TORO 22" Model 20017
(Delaware, OH, USA)
TORO 22" Model 20017 Personal Pace Self-Propel Recycler Mower with Rear Bag
I purchased this mower new in the spring of 2003. With tax, the purchase price came to about $380.00, so I expected a lot from this mower. I was not disappointed. Per Toro, they have a guarantee for their mowers to always start on the first or second pull. This fact, and the superb history of the Toro brand, is why I purchased this particular brand.
I did a lot of research before I made this purchase via Consumer Reports magazine and the internet. I have never regretted my purchase. This mower is wonderful. I have abused it at times and tried to take care of it at other times and it has never failed me. It ALWAYS starts on the first pull and has never broken down. Other than routine maintenance (i.e. filter/oil changes and blade sharpening), I have done nothing but use the mower, happily.
This particular model comes with a Tecumseh 6.5 hp GTS Engine and the 3-in-1 No Tools Cutting System converts from Recycler (mulching) to rear bag or side discharge without tools, so its easy for anyone to use. My wife who is horrible with yard tools (not to be sexist--it is just a fact of who she is), has been able to use this mower without any problems as well, especially since its self-propelled at whatever pace you walk. Its just a great all-around mower.
I would recommend this mower to anyone who is in the market for a gasoline powered mower that will last them for years and years. I recently sold this mower, as I switched to an electric mower, and I have to say I miss it. I love my electric mower, but the Toro one did work better all around.