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12-11-2015 01:29 PM
MagnumB
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Originally Posted by joed View Post
I have a 2011 Toro 826 OXE HD unit. I only have about 35 hours on it but I've never had any issues with traction nor the freewheel steering system not working. Only problem I've had is the machine clogging up when trying to move wet/slushy snow. I tried spraying the chute and auger with PAM cooking oil but it didn't help. I was wondering if the 250 cc Briggs on it may not have enough power to move wet snow efficiently. Some people have had similar issues to yours. Here's one person's solution:
Toro 38624W Power Max® 826OXE 26" 250cc Two-Stage Snow Blower

Click on the reviews tab. There is one guy who had a similar problem.
That darn snow and slush is a problem for everything. As the guy from snowblower.com says....the big secret is that no unit does well in those conditions. I tend to agree!
12-07-2015 01:01 PM
Hanky Sure glad your happy with the Toro, as they are a great blower when they work correctly. I had issues with mine at first but got them fixed and now just waiting for snow.
12-07-2015 12:28 PM
03eunos
Last update on this topic...

I had a chance to try the snowblower this past Friday as we had our first snow day of the year with 30 cm of snow. I just bought and installed a new Moose plow for my 2015 Honda Rubicon ATV and did most of the driveway with that, but cleaned up with the Toro.

I can gladly say I had no issues with the traction belt and steering worked flawlessly. Not sure if the dealer's free "cleanup" did anything, but I'm happy with the results. Perhaps it was just the mositure on the drive plates that caused the slippage last winter.

Thanks all for the comments!

Jeff
12-04-2015 12:12 AM
Normex
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Originally Posted by joed View Post
I have a 2011 Toro 826 OXE HD unit. I only have about 35 hours on it but I've never had any issues with traction nor the freewheel steering system not working. Only problem I've had is the machine clogging up when trying to move wet/slushy snow. I tried spraying the chute and auger with PAM cooking oil but it didn't help. I was wondering if the 250 cc Briggs on it may not have enough power to move wet snow efficiently.
Can you measure a gap greater than 1/8" from your fin to housing?
12-03-2015 11:46 PM
joed
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Originally Posted by 03eunos View Post
Just ran out and picked up the 1028 from dealer service related to no traction when the handle is pressed. The manager called and said they had cleaned up the belts a bit, but no real issue. When the guy was loading it up the ramp into my truck, he couldn't get it to move.

He, and the service manager, stated that when it's raining, water can get on the metal and rubber clutch plates causing slipage. I used my old 826 for 9 years without this issue in the same climate.

I took the blower just because we have 30 cm of snow forecasted for tomorrow and I need something... even if it works half-arsed.

Has anyone else experienced this on a new machine with 4 uses?

Thanks,

Jeff
I have a 2011 Toro 826 OXE HD unit. I only have about 35 hours on it but I've never had any issues with traction nor the freewheel steering system not working. Only problem I've had is the machine clogging up when trying to move wet/slushy snow. I tried spraying the chute and auger with PAM cooking oil but it didn't help. I was wondering if the 250 cc Briggs on it may not have enough power to move wet snow efficiently. Some people have had similar issues to yours. Here's one person's solution:
Toro 38624W Power Max® 826OXE 26" 250cc Two-Stage Snow Blower

Click on the reviews tab. There is one guy who had a similar problem.
12-03-2015 12:32 PM
Hanky Would think they are feeding you a line of BS there.
12-03-2015 11:32 AM
03eunos
New 1028 traction clutch slippage in wet

Just ran out and picked up the 1028 from dealer service related to no traction when the handle is pressed. The manager called and said they had cleaned up the belts a bit, but no real issue. When the guy was loading it up the ramp into my truck, he couldn't get it to move.

He, and the service manager, stated that when it's raining, water can get on the metal and rubber clutch plates causing slipage. I used my old 826 for 9 years without this issue in the same climate.

I took the blower just because we have 30 cm of snow forecasted for tomorrow and I need something... even if it works half-arsed.

Has anyone else experienced this on a new machine with 4 uses?

Thanks,

Jeff
11-16-2015 10:06 AM
Hanky Just checked and I am 250 lbs and on the garage floor I can not hold back my Toro it will pull me and spin out on smooth cement. We are heading out of town for a week so I can not ask my dealer about your problem sorry.
11-16-2015 09:35 AM
Hanky I would think it is a warranty issue some thing is not set up right my 1128 has tons of traction. I am thinking that the problem is in the linkage of the steering triggers. Should be a quick simple fix.
11-16-2015 08:34 AM
03eunos
No traction drive...

Just an update and question...

I only used the new 1028 a half dozen times last winter and noticed that there was no traction many times. I would have to manually push it and eventually the drive would kick in. The steering triggers have never seemed to work right as they only occasionally kick in to turn the snowblower.

I am wondering if this is considered a maintenance issue or warranty issue on a new machine that is still less than a year old. I would have expected a new $2000 machine not to need adjustment after 2 or 3 uses. My old Toro never had any issue and I miss it...

Thanks!
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