2018 Toro Snow Blowers Review – What’s New – Which One Is Best For You?

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What’s New For 2018 Toro Snow Blowers?

Toro has made significant changes across the 2-stage Power Max and Power Max HD models for 2018. The entire 2018 Toro Snow Blower line continues to be made of good, solid, durable machines:

NEW 2-stage Power Max and Power Max HD Model Features

  1. New Metal Extended Chutes: New for this year all the Toro 2-stage snow blowers have a metal chute. The Power Max HD models have a double jointed extended chute for increased range over the previous models. You asked for it – they listened!
  2. New Metal ACS: The Power Max HD models now have an all-metal ACS. The Anti-Clogging System regulates the snow intake to the impeller allowing the engine to maintain maximum speed for the best performance and throwing distance. The open auger design and all-metal auger housing were also improved. The housing was tipped back slightly so you can push into and clear drifts easier.
  3. Redesigned Impeller: The combination of the new impeller, extended chute and larger engines on the commercial HD models increases the throw distance up to 60 feet.
  4. New Quick Stick Control and Beveled Gears: The Quick Stick chute control has always been one of the best chute controls on the market but for this year Toro completely redesigned it with beveled gears. It’s almost effortless to use.
  5. New Top Load Gearbox: The new gearbox on the Power Max HD models does not have a vertical seam so it will not leak. High-impact, grade 5 steel shear bolts prevent damage to the gearcase. (Grade 5 is so strong you may never have to replace one)
  6. Larger Engines: Toro has added 12 and 14 HP engines back into the line. This extra power allows the 32 inch HD and Commercial HD models to throw more snow and throw it farther than ever before.
  7. New LED Lights on Power Max Models: New location and custom designed lens shine more light where you need it. Because the LED lights take less power than the old Halogen lamps more current is now available to the heated hand grips to make them warmer.
  8. Power Max® HD 1428 OHXE and 1432 OHXE Commercial Versions: The Toro Power Max HD snow blowers have been a snow blower of choice for institutions and large businesses for many years. They are easy to operate and will run for years and years without a lot of upkeep. Two new models are specifically for the commercial operator and have a reinforced handle, cast iron skid shoes, drift cutters, large 420cc engines, all-metal dash, and a commercial warranty.
  9. New 32 inch size! Power Max HD 1232 OHXE Residential and Power Max HD 1432 OHXE Commercial. 

NOTE: As of September 28, 2018, the Power Max HD snow blowers are just starting to ship to The Home Depot and your local Toro Dealer.

How this article is laid out:

This is a very comprehensive article so it will take you a while to read through it. I’m going to start with the Snowmaster Series. After that, I’ll review the Power Max models. Then the Power Max HD residential models and the new commercial Power Max HD. I’ll leave the single stage Power Clear for last. I will not cover the corded Power Curve and Power Shovel. Toro does not have a cordless electric snow thrower at this time.

Reading Toro Snow Blower Reviews:

    1. When you read snow blower reviews you are going to find reviews that state “the engine would not start,” “the engine won’t stay running.” and “the engine runs rough.” You will find these reviews for all brands and sizes of snow blowers. 98% of the time engine problems with Toro snow blowers are either fuel or operator related. Toro Premium snow engines run/operate differently than your lawn mower engine and because of that, I suggest educating yourself on how to store fuel, how to keep your fuel clean and how/why your snow blower engine runs the way it does. Knowing this will go a long way toward liking your new snow blower. Please read this article to learn more: Buying A New Snow Blower FAQS – Read This For The Truth
    2. By the way: The Toro snow blowers sold at a dealer are the exact same snow blower as sold at the retail stores like The Home Depot and ACME Tools.
    3. Aggregate reviews. Many websites scour the web for reviews and then post them on their website. In other cases, one disgruntled owner will write the same or similar review in as many places as they can. So what you end up is many reviews about one specific issue from only one person. I see this quite a bit on The Home Depot and Toro sites.  Just remember, for every bad review there are thousands of Toro snow blowers sold and doing well. Please read the date the review was written and the wording to determine if there is an actual problem. If there ever is a recurring problem Toro identifies it and makes the changes so it gets fixed. In other words, negative reviews more than two years old are not worth your time to read.

