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Good Small Blower?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by plowking2, Nov 26, 2005.

  1. plowking2

    plowking2 Junior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 5

    I am looking for a good snowblower in the 20 inch range for sidewalks, tight areas, ect. I found a Toro 3650 Power curve with a 6.5 hp and 20 inch cut for 579.99. Are they any good? Look like a cheep throwaway to me? I was at sears today and found a new Craftsman 22 inch 5 hp, 2 stage, 3 speed, electric start for 379.99. It seems like a lot more blower for the money? Which way would you go? Thanks
  2. Ron's Lawncare

    Ron's Lawncare Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    the small 2 cycle single stage toro's work really well.they throw wet snow better than a small 2 stage does.i have the smallest toro powerlite i use it to clean off my decks it works great.

  3. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,127

    I would go with the Toro any day of the week, a much better machine IMOP.

    Good Luck Mike
  4. jkkalbers

    jkkalbers Senior Member
    Messages: 116

    I have 6 toro 3650's light enough to throw in the back of a truck, but powerful enough to go through 10" of snow. Half of them are over 5 years old, and start on the second pull every time. You always get what you pay for.
  5. Petr51488

    Petr51488 Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    My Honda HS520 is a beast of a snowblower.. It's very quiet and can move a lot of snow. Its great on gas too!
  6. Pristine PM ltd

    Pristine PM ltd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,891

    I use the Honda as well, quick and clean. The Toro is a little cheaper and fairly good as well, but I always have loved Honda engines. They run about $1100 Canadian, so they are a bit pricey, but they are also light enough to pick up and throw into the back of the truck.

  7. maxwell

    maxwell Member
    from nw ohio
    Messages: 59

    my wife does well
  8. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    I have an MTD (31 something-AE) and I've had that for about 4 or 5 years, now. It does extremely well, plenty of power, and starts fantastic. It's smallt and light enough to get in and out of the truck. It's an auger type, but it's one of the smaller auger types that look like one of the paddle type snowblowers.
  9. plowking2

    plowking2 Junior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 5

    Thnaks for the info. What do you guys think about the new lawnboy blowers? They look like they are the same as a toro, but about $75 cheeper. Thanks again!
  10. mikelawtown

    mikelawtown Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 429

    I use a toro and craftsman, and for 150 dollars less i have to say the craftsman is just as good. beat it and no probs after 3 years
  11. go plow

    go plow Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    i have used a crapsman to clear walkways at condos for years now, i use the 21 inch single stage, works well and one guy can lift it into the back of the truck.... the only thing i have found a problem is that its a little loud.....
  12. EnviroTeam

    EnviroTeam Member
    Messages: 71

    Just wondering where you are getting a Honda for $1100 Canadian, I am looking at about $2200 for a 10 hp 28" Toro, I was originally looking into the Honda's but was told they would be more money. Have I been misled
  13. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    sounds like a good buy on the craftsman.. we have the same blower and paid $600 for it 9 years ago. still runs and works good. still a firm believer in a snow pusher shovel or a broom in light snow
  14. LLM Ann Arbor

    LLM Ann Arbor Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    The toro looks like a throwaway? lol Comon. That things a beast. Only blowers Ill ever use.
  15. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    toros 3650 is a good strong blower, it will chug through heavy wet slow from the city plows like a champ. one thing that toro has over the honda that i was was you can change the chute position on the toro from the handle bars. with honda you need to walk around and use the handle on the chute. but you cant go wrong with a honda.
  16. SwiftSnow&Salt

    SwiftSnow&Salt Member
    Messages: 51

    I swear by (and at sometimes) the toro S200's...cheap to purchase (USED) and cheap to maintain (parts and easy to fix)..
  17. Chuckie

    Chuckie Member
    from PA
    Messages: 31

    toro 3650 are all we will use as a small blower , throws the wet snow like nothing....... but for very very light fluffy snow nothing can beat a good back pack blower to speed things up. Fast and clean.