Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Spent a little time last night with the newly acquired 824.
Overall machine is so much lighter than my old Ford/Jacobsen 726. The Toro did want to climb a bit when entering a large snow pile, took some effort to push nose down and let it dig.
I think the amount of plastic is a big factor in that. Entire 'dashboard' is plastic. Not sure if it is technically the same material that was used in the chute and anti-clog area or not, but the later 2 are warrantied not to crack, stated down to -104 deg F. I don't EVER plan on using the machine if it's half that cold, so I am not overly concerned. It is very different to hear the icy chunks making contact with the various plastic pieces, does make it sound a little 'cheap'. The cable controlled output chute is a bit tricky to adjust but it moves quickly. Only other cables are from the engagement handles, not sure how else one would expect those to be operated, but I have not spent much time comparing newer machines.
All in all, the 824 made a good first impression.
Minneapolis, MN USA
'18 Toro PowerMax 824 OE
'73 Ford ST 726 2-stg
'78 Toro Snowmaster 20 single-stg