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.
The clearing width, or swath, in inches.
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.
Engine size Engine Size is the engine displacement measured in cubic centimeters for gasoline powered engines. Most manufacturers not longer give a horsepower rating. Engine displacement is now the only universal way to compare relative engine size. Electric motors are stated in amps.
Electric start Most models offer a plug-in startng device that saves you the hassle of pull-starting the engine, but you need to be near an outlet.
Multiple speeds For two-stage models, most come with multiple forward speeds and two reverse speeds. The ability to vary ground speed according to snow conditions gets the job done faster. Some of the least expensive two-stage models have only one forward speed.
Single hand controls Most two-stage models have individual lever controls on each side of the handlebar, one engaging the wheel traction and the other for engaging the auger/impeller. This feature allows both control levers to be held down with one hand, leaving the other hand free to adjust the chute controls.
Single hand controls
Freewheel steering For two-stage models, this feature, which usually consists of triggers under each handlebar, disengages either or both the left and right drive wheels for easy, sharp turning.
Single lever chute adjustment Only on two-stage models, a single lever or "joystick" on the control panel allows for quick changes to the horizontal discharge direction (the alternative is a hand crank) and to the vertical discharge height (the alternative is leaving the operator position and manual adjustment) all with a single lever.
Single lever chute adjustment
Headlight This eases snow throwing at night or in low-light situations.
Heated handgrips Heated handgrips are a nicety, though they don't replace a good pair of gloves.
Warranty (yrs.) Manufacturer's stated warranty in years of coverage. In most cases it applies only to consumer use and not commercial use.
First of all let me just say I'm from the east coast of Canada and have been using snowblowers most of my life. I have had my toro for over 3 years and it has worked perfectly. It pull starts the first time everytime after the first snowfall. The chute control is the BEST of all the brands. I have used honda's, craftsman and troybilt and they don't come close to the quality and ease of use.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By frustraited snow blower
from Salt Lake City, Utah
I love it and I hate it.
Clears to the Pavement
Not A Good Engine
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
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
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).