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Honda or Toro Single Stage Snow Blower

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by RONK, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. RONK

    RONK Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 125

    I'm thinking of buying a single stage snow blower,either Honda or Toro(specific model),I'd like your recomendations please on which is best?Thanks.
  2. Schuley

    Schuley Senior Member
    Messages: 160

    I have always prefered the toro's. IMO they seem to be quicker and more powerful, and more ergonomically friendly. I've used the honda's plenty, and they are a good machine, but I just prefer toro...
    I own a range of the toros from the tiny one to the larger single stagers. all work well depending on what you are doing. The small powerlite is easy to toss in the back of the truck without killing yourself.
  3. ducaticorse

    ducaticorse PlowSite.com Addict
    from we
    Messages: 1,426

    Been looking at a Honda HS520 myself. My concern is when do they become ineffective/inefficient for commercial use. Snow fall/type of snow example heavy wet vs light and fluffy.

    BOSS LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 495

    Toro in my opinion, they cut through snow banks & drifts well.

    Lighter models are easier if you taking them in and out of your truck.
  5. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,822

    I have all Honda HS520's myself, and I really like them so far. I plan on continuing to purchase them as needed.

    I also have one Toro CCR (? I believe that was the name) left and I really was unimpressed. First of all the plastic chute.. Much more flimsy than Honda. Second it was a two stroke. More BS to deal with on the 2 stroke, when my other larger blowers are 4 stroke. The paddle did not "pull" the blower forward as much as it does with the Honda.
  6. ducaticorse

    ducaticorse PlowSite.com Addict
    from we
    Messages: 1,426

    Ive heard nothing but stellar reviews on the HS520, and I'm having a really hard time finding one second hand, which shows that when people buy them, they tend not to let them go... HD has them for 549. Think Ill roll down there today and grab one.

    How do they do in the heavier stuff? Say six inches of semi damp snow?
  7. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,468

    Toro all the way. Get the quick chute. It's a no brainer.