Toro 1800 Power Curve Snowthrower User manual

Toro 1800 Power Curve Snowthrower User manual
Form No. 3362-970 Rev A
1800 Power Curve® Snowthrower
Model No. 38026—Serial No. 290001001 and Up
Operator's Manual
Read this information carefully to learn how to operate
and maintain your product properly and to avoid injury
and product damage. You are responsible for operating
the product properly and safely.
You may contact Toro directly at for
product and accessory information, help finding a
dealer, or to register your product.
Whenever you need service, genuine Toro parts, or
additional information, contact an Authorized Service
Dealer or Toro Customer Service and have the model
and serial numbers of your product ready. Figure 1
identifies the location of the model and serial numbers
on the product. Write the numbers in the space
Figure 2
1. Safety alert symbol
This manual uses 2 words to highlight information.
Important calls attention to special mechanical
information and Note emphasizes general information
worthy of special attention.
This snowthrower meets or exceeds the ISO
standard 8437 in effect at the time of production.
Read and understand the contents of this manual
before the engine is ever started.
This is the safety alert symbol. It is used to alert
you to potential personal injury hazards. Obey all
safety messages that follow this symbol to avoid
possible injury or death.
Improperly using or maintaining this snowthrower
could result in injury or death. To reduce this
potential, comply with the following safety
The following instructions have been adapted from the
ANSI/OPEI standard B71.3-1995, the ISO 8437:1989
standard, and European Standard EN 786:1996 and EN
Figure 1
1. Model and serial number location
Model No.
Serial No.
This manual identifies potential hazards and has
safety messages identified by the safety alert symbol
(Figure 2), which signals a hazard that may cause serious
injury or death if you do not follow the recommended
• Read the operator’s manual carefully. Be thoroughly
familiar with the controls and the proper use of
the equipment. Know how to stop the unit and
disengage the controls quickly.
• Never allow children to operate the snowthrower.
Never allow adults to operate the snowthrower
without proper instruction.
• Keep the area of operation clear of all persons
(particularly small children) and pets.
• Exercise caution to avoid slipping or falling.
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• If the unit should start to vibrate abnormally, stop
the motor and check immediately for the cause.
Vibration is generally a warning of trouble.
• Stop the motor whenever you leave the operating
position, before unclogging the discharge chute,
and when making any repairs, adjustments, or
• When cleaning, repairing, or inspecting, make certain
that the rotor blades and all moving parts have
• Do not clear snow across the face of slopes. Exercise
extreme caution when changing direction on slopes.
Do not attempt to clear steep slopes.
• Never operate the snowthrower without proper
guards, plates, or other safety protective devices in
• Never operate the snowthrower near glass enclosures,
automobiles, window wells, and drop-offs without
properly adjusting the snow discharge angle. Keep
children and pets away.
• Do not overload the machine capacity by attempting
to clear snow at too fast a rate.
• Look behind and use care when backing up with the
• Never direct the discharge at bystanders or allow
anyone in front of the unit.
• Never operate the snowthrower without good
visibility or light. Always be sure of your footing,
and keep a firm hold on the handle. Walk; never run.
• Thoroughly inspect the area where you will use the
snowthrower. Remove all doormats, sleds, boards,
wires, and other foreign objects.
• Release the control bar to disengage the rotor blades
before starting the engine.
• Do not operate the snowthrower without wearing
adequate winter garments. Wear footwear that will
improve your footing on slippery surfaces.
• Never attempt to make any adjustments while
the motor is running, except where specifically
recommended by Toro.
• Let the motor and the snowthrower adjust to the
outdoor temperature before starting to clear snow.
• Operating any powered machine can result in
foreign objects being thrown into the eyes. Always
wear safety glasses or eye shields while operating,
adjusting, or repairing the snowthrower.
• Always ensure that the ventilation openings are kept
clear of debris.
• Before use, check the supply and extension cord for
signs of damage or aging.
• Do not put hands or feet near or under rotating parts.
Keep clear of the discharge opening at all times.
• Disconnect the machine from the power source
before checking, cleaning, or working on the
machine and when it is not in use.
• If the cord becomes damaged during use, disconnect
the cord from the power supply immediately. Do
not touch the cord before disconnecting the power
• Do not use the machine if the cord is damaged or
• Keep extension cords away from the rotor blades.
• The power supply used with the appliance should be
a residential current device (RCD) with a tripping
current of not more than 30 mA.
• Exercise extreme caution when crossing gravel
drives, walks, or roads. Stay alert for hidden hazards
or traffic.
