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Quick word on Toro durability

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I just wanted to drop a quick line about my Toro 2-stage 726te Snowblower. We just finished making short work of our first big storm of the year (15+"), because despite 14 years of abuse our Toro once again started this season with one pull of the cord. We live in upstate New York, usually run the snowblower 4-6 times a year for a long driveway used by five or six cars. We bought this Toro in 2005 and have been shamefully bad about maintenance. One spark plug change, one replacement primer button, that's it. (I do run it dry each spring and avoid ethanol gas) The electric starter failed about ten years ago, but the unit is so quick and easy to start I don't think that's worth replacing. The thing is just bulletproof. This year out of guilt I finally topped off the auger gear box oil (took almost a full bottle), cleaned and lubed everything and voila, a single pull and off we go. I accept that we just lucked out with this specific unit. Your mileage may vary. These forums are full of folks with problems so I thought hearing from a happy consumer might be a change of pace.

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i just picked up the toro 928 yesturday and hope i have the same experince
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the "TE" model is a two stroke so there is no oil sump. And since its a snow blower it probably doesn't have an air filter

So its pretty much just replacing belts and lubricating bearings and bushings around the machine to keep corrosion at bay

Post some pics of this rare model for us!

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I loved the old Toros....the new ones not so much....
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My Toro Powershift 824 started on the first pull the other day. The Troy-Bilt W/ Briggs took a little coaxing with the electric start

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i just picked up the toro 928 yesturday and hope i have the same experince
wish you better luck than i've had with my 2017 928-38801. first year the engine seized,from a improperly machined crank shaft ,toro replaced it,2 year tit's a total rust bucket from under the paint toro refuses to fix it, 3rd season still 2 years old, 4th use of the pull cord during a power outage first pull snap , inside the pull housing the wear sleeve was not welded right making for a shape edge.
while using it all the bolts on the wheels,auger and impeller have broken many times each,
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I’ve had a few different models of Toro, most of them on the newer side. I’ve always had very good luck with Toro machines. I like them much better them the B&S/John Deere blowers I’ve also owned. I think Toro is right up there with Ariens, but that’s just my opinion.

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Over all I'm happy with Toro. My SS hasn't given me any issues and I've had a couple Recyclers and now have a Super Recycler. I think the Toro branded engines are just as good if not better than any B&S's I've had.

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Long live the 2 strokes. Actually I find the 2 stroke + electric starter very easy to start in frigid temps because it does not have to crank against cold oil in the crankcase. A big puff of blue smoke and away you go.
The only down side is the odor of the exhaust. I have an old ski suit I wear for snow blowing so the exhaust from 'Ole Smokey' does not stink up my clothes....

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