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Toro has discontinued the Powerlite

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by coolgreen, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. coolgreen

    coolgreen Member
    Messages: 53

    Toro has changed the Powerlite to a four-stroke engine and increased the weight to 54 pounds. I've been trying to find the two-stroke for weeks and I think I've finally got a line on one. I wish I'd bought a bunch of them last year.

    The difference between 29 pounds and 54 pounds will seem like a ton by the end of a long shift of lifting it in and out of the truck.

    Does anyone else make a light snowblower?
  2. joed

    joed Member
    Messages: 41

    The old Powerlite with the 98 cc Tecumseh 2 stroke weighed 34 lbs with no electric start and 37 lbs with electric start. The new model with the 4 stroke engine weighs 54 lbs without electric start and 58 lbs with electric start. 20 lbs more plus a width increase from 16 to 18" makes for an interesting design. Whether or not it functions better...only time will tell. The weight, however, was huge selling point.
  3. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    I bought 2 of the older Power Lites (new) 2 years ago...what pieces of junk! They never ran right and when they actually started they hardly moved any snow. I bought the next step up, not sure what model it is but its night and day! Yeah its a bit heavier but goes through 6" of snow like butter!
  4. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    I had the exact opposite opinion on mine. My guys and myself couldn't believe what these things would blow.
  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Never mine:D
  6. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Like my wife ha ha. I'm a happy man.:D:redbounce
  7. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    Well thats just my luck I Guess,lol I ended up selling both for not much of a loss and bought that bigger one. I must have bought the ones made on a Friday.
  8. joed

    joed Member
    Messages: 41

    I just the Toro Powerlite at Home Depot today. Looks like it's built well but I'm not sure how well it will do in snow. Housing and chute are quite small.
  9. bocefus78

    bocefus78 Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 11

    Ive got a 2 stroke powerlite I bought for sidewalks. On driveways of smaller size, its faster than backdragging w/ the plow. I couldn't believe how good that little thing worked! Great little money maker. Wish I had more of 'em.
  10. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    What are you guys talking about them being discontinued? I was just at my dealer and they have a bunch of brand new two strokers...even took a pic to prove it but can't upload it from my blackberry now lol