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post #1 of 43 Old 01-12-2018, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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How Big is Too Big ???

Just floating this question out for comment as I am considering buying another machine.

I have been armchair shopping Toro Powershift Blowers in my area . . . there seems to be a steady supply and demand for those machines.

I have been focusing on 24" wide models, but there are also a few 28" models offered once in a while. This machine will most likely be garage kept, so I'll have to get it out between 2 cars as needed. My prior/current machines have all been 21-24" wide, so they barely fit between the cars.

I am assuming the 1132 (32" wide) models will be too wide to keep in a garage shared with cars. Just wondering if a 28" might be manageable and what others have experienced in buying a bigger machine than the common 24" models.

Options are in the PowerShift series are:
  • 824 (8 hp 24")
  • 1028 (10 HP 28")
  • 1132 (11 HP 32")
I think the 1028 has a slight power advantage over the other 2 models in terms of HP vs. width. Just wondering if it would be too wide to get out of the garage. BTW - my garage is a bit undersized in width . . . only 20 feet vs. the more typical 24 ft. (2 feet more in depth though . . 20' x 26') so I typically have a bit more space at the front of the cars for the blowers.

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I can tell you what I ran into and experience somewhat related here. When I picked up the Searsasaurus it was a 10HP 32" wide 3 stage. It was too wide to get through the garage access door and barely fit between the house and the fence going from the backyard to front yard. It was a tight squeeze to get between the vehicles too without risk of paint or body damage. I liked the HP, condition etc of the unit, just not the width. I found a 26" auger assembly that fit it, rebuilt and repainted it and swapped out the 32" for a 26". That fit through the doors, between the house and fence and between the cars much better. It was the best solution available and I went for it.


For me, that was the best solution. I think unless you planned on some auger housing changes, 28" would be a stretch if it fit through the doors, otherwise 26" and below would be a better choice for most IMO.


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how big is your driveway?
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I've had a couple of 824's and one 1028. I prefered the 1028 only because of the Briggs engine.....in my experience the Briggs has more oomph then the Tec's...and I've never seen a Briggs with a hole in the block, though I'm sure there may be one around somewhere. That said, the powershift is unmatchable on the EOD piles.....mine all sucked with wet snow, but an impeller kit is all they need.
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I would find a wy to make the 28 work
myself i wanted a 30 inch width
sold the 32 inch woudnt fit down the ide of the house
the 28 i bought is tight turning the corner outback
glad i didnt get a 30 now
still have the st824 its perfect for the back and side
still want a 36 inch beast though
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Due to only needing to blow a 90 ft narrow walkway and a short 1 car parking spot I was hoping to get a 22 or 24 inch but had to settle for a 826. Would rather the 24 with the 8hp all things equal.

I can't imagine needing anything bigger than a 26 inch unless one had over a 90 ft. long and wide driveway.

I guess there is a "how small is too small" question too.
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I didn't read the other responses, but here's my thoughts. I have two criteria, how many passes do I have to make, and can I move this thing around to places where I have to move it. In and out of the garage and such.

A lot of what I do is sidewalk, so I make 2 passes, one going down, one coming back. So the sidewalk is 36 inches or so, so no matter what machine I had, I'd still have to walk down and back. So the 24 inch is plenty.

My driveway is 25 feet wide. That's 12 passes with a 24 inch. A 28 inch is 11 passes, hardly a difference. A 32 is 10 passes. a 36 is 9 passes.

So the question is, is it worth 3 passes on the driveway to have to deal with a 36 inch monster? I can barely get the 24 inch in and out of the garage behind the cars, into the shed, etc... It's just a monster to move around where I'm at. Now, if I had one of those beautiful shops some others around the country have, like the 30x50 shops, it wouldn't be a problem, my shed is 14x12 with two 30 inch doors that open from the middle.

At my dad's house, he has a narrow sidewalk around the side that we use an Airens 20 inch on , because any bigger is a hassle.

I live in a place where the homes are on 75x100 lots, so it's not all that much real estate to do, so the 24 is fine for me.

if I had more to do, I may have gone bigger.
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if u can get big... bigger..... biggest motor for a small bucket that would probably suit ur needs, unless your blowing needs are for a huge area, but storing it should be part of the equation when buying

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This thread badly needs some pictures of some monsters lurking in peoples garages...

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This thread badly needs some pictures of some monsters lurking in peoples garages...
cant fit my baby in the garage, so its here instead

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