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post #1 of 19 Old 01-04-2014, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Craigslist find, new toy/project

So I'd like to begin by saying that I'm an Ariens loyalist, always have and always will be. However, I believe that Toro and Honda are the next best 2 brands out there, behind Ariens of course .

Anyway, today I was perusing around on craigslist and came across a listing for a toro 1132. It didn't have any details about the machine nor pictures (I find that no pics usually yields better-kept machines), but it really caught my interest. I called the guy, and I could tell he was a real straight shooter and took care of his equipment.

Short to say, I bought this machine on the cheap, real cheap, and there's not a darn thing wrong with it, mechanically speaking. Cosmetically, it can use some paint, along with a nice impeller kit...possibly going on tomorrow.

I'm not too familiar with Toro, but I know it's definitely an older model. So if any of you Toro loyalists can chime in and give me the lowdown on what I have here, that would be most appreciated.
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I would say that is probably around a 70-80 model, it has similar characteristics to my toro3521. You may be able to call toro and they can give you an exact date. . Btw is that a briggs engine on there?

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It look older then my Toro 1132 "94" so prob 80's if you go to Toro web site and go to parts and type in 1132 all the years for manual downloads will be there then you type in your S-number and it will give you the year of that Model.
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looks more like my toro 826 which is a '79 / '80 model, briggs powered

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Thanks for the feedback folks.
It's a 1980 Toro with an 11hp Briggs.

I bought it knowing that it ran great and had no problems, but I always tear into machines when I don't know what has/hasn't been done to it. That's what I did tonight...forget going on a date with a girl, I worked on a snowblower . I took everything apart to verify everything checked out, and quite frankly, there's nothing wrong with it. The carburetor was perfectly clean, very little carbon build up, oil didn't have any sludge or particles in it, and not even the spark plug was fouled up.

I just have to reassemble everything and tomorrow I'll play around with it in my backyard pushing it to see what it can do.

I'm still up in the air if I should sell to make a quick buck or to keep it. Perhaps I will turn this into another restoration project, I'll let you all know.

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For an 11 horse briggs, this was on the side of disappointment for me today.
I had put on an impeller kit today, but it didn't throw snow far, engine bogged, and the barrel augers limited the amount of snow it could take in. I know that it's an old flathead motor, but it should not have underperformed like it did.
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I should say that after reassembling the carburetor last night, I didn't really get to adjust it properly. So perhaps after I find its sweet spot tomorrow, I'll have a different review to give.

Regardless, it will be going back on the craigslist market in a couple days to make a quick profit

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How is the compression on the motor?
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I don't have a compression gauge at my disposal, so I can't say for certain what it's at.

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it is a early 80's model. I would like to fine one of them myself. they all seem to be out on the east coast. I don't have a truck. put one of them 16.50 briggs engines on it. those snow blowers were not designed to throw 40-50ft. but they will go through the heavy stuff.

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Hey, SlowRide.

If you go to Toro's website www.toro.com, click on Customer Support, it has a prompt/box for the model number. (This is usually down on the low end of the machine between the handlebars where your feed will kick towards as you walk behind it). Get the model and serial number. Put the model number in the Customer Service page and it should come back with the range of years for that model; year corresponding to the leading digit of the serial number.

I've had the 8/26 that did a pretty good job throwing all kinds of snow, but, only once I put a new auger belt on and gave the carb a good cleaning/rebuild. Now I'm onto a 10/28 with a very strong engine (Tecumseh SnowKing I believe) and it throws great. (I am wrestling with the drive though with PowerShift93's abundant help!!!).

Let me/us know what, if any, issues you run into. Again, my 2 cents worth is to make sure the belts, especially auger belt if it ain't throwing great, are good and that the carb allows the engine to run optimally.

Last note, if you don't have a compression gauge, take the plug out, stick your thumb over the hole (make sure the block is cool!!!) and turn it over. It should really force air against your thumb and blow by it. Conversely, if the compression is good, you shouldn't be able to keep your thumb there ...under normal circumstances.

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