Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 183
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LedHead1950 Powerful, easy to use, controls in the right place!
Ordered online as all the stores were sold out of all snowblowers. Received on the eve of the Feb 2014, 14" Nor'easter. Took 30 minutes to assemble in the dark and cold. Started on second pull, after I found the key (which looked like a toy part, not a key!). Plenty of power! Threw snow and ice where I wanted it to go. Very simple and easy lever for blower direction and height of snow ejection. Quieter than a lawn mower. Tended to climb up snow piles higher than two feet, but ultimately ate threw everything, including snow plow residue. Only one big snow so far. I'm ready for the next one! Grew up on Toro's.
February 25, 2014
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 Abi198 Excellent product
I had this product delivered at home in a box.
Very easy to assemble. It took some ten minutes and I was ready to go.
I have used it 6 times so far.
It always starts at the first stroke. I used the electric starter once, just to test it, but I do not really see the need for it.
Same when I stop it and restart it few minutes later. No problem at all.
My driveway is almost flat and one wheel traction is more than enough. I just need to apply a very little counterbalance in the opposite direction of the tracting wheel.
I prefer to engage traction on a single wheel, this way it's very easy to make a turn, on the opposite, having traction on both the wheels is more efficient but much harder to turn.
It could possibly tend to clog in case of very wet snow. But this happened only the second time I used it therefore I do not know if this is due to my lack of experience or it can be a real issue.
Overall I'm very happy and I would definitely recommend this product.
February 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RayMan Great SnowBlower
This is a great machine. It was easy to put together (about 15 minutes). We have last years model at work so I have used the machine extensively. I was so happy to buy a machine with even more power. Shipping to my home was OK. The shipper did call up to set up a delivery time, but it was not as seamless as other shippers. However, the shipper said sidewalk delivery and they were good enough to put it on a dolly I set out and they even pushed it into my garage. My mother-in-law would not have been able to do so. All in all - a good experience.
January 13, 2013
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
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Hyboost Great blower
Best snowblower I've ever owned. And I've owned a few. We have tough winters here in Buffalo Ny and when I built & moved into my current home I bought a new Snapper 8/26 HD snowblower. I almost didn't buy it because it had a plastic chute and wondered how it would hold up over time.
Well, that was 20 years ago and I'm glad to say it worked great. So great in fact I gave it to my son last year when he bought his own house.
I bought this Toro 826 blower at the beginning of last winter and I loved it right out of the box. It also has a plastic chute, but I figured that if Snapper got it right 20 years ago, I'm sure Toro did the same with this blower.
Last winter was pretty nasty, but this year has been horrible! I know everyone is having a tough, cold year, but last November we were crushed with a storm worse than almost any we've ever had, including the Great Blizzard of 77! Which was massive. Well, I got up in the middle of the night to check the snow and I couldn't see out of my upstairs windows (I have a covered porch) because of the snow, so I went downstairs and tried to open my front door. Well, as of 3 a.m. we had over 3 feet of snow and it was still coming down heavy. My wife who was still in bed asked me how bad and I answered "EPIC".
When daylight came, we had 5 + feet on the ground. Not a drift, but everywhere. Even Though I knew my wife wouldn't be going to work, as we were in a state of emergency and nobody was allowed to drive, I started clearing my drive bc they were calling for another 3+ feet that nite.
The chute is 20" high, so I had to take the snow on an angle, almost tunneling into it, reverse and let it collapse so I could carry on. This Toro never stalled, bogged down or gave me any problems re starting after taking breaks even though I worked the heck out of it.
Snow would fall down and cover the engine, including the spark plug and carburetor area but it kept on running. I went through 3 tanks of fuel doing my 75 ft long, 3 car wide driveway, which took around 5 hours to clear. Just to do it again the following day.
All said & done, we received over 7 feet of snow in 2 days, and in some spots we had 10 foot drifts! Even the Toro had no chance of going through those, as we'd climb up & shovel the top off into a cleared path and then let the blower move that snow.
Sorry so long, but if you are thinking of buying another blower because this has a plastic chute, believe me, I loved it on my Snapper, and I love it on my Toro. Not one clog since I bought it. The joystick that controls the chute direction and height is awesome. It makes the old 2 control, crank and pulls look like something out of the 60's. Buy it, you'll love it. I do.
February 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dan72 The machine starts right up and the single hand operation of the ‘Auger/impeller lever’ to direct snow direction is great.
I am 72 years old and have never had a snow blower. I have always been able to shovel my driveway, but we experienced such heavy and deep snow these past two months that I realized I needed to purchase a snow blower. Two weekends in a row all snow blowers, here in Centerville, UT, were sold out. My driveway is steep and wide. I asked around and found that I would need a two stage blower with at least 13” wheels to handle the situation. I settled on the Toro Power Max 826 OE and found that the only way I was going to get it, was by purchasing it online. The timeline to get it before the next big storm was tight, but it was delivered on time, as promised. The instructions were clear and I was able to unload it and put it together in less than half an hour. The next four storms which came after my purchase were 18”, 12” 4” & 10”. The machine worked as promised and handled them well. The feature I liked best, after performance, is the ‘Auger/impeller lever’. The ability to change direction and elevation of snow coming out of the ‘Discharge chute’ with one hand, while the blower was moving, really made directing where the snow went was just great.
The engine has started easily every time (I have not tried the electric starter) by following directions. After clearing my driveway from the first snow storm, I tackled the RV parking area, which had not been cleared since the first two storms, which delivered a total of 31 inches. The accumulated snow in this area (12’ x 40’) was over 36 inches. It took several passes to eat away at it, but the blower took it in stride.
I took a picture yesterday of the Toro by the house and the amount of snow still hanging around, which is still higher than the 24 inch opening of the blower. I have been asked by several neighbors how I have liked my Toro and have recommended it to all.
February 28, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by pmg0877 Great When It Doesn't Clog
One of the reasons I bought this particular machine is the "patented anti-clog system". I used it twice later winter 2015 after buying it with no issues, though the snow was light and dry. I now brought it out for the first snowfall and it clogged after two 24' passes. I unclogged it and ran it a bit to help clear the chute, then went at it again and again it clogged. So much for the promises. Had to break out the shovels for my large lot as I wasn't going to keep unclogging it and taking it back into the garage to start it. Other than that it does work great and it's easy to maneuver.
By the way, a red flag that it would clog is the sticker on the chute instructing what to do and not to do when unclogging it. Didn't notice that sticker until it actually happened. Had I seen it I would have not bought a contradictory snow thrower.
November 21, 2015