My 1982 Toro 200 snowblower finally died. I'm looking at the Toro Power Clear 221. Have any of you had experience with this model? It has the Toro R Tec 141 cc motor (I believe made by Briggs & Stratton)
Growing up in Buffalo NY I have an appreciation for snow blowers ... Now I live in the south! However, my cousin still lives in the "snow belt" in western NY and he swears his Honda snow blower is the best thing since pre sliced bread. The one in the picture clears 46 TONS! of snow an hour!!! Good if you live in Buffalo.
I used to have a power equipment dealership and sold and repaired most brands of snowblowers. If you liked your old Toro you will find the one you are looking at to be very similiar. That is a single stage model. I would suggest looking at the Honda 520 single stage. It is a bit more money but well worth it. It throws the snow further which can be handy in a bad year. It also uses "straight" gas not mixed if that matters to you. You can not go wrong with either the Toro or Honda just stay away from Sears and MTD units (the ones that are very low price at WalMart, etc) The quality of those is poor and they do not throw the snow anywhere near as far. I don't know where you live but you may end up buying what you can find this year. All of the name brand manufacturers are sold out already so it is just what you find in stock locally.
Thanks to all for their responses. I don't have a Honda dealer near me and as Larry pointed out most places have sold all of their single stage snowthrowers. I will probably go ahead and purchase the Toro. I have a dealer nearby that also services the units. I live in N. IL (Rockford) and we tend to get alot of snow. Regards....Randy Price
Dont know if the current Airens Snow Blowers are as good as the one I have from the Mid 70's. Its still working fine, I have replaced a drive part, v belt, one spark plug and put in a solid state ignition kit.
It still dont burn any oil, and I use it here in Mid Michigan every winter.
Anybody know of a two-stage thrower that isn't bothered by gravel. Keep hearing these stories about them breaking the shearpins whenever they pick up a piece of gravel. Is this true? What's the cure besides blacktop?
CTREAY, You can raise the skid shoes up to keep the scraper bar and auger out of the gravel and you will not have too many problems. But if you have a gravel driveway you should always keep some extra shear bolts on hand. Most of them are standard bolts that have a groove machine into it to make it easier to shear. The real reason most fail is that when people replace them they overtighten them and start the shearing process before the snowblower is even started! RTFB!
I live in NY and we can get a lot of snow sometimes. My driveway is wide and long so I need a snow blower that would make fast work of removing the snow.
I got a Ariens 9hp a few years back and it works just fine. I my of got a Honda but the dealer only carrys Ariens. I'm happy with it.