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Toro Snowblower Power Clear 418 ZE 87cc (18") ES #38282

by Toro

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  • 87 cc
  • Reliable electric start
  • Power curve technology clears snow down to the pavement
  • Compact storage
  • Assembly: Remove from box, attach and tighten handle and discharge chute (do not over tighten the lock nuts)

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Product Details

  • ASIN: B004J4RPG0
  • Item model number: 38282
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,916 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

Product Description

The Toro Power Clear 180 Electric Start Snow Blower features Toro's exclusive Power Curve patented technology that efficiently moves more snow in less time. The wide rubber paddles propel the snow blower forward while cleaning to the pavement. The positive-locking Zip deflector allows the user to throw snow high, low or anywhere in-between with just a squeeze of the hand. With a Toro 4-cycle 87cc OHV engine, these industry leaders are compact, lightweight yet powerful enough to throw snow up to 25 feet. With the electric start feature, even starting is a breeze. All Toro single stage snow blowers are backed by Toro's 2-year full warranty. If anything goes wrong in the first two years, under normal use and maintenance, Toro will fix it free.

Customer Reviews

Easy to maneuver.
Dean Gammell
The gas leak is extreamly dangerous and it leaked a full tank of gas all over my garage.
Steve M.
Called Toro, the customer support is horrible.
Ellen Ogden

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. Jacobs on December 8, 2013
I owned the two-cycle predecessors (e.g. model 38172) of this model for twenty years, and was very happy with them. Simple, reliable, small snow throwers / blowers.

So I was expecting this to be a 'step up'; four-cycle engine (no oil mixing, less pollution); slightly wider path (18 inches instead of 16 inches); improved handle on snow chute; 'deadman' safety clutch on paddles; etc. So far I am not impressed.

This unit is about 20 pounds heaver (almost 50% more!) and feels clunky. Makes it harder to lift up over curbs, and means that it is not suitable for clearing steps, as the old models were. The controls are poorly labeled: I am an experienced OPE (outdoor power equipment) user, but had to mark things with a labelmaker so that I could explain them to family members, who use this less frequently.

The 'kill' switch is especially awkward, requiring the user to reach low, close to the hot muffler, and pull out a recessed key, which is difficult to grasp. In my opinion, the 'OFF' switch should be very easy to find and operate on any power tool.

So far, the unit has started fairly easily, and handled snow acceptably, It feels well made, just clumsy. I have not had to use the electric start on this small motor (usually only use this feature when the rope breaks) which pulls over easily.

All-in-all, I would prefer the older, two-cycle model if still available, even at the same price (which they sold for). Will post updates if they are significant.

UPDATE: I have used this snowblower for a few months now and upgraded it to 4 stars. It is still heavier and less agile than the 2-cycle version. But it has started very easily in the extreme sub-zero weather we have had, and seems to use much less fuel than the 2-cycle model.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Moore on December 23, 2013
It took about 10-20 minutes to setup, a bottle of oil was included. The only external tools required were a hex wrench and an adjustable wrench for the snow chute. I believe the hex was an 11mm but don't quote me, it was definitely between 8-12mm.

It started right up, once I remembered the little red key. It holds a lot of gas, about 2 gallons I believe, I'll have to update on how long the tank lasts, but I've used it a couple times so far and it hasn't run out yet.

As for moving snow: It did a great job with the couple of snow falls we've got in SE Michigan this month. The first was over 5", but I shoveled the first 1/2 that morning. By the time the evening came it was as if I hadn't done a thing, so I went and bought this from a local shop, there was about another 3-5" of snow left on the ground. The first time using it, I walked at a slow pace, it shot the dry snow fairly far, and didn't sputter. The second snowfall I walked at a faster pace (about the same amount of snow) and it took it like a champ. Turned an hours worth of work into about 12 minutes. It doesn't shoot the wet snow as far, just an fyi, and it did start to stutter when I got to a section about +15" tall, but I took it slow and it managed to power through it.

I made the decision to clear the entire sidewalk and not just a skinny path, the blower is slightly narrow compared to a regular sidewalk so it took about 3 back and forths to clear the entire sidewalk, 4 if you have extra wide sidewalks.

It is heavy but it's got wheels. I wouldn't use it for steps, but then again I don't have many steps. I still have to get used to pulling the key out to stop it, a bit awkward but not a deal breaker.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David N. Thor on December 30, 2012
Like many others who purchased this product with the 87cc Chinese engine, I had to have the recall service performed after gasoline leaked all over my garage floor. After the recall "service" was performed at a local Toro dealer, it hasn't run properly since - it loses power as soon as a heavy load is encountered, along with a lower rpm when running without load. For starters, the "repairman" forgot to clamp the fuel hose where it attaches to the carburetor (possible fire hazard), put the governor spring back into the wrong hole on the governor arm (glad I took pictures before I took it in for this "service")and reused carburetor gaskets instead of replacing them as would be expected of any competent mechanic. If Toro sent me a replacement carb kit 119-1977 with instructions, I could easily and quickly get this running like it just came out of the box, but the odds of Toro shelling out the $50 retail for the kit aren't very good if they've resorted to using disposable Chinese engines.

Do yourself a favor and search for superior brands and superior service, for example Honda. Why doesn't Toro let its suckers (who used to be known as "customers") know that it's using Chinese engines now?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve M. on February 21, 2014
All Toro snow blowers are the worst junk to come out of China. They leak gas, the mufflers crack off from heat because they are made cheap Chinese metal. The gas leak is extreamly dangerous and it leaked a full tank of gas all over my garage. The customer service people double talk you and won't let you talk to a senior company officer.

a real piece of crap
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dean Gammell on March 23, 2014
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Bought this just before first snow in late 2013 for western CT. It performed great through all the storms of 2014. We've had at least 4ft of snow through all the storms. Great cost. Easy to maneuver. Nice to have the electric start. You do need to take care of the snow straight after the storm, once ice sets in, this becomes of limited use, but I assume larger versions suffer this too. Kept my double wide drive of 60ft clear, even handled the stuff the ploughs threw on the drive, just takes a few move swipes.
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