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The Toro recycler® (22") 190cc briggs & stratton personal pace® lawn mower w/ blade override has been discontinued and is not available for purchase at this time.


Toro Recycler® (22") 190cc Briggs & Stratton Personal Pace® Lawn Mower w/ Blade Override

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Model: 20333
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Entry Level Lawn Mowers
Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers
Surface Area
Medium Home
Flat Terrain

Cutting Inches

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Briggs & Stratton® ReadyStart™ Engine
No need to choke or prime the engine – just start and go

22" Recycler® Cutting Deck
Cut more grass in less time and improve the health of your lawn

Blade Override System (BOS)
Stops the blade without having to restart the engine

Personal Pace® Self-Propel Rear Wheel Drive System
Mower automatically senses and adapts to your walking speed

Bag On Demand Quick Change Lever
Switch from mulching to bagging in seconds
Bag can stay mounted in either mode

Easy Height Adjustment
Quickly change between 1" – 4" cutting heights with no fuss

Quick-Wash Port
Simply attach a garden hose to the top of the mower deck
Flush the underside clean while the mower’s right sideup

3 Year Power Train Warranty

3 Year Guaranteed-to-Start Warranty

2 Year Full Coverage Warranty

Engine Brand
Briggs & Stratton Quantum
Starting System
Recoil Start
Engine Cycle
190 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
0.4 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Oil Filter
6.75 Lbs
Consumer Engine Warranty
2 Years
Cutting Options
3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
Deck Material
Deck Construction
1 Blade
Deck Positions
7 Positions
Cutting Height
1.0-4.0 Inches
Maximum Speed
4.5 MPH
Drive Wheels
Rear Wheels
Drive System
Rear Bagger
Hour Meter
Mulcher Kit
Front Tire Size
8 Inch
Rear Tire Size
8 Inch
Tire Type
Plastic Wheels
88 Pounds
Consumer Warranty
2 Years
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Q: What is the difference between Personal Pace and Self Propelled?
by Steve Brasington from South Carolina on April 09, 2015

A: Steve - Toro's "Personal Pace" system is one type of self-propelled drive system on a walk behind mower. The Personal Pace self-propel system automatically adjusts the speed of the mower to your walking speed. With a normal self-propelled system, the speed of the mower is controlled with a bail, a lever or some other mechanical means.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Oil drain plug where is it
by Dave from Michigan on August 18, 2011

A: Dave - the Toro Recycler mowers (including the 20334) do not have an oil drain plug. To drain the oil, you would (1) run the engine a few minutes before changing the oil to warm it. (2) move the mower to a level surface. (3) remove the dipstick. (4) tip the mower onto its side with the air filter up to drain the used oil out through the oil fill tube.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: I own a TORO 20330 ser#310058489. The top speed is too fast for me and it is difficult to hold the speed lever at the right speed. Can the top speed of this mower be adjusted slower?
by Jame W. Norris from Wisconsin on June 14, 2011

A: James - The maximum self-propel ground speed on the Toro Recycler self-propelled mowers is fixed. To reduce the ground speed, increase the space between
the self-propel drive bar and the handle.
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: The Home Depot Store has an Atomic Replacement 22" blade. The store lists the model numbers of the mowers that this blade fits, but none of those numbers match my Toro model #20333. Is there a different blade for this lawn mower? I can't seem to find any blade that matches my lawnmower model.
by Mary Ann from New York on May 31, 2011

A: Mary Ann - the Toro model #20333 mower uses a Toro #108-9764-03 mower blade. 20333 mower blade
by Jose, Product Expert

Q: Hooking the hose to the mower deck doesn't get the grass off from underneath very well after mowing. I have to manually dig the grass out of the deck using a putty knife. Is there anything I can do to eliminate the need for this every time I mow?
I wait until the grass is dry before mowing, but it still sticks to the deck and is moist.

Also, the mower builds up clumps of grass when mowing and I have to lift the deck & wait for the clumps to clear out, but then it leaves a bunch of grass on the spot where I stopped.

This is probably all related to the amount of rain we've been having and the inability to mow while grass is not very tall, but I just wondered if you had any tips, like is there some kind of spray I could use on the deck to keep the grass from sticking? At this point the deck is no longer "red" but rather dark with remnants of caked on grass.

The mower is about 2/3 years old, Model # 2033 with blade override.

Thanks for any suggestions you may have.

Mary Ann

by Mary Ann from New York on May 31, 2011

A: Mary Ann - there are several non-stick sprays that you can apply to the underside of your mower deck to prevent the grass from sticking to the deck and building up while you mow. Toro makes a very good non-stick spray you may want to consider. Toro non-stick spray
by Jose, Product Expert

Toro 20333 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
3.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 5
Easy To Use (1)
Light Weight (1)
Fast (1)
Features (1)
Reliable (1)
Durability (1)
Expensive (1)
Unreliable (1)
Packaging (1)
Personal Pace Is Hard To... (1)
57% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Jon Hoch, Founder
Bolingbrook, IL
Total Reviews
73 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
256 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
What's Blade Override?
Think about your old lawnmower. Every time you let go of the handle the engine shut off.

Move a ball. Shut off the engine.

