Toro Recycler SmartStow 22¨ Personal Pace Lawn Mower – 190cc Review

With high-quality, user-friendly design, the Toro 22 in. Recycler Personal Pace Mower with SmartStow is the perfect product for your outdoor job. Powered by a durable Briggs & Stratton engine, it is designed for years of peak performance. It also conveniently stores upright to save space in your garage.

  • Save storage space. takes up 70% less space in your garage by storing upright. simply fold, lock and store with smartstow
  • Make mowing less work; match your walking speed with personal pace self-propel system; rear-wheel drive self-propel provides better traction in all cutting conditions – let the mower do the work
  • Powered by a Briggs & Stratton 7.25 ft. lb. gross torque 163cc OHV EXi engine with ready start – no need to prime or choke the engine
  • No oil changes for the life of the engine with Just check and add oil, check the oil tank level and add oil as needed
  • get a healthy-looking lawn by returning nutrient-rich clippings to the soil with the recycler cutting technology and strong steel 22 in. cutting deck
  • Lightweight and maneuverable, 11 in. rear wheels provide good traction for normal mowing conditions or rough and uneven terrain
  • Exceptional versatility with mulch, bag, and side-discharge. Reduce clumps and add nutrients with the mulching option, get that perfectly manicured look with bagging, or use side discharge when cutting tall, thick grass
  • Bagging to mulching made easy with the quick connect bagging system
  • Easily clean the underside of the deck with the washout port; just attach a hose to the mower deck; it is a convenient way to clean the bottom of the deck – maintaining optimum airflow for high performance
  • Manicure lawn to your specifications with 9 cutting positions with 1-4 in. cutting height range
  • Follow the blue; this model has the following blue smart features from Toro: smart show, personal pace self-propel system, bag on demand, smart show
  • 3-year guaranteed-to-start engine warranty and 2-year full warranty; see retailer for details
  • Protect your mower’s engine by adding Toro Top-it-Off SAE 30 4-Cycle Premium Lawn Mower Engine Oil. Just Top-it-Off as needed.
  • The gross torque of this engine was laboratory rated at 2600 RPM per SAE J1940 by the engine manufacturer, as configured to meet safety, emission, and operating requirements; the actual engine torque on this class of mower will be significantly lower
  • Create your perfect Toro Recycler lawn mower online with the Click here to view Toro Builder Construct your mower by choosing the deck, engine, drive system, and many more options, including accessories. Build yours now!
  • Use the Toro fuel stabilizer to maintain your engine and increase the longevity of your mower.

Best mulching and even cutting mower I have ever used. It is lightweight, Personal Pace Variable Speed self-propulsion can be super fast or just a slow crawl just by simply pushing on the handlebar. The greatest thing with the 22-inch deck, for every two passes, cut the width of 2.5 passes on the previous 21-inch deck reducing the number of passes. Therefore, this mower cut a lot faster for me. Deck cut width is wider than tire width so the following passes cut the tire compression ruts so no clumping or pilling of clippings accumulation when mulch mowing.

Care should be taken when filling up the gas tank and possibly too steep of lawns as the Auto choke feature which is a small tube at top of gas tank throat allows vapor to bleed into the air filter chamber. DON’T overfill the gas tank or mow on a steep incline with a full tank, gas can flow through the choke vapor tube directly onto the filter saturating it and cause misfires. So, don’t overfill the gas tank like I did the first time but the filter dried quickly and I did not have problems starting.

The smart show feature is great saves a lot of garage space. I mow Bermuda grass lawn every 5 to 6 days max keeping a nice green manicured lawn preventing scalping and browning caused from going too long between mows. This mower is the best mower I have ever used doing the frequent mulch mowing. Finest grass clippings and absolutely no bunching or clumping of clippings. This Toro mower makes me feel like I am on vacation while mowing compared to all the previous self-propelled mowers I have used for over 38 years of mowing.



