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Toro Power Clear 721 E 38742 Review

By: Carl Laron on November 14, 2017

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

  • Easy to wrangle
  • Starts quickly and reliably
  • Clears right down to paved surfaces

Cons

  • Not the best choice for heavy snow
  • Prone to throwing stones if used on gravel
  • Can chew up decks and lawns
Our Analysis
Specs

Breaking it down

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. The Toro Power Clear 721 QZE 38744 (Est. $700) is pricier, but adds features that add to convenience, though also to the bottom line; it's otherwise identical

Performance

Fast and powerful. According to 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 Home Depot. 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.

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