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Whats the best snowblower that can be picked up into a truck bed?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by trqjnky, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. trqjnky

    trqjnky Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    whats the best snowblower out there? i want a lightweight one. the new ones are all four strokes and too heavy. i use them to clear out the snow away from storage unit garage doors. ive had old mtds that worked awsome, i used a newer toro that sucked ass. so i dont know what works.
  2. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    snow etc.

    Not trying to give you a smart ass answer but the Toro power clear electric will be about the lightest you could find but you will need a generator or access to an outlet.

    No mixed gas, for that one but you will need straight gas for the generator and depending on the size of the gen set you could run quite a few of them

    There are bunch of hitch platforms that can carry a small 2 stage unit on the market, and TSC has some good ramps for sale now from what I saw last week.

    Have you tried Fluid Film on the Toro? I use it for my Toros S2000 and CCR2400? and its awesome stuff; a another option is cheap cooking spray from the samurai club or other wholesaler-not as good as fluid film but it works well.
    I know full well that the toro will get heavy with ice build up and snow from running and melting snow while working

    I use sea foam for my straight and mixed gas use and its great for the engines and removes carbon build up and varnish in the carbueraters.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2010
  3. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    What do you mean a newer Toro that sucked a$$. I get sick of hearing this crap, I've used over 20 new snow blowers from Simplicity to 1 and 2 stage Toros, NONE have EVER sucked a$$!! What's up?
  4. WIpensfan, agree totally. I have also ran a large variety of blowers over the years and not one has sucked $$, provided it was used within in capabilties (ex not trying to use a small single stage in a half frozen 4 ft deep plow pile). I have toro power clear 221q's I just bought and havent used yet in most of the company rigs and carry a toro ccr2000e that I bought new in 1995 and have used hard ever since and would put up against any of the pricier single stages
  5. slongfellowii

    slongfellowii Senior Member
    Messages: 157

    I have always had good luck with the Toro's. I have owned 3 2450 and all still run great. The oldest is about 5 years old. I like the ones with a manual chute control over the ones that are cable operated.
  6. NicholasMWhite

    NicholasMWhite Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    Be careful with the Toro's, along with all the other snow blowers for that matter because they are all using chinese engines. When ever a manufacture says they are using their own engines (such as toro saying we are using a toro 142cc engine) that just means they are using chinese engines.

    The only new snow blower I would consider these days is a honda. Because ever since tecumseh went under honda (honda engines) and ariens(briggs engines) are the only manufactures making blowers without chinese engines on them and ariens is only offering one single stage snow blower and it is a home owner model that is actually just a rebranded MTD.
  7. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    Can't remember where I read or heard it but the engines made overseas are garbage. That is to bad when for years a given product was a really good until it started being made overseas.
  8. NicholasMWhite

    NicholasMWhite Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    Be careful with that... Chiniese engines are garbage... truly garbage! But mind you Honda's are made "overseas" as well. And in my opinion nothing really beats a honda for small engines.
  9. mafesto

    mafesto Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    I stick a pair of Toro Snow Commanders in the back of the truck. I like them. They've been pretty good for me.

    I just checked the specs, apparently they're 115 pounds...didn't think they were that heavy.

    It's just too bad they don't make them any more.

    I've been able to find a couple used ones in good shape on Kijiji or Craigslist though.

    Good luck.
  10. 04red2500

    04red2500 Member
    from MI
    Messages: 72

  11. NicholasMWhite

    NicholasMWhite Senior Member
    Messages: 175

  12. 04red2500

    04red2500 Member
    from MI
    Messages: 72

    We have 2 of them and love them good up to about a foot of snow. Will do more just takes a while my next one will be a 2 stage
  13. lilweeds

    lilweeds PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,178

    The newer Toro 2 strokes are not made in China. They are a version of the old lawn boy motor.
  14. PGLC

    PGLC Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    We went with all Honda HS520's for our blowers. You can't go wrong with this as the engine can't be beat and it throws snow the best out of all I have tried (Ariens, Toro, MTD)
  15. yardsmith

    yardsmith Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    I've had good luck with the older Toro S-200's. 2 stroke, single stage, & I can sling them up in an arc & into the bed carefully :)
  16. trqjnky

    trqjnky Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    I didn't mean that toros were junk. I meant I've had bad luck with all of them and good luck with few. I imagine a few models are better than others. That's what I'm asking. I know toros are a top brand.
  17. cf1128

    cf1128 Member
    from NH
    Messages: 77

    If you take care of a Honda or a Toro they are both better than paying a sub to shovel.I have 3, 621 Honda's in the back of my trucks, inexpensive and dependable. I have owned Toro's with the Suzuki power plants and they were excellent, you can use them for 2 years and get back 55 % of what you paid for them? How can you guys ***** about that?
    You guys kill me, how can you bash a Toro if you take care of it? It is like bashing a Camry, and I am a Honda guy.
    The Fluid Film is outstanding advice, mine are totally sprayed down all season.
    I guess you can't type ***** on here.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2010
  18. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    Honda, Hands Down
  19. pvtben121

    pvtben121 Senior Member
    Messages: 226

    these hondas are awesome we have had 6 for years moved 20 inches couple years ago
  20. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    i have 25 year old toro ccr 3450 that runs great and is used every storm. Granted it has the 2 stroke tecumseh in it.