Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 173
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Fireball Toro Power Clear, non electric start...
I grew up in the Snow belt of northwest Pennsylvania, with heavy winter snows. I have used many snow blowers. I purchased this Toro Power Clear 621 R from the Consumer ratings from Home Depot.
I could have purchased a cheaper blower and now I am glad I did not. My one neighbor had a cheaper version of the one that I was going to purchase. I watched him blow out his driveway. That cheaper single stage blower definitely did not blow/throw the snow as far as the Toro did.
My next-door neighbor has a two-stage blower and it also did not blow/throw the snow as far as the Toro did. He also said that he liked it that my Toro was much more maneuverable than his two stage was and much faster at blowing out the driveway.
Now we just got 6” to 8” of fresh snow… and the snow was now wet and heavy when used.
My older single stage was 13 years old. Now, I take care of my stuff. I gave it to my son, who lives in a milder climate. You can also see the ear plugs on the handle hanging that I used... hearing protection.
I like the 4 cycle too for gas and go and the non-electric start because it always starts quickly with one pull or so. I drain the gas in the springtime and use gas additive to preserve and clean the gas systems.
The Toro Really did IMPRESS me…
The Toro is Great and easy to use… a true back saver… for any snowfall, even the HEAVY snow at the end of the driveway as seen in the photo.
The Toro was shipped right to my door. Easy online ordering. A great Toro snow-blower.
December 14, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by ottawa98 Good snow blower only when it starts
It did not start on my second winter. After the first winter I prepared snow blower for storage according user manual instructions and next winter it did not start with a fresh gas. Toro's dealers will find a thousandth reason to say it's not covered by warranty so you will have to pay. Before you consider to buy Toro do not count on their 2 years to start warranty as I did. You will be lucky if it works otherwise prepare to pay big $$$ to fix it. Toro will not stand for it's warranty.
Such a pain.., waste of money..
November 30, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by chris pretty good so far
Worked pretty well after the first snowfall this year. 8 inches of heavy, wet-ish snow
- Clears all thew ay down to the pavement.
- Relatively lightweight, as far as snowblowers go. I can lift it into and out of the car myself, but I'm a 200lb guy. Someone smaller might have trouble.
- Starts within two pulls. Even has a 2-year warranty that says it will
- Pull itself through the snow pretty well
- Doesn't throw heavy snow very far, but this is expected from a single-stage
- Chute is a hard plastic, will break if you bump into it with anything. You can't toss it around your garage with impunity
- Wheels are small, can't really push it over snow unless its blowing snow. Hard to pull it backward over snow
If you don't mind going over packed snow a couple times, this will clean right down to the pavement. It's great for anyone with a small driveway or for someone with a dual-stage that wants something for lighter snowfall and to clean the remaining half-inch typically left behind by the dual-stage blowers.
October 30, 2011
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by ColdInNaperville79 Entry level at best
I bought this unit 2 seasons ago, used it maybe 30 times max and it vibrates way more than I anticipated. So much so that it sheared off one of the bolts holding on the handle. As a result I brought in for warranty and had it fixed. Still vibrates a ton and the body panels are loose and make noise too now. It starts every time, which is nice, but quality-wise you may want to go with another model if you're expecting a high-end unit.
November 18, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Mubs Good Machine!
Purchased in 2012 with no problems to date. Starts up nicely and can handle some DEEP snow if you simply move back and forth. Despite it not being self propelled, the snow blower does pull itself forward as if it were self propelled! The Power Clear tosses ANY kind of snow very well. Straight gas with no oil mixture if really nice. My only complaint is that the engine doesn't run smoothly when the choke is off. I have to run it on partial choke for it to run smoothly. All in all it's great for what is is. I have a plowed 240' driveway so I use this primarily my walkways and cleanup.
November 28, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Firehead Power Clear 621R 21" Single Stage 4 Stroke Single Stage
The Toro 621R is a single stage snowblower which means the paddles that pick up the snow from the pavement propel the snow out the chute as opposed to a two stage which has paddles or blades that pick up the snow and then up to another set of paddles or blades that throw the snow out the chute.
I like the single stage because it is lighter and more maneuverable and generally cheaper than a two stage in my opinion.
