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Toro Power Clear 518 ZE 18 in. Single-Stage Gas Snow Blower
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Toro

Power Clear 518 ZE 18 in. Single-Stage Gas Snow Blower

  • 99cc Engine
  • Medium Duty with up to 9 inch clearing depth
  • Up to 25 feet throwing distance
$399.00 /each

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The Toro Power Clear Single-Stage 18 in. Gas Snow Blower can help you clear snow and ice from your small driveway or walkway quickly and easily. The 7 in. auger helps clear compacted snow and ice, and the positive-locking Zip deflector allows you to throw snow at high or low angles. The snow blower has variable forward speeds so you can control the throwing power, while the electric ignition helps ensure a reliable startup with each use.

  • Toro premium 99 cc OHV 4-Cycle engine helps provide effective snow removal
  • 18 in. clearance width and 12 in. snow cut depth
  • Power curve technology features wide, rubber paddles designed to propel the snow blower forward while clearing snow down to the pavement
  • 7 in. auger dia. helps remove compacted snow and ice
  • Throws snow up to 25 ft. to help ensure adequate snow removal
  • Positive-locking zip deflector enables the user to throw snow in a variety of directions with a squeeze of the hand
  • Electric start for a reliable ignition with a 2-year guaranteed-to-start (GTS) warranty
  • 210 degree chute rotation helps provide great snow-throwing control
  • Compact design conserves valuable storage space
  • Guaranteed-to-start (GTS) in 1 or 2 pulls for 2 years
  • This Single-Stage Cordless Snow Blower Features:

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How much assembly is required?

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March 10, 2015
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I got mine pre-assembled but the person in the store told me you only have to attach the handle and the chute assembly. According to the manual it looks very easy.
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January 31, 2015
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2 bolts and a hand knob on the handle and 2 bolts and a hand knob on the shoot
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January 27, 2015
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Very little. Took me about 15 minutes to do alone.
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December 10, 2014
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None.
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December 9, 2014
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Just the handle.
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If you buy it locally instead of online you can probably get it pre-assembled. That's how I got mine.
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October 28, 2014
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You will need to install the Handle, Recoil Starter Handle and the Discharge Chute Assemble. You can view the Setup instructions online at http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/pdfImages/1d/1d696303-e967-481d-b487-9247e2f8be6b.pdf.
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October 27, 2014
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Very little assembly is required. It comes in the box almost ready to go. The steering handle is folded forward so the snow thrower can fit in the box for transport, so you will need to pull it back and screw it in place. The Toro models have hand-turn knobs for this, so no tools are needed. You may need to pull the pull-start lever out and thread the cord through the holder on the steering handle, and Read More
Very little assembly is required. It comes in the box almost ready to go. The steering handle is folded forward so the snow thrower can fit in the box for transport, so you will need to pull it back and screw it in place. The Toro models have hand-turn knobs for this, so no tools are needed. You may need to pull the pull-start lever out and thread the cord through the holder on the steering handle, and you will have to put oil in it -- but it should come with a bottle of oil. Just make sure to read the manual so you don't overfill the oil. After that, all you need to do is put gas in it and you're ready to go! Read Less
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Does this unit have electric start?

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Newport Township, PA
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March 10, 2015
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Yes, it does have an electric start but I have not had to use it. It only takes a few pulls that are not very strenuous at all.
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yes
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If you by the electric start model, they come both ways.
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Yes, but considering that you need to plug in the blower to an extension cord in order to use the electric start it is actually easier to use the recoil start, which is not difficult at all.
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October 27, 2014
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Mine did. Home Depot is very good about making sure the website lists all the features. If you want to be 100% sure before you buy, look under the "Specifications" tab.
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October 8, 2014
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Yes
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September 28, 2014
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It does, but it is so easy to pull the cord, we just do it that way.
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Yes, this model has electric start.
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Does a power cord come with this model, and if so, how long is it?

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No it does not come with a power cord.
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no you must use a three prong cord
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No, need to provide your own.
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No it doesn't and the power cord is for starting the unit
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December 10, 2014
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About three feet.
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No cord, use any standard out door cord
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No, an extension cord is not included. Use only a UL-listed, 16-gauge extension cord recommended for outdoor use that is not longer than
50 feet (15 m).
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Is this unit self propelled?

