Toro 38381 Electric Snow Blower Review

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Electric snow blowers offer plenty of advantages over their gas-powered relatives. For example, electric snow blowers are quiet. You’ll have the freedom to clear your driveway or sidewalks at any time of day or night without having to worry about the neighbors threatening to call the police if you don’t “turn down that racket!” There’s the added bonus that electric snow blowers are much more environmentally friendly than gas-powered ones, particularly since they produce zero carbon emissions while in use.

If you are in the market for a new snow blower, the recently redesigned Toro 38381 Electric Snow Blower is an excellent option for clearing smaller residential applications, like sidewalks, driveways, and decks. Capable of moving 700 pounds of snow per minute, it can throw snow up to 30 feet away from the point of use. Even with all of the power it packs, it only weighs a mere 26 pounds – making it easily portable. 

PROS

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    The 15 amp electric motor enables this snow to move 700 pounds of snow per minute.
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    The ergonomic, handle mounted controls make this snow easy to use.
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    The directional chute can be adjusted 180 degrees.

CONS

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    When wearing gloves, users have found it awkward to activate the safety and the start at the same time.
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    It is not designed for use in heavy snow.

KEY FEATURES

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    This model can move up to 700 pounds of snow per minute.
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    For quicker clearing, it offers an 18-inch wide clearing path and max intake height of 12 inches.
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    The adjustable directional chute can rotate 160 degrees.
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    Toro’s patented Power Curve technology helps prevent clogs.
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    An ergonomic handle makes it simple to maneuver.
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    Toro offers a 2-year warranty on each model.

PRODUCT REVIEW

Compared to similar models in its class, the Toro 38381 18 Inch 15 Amp Electric 1800 Power Curve Snow is more expensive; however, it also offers one of the most powerful motors and has one of the highest capacities for snow removal. It can clear a path up to 18 inches wide on a single pass and will work in snowfalls up to 12 deep. It has a safety button start and a trigger.

The high snow cut depth and the wide clearance path are neatly packed into small dimensions, which make it simple to use this snow blower in tight corners and to find suitable storage space. In terms of dimensions, the Toro 38381 measures 47 x 18 x 36.2 inches. Because it only weighs 26 pounds, most people will find it easy to use.
The ergonomic design of the Toro makes it comfortable and convenient to use. Its full bail ergonomic handle will adjust to the height of the user, which reduces the chances of user fatigue or back strain. The handle is also covered with a thick padding that reduces the effect of the snow blower’s vibrations on the user’s hands and wrists. The zip deflector can be used to easily change the direction of the snow blower’s chute, and the angle can be locked in, so snow goes where you want it too. Snow can be tossed up to 30 feet away from the clearing path.

Another highlight of the Toro 38381 is its powerful 15 amp motor. Among electric snow blowers, it is currently one of the most powerful options available. It works well in heavy snow, and the motor is series wound. This means that it is compatible with both AC and DC electric currents. This snow and its engine are covered by a limited, two-year warranty from Toro.

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While the Toro 38381 has one of the higher price tags for electric snow blowers of its size, it has enjoyed highly favorable online reviews from users. For the amount of power that it offers, it is reasonably priced. A small number of reviewers have found it difficult to start the unit while wearing gloves, but the tradeoff is that this model can easily handle light to medium snowfalls with ease. Its performance is comparable to many single stage gas-powered snow blowers.

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Mark Kelly

Hi, I'm Mark the owner of Yard Care Gurus. I love to be outside working on my lawn, planning my next project. I created this website to help people like you find the best products for yard care and great advice. Thanks for stopping by!

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