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Toro 1800 Power Curve 38381 Review

By: Carl Laron on November 14, 2017

Bottom Line

The Toro Power Curve 1800 38381 approaches the performance of a light-duty gas machine with the fuss-free ownership of an electric snow blower. It's easy to start and easy to handle, users say. This electric snow blower can clear up to 8 inches of light snow, but can bog down if it's asked to do more.

Pros

  • Lightweight (25 pounds) and easy to handle
  • Almost maintenance-free
  • Clears up to 8 inches of light snow

Cons

  • Slow
  • Coverage will reach only as far as your extension cord
  • Forget about it if you live where the snow really piles up
Our Analysis
Specs

Breaking it down

Ease of use

As easy as pushing a lawn mower. The Toro 38381's light weight, excellent handling and simple controls make it a breeze to use, according to reviews. The 38381 is also quieter than most gas snow blowers, according to Consumer Reports. Users can change chute direction while in motion, though height adjustments are made on the chute itself. With only minimal help from the paddles to propel it forward, the 38381 works best on level surfaces. Some say working with the required heavy-duty extension cord is a nuisance, but one that most learn to live with after a while.

Performance

Small but effective. The Toro 38381 "is small in scale, but mighty in removing snow from driveways and walkways," says Robert Valenzano, product expert at Snow Blowers Direct. According to Consumer Reports, the 38381 does a very good job of removing snow right down to the ground. Its 30-foot throwing distance isn't particularly impressive, though it almost matches single-stage gas snow blowers in that regard. As a light-duty snow thrower, the 38381 is best for clearing up to 8 inches of powder or about 4 inches of wet snow. A few owners say it can clear larger amounts without clogging by taking slow passes, but take care not to overheat the engine. The 15-amp electric motor starts quickly with the push of a button.

Durability

Long life span. The Toro 38381 has been on the market for many years, building a long, reliable reputation. In fact, some owners report their 38381 lasting 10 years or longer. Some users note that it is important to use a sufficiently rated power cord to avoid burning out the engine. The 38381 is covered by a two-year warranty, and comments indicate that Toro does a good job standing behind its snow blowers.

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