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Toro Power Shovel Electric Snow Thrower: Review

Review of the Toro Power Shovel Electric Snow Thrower

The Toro Power Shovel Electric Snow Thrower had 2099 customer comments and 204 answered questions as of this writing.  I've read through the feedback left by customers and then condensed the results into this report.  I hope that this helps you when shopping for a snow thrower.

Best Fea​tures

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    ​Lightweight
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    ​Comes with 2 year warranty
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    Easy to store/doesn't take up much room
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    Made for lightweight work
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    Cheaper than a snowblower 

Item Specifics

The Toro Power Shovel Electric Snow Thrower is a 7.5 Amp electric snow blower that is made for sidewalks, walkways, steps, decks, and other residential areas.  It is designed to clean down to the pavement while it cuts up to 12-Inches wide and 6-Inches deep in one pass.  The cord is not included.  It weighs just 12 1/2 pounds.  The body is made of plastic while the adjustable handle is made from metal.  It is rust resistant and comes with a 2 year warranty.  

Can Throw 300 Pounds of Snow Per Minute

With a snow-throwing capacity of 300 pounds per minute, this snow thrower can move 4 inches of snow off a 50-by-20-foot driveway down to the pavement in approximately 20 minutes. With a clearing width of 12 inches and a snow cut depth up to 6 inches per pass, the Toro Power Shovel Electric Snow Thrower will let you clean off walkways with a couple quick passes.

Lightweight for a Snow Thrower

In comparison to a snow blower, the Toro Power Shovel Electric Snow Thrower is very lightweight.  Weighing in at just 12 1/2 pounds, the snow blower can be lifted, turned, and twisted with ease.  Keep in mind that you will not be getting the same amount of work done as a heavy duty snow blower, but it is nice that it is easy to maneuver.

Must Have It Plugged In (Cord Not Included)

A downside to the Toro Power Shovel Electric Snow Thrower is that it must be plugged in at all times to work.  So you will have to drag a cord around (cord not included) and be mindful to not let the snow thrower go over the cord.  The cord also will limit how far away from the electrical outlet that you can go, depending on how long of an extension cord that you buy.

Not Made for Large Jobs

This snow thrower can be very handy for the right job.  But it is not going to do the work of a large snow blower.  If you are wanting it to clean out a few feet of snow to clear your driveway if you live in the snow belt, then keep shopping.  It is designed for lightweight snow removal.  One customer said it well when he commented, "The Toro Power Curve is not a bad machine for the right situations.  At times I've been impressed by its effort-- but ultimately my needs were more than it could handle.  I give it a mostly positive recommendation, but before buying just make sure you aren't expecting too much from this machine."

Price

You will pay a small fraction of the cost by buying the Toro Power Shovel Electric Snow Thrower over a snowblower.  If money is an issue, or a snowblower just isn't in your budget at this time, this could be a great alternative.

Will Need to Do Some Pushing

Again, this is not a heavy weight snowblower that will automatically drive onward, so expect to use some muscle power when getting it to move.  If you've ever used a snowblower, it is more like driving it than pushing it.  Snow blowers will repel forward.  The Toro Power Shovel Electric Snow Thrower will need to be physically pushed.  A customer explained what it is like pushing it, "It reminds me of an upright vacuum, you push/pull it, blowing the snow as you push."

Will Need to Do Some Light Assembly

Unfortunately, the Toro Power Shovel Electric Snow Thrower doesn't come ready to go right out of the box.  Some light assembly is required.  A customer explained what you will need to do, "The assembly is simple.  Five minutes to put the handle on and attach the levers.  Then I purchased a 100' 12ga extension cord for $40.  That's it-- you will never need to do or buy another thing for it."

Storage

If you don't have a lot of storage space, then the Toro Power Shovel Electric Snow Thrower is a great choice over a snowblower.  The handle will even fold in to make it very compact.  And you can carry it inside your house or to a shed.  Try that with a snowblower.  If you lack storage space or just don't want to deal with housing a big snowblower, than you might really like the Toro Power Shovel Electric Snow Thrower.

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Pros

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    Lightweight
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    Cheaper than a snowblower
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    Compact storage

Cons

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    Doesn't self propel and needs to be pushed
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    Needs to be plugged in 

Toro Power Shovel Electric Snow Thrower Conclusion

The Toro Power Shovel Electric Snow Thrower is in some ways like a mini snowblower.  It will throw snow but you will need to push it. It does not repel forward by itself like a snowblower would.  If you have limited space for storage, then you should like that it has a handle that folds in.  Also, weighing in at only 12 1/2 pounds, you can easily carry it in your house or to a shed or garage for storage. A drawback is that you will have to keep it plugged in, for it to work.  So you will need to contend with a cord. The cord by the way is not included.  The price is a fraction of what you would pay for a snowblower.  So if you are ok with a very miniature version of a snowblower, you may like the Toro Power Shovel Electric Snow Thrower.

Common Questions

Here are some top questions that I found for people considering buying a Toro Power Shovel Electric Snow Thrower.

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    Would this scratch a composite deck? That's all I would use it for and I don't want to damage the deck.   The blade is a hard plastic so depending on the strength of the composite material it could scratch it.
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    I live in a townhouse, will I have a problem with blowing the snow on my neighbors' driveways? I read that you can't control the way the snow blows.   Yes you can control the direction of snow exiting the shoot. The shoot can be turned 180 degrees to control the direction of discharged snow. The controls on the snowblower make it very easy to do this.
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    How do you charge this? Do I need to plug it into a special outlet?   Must remain plugged in while in operation. Note that you will need a 12 guage extension cord, 14 guage at least depending on the length. Othewise, you won't get the full 15 amps (power) needed move thick snow. Also, your cord can overheat and crack/melt. Be sure to get a good heavy duty cord. While this think does not use gasoline and is easier to repair, be sure to invest in a good cord. That is the key. 

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Mariann Foster

I am one of our content writers for Everything Backyard. I am a mother and business owner of Big Horn Mountain Alpacas in Wyoming. I love farm life, cutting my own firewood in the mountains, and participating in local trail run races.

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