The 621R was easy to assemble, starts easily enough to not even think about using the electric start feature. By the way in order to use the electric start the snowblower has to be plugged into an 120v outlet however there is no cord included with the 621R.
The snowblower moves snow and saves my back however it can't cope with wet heavy snow. The chute will clog and the snowblower has to be shut down and the chute cleared. It clears down to the pavement surface but will throw snow backwards from underneath. It throws snow 20 feet depending on the wetness of the snow but nothing near 30 feet listed in the advertising.
After reading the reviews where owners have had serious starting issues after storage I decided to start and run the 621R every month and run it dry year round. I also use additives such as Stabil and Techron in the gas. So far this has worked for me and this is my third season and last winter was particularly brutal with heavy snows and terrible temps.
Hope this helps.
January 5, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Dehalo Unreliable Starting.
I purchased a Toro 621R in the spring of 2012. It worked wonderfully the first time I used it. I have 120' driveway, a 20 x 80' pad and sidewalk to clear. It made quick work of the job, clearing 6" of wet east coast snow from this space in about 30 minutes. Flash forward to November 20; I got the snowblower ready for 2012-2013 winter, started it up (after maybe 5 pulls) and ran it for 10 minutes to make sure it all worked and was ready for snow. Flash forward to today (Dec 26), we have 6 inches of wet snow on the ground and a snowblower-shaped lawn ornament to celebrate it. It will not start. I have been trying to start it for over an hour. It doesn't even get close to starting. Its got fresh gas, fresh oil, good plug, and only about 40 minutes on the engine. I followed the manual to the letter. I tried giving it a long wait period (30 minutes) before my last attempt. For giggles, I just pulled out my 4-year old Lawnboy mower that hasn't seen the light of day since August; it started on the first pull. Conclusion, Toro produces a poor product.
Here is the kicker...I just got off the phone with my father; we purchased ours together. He is having the exact same problem with the exact same model..as I am writing this.
My only course of action at this point is to take it to a Toro dealer; which means 3 hours of my precious weekend day driving it in and back home, and probably end up paying them a hundred bucks on top of the $550 I spent on it 40 engine-minutes ago. I will call Toro tomorrow during business hours; The only thing that would satisfy me is if Toro employees dropped a new one off at my house. I will amend my review after hearing back from Toro.
December 26, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jared Great well priced snowblower
I purchased this snowblower because I was looking for a low cost single stage with no bells or whistles. I have a good back and shoulders, so I wasn't worried about recoil start and I don't feel it's that much work to turn the chute by hand rather than having the lever operated chute.
I was really surprised at how well this thing can clear snow. I expected it to struggle in deep snow over 8". No problem at all. You don't even have to slow down very much compared to 4" or less. I see that Toro is now selling a version of this snowblower with a bigger engine, and I have to wonder why. The 160cc engine in the 621 seems to be more than powerful enough. It runs well, starts on the first pull, has plenty of power, and sips fuel. The only reason I can think of for going to the larger engine is to market the "more is better" philosophy and possibly to reduce operating rpm to abate noise. I don't feel it's really a noisy machine, but perhaps they were able to reduce a few decibels of noise by going to a larger engine operating a lower rpm. Who knows; I don't care.
One thing I noticed the first time I used it is that you don't want to follow the starting instructions to the letter. Toro states to prime three times and use full choke. Mine does not like full choke. Mine takes three primes and half choke. Full choke makes it sputter. It only needs half choke for about 10 seconds; after that you can turn off the choke.
I prefer to maintain my machines well and followed Toro's storage instructions for summer storage. Add Stabil to fuel, run for 10 minutes, drain tank and carb bowl, run until it dies. Drain and replace oil. Put all the covers back on, pour a teaspoon of oil in the cylinder and turn it over a few times, and you're done. It started on the first pull when I fired it up in the first fall snow. No problems at all.
My only complaint about this model is the wheels. They are too small. It's not a big deal, but sometimes they get hung up on chunks of ice and won't roll over them.
Overall I think this is a great machine. I would definitely recommend it (even though it looks like Toro is no longer producing it). If you find a used one or a left over model from the previous year that didn't sell, don't be afraid to buy it. It is far better than the Toro single stage I remember using at my grandparents' house when I was a child 30 years ago.
January 6, 2015