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post #1 of 14 Old 10-26-2016, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at a newer Toro 826LE

I stopped in to my local dealer (just killing time) today and they happened to have a good looking used Power Max 826 LE. It has the Tecumseh engine (Engineered for Toro by) and electric start. The price seems very reasonable ($400). The unit has been serviced and started right up on the first or second pull. I didn't check the electric start (important for the wife).

Any opinions positive or negative on these units?

2015 Toro Power Max HD 826 OXE
1980 Toro 8-24 (5-24 re-powered with 8hp Briggs) - SOLD
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1963 Panzer T-70B with snow plow
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I would think that is not to bad of a deal.... Just like a weekend away with the wife... only lasts a lot longer and you can enjoy for years. Go for it..

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That sounds like a good find. Those Tecumseh engines were very durable I had a mid 90's MTD that had an 8hp Snow King engine that still ran well when I sold it a couple of years ago. Eventually from a cold start it preferred the electric starter, so you may want to check that out. I don't think you would go wrong with it, he may even take a little less for it.

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Kind of funny how things work out. Stopping at the dealer got me thinking and looking around. For another 2-3 hundred I am finding some significantly newer (looks like the LE was made from '02-'08ish) 8-26 Power Max's with Briggs OHV power in much better (visual) condition for sale on Craigslist.

I have even found a couple of the elusive 8-28 Power Shifts with Briggs power for short money if I wanted a project (which I don't).

So, the search continues. I might end up with the one at the dealer in the end anyway. It would fill our need and upgrade us roughly 25 years to boot.

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1980 Toro 8-24 (5-24 re-powered with 8hp Briggs) - SOLD
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Newest development, I found a +/- 2 year old Power Max HD 826 OXE on Craigslist today (going to look at it tomorrow). It has the OHV Briggs engine. The owner is asking $750. Seems fairly reasonable as its at least 8 years newer (and at least one or two steps up the line) than the $400 826 LE that got me started (again).

This is the same model that Hanky recommended a year or so ago.

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2015 Toro Power Max HD 826 OXE
1980 Toro 8-24 (5-24 re-powered with 8hp Briggs) - SOLD
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Go for it now, once the snow arrives they will sell fast if the first one is a big one. You can resell in mid season if it does not work out... Hanky says G___ hates a coward.

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What happened to that old school 70's TORO you have listed on your sig???????????????

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The '70 8-26 is my dad's. It's still alive and kicking. It has one wheel clutch welded up. It stays at his house and is only used for some paths and walkways when it gets too deep to shovel.

The new unit will be replacing my '80 8-24. When I am home, I plow and use the blower for final cleanup (clearing out paths and access to the snowmobile trailer). I work 24 hour shifts for the fire department. So, when I am working my wife needs to be able (occasionally) to clear the end of the driveway and the front walkway so she and our tenant can get to work.

2015 Toro Power Max HD 826 OXE
1980 Toro 8-24 (5-24 re-powered with 8hp Briggs) - SOLD
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1963 Panzer T-70B with snow plow
2015 Chevy 2500 with 8' Fisher X-Blade
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Well, the Power Max HD 8-26 came home with me today. It is a 2015 model and appears to have had very little use. I just need to give it a quick service and replace the headlight bulb (or put a couple of LED lights on it).

2015 Toro Power Max HD 826 OXE
1980 Toro 8-24 (5-24 re-powered with 8hp Briggs) - SOLD
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1963 Panzer T-70B with snow plow
2015 Chevy 2500 with 8' Fisher X-Blade
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Well, the Power Max HD 8-26 came home with me today. It is a 2015 model and appears to have had very little use. I just need to give it a quick service and replace the headlight bulb (or put a couple of LED lights on it).


Your a good man, there you will be impressed with your new toy. Now we all need snow that we are ready for it. Can not wait to here how it handles your snow falls. Interesting to see how it compares to the older Toro's, there better be a improvement over the 1970 one.

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