Pick a weed. Shut of the engine.

Release the handle of any reason and the engine shuts off for safety.

But... if the blade isn't spinning, there aren't any hazards.

Basically, Toro's blade override system allows the engine to keep running but stops the blade from spinning.

Yes, it's convenient.

The better benefit, however, is reduced wear on the... more
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Auburn, WA
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Best Yet
I am 76 years old so I have had many mowers. This is the best yet. I actually look forward to mowing my lawn.

I brought it home and assembled it, put in the oil, filled the gas tank, turned the on button to On, pulled the starter rope once, and it started. I usually can start it with just one pull. ( except when I forget to turn the off/on button to on- remember I'm 76).

I love the blade override, and the walk along speed control. The only negative thing I found was the hose port. I can... more
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Downingtown, PA
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Warranty Problem
Seriously the dumbest purchase I ever made- the mower lasted three cuts and fell apart. Wheels came off, drive system locked up.

I called the Toro service rep (Frames) in Chester County Pa, and they said they wouldn't fix it because I didn't buy it there. Going in the trash can. I'm out like $500 bucks.
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Toro's warranty policy is that a Toro Authorized Service Facility has to do the warranty repair, no matter where it's purchased.

We contacted Toro on your behalf; they are sending the parts you need directly to you at no charge.

They will also contact the folks at Frame's and review their Warranty Policy.

For the future, the Service Locator on our web site shows several other service locations close by- West Chester Lawn & Garden; Brandywine Ace Hardware, also in West Chester- as well as 6 others in outlying towns.

There's no need to go where you won't get good service!
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Please bring your Toro mower to the nearest dealer for servicing within two years of your purchase date and Toro will fix your unit for free. Please call our customer service number if you have any other questions (888) 384-9939 (toll free).
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Linda P.
Alma, MI
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 6/12/12
Total Helpful Votes
11 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
The Third Mower In My Shed
My mower was extremely ill and hard to use. The self-propel feature no longer worked and it wouldn't roll backwards.

I went to my local hardware and picked up a cheap mower- not self propelled with no bagger. That was not a good buy.

So I checked my Consumer Reports and the next mower I purchased was rated as a Best Buy- and it was. I now love my mower.

The only way I could be happier is if it was a rider, it works just great. The bagger is easy to empty and it is a great feature not... more
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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Desperate For A Working Mower
I first checked my consumers reports where this mower was rated as a best buy. The price was comparable and I was amazed at how quickly my mower arrived. I am extremely pleased with my purchase and the way it works.
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Jim L.
Maumee, OH
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 4/25/14
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Mower Tough Features
The quality of this mower is very good. Starts first pull as advertised. Mows good and is not slowed by tall grass. The personal pace feature is very hard to control. The handle moves easily so it's always changing speeds on a bumpy lawn. The mowers great but I would not get the personal pace again.
Pros: Durable, Price, Exceeded Expectations, Reliable
Cons: Difficult To Use, Personal Pace Is Hard To Use
Jim Recommends This Toro Mower
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Kris E.
Kernersville, NC
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 3/28/15
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Great Mower/poor Assembly
The mower came as expected, and the assembly was easy. However, when I began operating the mower I was not halfway done mowing the lawn when the rear drive transmission wheel fell off. Lucky for me, I am a mechanical person, so I was able to locate all the parts after they fell off and reassemble.

After torquing the bolt to about 20 lbs/in., the wheel has not fallen off since. I read a similar review where this had happened and I thought it was just an angry customer until it happened to... more
Pros: Features, Easy To Use, Light Weight, Fast
Cons: Packaging
Kris Recommends This Toro Mower
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Daniel L.
Irving, TX
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 8/15/15
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Lawn Mower And Great Service
I have had Toro mower for several years, and I bought this mower for my daughter. It works great, much better than her other mower. The Toro cuts her thick St. Augustine grass without slowing or stalling out.
Daniel Recommends This Toro Mower
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Michael G.
Kansas City, MO
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Newer Not Always Better
I bought a Toro 23-25-years ago it worked great for 17 years it had a Kawasaki motor on it. The self-propelled finally stopping working. So I bought another Toro this one had a Briggs and Stratton engine. 6 years later it has stopped running I took it to a dealer and they said I need a new engine. Who knew there would be so much difference between engines. I changed the oil in the last Toro never thought about it with the old Kawasaki.
Michael Does Not Recommend This Mower
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Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 6/7/15
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Just Right
Wife mows for exercise at our house. Bought this mower because it's easy to start, and for three other reasons. Asked the wife what she liked best about her new mower, and she listed the three features I had best liked when purchasing it:

1. Blade stop system no need to kill the engine when emptying the bag.
2. Can turn bagging on or off with the simple flip of a lever.
3. Personal pace variable speed self propel system.
Dan Recommends This Toro Mower
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Arlen K.
Billings, MT
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Not Running Smooth
mower was not running smooth when i first started using it. i told the store about it. they said to bring it in, i did. they charged me $15.00 to tell me i was using the wrong gas.

I was using the gas the operating manual said, 87 octane with 10% ethanol. they told me the people writing the manual did not know what they were writing.
Arlen Does Not Recommend This Mower
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