. The engine is hard to start. I've rebuilt the carb had a $100.00 tune up and still I need to use engine start spray to get it going. The transmission failed after 3 years. Costs $50.00 to buy a replacement if I install it myself. It's $150.00 to have a shop do it.
Why would the transmission fail on a five year old $400.00 lawn mower? I had a Sears mower prior to this one and it lasted 15 years with no issues.
My suggestion, buy a mower with a Honda engine. They just work and work.
September 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rick Mowedf Over
Mower started on the first easy pull. Each wheel has mower height adjustment. Powers right through Florida grass (Bahia/St. Augustine mix). I have yet to see any clumps of clippings. Personal pace feature takes a little bit of getting used to. Last mower had a failing front wheel drive which needed help, so now I have to learn to curtail my arm movements or the mower speeds up or slows. Second use went much smoother. Self-propelled speed is controlled by handle. If the handle is pushed forward, the mower speeds up and vice versa. Love the hose attachment to clean under carriage.
September 13, 2016