By The Way – All Opinions are Mine.

I would like you to find the best snow blower for you but there are so many available that it’s an almost impossible task for you to find the right one. So let me help.

Keeping up with snow blowers is almost a full-time job. The U.S. manufactures currently sell about 400 different models made here in the U.S. alone. In addition, there are always another dozen or so foreign manufactures trying to wedge their way into your pocketbook. By the way – a quality $500 two-stage snow blower no longer exists. The base regular price is now $649.

I normally spend most of July and August talking to the different snow blower manufactures about the new models they have coming for the fall. Usually, in September the manufacturers are shipping the new models to the dealers and I spend the time I need to inspect the new models as local dealers put them out on the sales floor. Sometimes that also involves traveling to the manufactures assembly plants or corporate offices to look at, demo and talk to the snow product managers. In October, I travel to the GIE-EXPO in Louisville, KY. GIE-EXPO is the largest lawn and garden equipment dealer show. There I get a chance to demo machines plus talk to the engineers and company management about all the features, fixes and new rumors. In addition, I keep 12-15 of the current snow blowers at my home for testing and answering your questions. I use these snow blowers when it snows and post videos using them on YouTube.

I also spend a lot of time reading reviews from owners, reading and watching video YouTube reviews from owners and of course keeping up with Consumer Reports latest test and reviews. Over the last ten years, I’ve become pretty good at sorting out honest reviews from the otherwise biased, paid, only here to make money, and only here to complain ones.

I want to caution you about one type of review website in particular. There are dozens if not hundreds of sites that are only interested in making money through Amazon. If you read an article or watch on YouTube about a “Top 10” review or a “2018 Best” review and the ONLY place they send you is Amazon assume they did no research and are only trying to get you to buy something on Amazon through their affiliate link. Don’t get me wrong, Amazon is actually a great place to buy certain snow blowers but don’t believe the sites that only send you to Amazon. 

When you click on the links in this article they will take you to a retailer I trust. When you buy anything through that link I make a small commission from that sale. I use that commision to maintain this site and purchase equipment to test. Thank you for buying through the links. You can read more about that here: How To Support MovingSnow.com

So – The snow is already falling in Montana. Relax, grab some hot chocolate and let’s get started on the 2018 Toro Snow Blowers.  You know how long-winded I can get.

2018 Toro SnowMaster Single-Stage Snow Throwers

SnowMaster® 824 QXE (36003)

SnowMaster® 824 QXE (36003)

The Toro SnowMaster is the first snow thrower I grab when I want to clear 2-8 inches of snow off my cement driveway. It will throw the snow as fast as I can walk and with its floating compression scraper clears down to the pavement without getting stuck on the cement edges sticking up. It also throws normal snow all the way across my 2 car driveway and off into the lawn. It clears the end of driveway snow easily if I get at it right away. It also works well on my brick patio out back. It’s as simple and easy to use a Toro Personal Pace lawn mower in these conditions.

The Toro SnowMaster has changed the topic of “What makes a good snow blower?” forever but I have developed a love/hate relationship with it. Yes, most of the time it is 20-50% faster than a typical 24-26 inch 2-stage snow blower and it’s is so easy to use, but it has a few limitations that keep it from being my number one pick on The Twenty Best Snow Blowers – September 2018 list.

It has three “features” that keep it from being the perfect snow thrower for most people.

Lightweight: I recommend it a lot to people in the Midwest and other areas that typically get good snow but I don’t recommend it in places like Long Island where you get a lot of heavy, wet snow falls. The 2018 Toro SnowMaster weighs about 120 lbs. A typical 24 inch 2-stage weighs about 200 bs.  This makes the SnowMaster a very easy to use machine, but when the snow gets packed down, heavy or wet the snow blower does not have enough weight to push itself through more than 10 inches of snow. For example, overnight last winter I received 12 inches of heavy, “let’s make a snowman” snow and after one pass up and down my drive I put the SnowMaster away and grabbed a 2-stage. The SnowMaster threw the snow well enough but didn’t have the weight to push itself through the snow. I also had the same issue a few times cleaning the end of driveway snow. This lightweight/lack of traction is one of the reasons it is not the best choice for clearing your lawn for your dog. If this was the only snow thrower I owned I’d learn to deal with it – only take a half pass – don’t get in a hurry, etc.

