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!!!KAGE Paddles!!! First Imprsseions

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by locallawncare.c, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. locallawncare.c

    locallawncare.c Member
    Messages: 78

    So my KAGE paddles for my Toro 621 just came in, I can't wait to get to test them out, however I recently changed the paddles so they are not in need of replacing just yet, so this will be a little bit of a teaser with information and my first impressions without yet using them.

    1. Paddles are blue (kinda kewl).
    2. Poly material feels flexible yet very solid (nice compound)
    3. Overall dimensions are almost the same (aside from width/weight)
    4. All of the holes line up perfectly (even the wear indicator)
    5. Have small recessed circles for mounting hardware to sit flush once installed
    6. Slightly heavier (stock = 400g, KAGE = 580g)
    7. Slightly thicker (stock = 8mm, KAGE = 10mm
    8. Price (stock x2 = $75.00, KAGE x2 = $83.00 (details below))
    8. I would rather be slapped in the face by the stock Toro paddle (KAGE seems like it would do some damage, lol.

    Overall I am very impressed with the feel and finish of these paddles, I ordered them directly from KAGE's website (accept PayPal), shipping was fast with no extra customs fee (I live in Canada). Price was reasonable, I recently bought some paddles and scraper bar from my local dealer and the paddles were $33.33 each plus tax = $75.33 for 2 paddles. KAGE's paddles were a total of $83.00 after the exchange to Canadian dollar with shipping to Canada for 2 paddles. All in all a fair price, obviously will be cheaper if you live in America and likely your Toro dealer paddles will be less too (we get hosed in Canada). Hope this helps anyone and if you have any reviews after actual use please feel free to chime in, I will do another reveiw once I get to use them. Here are some pictures.

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  2. locallawncare.c

    locallawncare.c Member
    Messages: 78

    More pictures.

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  3. Drew2010

    Drew2010 Senior Member
    Messages: 216

    Get em on there. We aren't concerned with the fact that the paddles aren't worn enough to need these yet. lol :p We just want to know how they workThumbs Up

    I didn't know Kage made these, do they make these for all toro models?
     
  4. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    Agreed.....
     
  5. locallawncare.c

    locallawncare.c Member
    Messages: 78

    Ok hold your horses, lol. I'm not gonna toss out a perfectly good pair of paddles just to try these, when they need replacing then these will go on. They will fit 21" toro snowblowers, not sure how far back in years but I'm pretty sure any of the powerclear or 421 models will fit. As stated in the title this was simply a first impression, there is a video on Kage's website showing how they wear, I'm anxious to try them believe me. Even if they last twice as long I would be more than happy.
     
  6. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    Why buy them then?
     
  7. locallawncare.c

    locallawncare.c Member
    Messages: 78

    As replacement paddles.
     
  8. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,533

    I bought a set to replace some really worn paddles on my 621 and they work amazingly well. Only problem I ran into was that I had to change out the scraper bar at the same time. (9 bucks for an OEM Toro bar on Amazon). The original scraper was so worn that the paddles were kicking alot of snow back under the machine towards the operator.

    With the new bar in place the machine throws much farther then it used to and works really well in the heavy snow as well. I think b/c the paddles are thicker/stiffer it doesn't flex as much therefore imparting alot more momentum into the throw.

    I ordered another set of paddles and a second bar for my other machine as well.
     
  9. locallawncare.c

    locallawncare.c Member
    Messages: 78

    Thanks for the info, just put mine on after the last storm, installation was simple and the torx head screws actually fit into the KAGE paddles easier than the stock rubber paddles, I also put a new scraper bar on at the same time. Looking forward to the next snowfall to test them out, I feel like they will perform better because they will keep a tighter clearance for a longer period of time. I find that the stock paddles throw really far when new, but slowly begin to decrease throwing distance as they wear (makes total sense).
     
  10. merrimacmill

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

    Is anyone aware of these coming out for the Honda single stage blowers?
     
  11. dieseld

    dieseld Senior Member
    from 90210
    Messages: 628

    Man would that be great. I replaced my Toro fleet with Hondas this year and damn do we go through paddles fast.
     
  12. Mitragorz

    Mitragorz Senior Member
    Messages: 181

    I'd love to see these for the Snow Commander!
     
  13. TNLC

    TNLC Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    I was just wondering the same thing. I have three Honda's singles and one will soon need the paddles replaced.

    KAGE if you guys are viewing this thread, please consider making paddles for Honda's. Thanks!;)
     
  14. locallawncare.c

    locallawncare.c Member
    Messages: 78

    I think they know that most commercial contractors use the Toro so that's the one they made, might take some time but you never know, there is no other company out there producing these so there is a opening in the market for aftermarket parts like these.
     
  15. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    My next pair Im going to try these out. I just spent 79.15 on a set of new Toro paddles and a new scraper bar from the dealer. BTW those paddles are a PITA to put in, specifically the two outer nuts recessed in the metal sides.
     
  16. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,985

    Do they make them for a cub cadet?

    How are they working so far?
     
  17. Kristin Stephan

    Kristin Stephan Sponsor
    Messages: 142

    Kage is reading this! Honda has been requested a lot, I see them in the near future!
     
  18. alldayrj

    alldayrj PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,097

    Careful you dont infringe on hondas patents KAGE!!!
     
  19. TNLC

    TNLC Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    Thumbs Up

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  20. 97f250Heavyduty

    97f250Heavyduty Senior Member
    Messages: 131

    Would like to see them for the toro snow commander as well. I think I'm going to start converting my single stages over to them provided they hold up well like them seem to be doing.