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Toro Power Curve 1800 38381 Snow blower

 
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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.

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Features & Specs - Toro Power Curve 1800 38381
info Engine size 15amp
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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4.0
great little snowblower
2/9/2015
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Durable
Lightweight
Low Maintenance
Quiet
Cons
Clears Shallow Snow
Corded
Poor Chute Adjustment
Best Uses
Driveway
Comment:
Have used for three years in eastern Canada (very similar snowfall to central Maine). Works great for clearing driveway, with good winter-spec 100-ft cord plugged into outdoor outlet. Requires clearing every 6-8 inches of snowfall, but can clear 12+ inches of powdery snow reasonable well with partial passes. Deeper dense snow (end of driveway) requires multiple passes, meaning lifting snowblower by handle and shaving layers off snow, which is likely not a safe operation (works great for me, though). Blade tears apart large ice chunks with surprising ease. Plenty of throw, but chute doesn't hold vertical angle well: mine just slips to maximum vertical throw, which cuts throw distance and increases blowing snow in wind. Coupling to motor seems to be going after three years of heavy use (but no maintenance); might get a fourth year before repair/replacement.
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
Outperformed gas powered snowblowers!
1/14/2015
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Easy to store
Lightweight
Maneuverable
Needs No Gasoline
Quiet
Reliable
Throws Far
Cons
Can't Handle Plow-packed
Tethered By Power Cord
Best Uses
Deck
Driveway
Professional
SIDEWALK
Comment:
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
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Stores easily
1/10/2015
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Lightweight
Maneuverable
Stores Upside Down
Throws Far
Cons
Can't Buy New On Switch
Best Uses
Driveway
Comment:
I think I've had it for 10 years. It is not a perfect snow thrower, BUT it is light weight, does not require oil or gas, and I can store it upside down.<br />Sometimes in Indiana, we go two years without a significant snow fall. Gas throwers take up a lot of space, but mine hangs upside down on my wall, and takes up all most no space.<br />My neighbor has a large gas thrower---I like mine MUCH better.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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