Two Stage Technology: If you need to always throw your snow more than 20 feet or so look at a different machine. Toro calls this “Two Stage Technology.” Actually, this is a single stage snow blower but the front auger is built differently than Toro’s Power Clear machines. The outer edges of the auger are metal. They chew up the snow and move it to the center section. The center section grabs the snow and throws it out of the machine.  Also, the front auger is a larger diameter than their Power Clear snow throwers so it does throw most snow farther than the Power Clear models. It’s also completely open in front so it will take on an 18-inch drift and does not plug up clearing really wet snow like some 2-stage machines will. It even handles slush OK. But, it does not have a second stage impeller that throws the snow long distances.

Personal Pace: If you own a Toro lawn mower with the Personal Pace you will love this snow thrower but if you’ve never used a Personal Pace mower let’s talk.  I’ve tried the Personal Pace mowers in the past and personally hate the Personal Pace System. Why?

  1. I’m the type of person who slows down when I walk so having a self-propelled mower/snow blower that sets the pace for me works the best for the way I walk. The Personal Pace system goes as fast as you walk so I tend to go slower and slower and slower……
  2. I have learned to grab the snow blower handle and then engage the transmission. With a typical 2-stage snow blower it takes off and “pulls” you along when you engage the drive wheel lever. With the Personal Pace system, you just grab the handle and start walking. It goes the speed that you are walking – instead of you going the speed the snow blower is moving.
  3. It does not work well on turf and gravel. The Personal Pace works by you starting to walk and then it responds. If the front scraper of the snow blower sticks on grass or other obstructions and you continue to push on the Personal pace controls, that causes the front of the Snowmaster to buck up. This can be a very frustrating experience. Yes, you can mitigate it somewhat with experience and by grabbing the bar underneath the Personal Pace handle but it can be very frustrating if you have a good-sized area to clear.
  4. It does not work well on a steeply sloped driveway: Some owners are stating the Personal Pace is hard to control when going down a sloped driveway. The snow blower wants to coast down faster than you are walking – which slows down the Personal Pace – which makes it awkward to use. Yes, you can hold the grab bar under the Personal Pace lever but that’s just awkward.

So, in summary. Even though this is one of my top choices this snow thrower is for a very specific buyer. Is it for you? It’s for you if you mainly get “normal” snow. It is for you if you get a lot more 2-6 inchers than 12+ wet snow falls. Because of the lightweight, you’ll want you to get right out and clean your driveway after a heavy snow. If you only need to clear a short path on the grass to the shed or over to the mailbox it will work OK. It throws snow as well as most $700-$900 2-stage machines and you can typically get done much faster. It has extremely simple controls. But, it may not be the best for you because it’s so lightweight and it will run out of traction trying to clear 10 inches or more of heavy/wet end of driveway snow. You can clear gravel and lawn without damaging the machine but with the Personal Pace controls, it’s hard to do. If you go “off-road” a lot with your snow blower I strongly suggest you look at a 2-stage instead. I’ll keep the one I purchased for a long time and use it every year – but I’ll have a 2-stage sitting next to it for the snow clearing it doesn’t do well.

Toro has three models of the SnowMaster. I’ll give you links to two Internet retailers I trust or you can purchase them at your local Toro dealer.

