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Toro SnowMaster vs Honda HS720

For a 40’ 1 1/2 car driveway. It’s rare to get anything over 8-10 inches.

I’m looking for performance, reliability, and longevity. The SnowMaster is $749 for the 212cc. $879 for the 252cc. The Honda is $809 for the 187cc.

Is there a big performance difference? A big quality/reliability difference?
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I can't speak with a huge amount of authority, having never used either machine but I can say that Honda and Toro are very good companies. As far as price point and power I would probably get that 252 Toro Snowmaster. Others may be able to provide you with better advice.

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Both are very nice machines and with regular maintenance both should last a long time. For me it boils down to the controls on each unit. Go down to your dealer, push some buttons move some levers and see which one you like the best.

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I will add that some say the Honda chute controls are reluctant and their tires do seem to hold snow and ice on them. Some have switched the HOnda tires over to the Toro for the different tread.

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I own a 252 S-M and have owned 4 of the "standard" single stagers from Honda, Toro, Ariens and Troy Bilt.

It's an absolute no-brainer: S-M all the way, 212 or 252

There is a big performance difference in that it handles the EOD better, throws snow farther and has a larger opening to tackle deeper snow)

Plus the S-M is so easy to operate with the Quick Stick and Personal Pace. And its much faster too.

Quality are both good so thats a wash.
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I’ve seen plenty of 30+ year old Toros still running strong. I’ve also seen some old Honda’s running without a hitch. Toro seem to have some really outstanding single stage and the snow masters are very highly rated, but Honda makes a fine machine also. Dealers choice, go with the one that has the most user friendly features.
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I’ve seen plenty of 30+ year old Toros still running strong. I’ve also seen some old Honda’s running without a hitch. Toro seem to have some really outstanding single stage and the snow masters are very highly rated, but Honda makes a fine machine also. Dealers choice, go with the one that has the most user friendly features.
I’ve got the HS720AS and it’s a fine machine. Personally if I had to do it over again I’d pick the SnowMaster. My dad is in the market for a SS that can handle most of his snow falls. He’s leaning towards the SnowMaster but loves my Honda. The dealers where he lives are clueless. He knows more than they do so it’s useless trying to get some real info from them. The people on these forums are very knowledgeable and give good advice.
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I own a 252 S-M and have owned 4 of the "standard" single stagers from Honda, Toro, Ariens and Troy Bilt.

It's an absolute no-brainer: S-M all the way, 212 or 252

There is a big performance difference in that it handles the EOD better, throws snow farther and has a larger opening to tackle deeper snow)

Plus the S-M is so easy to operate with the Quick Stick and Personal Pace. And its much faster too.

Quality are both good so thats a wash.
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I had a a toro with the personal pace and loved it. And the SnowMaster moves 2800 lbs/min which is unbelievable.
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I'll say the SnowMaster took on the 20" drift in my driveway last week like a champ. It really hits above its weight class if you will.
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I have a Honda HS720AMA. I love it, and I was impressed how it handled the New England storm this weekend including a really dense EOD pile. Got the AMA model for the great quality and low price. But if I had it to do over again, I would spend the extra for the SM.

Of course, I bought my Honda before I moved to New England. So if I had it to do over again, I would actually have kept my 2 stage Ariens.
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