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What's a goog Light weight one man snowblower

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Polka town, Nov 24, 2007.

  1. Polka town

    Polka town Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Looking to buy a light weight snowblower that one man can take out of the back of a pick up truck and is still be powerful enough to do sidewalks.
    A commercial grade, that will hold up to heavy use, and can still blow an occasional 6" of snow, but mostly 1"-3" range.
    Also what to look for as far as wear and tear, if I were to find a used one.
  2. Acutabovesiny

    Acutabovesiny Member
    Messages: 54

    20" Toro CCR 3650 GTS Snow Thrower. These are great.
  3. The Plow King

    The Plow King Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    I'll second the Toro 3650.
  4. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    if its single stage ur looking for slop in the roller and wear on the rubber on the paddel and shoes. 2 stage ur looking for gear boxes that r junk and front transfers that go bad usally weigh to much thou. and i agree with the toro
  5. Polka town

    Polka town Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Are these 2 stroke engines? And what can I expect to pay for one new?
    Thanks for your help.
  6. bizmarkdroops

    bizmarkdroops Junior Member
    Messages: 7


    toro 38583 power clear 221r $599.99
  7. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 28,362

    Toro 3650, about $580-600 new on ebay, $700 at the local dealer after sales tax
  8. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,756

    Toro's are good. But you may also want to check out the Ariens 522 or 722 series. They are nice. I own each, and have used toro's. I like both brands. Ariens are a bit cheaper, but just thought that I'd tell you about them. They are just as durable as the Toros. Good luck to you.
  9. hickslawns

    hickslawns Senior Member
    Messages: 627

    These are 2-smokers. Light and work nice. I have a few Toro, but have heard good things about the Ariens.
  10. Duracutter

    Duracutter Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 200

    Hey, I've got 6 toros and 2 ariens and 2 mtd's from Home Depot.

    The ariens don't even come close to being as versatile as the toros.

    Cold affects the ariens faster and then they don't work, they won't work in slushy conditions like the toros, they weigh more, are bigger physically but don't remove wider...

    Get my point. The ariens don't get used much, they play back up to the toros.
    Heck, the mtds work way better than the ariens, problem is the rubber is limited and wears out fast.

    PHEW... anyways, ARIENS = crap compared to TORO's

  11. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    Anybody run the honda single stage?
    It's a 4 stroke, but it's the same basic size/weight as the other smaller 2 strokes?

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,602

    Toro CCR 3650 GTS with no second thoughts. Have had mine a few years now and abused it really bad. It has fallen out of the truck on several occasions, never at highway speed though. Usally it sits in the back of the truck in the salter. For this year it still runs good although I think it is time to retire the blower(using it for backup). I'd think the electric start version may be in the cards. For the first startup of the year, somtimes can be tricky.

  13. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    I second the toro, they start up everytime.

    If yours doesn't start first of the year clean the carbs. Remember it's a 2 stroke and prone to gumming up the carbs when sitting

    I wish they would make the electric start 12v though and plug into the cigg lighter
  14. ptllandscapeIL

    ptllandscapeIL Senior Member
    Messages: 495

    I need to buy 2 new machines this year would you guys say the toro is the best?? they will be used alot for alot of walks and what not and for slush and all
  15. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 28,362

    Just get a decent power inverter to plug it into.
  16. NLS1

    NLS1 Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    The Toro 620. I find em used in good condition for $100 or less and keep a couple around. I find em on Craigslist, start awesome, pretty light-maybe 40lbs, clear well and can move several inches if they have to. I only use them for sidewalks though, and little areas in tight drives that I cant get to with truck. Nothing too major. I will keep buying these as long as I can find them.
  17. ford6.9

    ford6.9 Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    I think your getting everyones top pick but ill just say it again 20" Toro. One man in and oout of your truck. Starts up everytime, and makes pretty good time even when considering the small size.wesport:waving:
  18. GMSNOW

    GMSNOW Member
    Messages: 68

    Definitely the Toro 3650. I bought a cheaper one (about $200 less) with less horse power and I threw it away after 1 season. It was lighter by about 20 lbs but it could really only handle 2-3 inches of fluffy small.

    Get the Toro 3650 - it is still light enoungh - starts well and can handle the deaper snow falls and the wet heavier too.