Walk Power Mowers

Recycler Super Recycler TimeMaster

To see pricing click the red model # in the chart below. Free shipping direct to your home on Recycler & Super Recycler Mowers. 

Some models are available for pickup at our store as indicated in the "Available" column. 

Available
Model
Series
Warranty /GTS
Engine
Control System
Front Propel
Rear
Propel
Spin Stop
Electric Start
Quick Stow
Smart Stow
High Wheel
Iso-Flex
Model
Free Ship
Recycler
2yr/3yr
B&S
EXi
Push
-
-
-
-
-
-
High
Wheel
-
Free Ship
Recycler
2yr/3yr
B&S
EXi
Push 
-
-
-
-
-
Smart
Stow
High
Wheel
-
Free Ship
Recycler
2yr/3yr
Kohler
Single Bail VS
Front Wheel
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Free Ship
Recycler
2yr/3yr
Kohler
Single Bail VS
Front Wheel
-
-
-
-
-
High
Wheel
-
Free Ship
Recycler
2yr/3yr
B&S
EXi
Single Bail VS
Front Wheel
-
-
-
-
Smart
Stow
High
Wheel
-
Free Ship
Recycler
2yr/3yr
B&S
EXi
Personal Pace
-
Rear Wheel
-
-
-
-
-
-
In Store*
Recycler
2yr/3yr
TORO
Personal Pace
-
Rear Wheel
-
-
-
-
-
-
Free Ship
Recycler
2yr/3yr
B&S
EXi
Personal Pace
-
Rear Wheel
-
Electric
Start
-
-
-
-
Free Ship
Recycler
2yr/3yr
B&S
EXi
Personal Pace
-
Rear Wheel
-
-
-
Smart
Stow
High
Wheel
-
In Store*
Recycler
2yr/3yr
B&S
EXi
Personal Pace
All Wheel
All Wheel
-
-
-
-
-
-
Free Ship
Recycler
2yr/3yr
TORO
Personal Pace
-
Rear Wheel
-
Electric
Start
-
-
-
-
Free Ship
Recycler
2yr/3yr
B&S
EXi
Personal Pace
-
Rear Wheel
Spin
Stop
-
-
-
-
-
Free Ship
Recycler
2yr/3yr
B&S
EXi
Personal Pace
Power Reverse
Rear Wheel
-
-
Quick
Stow
Smart
Stow
High
Wheel
Iso-Flex
In Store*
Recycler
2yr/3yr
TORO
Personal Pace
Power Reverse
Rear Wheel
-
-
Quick
Stow
-
High
Wheel
Iso-Flex
In Store*
Recycler
2yr/3yr
TORO
Personal Pace
-
Rear Wheel
Spin
Stop
-
-
-
-
-
In Store*
Super Recycler
5yr/5yr
TORO
Personal Pace
-
Rear Wheel
-
-
Quick
Stow
-
-
Iso-Flex
In Store*
Super Recycler
5yr/5yr
Honda
Personal Pace
--
Rear Wheel
-
-
Quick
Stow
-
-
-
In Store*
Super Recycler
5yr/5yr
TORO
Personal Pace

Rear Wheel
Spin
Stop
-
Quick
Stow
-
-
-
In Store*
Super Recycler
5yr/5yr
TORO
Personal Pace
-
Rear Wheel
-
Electric
Start
Quick
Stow
-
-
-
In Store*
TimeMaster
3yr/3yr
B&S
1000
Personal Pace
-
Rear Wheel
Spin
Stop
-
Quick
Stow
-
-
-
In Store*
TimeMaster
3yr/3yr
B&S
1000
Personal Pace
-
Rear Wheel
Spin
Stop
-
Quick
Stow
-
-
-

* "In Store" means it is a model that we typically stock. Check before coming to be sure. Or have a Recycler or Super Recycler shipped free direct to you by clicking the model # in red  in the feature chart above.


TORO Walk Power Mowers - Feature Overview

When it comes to quality self propelled mowers, there are two brands that are always at the top of the leading consumer magazine reviews. One of those is TORO and the other which scores about the same on tests is far more expensive, sometimes literally twice as expensive. Hence TORO consistently gets picked as the best value or overall buy. 

We suggest familiarizing yourself with the available features Toro offers below, figuring out which ones are important to you, and then going to the chart above to find the mower offering the combination of features you want.


