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Shovel enhancer and not always a replacement,
This review is from: Toro 38361 Power Shovel 7.5 Amp Electric Snow Thrower (Lawn & Patio)
This is a great product that I've used for the last 4 heavy Minnesota snowfalls. Here are some basic notes:
1)It works best in wetter snow. That snow that is heavy to lift and push with a traditional shovel is where this product shines.
2)It works OK in drier snow. Make sure you know which way the wind is blowing as even a tiny breeze can blow it right back into your face as this only shoots the snow in the direction it's pointed (vs a tradional snowblower).
3)You'll need a good extension cord. This unit has a snag which holds the cord in place and actually is quite good. However, dealing with an extension cord means that you'll have to do a little bit of pre-planning as for a route. You don't want to shovel over the cord, nor do you want to face the wind, nor do you want the cord dragging through the snow and causing more of a mess. After a couple uses, I got the hang of it.
4)This is a kid friendly product (with supervision, of course). Our 7 year old girl and 9 year old boy wanted to try it out and they had little problem holding both buttons and cleaning the sidewalk.
5)The best way I've found to use this product is to use it as a vacuum cleaner. Short strokes forward and then side to side due to the fact that it shoots the snow forward.
6)Best of both worlds when it comes to stairs, an easy lift and blow.
7)I called this a shovel enhancer as there's one part where it just doesn't work that well. You know when you've just been dumped upon by the snow gods and you have lots of foot or car traffic? That part of the snow where it's compacted and becomes that horrible ice? That's where you'll still need an ol' fashioned shovel as this one doesn't do much.
All in all, I'm very happy with this purchase. We live on a corner lot and it has a lot of sidewalk and a smallish driveway. Last year, my back was aching after shoveling, but this power shovel has helped in getting the job done without that pain. If there were a wider version sold by Toro (let's say 2 feet) that didn't signifcantly increase weight, I would upgrade immediately. Other than that, this is a great, surprisingly solid, device.
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Initial post: Nov 4, 2009 7:22:41 AM PST
R R Richards says:
Thanks Joshua, your review gave me all the info I was looking for. What the heck, if it works in Minnesota, I'm sure it will work in Southwest Michigan. Thanks again, Bob
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2010 2:00:54 PM PST
I bought this a few years ago and never used it, the (neighbors) boys wanted to shovel for me and the price was right so I let them. NJ just got hammered last night I am ready to go for it tomorrow. You gave me the incentive to do it thanks to the both of youi. :)
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