Keeping Old Man Winter under control is a full-time job. A well-working snow blower combines competent clearing ability with smooth chute control. Toro snowblower owners have relied on their machines for decades of good use with minor need for repairs. Tinkering with the latest in technology and design of engines and machines for more than 100 years, Toro has been a leader in building the best snowblowers on the market. If you live in an area where you get much more than a dusting of snow, you'll want to add a valued and durable snowblower to your cold-weather cache.
How Toro Got Into the Cold Business
Before Toro branched out into snowblowers and other landscaping machines, it had a narrow catalog focused on farming equipment. Executives of the Bull Tractor Company founded the Toro Motor Company in 1914 to extend its machine-building business. The company created a cultivator that converted to a tractor. When the company became overstocked due to an economic depression among farmers in the early 1920s, they branched out to include mowers, which evolved into other landscaping machinery, including snow blowers. Toro is now well-known for its sophisticated snowblowers with a long, relatively maintenance-free life.
A Toro snowblower has been available in major hardware stores since the company rolled out its first machines in 1951. The line now includes the popular S620 snowthrower (manufactured from 1985 to 1991 and still in use today), the 721E snowblower (a longtime workhorse) and the Snow Master and Power Max (the more recent 2017 lines that have been well-received by top reviewers).
There are actually two classes of snowblowers: The single-stage and two-stage. The single-stage snowblower uses a paddle mechanism on the front of the machine that pulls snow into the device and takes it to a discharge shoot that throws it to the side. A two-stage snowblower also pulls snow into the machine but then feeds it into a high-speed impeller. This process directs it out of the discharge shoot and is best for deep drifts of snow that can be problematic for traversing by foot or car. Two-stage snowblowers are also ideal for unpaved surfaces because the augers don't ever touch the ground and can maneuver better than the one-stage variety. They come in gas, electric, corded and non-corded.
If you live in snow country, snowblowers can save you labor and time. So invest wisely, and you won't need to worry about replacing parts or the entire machine over time.
Kimberley McGee is an award-winning journalist with 20+ years of experience writing for a variety of clients, including The New York Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal Home section and other national publications. As a professional writer she has researched, interviewed sources and written about home improvement, interior design and related business trends. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her full bio and clips can be viewed at www.vegaswriter.com.