I’ve seen a lot about lawn care equipment in the centennial salutes. But the machine that gets the most respect, in my opinion, is my Toro 521 snowblower that I bought in 1985. It’s a well-engineered machine for the job. It has hard rubber tires that never go flat, a 21″ width that allows it to fit alongside my cars in the garage, and includes all metal parts that help it take a beating from heavy snow. Items that wear out can easily be swapped without any downtime. I keep a spark plug and two belts (drive and auger) for spare parts at home. Worn out items like scraper bar and skids can be easily purchased through my dealer.
Over the years it has only had 3 sets of belts, one drive disk replaced, and one skid/scraper change. Yearly oil changes round out its care routine, along with avoiding ethanol gas. It has handled all our upstate New York snow from the easy 2″ to the heavy 24″ in my six car driveway, saved me from shoveling, and never faltered. Hats off to my Toro 521!