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Love my Toro Power Max 1028 Snow Thrower #4657517
02/06/18 12:19 AM
02/06/18 12:19 AM
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York, Pa
fozzdesy2001 Offline OP
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I did not think this Toro Power Max would do very good with the slop we got Sunday because it was 2-3 inches of pure slush with freezing rain, the kind of stuff that clogs everything, while I was using my new machine. It never clogged or even cared what it gobbled up. This blower just plan worked. I am still getting used to the power steering but am starting to really like it. Overall I am impressed and want to see how it does with more than a few inches, like an 8 to 10 incher. After Sunday's goo, I'm sure this blower will really shine. I can't wait to dump whatever oil is in now and fill it back up with some Mobil One 0-40, my favorite OPE oil.


2001 Subaru Forester S
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Re: Love my Toro Power Max 1028 Snow Thrower [Re: fozzdesy2001] #4657557
02/06/18 01:32 AM
02/06/18 01:32 AM
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Central Wisconsin
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Toro has been one of the highest rated snowblowers for years.


There's no such thing as:
Too big of a battery,
Too large of a gas tank,
or too loud of a horn,
or too bright headlights.
Re: Love my Toro Power Max 1028 Snow Thrower [Re: dwendt44] #4657908
02/06/18 12:43 PM
02/06/18 12:43 PM
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Storrs, Connecticut
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Originally Posted By: dwendt44
Toro has been one of the highest rated snowblowers for years.


+1

Toro and Ariens have been the top manufacturers for quite a while now. I usually recommend either one to my customers, depending on their price point and feature needs. Other brands like Simplicity are good, but there are very few dealers. John Deere machines are also decent but expensive for what they are. Everything else seems to be a variation of the box store junk.


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Re: Love my Toro Power Max 1028 Snow Thrower [Re: fozzdesy2001] #4659671
02/08/18 05:59 AM
02/08/18 05:59 AM
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N.Ohio
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Those Toros will throw snow farther than any two stage thrower up to 10+ inches of snow. If you get much more, you might have to nibble away at it but it will still be very effective. I have been using a small Toro dingy since the mid 90's and I haven't had any trouble throwing snow in my area.

Last edited by Lubener; 02/08/18 06:02 AM.

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Re: Love my Toro Power Max 1028 Snow Thrower [Re: fozzdesy2001] #4664267
02/12/18 08:47 PM
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Originally Posted By: fozzdesy2001
I did not think this Toro Power Max would do very good with the slop we got Sunday because it was 2-3 inches of pure slush with freezing rain, the kind of stuff that clogs everything, while I was using my new machine. It never clogged or even cared what it gobbled up. This blower just plan worked. I am still getting used to the power steering but am starting to really like it. Overall I am impressed and want to see how it does with more than a few inches, like an 8 to 10 incher. After Sunday's goo, I'm sure this blower will really shine. I can't wait to dump whatever oil is in now and fill it back up with some Mobil One 0-40, my favorite OPE oil.




I have a late model Toro 10 28 also. It is a snow eatin' hog!



2018 Chevy Colorado



Re: Love my Toro Power Max 1028 Snow Thrower [Re: jeepman3071] #4664405
02/12/18 11:35 PM
02/12/18 11:35 PM
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Originally Posted By: jeepman3071
Originally Posted By: dwendt44
Toro has been one of the highest rated snowblowers for years.


+1

Toro and Ariens have been the top manufacturers for quite a while now. I usually recommend either one to my customers, depending on their price point and feature needs. Other brands like Simplicity are good, but there are very few dealers. John Deere machines are also decent but expensive for what they are.


<Everything else seems to be a variation of the box store junk. >


Everything? Like Honda?

Re: Love my Toro Power Max 1028 Snow Thrower [Re: user52165] #4664621
02/13/18 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted By: user52165
Originally Posted By: jeepman3071
Originally Posted By: dwendt44
Toro has been one of the highest rated snowblowers for years.


+1

Toro and Ariens have been the top manufacturers for quite a while now. I usually recommend either one to my customers, depending on their price point and feature needs. Other brands like Simplicity are good, but there are very few dealers. John Deere machines are also decent but expensive for what they are.


<Everything else seems to be a variation of the box store junk. >


Everything? Like Honda?


I've worked on many Hondas. Their engines are excellent, the gear drive machines are okay, but the hydros are very expensive and problematic. The metal on their chutes and front ends aren't really any sturdier than the big box machines.

I'd say Honda makes the best engine, Ariens, Toro and Simplicity the best frames, and everything else is box store junk that is all made to the same specs. The box store machines are made by the same manufacturer with different paint and brand names, many even use all the same parts.

An indestructible snowblower would be an Ariens or Toro with a Honda GX engine. I've re-powered a few Ariens and Toros with Honda GX engines and they have been awesome.


2000 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L (180k) - Pennzoil 10w30, Napa Gold 1516, Magnefine trans filter
2009 BMW 328i (33k) - Castrol Edge Euro 0w40, MANN HU816X
Re: Love my Toro Power Max 1028 Snow Thrower [Re: fozzdesy2001] #4665059
02/13/18 07:13 PM
02/13/18 07:13 PM
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Upstate NY
Donald Online content
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My 36" Ariens snowblower is a beast and I'd put it up against a Toro.


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