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I have been on the look out for a good condition Toro Powerlite since last winter, after reading the great reviews on this forum from owners of these little light weight machines. I wanted one to replace the corded electric single stage I have for cleaning off the 2 large second story decks at the back of the house ( not a fan of corded OPE).

This one popped up for sale in a town just 25 minutes south of me and from the photos the condition looked decent, it ran and they were only asking $50.00. I arranged with the owner to check it out the same day the ad was posted. He was a young guy in his late 20's who had moved to the area with his wife about a year ago from the Toronto area. I asked him why he was selling the single stage (I saw a new 24" Husqvarna 2 stage in the corner of the garage). He said he didn't realize how much snow this area got and had bought the 2 stage Husky last winter and didn't need the little Toro anymore. He said his father had given him the Toro when they purchased their new home and moved here.

He started the 2 stroke machine with the electric starter (he said he could never get it started with the pull cord and he always used the electric starter) and it fired right up and ran well, but the exhaust was pretty smokey. I asked him what oil mix ratio he was using he replied that you had to mix oil with the gas. I said yes, but are you mixing 50:1 or 32:1, he said he thought it was maybe 2:1?? The condition of the machine was even better than the photos showed, rubber paddles and scraper bar were good, so I handed him $50.00 and brought it home.

Once home I gave it a closer inspection, this Powerlite is in really nice shape and appears to have seen little use during it's 22 years. According to the service manual this model # was made in 2000, the final year of Powerlite production. The primer bulb is brittle and torn, so that is possibly why it was difficult to start with the pull cord.
Definite signs that the oil mix used has been too rich, the muffler was oily inside and oil residue from the exhaust was evident on the inside of the bottom cover. The exhaust ports had no carbon build up and there was no scoring on piston or cylinder. The belt, paddles and scraper bar look to be in good condition, definitely a few years left in them. Much of the external hardware and metal parts are like new and showing little to no corrosion.

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I drained the fuel tank, it is hard to tell but the fuel does look like it has more oil than the 50:1 mix that is recommended.

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Will have to give it a thorough once over and cleaning and replace the primer bulb, but so far, I am very happy with the condition of this little machine and $50.00 is a good price for one of these in my neck of the woods, heck I just filled my fuel can with 24L of premium non ethanol fuel and it came to almost $50.00.
 

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I gave the Powerlite a good cleaning and wax job and the little guy looks almost new.
Installed a new primer and it started on the second pull of the cord, so that was the issue why previous owner could only get it started from cold with the electric starter.
Let it run in the driveway for a few minutes on this beautiful summer day, luckily no neighbours walking by giving me strange looks.:cool:

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OEM Toro primer bulb was $19.00CAD or 5 complete Chinese primers for $15.00CAD on Amazon Canada, no brainer.
Exact size and identical to the original primer except for the embossed "PRIMER" lettering on the bulb. If the rubber degrades faster than the OEM, at least I have some spares.
The original primer on my 1985 2 stroke Toro Power Shovel is still pliable, I guess they were using better grade rubber back then.

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I gave the Powerlite a good cleaning and wax job and the little guy looks almost new.
Installed a new primer and it started on the second pull of the cord, so that was the issue why previous owner could only get it started from cold with the electric starter.
Let it run in the driveway for a few minutes on this beautiful summer day, luckily no neighbours walking by giving me strange looks.:cool:

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OEM Toro primer bulb was $19.00CAD or 5 complete Chinese primers for $15.00CAD on Amazon Canada, no brainer.
Exact size and identical to the original primer except for the embossed "PRIMER" lettering on the bulb. If the rubber degrades faster than the OEM, at least I have some spares.
The original primer on my 1985 2 stroke Toro Power Shovel is still pliable, I guess they were using better grade rubber back then.

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I gave the Powerlite a good cleaning and wax job and the little guy looks almost new.
Installed a new primer and it started on the second pull of the cord, so that was the issue why previous owner could only get it started from cold with the electric starter.
Let it run in the driveway for a few minutes on this beautiful summer day, luckily no neighbours walking by giving me strange looks.:cool:

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OEM Toro primer bulb was $19.00CAD or 5 complete Chinese primers for $15.00CAD on Amazon Canada, no brainer.
Exact size and identical to the original primer except for the embossed "PRIMER" lettering on the bulb. If the rubber degrades faster than the OEM, at least I have some spares.
The original primer on my 1985 2 stroke Toro Power Shovel is still pliable, I guess they were using better grade rubber back then.

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Very well done! (y)
How I wish! I have been on the lookout for one of these for quite a while.
 

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Very well done! (y)
How I wish! I have been on the lookout for one of these for quite a while.
Thanks, I recall you had mentioned you had been looking for one also.
I see these machines come up for sale once in a while in Ontario, but they are usually 2 or 3 hours away or are in very rough condition. I definitely feel I lucked out getting this one so close to home and at a good price.
Sellers are usually asking $150.00 - $200.00 for machines in worse condition. I saw one advertised recently with a blown engine and in poor condition for $100.00.
Good luck with your search.
 

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Thanks, I recall you had mentioned you had been looking for one also.
I see these machines come up for sale once in a while in Ontario, but they are usually 2 or 3 hours away or are in very rough condition. I definitely feel I lucked out getting this one so close to home and at a good price.
Sellers are usually asking $150.00 - $200.00 for machines in worse condition. I saw one advertised recently with a blown engine and in poor condition for $100.00.
Good luck with your search.
I agree. In this neck of the woods, they have been either in very rough shape ... or too expensive. I'm in no hurry and will wait. Thank you! :)
 

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Great machine. These lightweight two-strokes run like a scalded cat.
Love the lighter weight and maneuverability. Always worried they will burn themselves out running but they seem to last a long time.
My only issue is... that I always mistake the name for the little electric power shovel...
 
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