   2018 Toro  2018 Toro  2018 toro
Model Name SnowMaster 724 ZXR SnowMaster 724 QXE SnowMaster 824 QXE
Toro Model # 36001 36002 36003
Also Sold at The Home Depot? Yes Yes Yes
Amount/Type Of Snow 10 ” Plus/ Any Type 10 ” Plus/ Any Type 10 ” Plus/ Any Type
ENGINE BRAND Toro Premium Toro Premium Toro Premium
ENGINE POWER 212cc 212cc 252cc
STARTING SYSTEM 120V Electric 120V Electric 120V Electric
STAGE TYPE Single Stage Single Stage Single Stage
CLEARING WIDTH 24 in 24 in 24 in
HOUSING HEIGHT 18 in 18 in 18 in
THROWING DISTANCE Max 40 ft Max 40 ft Max 40 ft
CHUTE TURNING RADIUS 210° 210° 210°
DEFLECTOR CONTROL Quick Stick Quick Stick Quick Stick
TIRE SIZE 11 in x 4 in 11 in x 4 in 11 in x 4 in
TIRE TYPE Directional Snow Tread Directional Snow Tread Directional Snow Tread
STEERING Auto-Steer Auto-Steer Auto-Steer
DRIVE TYPE Personal Pace Personal Pace Personal Pace
SPEEDS Infinitely Variable (0-3.5 mph) Infinitely Variable (0-3.5 mph) Infinitely Variable (0-3.5 mph)
LENGTH 55 in 55 in 55 in
WIDTH 25.4 in 25.4 in 25.4 in
HEIGHT 43 in 43 in 43 in
WEIGHT 131 lbs 125 lbs 117 lbs
GEARCASE N/A N/A N/A
GEARCASE WARRANTY N/A N/A N/A
IMPELLER PROFILE N/A N/A N/A
IMPELLER DIAMETER N/A N/A N/A
AUGER DIAMETER 10 in 10 in 10 in
AUGER TYPE Two Stage Technology Two Stage Technology Two Stage Technology
SKID SHOES Poly Poly Poly
SCRAPER BAR Poly Floating Poly Floating Poly Floating
PRODUCT WARRANTY 3 yr Limited 3 yr Limited 3 yr Limited
CHUTE ROTATION On Chute Quick Stick Quick Stick
TONS PER HOUR 73 Tons/Hour 73 Tons/Hour 77 Tons/Hour
TYPICAL PRICE $649.00 $749.00 $899.00
BUY AT HOME DEPOT LINK SnowMaster 724 ZXR  SnowMaster 724 QXE  SnowMaster 824 QXE 
BUY AT ACME TOOLS SnowMaster 724 ZXR   SnowMaster 724 QXE   SnowMaster 824 QXE  

2018 Toro Power Max 2-Stage Snow Blowers

Toro Snow Blowers Capacity-wise the Toro Power Max snow blowers are a good choice for most of you reading this. They will handle normal yearly average snowfalls up to 60-80 inches well. The snow blowers are built very well and will last you a long time. These snow blowers have larger engines and the patented Toro Anti-Clogging System (ACS) so they handle heavy, wet snow better than any other 24-26 inch snow blower except the Ariens Deluxe 24 and Ariens Platinum 24 SHO.

Personally, I like the Power Max® 826 OXE (37799) a lot. The new larger tires will help it with traction clearing the end-of-driveway snow plow pile and the redesigned Quick Stick Chute control is the easiest to use – period. It has automatic power steering with no triggers to mess with. It really does turn as easily as a shopping cart. It has plenty of capacity and throwing distance for areas that get 60-100 inches of snow a year. The new metal high arc chute is one feature you asked for and Toro listened.

New Upgrades To The Power Max 824 OE (37798): I’ve had hundreds of readers comment how small the tires were on the older Toro Power Max snow blowers so I’m very happy that Toro finally has decided to use larger wheels. The 15X5 inch tires combined with a larger 252 cc engine gives it an edge over most of the 24-inch snow blowers. The larger wheels and engine will handle wet, heavy snow very well. The Power Max 824 OE does not have power/auto steering. The new metal chute is one feature you asked for and Toro listened.

Toro only lists the 824 OE and the 826 OXE in the 2018 brochure but some of the dealers are telling me the older 724 OE will still be available at a special price this fall. I’ll give you links to two Internet retailers I trust or you may purchase them at your local Toro dealer.

