2015 Toro Power Max HD 1028 OHXE (38802) Review | You Can’t Go Wrong With This Heavy Duty Snow Blower!

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Toro Power Max HD 1028 OHXE (38802) Review | If you need a heavy-duty, high output snow blower you can’t go wrong with this favorite!

This review is actually going to cover all the large-frame PowerMax HD models 826 OXE (38800) 928 OHXE (38801) 1028 OHXE (38802) 1128 OHXE (38803). I’ll use the 1028 OHXE as the example but also go through the differences of the other models at the end of this article.

You don’t hear much about the PowerMax HD 1028 snow blower on the Internet. Consumer Reports has no current reviews of it listed, Why? The electronics industry has trained us to focus on only what we have to buy because it’s new and quite frankly this snow blower has been around for a while. Consequentially all the other brands keep the bloggers busy with all the “latest” innovations in snow blowing technology. In reality most of the other manufacturers have been chasing this one snow blower and its unique technology for quite some time.  It’s one of the best rated snow blowers made.

Toro doesn’t need to spend a lot of money on advertising. Word of Mouth has been selling these snow blowers for a long time. If your neighbor has a Power Max HD there is a good chance your next snow blower will be a Toro Power Max HD!

What Makes The Toro Power Max HD So Special?

Anti-Clogging System (ACS)

PowerMax Anti Clog System.

PowerMax Anti Clog System.

The ACS was the first big change in snow blowers that really increased the amount of snow 2-stage snow blowers could move without clogging.  This revolutionary system regulates snow intake to virtually eliminate clogging. This allows the impeller to run at maximum speed all the time. This means that if there is too much snow for the chute to handle, the auger recirculates the snow and throws it out when the chute has enough capacity to handle it. It doesn’t bog down like a conventional 2-stage system. As a result the system not only moves snow faster but doesn’t require huge engines to get the job done. It moves a lot of snow quickly by good engineering – not brute horsepower.   Because of the way the PowerMax HD regulates the snow it can’t be put to a real test on a 10 second pile of sawdust. To really see how well the Anti-Clogging System (ACS) works you have to blow heavy snow.

PowerMax Blowing

Because the Toro PowerMax regulates the snow the snow blower always throw snow farther.

 One of the threads over on the snow blower forums didn’t see why the anti-clogging system was so much better. They stated, “If it was so good everyone would use it.” The real answer though is other manufacturers don’t use it because – it’s patented. It was so innovative that it left the other brands scrambling for a way to increase their capacity. Since then most of the other manufacturers have developed different approaches to getting more snow through their machines. Most have 1. increased the engine size. 2. increased the impeller speed 3. developed 4 blade impellers. 4. added extra attachments like a 3rd stage to get more snow into the impeller and through the machine.

Large 14″ Serrated Auger

14 inch auger and heavy-duty gear case.

14 inch auger and heavy-duty gear case.

Extra-large auger is designed to chew through the tough, compact snow.

Commercial-Grade Auger Gearcase

This is not a shear pin. It's a grade 5 bolt that Toro uses to hold the auger onto the auger shaft. They are so confident in the drive train that the bolt is extra long so it can't break by the threads.

This is not a shear pin. It’s a grade 5 bolt that Toro uses to hold the auger onto the auger shaft. They are so confident in the drive train that the bolt is extra long so it can’t break by the threads.

Power is transferred to the serrated augers by a gear case designed to withstand extreme stress, eliminating the need for troublesome shear pins.

Maximum Strength One Piece Frame

Power Max One Piece Frame.

Power Max One Piece Frame.

Toro uses a fully welded chassis so the bucket and the transmission are all one piece. They never get out of adjustment and don’t twist.

The unique one-piece frame offers maximum strength for years of dependable use. If you have another brand right next to the PowerMax HD the first thing you notice is the metal thickness. The Toro’s metal looks thinner. In reality it is a different metal all together. Toro use a high-tensile strength steel instead of mild steel. It’s stiffer and a lot less susceptible to dings and dents.

