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Noticed that my Toro 421 wasn't throwing quite as fast or far end of last year.

Bought new in 2010 and have only drained fuel each hear and given a quick spray with WD-40 on rust parts.

Live in Toronto so it only gets used a dozen times a season blowing a 15 x 50 drive.

What service should I do? Is it time to replace the paddles?

If replacing paddles, are the ones off Amazon (2 x 99-9313 for $18 each) the ones to get? Anything else needed?

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Van G
 

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hello van, welcome to SBF!! take a look at your paddles, near the edge there should be a small hole. that's the wear indicator and if the paddles are worn down to the hole its time to replace them. you can go on toro's website, repairclinic.com or partstree.com and find out the part number for your paddles and more. on the toro website you can download a free manual for your machine if you don't have one
 

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Welcome, and is the snow that you are comparing it to similar?

If it's wet and heavy, and the previous year was lighter and drier, it might explain your performance observation.
 

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Thanks for the reply - had it out today in 10cm of light powder and it went a decent distance/height.

Can't complain about the engine - add juice - two pulls and away we go.

I've got about 2 mm before the small hole on edge of paddle starts to get eaten. Should I continue to use until it actually starts into the hole?

Replacement paddles off Amazon good?
 

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You can continue to use the paddles even when the wear hole is worn away and replace them when the wet type snow starts clogging the chute. I rotate the paddles to a horizontal position and see if my finger fits between the paddles and the housing. If it fits, I replace my paddles. I recently purchased three sets of after market paddles for $68 and will report on their performance after they get used for awhile. (no snow, YET)

 

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You can continue to use the paddles even when the wear hole is worn away and replace them when the wet type snow starts clogging the chute. I rotate the paddles to a horizontal position and see if my finger fits between the paddles and the housing. If it fits, I replace my paddles. I recently purchased three sets of after market paddles for $68 and will report on their performance after they get used for awhile. (no snow, YET)

Extended Wear 99 9313 Snow Blower Paddle Replaces Toro 99 9313 6 Pack | eBay
I'll check the spacing. Interested to here how those paddles work out.

Second round of blowing and the snow was heavier as temps came up. Toro struggled with it and the crud at the end of our drive but that is the trade off I made. Space is precious in my garage/shop so the Toro goes up the ladder into the loft for 8 months of the year. Couldn't do that with a steel auger beast.
 

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I have used my 421 in up to 12" of fluffy snow and was very pleased with the performance over the last six years. I think this is the third set of new paddles and two scraper bars I have installed. In EOD or wet snow, I take smaller bites and the snow still comes out the chute like cookie dough even after spraying the chute and paddles with cooking spray or silicone. The 421 works for 90% of the snow falls we get here, so I am happy.
 
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