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Toro Power Max 828 OXE 38634
 
Approximate retail price:
$1500
Summary: This 28-inch, two-stage Toro includes electric start, single-hand controls (which let you hold down both control levers with one hand), single-lever chute adjustment, and a headlight, along with a joystick chute control.
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Type: Two-stage gas snow blowers
About - Toro Power Max 828 OXE 38634

The Toro Power Max 828 OXE 38634 is part of the snow blower test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, snow blower models like the Power Max 828 OXE 38634 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 Max 828 OXE 38634
info Engine size 250-cc
info Electric start Yes
info Multiple speeds Yes
info Single hand controls Yes
info Freewheel steering Yes
info Single lever chute adjustment Yes
info Headlight Yes
info Heated handgrips No
info Warranty (yrs.) 3
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User Reviews - Toro Power Max 828 OXE 38634
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2.0
I love it and I hate it.
4/8/2013
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Maneuverable
Throws Far
User Friendly
Cons
Not A Good Engine
Best Uses
Driveway
Comment:
I live in the mountains of Utah and see a lot of snow. I love this snow blower. It has the power to get through just about anything. The controls and joy stick make it fun to use. The only problem has been keeping it running. <br />First the auger belt kept slipping off. I solved this by putting a smaller belt on it. The engine has been a continuous problem. There is no adjustment on the carburetor for high altitudes. It typically kills after 20 min of use. I loosen the gas cap, say a prayer and hopefully it restarts. <br />Thanks goodness for my old Honda snow blower. It's very hard to use but always runs! It has gotten me through the many snow storms when the Toro doesn't run or is in the shop.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Great Snowblower
3/22/2013
Pros
Throws Far
Cons
Best Uses
Driveway
Comment:
I really love this snowblower because I live in Minnesota and it can chew thru anything nature or the snow plow can pile up and it tosses it a long way. In the spirit of full disclosure, if the cement like snow from the plow gets really high (greater than the intake of the snow blower), it will work best if you break off the snow from the bank (I use a garden fork) and then run the snowblower into it rather than just running the snowblower into the wall the plow left. Get the electric start (I think it's standard, can't remember). Had mine I think six years now and never had a problem, except when I forgot to run it out of gas at the end of the winter (operator error).
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Works great when temp is above 40 degree
1/19/2013
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Light Is Terrific
Maneuverable
Throws Far
Cons
Doesn't Start Below 40&#9675;
Does Not Start Below 40&#9675;
Electric Start Breaks
Best Uses
Comment:
When this thing runs, it tears snow apart. The problem is that it is finicky about starting. Above 40 degrees, it starts on the first pull....but once the temp drops below 32 it refuses to start manually. The electric start works....twice, and then burns out and has to be replaced. Love it when it runs, hate it because it's not reliable.
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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