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Toro CCR3650GTS snowblower
Model No: 3650
Manufacturer: Toro

(Based on 2 reviews)
Avg. Price: $563
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Good Things Come In Small Packages
Jan 24, 2005 4:21 pm
TomP
Joined: Aug 4, 2003

I own both a Snow Commander (2003) and the 3650 (2004). This may sound unusual but when you are into snow throwers you can't have too many. I had the opportunity to test both side by side in the Jan 2005 blizzard which resulted in 15 inches of snow.

I thought this would be a slam dunk for the Snow Commander. After all it is Toro's high performance single. It out weighs the 3650 by 40 pounds, has an advanced self propel feature, more horsepower, beefed up frame and a four wheel chasis for stability. The deeper snow identified a few flaws in the Commander and it was beaten by its smaller brother.

In the deeper snow the Commander lost the traction provided by the paddles. The operator needs to push the unit forward. The 24 inch width and extra weight made this a challenge. The 3650 is lighter and narrower. This resulted in moving it much easier through the snow. The 3650 also threw the snow significantly farther than the Snow Commander. Both were stopped in their tracks with the 2 1/2 foot EOD where help from a shovel to reduce this obstacle would be required.

Some owners have reported freeze problems. During this storm the 3650 was completely covered in snow and did not have any problems. This is something that should be considered for very cold areas.

The results may have been different in the 6-8 inch snow range but in the deeper stuff I would pick the 3650 as the single with the most heart. I was so impressed by this machine that I lowered my previous rating of the Snow Commander from 5 stars to 4.

Good things do come in small packages.



Date Purchased: 12/2004
Price Paid: $575
Recommend: Yes
Pros:
Smooth R Tek engine
Toro Quality
Throw distance
Cuts through the deeper snow
Good price for the performance
Easy to move around

Cons:
Some mix odors present
Noise level
Tiny wheels


A blowin' little hummer
Dec 23, 2004 1:59 pm
Emmo
Joined: May 22, 2003

The Toro has been deflowered! We've got 4-5 inches so far, still coming down and I couldn't wait...Supposed to get another 6-8 tomorrow. (I guarantee the "Pre-season" prices are over in Columbus Ohio.


The little 3650 did everything it was supposed to do. Started first pull. Snow was light but packable, threw a good 25-30 feet when I set the chute to really sling it. Air was still so I wasn't getting any help from wind.

The crank on the chute stays put so far and I liked not having to reach over to flip the chute. I had to push some thru the EOD but it handles the 12" just fine. Motor really governed in and didn't bog at all, just kept throwing.

My only complaint is that is has quite a bit of "torque steer" to borrow a driving term. When going thru heavier snow or blowing at a faster pace the blower tends to step out due to the torque generated by the snow meeting the paddles. Because with a single stage, there's only 75 lbs of machine so the torque is more noticeable to the operator than on a 275 lb two stage. It's easy to adjust to, either slow down or take smaller bites. The handles are designed to allow you to keep your hands to the outside of the top handle to help counter steer. It's something I know I'll get used to.

As I finish this, there's another inch on the ground since I threw. Hopefully I'll get to use it another time or two for this storm.

Part II

As I began the intitial review we had several inches of nice snow which I blew away with ease, and more was still on the way.
I decided to wait for the next event until today. Well the forecasters missed it again and the snow gave way to sleet which gave way to a glazing rain! Now I knew I wished I had a two stage. However, I knew the single was going to be better than a shovel, and all of my new neighbors still shovel, so I'm still better off than them.

I start tackling it, and its really hard to push thru due to the ice. I had close to 4 inches with about 1/2" of ice on top(The ice was wicked enough to allow me to walk on top of the snow (190 lbs worth)). I had to either push VERY hard or just kind of ram into to it to get it to fly. The little 6.5 hp R*Tek just kept on hammerin' and we'd get thru it!

Once I had a path thru, I could take half swipes at it at a continuous forward direction (No more ramming into it). This snow was wierd, chunky in spots, wet in spots, all with a hefty dose of ice. Still the blower threw it 15-25 feet.

We occassionally get bigger snows than this, but in terms of difficulty this is the worst kind of snow that we get. And while I'm sure a two stage would have had an easier time, I (and the neighbors that I blew out) sure think this little thing is the cats @ss!

Date Purchased: 11/2004
Price Paid: $550
Recommend: Yes
Pros:
Easy start
Great throwing distance
Cleans to the surface
Plenty of power

Cons:
Torque steer


This message was modified Jan 26, 2005 by Emmo
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