Re: Toro Single Stage 621 or 221 #1 Sep 29, 2012 4:07 pm
Thank you to all who replied. I went with your advice and bought the toro 221QZE with quick shoot and electric start for $749 Canadian. The electric start was $100 extra but hopefully it will be worth it. Gotta wait a while for the snow but the combination of my toro 826 dual stage and the this single stage snowblower should be fun to use. The snowblower came only with one key? Was there supposed to be a 2nd set?
Re: Toro Single Stage 621 or 221 #2 Sep 19, 2012 10:41 pm
Thanks for the advice. I'm leaning towards the 221 at this stage but I can get the 621 for free after cashing in my visa points at home depot. Nonetheless, I think I'll still get the 221. I'll be going in to talk to my dealer on the weekend. The only issue is whether to go with electric start or not. I have no issues with starting but my aging parents live with us. They'll use the blower on occasion and they complain about starting a little handheld blower we have. There's a $100 price difference to move up to the electric start version. Decisions..decisions.
Re: Toro Single Stage 621 or 221 #3 Sep 16, 2012 2:19 pm
Hard to make a wrong decision with the 2 stroke or the 4 stroke machine, both are good performers. It comes down to your preference. Electric start is not needed unless you or someone have difficulty pull starting. The 4 stroke model have decompression so pull starting is pretty easy, one or two pulls is all needed.
I like both the 221Q and the 621Q. The 2 stroke has an appeal of no oil changes and good power to weight, lightweight and compact in size. The 4 stroke has quieter engine note and good torque for heavy slushy snow. If I come across a new old stock 221Q for a decent price, I might buy it for impulse.
Thanks for the feedback. I kind of like both but can only get one. I did notice that the 4 stroke version is much bigger in size than the 2 stroke version.
Toro Single Stage 621 or 221 #4 Sep 15, 2012 2:39 pm
I'm sure this has been answered many times already but I'll ask again. I have a toro 826 dual stage snowblower and would like to add a single stage toro. One of our local dealers is having a sale on these units. He has a bunch of toro 221Q and 221QE models from 2009 and 2010. He also has several 621 versions from last year left over. Price wise, the 621 are about $25 more. The 621 does seem to be quite a bit larger than the 221 in frame size. The questions I have would be: 1. 2 stroke or 4 stroke? 2. Electric start or not?
$500 to spend on toro 418 or Craftsman 205 cc single stage snowblower #5 Dec 18, 2011 10:16 pm
I'm looking to add a single stage snowblower. I currently have a toro 826 OXE two stage. I didn't want to spend too much so my budget is about $500 or so. Anyhow, I can get the toro 418 for $449 Canadian (electric start) or Sears Canada is having a sale on their Craftsman single stage 205 cc Briggs built single stage. It's the same one that Briggs offers under different brands including simplicity. This one is a display model and it comes with the remote chute control too. I like the toro but I'm not sure if the small 87 cc engine and narrow 18" width would be of any use. The Craftsman comes with a 22" width.