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How to Start Toro Lawn Mowers

By Meg Butler ; Updated September 21, 2017

Toro brand lawn mowers advertise themselves as being lawnmowers that are "guaranteed-to-start." While no lawn mower is perfect, in general a properly functioning Toro lawn mower should start the first--and certainly by the third--time you attempt to engage the engine. If your lawn mower still stubbornly refuses to start, it may be time to call Toro sales and service for help. Keep in mind that, depending on the problem, repeatedly attempting to engage the engine may exacerbate the problem.

Read the owner's manual carefully. Improper use of your Toro lawn mower could damage it, harm you or shorten the life span of the mower.

Attach any guards, plates or grass catchers (if present).

Locate the primer bulb on the side of the lawn mower's engine. (Consult the owner's manual if you are unsure of its location on your model.) Press it in for 1 second, and release it three times to draw fuel into the engine.

Locate the safety bar near the top of the Toro lawn mower's handle. Pull it and hold it down. The engine will stop if you release the safety bar while the mower is in operation.

Firmly grasp the plastic handle on top of the starter rope located on the side of the lawnmower's handle. Pull it straight up with a quick, firm movement. If the engine does not start, pull it once more. If it still does not start, repeat step number 4, and pull it again.


Things You Will Need

  • Owner's manual


  • Keep hands and feet clear of the blades and the discharge opening.

About the Author


Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.