(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Outperformed gas powered snowblowers!
Clears to the Pavement
Easy to store
Needs No Gasoline
Can't Handle Plow-packed
Tethered By Power Cord
I have used my old, electric Toro for 7 years in Edmonton, Alberta, and never encountered snow conditions this snowblower did not handle very well. Starts immediately in -40 weather, when neighbours are struggling to start gas snowblowers. The exception would be snow packed by the snowplow, but even my neighbour's very large, 2-stage, gas-powered machine could not do much with that. Snow deeper than the machine (14?) requires two passes, but the Toro handles it easily. And it is light enough to easily lift onto decks and porches, or even to hand carve piles of very deep snow. Easy on the back!<br /><br />Throw distance is comparable to what my neighbours get with their single-stage gas snowblowers: 10-20 feet depending on snow depth and density. (I have used these gas snowblowers, and my experience is opposite of CR testers on this.) Throws snow farthest when chute is facing forward.<br /><br />No maintenance required (at all!) for first 5 years. Scraper and side rails do wear over time and needed replacement after 5 seasons, as did a drive belt and a more expensive bearing and bushing. Given my experience, I was willing to put another $200 into professional repair hoping to get another 6 years of good service.<br /><br />Do not underestimate the great advantages of light weight, low operating costs, compact storage, low environmental impact, and freedom from storing explosive fuel!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.