Toro 1800 Power Curve Review

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Toro 1800 Power Curve 38381 reviews are quite complimentary. Consumers posting reviews on Home Depot, for example, say this electric snow thrower deftly clears what one describes as "heavy prairie snows" and up to two feet of the lighter snow that falls elsewhere. In such conditions some patience is required, users write, and you'll probably need to make more than one pass. But there's strong agreement that using the Power Curve (starting at $300, Amazon) sure beats shoveling; one reviewer says he hoists it up to a roof that he previously shoveled clear. Reviews say it slows a bit when confronted by wet, packed snow; one user notes on Amazon that if it stalls out, you can pull back to get it going again. Reviews posted by women award points for easy maneuverability and light weight, and a male reviewer says it's light enough to hold up while shaving off the tops of snowbanks. Users also like the long throw rate and discharge chute that can be adjusted for direction and height.

Still, we read some harrumphing about underwhelming performance and the need to press both the trigger and safety button to keep it running (try a piece of duct tape or clamp over the safety switch, users suggest). A few Toro 1800 Power Curve 38381 reviews gripe about the plastic auger or the small wheels, and one enterprising reviewer switched out them out for a set that came off an old lawn mower.

Where to buy

Shopping.com
$309.92

The Power Clear 38381 features a 15-amp motor that can hurl up to 700 pounds of snow a minute a maximum of 30 feet. It cuts 10 inches deep with a 12-inch intake across an 18-inch path. The chute rotates 160 degrees with a lever that some say doesn't work too well (adjust manually, instead) and the "zip deflector" can be set to throw at different heights. This model weighs 25 pounds.

This snow thrower is not the best bet for lots of heavy, compacted snow, but it earns stars when faced with more modest demands.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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