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Re: NEW Toro Snowmaster 24" Single Stage Self propelled Snow Thrower
#1   Dec 19, 2015 6:23 pm
aa335 wrote:
As a snowblower enthusiast, any snowblower can make sense, even if they are close or have overlapping qualities.  Same with shoes, automobiles, and woodworking tools, camera lenses, etc...The Snowmaster is, in my opinion, one good design.  But it is somewhat an in-betweener, a cross-over, hybrids, CUV.   IF you chose it for what it was designed for, you won't be disappointed.  It doesn't specialize in any category, and it has smart compromises in performance and handling.

For the current model 721QZE, there is no difference to the 721RC.  They both have the same engine.  The RC does not have Quick Chute, but has thicker paddles.  You can add Toro's thicker rubber paddles or aftermarket polyurethane paddles to make it into a 721QZE - C.  I think this adds to about $50-$80.  The thicker paddles lasts longer and can beat up on EOD piles a bit better, but you will notice increased vibration and noise.

I heard that Honda recalled or put on hold last year's HS720 models.  They tweaked something to take care of vibrations and noise.  I'm still disappointed about the chute and deflector design and finesse, and I'm expecting that next generation Toro SS will trample over the Honda.  There's some teething pains with Honda new SS and 2 stage models built in USA, but Honda is working on it.  :)  I'm excited of the new models, I may update my fleet sometime in the future.  I was a guinea pig in one of Honda's products in the past and I am not buying first production year again.

Thanks for all the great advice and wisdom.  I ended up getting the toro 721qze.  No snow to speak of now but the machine seems to run quite well.  I used the regular oil that toro supplied with the unit.  The manual calls for the first oil change at 2 hours.  Do you know if it's ok to use a synthetic 5W30 oil or do you need to stick to a regular oil for the first 15 hours or so?
Re: NEW Toro Snowmaster 24" Single Stage Self propelled Snow Thrower
#2   Nov 18, 2015 9:28 pm
aa335 wrote:
Thats a tough call.  I think the 8 hp Snowmaster has the remote deflector, would throw snow further and dig EOD piles better than the SS 721, but it will not maneuver as easily as a SS.    If you already have the 826OXE, you may find that the Snowmaster is not aggressive at EOD and maybe disappointed. 

The safe choice would be the SS 721.  It's proven design, has lots of power.  If only Toro make it with Quick Chute and remote deflector, I'd jump on it.  Maybe Toro will make it on the next generation of single stage snowblower.

Thanks for the reply.  It is a tough call.  I really do like the snowmaster.  The 724 model is almost the same price as the 721 qze model up here in Canada where I live.  I just don't know if the addition of a snowmaster to my 826 OXE makes sense.   As for the single stage units, is the commercial 721RC unit any different than the qze version?   Last, what have you heard about the honda ss snowblowers.  They look interesting too.  Thank you.
Re: NEW Toro Snowmaster 24" Single Stage Self propelled Snow Thrower
#3   Nov 14, 2015 11:07 pm
I already have a toro 826 OXE snowblower.  It's 5 years old.  I was thinking of adding a smaller blower to go with it for smaller snowfalls.  Would this new snowmaster be a better choice over the single stage 721 that toro makes?
Toro 826 OXE vs Toro 1028 OXE
#4   Dec 6, 2014 4:45 pm
I currently have a Toro 826 OXE snowblower that I bought back in Dec. 2010.  The unit has been good but it tends to bog down in the stuff the plow leaves at the end of the driveway.  As a result, I was thinking of moving up to the Toro 1028 unit with the 302 cc engine on it.  My current toro has the 250 cc engine.  My dealer will give me a pretty decent amount on a trade in.  Does anyone know if moving up to a large more powerful motor will lead to better performance with the stuff left at the end of the driveway?   Also, how have those Loncin engines on the toro snowblowers held up?  Thanks in advance for all responses.
Re: Toro 721R-C Commercial Single Stage Snowblower with 212cc engine.
#5   Dec 18, 2013 10:08 pm
Has anybody had anymore experience with this new commercial unit?   I have a one year old 221QZE that I bought last year brand new.  It's a 2010 model.  I was thinking of trading it on on the commercial unit but I wanted to get some reviews first.
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