Toro 20360 e-Cycler 20-Inch 36-Volt Cordless Electric Lawn Mower
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- Redesigned packaging for 2011 to reduce shipping damage
- Weighs only 77 lbs – lighter than most other battery/cordless mowers.
- Simple two-step operator controls – integrated one-handed control assembly with two-step action – safe and easy to use.
- The 4-inch deep-domed deck design is specially designed for superior mulching performance.
- 2-Year Full Coverage Warranty.
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|Cutting width||20 inches|
|Item Dimensions||39 x 21.5 x 56.7 inches|
|Item Weight||77 pounds|
|Manufacturer Part Number||20360|
|Shipping Weight||90.45 pounds|
TORO 20 In. Cordless Mowe
The Toro 20360 e-Cycler Cordless Mower is a push power mower that features superior mulching performance and a lightweight design. Because it's battery powered, this mower will spare you from the hassles of buying gas or oil and will save you money, time, and energy. For further convenience, the e-Cycle is easy to operate and features a durable steel deck that cuts a 20-inch swath and is height adjustable to meet your needs.
Simply insert the key, move the control lever toward the handle, and you're ready to mow.
The deep-domed deck is designed to increase the performance of the mulching system.
Sturdy 7" front wheels and 8" rear wheels make the e-Cycler easy to maneuver.
With the e-Cycler Cordless Mower, you won't have to worry about refueling, buying gas or oil, or dealing with messy spills in your garage or shed. The powerful, emission-free, 36-volt battery will give you up to 10,000 square feet of mowing on just one charge.
Easy Starts and Trouble-Free Operation
To start the e-Cycler, simply insert the key and move the control lever toward the handle. The sturdy and thick 7-inch front wheels and 8-inch rear wheels make the mower easy to maneuver, while the small profile of the 20-inch dome allows you to mow in those hard-to-reach places.
Choose from Mulching or Bag Collection
The deep-domed deck is specially designed to increase the performance of the e-Cycler mulching system, which minces grass clippings into fine particles, putting them back onto your lawn to give you a healthy, lush looking yard.
If you'd prefer to collect your grass and leaf clippings, you can quickly and easily attach the grass bag.
Powerful Battery is Easy to Charge
The e-Cycler's battery is charged at the factory, so you can get started mowing right away. After that, it takes approximately 12 to 16 hours to fully charge a depleted battery.
It's recommended that you charge the battery after each use with the included charger cord, which plugs directly into a household outlet. To make things simple, a two-color LED tells you whether your battery is charging or is fully charged.
The Toro 20360 e-Cycler Cordless Mower is backed by a two-year warranty that offers full coverage for the mower and the battery.
What's in the Box
Toro 20360 e-Cycler Cordless Mower, battery, and charger cord.
Top Customer Reviews
I've had this machine for a whole season and was able to test it back to back with our B&D CMM1000 24V 19" cordless mower before I sold it some months back. To make things fair I sharpened the B&D and cleaned the deck. The Toro was substantially quieter and easier to maneuver (It's lighter and the weight is biased towards the rear wheels. After 12 years the B&D is still an impressive machine but in tall or wet grass it simply couldn't keep up. I had to re-mow with the B&D while the Toro gave a good cut with a single pass - even when walking quickly! You could hear the motor slow down but it still gave an excellent cut and mulched effectively.
The improved performance isn't surprising given the extra voltage. I'd note that when we bought the Black & Decker CMM1000 ~11 years ago, the only other cordless mower was the Neuton 14" via mail order. Now there are more than you can shake a stick at (SEE CHART)
Fit and finish is good but some items do not inspire confidence. The plastic motor cover is flimsy though it's hard to judge as two of the plastic bosses were broken (more on that later) Where the charger plugs in wobbles a lot and the locknut holding the circuit breaker in place was half off with no Loctite applied. This would have been lost within the first hour of use. Finally, the first time I tried to attach the grass catcher I had to wrestle with a wire which interfered with the grass door.
The handle folds but it's the same others - you have a large plastic wingnut you have to turn...and turn...and turn... Hasn't anyone come up with a better quick release for this?