The front housing doesn’t cave in like some machines. The one-piece chassis makes for a very stiff snow blower. This makes it very easy to use because it doesn’t twist going through dips and bumps.

Quick Stick® Chute Control:

Quick Stick Chute Control

Quick Stick Chute Control

The Quick Stick Chute Control has been around now for 15 years. It is the easiest 4-way chute control to use. In fact it is so easy to use that anyone will be able to use it.  It’s fast and reliable.

Older models of the control made before 2005 had some issues with the cables but Toro has long ago fixed that and it just doesn’t fail – or wear out. Quickly and easily change chute direction AND chute deflection with one simple, integrated control.

Sub Zero Material – Guaranteed For Life

Sub-Zero Material

Sub-Zero Material

Chute, deflector and ACS are made of a special cold-weather material durable to -104˚ F and guaranteed for life. It is also rust-free, so there’s no binding, and snow and ice won’t stick.

My local Toro dealer has been selling a few hundred of the Toro Power Max and Power Max HD snow blowers every year for the last 10 years. He even sells quite a few to his commercial operators. He can’t recall ever having to warranty a broken Sub Zero part. “The parts just don’t break.” 

Balance

The Toro Power Max HD is one of the best balanced snow blowers on the market. It takes very little effort to push down on the handles to lift the front end up. If you, your wife and your teenager all have to use this snow blower there will be fights over who get to use it. It’s that easy to use!

The great balance is a disadvantage if you clear a lot of old snow or snow that gets packed down. The front end will want to ride up. If this is a problem for you Toro makes a weight kit to compensate.  You can buy the weight kit here:Toro weight kit

Toro weight kit

Toro weight kit

Extra-Large 16″ Tires

Large 16 inch tires.

Large 16 inch tires.

The wide surface area and the squared-off deep lugs of the extra-large 16″ tires aggressively dig down to the sub-surface in deep snow for the best possible traction.

One of the features no one tells you is the the perfect balance and the narrow 16 inch tires give you the best traction possible. All the weight is over the tires so they have maximum  traction. In addition the narrow tires dig into hard packed snow a lot better than wide tires.

Perfect Speed

Another feature that no one mentions is how well the speeds of the six speed transmission are matched to the snow blower. The snow blowers transmission was designed for the 16 inch tires. This is not a “one-size-fits-all” transmission where the trans is used in many different snow blowers with many different tire sizes.

Toro Premium 4-cycle OHV Engine

Toro Premium Engine

Toro Premium Engine

The smooth Toro Premium 4-cycle OHV engines provide years of dependable and powerful performance. These engines have been tuned specifically for the machines they power to provide optimal performance. With unmatched governor response, these engines deliver power faster when you need it most. View Details.

  • FASTER GOVERNOR RESPONSE – The special governor design allows the engine to react with more power faster, giving you the power you need exactly when you need it.
  • LOW-TONE MUFFLER FOR QUIETER OPERATION – The specially designed muffler helps minimize engine noise for quieter operation.
  • CAST IRON CYLINDER LINER – Increases the wear resistance for a longer lasting, more durable engine.
  • TRIPLE PISTON RING DESIGN – Reduces oil consumption and helps maintain cylinder pressure for maximum power.
  • DUAL OVERSIZED CRANKSHAFT BEARINGS – Over sized bearing on both ends of the crankshaft create less friction and heat and helps maximize the life of the engine.
  • SUPERIOR ENGINE BLOCK DESIGN – Superior airflow and engine block design help the engine run cooler than other leading engines
  • HEAVIER FLYWHEEL FOR MORE MOMENTUM – A heavier flywheel gives you more momentum. More momentum helps you power through tough drifts or end of driveway ridges with more power.

Other Features That Make This A Great Snow Blower

Locking Control Handles – Convenient one-hand interlock system controls allow you to keep one hand free so you can adjust the chute without stopping.

