Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 166
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by misterbee Great throw, reliable, powerful
This machine took a little getting used to - the auger/wheel controls are opposite of the snow blowers I've used before. the joystick control takes a little getting used to as does having the auger handle stick down when the wheels are in motion, to allow single handed use. But now, 5 or 6 storms down, I'm a pro, and can direct the snow exactly where I want it. It easily throws it over my 8ft fence in the back yard (to a clearing behind) making it easy for me to maximize running space for my dogs. I can nail my neighbour's driveway with ease, which it helping to keep their normally selfish, inconsiderate snow clearing in check. The machine is ergonomically well designed, with handles at a great height for me, and the machine is light-weight making easy to move around. The smaller wheels and light weight don't appear to hinder its ability to cut through snow with ease. I've used it in very wet and dry snow and some fairly heavy storms, and it has cut through it all. The machine always starts first pull (even on the first time I ever put gas in it) and I've never needed the electric start. This machine is a lot less effort to use than the last two snow blowers I've used. I used to end up tired and sweaty by the time I had finished my snow blowing. Not so with this one. This of course makes for less sympathy from the wife for handling the snow blowing chore.
January 21, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DanoW Toro 826OE
Great machine in the first 2 snow storms we had, worked well in light snow and the frozen crusty snow we had.
I wish the tires were wider and machine was heavier and not sure why Toro didn't install a light on this model but overall I'm pleased so far but I will report any issues I have.
January 10, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Grizz07 Toro Power Max 826 OE Two-Stage Electric Start
item arrived in a reasonable time and was easy to assemble. First snow, fired right up ran about 5 mins and quit. Quick prime, fired right up, blew some snow and quit. It quits under load or just sitting there. Changed plug and tried again, same thing, fresh gas. When it runs it does a decent job. Haven't got issue resolved yet. About 1 hour on a new machine and disappointed. I'm sure once it is repaired it will be fine.
November 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Seanatis First Snowblower
Went shopping for a snowblower last weekend and there wasn't anything good left. I looked for the 24" model of this model and was not able to buy it so got this one online. Delivery took 3 days and used it today to clear up that big mess of a storm we got 2 days ago. The blower performed extremely well. I managed to get rid of the plow's leftovers which were very wet and full of ice with ease. Blower came fully assembled, including oil.
March 1, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by colinp Toro PM 826OE Snowblower
I originally ordered online an Ariens Compact 24 Inch 2-Stage Sno-Thro Snowblower from HD, but due to a misunderstanding as well as miscommunication, between me and the HD call-center( after several phone calls all was remedied by the supervisor on duty, thanks Y**), I cancelled the order. I then bought a Toro 826. It is a 26 inch, compaired with the 24 inches of the Ariens, as well as it uses a 250cc B&S engine instead of the 205cc on the Ariens.
Now I have only used it twice, after a couple inches of snow and then another storm of >12 inches, it works flawlessly.
Lots of power and the pile of snow at the end of the driveway, left by the plow, was easliy blown out of the way. Speaking of blowing, it really launches the snow a good distance, but the control of the shute works as advertized.
All in all, quite satisfied with the blower, but then again, this is my first snowblower, so I really can't compare it to another. However, sure beats shovelling, and I ain't getting any younger.
February 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by NBStan Cuts through the snow like a hot knife in butter
After reading all the info on the Toro site, and Home Depot customer reviews I ordered the 826. Delivery said 7 to 14 day. It actually took 21 business days for delivery.
There was one easily fixed problem. When I first used it I noticed only one wheel was driving. I just happened to know what to check right away. The wheels were on the machine when I got it, so I never looked any closer before using it. But with only one wheel turning I looked at the wheel that wasn’t turning. It looked fine but I did notice the pin for holding the wheel was through the axle, but not through the rim. So the axle was free turning I blocked up the side of the machine, pulled the pin and reinserted the pin through a hole in the rim so the wheel was now locked to the axle, and had drive on it. I did not have to use any tools to do the fix. Other than that minor problem the machine runs well. Another nice feature is the muffler guard. I managed to wreck 2 pairs of gloves from touching against the hot muffler on a different machine, with the same engine, while looking for a non existent shut off switch, and fuel shut off. The Toro has a metal guard plate over the muffler, a throttle control with an off position, and a fuel shut off. I have only used it once in very wet heavy snow, but it handled it like a hot knife in butter. Toro you have made a very superior machine.
February 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AStreakOfTaz A no-frills workhorse for snow removal
With 8 1/2 feet of snow in Salem, Mass over the past 30 days, this snow blower has proven to be a workhorse. When I shopped around, I looked for a Briggs and Stratton engine, which have great reliability. The larger engine 250 cc vs 205 cc on similar models is great for grinding up and throwing any kind of snow, including the snow boulders that the city plows leave at the end of the driveway. The only complaint I would have is the chute control lever is on the left side. With one-handed operation, you have to hold the drive lever on the left handlebar, then use your right hand to adjust the chute. Since the control lever is on the left side near the left handlebar, it makes it more difficult to move the chute while blowing snow. It's really a minor issue, though.
February 17, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Isdastork The Power Max has optimal ease of use and effectiveness
The electric start is convenient, but the engine also started immediately with an easy pull on the cord. It easily handles deep snow, throws it far away from the work area, and the directional chute rotates with minimal pressure on the control stick. The augur handle stays engaged automatically when the forward handle is engaged, and I can't believe how powerful and quiet it is at full throttle!
February 17, 2014