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Toro Power Max 826 problems.

I wanted a snowblower for 8 years before I finally saved the money to buy one. I did MAJOR amounts of research that had me choose the Toro Power Max. I don't think that I read even one negative review. I've had it for 3 years.

I can't even explain how disappointed I have been with this very expensive machine.

Two Main Problems:

I store my machine in an attached garage. In order to get the machine to where I need to use it most, I have to go UP my driveway. It is NOT a real steep driveway. I'd say maybe 25 degree angle at most. If there is any accumulation of snow more than say 3-4 inches, the snow blower wants to ride UP ON TOP OF the snow instead of driving THROUGH the snow. It rides up on the snow and then the tires just spin. I don't mean this happens every once in a while. I mean every SINGLE time I go at it, it rides up ON the snow, leaving me to have to back up and start over and over and over while PULLING UP on the handles in an effort to keep the machine from riding up and over the snow. At the same time I'm using my body weight to try to PUSH the machine forward. The other day is literally took me 40 minutes to make ONE PATH up the 60 foot driveway. I am not exaggerating in the least when i say that using the snowblower is MUCH MORE physically taxing that shoveling would be. Even if the snow is a foot or more, it would still be easier to shovel and I'm 61 years old. As a side note, on a flat surface, I do not have this problem unless the snow is REALLY packed by the city plows.

When reading reviews, I don't remember ever hearing anyone complain about this problem. It literally renders the machine useless. I'm hoping against hope that someone here has experienced this problem and knows what to do to remedy the situation.

Problem Two:
The last two years in a row, the machine left me sit when I needed it most. Both years, it was a carburetor problem. Last year they said it was dirty. This year, it started leaking gas and although I have not taken it in yet, the dealership is saying that it is probably a stuck float valve. Every year, I run the machine dry as per instructed and I use fuel stabilizer when I fill it back up in the winter to use it.

With a fresh tank of gas it does start up and run but surges all of the time and never settles into a nice purr. Also, I had to keep the choke on full the entire time to keep it running. I'm not handy enough to take care of these problems myself so on top of the high price I paid for this machine, I'm spending $100.00 per year to keep it running. In my area, most years, I could probably have someone else do the snow removal for $140.00 to $210.00 per year so I'm seriously considering selling the thing,..........BUT, I'm stubborn, I would REALLY like to figure out a solution to my two main problems and besides, in order to sell it, I'm going to have to get it fixed again anyway.

So, if you have had any experience with this machine riding up on top of the snow as opposed to driving through it and have figured out a solution, I would LOVE to hear it. I would be thrilled out of my mind to fix this problem.

Also, if you can figure out why two years in a row, on a machine that is only 3 years old, I keep having carburetor problems, I would appreciate your advice.

Thanks in advance for any help. I'm at my wits end with this thing.

Just a side note to help you understand how frustrated I am. This year with the fuel leak, it leaked an entire tank of gas on the cement of my attached garage. The garage and my ENTIRE house smells like gas now. I've done a LOT of research and tried a lot of experiments that have helped somewhat but if I'm outside for any length of time and come back in, I can still smell the gasoline. I feel like the snowblower has RUINED MY HOUSE !!!!! But, that's an entirely different story.

HELP ME !!!!!

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first off at the end of the year. run the whole system dry. DO NOT LEAVE FUEL IN THERE OVER THE SUMMER. why don't you post some pics of this leak. as for the riding up. have you checked to make sure there is equal air in each tire. do you have a snow cab on it??????????

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might want to try another gas station also.

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first off at the end of the year. run the whole system dry. DO NOT LEAVE FUEL IN THERE OVER THE SUMMER. do you have a snow cab on it??????????
As I mentioned in my post, I DO run the machine dry every year as per the instructions. No, I do not have a snow cab. I have not checked the tire pressure. If I do, what would be the suggested pressure for best traction on an incline?

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As I mentioned in my post, I DO run the machine dry every year as per the instructions. No, I do not have a snow cab. I have not checked the tire pressure. If I do, what would be the suggested pressure for best traction on an incline?

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the psi should be written on the tire.

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What gear are you in when that happens??????????????

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First. Anything faster only makes the problem worse.
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can you post a vid of this traction problem??????????????

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can you post a vid of this traction problem??????????????
THAT would be an excellent idea. Unfortunately, as this time, all of the snow has melted and even if it hadn't, I'm a caveman who still uses a DUMB phone with no camera or video.
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how much snow are you blowing when the 826 starts riding up?
toro's are pretty well balanced you might need a weight kit

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