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Toro Power Clear 180 or similar small blower

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by EcoGreen Serv, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. Has anyone seen one yet ?

    With the 2 stroke Power Lite being discontinued the lightest blower for walkways seems to be the New Power Clear 180.

    I ordered a couple and were supposed to be in beginning of November , The dealers still have no idea when they're going to see them.

    Anyone know of a similar machine light enough to be lifted in and out of a truck numerous times a day ?

    Using Ramps for a 32" 250lb Machine takes way to much time. Maybe someone has a better idea.

    I was thinking maybe building a receiver hitch rack close enough to the ground that it could be driven on and off ? but that would add at least 3ft to the back of the truck.


    Or something like this ?

  2. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,215

    Picked mine up at Home Depot the other day. Light enough to load onto a truck alone.
  3. dodge2500

    dodge2500 Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    I just picked up a 180 and a 210 today and both were light enough to load in the truck with one guy.

    Messages: 79

    Toro Toro Toro

    Got mine today at the dealer. there starting to trickle in. 4 cycle is cool, 54 lbs is nice, just need to get some white stuff to test er out
  5. Thanks for the Tip, I'll try Home Depot tomorrow.

    Kooy Brothers is one of the biggest Toro dealers around here and still haven't seen any. Neither have 3 other dealers I've tried.

    I guess I should look at the 210 as well.
  6. Found Them.
    Nice little machine, looks like it will get down o the surface great and won't break the back. I have a 45 house subdivision that every walkway needs cleared. Just hope that little 87cc engine has enough power. Don't know about snow yet, but when I was running it the barn I found out it will throw a mouse about 40ft :)

    Looks like even Toro has gone to China for engine production now.
  7. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,143

  8. I' the same way, I try to buy Canadian Made 1st, US Made 2nd.

    It's actually rather deceiving, You look at the outside of the box and all it says is "Assembled in USA".. But when putting the oil in is when I noticed the "Assembled in China" tags on the engines. What does "Assembled" mean anyways, They put together all foreign made components in the US ?
  9. Exact Services

    Exact Services Senior Member
    Messages: 198

    I just bought the new Power Curve 180, with the mystery 4-stroke engine, yesterday as a back up to my older Power Lite. The older design Toro Power Lite has a Tecumseh 2-stroke.

    The general size and shape of the 2 blowers is very similar. The new 180 is a little less obnoxious in noise level with stationary running. I will post some side by side pics in the next day or so.

    I will post a review / comparison when there is enough actual snow. :waving:
  10. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    Is my dealer the only one that is still getting the two strokes?
  11. I think your dealer may be misinformed, unless he's getting 2-strokes from another dealer.

    I ran into the Toro Rep and he said It's been almost a year since they shipped any of them.

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,602

    Those little 2 strokes took a€s kicking every night. Hopfully the new 4 strokes are 50% as good!!! My original Power curve(16") was purchased in 02 and has been great!! The only things that have been replaced are rubber!!!

    Time will tell!!
  13. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    EccoGreen, my dealer recently got them in from toro, ill post the pic of them when I get a chance!
  14. mysteryman

    mysteryman Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    Any idea how long that 1.8 quart fuel capacity will last? (on the Power Clear 180)
  15. Exact Services

    Exact Services Senior Member
    Messages: 198

    Here are some Toro 180 pics next to the old school Powerlite. The 3rd unit is last years 421Q

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  16. Finally got to try it out this morning on 1.5" of wet stuff.
    Engine power wasn't a problem, Cleaned right down to the concrete very well.
    Didn't throw more than about 5ft. It might need more volume. Being warm the chute did clog a bit.
  17. joed

    joed Member
    Messages: 41


    Keep the updates and reviews coming. I was thinking of getting one of the new Power Clear but I was a bit leery about the engine and performance of the unit. It's nice to have some reviews like yours before buying.
  18. Bodhibear420

    Bodhibear420 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Hey all,
    Any follow up yet on how the 180 seems to be working out? Any problems with the decreased power over the old powerlite? I have to admit the 4 stroke sounds appealing, but I'm a little concerned with the smaller engine. Thanks
  19. Here's a video of mine from a while ago http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xq7759jaD1o
    I have to say I love mine. No it doesn't have the power of my Ariens with the 16.50 Briggs, Nor did I expect it to. It has great power for it's size, starts 1st or 2nd pull even after not running all night. I do all my walkways with it. Anything under 8" and it just zipps through. Really good on gas, I'm getting about 40 customers on a tank.

    Much easier and quicker being able to just toss it in and out of the truck.

    Since I changed the oil to Castrol Syntech 0W30 it warms up quicker and runs even smoother.
  20. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,215

    Well I have to thank you guys for letting me know its the best lite blower around. Have used it for over 20 hours and its great. Does alot more then I ever expected. I had to do some 4th story balconys with 2 + feet of snow, handled it it with no problem. Was able to carry it through the appartments with ease. Am amazed how clean it gets, and the blades make it propell itself forward, even have to hold it back some times. Will post some pics later today.