The metal deck makes a big difference - it's deeper and mulches more efficiently, and makes for a smaller overall mower - despite this, our old B&D CMM1000 feels slightly more solid. Also, The B&D had a proper "Mulch Plug" while the Toro mulch cover allows grass to collect in a hollow area behind the mulch door - despite this, I never noticed the grass clumping. The one annoyance is that you have to tilt the mower to dump this out or you are going to be dragging it into your garage.
Also the Toro's metal deck allows the blade to get much closer to fences and trees. With the B&D, the 2 layer plastic deck was much thicker so the blade was at least 3" away. This is more like 1" <UPDATE> It's the wheel placement. If you lay a straight edge across the outside of the wheels, there's 1/2" to the Toro blade but 1-1/2 inches on the Black and Decker. Unfortunately the Toro seems to waste this advantage on one side as the handle sticks out so that it rubs if you mow with a fence on your right.
Toro says "Lighter than most other cordless mowers" but I'm not so sure (SEE CHART)
I have mixed feelings about the on/off switch. I preferred the dead mans bar on the B&D rather than this lever, which forces you to keep your right hand on the handle at all times. On the other hand, you can power off when crossing a sidewalk or driveway just by relaxing your grip.
Overall, this mower performs well but doesn't of the other features / details right. For the price, I think the B&DCM1936 offers a lot more, but if flat out mowing performance is your criteria, this is the one for you.
I might be biased towards B&D given our 10+ trouble free years with their CMM1000, but you could say that I might also have a favorable bias towards the Toro since I received it through Amazon Vine.
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I received this item with some minor damage. There are 4 screws which hold the top plastic cover on. Two of the screw bosses were broken. When I removed the cover, I saw that the two zip ties holding the batteries down were also broken. Finally, one of the rear wheel adjusters was bent. I called Toro up and after a Looooong time on hold they told me to either pay to have it repaired myself or to go through Amazon and return it. Not really worth the hassle and rather frustrating.
+ 36 volts gives LOTS of power - mulches effortlessly
+ 20 inch cutting path (really 19-5/8", but our 19" B&D was only 18-1/2)
+ Tall metal deck gives more complete mulching
+ Wheel placement BIG plus for cutting next to fences, trees
- Toro Customer Service
- Does not store vertically like the B&D
- Wheels adjust individually
- No dead man bar
- Grass catcher very small (perhaps 1/2 the volume of the B&D)
- Charger plug wobbles
- Bar not as ergonomic, also rubs against fence when mowing alongside.
I've put a quick guide of the most popular models on Amazon. All info reported by manufacturer. Amazon won't let me put prices in my review, sorry!
Neuton CE5.3............14"/24V/240......48#....Plastic deck, Removable batt.
B&D CM1836..............18"/36V/NA.......64#....Plastic deck
Greenworks 25092......18"/24V/480......95#....Self Propel, Removable Batt
Worx ECO WG780.......19"/24V/408......80#....Removable Battery
Haussmann CLM46NU...19"/24V/NA........94#....Haussmann who?? Metal deck
B&D CMM1200.............19"/24V/432......76#....Update to our old CM1000
B&D CM1936...............19"/36V/360.......72#....Plastic deck, Removable Batt
Neuton CE6................19"/36V/360.......69#....Plastic deck, Removable Batt
Earthwise 60120..........20"/24V/480......92#....Metal deck, Removable Batt
Toro 20360.................20"/36V/432......77#....Metal deck
<FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS>
>>Why SHOULD I get a cordless electric mower? They are super quiet, clean, and convenient. They aren't necessarily cheaper than a gas mower since they cost more up front but there is almost NO maintenance. (We spent [...] over 10 years for a set of replacement batteries.) Corded electric mowers are a lot cheaper but then you have a cord. Also, certain models like the B&D can be stored vertically since there is no oil or gas to leak out
>>Why SHOULDN'T I get a cordless mower? Up front cost (Typically [...] more) Also, They weigh significantly more than gas mowers so if you have a hilly lot or have difficulty with physical exertion, forget it. They don't have as much power as gas (even the 36V ones) and re-fueling means charging for a few hours so if your lot is over ½ acre you may want to reconsider.
