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Snow blower recommendation?

Hello All

Would love to get a recommendation for a snowblower for upcoming winter.

Area to be cleared -- driveway (appx 250 sq ft or a bit more), that is it.

Prefer not to heavY...

Recommendations will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you
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Torontorian wrote: Hello All

Would love to get a recommendation for a snowblower for upcoming winter.

Area to be cleared -- driveway (appx 250 sq ft or a bit more), that is it.

Prefer not to heavY...

Recommendations will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you
I haven't used my snow blower in a two or three years because we just haven't gotten a lot of snow. I bought a Snow plow/sleigh and it's great...hate the smell of gas fumes.

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I just got the Toro 518 - single stage with electric start. Its small and compact, and should be good enough for my need - similar to yours, a 2 car driveway, and a sidewalk along the side of my house (since I have a corner plot). Based on the reviews, this seemed my best choice. I didnt think a 2 stage was required since we dont get unmanageable amounts of snow in the GTA, and I only have concrete walkways / driveways to clear (a 2 stage is needed for a gravel walkway since it doesn't clear to the ground, unlike a single stage which clears all the way to the ground).

This place has them on sale currently - https://kooybros.com/toro-38473-power-c ... nowthrower
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redflagusercan wrote: I just got the Toro 518 - single stage with electric start. Its small and compact, and should be good enough for my need - similar to yours, a 2 car driveway, and a sidewalk along the side of my house (since I have a corner plot). Based on the reviews, this seemed my best choice. I didnt think a 2 stage was required since we dont get unmanageable amounts of snow in the GTA, and I only have concrete walkways / driveways to clear (a 2 stage is needed for a gravel walkway since it doesn't clear to the ground, unlike a single stage which clears all the way to the ground).

This place has them on sale currently - https://kooybros.com/toro-38473-power-c ... nowthrower
Toro 621 QZE is what I have. Awesome machine but never have to use the electric start though.
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I have a $250 kijiji special that included delivery. It is a 24inch 2 stage probably 15 to 20 years old. One of better purchases I have made.

Drain the gas or run it dry before you put it away when the season ends.
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Jan 18, 2009
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I have a Toro 721 that is faster and does a better job than my neighbours who have monster machines that they have a hard time controlling.

The machine is over 10 years old and have never had a problem starts first time every time.....so far.
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Toros are solid. I blow through a double driveway and sidewalk while my neighbor struggles with a monstrosity of a unit.

Have had mine for over 10 years now and have only had to replace the spark plug and blade system once. Has never let me down on anything thrown its way.
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Single stage snowblowers IMO are useless. You want something that will work well especially when you get dumped on with snow. Stick to a 2 stage with a briggs and stratton engine and always use 91 or 94 octane in your snowblower and never leave fuel after the season. Also change your oil at-least every other year if you cant do it yearly.
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Prestonxavier wrote: Single stage snowblowers IMO are useless. You want something that will work well especially when you get dumped on with snow. Stick to a 2 stage with a briggs and stratton engine and always use 91 or 94 octane in your snowblower and never leave fuel after the season. Also change your oil at-least every other year if you cant do it yearly.
How many feet of snow gets dumped in scarboro? I imagine its more than on the west siiiiiiide?
I've survived with a single stage, its smaller and easier to maneuver especially for a 250sq/ft lot.
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shabby wrote: How many feet of snow gets dumped in scarboro? I imagine its more than on the west siiiiiiide?
I've survived with a single stage, its smaller and easier to maneuver especially for a 250sq/ft lot.
Scarborough doesnt get anymore than anywhere else in toronto, he may have a cheapy two stage. Those in the know, know that a single stage toro can outperform most cheapy two stage.
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mrtvgame wrote: Toros are solid. I blow through a double driveway and sidewalk while my neighbor struggles with a monstrosity of a unit.

Have had mine for over 10 years now and have only had to replace the spark plug and blade system once. Has never let me down on anything thrown its way.
That's good info to give me an idea on the life of the blade. Did my maintenance yesterday while the weather was still warm and inspected my blade which looks like I can get a few more years out of it. What surprised me was the cost of parts to do a replacement, eg, $159 at HD. For those folks considering the Toro 721 to buy, you should keep this maintenance cost in mind. It's a cost you do not have with a 2-stage when doing a comparison of pros and cons. The Toro 721 is a good machine. First startup of the season went easily even without the choke on.
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lazybummer wrote: That's good info to give me an idea on the life of the blade. Did my maintenance yesterday while the weather was still warm and inspected my blade which looks like I can get a few more years out of it. What surprised me was the cost of parts to do a replacement, eg, $159 at HD. For those folks considering the Toro 721 to buy, you should keep this maintenance cost in mind. It's a cost you do not have with a 2-stage when doing a comparison of pros and cons. The Toro 721 is a good machine. First startup of the season went easily even without the choke on.
My only complaint is mine is the two-stroke and can be quite smoky/smelly. I assume the new models are straight gas and oil.
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Another +1 for Toro single stage.

I've been using one for my 4 car (shared with my neighbour) driveway in Ajax for 7 years, and never encountered a moment when I needed a 2 stage and had an issue with the machine.

Drain the fuel in Spring, it will start back up in the Winter the following year.
Parts are readily available for Toros, I rebuilt the paddle assembly at the end of last winter to ensure I was ready this year.
These rebuild kits are cheap and easy to install. The whole machine is easy to work on.

A word of advice, if you have the money now, buy it now, don't wait for the first snowfall.
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lazybummer wrote: That's good info to give me an idea on the life of the blade. Did my maintenance yesterday while the weather was still warm and inspected my blade which looks like I can get a few more years out of it. What surprised me was the cost of parts to do a replacement, eg, $159 at HD. For those folks considering the Toro 721 to buy, you should keep this maintenance cost in mind. It's a cost you do not have with a 2-stage when doing a comparison of pros and cons. The Toro 721 is a good machine. First startup of the season went easily even without the choke on.
There's a built-in wear marker on the paddle. It's a small hole dilled through the paddle. Replace the paddle when it get worn to the hole.

It's more a factor in commercial type use. There are special heavy duty paddles for commercial use. Lots of people have regular paddles that last longer than 10 seasons in normal use.

The plastic scraper blade on the bottom of the housing need periodic inspection/ replacement as well
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All is good until you get a dumping of snow and the EOD is 20+" after street is plowed and has hardened. Usually 2-4 times in GTA winter. That Toro will struggle...

my 2 stage will go through 30"+ of hardened snow like butter.

as far as maneuver - can pivet left/right on a dime...just depends which model you get.

Yeah it's heavy, loud, my clothes smell like gas after, need maintenance (oil changes)...but you can't go wrong with a 2 stage after a huge snow fall.


porksoda wrote: Scarborough doesnt get anymore than anywhere else in toronto, he may have a cheapy two stage. Those in the know, know that a single stage toro can outperform most cheapy two stage.

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