How to Start a Toro Snow Thrower

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Things You'll Need

  • 21 ozs. of SAE 5W-30 or SAE 10 oil

  • Gasoline

With the coming of winter comes the threat of snowfall in cold climates. Significant amounts of snow can make walking and getting the car out of the driveway difficult. Toro manufactures snow throwers that clear snow from walkways and driveways in less time and with less risk of injury than shoveling. The blowers are gasoline powered and can handle a heavy load of snow.


Step 1

Twist the oil dipstick and pull it out of the engine. The dipstick is located on the top and middle of the snowblower engine.

Step 2

Pour the oil into the dipstick hole and replace the dipstick. This is important if it is your first time using the snowblower, because oil lubricates the engine. If you do not add oil the engine will be damaged.

Step 3

Open the fuel tank by twisting the fuel cap and lifting it from the tank. The fuel tank is on the top back right corner of the engine.

Step 4

Pour gasoline into the fuel tank. Leave about 1/2 inch of space in the fuel tank.

Starting the Engine

Step 1

Slide the throttle control lever to "Fast." The throttle control knob is to the left of the starter rope.

Step 2

Turn the fuel shutoff knob counterclockwise to open the valve. Gasoline will not reach the engine if the valve is closed.

Step 3

Twist the choke until it is set to "Full." The choke is on the top of the engine next to the spark plug.

Step 4

Place the ignition key in the keyhole located to the left of the throttle lever. The ignition key is a safety feature that keeps children from starting the snow thrower.

Step 5

Press the primer bulb to the right of the throttle lever three times. Cover the hole on the primer bulb when you press. The primer bulb draws gasoline into the engine, which will allow it to start.

Step 6

Grip the starter rope handle and pull it out quickly. Repeat this step until the engine starts.

Step 7

Turn the choke to the "3/4" position once the engine starts. Allow the engine to warm up, and slowly turn the choke to the "1/2" position and eventually to "Off." You are now ready to use your Toro snow thrower.

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