>>Why do they all come with mulching PLUS bagging? Electric powered mowers have come a long ways but mulching still takes a LOT more power than discharging, so bagging is pretty much a standard feature for when you let your grass get too long.
>>What is a watt-hour? It's basically how big your gas tank is - the more watt-hours, the longer you can mow before you have to recharge.
>>Is the cutting path a big deal? It can be - 1) The first thing manufacturers do when power is marginal is reduce the blade size, so I tend to see the smaller mowers as more likely to be underpowered. Second, when you consider a ~3" overlap on each pass, a 20" blade effectively cuts 13% more than an 18" (especially since manufacturers generally inflate their blade lengths by about 1/2") If you have a larger yard, you definitely do NOT want anything under 18"
>>Why might I want a removable battery? If you have a large yard, you can swap out for more run time (Note that a second battery typically costs [...]). Also, You WILL need to replace the batteries eventually, and a this makes it easier (Note that I replaced the CMM1000 batteries by myself, about a 20 minute job requiring only a screwdriver and pliers) Finally, if you keep the mower in a shed that doesn't have power, a removable battery will let you bring it in for charging.
>>Why should I care about higher voltage? Higher voltage = more power, PLUS you can recharge the mower faster. With the same chemistry and current, a 36V mower will charge 50% faster than a 24V mower.
>>Metal deck or plastic? Metal rusts but with minimal care it's not an issue. Plastic does get scratched up, and since it isn't as strong, it makes for a larger mower.
If you've found this review helpful or have questions/comments, please let me know!
I have approximately 4500 sq. ft. of lawn and here are my observations after using the e-Cycler in its mulching mode:
*Delivers a very even cut and the grass particles are finely cut, which should make for efficient mulching.
*The sound of the mower is like that of a large fan and is considerably quieter than a gas model.
*The wheels are inset into the deck, which allows the mower to cut very close to bushes, trees, etc.
*Although the machine weighs approximately 75 pounds, it is well-balanced and easy to maneuver.
*The handle is covered with a thick, foam-type rubber and is the most comfortable I've ever used.
*The handle-mounted on-off switch requires a minimum effort to hold in the "On" position. Releasing it stops the motor within a second or two.
*I've found that after mowing my moderately-sized lawn, the battery completely recharges in only 2-3 hours. The 10-16 hours that Toro recommends must be for severe service.
*The handle easily folds, making it possible to store the mower in a relatively small space.
*Each wheel must be separately adjusted to set the cutting height. The levers with which you do this are made of spring steel and even though they have rubber grips, quite a bit of effort is required to move them.
*If you intend to bag rather than mulch, be aware that the well-designed grass catcher is quite small, with a capacity of less than one cubic foot, so be ready to have to empty it often.
One other point: The mower has a "key" (it looks like a large spade fuse) which must be inserted into the side of the machine before the motor will start. This is a good security feature and can keep unauthorized people from operating the mower. However, it isn't very big and is a dull red color so it could be hard to find if dropped or mislaid. It does have a small hole for hanging; however, I'd suggest instead that you get or make a key tag in a bright color and attach it to the key. I made a tag by cutting out a 2" x 2" piece of yellow Lexan plastic and attached it to the key with a loop of sturdy cord. The bright yellow makes the key hard to miss and the looped cord makes it easy to hang on a nail.
Summing up, I am very much pleased with the performance of the e-Cycler. The "fit and finish" seem to follow in the tradition of other Toro products and the unit appears to be well-built and sturdy, suggesting a long service life. Toro mowers have long been noted for their effective deck design and this was demonstrated to me after I'd finished mowing my lawn for the first time. I was pushing the mower toward my garden shed when I noticed that I was still holding the switch in the "On" position. The machine is so much quieter than my old gas mower that I hadn't noticed at first. As soon as I released the switch and the motor stopped I noticed that the mower was a bit easier to push. Apparently, the deck and blade design creates a lot of suction, which pulls the grass blades up for efficient cutting. So you could say that this mower really sucks. But in a good way.
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