TORO Recycler vs. TORO Super Recycler vs. TimeMaster

• The Recycler is Toro’s standard consumer mower of which there are several different models. The price of these models range from around $300 to over $400 depending on features. It is regularly selected by leading consumer magazines as a best overall value across the industry. They have stamped steel decks, a 2 year warranty and a 3 year guaranteed to start promise from Toro. Maximum height of cut = 4.0”

 The Super Recycler is built the way Toro would like to build every mower if price would allow. But the Super Recycler runs about an extra $150 compared to a similarly featured Recycler. The Super Recycler has a cast aluminum deck, a 5 year consumer warranty and a 5 year guarantee to start promise from Toro. Maximum height of cut = 4.25”. It also has additional components under the deck which increase mulching performance. It has a larger bag, heavier and more durable wheels, heavier transmission, grease fittings for the drive axle gears, and three handle heights for operator ease of use. A stow position where the handle locks in the straight up position to save space during storage. The Super Recycler is Toro’s top of the line consumer single blade self propelled mower and as such it is often purchased by professionals for commercial use, though it does not have a commercial warranty.

• TimeMaster: While the Recyclers & Super Recyclers above are single blade lawnmowers cutting a swath of up to 22", the TimeMaster cuts a 30" swath giving you about a 40% increase in productivity. By using two short blades rather than one long one, it allows the deck to be compact, light weight, and easy to handle. Maximum height of cut = 4.25”. It has a 3 year consumer warranty and a 3 year guarantee to start promise from Toro. This is a home owner machine, and though landscapers often buy it for commercial use, it does not have a commercial warranty. There is a commercial version of this mower called the TurfMaster which very durable to withstand full time commercial use, but it costs nearly twice as much, is heavier, and is not as well balanced and easy to use. Even homeowners who are accustomed to paying the extra to buy heavy duty commercial products would probably be happier with the consumer route on this one.


TORO Guarantee to Start Promise 

"Starts on the first or second pull for an able-bodied adult" Like most guarantees there are limits to what the manufacturer will cover. One of Toro's stipulations is "provided the routine maintenance required in the Operator’s Manual have been performed" and Toro also states "Repairs necessary due to failure to use fresh fuel (less than one month old), or failure to properly prepare the unit prior to any period of non-use over one month." The number one issue we see with equipment not starting, of all brands, is gummed up carburetors due to old fuel deteriorating. More than 19 out of 20 of the complaints you read about seasonally used small engines not starting are due to old fuel clogging up the fuel system. Manufacturer's do not cover this because it is not a defect and it is outside their control to prevent it from happening, but is easily preventable by the equipment owner. Please review the following linked page about: Fuel Management


Engines

• Briggs & Stratton EXi 163cc OHV. This is the engine that Briggs & Stratton says you "Never Need to Change the Oil ... Never!" This seems like a terrible idea to us and while the engine has not been out long, we have already had customers bring them to our shop complaining of them smoking and guess what; an oil change cleared it up. Apparently this engine is not fundamentally different from their other entry level engines, but marketing focus groups revealed it would be appealing to customers to never have to change the oil. To us it sounds a lot like "This engine isn't built to last long enough that changing the oil will matter." The models we stock mostly have Toro engines. 

• TORO 159cc OHV Engine. Cast iron cylinder sleeves. This engine has been out for several years and our customers have outstanding service from them. They carry a manufacturer warranty of up to 5 years depending on the machine purchased. Ask about an option to extend that engine warranty an extra year, making 5 years into 6 years, by purchasing a maintenance kit. 

• Kohler 149cc OHV - The carburetor clogs a little easier on this one than the others. But if you use fuel stabilizer and don't let your fuel get old, it does fine. 

• Honda GCV160 OHC - This is a proven engine design that seldom has issue, but given the choice we prefer the Toro engine.

• Briggs & Stratton 1000 Series OHV. This engine is used on the TimeMaster. It's a relatively new engine. We have seen solid performance so far. 


Rear Wheel Drive vs. Front Wheel Drive vs. All Wheel Drive

There is more weight on the rear wheels, due to the weight of the handle, the weight of operator’s arms on the handle, and in some cases a grass bag, all on the rear of the machine. Weight means more traction which means more pulling power especially up hills. In our service center when servicing Front Wheel Drive machines we regularly see slick front tires. This is because the Front Wheel Drive tires constantly spin and slip against the ground which also means they are doing a very poor job at pulling the machine. Front Wheel Drive may as well be called semi-self propel because if you buy a front wheel drive machine then you are going to be doing some pushing. But some may have had a different complaint about Rear Wheel Drive of too much traction, a complaint that has been solved and eliminated by a TORO exclusive feature called Personal Pace (see below). All Wheel Drive is front and rear wheel drive combined which is only marginally better than rear wheel drive alone, since the rear wheels do the bulk of the pulling anyway. 


Personal Pace Self Propel - All include Rear Wheel Drive and may also including All Wheel Drive or Power Reverse.

