Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 1851
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Dallas Use B-12 chemtool
This mower carburetor clogs up very easily. If the mower wont start, put a couple of ounces of B-12 chemtool in the gas tank (1/2 tank of gas). Tilt the mower all the way up so that the handle touches the ground. Tilting the mower allows the gas in the carb to fall back into the gas tank and mix with the B-12. Leave overnight, It should start the next day.
March 27, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AkiNa Excellent function in Toro Self-Propelled Lawn Mower
Honestly speaking I did not intend to buy a new mower. My cardiac surgeon strongly advised me Not to raise blood pressure due to my Aortic Aneurysm and I replaced a pushing mower with a self-propelled one. Per the pushing one, it was a pretty hard work for me to drive and I was obliged to gasp for breath because my yard was steep more or less. Now it's just a walk, became very easier work accompanied with the self-propelled. I regret I was using a pushing mower for a long time.
Not only the easier work, but also I found two more excellent aspects with the new equipment. (see yellow circles in pic.#1 & #2) Adjusting a blade height was a tough work for the old equipment. All might of two arms were requested to handle a lever to change the height. Surprisingly the new Toro machine requests only one arm, actually not the arm, but just fingers are enough to do the lever. It takes only a few seconds for each lever shown in a yellow circle. That’s it. It makes me keep desired grass length very easier, not too short or too long.
Secondary, hanging a bag is very easy, much easier compared to the old equipment. (see purple circles in pic. #1 & #3) Besides the shape of the hanger makes me very easier when the heavy bag is taken out of the hanger. The precise hooking the bag onto a small steel bar which was indispensable in the old equipment is no longer requested.
Taken together, three excellent aspects are there in Toro Self-Propelled Lawn Mower.
1. Easy work to mow like a walk
2. Easy adjustment of blade height
3. Easy hanging a bag
September 2, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Prairiedog Do Not Buy
After using three times, refused to start. Paid $50 to have carb cleaned and bought fuel additive but am going to either return to Home Depot or sell immediately. Design flaw - there is no fuel shut off so you can let motor run fuel out of carburetor. If you leave fuel in it for more than a few weeks, it'll be another trip to shop and carb rebuild. Repair shop had a ton of this exact mower at their shop getting same repair work done due to same issues. This is ridiculous that they don't put fuel shut off valve on this. Bought an old McClane for a third of the price of this thing and starts on first pull every time - no fuel additives, no carb rebuilds, etc. DO NOT BUY this poorly designed and built mower unless you plan to drain fuel every time you use it, which is stupid.
April 14, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Grumblecakes DO NOT BUY this mower. Useless, even 1.5 years in!
As other reviews have pointed out, this is a terrible mower. From DAY ONE it has never started right (takes 4-5 pulls, instead of the promised two). "Guaranteed to start" is more of a guideline. I purchased this 8/24/13, so roughly a year and a half old. Will not start, first time I'm trying to mow this season!
I even had it serviced last September (roughly 13 months in) due to same issue. They say the carburetor is probably dirty. This early? I've tried cleaning every part of the mower I can get to, but still no luck! I even removed the gas drain screws under the air filter, saw a bit of goo come out, but seems clean now. And yet, no starting.
And yet, a mower I bought in 2001, which I gave to my brother when I moved out of state for a while, has zero problems at all. Craftsman, with Briggs & Stratton engine. That mower has never needed to be "run dry" or anything, in nearly 15 years. Still perfect.
And yet THIS mower? There is no level further to which I could recommend AGAINST this mower.
March 28, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Jeff Can't keep it running
I like the features and ease of use for this mower, but after owning it for 2 years, I've had twice that it stopped working and required $50 in maintenance to get it running again. I didn't expect to have to take a $300 mower into the shop every year to keep it running.
And if you search online for "Toro Kohler Engine Won't Start" or "Toro Kohler Engine Won't Keep Running," you will find hundreds of reports of the same problem.
May 3, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by mehhh Awesome...when it starts =( Instructions for fix included.
I've owned 1 yr since last spring. 1st year: flawless. Self-propel makes inclines easy, really steep ones take about the effort of pushing it yourself on flat ground (not bad at all, imo).
Followed storage directions and ran it out of gas before winter storage. Bust it out this spring - sputter start and dies after couple seconds (but at least it's getting spark from the plug). Guaranteed to Start sticker is ironic.
New gas, no spark issue, clean filter...carburetor is likely culprit. Spray carb cleaner into carb, no difference. I'm stuck.
To the interwebs, discover there's a bowl under the carb that pools gas and has a float in it - pic attached. Metal bowl is on the right, have to unbolt the filter housing to access and it's just the bottom bolt to remove (not sure why angled one is there). Probably housed last year's gas despite running it dry.
Unbolt the bowl, empty gas, spray bowl and top of float with carb cleaner. 1st pull, sputters longer before dying. 2nd & 3rd pull, sputters progressively longer. 4th pull it runs at a limp, after about 45 seconds of rough idling it sounds normal!
Mowed without issue. Couple days later starts up first pull, so at least I don't have a constant problem...yet. Still took twice as long as mowing just to troubleshoot, shot my entire day.
May 6, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Murf Miserable Piece of JUNK.....Don't waste your money!!
I bought this mower to replace a 20 year old Honda that I'd bought at Home Depot. The Honda was starting to have some minor carb issues so I figured that 20 years was a good long run and time to just get something new.
I was tempted away from a replacement Honda by the much cheaper Toro, and thought that they had a good reputation (although perhaps I am mistaken). My relationship with this inferior piece of junk lasted all of one day! I returned it to the store and was asked by the rep there what was wrong with it. My reply?...."There is nothing wrong with it, yet EVERYTHING wrong with it!".
Unless you have owned a quality mower such as a Honda, I cannot fully convey how lousy this Toro is, but some of the more glaring deficiencies it has are such.............
*The front wheel drive offers terrible traction on anything but the the most perfect conditions
*The wheel height adjusters are cheap and frustrating to adjust
*The bag is some flimsy mult-part apparatus that is a royal pain to attach correctly
*They claim this to be a variable speed mower, but all I could find was one.....mediocre slow
*The motor bogged down in conditions that the Honda used to be able to sail right thru
If I hadn't owned a Honda prior, perhaps I wouldn't be so harsh on the shortcomings of this mower, but when you've had something that works so well for 20 years, then go to something like THIS it just becomes glaringly obvious how inferior a product this Toro is. Couple that with the fact that the quality of the components just scream-out that they will likely fail prematurely and it became instantly clear after just one use that this thing wasn't going to be acceptable.
May 11, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Tcfrogie77 Worst mower I have ever owned
The mower was great the first year. Second year when we went to start it, wouldn't start. Had to have work done to get it going. Then it was fine the rest of that year. Now we go to start it this spring and the same thing again. It won't start. I could have bought three mowers for the price of this one after all the servicing and work that has been done. And we only have a 1/4 acre to mow. Very very disappointed. Never had a mower this bad.
April 27, 2015