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Toro Quick Stick

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by vermonter, Sep 11, 2003.

  1. vermonter

    vermonter Junior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 1

    Has anyone tried out Toro's new "Quick Stick" on their Power Max
    snowblowers? It seems like a great idea and am considering
    buying a Toro with this feature, but I have some concerns with it.

    The Quick Stick uses a joystick device to swing the chute left and
    right (sideways joystick motion) and to change the deflector pitch
    (forward/back joystick motion).


    Here are my concerns:
    1. Will the Quick Stick endure 15+ years of use? The
    crank mechanism that is standard today has been proven
    effective and reliable.

    2. Is the Quick Stick just a "fad"? Is this
    revolutionizing the industry, or will this fade in a
    few years? Will I be able to find parts for the Quick
    Stick 15 years from now? How are other competitors
    responding to the Quick Stick. Are they introducing
    their own version?

    Any thoughts or comments?
  2. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    It looks like a decent steup.It is a great way to control the chute without having to reach down and crank the handle.Some machines have a remote cable operated chute deflector now too.

    I'm sure with proper maintenance it should hold up just fine.

    BTW - Welcome to Plowsite.
  3. nor'easter1

    nor'easter1 Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    i have looked at the new torro unit pretty closley and do not like it. first off they stripped so much steel off the unit and replaced it with plastic i can not see how it will hold up. second the joystick control would not last very long if i were using it. no bearings or anything straight plastic that you could snap off with little effort. i also belive that in slushy icy conditions it could freeze and you would not be able to change shoot direction. If I am not mistaken what does it take to turn the hand crank over two and half times and its in the opposite direction not very hard. I just think there are better machines out there.
  4. Alan

    Alan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,393

    Hey Vermonter, the state isn't all that big but it still covers a bunch of acres. Where are you in Vermont? I would have asked by mail or PM but you seem to have both turned off.
  5. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,224