   2018 Toro  2018 Toro Snow Blowers  2018 toro snow blowers
Model Name Power Max 724 OE Power Max 824 OE Power Max 826 OXE
Toro Model # 37779 37798 37799
Also Sold at The Home Depot? Yes Yes Yes
Amount/Type Of Snow 60-80 in per yr 60-80 in per yr 60-80 in per yr
ENGINE BRAND Toro Premium Toro Premium Toro Premium
ENGINE POWER 212cc 252cc 252cc
STARTING SYSTEM 120V Electric 120V Electric 120V Electric
STAGE TYPE Two Stage Two Stage Two Stage
CLEARING WIDTH 24 in 24 in 26 in
HOUSING HEIGHT 20 in 20 in 20 in
THROWING DISTANCE Up to 45 ft Up to 45 ft Up to 45 ft
CHUTE TURNING RADIUS 200° 200° 200°
DEFLECTOR CONTROL Remote Remote Remote
TIRE SIZE 13 in x 4 in 15 in x 4 in 15 inch x 5 in
TIRE TYPE Directional Snow Tread Directional Snow Tread Directional Snow Track
STEERING Solid Axle Solid Axle Automatic
DRIVE TYPE Disk Disk Disk
SPEEDS 6 forward 2 reverse 6 forward 2 reverse 6 forward 2 reverse
LENGTH 56 in 56 in 56 in
WIDTH 28 in 25 in 25 in
HEIGHT 46 in 46 in 46 in
WEIGHT 172 lbs 180 lbs 184 lbs
GEARCASE Cast Iron Cast Iron Cast Iron
GEARCASE WARRANTY N/A N/A N/A
IMPELLER PROFILE N/A N/A N/A
IMPELLER DIAMETER 11 in 11 in 11 in
AUGER DIAMETER 11 in 11 in 11 in
AUGER TYPE Steel Serrated Steel Serrated Steel Serrated
SKID SHOES Steel Reversible Steel Reversible Steel Reversible
SCRAPER BAR Steel Steel Steel
PRODUCT WARRANTY 3 yr Limited 3 yr Limited 3 yr Limited
CHUTE ROTATION Quick Stick Quick Stick Quick Stick
TONS PER HOUR N/A N/A N/A
TYPICAL PRICE $699.00 ? $799.00 $999.00
BUY AT HOME DEPOT LINK Power Max 724 OE   Power Max 824 OE Power Max 826 OXE 
BUY AT ACME TOOLS    

2018 Toro Power Max HD 2-Stage Snow Blowers

toro snow blowers

I like the Toro Power Max HD snow blowers a lot. They are premium snow blowers and have long been known as some of the best snow blowers in the industry. They are among the most dependable snow blowers made. The Toro Power Max HD snow blowers will handle all types of snow.

The Toro Power Max HD snow blowers are heavy-duty machines. These snow blowers look big but are actually very easy to use. They are balanced very well and have excellent traction in all conditions. I have no problems recommending them to any person who can walk behind a snow blower and use both hands.

They are very comparable to the Ariens Deluxe and Platinum Series and will easily outperform the more expensive Honda 2-stage snow blowers.  Consumer Reports currently does not have a review on the Power Max HD models.

For 2018 Toro has made a few significant changes to make a great snow blower even better.

  1. New Metal Extended Chutes with double deflector: New for this year all the Toro 2-stage snow blowers have a metal chute. The Power Max HD models have a double jointed extended chute for increased range over the previous models. You asked for it – they listened!
  2. New Quick Stick Control and Beveled Gears: The Quick Stick chute control has always been one of the best chute controls on the market but for this year Toro completely redesigned it with a steel reinforced handle and beveled gears. It’s almost effortless to use.
  3. New Metal ACS: The Power Max HD models now have an all-metal ACS. The Anti-Clogging System regulates the snow intake to the impeller allowing the engine to maintain maximum speed for the best performance and throwing distance. The all-metal auger housing was also improved and was tipped back slightly so you can push into deep snow and clear drifts easier.
  4. New Top Load Gearbox: The new gearbox on the Power Max HD models does not have a vertical seam so it will not leak. High-impact, grade 5 steel shear bolts prevent damage to the gearcase. (Grade 5 is so strong you may never have to replace one)
  5. Larger Engine: Toro has added a 12 HP (375cc) engine back into the line. This extra power allows the new 32 inch HD model to throw more snow and throw it farther than ever before.
  6. New LED Lights on Power Max Models: New location and custom designed lens shine more light where you need it. Because the LED lights take less power than the old Halogen lamps more current is now available to the heated hand grips to make them warmer.
  7. New 32 inch size! Power Max HD 1232 OHXE Residential. A larger width and a larger engine for those of you who want a wider machine.

Why Toro Power Max HD?