In the early days of RWD (Rear Wheel Drive) self propelled mowers, because they had so much traction, if you didn’t think to adjust the controls when you wanted to stop then it may have dragged you into the neighbors yard, or if you tried to stop it by force it may have popped a wheelie. Some brands even required the operator to put the machine in neutral before you could turn the machine. NONE OF THIS IS TRUE ABOUT PERSONAL PACE REAR WHEEL DRIVE MACHINES. Personal Pace is a feature where the handle on which you place your hands is a sensor allowing the mower to determine if you want the drive engaged and at what speed. It sounds complicated but is actually brilliantly simple both to operate as well as its design and reliability.  

Here is how you operate it: LAY YOUR HANDS ON THE HANDLE AND WALK. If you speed up the mower will speed up to match your speed. If you slow down it will again match your speed. If you stop, the mower will stop pulling itself. It may sound hard to believe, but come to our store and we will demonstrate it for you. No other system is easier or simpler to use.


Variable Speed Self Propel - Single Bail Handle

Keep in mind that Personal Pace is also a variable speed system. But when Toro uses a simple manual speed control system where you pull on a lever to make the machine go, they call it Variable Speed. It is used mostly on Front Wheel Drive machines where, upon wanting to stop, if you forget to let go of the control it doesn’t matter much anyway because the drive wheels will easily break traction and spin with no danger of dragging you. Toro seldom uses this manual single bail control system on machines that have the strong traction of rear wheel drive. 


Power Reverse

Power reverse is personal pace in both directions. Not only does the mower move forward when you push the handle forward, it also pushes itself backwards when you pull back on the handle. The rear wheels push the mower forward while the front wheels freewheel. The front wheels push the mower backwards while the rear wheels freewheel. 


Iso-Flex Handle

This where there the handle pivots vertically with a rubber bushing under the handle. Toro says this reduces vibration and allows the handle to float at a comfortable position for the operator. The feature first showed up on the power reverse models. Perhaps this was to reduce the abrupt pulling back & pressing down of the handle which could cause the front wheels to break traction right as front wheel traction is needed in reverse mode.


Quickstow Folding Handle

The handle on all of the Toro walk power mowers will fold, the difference between one and another is how easily and quickly it will fold. Mowers with the Quick Stowe handle provide a quick release mechanism allowing the handle to be re-positioned in seconds. 


Smartstow

These models have the quickstow handle as described above, but can also be be tilted up 90 degrees to reduce their footprint. 


High Wheel (Large Rear Wheels)

Large diameter rear wheels can make a mower easier to push over bumps and sticks with front wheel drive lawnmowers. With Rear Wheel Drive the mower will completely pull itself without you having to push so there is no particular need for large rear wheels with RWD. 


SpinStop (Also known as BBC - Blade Break Clutch)

As you will see on any modern mower there is a safety system to sense when you take your hands off the mower. With most mowers when you let go of the handle, the engine immediately turns off. This is the cheapest way to stop the blade from turning for your safety, but it can be quite inconvenient to have to keep re-starting the mower every time you dump the bag or step away to pickup a stick. Spin Stop is different. When you let go of the handle, the blade stops turning but the engine continues to run. This allows you to easily stop the blade anytime you want without having to re-start the mower. Dump the bag, step away to pickup a piece of trash, or simply disengage the blade because you are going across some gravel and you don’t want to blow dust and rocks.  


Electric Start

If you have a bad shoulder or just don’t want to pull that rope for whatever reason then Electric Start is just what it sounds like. You turn a key or push a button and the mower starts itself, it’s that simple. There is typically still a pull cord present to serve as a back up method of starting.  Most electric start mowers do not have power generation to re-charge the battery. This means that a couple of times a year you will need to plug the mower up to an electrical outlet to re-charge the battery. The charger is a simple little AC adapter that looks very similar to a typical cell phone charger. It is included with the mower. When the mower needs charging you will be able to hear a sluggishness in how fast it spins over when starting. The model 20384 is an exception to the “typical” described above.  It does have onboard power generation so it can charge itself during operation. 


Cast Aluminum Alloy Deck vs. Stamped Steel Deck

Stamping a piece of sheet metal into the shape of a mowing deck is the least expensive way to manufacture a lawnmower. But by casting a deck out of aluminum it can be made thicker where it needs to be more durable like the attachment points of wheels, handle and engine. Steel rusts while aluminum does not. If a mower’s sale sheet does not specify deck construction or material, then you can correctly assume it is stamped steel. Toro's Recycler's use a stamped steel deck / frame. Toro's Super Recycler's use a cast aluminum deck / frame. The TimeMaster's use the combination of a cast aluminum frame and stamped steel deck.