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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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Gen 1 recycler (not steel deck)/recycler 2, '90 to '94ish - same design as older 21" mowers. 5 height positions on rear height adjusters instead of 4. 4 kickers installed with a steep pitch. Flat style blade that interchanges with older decks and same as pro line. Black chute and mulch plug. Came with Suzuki 2/4 cycle, quantum, Europa and Tecumseh. Dual bolt pattern for engine. Low end ones were recyclers, premium were recycler 2.

Super Recycler, '95 to '04 - revised front, same design deck. 3 kickers (one by step pad removed), not as steep. Curved blade (not interchangeable) with fan. Black chute with handle bent away from the engine to clear gas tanks, same mulch plug. Single bolt pattern clocked 90 degrees clockwise from original deck. Came with mostly quantums, but also had intechs and a few Europas and 2 models had FC150V (my all time favorite). Personal pace phased in around 2000, which eliminated the quick lowering handles.

SR4, '04 to current. Total redesign on deck. Same blade and basic thought on kickers, mulch insert. Side discharge and open framed bag vs the old style with the door. Personal pace. Quick fold handles came in around '08. Plastic tranny is now in since around '13. Please correct me on this info. I haven't had as much experience with these.

All of them have a suburb cut and awesome mulching capabilities. Heck, the pre recycler decks with just a much plug and no kickers do great mulching. All are fairly good with bagging. Even the weak quantum will mulch very nicely.


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