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Toro Snowcommander

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by RB, Dec 5, 2000.

  1. RB

    RB Senior Member
    Messages: 197

    Is anyone using this new Toro Snowcommander? It's a 7 hp single stage. To me it looks a little big and heavy, but ??? What do you think?
     
  2. iowastorm

    iowastorm Senior Member
    Messages: 358

    It's funny you started this thread; I was just looking at them. Never used one, but I share the same concerns too. 115lbs. is pretty heavy to lift out of the truck; especially at 5am and you've been working all night. The nice thing is that it's 24" wide and will clean a sidewalk in 2 passes. I'm just not sure if I'd want to kill my back lifting it in and out of my truck over saving a pass w/ the thing. Think I'd rather have the Honda single stage instead; those things go and go w/out problems.
     
  3. Mowman

    Mowman Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    IN&OUT?

    HEY GUY'S I GET MY BLOWER IN&OUT OF MY TRUCK WITH A SET OF RAMPS. I BOUGHT A RAMP KIT ($29.00) AND BOUGHT 2 2X6 AND MADE THEM UP. THEY WORK GREAT. I HAVE A MTD POWER-PRO
    W/ 8HP AND 26" CLEARING PATH. IT'S TOO HEAVY TO JUST PICK UP AND THROW AROUND.
    HOPE THIS HELPS.
    Mowman
     
  4. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    This year we may have a dedicated snow blower truck, in that case the ramps will work, however right now we have v boxes in all our trucks and the single stage fits nicely along side, but you have to lift in and out. So a larger wont work for at this time, If I free up a truck bed, then that is a viable alternative.
    Dino
     
  5. iowastorm

    iowastorm Senior Member
    Messages: 358

    Ramps are a good idea, but it's one more thing to have and mess around w/ in the back of your truck. In a heavier snow, we've got to use the 2 stages, so we've got to have ramps unless we've got 2 guys to lift the thing out of the truck.
     
  6. BRL

    BRL PlowSite.com - Veteran
    Messages: 1,277

    Here's my funny story about ramps & snowblowers. Back when I just had 1 truck & subbed myself out to a friend I pulled into a lot where he was with another one of the subs. The 2 of them were fighting in the back of the truck to get his monster blower out. While they were playing around I got my shovel out of my truck & in 3 minutes tops I shoveled the walk (maybe 600 sq. ft. - 4 " snow) They still didn't have the blower out so I walked over & had a good laugh at them while asking them why they were wasting so much time.
     
  7. diggerman

    diggerman Senior Member
    from Ames
    Messages: 700

    Thats why you are on your own and they are most likely still trying to get a blower out of someone elses truck.
     
  8. iowastorm

    iowastorm Senior Member
    Messages: 358

    RB; I actually looked at the unit today. The sales guy told me that it could take on any 2 stage unit and could throw snow (dry) up to 40'. It was a nice unit, but way too heavy. Bought a 5 horse single stage instead that only weighs 70lbs.
     
  9. Lazer

    Lazer Senior Member
    Messages: 399

    Our fertilizer spreader carrying racks (w/ small attached ramp gate) which insert into a trailer receiver tube, work perfectly as snowblower racks in the winter.
     
  10. columbiaplower

    columbiaplower Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    not if u have a spreader that fits into that tube
     
  11. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,011

    I was able to demo one of these a week ago. Heavy (not what I thought at first glance) too many moving parts in the pivoting handle ass'y, handle made very thin and flimsy, this machine will not last a seasons worth of commercial work without extensive repairs IMO.