Hand Warmers – Keep warm in subzero temperatures for added comfort.

The handgrips are tapered so the are larger on the end. This little feature keeps your hands from slipping off! The auger and drive levers are as long as the handle

The handgrips are tapered so they are larger on the end. This little feature keeps your hands from slipping off! The auger and drive levers are as long as the handle

 Power Steering – Turn on a dime! Wheels can be disengaged independently or simultaneously with trigger controls – making turning, reversing, and steering easy for anyone.

Electric Start – 110 volt electric start is standard

3 Year Warranty

Toro is one of the largest turf manufacturers. They make lawn mowers that will mow over 100 acres a day but they don’t make a commercial snow blower. Why? Because the PowerMax HD is strong enough to handle commercial work. It’s the snow blower of choice for universities, schools, shopping malls and other large organizations that need walk behind snow blowers. Reference: Toro Commercial Snow Blowers.

Where To Buy:

PowerMax HD models. The 826 is 26 inch. The rest are 28. The biggest difference is the engine size. I highly recommend the 1028 OHXE and the best mix of engine and features. It won’t matter if you live in Chicago or Buffalo – the 1028 will get the job done well.

826 OXE (38800) 26 inch – 250cc B&S OHV 4-cycle. (This is a dealer only model. The 826 at The Home Depot is a small frame model with smaller tires.)

928 OHXE (38801) 28 inch  – Toro premium OHV 265 cc. Buy Here at The Home Depot:  Toro Snow Removal Power Max HD 928 28 in. Ohxe Two-Stage Gas Snow Blower 38801

1028 OHXE (38802) -Toro premium OHV 302 cc. Buy Here at The Home Depot:   Toro Snow Removal Power Max HD 1028 28 in. Ohxe Two-Stage Gas Snow Blower 38802

1128 OHXE (38803) -342 cc Briggs and Stratton. Buy Here at The Home Depot:  Toro Snow Removal Power Max HD 1128 Ohxe 28 in. Two-Stage Gas Snow Thrower 38803

Reviews:

Reviews tell only a small part of the story: I’ll tell you right up front – 80% of the people who are satisfied with their snow blower purchase will not write a review but over 80% of the people who are not satisfied will write a review. In addition many people who are not satisfied will write a bad review on many different sites. So be practical when reading the reviews and don’t always rule out a snow blower or brand because it has a few bad reviews. Ask me and I’ll help you decide.

What is so interesting about the Toro Power Max reviews is the consistent positive reviews. Everywhere you look on the Internet the Power Max is rated with 4 and 5 stars. I am going to guess and state I feel the Toro Power Max and specifically the Toro Power Max 1028 is the most highly rated snow blower on the market and has been for well over 10 years. With this new Toro Premium engine I predict it will be very hard to find anyone who doesn’t like their Toro Power Max HD. 

Reviews: https://fbrr-prod.sta.bazaarvoice.com/toro-1/reviews/product/38801-toro/

Owner Review: I bought this in March of 2015 at the end of the season and used one time so far. I ran it through 3′ of snow in my backyard and it was perfect. Threw the snow about 40 feet and never clogged. This was 3′ of heavy snow with layers of ice. Went right through with no problems.. Set up wasn’t too hard, took about an hour. I had a little trouble with the directions, no biggie. Checked the oil, put fuel in it, primed it a couple of times, started on the second pull and started using it. Really like the traction control for turning and the heated grips. The chute with the joystick control works well. Can’t wait to next year, maybe it will snow some more. Features I like best: Traction control, joystick chute control,heated handgrips

Owner Review: I just ended up with the 1128 OHXE myself today. The spring-loaded scraper bar wears much better than the regular scraper bar. You can go through 4 of the regular ones for one spring-loaded job. They are well proven over 20 years and frankly offer the added benefit of giving single stage like clearing performance. My dealer sells many of them to commercial clients and municipalities each year and they have been excellent. There really is little to go wrong. It’s a simple system and shouldn’t pose a hassle. Especially if stored in a heated garage. I’ll give you my personal feedback in time.

