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Toro 21"

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by wriken, Jul 29, 2001.

  1. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154

    Any pro/cons on the Toro (recycler), 21" mower. The one where you push the handle bar to go forward. Thanks
  2. Administrator

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  3. Redmowers

    Redmowers LawnSite Member
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    The Toro Personal Pace,we have one at work a aluminum deck.Not commercial duty I thought but we are on our 2nd or 3rd year ,and they haven't yet managed to break it !So it is tougher than I expected,I guess !Real nice to run infinate forward speeds and a neutral,not skidding it backwards!
  4. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154

    thanks guys for the info
  5. Bryan Wilson

    Bryan Wilson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    I used to have a Toro recycler. It was a great machine in dry weather. Add a little rain and it turned into a monster. The chute/bag system always plugged up. I was lucky to be able to cut one 40' row. I switched to an Ariens and the machine rarely plugs up
  6. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I wonder how they do in really tall grass (like in the offtopic pic!)
  7. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I have used them for years. I buy the home versions to save $$ over the ridiculously priced commercial versions. ($700 vs $950 for a heavier deck and wheels). But, I will say, the downside of these aluminum deck mowers is that the homeowner version tends to strip out the wheel height adjustment knotches in the deck over time. Then the deck slips out of place when mowing. I would definitely spend the extra money on the commerical versions to get the steel height adjustment assemblies and the extra durability if I were buying today, especially if employees will be using them.

    They're very easy to convert to mulch/bag, but the discharge doesn't work too great, lots of clumping. Get a side discharge model as a 2nd mower if you will be doing that a lot. I just keep on top of things and never let the grass get too high and heavy, and it mulches pretty well.

    It does tend to clog some in wet weather, though I suspect that most brands would.

    I like the engines on the higher Toro models, powerful and reliable ohv engines. The self-propelled drive systems have never failed on me, not ever.
  8. TGCummings

    TGCummings LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 773

    Hey Bernie,

    I have nothing but good things to say about my 21" Toro Proline Recyclers. With the size of lawns in my area, I use only those and a 36" Exmark Turf Tracer HP. The Exmark is considered by many commercial users to be the best of it's kind, and I upgraded to it about a year ago after being exclusively a 21" user. I've run a lot of different 21" mowers (doing mostly mulching), and the Toro Recycler (commercial grade) is the best of the lot, IMO. If you're going to use a 21, you won't go wrong with this machine, particularly if you plan to do a lot of mulching. Another great plus of it, as others have mentioned, is that it converts to a bagger in just seconds if you need to go that route.

  9. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,773

    THANKS guys:blob3:

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