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Only when the blades are rotating.
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No, not realy when the machine is running it wants to push froward? I have put less effort operating this machine then any two stage I came across
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The rotor blades which turn and catches the snow in the front of the blower, also propels the blower forward. All you do is lift the handle while holding in the control bar which makes the rotor blades turn and propels the unit. I find it is very easy to use. So, the short answer is, Yes!
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no the blade will pull it forward a little but you do the pushing
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December 10, 2014
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No.
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Yes, by tipping it forward slightly. The rubber paddles move it along.
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This machine is rotor propelled – meaning the rotor pulls the unit along
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Customer Reviews

Power Clear 518 ZE 18 in. Single-Stage Gas Snow Blower is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 560.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I live in West Michigan where we receive a great deal of lake effect snow from Lake Michigan. I ... I live in West Michigan where we receive a great deal of lake effect snow from Lake Michigan. I clear a large driveway (30' x 80') and move the snow to the side of the driveway. I also clear a large cement patio. The snow blower has started with one or two pulls and runs well. I have not had the need to use the electric start. This has started easily. This replaced a Toro I had from the 80's. The old machine was a two-cycle engine. The 4 cycle engine is a nice change. I was able to move wet, heavy snow as well as light powder snow. The snow easily reaches beyond the sides of the driveway from the center so I do not have to clear the same snow a second time.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Assembly was as easy as brewing a cup of coffee, the 518ZE cleared (8inch deep) snow right to the... Assembly was as easy as brewing a cup of coffee, the 518ZE cleared (8inch deep) snow right to the pavement and more importantly started right up at an air temp of -7 Fahrenheit ,didn't need to use the electric start either. Easily delivered the blown snow right where I wanted, and the units light weight made handling no problemo. The exterior of the 518ze was easily cleaned off after the job was completed.Brand new machine, and it gets the work done as expected, oh did I mention it was easy on gas too!
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for the dry snow we get in Central Oregon. Got the Blower just before our first big storm... Perfect for the dry snow we get in Central Oregon. Got the Blower just before our first big storm - about 12" came down in 24 hours or so. I have a standard size driveway and some sidewalk out front. I try to hit the snow while it's still about 4-5" deep and fresh. The Toro did fantastic! Even did well (but a little slower) when I decided to do the neighbor's driveway after the snow level was over the top of the intake area on the blower. There's no reason to buy a bigger, more expensive machine, unless you just want to. Or if your snow is typically wet and heavy - not sure how this would do then.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THis is replacing a 16" one stage we had for 14 years. THe 2" seems to make a difference. Puttin... THis is replacing a 16" one stage we had for 14 years. THe 2" seems to make a difference. Putting it togther was not as easy as some have said. The pictures are not so clear as they are taken from different angles . You do need a tool to tighten the locking nuts. We were thrilled when it started on the first pull. The instructions on how to use it were easy for my husband but not for me. It did do a great job and watching him use it once it was started ( don;t know about chokes). We paid arond $200 less for this one than our old one which was a nice surprise. It is very well built and cleaned our deck with around 8" of snow in a short time.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Christmas gift for husband & now he really loves Santa! Easy to get ready for use. Very user friendly! Quality construction and a breeze to operate! Powerful and thorough! Clearing off snowfilled drives and walkways is easy & quick!
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Toro 518z Exactly what i was looking for in a snowblower. The size was perfect and the power too. I previously had a smaller older model a 16 inch 2 cycle and it served me well for 10 years. This was a perfect upgrade for me i live in Staten Island NY. We get different amounts of snow each winter if you live in parts of the country that gets alot of snow the next model up would be better. Toro is a trusted name and my previous one ran perfect leading me to purchase another. Also runs on straight gas no mixing of oil.
Date published: 2016-10-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't Buy Bought this blower December 2015 and the manufacturer operating and storing instructions. In July I tried to start the blower to show it to a friend and the blower did not start. Home Depot told me the warranty is with Toro not them. Took the blower to a Toro dealer who charge me $158 to replace the carburetor. Called Toro customer service and complained but they will not honor the 2 year warranty.
Date published: 2016-07-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from watch out for parts working loose, getting lost with use Bought new model 38473 last Fall, assembled it and waited for snow. Only used it once late in 'Feb to clear an 8 inch snowfall.It did an adequate job, compared to my ancient Sears electric beast that died a year ago. BUT... noticed the nut/bolts holding the chute swivel part had worked loose and were not found except one washer and one nut, and yes, I did read and follow assembly directions. Suggest you check tightness of all assembled parts on yours after each use so you don't experience my disappointment. -Retired 68 year old.
Date published: 2016-07-27
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