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Very clean 521

Greeting friends......Friday I picked up a couple of blowers from my friendly OPE repair shop. I usually check in there twice a month to take away their left behinds or "didn't want to spend the money to fixes".....one of which was a Toro 521. I asked the owner of the shop...what's wrong with it....he said "nothing". Well I took it home and he was right....nothing wrong with it. Very clean paint perfect, chrome like new...engine starts first pull...in general a sweet ride. So nice I was thinking of keeping it ..so I looked at it with the idea of doing an impeller mod......No word of a lie....there wasn't enough room between the impeller and the housing to put a business card! I've never seen a machine with this tight a tolerance. For some reason these machines don't bring any money on the used market...why I can't say....but I am totally impressed with the quality of this little engine that could!
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Cool, That's one sweet deal!
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a great deal on a fantastic machine, I have two and one has an impeller kit to deal with slush and wet heavy snow. wish they went just a little faster but reverse would be slower so I leave them alone where speed is concerned. both have armor skids and I added a taller chute to the kitted 521. been looking for another 521 seeing that I found another tall chute in the garage oh, where are the pic's

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I got a Toro 521. Great machine . . . minimal gap between impeller and the housing . . . it does the work of bigger machines.

I see them on CL for $200 - $300 with no one biting. I think they don't command much on the used market because they are generally viewed as smaller and older. $150-175 for a near perfect one would be top dollar.

I keep mine as a spare and to loan out to neighbors when their machines crap out.

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I love my 521, never needed the impeller modification to throw slush either. Only thing that goes on these is the impeller shaft bearing. If you start hearing some loud growls when you engage the impeller, that's the bearing saying "change me!"
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Seems that the production years of Toro 521 (38052) ranged from approx. 1983 - 1995 .
I'm trying to find out if there are any significant differences over that run.
My mechanic says to look for machines before ~1989.
I can only see that the panel decal is different.


Yes lots of 521's on CL in MA and NH. My neighbor's 521 won't quit, vs my old Ariens ST824.


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Seems that the production years of Toro 521 (38052) ranged from approx. 1983 - 1995 .
I'm trying to find out if there are any significant differences over that run.
My mechanic says to look for machines before ~1989.
I can only see that the panel decal is different.


Yes lots of 521's on CL in MA and NH. My neighbor's 521 won't quit, vs my old Ariens ST824.
very early 521's have the levers under the handlebars, hard rubber tires, and thick metal short chutes. don't know when toro went to the taller chute or pneumatic tires or moved the levers above the handlebars. my '86 has hard rubber tires with the levers above the handlebars but still had the short chute, I changed it to the taller chute for a little extra throwing distance

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1-............, TORO XL 824ps..............
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I was testing my little 521 and found a bad impeller brass gear in the box.....Ariensskid AKA Evan...came to my rescue with a new gear......as well as a couple of engines, tall Ariens chute ..etc......Thanks Evan!!!!!!
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Cranman: good deal to start, and great to get some help. Where are the pics ??

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