Toro Snow Blower Review and Giveaway! The Power Curve 1800
The good folks at Toro sent me a Power Curve 1800 snow blower last week. My assignment was to test it and tell all of you what I think. Now, those of you who are into marketing know that bloggers get dozens of review requests every day from marketing agencies for all sorts of products. I skim most requests, but I almost always decline to do reviews. “Why?” You ask? Because I don’t like to say crummy things about honest products if I can help it. I’d prefer to say nothing at all than run the risk of having to give a bad review on a legitimate product. Thus, the only items I review are the ones that really hit me as something potentially useful (Why, for instance, should I review peanut butter? We’re talking peanuts, something that does not require advertising to prove it’s value). Okay! Let’s stop blabbing and review the Toro Snow Blower!
The Toro 1800 Power Curve Snow Blower! It Works!
I’m going to make this simple. First, a short description: The Toro 1800 Power Curve snow blower is intended for medium to light residential plowing jobs, and requires an electrical outlet to operate. That’s right, it’s electric, not gas powered. This means it’s range is limited to the length of your extension cord. But it also means that it makes much less noise than a gas powered blower, is significantly more cost effective, and needs almost no maintenance. Does it work? You bet it works! We got 10 inches of snow last night here in Boulder and I went out first thing this morning to plow my front walkway and the mound of snow in front of my garage. I was done in less than 5 minutes. Easy Peasy!
Out of the Box: Opening the box and assembling the unit took me all of 5 minutes. I’m sure the manufacturer wanted me to read the assembly instructions, but I didn’t. I’m either super intelligent or assembly is super intuitive. I’m going to say it’s both.
Tosses Snow 30 Feet: You would think (I did) that a machine which requires an outlet to operate would be under powered. You might be right if we were talking about 2 feet of wet snow, but it took care of 10 inches of medium-wet snow without slowing down a bit. In fact, I wasn’t paying attention for one brief moment, and I ran over one of my small bushes. I am now missing half of that small bush. I’m not happy about the bush, but I am happy that I can report that the Toro snow blower is capable of eating a small bush.
The One Negative: The one thing I was worried about before using the Power Curve is the one thing that turned out to be a nuisance during use. There’s no issue with power, quality construction or weight. The one thing I didn’t like is the same thing I don’t like about vacuum cleaners. Vacuum cleaners clean your house just fine, but everybody hates to keep moving the electrical cord so it doesn’t get eaten. Same problem with the Power Curve. I had to be careful to plow the pavement nearest to the outlet first and proceed in straight lines to the furthest point without backtracking and having to move the cord out of the way. It turned out that I did a good job and barely needed to move the cord at all. I did, however move it a bit. So, that’s the only negative I have about the machine. I’m sure you predicted that as well, though, so it’s not something unexpected.
The Verdict: The Toro Power Curve 1800 snow blower completely exceeded my expectations. It is lightweight and powerful. It’s virtually maintenance free, and it’s easy to operate. It is also much less expensive than any gas powered machine. If you don’t have a huge property which necessitates being more than 150 feet from an electrical outlet, and you want to save some money, this machine is going to make you happy. The only negative is the obvious risk of running over the extension cord if you aren’t careful. Thus, the final verdict is this: It does what it’s supposed to do, and I’m happy with it.
The Giveaway*: I did my part. Now it’s your turn, patient reader, to get something for nothing (almost nothing). If you want a once used Toro Power Curve 1800 snow blower, you need to jump through two simple hoops. First, go to Facebook and become a fan of my page. Second, leave a comment in the comment section of this article. The comments are how I’m going to pick a winner, at random, a week from today (2/4/2012). I will announce who I picked and send you a private e-mail requesting your shipping information (which means you’ll need to provide a real e-mail address or I can’t contact you). I promise the choice will be completely random (using random.org to assign each comment a number and pick the winner). I will pay shipping and you will then get your once used (for 5 minutes) machine. That’s pretty easy, right?
If you want to see some videos of the machine in action, visit Toro’s website here.
(*)Giveaway open to US residents only. I cannot ship to Alaska or Hawaii (not that anybody in Hawaii would want a snow blower anyway – sincere apologies to Alaska though!).
Update: We have a winner for the snow blower giveaway. I assigned each comment a number and then ran it though Random.org which simply randomly picked one for me. Our winner is Elta. Congratulations, Elta! Thanks, everyone, for participating. Keep checking back periodically for more giveaways. As you can see, you each have an excellent chance to win!