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Toro Power Curve 1800 38381
 
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Summary: This corded-electric Toro snow blower has an 18-inch clearing width.
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Type: Single-stage electric snow blowers
About - Toro Power Curve 1800 38381

The Toro Power Curve 1800 38381 is part of the snow blower test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, snow blower models like the Power Curve 1800 38381 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Width (in.):
The clearing width, or swath, in inches.

Removal speed:
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.
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 Curve 1800 38381
info Engine size 15-amp
info Electric start Yes
info Multiple speeds No
info Single hand controls No
info Freewheel steering No
info Single lever chute adjustment No
info Headlight No
info Heated handgrips No
info Warranty (yrs.) 2
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User Reviews - Toro Power Curve 1800 38381
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Perfectly meets my needs
3/18/2014
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Easy to Start
Lightweight
Maneuverable
Not Too Noisy
Throws Far
Cons
Can't Handle Wet Snow
Best Uses
Driveway
SIDEWALK
Comment:
Have had this model for more than a decade. Easily handles up to 6-8 of dry or semi-wet snow. It tends to clog if the snow is too wet, BUT the clog is VERY easy to clear safely...takes about 15 seconds. Easily clears to the pavement. So lightweight that I can lift it with one hand, and I'm an over 60 year old woman. Handles well. Surface being cleared must be paved (no gravel driveways). In my experience, this is a perfect snowblower for those who live in areas where the snow usually isn't very deep.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Great Value
3/12/2014
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Lightweight
Maneuverable
Cons
Best Uses
Driveway
Comment:
Have had this model since winter 2005 and I can't complain about it's performance since I know its limitations. These limitations are:<br /> * Deep snow - If it's more than 10, it's a slow go. What I do now is go out and blow when about 5 have fallen and repeat as necessary.<br /> * Throw distance - It may not be like some of the gas throwers that can send snow a country mile, but 98% of the time it gets it past the side of my driveway and that's all I need.<br /> * Range - You're limited to the length of your extension cord. I use a 25' 8gauge and a 100' 10 gauge to do my and my elderly neighbor's across the street driveways.<br /><br />These limitations are more than offset by its benefits. These are: it always starts, it's quieter, don't have to worry about getting oil/gas ratio correct (my nightmare growing up) or gas getting stale, and no summerizing required (just hang it up out the way when season is over).<br /><br />In conclusion, whenever we have snow -- and this winter we've had a lot -- it clears our driveways much faster than shoveling with minimum fuss required. For the money I spent on it 8 years ago (same as listed in ratings), this snow blower has been and is a great value.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Stopped Working After 20 Minutes
2/13/2014
Pros
Lightweight
Maneuverable
Throws Far
Cons
Broke During First Use
Poor Customer Service
Unreliable
Best Uses
Doorstop
Comment:
Purchased it in 2011 but did not need it until Jan. 2014. Worked well for first 20 minutes, then quit and would not restart. Called customer service. Got only a recording saying if it's out of warranty it most likely would be less expensive to buy a new one. No option given to talk to a person. A total waste of money.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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