• Do not attempt to clear snow from a crushed-rock
or gravel surface. This product is intended for use
only on paved surfaces.
• After striking a foreign object, stop the motor,
thoroughly inspect the snowthrower for any
damage, and repair the damage before operating the
Maintenance and Storage
• Check all fasteners at frequent intervals for proper
tightness to be sure that the equipment is in safe
working condition.
• Always refer to this operator’s manual for important
details if the snowthrower is to be stored for an
extended period.
• Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels
when necessary.
Toro Snowthrower Safety
The following list contains safety information specific
to Toro products or other safety information that you
must know.
• Rotating rotor blades can injure fingers or hands.
Stay behind the handles and away from the discharge
opening while operating the snowthrower. Keep
your face, hands, feet, and any other part of your
body or clothing away from moving or rotating parts.
• Before adjusting, cleaning, repairing, and inspecting
the snowthrower, and before unclogging the
discharge chute, stop the motor and wait for all
moving parts to stop.
• Use a stick, not your hands, to remove obstructions
from the discharge chute.
• Before leaving the operating position, stop the motor
and wait for all moving parts to stop.
• Do not wear loose-fitting clothing that could get
caught in moving parts.
• If a shield, safety device, or decal is damaged,
illegible, or lost, repair or replace it before beginning
operation. Also, tighten any loose fasteners.
• Do not use the snowthrower on a roof.
• Perform only those maintenance instructions
described in this manual. Before performing any
maintenance, service, or adjustment, stop the motor
and disconnect the power cord from the power
source. If major repairs are ever needed, contact
your Authorized Service Dealer.
• Purchase only genuine Toro replacement parts and
Sound Pressure
This unit has a maximum sound pressure level at the
operator’s ear of 89 dBA, based on measurements of
identical machines per EN 11201.
Sound Power
This unit has a guaranteed sound power level of 104
dBA, based on measurements of identical machines per
EN 3744.
This unit does not exceed a hand/arm vibration level of
2.3 m/s2, based on measurements of identical machines
per EN 1033.
Safety and Instructional Decals
Important: Safety and instruction decals are located near areas of potential danger. Replace damaged
1. Cutting dismemberment, impeller and cutting
dismemberment, auger hazards—keep bystanders a safe
distance from the snowthrower.
1. Thrown object hazard; cutting/dismemberment hazard, impeller and auger—read the Operator’s Manual, keep bystanders
a safe distance from the machine.
2. Electric shock hazard—disconnect the machine from the power outlet and read the instructions before servicing or performing
3. Contains recyclable materials, do not discard.
Loose Parts
Use the chart below to verify that all parts have been shipped.
Mounting plate
Chute crank
Machine screw
Chute deflector
Rubber washer
Carriage bolt
Metal washer
Install the upper handle and chute crank.
Install the discharge chute.
Note: Determine the left and right sides of the machine from the normal operating position.
1. Installing the Upper Handle
and Chute Crank
Mounting plate
Chute crank
Machine screw
1. Stand the snowthrower on its wheels and position
the upper handle.
Figure 3
1. Upper tubing
2. Inspect the open internal wiring; if it is damaged, do
not assemble. Contact an Authorized Service Dealer.
2. Lower tubing
4. Carefully insert the left side of the upper tubing into
the end of the lower left side tubing (Figure 3).
5. Squeeze the upper tubes together, and wiggle the
upper tubes down until the mounting holes in the
upper and lower tubing line up (Figure 3).
The internal wiring could be damaged during
assembly, causing serious personal injury when
operating the snowthrower.
6. Place the mounting plate over the tubes (Figure 4).
• Carefully assemble the snowthrower so that
you will not damage the electrical wiring.
• If the wiring is damaged, do not assemble
the snowthrower. Contact an Authorized
Service Dealer.
3. Carefully insert the right side of the upper tubing
over the end of the lower right side tubing (Figure 3).
2. Installing the Discharge
Chute deflector
Rubber washer
Carriage bolt
Metal washer
Figure 4
1. Mounting plate
2. Shroud
3. Chute crank
4. Gear
1. Position the chute deflector onto the discharge chute
and align the mounting holes (Figure 6).
7. Align the mounting plate holes with the upper and
lower tubing holes.
8. Insert the end of the chute crank through the hole
in the shroud.
9. Turn the chute crank rod slowly until the flattened
end drops into the slot in the gear, then firmly push
the chute crank into the gear until it snaps into place
(Figure 4 and Figure 5).
