Toro Snowblower

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Frequently Asked Questions...

Toro snowblower isn't blowing the snow?

I just bought a used single stage Toro snowblower. I thought I'd try it out on a little bit of snow we got tonight, and it just didn't seem to be blowing very well. The chute was constantly getting clogged. We're talking 2-3 inches of snow, and it didn't seem to be very wet either, although once it got clogged it was pretty packed. I'm new to snowblowers and am not sure what was going wrong, or what to expect. The specs for this blower say it can throw 35'. I was getting about 5 feet max before it got clogged. It seems to me like the auger wasn't moving fast enough, but I really have no idea.
Okay, I've looked at it again and it seems the auger is moving at a good speed, but the rubber paddles are quite worn down. Could this cause it to throw less? Also, others have said it takes more snow to get it to throw farther. This was 2" at best, so maybe it wasn't the best conditions to throw far?

Best Answer...


Well the most common cause of his problem is worn paddles. There is a strip of nylon (looks like plastic) that runs along the bottom edge of the blower housing. If you tip the unit back onto it's handle, you an easily see that strip-called a scraper bar. WITH THE UNIT TURNED OFF, rotate the paddles manually until you can see the edge of the rubber pass over the scraper bar. Check the gap between the paddle and scraper. The paddle should be fairly close to the scraper, I'd say less than an inch, but if it's more than that you probably need new rubber paddles and possibly a scraper bar. The scraper bar is important because it keeps the bottom edge of the housing from getting chewed up on the concrete. It is made to wear out so that it takes the abuse, not the housing. The other thing I would check is the auger belt tension. When you squeeze that bar/handle that makes the auger turn, you are actually tensioning a belt that is located under a metal cover on either side of the snowblower housing. You can remove the hardware that holds the cover on and visually inspect whether or not the belt is tight enough. It should not be as tight as a banjo string, but it should have a fair amount of tension. If it's too loose, it will not throw properly, as the weight of the snow will cause the belt to slip on the auger pulley.

I'm not sure if any of his will help, but after 15 years of experience with these types of machines, I can assure you that it will be one of these issues that is giving you grief. If you have any questions or need assistance with anything I suggested above, feel free to email me and I'll help you as best I can! Good Luck!