I had someone ask me about the Power Shovel and I was kinda of wondering about this myself. Because I was looking for a snow removal tool that a second person could use in our household while the "main" snowblower is occupied during busy snowy mornings and to be honest the Toro Power Shovel did look kind of interesting
So this is the Toro 60V Cordless Power Shovel Model 39909. I waited an entire winter to test it exhaustively and tested it on every type of snow my region experiences- fluffy, packed, slush, and frozen snow. Luckily we got some of each this year!
Here are my thoughts based on my experience. The good things:
- Very good throwing distance. At its weakest it throws snow about 15 feet. At its higher setting it throws snow about 30 feet, which is its advertised distance.
- Battery life is very good even when using it only icy snow
- Runs Quiet
- Particularly useful on decks and alleys. Usually these are the most annoying parts of the house to clear snow from.
- It's very heavy. You will sweat when you use it. Not for use by the elderly or if you are not as physically strong.
- Cannot change throwing direction. So if you aren't careful you can shoot snow into your neighbor's property.
After using the Toro 60V Cordless Power Shovel I do not think it is a substitute for a proper snowblower. Not a bad device but it is more of a specialty tool for clearing decks, alleyways, spaces between cars. Because there are a few things that would make it a better tool- add in a deflector, maybe some small wheels to make it easier to push or cart around. But at that point it just becomes a snowblower!
What do you all think about the Toro Power Shovels??
I have a Greenworks 80V Pro Power Shovel and agree with your conclusions: heavy, needs wheels and a moveable chute/deflector. I also have the Greenworks 80V Pro 20" single stage and find it much more user friendly.