Figure 6
1. Chute deflector
2. Discharge chute
3. Rubber washer (2)
Figure 5
1. Chute crank
2. Chute crank gear
4. Carriage bolt (2)
5. Metal washer (2)
6. Locknut (2)
2. Insert a rubber washer between the chute deflector
and the discharge chute on each side while
maintaining the hole alignment (Figure 6).
10. Secure the upper and lower tubing and the mounting
plate together with 2 machine screws and 2 locknuts.
Note: Position the screw heads on the outside of
the mounting plate. Be careful not to damage the
internal electrical wiring when you insert the screws.
If the wiring blocks the hole, use a blunt 1/8 inch
punch to carefully route the electrical wiring away
from the aligned holes.
3. Secure the deflector to the discharge chute with 2
carriage bolts, 2 metal washers, and 2 locknuts.
Note: Ensure that the square shoulders on the
carriage bolts align with the inside square on the
discharge chute. Position the metal washers to the
outside of the chute deflector as shown in Figure 6.
Do not overtighten the bolts.
Product Overview
Figure 8
1. Extension cord
Figure 7
Control bar
Chute crank
Belt cover
2. Loop
The electrical cord can get damaged, causing a
shock or fire.
5. Discharge chute
6. Chute deflector
7. Secondary handle
Thoroughly inspect the electrical cord before
using the snowthrower. If the cord is damaged,
do not operate the snowthrower. Repair or
replace the damaged cord immediately. Contact
an Authorized Service Dealer for assistance.
Starting and Stopping
Before Starting
1. To start the rotor, squeeze the control bar (Figure 9).
For safe and efficient use of your appliance, use only an
extension cord recommended for outdoor use. Use only
a 2.5 mm extension cord up to 25 m long.
Contact with water while operating the
snowthrower can cause electric shock, resulting
in personal injury or death.
Don’t handle the plug or the appliance with wet
hands or while standing in water.
Figure 9
1. Control bar
Note: To prevent the extension cord from
disconnecting during operation, tie it to the loop in the
upper handle before you connect it to the snowthrower
(Figure 8).
2. To stop the rotor, release the control bar.
Operating Tips
A gap between the discharge chute and the
chute deflector may allow the snowthrower to
throw snow and objects in the direction of the
operator. Thrown objects could cause serious
personal injury.
If snowthrower hits an object while in operation,
the object could be thrown in operator’s or
bystander’s direction. Thrown objects could
cause serious personal injury.
– Do not force the chute deflector too far
forward so that a gap appears between the
discharge chute and chute deflector.
Keep the area to be cleared free of all objects
which may be picked up and thrown by the
rotor blades.
– Do not overtighten the locknuts that hold
the chute deflector in place.
• Check the condition of the snowthrower before
operating it to ensure that the rotor turns freely.
• Begin removing snow near the electrical outlet and
work outward. Blow back and forth, not away from
and toward the outlet.
• Always keep children and pets away from the area
of operation.
• When turning at the end of a swath, step over the
cord and turn the snowthrower.
• Keep the area to be cleared free of stones, toys,
or other objects which the rotor blades can throw.
Such items could be covered by snowfall and go
unnoticed. If the snowthrower strikes an object
during operation, stop the snowthrower, unplug the
extension cord, remove the obstruction, and check
the snowthrower for damage.
• Always overlap each swath and discharge the snow
downwind when possible.
• To shave down large banks of snow, lift the
snowthrower by the primary and secondary handles
(Figure 11) and place the snowthrower on the bank.
Let the weight of the snowthrower shave down the
bank in a back-and-forth motion.
• To adjust the discharge chute, rotate the chute crank
clockwise to move the discharge chute to the left;
counterclockwise to move it to the right.
Note: The chute crank makes a noise as you turn
the crank. This is normal.
• To adjust the height of the snow stream, raise or
lower the chute deflector handle (Figure 10).
Figure 11
1. Primary handle
Figure 10
2. Secondary handle
• When clearing steps, hold the snowthrower by the
primary and secondary handles and use a swinging
or sweeping motion.
1. Chute deflector handle
When using the secondary handle, never direct
the snow discharge chute at the operator or
bystanders. The snowthrower can throw objects
and cause serious personal injury.
Important: All electrical repairs should be
performed only by an Authorized Service Dealer.
Note: Determine the left and right sides of the machine
from the normal operating position.
When using the secondary handle, always turn
the discharge chute in the opposite direction
from where you or bystanders are standing.
