If you’ve ever been in the market for a lawnmower, you’ve probably heard of The Toro Company. Toro hit the scene in the early 1900s and modified its manufacturing based on market and consumer needs over the years. Hitting its stride as the gold standard in lawn maintenance equipment in the early 1960s, it ventured into another market with its winter product line. The Snow Pup was a single-stage snowblower with mediocre results. But due to general ebb and flow in the market, Toro found its stride again as a solid manufacturer with skin in the winter game.
Determined to improve upon the original Snow Pup, Toro tapped into its innovative wheelhouse and released the re-engineered product, the SnowMaster. Today, there are several SnowMaster products, in addition to an array of snow removal options to help customers through the snowy season. Whether you are generally researching your options or have pledged your allegiance to the Toro brand, we’ll take you through a list of reviews of Toro’s best snowblowers.
|Toro 38361||2 Years||4.30/5|
|Power Clear 518 Ze||2 Years||4.05/5|
The Toro SnowMaster 724 QXE handles snow with ease. Specified as having in-line two-stage auger technology, it’s technically a hybrid single-stage snowblower. However, the auger is not standard. Its shape and fast spin allow it to pull snow in from both sides and out the chute with a 40-foot throw distance. The chute control allows you to change direction with a single motion. It also has a self-propel system, an electric start, an auto clutch drive system, and a tall auger housing.
There are a few drawbacks, however. Users have noted difficulty picking up hardpacked snow. It also has a small gas tank capacity, so you’ll want to keep that in mind depending on the area you need to clear.
The design of this hybrid model allows it to be lighter weight and easier to navigate in order to get the job done. We rank this model as the best overall from the Toro brand.
The Toro 1800 Power Curve is an electric speed demon, ideal for those who don’t want to mess with a bigger gas model. This is an easy-to-maneuver unit that weighs in at 25 pounds. It will clear an 18-inch path and throw snow up to 30 feet, making this an efficient choice for clearing sidewalks, small driveways, and decks. With an easy chute control and 180-degree rotation, you can quickly put snow where you want it so you can get back in the house.
However, unless you have a heavy-duty secondary machine, this will not work well in constant heavy snowfall. And if you don’t want the hassle of dealing with a cord, this choice is not for you. On that same note, you will need to purchase an appropriate extension cord.
We realize not everyone lives in a winter wonderland of heavy snowfall. So for those who just want a little machine on hand to clear small areas for the occasional snowfall, we believe this is the best value for the money.
The Toro 38361 Power Shovel is ideal for those seeking a space-saving tool to clear small areas. A step up from manual labor, this is a cost-effective tool for quickly clearing snow off walkways and small driveways. It has a 7.5-amp engine to cut a 12-inch-wide path up to four inches of snow depth. As an electric model with no gas or oil to change, it can deliver high torque with the push of a button. Although you do have to use an electrical extension cord, this unit provides a cord lock system and a telescoping handle to make this requirement easier to deal with.
Although it works well with the fluffy white stuff, users have indicated it doesn’t work as effectively with frozen or compacted snow. You’ll also need to plan your strategy before you start, because it blows snow straight in front of the unit, and what goes up must come down.
If you find yourself in need of a light-duty option for snow removal, this is our favorite Toro shovel.
The Power Clear 518 ZEPower Clear 518 ZE provides a chute-mounted control handle with a rotation of up to 210 degrees. This blower is lightweight and has a curved auger to ensure nimble snow removal. It will clear an 18-inch path with a 12-inch snow depth, and the snow will be launched up to 25 feet. Toro has a guarantee that this machine will start in one or two pulls and offers a full two-year warranty based on this promise.
The gas tank is small, so if you need to clear a larger area, be aware you may need to stop and refill. However, if you want a lightweight gas model with power, this choice is ideal for small areas.
When searching for a snow-removing machine, you’ll want to consider your needs, storage space, and requirements for ease of use.
If you have a large area to clear, whether a sizable driveway or your entire front yard, you’ll want to seek out a machine that’s up to the task. However, if you have a less demanding need and want a model to just clear the sidewalk, back deck, or small driveway, there are many options readily available. In a gas model, pay attention to gas tank capacity. For an electric model, note the type of extension cord needed and the associated cost.
If you only have a small amount of space for storage in your garage or if you don’t have a garage at all, you’ll likely want something compact and lightweight. It’s not a good idea to store larger machines outside if you live in an area where below freezing temps and snowfall are common. If the auger freezes, you’ll spend more time trying to defrost it than actually using it to clear snow.
If you have back issues or can’t move like you used to, consider a model that will go easy on your body. Pick something will allow you to finish the job quickly when it’s freezing outside.
Toro is a solid brand with an extensive history of outdoor maintenance machinery, from mowers to specialty equipment and snowblowers. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or simply browsing the market, we hope our reviews have helped with your buying decision. In summary, the Toro SnowMaster 724 QXE is our best overall choice. It’s a hybrid that behaves as a two-stage model with self-propel action and a 40-foot snow toss. Our best value for the money choice is the Toro 1800 Power Curve, an electric, lightweight option with an easy chute control. Our favorite electric shovel is the Toro 38361 Power-Shovel, which is easy to use and has a telescoping handle. We wish you well on your search, and stay safe out there in the cold!
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