I was replacing a 12-year-old Troy-Bilt, front-wheel drive lawnmower. My lawn is a very thick St. Augustine, well-manicured (not a weed patch), well irrigated, and fertilized. At my mid-70s age, with the hot humid Florida heat, and very healthy, thick St. Augustine on a slight hillside, I needed a rear-wheel-drive for this 45-minute job. At first, I bought a Honda mower with the rear-wheel- drive, self-propelled. Unfortunately, the height adjustment on the left rear wheel froze after the first use, so I returned it. I then got the Toro model#20332, Personal Pace Recycler, with the Briggs and Stratton engine. This Toro has performed excellently for the past 5 runs on the 45-minute job. I have to rehydrate a few times for each run, and the mower restarts with just one pull each time. Remarkably, the Briggs and Stratton on the old Troy-Bilt mower did the same for the 12 years I had it. The Personal Pace feature of the Toro is fantastic. It drives smoothly, without any jerkiness of the Honda. The stow-away feature on the Toro is also superior. I recommend this mower, and most probably would buy it again.


I purchased this Toro Model 20340 in March 2017. From the very beginning, it ran poorly. The engine “hunted” or “surged” constantly, meaning that the engine RPMs constantly went up and down rather than maintaining a constant speed. Even worse, after mowing a good portion of my lawn the engine would sound like it was running out of gas. It would almost, but not quite, stall repeatedly and then come back up to normal running speed. Stupidly on my part, I thought it would break itself in, so I did nothing about the problem the first year. Last year, 2018, I was away most of the summer and hired someone to mow my lawn (with their own mower). This year, the problem was still there and I decided to do something about it. I went to the local Home Depot and was told that my mower was 14 days past the expiration date of my 2-year warranty. Wonderful!

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I scanned the barcode on my engine and got its model number (Briggs & Stratton # 104M02 0131 F1). Then I watched some DIY videos on YouTube, most of which said to clean the carburetor. After discovering how to release the plastic engine cover’s exasperating hidden clip, I disassembled and inspected the carb and found it to be absolutely clean. Upon reassembly, the problem was still there. I then decided that the carb was most likely defective and tried to buy a new one. No such luck. Briggs & Stratton carburetors were TOTALLY UNAVAILABLE anywhere. After a lengthy search, I located a carb that was advertised as being compatible with my engine but was described as an “aftermarket” part, not necessarily a “genuine Briggs & Stratton” part. So, against my better judgment, and since I felt I had no other choice, I ordered this aftermarket carb, which some online “experts” advised was a “cheap Chinese knockoff” (aren’t they all?).

When the carb arrived, I pulled off the original one again and compared the two VERY carefully. It was then that I discovered the problem.

Toro Recycler SmartStow 22¨ Personal Pace Lawn Mower – 190cc
Toro Recycler SmartStow 22¨ Personal Pace Lawn Mower – 190cc

There are two small parts on the output side of the carb, an o-ring and a retainer (part numbers 270344S and 697478 respectively). The original carb had the retainer inserted into the carb’s outlet port BEFORE the o-ring. That is the opposite orientation from the way it’s supposed to be. This error let extra air get sucked into the engine, totally throwing off the correct air/fuel mixture.

I installed the “aftermarket” carb properly and tested the mower. It ran like a top and it proceeded to complete my whole lawn without missing a beat. So much for good quality control from Toro or Briggs & Stratton, depending on which company’s fault it was.

BTW, my wonderful old Toro mower lasted 18 years. I got rid of it only because the frame/body was rusting out.


Ronnie Collins

Ronnie Collins

I’m Ronnie Collins. I’ve been passionate about gardening and woodworking all my life and even earned an MS degree in Botany from the University of Maryland. I’ve been working at a gardening company for a while, so I know the ropes about a whole lot of dedicated equipment such as the table saw, track saw, lawnmowers, chainsaws, garden hoses, and much more.

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