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Toro Power Clear 721 E 38742 Review

By: Carl Laron on December 09, 2016

Bottom Line

The Toro Power Clear 721 E 38742 is one of the best performing single-stage gas snow blowers you can buy, and a compelling value as well. Thanks to its electric start feature, this snow blower starts reliably, cleans right down to the hard surface, and makes short work of getting rid of snow piles.

Pros

  • Powerful, efficient four-stroke engine
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Starts quickly and reliably

Cons

  • Not the best choice for heavy snow
  • Not for gravel surfaces
Our Analysis
Specs

Ease of use

Self-propel drive. The Toro 721 E gets excellent ratings on handling from experts. The Power Propel system drives the snow blower so you don't have to push it. The electric start helps make starting easy in cold weather, and is covered under a separate warranty that guarantees that it will start in one or two pulls for the first two years. Throw distance is rated at 35 feet, but it doesn't test out well -- a concern only if you have an especially wide driveway to contend with. There are few other features however, and the lack of a headlight is inconvenient if you want to clear your property before dawn or after dusk.

Performance

Fast and powerful. According to expert testing, the Toro Power Clear 721 E is one of the better performing single-stage gas snow blowers available. The Power Propel drive scrapes right down to the hard concrete or asphalt surface, but don't use it on gravel as that can be sent flying. It can handle moderate snow accumulations of 9 inches or so, and move piles of snow dumped on your driveway by road plows with ease. It's reasonably fast as well.

Durability

Dependable brand reputation. Experts say Toro is one of the top-rated manufacturers for snow blowers, known for quality construction and a long life span. User feedback for the Toro 721 E is stellar thus far -- a 95 percent satisfaction rating in reviews that can be seen at HomeDepot.com. Many owners attest that they have used Toro-brand snow blowers for decades. In addition to the fast-start warranty, the entire machine is covered under a full two-year full warranty.

Our Sources

Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of December 2016

The Toro 721 E has garnered an impressive track record in the reviews that can be seen here, although they also include reviews originally posted at HomeDepot.com's Canadian site as well as the manufacturer's web site. Be that as it may, we see more than 410 reviews in total, and a 4.5-star rating. Roughly 95 percent of users say that they would recommend this Toro single-stage snow blower to a friend.

Paul Sikkema, Nov. 15, 2016

This list names Paul Sikkema's 20 best snow blowers for most people. The Toro 721 E is one of the few single-stage gas snow blowers included, but it doesn't appear that Sikkema has personally tested the machine as of yet.

Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

ConsumerReport.org has replaced its coverage of the Toro Power Clear 721 E 38742 in favor of the Toro Power Clear 721 QZR 38743, a near identical model with a few added convenience features, and a higher price tag. The snow blower is evaluated on its performance under typical tasks, handling, noise and more. An overall score is assigned that can be compared to other snow blowers.

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