Rated 5 out of 5??by Robb4 Pricey, but well worth it!
Best mower I've ever owned. I've used it all summer and now into the fall to mulch my leaves. Best mulching mower I've ever used. I was worried that it would be heavy, but it is lighter than my gas mowers have been. Clean, quiet, lightweight, easy to use and maintain, long life, and environmentally friendly. Slightly less power than a gas mower, but not an issue with me. Typically I take 1 to 1 1/2 hours to mow--it held charge without any loss of power. Mower is expensive, but should recover difference in long life, low maintenance, and no as or oil.
November 7, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5??by Mumbly Too heavy, doesn't cut well, liked the old model better
I bought the e-Cycler to replace a 13-year old cordless Toro that I loved. I find the new model is very heavy and hard to push--and I'm muscular. It also doesn't maneuver well at all; very hard to turn. The cut is poor to fair, and it's much louder than its predecessor. I regret buying the new model. I wish Toro had a Satisfaction Guaranteed policy; I'd return it in a heartbeat.
August 12, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5??by Gary425gone Don't throw away you $419
We purchased the Toro e-cycler in June 2010 thinking that we were doing the environmentally responsible thing. We did not know that in the 3rd season we would be writing it off. The motor overheated and burned out. On closer inspection I discovered that the nut holding the cooling fan on top of the motor had worked its way off and fell into the engine well. I took it to a Toro technician and showed him what I discovered. He dismissed the nut as being the problem. Apparently I had over used the machine and failed to properly maintain it. This is an electric battery operated lawn mover that is sold as very low maintenance. Apparently the cooling fan is not there to keep the engine cool and the nut was for show? A new motor runs $180 plus installation puts it around $250. I was advised by the technician to walk away from it as who knew what else would fail. I now have to discard the 70 pounds machine well before the intended life span. So much for being environmentally friendly.
July 19, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5??by elena e cycler worthless after 3 years of use
My e-cycler, purchased in May 2010 would cost me $300 to repair. I purchased a new battery costing $133.79 installed, as recommended, only to find that the motor must be replaced. Needless to say, I will not spend another $150 which approaches the cost of a new mower. I will never buy another Toro and would not recommend this product to anyone.
August 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5??by Patrick73 Another quality product from Toro
This was my first electric mower so a lot of research was needed before I made a purchase. I bought this product yesterday after researching many models. Ultimately it came down to my past experience with Toro which has been very good. I allowed the mower to charge fully before the first use. I have about 1/8 of an acre. I was able to finish without issue on this charge. It took about 1 hour to charge it back up. The product performed very well when mulching. There is not much to pick on the mower except the weight which is noticeable. Time will tell on the dependability, but with Toro I do not foresee this as an issue.
June 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5??by verypleased i consider this mower to be the BEST over-all choice among battery-powered lawnmowers -- HIGHLY RECCOMMENDED
My first electric mower was a Toro ???Care Free (17" / 24 volt) purchased in ???98 to maintain a town home yard. In '99 I moved to a home with a 3/4-acre yard. I mowed ???care free??? for at least 10 years (replaced batteries after 5 years). By then Toro had gotten out of the battery-powered market. I ended up buying a competitor's ???mower??? which looked like a drill attached to a frame (unsupported shaft, exposed motor coils). I hit a tree root which unbalanced the unsupported shaft ($190 to replace -- I didn't bother). Fortunately Toro regained their senses and I immediately bought this mower and have been immensely pleased ever since.
A few tips:
- keep the blade sharpened and balanced
- in high / wet / challenging grass, raise the rear wheels 1 or 2 notches higher than the front to reduce drag on the blade (easier on the mower, longer run time)
- I keep it plugged in all winter -- in fact all the time -- seems to work fine.
June 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5??by Ryan30 Anyone looking for a great cordless electric mower for a small-ish yard, look no further!
Now, anyone buying an electric mower has to keep in mind that they don't work the same as a gas mower. If the grass gets too high or is really wet it IS going to get pretty bogged down and become difficult to use, but I have never had it so bad that I could not get through it eventually. I bought this mower 3 years ago when I bought my house and have had absolutely no problems with it. The battery easily keeps more than enough charge for the duration of mowing my entire yard (about an hour of work) even if the grass is a little high and I'm very happy to say that the only maintenance I've had to do is clean it every once in a while and get the blade sharpened once. So far, I've kept the mower on the charger between uses and give it a full charge before unplugging it and storing it for the winter, and I've not seen any decline in the battery or motor performance whatsoever. Could not be happier.
May 11, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5??by ronjraff Not what I was expecting from this day and age.
Should have kept my 20 year old recycler with a real motor on it. Very poor performance when not bagging my clippings. Needs a plug when not using the bagger. leaves clippings at the end of the row and along the side of row when mowing more than 1/2 inch off.
June 10, 2013