If the extension cord is plugged into the
snowthrower, someone could accidentally
operate snowthrower while you are performing
maintenance on it, causing serious personal
• Keep the extension cord clear of obstructions, sharp
objects, and all moving parts. Do not pull sharply on
cord or abuse it in any manner. Frequently inspect
the extension cord for damage that may result in
an electric shock. If the extension cord becomes
damaged, replace it.
Disconnect the extension cord before you
perform any maintenance.
• In cold and snowy weather conditions, some controls
and moving parts may freeze. Therefore, when any
control becomes difficult to operate, stop the motor,
disconnect the extension cord, and check for frozen
parts. Do not use excessive force when trying to
operate frozen controls. Free all the controls and
moving parts before operating.
Lubricating the Snowthrower
You do not need to lubricate the snowthrower; all the
bearings were lubricated at the factory for the life of the
• When operating the snowthrower, keep the wheels
1 inch (2.5 cm) off the pavement by tipping the
snowthrower forward. This helps prevent the snow
from building up on the wheels.
Replacing the Scraper
The scraper is located at the bottom of the rotor housing
as shown in Figure 12.
• After clearing the snow, let the motor run for a few
minutes so that moving parts don’t freeze. Then shut
off the motor, wait for all moving parts to stop, and
wipe the ice and snow off the snowthrower. Rotate
the chute crank several times to remove the snow.
Figure 12
1. Scraper
2. Screw (2)
1. Remove the 2 screws that secure the scraper to the
snowthrower (Figure 12).
2. Install the new scraper and fasten it securely with
2 screws.
Replacing the Rotor
1. Remove the 3 screws that secure the right side cover
and the skid to the snowthrower frame (Figure 13).
Figure 16
1. Hex nut
4. Hold the rotor and pull out the rotor shaft.
5. Remove the rotor.
Figure 13
1. Right side cover
2. Screw
6. Align the left side of the new rotor with the coupler.
3. Skid
Note: The 3 bosses on the rotor end must align
with the slots on the coupler (Figure 17).
2. Use a 5/16 inch Allen wrench to turn the rotor shaft
clockwise (left-hand thread) while holding the rotor
(Figure 14).
Figure 17
Figure 14
1. Rotor shaft
1. Coupler
2. Boss
2. Rotor
Note: You may need to tap the Allen wrench with
a hammer to loosen the rotor shaft. Wedge a stick
or a hammer handle in the rotor to prevent it from
3. Slot
4. Drive hex
Note: When mounting the coupler to the drive hex,
align the coupler tabs to the inside.
7. Slide the right side of the rotor into the mounting
Note: If you cannot remove the rotor shaft by
holding the rotor, remove the left side cover and the
skid (Figure 15).
8. Insert the rotor shaft through the rotor and ensure
that the shaft fits into the bearing on the right side.
9. Torque it to at least 10 ft-lb (14 N⋅m).
10. Install the cover and the skid.
Figure 15
1. Left side cover
2. Skid
3. Hold the hex nut with a 7/8 inch wrench while
unscrewing the rotor shaft (Figure 16).
Replacing the Large Belt
1. Remove the 3 screws that secure the left side plate to
the snowthrower frame (Figure 15).
2. Remove the side plate and the skid.
The idler spring could fly in your face while you
remove it, causing personal injury.
Wear safety goggles when working with the
idler spring.
Figure 20
1. Idler arm
2. Idler pulley
3. Remove the idler spring from the idler arm
(Figure 18).
3. Small pulley
6. Lift up the idler arm and slip the belt under the idler
pulley (Figure 20).
7. Rotate the rotor with your left hand while sliding
the belt onto the large pulley with your right hand
(Figure 21).
Figure 18
1. Idler spring
2. Idler arm
Figure 21
4. Rotate the rotor with your left hand while sliding
the belt off the large pulley with your right hand
(Figure 19).
8. Assemble the idler spring (Figure 18), ensuring that
the idler pulley rides on the belt.
9. Install the left side cover and the skid with the 3
Figure 19
1. Large pulley
2. Belt
5. Slip the new belt over the small pulley (Figure 20).
Replacing the Small Belt
1. Remove the screws that secure the left side plate and
the skid to the snowthrower frame (Figure 15).
1. Run the snowthrower for a few minutes to melt away
any snow on the snowthrower.
2. Remove the side plate and the skid.
2. Disconnect the extension cord from the
3. Remove the large belt by slowly sliding it off the
small pulley (Fig. Figure 19).
3. Examine the extension cord thoroughly for signs of
wear or damage. Replace it if it is worn or damaged.
