Saturday, February 6, 2010

Best Buy! Toro 1800 18-Inch 12 Amp Electric Curve Snow Thrower #38025

Toro 1800 18-Inch 12 Amp Electric Curve Snow Thrower #38025

Product Description
Exclusive Power Curve rotor throws snow up to 30'. in 1 pass, cuts up to 18" wide and 10" deep. Moves up to 700 lb. of snow per minute. Fully adjustable, directional chute. Safe to use with 16 gauge outdoor extension cord. Maintenance free and easy to use

  • Electric curve snow thrower; simple trigger start and no parts to lubricate
  • 12 amp electric motor throws snow to 30 feet, cuts 10-inches deep and 18-inches wide per pass
  • Durable plastic body; metal handle; minor assembly required
  • Includes 160-degree adjustable chute, safety key lock
  • 47- by 18- by 36.2-inches; 24 pounds; 2-year warranty

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Worked three times before breaking
I bought this electric snow blower thinking our driveway wasn't big enough to warrent spending an extra $200 getting a gas one. Now I'm regretting that decision. This product is very poorly put together. In the last year I have only had to use it three times, but the most recent time it completely threw the belt. Now it's as good as useless. I've re-read the Amazon reviews and now I see that several people mention belt issues. I wish I'd put this $300 towards the cost of a well-made gas blower. I strongly urge anyone out there not to make my mistake.

Toro 1800 A Gem for Sure
I purchased the Toro 1800 in hopes of saving my back from strenuous shoveling. I've now been through 3 snowstorms and it truly did it's job. Cleans right down to the pavement. Does well in up to about 5 inches of snow. I'd buy another in a heartbeat if need be.

Great snow thrower
This is the only snow thrower I have ever owned or used, so I can't directly compare to other models. I use it for clearing my driveway. So far, it has been great. Plenty of power for even heavy, wet snow. I'm very happy with it.

Don't forget the extension cord
Got this for the Feb 5/6 2010 blizzard that hit the DC area and it has worked well. It is a heavy sleet snow and the Toro is doing just fine.

Dont forget to get 12 gauge extension cord if you need 100 feet. I got the Coleman cold weather one.

Money well spent!
I live in the Washington DC area. While we don't get a ton of snow every year, about every 7 years we get a big one of around 20 inches or so. As I write this, we are in the middle of a forecast 20-30 inch storm.

I bought this unit from Amazon in 2003, and it was one of the best purchases I ever made. Since I've had it, it has been a great performer, and cleans snow right down to the pavement. It's never failed to work, and never have any parts broken on it.

I like that it's so small and lightweight. It spends most of it's life hanging on a hook in the garage. Since it is light, it's easy to lift it over my head to hang it. It also has a handle behind the eject chute, which comes in handy for lifting it to clear off steps, picnic tables, etc.

I want to address some other reviewer's negative comments:

This is a light duty, single-stage, 18" snow thrower, priced at $335. Don't expect it to behave as well as a 24", $1900, 2-stage gas powered unit. Please get a grip on your expectations of what this can and cannot be expected to do.

As for the person that said it needs a way to lock the cord into the socket: It doesn't need one. Toro put a loop on the handle that you run your extension cord through twice. Do this, and the cord will never disconnect. You should have read the instructions before using!

The intake on the unit is 18" wide, and about 11" tall. You're not going to get 24" of snow to be taken into the opening in one pass. Put down your cocoa and do what I do: Go out and clean your driveway 2 or 3 times in a big storm. It's fun to use this thing!

Yes, you can suck up the cord in the blower. But all you have to do is develop a workable, systematic pattern to clean your driveway, and the cord danger is no longer an issue.

Wheels: Yes, they are toy-like. But to clean down to the pavement, you need to rock the unit forward to get the scraper down, and the wheels just hang in the air. The wheels just hold the Toro upright when you let go of the handle.

Performance: I have a 40 foot, 2 car wide driveway, and about 160 feet of sidewalk to clear, plus my back deck. In a 6-8" storm, it takes about 15 minutes to clean the driveway, 20 minutes for the walks, and 20 minutes for the deck, including the steps. That's for a heavy, wet snow that we usually get around here. A light, fluffy snow goes much, much faster.

Throw distance for heavy wet snow: 5-8 feet. Light and fluffy: 15-20 feet, maybe more.

Recommendation: Get a heavy duty extension cord, and spend the bucks on a long one. I tried using this with a 50 foot cord, and it wasn't enough. A 100 foot cord makes life so much easier. Well worth the money.

Change I would want Toro to make: Make the eject chute a better design at the top. It's a pain to assemble, and once you tighten the bolts down, it's no longer adjustable.

More Info: Best Buy! Toro 1800 18-Inch 12 Amp Electric Curve Snow Thrower #38025

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