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snow blower question

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by gsy, Oct 3, 2003.

  1. gsy

    gsy Junior Member
    Messages: 0

    I stumbled across this site and hopefully an appropriate question for this forum. I have been looking for a single stage snow blower and narrowed my search down to two. I am thinking about the Honda 520 and Toro 3650. They both are the same price but I cannot seem to pull the trigger on either one. How does the 5hp honda hold up to the 6.5 toro. Does the 4 stroke produce more useable power? Am I over thinking this process and either one will work fine? So I guess I am looking for opinions or recommendations.

  2. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    I'd say you can't go wrong with either one.Both are excellent high quality machines.I haven't used the Honda,but the Toro's have plenty of power.
  3. festerw

    festerw Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    I've never met a Honda engine yet that won't start, we have a 2-stage Honda that is about 13 years old and every winter (after proper care of course) starts on the 1st or 2nd pull of the cord, same thing with the 3 year old Honda lawnmower and the 5 year old Honda pressurewasher.
  4. micah79

    micah79 Senior Member
    Messages: 303

    I prefer a 2 stroke engine in the winter, but you may need the torque of the 4 stroke if you are looking to clear thick heavy stuff.
    Tough choice, honda and toro are both awesome. I have honda engines in most of my power equipment. I love them. I know honda is supposed to make an excellent snow thrower, but I have never used one. I can only speak from experience that Toro makes an excellent snow thrower, and that honda makes a durable quiet engine.

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,312

    which one does your local repair shop sell
    which ever one is easier to get parts for thats the one you want

  6. wxmn6

    wxmn6 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,037

    I never own either of them, but I am thinking about purchasing the Toro 3650 snowthrower. It would be a perfect machine for doing sidewalk clearing on the go, meaning I could lift it out of tailgate and go to work, lift it back in truck bed and go to the next account.
  7. HandyHaver

    HandyHaver Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    I've run the honda for 3 seasons now and it has proved to be a great investment. Light enough for one man to load without ramps yet will blast through alot of snow. I like having a 4 stroke on board for the simple fact that I only have to carry one gas can.
    Also starts first, evry time so far. It has taken a beating. I do 20 very large properties, and this unit gets used on every one.

    Both blowers have great feedback and I too had a time choosing between the two, and have no regrets going with the honda.