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Need some advice

I'm still somewhat new on here but have been using my Toro 826 since 1993 (it was manufactured in 1980). After spending time on here, I am considering getting another blower in addition to my Toro. It seems to be the norm on here to have more then one machine. The reason for the second machine is my Toro 826 is great in deep snow, but takes too long when there are only a few inches and still requires plenty of effort from me to maneuver the machine. My neighbors can shovel a few inches as fast as I can blow it.

I have never used another machine so I don't know if the newer two stage machines are that much easier to use then mine, or if I should go to a single stage machine (which is what I have been thinking about). If I get a single stage and my Toro breaks, I won't be able to buy a third machine (a new 2 stage). My Toro is 34 years old and is in great shape, but if something breaks, parts will be a problem. I definitely need a 2 stage for EOD.

I live north of Philly and have about 150 feet of sidewalk and a driveway that can fit 6 cars. I also have to make a path part way around the house in case I need to hook up my portable generator (which lives in my garage)(it runs on NG and the hook up for NG and the elec are on the far side of the house).

So do I go with a single stage (Honda or Toro) in addition to my Toro or get a two stage (Ariens deluxe 24 or maybe the platinum 24 SHO) and maybe give up the Toro? Thanks!!!

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I have been thinking about). If I get a single stage and my Toro breaks, I won't be able to buy a third machine (a new 2 stage). My Toro is 34 years old and is in great shape, but if something breaks, parts will be a problem. I definitely need a 2 stage for EOD.

get a two stage (Ariens deluxe 24 or maybe the platinum 24 SHO) and maybe give up the Toro? Thanks!!!
I think you have answered your question by yourself as you or anyone can't predict the future, though when you have only a couple inches of snow you might leave it there or if using a 2 stage you almost have to use the 6th gear and follow. Good Luck (maybe a used one stage plus your own 2 stage and you can always buy a newer one if needed)

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PARTS 4 those TOROS are still available. get a single stage for the light stuff. and use the 2 stage when needed.

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Garant makes a great scrapper when you have only light snow. I would suggest the 21" with ergonomic handle. Best wat to keep fit and not hurt yourself.

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get n hs720 single stage, in light snow you can clear pretty much as fast as you can walk with a single stage
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a single stage would do you well be it a toro or Honda but on the other hand I like my toro 521 for small snowfalls almost as much as I like my 2450E

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PARTS 4 those TOROS are still available. get a single stage for the light stuff. and use the 2 stage when needed.
I wasn't aware that I can still get parts for a machine that old. Does Toro still stock the parts or are we talking after-market and used?

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I wasn't aware that I can still get parts for a machine that old. Does Toro still stock the parts or are we talking after-market and used?
Probably both. Go to Toro's website. Plug in your model number and see what comes up.

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[QUOTE=markd;363001]I'm still somewhat new on here but have been using my Toro 826 since 1993 (it was manufactured in 1980). After spending time on here, I am considering getting another blower in addition to my Toro. It seems to be the norm on here to have more then one machine. The reason for the second machine is my Toro 826 is great in deep snow, but takes too long when there are only a few inches and still requires plenty of effort from me to maneuver the machine. My neighbors can shovel a few inches as fast as I can blow it.



that's one reason why I never had a snowblower. it seemed like a lot of work and resouces burned, for small payoff - as in smaller snows, I could walk with a snow shovel and do the same thing without burning any gasoline, or buying a machine and storing it. actually I'm into the olds ones because of the '57 Chevy aspect of the old obsolete machines, they are fun to work on and get going again, have classic sheet metal body lines, and a challenge to dig out from behind a shed somewhere....it's the thrill of the hunt.

having said that, if your 8/26 2 stage is "too big", then I'd go with a single stage. small snows don't need a 2 stage. get a light machine that's easy to maneuver. the newer machines may be tinny and pinned together, but one thing they do have is lightness and general ease of use, i.e. ergonomics. the old big machines are like driving a German Tiger Tank around so I'm with you on that....




just say NO to Chinese made ANYTHING !
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AMF Dynamark Luminaire 5362 8/26 3-stage
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I wasn't aware that I can still get parts for a machine that old. Does Toro still stock the parts or are we talking after-market and used?
TORO still stocks those parts.

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