The Toro Power Clear 621 38451 is part of the snow blower
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, snow blower
models like the Power Clear 621 38451 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
The clearing width, or swath, in inches.
Removal speed is how quickly models could remove snow without laboring; single-stage machines were pushed as quickly as possible before the machine labored.
Plow pile removal:
How fast the snow thrower can remove a simulated pile of snow left by a municipal plow at the end of a driveway.
The following models have the same ratings as Toro Power Clear 621 38451.
Features and specs may vary
The Ratings applied to untested model Toro Power Clear 621 38452 come from our tests of model Toro Power Clear 621 38451, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both. Single-stage electric snow blowers start
About This Brand
One of the market leaders in snow-blower sales, Toro sells a variety of electric models in addition to single- and two-stage gas models at outdoor power equipment dealers and Home Depot. It markets the electric models under the Power Curve and Power Shovel line names and the gas models under the Power Shift and Power Max line names. Electric modelshave snow clearing widths of 12 to 18 inches. Gas models have snow clearing widths of 16 to 28 inches and available electric start.
Features & Specs - Toro Power Clear 621 38451
Engine size Engine Size is the engine displacement measured in cubic centimeters for gasoline powered engines. Most manufacturers not longer give a horsepower rating. Engine displacement is now the only universal way to compare relative engine size. Electric motors are stated in amps.
Electric start Most models offer a plug-in startng device that saves you the hassle of pull-starting the engine, but you need to be near an outlet.
Multiple speeds For two-stage models, most come with multiple forward speeds and two reverse speeds. The ability to vary ground speed according to snow conditions gets the job done faster. Some of the least expensive two-stage models have only one forward speed.
Single hand controls Most two-stage models have individual lever controls on each side of the handlebar, one engaging the wheel traction and the other for engaging the auger/impeller. This feature allows both control levers to be held down with one hand, leaving the other hand free to adjust the chute controls.
Single hand controls
Freewheel steering For two-stage models, this feature, which usually consists of triggers under each handlebar, disengages either or both the left and right drive wheels for easy, sharp turning.
Single lever chute adjustment Only on two-stage models, a single lever or "joystick" on the control panel allows for quick changes to the horizontal discharge direction (the alternative is a hand crank) and to the vertical discharge height (the alternative is leaving the operator position and manual adjustment) all with a single lever.
Single lever chute adjustment
Headlight This eases snow throwing at night or in low-light situations.
Heated handgrips Heated handgrips are a nicety, though they don't replace a good pair of gloves.
Warranty (yrs.) Manufacturer's stated warranty in years of coverage. In most cases it applies only to consumer use and not commercial use.
Bought one 3 years ago. Had it in the shop 6 times in 2 weeks. Got a lemon. Returned it and bought the same one next season. This one is GREAT. Loved the features for the price. Love the electric start and the chute change controls near the top of the handle. It has gone through snow drifts 2 times the height of the intake chute. Slower, of course. Wet snow is more difficult, obviously, but that just means you have to get out to remove the snow more quickly after it falls and before it melts and refreezes.<br />Love it. Had it for 2 seasons now. No issues. Price? You get what you pay for.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from GTA, Canada
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
one of worst products owned
Difficult to Start
very minimal use first year (2-3 times) worked well. Second winter, worked first two snowfalls, then totally died on the third use. Frustrating seeing as proper maintenance was done on this machine, and it failed us when needed most. Would not recommend this product, and have to rank this as the worst product I've ever owned.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Kansas City
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent clearance & speed
Clears to the Pavement
The only possible complaint I have about this snow blower is the noise........and virtually any removal machine of this type is loud. I wore earplugs while in use & had no problems. I used it for the first few times during the large, late snows here in the Midwest. The Toro tackled any amount of snow & handled either wet or dry textures without clogging the chute or affecting the clearing speed. It handles easily & maneuvers well in turns & on sidewalks, as well. I was able to clear my own property & help several neighbors, as well, with less total time spent than when I used to clear my own driveway & sidewalks manually. One neighbor had a small shovel-style machine that could not handle the volume we had, & the 621 put it to shame. (It is also not a gas or oil hog.) I think it is well worth the investment to size-up with a machine that will clear any sized load that it's faced with, & this one certainly met that challenge with flying colors.