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New vs. older Toro Super Recyclers

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With so much being written on the Super Recyclers, I am intrigued. It is my understanding that they are great munchers. What is the quality of the cut? One of my local dealers is offering a $100 discount on the new SR4s. What are the advantages of the different engines (I like Honda))? In the older models, what are the better models? Did these come in 21" and 22"?
I need to read "Super Recyclers For Dummies".
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The SR4 has had some minor changes over the years. They added a washout port in 2007. In 2008 they introduced the quick fold handle and it became a 1-piece design. They also changed to a taller bag design that can be interchanged with more recent steel-deck Recyclers. The plastic transmission seems to have been introduced around 2009, perhaps mid-model year. The changed the caps on the height adjusters in 2011 and the drag shield in 2013. Sadly, 2015 is the first year that these mowers are built in Mexico.

In my personal opinion, the SR4 leaves a better looking result than the earlier models which were already great. The SR4 engine choices leave something to be desired but they're still my favorite. Skip the "Toro" Chinese engine though.
The new Honda is a decent engine as long as the maligned auto choke is behaving itself. Not the same as a Suzuki, but it does well. The Kawasaki or Suzuki 2-cycle would work but the 4-cycle would have its spark plug facing left, and it could not use the correct blade and/or adapter.
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