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Hi everyone!

After shoveling in the blizzard for 8 hours, and reading this forum, I settled on a Toro 724 QXE Snowmaster and got it delivered last Weds by Semi-Truck. With fresh Ethanol-Free fuel and some Gumout Multi System Tune-Up as fuel stabilizer/cleaner I was able to get it started on the second pull and she purred nicely.

This morning after she sat for a week in the garage I got to test it on the new 4-5" of fresh powder we got in eastern PA. Started beautifully on the first pull - What a dream! I cleared my whole driveway in a tick over 20 minutes with ease (instead of 1-2 hours shoveling), and the self-propelled personal pace feature works as well as it does on Toro mowers. It really does clear down to the driveway! I'll have to take a video next time we get something more serious. This snow was light enough it didn't struggle a bit.

For anyone shopping these I do recommend the QXE model because the quick stick is adjustable on the fly as you go down the driveway or sidewalk. Adjusting this quickly so it doesn't blow into your face is nice.

Thank you all again for your posts - they were super helpful. I hope this post can help some others looking for a light weight easy to use machine.

Toro SnowMaster 724 QXE 24 in. Gas Snow Blower-36002 - The Home Depot

https://gumout.com/gumout-science/

https://gumout.com/multi-system-tune-up/
 

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well don't get rid of those shovels just yet, you can walk in the garage and look at them with fond ( ? ) memories :)
 

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Sounds like you're a happy non-shoveling camper. I've got to talk my neighbor into getting a snowmaster, although since I'm doing his drive most of the time does he really need one?
 

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Happy for you. After reading a couple real world positive reports I may look for one myself. I'd get rid of my ss522, my Toro 521 and keep the Ariens sno tek 7/24 for the heavier snows such as we just had. It did a fine job on the 30"+ storm we just had.
 

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Been eyeing those myself gonna wait till this fall and check new models and see what if any changes to them were made. Gonna keep the 10/28 powershift but sell my CCR's and 8/24.
 

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Cinci5: I highly doubt that there will be any changes made to the Snowmaster lineup for a few years...unless a particular model (manual chute version, for ex.) doesn't sell well and gets dropped. Just my $0.02...
 

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It basically is a single stage blower, correct? And the paddles pull the machine?
Is tha why they only weigh 125 pounds?
 

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Cinci5: I highly doubt that there will be any changes made to the Snowmaster lineup for a few years...unless a particular model (manual chute version, for ex.) doesn't sell well and gets dropped. Just my $0.02...
I'm sure nothing major but minor glitches fixed etc.
Sold a CCR3650 (craigslist rebuild) today to my neighbor, already starting to save.
Tried some plastidip on sidecovers to see if it holds up, neighbor loved mine.
 

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It basically is a single stage blower, correct? And the paddles pull the machine?
Is tha why they only weigh 125 pounds?
No, it has a transmission. A belt runs from the engine to the transmission which splits, one shaft for the drive portion and a slave shaft for the rotor pulley which runs another belt just like the single stages. Rotor shaft spins at a constant speed and tensions separately similar to a single stage via a bail on the handle which itself is similar to a mower, drive transmission is separate and variable.
 

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Also the drive transmission is sealed for life and appears to have a ratching locking differential so it doesn't slip one wheel in the snow (works great). The belt is easy to change like a single stage but the higher intake chute prevents this from bogging down and becoming clogged in heavy wet snow (I tested this). I would say the 824 with the larger engine might be a little beefier for EOD duty with constant high snowfall, but this is probably the simplest and most forgiving lightweight single stage you can buy.

Here's a great review of it with photos and video:
Introducing the 2015 Toro SnowMaster - This May Be Your Next Snow Thrower - MovingSnow.com
 
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