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Toro Power Curve 1800 38381 snow blower

 
Approximate retail price:
$329.76
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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5.0
15 years &still blowing
3/6/2015
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Lightweight
Maneuverable
Cons
Best Uses
Driveway
Comment:
moved 33ins of snow no problem
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
4.0
Zero Maintenance
2/27/2015
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Cost Of Purchase Use
Lightweight
Maneuverable
Operating Cost
Cons
Can't handle deep snow
Can't Handle Wet Snow
Best Uses
Driveway
Walkways
Comment:
I have owned this Model since November 1994, and it has never required any service. When not in use I hang the Model from the wheel shaft on the garage wall.<br />I have always been impressed/pleased with what this Model is able to accomplish.<br />This Model has never failed to start, and I am careful to not strain the motor.<br />If I hear the motor straining I reduce the width of my paths to reduce the load.<br />The Model can handle ~9 inches of light snow easily, and when the snow is very wet or deeper I can shovel the snow into the impeller for disposal.<br />It may take longer to clear snow than the Big Brother units, but the cost savings and ease of storage & maintenance offsets the extra time.<br />We do get large storms (1 every other year) or very wet storms that this unit cannot handle. On those occasions I either use the shovel or my neighbor has mercy on me with his Big Brother unit.<br />I only use this unit when the snow is 4 to 12 inches deep. You do need some strength to push the unit into dense or high snow. Less than 4 inches of snow I will shovel, and at times I need to shovel frozen street plow at the head of the driveway.<br />My driveway is ~ 50 feet long & 2 cars wide. I can also carry the unit to the back for use on my patio.<br />Based on the real life performance of this single-stage electric Model, I may consider a single-stage gas Model when I need to replace the unit. Moving from a CR score of 38% to 71% may be sufficient for my needs, and the cost & storage would be better than larger units.<br />I typically use this unit ~4 times per season. If I had a larger capacity Model I could use it a little more frequently. However, with gasoline Models comes the cost, service, maintenance and reliability issues that may outweigh the frequency of use.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
4.0
Great Product
2/27/2015
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Handles Most Snow
Lightweight
Maneuverable
Throws Far
Cons
Best Uses
Driveway
Comment:
Have owned and used this for two years. Perfect for moderate snows (12 or less), although handles deeper snow. Does a great job of clearing wet or dry snow. Easily adjustable chute and throws far for an electric rig. If the snow is deep just make partial cuts. Very reliable, be sure to use a heavy duty cord to provide needed amps. Economical, easy to store and move, light, no maintenance issues.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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