  1. These snow blowers do not need high horsepower engines to do the work. The design of the Anti-Clog System inside the auger housing allows the impeller to off-load snow if there is too much. That gives the snow blower a consistent output without requiring an excessively large engine. Because of that, they have more capacity than snow blowers from other brands that use closed flight augers. These snow blowers are very fuel-efficient.
  2. Like the other good heavy-duty snow blowers on the market, the Power Max HD series use a 14-inch impeller and 14-inch auger to give it more capacity and throwing distance than the compact residential grade snow blowers.
  3. The Anti-Clog System does not plug. It handles all types of snow including heavy, wet slushy snow well.
  4. The Toro Power Max HD will throw more snow just as far as the Honda HSS928AW/HSS928AWD and costs almost $1000 less.
  5. The Toro Power Max HD 928 OAE has automatic steering and steers/zero-turns as easily as a shopping cart. The rest of the Power Max HD snow blowers all use a trigger style power steering system. The trigger steer goes in a straight line until you pull one of the handle mounted triggers to turn. You can pull both triggers to release both wheels at the same time to zero-turn.

Toro has three residential models of the Power Max HD. I’ll give you links to two Internet retailers I trust or you may purchase them at your local Toro dealer.

   2018 Toro  toro snow blowers  2018 Toro
Model Name Power Max HD 928 OAE Power Max HD 1028 OHXE Power Max HD 1232 OHXE
Toro Model # 38840 38841 38842
Also Sold at The Home Depot? Yes Yes Yes
Amount/Type Of Snow Snow Belt up to 120 in per yr Snow Belt up to 120 in per yr Snow Belt up to 120 in per yr
ENGINE BRAND Toro Premium Toro Premium Toro Premium
ENGINE POWER 265cc 302cc 375cc 
STARTING SYSTEM 120V Electric 120V Electric 120V Electric
STAGE TYPE Two Stage Two Stage Two Stage
CLEARING WIDTH 28 in 28 in 32 in
HOUSING HEIGHT 21.5 in 21.5 in 21.5 in
THROWING DISTANCE Up to 45 ft Up to 45 ft Up to 57 ft
CHUTE TURNING RADIUS 200° 200° 200°
DEFLECTOR CONTROL Quick Chute Quick Chute Quick Chute
TIRE SIZE 16 in x 4.5 in 16 in x 4.5 in 16 in x 4.5 in
TIRE TYPE Directional Snow Tread Directional Snow Tread Directional Snow Tread
STEERING Automatic Trigger Trigger
DRIVE TYPE Disk Disk Disk
SPEEDS 6 forward 2 reverse 6 forward 2 reverse 6 forward 2 reverse
LENGTH 62 in 62 in 62 in
WIDTH 29.5 in 29.5 in 33.5 in
HEIGHT 44 in 44 in 45 in
WEIGHT 264 lbs 283 lbs 300 lbs
GEARCASE Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
GEARCASE WARRANTY N/A N/A N/A
IMPELLER PROFILE N/A N/A New
IMPELLER DIAMETER 14 in 14 in 14 in
AUGER DIAMETER 14 in 14 in 14 in
AUGER TYPE Steel Serrated Steel Serrated Steel Serrated
SKID SHOES Steel Reversible Steel Reversible Steel Reversible
SCRAPER BAR Steel Steel Steel 
PRODUCT WARRANTY 3 yr Limited 3 yr Limited 3 yr Limited
CHUTE ROTATION Quick Stick Quick Stick Quick Stick
TONS PER HOUR N/A N/A N/A
TYPICAL PRICE $1,299.00 $1,599.00 $1999.00
BUY AT HOME DEPOT LINK Power Max HD 928 OAE   Power Max HD 1028 OHXE  Power Max HD 1232 OHXE
BUY AT ACME TOOLS     Power Max HD 1232 OHXE 

2018 Toro Power Max HD Commercial Snow Blowers

toro snow blowersNEW Power Max® HD 1428 OHXE and 1432 OHXE Commercial Versions: The Toro Power Max HD snow blowers have been a snow blower of choice for institutions and large businesses for many years. They are easy to operate and will run for years and years without a lot of upkeep. The two new models listed here are specifically for the commercial operator and have a reinforced handle, cast iron skid shoes, drift cutters, large 420cc engines, all-metal dash, and a commercial warranty.

