Toro 20066 Personal Pace Recycler Mower
I've been using this mower throughout the summer and am quite pleased with it. The engine is powerful and very easy to start (always within two pulls, usually one).
The mower is easy to operate - just pull the cord and go! The Personal Pace feature is well designed and convenient to use because you don't have to mess with any control lever or knob. All you have to do is walk at your own pace. The only major complaint I have is the amount of plastic used in the build.
I wouldn't say the amount is too excessive, but even though it looks pretty rugged, I worry how well it will all hold up after a few years. Definitely not a deal-breaker, though.
The mower uses a 6.75HP Briggs & Stratton engine, which was one of the selling points for me. I've used other B&S powered lawn equipment and tools, and the engines have all held up well. Also, parts and manuals are usually easy to find. The mower performs well and has proven powerful enough for my needs. It doesn't get bogged down when trimming high grass and weeds and even some light brush.
This mower is actually quieter than my past mowers, which makes it much nicer to use. I like to mow using isolating headphones, and with the Toro, I find that I can listen at lower volumes.
The mower can be used with or without a bag. Unless the grass has gotten really high, I almost always use it bagless. For general use I find that the clippings are fine enough not to worry about so I just let it recycle.
When I do need the bag, it is easy enough to attach and empty. The blade is plenty sharp and does a great job - though I have managed to put a few notches in it by running over an old stump. I'll probably look into sharpening it when it comes time do some maintenance.
This is the second self-propelled mower I've used. My previous Sears mower had a self-propelled feature, but it felt clunkier to use and seemed less powerful.
With the Toro, I have no problems mowing up some fairly steep banks and hills. The only complaint I have regarding the drive system is that its top speed is just a little too slow for my liking.
All in all, the Toro has been a great mower and I highly recommend looking into it if you are in the market for a new push mower.