Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 2165
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 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 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 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 Hugh Multiple problems two years later
My family used to own Toro mowers from years ago. My dad's mower from the sixties lasted decades. My present mower is just two years old. It will not stay running, and I found out why. The spark plug wire boot fails to retain the spark wire... it's broken. I was told they do not make a replacement wire. The coil is cast to the plug wire. Most people do not notice the plug wire is loose from the boot. They blame the gas, the carb, the air filter. The gas cap leaks and does not turn on and off properly. Handle all the adjustments carefully... they are cheesily made and can break. Toro does not stand behind their warranties. Get any other mower. Toro is dead.
July 31, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Raymus Worst mower I have ever owned.
I purchased this Recycler from HD on July 8th, 2014 - it is now May 29th, 2015 as of this writing. My area was in a severe drought at the time I purchased it but a few showers days before made my yard sprout up. I cut the lawn just fine for the first time. The mower and all features worked great. But it didn't rain again for a couple of months ( I do not waste water on my lawn). Before the 90-day return period ran out I had to mow again. Well, printed on the front of the mower it reads, "Guaranteed To Start." Yep, it sure did without issue. But it failed to stay running. I took it to the HD service center I was told the gas was old and it needed to be drained from the mower, all carb with associated fuel parts cleaned out, and put new gas in - they were going to charge me over $50 bucks to do the work. I left rather upset and did it myself. I added Stabil to the new gas this time thinking it would keep the gasoline fresh since I knew I was not going to need to cut the lawn again for a while - I have never had to drain the tank and flush the fuel lines and carb just to store a mower for a few months - who does that? No one I know. So the mower once again performed great now that it was all clean and devoid of "bag gas." I put the mower up for a few more months. Same thing, starts but won't keep running. The mower sputters and then the engine slowly dies. I've owned a dozen or so mowers in my 56 year life span thus far and I have never had this much trouble keeping a lawn mower running, ever! This drought has lasted 7-years so far. I've had a Briggs sitting for a year with the same gasoline in it and it always started and run great; never even needed a tune up - bad gas and all - but a hidden rock in the rough bent the shaft which ended that mowers life. Anyway, the same with the Craftsman before that - never an issue starting or running. I do not believe that gasoline refiners have changed the formulation of gas enough to cause this kind of an issue with any mower, so I am not sure what the problem is with this Toro/Kohler? I am pretty sure I am not the only person who infrequently uses their lawn mower. None of my neighbors have this issue with their mowers, not one! None of them have this mower either! Now rains have come to Austin over the past 30 days or so ending this drought - thankfully - but I cannot for the life of me understand why this mower just won't stay running - I need to cut my lawn every few days now and the thing just will not stay on and running - with stabilized gasoline in it less than three months old! I tried again just yesterday and the same ol' thing, starts but won't stay running. To say I am extremely frustrated doesn't even begin to express my feelings about this worthless machine. To top it off, when I started to pull it apart again yesterday to clean everything out I decided to check the spark plug and could not get it out because Kohler installed an odd-ball non conventional 17mm plug in the darned thing! I have every spark plug socket in my tool box except that one! Never had a need for anything else. To make matters more irritating you cannot get to the plug without a deep-well or spark plug socket. I did manage to get the plug out using a slightly over sized socket, which rounded the corners on the plug, and then purchased a Champion 5/8" standard plug to replace that OEM metric junk. Even though the original plug looks fine I will not reinstall it in this mower. Once the new plug is in and I clean this thing all out and get it running, I'm going to cut my lawn with it for the last time - I've had it! Then I will be delivering the Toro Recycler mower back to the Home Depot where I purchased it and they can have it back with my complements - I'll be taking on helluva financial hit but at this point I don't care. The frustration is not worth it. Then I'm off to Lowe's, or Sears, or Amazon for an electric model. Worst mower I have ever owned. My thumb is not big enough to fully express my Thumbs Down on this mower!!!
May 29, 2015