Toro's popular Power Clear series of snow blowers includes models ranging from entry level to professional. The 518 is an 18" wide consumer-oriented model with a 99cc engine which can process an impressive 1100 lbs of snow per minute - throwing it up to 25' away!
Like other Toro snow throwers, the Power Clear 518 features Toro's proprietary Power Curve® technology. This combination of a curved rotor design and an inverted funnel housing not only moves more snow in less time with less power, but it also is highly resistant to the clogging that plagues some other snow blowers.
Covered by a full 2 year manufacturer's warranty and, for residential users, a 2 year "Guaranteed to Start" warranty.
|Type:||Single stage gas|
|Clearing capacity:||18" wide x 12" deep, up to 1100 lbs of snow per minute|
|Throwing Distance:||Up to 25'|
|Engine & Starter:||Electric start / ignition
99cc 4-cycle OHV
7" Power Curve rotor with wide rubber paddles - clears down to the surface.
1.6 qt fuel capacity
$430 - $475
|Warranty:||Full 2 year warranty. Two-year "Guaranteed to Start" warranty (for residential users only.)|
|User feedback:||The Power Clear 518 gets high ratings for dependability, reliability, performance and ease of use.|
Not a lot of bells and whistles, but this mighty little entry-level snow blower gets the job done. It can clear up to 1100 lbs of snow per minute, even making short work of that heavy slush that stops many low-end snowthrowers in their tracks.
The electric start is a love it or hate it feature - note that it is not battery start, so you do need to access an outlet to use it. If this is a dealbreaker for you, check out the Power Clear 518 ZR. It is the same as the 518 ZE, only with a manual recoil start.
Backed by Toro reliability and a full two year warranty. Non-commercial users get an additional 2-year "guaranteed to start" warranty - the engine is guaranteed to start on one or two tries for two years from date of purchase, or it will be fixed free of charge.