Owner Review: Re the 1028, it’s a beast. The jump from the 928 to the 1028 is very significant. The 928 might be off one horsepower, but it can’t produce the torque. The 10/1128 on the other hand are torque monsters and offer impressive gains. Any differences between the 1028 and 1128 are minimal as far as what you will see in daily operation. My 1128 is rated at 16.5 torque.

Where To Buy:

PowerMax HD models

826 OXE (38800) 26 inch – 250cc B&S OHV 4-cycle. (This is a dealer only model. The 826 at The Home Depot is a small frame model with smaller tires.)

928 OHXE (38801) 28 inch  – Toro premium OHV 265 cc. Buy Here at The Home Depot:  Toro Snow Removal Power Max HD 928 28 in. Ohxe Two-Stage Gas Snow Blower 38801

1028 OHXE (38802) -Toro premium OHV 302 cc. Buy Here at The Home Depot:   Toro Snow Removal Power Max HD 1028 28 in. Ohxe Two-Stage Gas Snow Blower 38802

1128 OHXE (38803) -342 cc Briggs and Stratton. Buy Here at The Home Depot:  Toro Snow Removal Power Max HD 1128 Ohxe 28 in. Two-Stage Gas Snow Thrower 38803

Toro 1028

The metal looks thinner on the big Toro’s because it is a different steel than the others use. It’s a high tensile steel that is stronger for a given thickness. It won’t bend or twist and is really hard to dent.The 1028’s simple dash. Power steering, auger control, traction control, gear selector, heated handgrip switch and the Quick Chute Control are all easy to use.

Toro 10281

Owner Review: I’m on my third winter of this after moving up from a 720 smaller machine. Love the chute control, thought power steering was crazy to buy but now wouldn’t go with out it. I have a driveway 3 trucks wide and 3 deep and this will throw snow well back as long as I start in the middle and throw either way. Our cabin has a 250 yard driveway that I just cleared 3 feet of snow out of. Once I got through the hard mass at the road the plow left behind it ate everything up beautifully. Icy layer at about 4 inches deep made it ride up a few times but a quick second pass cleared everything. treat yourself and buy one.

Toro 10288

Owner Review: Living in Buffalo, NY, you pretty much need to own a snowblower, or hire a plow service. I refuse to pay for a plow service, so I made a snowblower upgrade this season. I bought this in November 2014 to replace my hand me down vintage Toro 524. The power steering on this delivers. It was simple to learn and operates as expected. Because you do not have to manually turn. As a bonus, it helps makes it easy for my wife to use. The next feature I looked for was an anti-clogging system. So far, no clogs. The old Toro was a frequent clogger, especially with wet snow or slush, so this unit eliminates that frustration. There are other nice features. For example, there are no shear pins, so fewer worries for a not very handy person like myself. The joystick style chute works well to redirect snow quickly. Starting is also a breeze. A simple and light pull is all it takes to get going. All in all, this machine works as advertised and has cut down on the time I spend outside removing snow.

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Where To Buy:

PowerMax HD models

826 OXE (38800) 26 inch – 250cc B&S OHV 4-cycle. (This is a dealer only model. The 826 at The Home Depot is a small frame model with smaller tires.)

928 OHXE (38801) 28 inch  – Toro premium OHV 265 cc. Buy Here at The Home Depot:  Toro Snow Removal Power Max HD 928 28 in. Ohxe Two-Stage Gas Snow Blower 38801

1028 OHXE (38802) -Toro premium OHV 302 cc. Buy Here at The Home Depot:   Toro Snow Removal Power Max HD 1028 28 in. Ohxe Two-Stage Gas Snow Blower 38802

1128 OHXE (38803) -342 cc Briggs and Stratton. Buy Here at The Home Depot:  Toro Snow Removal Power Max HD 1128 Ohxe 28 in. Two-Stage Gas Snow Thrower 38803

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