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post #1 of 11 Old 12-02-2014, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
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First post-Old Toro guy (me and the machine)

Hi, I have been "lurking" on here for a while, and thought I would post up. I'm an older guy (retired) and live a little north of Philly. I have a Toro 826, model 38150 manufactured in 1980, which I bought used in 1993. It's a great machine and goes through anything. I did a little rehab on it when I got it. In those days Toro had all the replacement parts for it. I was even able to replace one of the handles on it. Because it's so heavy, around 270 lbs. I believe, and I'm not getting any younger, I'm thinking about adding a single stage for light snow maybe up to 7 or 8 inches. I've been considering either the Toro 721 or the Honda 720. Probably I will get one with an elec. start, because as I said before, I'm not getting any younger and someday I may need it. I saw the Honda at HD and was surprised at how stiff the chute control is. Other then that it looks to be a toss of a coin as to which one to get. If anyone has experience with either of these machines, I would welcome comments. Thanks, and glad to be aboard!

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Hello and welcome to the forum markd. I have a Toro 421 from 2008 which is the older model of the 721. I have the electric start which I rarely use, the quick chute and zip deflector. I have been overwhelmingly satisfied with it's performance in snow up to 12" deep. I am sure you would also be happy with the Honda of which I know nothing about except for Honda's legendary dependability. Good luck on your decision, either will serve you well.

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I know what you're talking about with adding a single stage. When I lived in the city I loved my single as it was quick and light but the pile at the end of drive was usually a challenge in the heavier snows.

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Don't know much about singles.. or Toro's.. But I do Welcome you aboard markd!
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I now have at least one of each blower. I have a Toro 521 two stage and an Ariens 522 ss. I've had four different ss Toros. Just sold my last one. Great blowers!

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hello mark, welcome to SBF!! I think you would be happy with either of the single stage machines you are looking at

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Thanks for the warm welcome! I was looking on one of the vendors sites and they indicated that there are "manufacturing issues" with the Honda 720 series. Anyone heard anything? What about the Toro quick shoot, is that a good option or just something that will cause trouble down the road or should I say down the driveway
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none of my ss machines are new enough to have quick shoot but i haven't heard anything bad about it but don't find it to be a must have feature

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Hey Markd - Welcome aboard! Either of your choices (Toro 721 or Honda 720) will exceed your expectations. Both are very reliable and user friendly machines. I can't speak to the Toro Quick Chute, however the stiffness in the Honda Chute Mechanism is completely gone after two or three "break-in" passes up and down the driveway. I'm a big fan of both the Honda and Toro single stage snow blowers. Single stage is my "go-to" machine for snowfalls of 6 inches or less. They literally clear asphalt driveways right to the bare surface. No packed snow whatsoever left behind. They also tackle the heavy wet slushy snow BETTER than a two stage machine. The rubber paddles act like a rotating squidgy and propel the slush and water about 15 feet in the forward discharge position. You will not be disappointed with either machine.

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