If you have a small driveway or just decks and pathways, then you probably want a light, easy to use, easy to store snow blower. The Toro 38361 Power Shovel is the perfect machine for such situations and comes highly recommended. It is light at just 13 pounds and if you so desire can be hung on a hook in a cupboard. It will clear 12 inches wide and up to 6 inches depth of snow at a time, and being electric, is always ready to use by just plugging it in.
Toro 38361 Power Shovel 7.5 Amp Electric Snow Thrower Features and Specifications:
- Ultralight electric snow thrower
- 7-1/2 amp electric motor throws snow to 20 feet, cuts 6-inches deep and 12-inches wide per pass
- Durable plastic body; metal handle; minor assembly required
- Telescopic adjustable handle
- 15 by 12 by 52 inches; 12-1/2 pounds
- Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
- Shifts 300 pounds of snow per minute
Toro 38361 Power Shovel 7.5 Amp Electric Snow Thrower Review:
This little “snow thrower” is perfect for women or old age pensioners. It’s light in weight, user friendly, easy to use, electric powered so just plug and go, and it is compact enough to fit in the hall closet or preferably hang it up in the garage. It makes short work of shoveling your walk or driveway, with no strain on your back from lifting.
Throws snow 20 feet. However, it throws the snow in front of the blower so a technique similar to using an upright vacuum cleaner is required to get the snow to blow to the side. i.e. push it left, push it forward, push it right.
This Toro Power Shovel isn’t really suitable for steps unless they are wider than 12 inches.
It is recommended that you buy low-temperature cable for use with this electric snow blower. The user manual says to use 16 gauge up to 100 feet and 14 gauge up to 150 feet and do not use a cord longer than 150 feet.
Some comments from satisfied owners:
Can handle deep snow in stages but best for snow less than 6” deep. Beats a shovel any day of the week This is one of the most helpful tools to have ever been placed on the market.
Not a replacement for a snow blower but does exactly what it says it will do. Great for smaller areas and snow Performs as expected.
Plug it in, turn it on and just push…….blows the snow a good 20 to 25 feet!! Very easy to push forward, very easy to pull back.
One user reported that they had, “over 18″ of snow on the ground, and I had shoveled some, but it was a mess. I plugged the Power Shovel in, and away I went. It was great! It cleared the deep snow, with a little patience, and even cleared the driveway to the street with it’s combination of snow and ice. It’s amazing! You’ll Love it!”
Of course, not everyone agrees that this snow blower/shovel is as wonderful so it is only fair to point out what some see as it’s failings.
Being electric, there is a power cord trailing along the ground and this requires careful planning so you don’t run over it and completely ruin your day!
One disapointed owner said that if the snow is less than 6 inch, it is much easier to just use regular snow shovel to push the snow aside and if the snow is more than 6 inch, this product won’t help anyway.
Can’t handle ice or the stuff dumped by the snow plough (my comment is that this isn’t what it is for!)
It’s no good on loose gravel!
Not good for front porch steps as it is wider than my steps
Clearly this is a small electric snow blower/shovel replacement so don’t expect to clear a 10 car driveway or 4 foot of snow. If that is your requirement then you will need a large gas powered snow thrower. Use it for what it is designed for and you should be more than happy. We thoroughly recommend this tool as a back saving, energy saving replacement for a conventional shovel.