NEW Features!

  1. All metal design: Chute, ACS, dash and reinforced handles are now all metal.
  2. Redesigned Impeller: The combination of the new impeller, extended chute, and larger engines increases the throw distance up to 60 feet.
  3. Larger Engines: Toro has added 14 HP (420cc) engines back into the line. This extra power allows the 28 and 32-inch Commercial models to throw more snow and throw it farther than ever before.
  4. New LED Lights on Power Max Models: New location and custom designed lens shine more light where you need it. Because the LED lights take less power than the old Halogen lamps more current is now available to the heated hand grips to make them warmer.
  5. New 32 inch size! Power Max HD 1432 OHXE Commercial. Larger width and engine for those of you who want a wider machine for parking lots and commercial sidewalks.
  6. New Metal Extended Chutes with double deflector: New for this year all the Toro 2-stage snow blowers have a metal chute. The Power Max HD models have a double jointed extended chute for increased range over the previous models.
  7. New Quick Stick Control and Beveled Gears: The Quick Stick chute control has always been one of the best chute controls on the market but for this year Toro completely redesigned it with a steel reinforced handle and beveled gears. It’s almost effortless to use.
  8. New Top Load Gearbox: The new gearbox on the Power Max HD models does not have a vertical seam so it will not leak. High-impact, grade 5 steel shear bolts prevent damage to the gearcase. (Grade 5 is so strong you may never have to replace one)
   toro snow blowers  2018 Toro  2018 Toro
Model Name Power Max HD 1428 OHXE Power Max HD 1432 OHXE Power Clear 721 R-C
Toro Model # 38843 38844 38751
Also Sold at The Home Depot? Yes Yes Yes
Amount/Type Of Snow Snow Belt 120-200 in per yr Snow Belt 120-200 in per yr Up To 9 inches
ENGINE BRAND Toro Premium Toro Premium Toro Premium
ENGINE POWER 420cc (17 ft/lbs) 420cc EFI/E-Gov (17 ft/lbs) 212cc
STARTING SYSTEM 120V Electric 120V Electric Recoil
STAGE TYPE Two Stage Two Stage Single Stage
CLEARING WIDTH 28 in 32 in 21 in
HOUSING HEIGHT 21 in (53.3 cm) 21 in (53.3 cm) 12.5 in
THROWING DISTANCE Up to 60 ft Up to 60 ft 35 ft
CHUTE TURNING RADIUS 200° 200° 210°
DEFLECTOR CONTROL Remote Remote Chute Mounted
TIRE SIZE 16 in x 4.5 in 16 in x 4.5 in 7 inch x 1.5 in
TIRE TYPE Directional Snow Tread Directional Snow Tread Solid
STEERING Trigger Trigger N/A
DRIVE TYPE Disk Disk Front Auger Propelled
SPEEDS 6 forward 2 reverse 6 forward 2 reverse N/A
LENGTH 62 in 62 in 58 in
WIDTH 29.5 in 33.5 in 29 in
HEIGHT 45 in 45 in 45 in
WEIGHT 310lbs 305 lbs 306 lbs
GEARCASE Aluminum Aluminum N/A
GEARCASE WARRANTY N/A N/A N/A
IMPELLER PROFILE New Improved New Improved Power Clear
IMPELLER DIAMETER 14 in 14 in N/A
AUGER DIAMETER 14 in 14 in 8.5 in
AUGER TYPE Steel Serrated Steel Serrated Rubber Paddle
SKID SHOES Cast Iron Reversible Cast Iron Reversible N/A
SCRAPER BAR Steel  Steel N/A
PRODUCT WARRANTY 3 yr Consumer 1 yr Commercial 3 yr Consumer 1 yr Commercial 2 year
CHUTE ROTATION Quick Stick Quick Stick Chute Mounted
TONS PER HOUR N/A N/A N/A
TYPICAL PRICE $2199.00 $2499.00 $599.00
BUY AT HOME DEPOT LINK  Power Max HD 1428 OHXE Power Max HD 1432 OHXE  Power Clear 721 R-C 
BUY AT ACME TOOLS Power Max HD 1428 OHXE  Power Max HD 1432 OHXE   Power Clear 721 R-C  

2018 Toro Power Clear Single-Stage Gas Powered Snow Throwers

Power Clear® 721 QZE (38744)

I first started using the Toro single stage snow throwers in the early 90’s and I have always liked how well they throw snow for a single stage, how well they clear right down to the pavement and how much abuse they will take. In the late 90’s I had one in the back of every snow plow truck and could count on them working when needed.