Note: Refer to steps 2 and 3 of Replacing the Large
4. Examine the snowthrower thoroughly for worn,
loose, or damaged parts. To repair or replace parts,
contact an local Authorized Service Dealer for
4. Remove the small pulley bolt (left hand thread) by
turning the bolt clockwise.
5. Remove the 2 washers and the small pulley
(Figure 22).
5. Store the extension cord with the snowthrower.
6. Store the snowthrower in a clean, dry place.
Figure 22
1. Bolt (left-hand thread)
2. Washers
3. Small pulley
4. Small belt
5. Motor shaft pulley
6. Remove and discard the small belt (Figure 22).
7. Slide 2 washers onto the bolt and insert the bolt
through the small pulley.
Note: The bolt must ride on the bearings in the
small pulley.
8. Place the new belt on the small pulley.
9. Slide the belt over the motor shaft pulley (Figure 22).
10. Torque the bolt to 25 to 30 in-lb (2.8 to 3.4 N∙m).
Do not overtighten the bolt.
Note: The bolt, the bolt head, and the washers
must be flush against the small pulley.
11. Slip the large belt over the small pulley (Figure 22).
Refer to Replacing the Large Belt.
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Hako Ground and Garden
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Hayter Limited (U.K.)
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Hydroturf Egypt LLC
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Surge Systems India Limited
T-Markt Logistics Ltd
Toro Australia
Toro Europe BVBA
Hong Kong
Puerto Rico
Costa Rica
Sri Lanka
Northern Ireland
United Kingdom
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Czech Republic
New Zealand
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374-0102 Rev D
The Toro Warranty
Conditions and Products Covered
Instructions for Obtaining Warranty Service
The Toro® Company and its afliate, Toro Warranty Company, pursuant to
an agreement between them, jointly promises to the original purchaser* to
repair any Toro Product used for normal residential purposes* if defective in
materials or workmanship. The following time periods apply from the date
of original purchase:
If you think that your Toro Product contains a defect in materials or
workmanship, follow this procedure:
Walk Power Mowers
Rear Engine Riders
Lawn & Garden Tractors
Electric Hand Held Products
Consumer Zero Turn
Warranty Period
2-year limited warranty
2-year limited warranty
2-year limited warranty
2-year limited warranty
2-year limited warranty
2-year limited warranty
Bring the product and your proof of purchase (sales receipt) to your seller
or the Service Dealer.
If for any reason you are dissatised with the Service Dealer’s analysis or with the
assistance provided, contact the Toro importer or contact us at:
Customer Care Department, Consumer Division
Toro Warranty Company
8111 Lyndale Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55420-1196
Manager: Technical Product Support: 001-952-887-8248
* “Original purchaser” means use the person who originally purchased Toro
* “Normal residential purposes” means use of the product on the same lot as
your home. Use at more than one location is considered commercial use, and
the commercial use warranty would apply.
Limited Warranty for Commercial Use
Toro Consumer Products and attachments used for commercial, institutional,
or rental use are warranted against defects in materials or workmanship for the
following time periods from the date of original purchase:
Walk Power Mowers
Rear Engine Riders
Lawn & Garden Tractors
Electric Hand Held Products
Consumer Zero Turn
Warranty Period
90 day warranty
90 day warranty
90 day warranty
90 day warranty
90 day warranty
45 day warranty
Contact your seller to arrange service of the product. If for any reason
it is impossible for you to contact your seller, you may contact any Toro
Authorized Distributor to arrange service.
See attached Distributor List
Owner Responsibilities
You must maintain your Toro Product by following the maintenance procedures
described in the operator’s manual. Such routine maintenance, whether
performed by a dealer or by you, is at your expense.
Items and Conditions Not Covered
This express warranty does not cover:
Cost of regular maintenance service or parts, such as lters, fuel, lubricants,
tune-up parts, blade sharpening, brake and clutch adjustments.
Any product or part which has been altered or misused or required
replacement or repair due to normal wear, accidents, or lack of proper
Repairs necessary due to improper fuel, contaminants in the fuel system, or
failure to properly prepare the fuel system prior to any period of non-use
over three months.
Engine and transmission. These are covered by the appropriate
manufacturer’s guarantees with separate terms and conditions.
All repairs covered by this warranty must be performed by an Authorized Toro
Service Dealer using Toro approved replacement parts.
General Conditions
The purchaser is covered by the national laws of each country. The rights to
which the purchaser is entitled with the support of these laws are not restricted
by this warranty.
374-0101 Rev A
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