The Toro 20371 is part of the lawn mower & tractor
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, self propelled mower
models like the 20371 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Reflects a combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how completely the mower distributed its clippings over the lawn's surface.
Denotes a combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how much clippings the bag held before it filled or the chute clogged.
A combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how evenly clippings were dispersed from the side-discharge chute.
About This Brand
Toro makes and markets lawn mowers and zero-turn riders under the Toro and Lawn Boy names. The Toro and Lawn Boy brands are considered premium. Most Toro and Lawn Boy lawn mowers are self-propelled, fully featured, and have Briggs & Stratton and Honda engines. Some models in the line comply with California emissions. Toro and Lawn Boy mowers are sold through dealers and at Home Depot. Toro also markets a line of lawn tractors made by MTD.
Forward speeds Some self-propelled mowers have one speed, usually about 2 1/2 mph; others have several. Still others have a continuous range, typically from 1 to 3 mph. Two or more speeds let you adjust to the terrain and grass.
Drive wheels Front-wheel drive lets you make U-turns by pushing down on the handlebar and swinging the mower around without disengaging the drive. The downside is less traction than you get from mowers with rear-wheel drive.
Deck size (in.) Most models have a deck size, or cutting swath, of 20 to 22 inches. There is no significant advantage from one size to another. A larger deck can cut more grass in a single pass, but in this size range the difference is negligible.
Deck size (in.)
Engine size For gas-powered mowers, engine size in cubic centimeters (cc) provides a rough indication of the engine's power; electric models are rated in volts (for cordless) or amperes (corded). A larger number for either a gas or electric model, however, does not necessarily result in better cutting performance.
Engine manufacturer Stated manufacturer of a gasoline engine. For some mowers the engine manufacturer is not documented and is listed as "unknown."
Electric start Starts a gasoline-powered engine with the turn of a key by the operator. An electric start is powered by an on-board battery that requires periodic charging.
Blade brake clutch Allows the gasoline engine to continue to run when the operator leaves the area behind the handlebar to empty the grass-clipping collection bag or to move an object in the path of the mower. It saves wear on the engine by reducing stopping/restarting cycles.
Have used mower 4 times since buying at the end of April. The 3rd and 4th times using it found the mower doesn't start on the first try ( though Toro guarantees it will)and this 4th time won't stay running.<br /> When it does run any kind of grass over 2 inches high bogs the mower down to the point of stalling. The front wheel self propelled drive only really works well if you lift up on mower as wheels don't contact the ground well enough for traction.<br /><br />The Toro name used to stand for good quality but this mower is a piece of junk. Do not buy.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Gasport Joe
from Gasport NY
Happy with the Toro Model 20371 mower.
I read the one comment on this model not working well with ethanol blend fuels. If you read the manual, it specifically says NOT to use ethanol based fuels. Although I live out in a rural area, I do have a service station that has Pure Gas available, 91 octane and NO ethanol. My wife bought this mower for me for Father's day 2013, and I have used it weekly in season to mow more than 1/2 an acre each time I mow. It starts on the first pull every time, other than the first time this spring. I emptied and flushed the fuel tank with fresh fuel, and started right up!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Austin, TX
do not recommend
Requires Constant Maintenance
This mower seems excessively sensitive to ethanol. I bought it in August of 2012. It worked fine at first. I'm not picky - just want to mulch-mow my yard every two weeks - but I can't comment on anything it potentially could do well when it won't start. (When it does start, it performs adequately. I'm not looking for much.) It should be able to take up to 10% ethanol, but the first time I had it serveced for not starting after sitting all winter, the repair man said I had to use fresh fuel and stabilizers. Near the end of last season, I had to clean the carburetor again myself. This spring, I had it serviced again, with fresh gas, and two weeks later, it did not start. My previous mower does not have this problem, and, as far as I know, my ex is still using it. Professionals tell me it's a common problem, but no one else I know has experiencd this.