The Toro Power Clear 721 RC is still the snow thrower of choice for thousands of snow removal companies. Recently, Ariens has introduced a Professional single stage that appears more rugged but otherwise, no one else has anything that compares.

Single stage snow throwers work the best for 6 inches or so of good snow. The relatively low intake height limits them to about 9 inches in one pass and they don’t like the end of driveway snow pile the municipal snow plow leaves.  All of the Toro’s are auger propelled. That means you push the snow blower but if you raise handles the front paddle contacts the ground and will pull you forward reasonably well. This is great if the snow is packed onto the pavement because it cleans right down to the bare concrete or blacktop.

Single stage snow throwers will pick up gravel, turf and frozen dog dodo and throw it throw it through your glass window so don’t try to use it on unpaved areas.

Toro has six models of the single stage Power Clear. I’ll give you links to two Internet retailers I trust at the end or you may purchase them at your local Toro dealer.

Note: The Power Clear® 518 ZR (38472) and 518 ZE (38473) is a tiny little 18-inch snow thrower. It won’t throw snow very far but it’s great for a raised deck, porch or to throw in the car trunk. It has a 99 cc, 4-cycle gas engine (no gas/oil mix) and only weigh 54 lbs. The 518 ZE does have electric start!

   2018 toro  2018 toro  2018 toro
Model Name Power Clear 518 ZR/ZE Power Clear 721 R/E Power Clear 721 QZE
Model # 38472/38473 38741/38742 38744
Also Sold at The Home Depot? Yes Yes Yes
Amount/Type Of Snow 2-6 Inches 2-9 Inches 2-9 Inches
ENGINE BRAND Toro Premium Toro Premium Toro Premium
ENGINE POWER 99cc 4-cycle 212cc 4-cycle 212cc 4-cycle
STARTING SYSTEM 38472-Recoil/38473-120V Electric 38741-Recoil/38742-120V Electric 120V Electric
STAGE TYPE Single Stage Single Stage Single Stage
CLEARING WIDTH 18 in 21 in 21 in
HOUSING HEIGHT 12 in 12.5 in 12.5 in
THROWING DISTANCE 25 ft  35 ft  35 ft
CHUTE TURNING RADIUS 210° 210° 210°
DEFLECTOR CONTROL Chute Mounted Handle Chute Mounted Handle Quick Chute
TIRE SIZE 7 in x 1.5 in 7 in x 1.5 in 7 in x 1.5 in
TIRE TYPE Solid Solid Solid
STEERING N/A N/A N/A
DRIVE TYPE Front Auger Propelled Front Auger Propelled Front Auger Propelled
SPEEDS N/A N/A N/A
LENGTH 37 in 48 in 48 in
WIDTH 18 in 21 in 21 in
HEIGHT 45 in 42 in 42 in
WEIGHT 58 lbs 87 lbs 89 lbs
GEARCASE N/A N/A N/A
GEARCASE WARRANTY N/A N/A N/A
IMPELLER PROFILE Power Clear Power Clear Power Clear
IMPELLER DIAMETER N/A N/A N/A
AUGER DIAMETER 7 in 8.5 in 8.5 in
AUGER TYPE Rubber Paddle Rubber Paddle Rubber Paddle
SKID SHOES N/A N/A N/A
SCRAPER BAR N/A N/A N/A
PRODUCT WARRANTY 2-year Full 2-year Full 2-year Full
CHUTE ROTATION Chute Mounted Handle Chute Mounted Handle Quick Chute
TONS PER HOUR N/A N/A N/A
TYPICAL PRICE $359.00/$399 $499/$569 $699
BUY AT HOME DEPOT LINK  Power Clear 518 ZE  Power Clear 721 E Power Clear 721 QZE 
BUY AT ACME TOOLS  Power Clear 518 ZR Power Clear 721 R Power Clear 721 QZE 

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