I don't know what he means by that.
The Drake comes in round, elongated and ADA
I am planning to replace 2 toilets with Toto Drakes. I went to a nearby plumbing supply house and was quoted a price of $349 for the ADA model, which I want. I then talked to a plumber to get an installation quote. He said he could supply 2 "Contractor Grade" Drake toilets for $300/ea. What does "contractor grade" mean, and is there a difference between that toilet and the one I can purchase myself? Thanks for any help.
There is no written grading system. The term "contractor grade" is applied to the cheap toilets sold in discount stores. Toto Drakes are not in this class. The Toto Drake is an excellent toilet, extremely popular for several years. It was originally intended for use in commercial establishments because it was so reliable and efficient, but it quickly became a favorite for home use as well. There are more expensive Toto models available, but the Drake is still very popular. There are different models of Toto Drakes, some using 1.28 gpf, and some having the Sanigloss finish, and the price for them can be a bit higher. You just can go wrong with any Toto Drake.
There is a product from Toto called the Carusoe which has a tank that looks like the Drake. However, it doesn't have the 3" flush valve and doesn't have the same trapway (like not even close), so it is truly a contractor-grade toilet that doesn't have the famous Toto flush. I try to pretend that they don't sell it. Maybe that's what he was talking about. That's pretty much the only Toto (other than the one that's like a dual-flush Carusoe) that I wouldn't buy.
I guess I erred when I said Toto didn't currently have contractor grade toilet.