Toro 1500 Power Curve Snowthrower User manual

Toro 1500 Power Curve Snowthrower User manual
Form No. 3372-910 Rev B
1500 Power
Model No. 38371—Serial No. 313000001 and Up
Operator's Manual
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When using an electrical appliance, basic precautions should
always be followed, including the following:
WARNING—To reduce the risk of fire, electric
shock, or injury, follow these safety instructions.
It is essential that you or any other operator of the appliance
read and understand the contents of this manual before operating
the appliance. Pay particular attention to the safety alert symbol
which means CAUTION, WARNING, or DANGER—personal
safety instruction. Read and understand the instruction because it
has to do with safety. Failure to comply with these instructions
may result in personal injury, risk of fire, or electrical shock.
Double insulation—If the appliance cord is damaged in any
manner while it is plugged in, disconnect the extension cord from
the wall receptacle first. The power cord and switch used on
this appliance cannot be replaced, and the equipment shall be
disposed of.
Do not use the appliance on a graveled surface.
Keep children and bystanders away—All visitors should be kept
at a distance from the work area.
Dress properly—Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry. They
can be caught in moving parts.
Wear rubber boots when operating the appliance.
Operating the appliance in the hand-held position is unsafe.
Keep hands away from moving parts.
Keep guards in place and in working order.
Do not force the appliance—It will perform better and safer at
the rate for which it was designed.
Do not overreach—Watch your footing and keep your balance
at all times.
If the appliance strikes a foreign object, follow these steps:
Immediately release the control bar to stop the appliance.
Unplug the power cord.
Inspect for damage.
Repair any damage before starting and operating the
Disconnect the appliance—Disconnect the appliance from the
power supply when not in use, before servicing, when changing
accessories, etc.
Store an idle appliance indoors. When the appliance is not in
use, it should be stored indoors in a dry, secured place out of the
reach of children.
Maintain the appliance with care—Follow instructions for
changing accessories.
This appliance meets or exceeds the B71.3 specifications
of the American National Standards Institute in effect at the
time of production.
Read and understand the contents of this manual before you
start the motor.
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.
Warning—To prevent electric shock, use the appliance only with
an extension cord suitable for outdoor use.
Improperly using or maintaining this appliance could result
in injury or death. To reduce this potential, comply with the
following safety instructions.
Extension cords—To prevent the appliance cord and the
extension cord from disconnecting during operation, connect the
extension cord to the appliance as shown in Figure 4.
This appliance is capable of amputating hands and feet and
of throwing objects. Failure to observe the following safety
instructions could result in serious injury.
Avoid accidental starting—Do not carry the appliance with your
finger on the switch. Ensure that the switch is off when plugging in
the appliance.
Do not abuse the cord—Never carry the appliance by its cord or
yank on the extension cord to disconnect the appliance from the
receptacle. Keep the cord from heat, oil, and sharp edges.
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Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the appliance
and in the manual(s) before operating this appliance. Be
thoroughly familiar with all the controls and the proper use of
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Clearing a Clogged Discharge
the appliance. Know how to stop the appliance and disengage
the controls quickly.
Never allow children to operate the appliance. Never allow
adults to operate the appliance without proper instruction.
Keep the area of operation clear of all persons, particularly
small children.
Exercise caution to avoid slipping or falling.
Hand contact with the rotating rotor blades inside the discharge
chute is the most common cause of injury associated with
snowthrowers. Never use your hand to clean out the discharge
To clear the chute:
Shut the motor off, remove the key, and unplug the
extension cord from the appliance!
Thoroughly inspect the area where the appliance is to be
used and remove all doormats, sleds, boards, wires, and
other foreign objects.
Wait 10 seconds to be sure the rotor blades have stopped
Do not operate the appliance without wearing adequate winter
garments. Avoid loose fitting clothing that can get caught in
moving parts. Wear footwear that will improve footing on
slippery surfaces.
Always use a clean-out tool, not your hands.
Do not attempt to clear snow from a gravel or crushed rock
surface. This appliance is intended for use only on paved
Never attempt to make any adjustments while the motor
is running (except when specifically recommended by
Maintenance and Storage
Always wear safety glasses or eye shields during operation or
while performing an adjustment or repair to protect eyes from
foreign objects that may be thrown from the appliance.
Do not put hands or feet near or under rotating parts. Keep
clear of the discharge opening at all times.
Exercise extreme caution when operating on or crossing
gravel drives, walks, or roads. Stay alert for hidden hazards
or traffic.
After striking a foreign object, stop the motor, unplug the
extension cord, remove the key, and thoroughly inspect
the appliance for any damage. Repair any damage before
starting and operating the appliance.
If the appliance should start to vibrate abnormally, stop the
motor and check immediately for the cause. Vibration is
generally a warning of trouble.
Stop the motor, remove the key, and unplug the appliance
whenever you leave the operating position, before unclogging
the rotor blade housing or discharge chute, and when making
any repairs, adjustments, or inspections.
When cleaning, repairing, or inspecting the appliance, stop
the motor, remove the key, unplug the appliance, and ensure
that the rotor blades and all moving parts have stopped.
Exercise extreme caution when operating on slopes.
Check all fasteners at frequent intervals for proper tightness
to ensure that the appliance is in safe working condition.
Always refer to this Operator’s Manual for important details if
the appliance is to be stored for an extended period.
Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels as needed.
Run the appliance for a few minutes after throwing snow to
prevent freeze-up of the rotor blades.
Safety and Instructional
Safety decals and instructions are easily
visible to the operator and are located near
any area of potential danger. Replace any
decal that is damaged or lost.
Never operate the appliance without proper guards and other
safety protective devices in place and working.
Never direct the discharge toward people or areas where
property damage can occur. Keep children and others away.
Do not overload the capacity of the appliance by attempting to
clear snow at too fast a rate.
Look behind and use care when backing up with the
Never operate the appliance without good visibility or light.
Always be sure of your footing, and keep a firm hold on the
handle. Walk; never run.
1. Cutting/dismemberment hazard, impeller and auger—do
not place your hand in the chute; remove the ignition key
and read the instructions before servicing or performing
1. 1) Push the interlock
switch; 2) Hold the handle
to engage the rotation of
the auger blade.
1. Warning—read the Operator’s Manual.
2. Thrown object hazard—keep bystanders a safe distance
from the machine.
3. Cutting/dismemberment hazard of hand, impeller;
cutting/entanglement hazard of foot, auger—stay away
from moving parts; keep all guards and shields in place;
disconnect the machine from the power outlet and read the
instructions before servicing or performing maintenance.
4. Cutting/dismemberment hazard of hand, impeller;
cutting/dismemberment hazard of foot, auger—stop the
engine and the augur blade before leaving the machine.
5. Electric shock hazard—do not use a damaged power cord.
2. Release the handle to
disengage the rotation of
the auger blade.
Note: Determine the left and right sides of the appliance from
the normal operating position.
Installing the Upper Handle
1. Remove the handle knobs, oval bolts, and curved washers
from the lower handle.
Figure 2
2. Install the upper handle to the lower handle of the appliance
with the handle knobs, curved washers, and oval bolts as
shown in Figure 1.
1. Cord guide
3. Cord
2. Handle
Product Overview
Figure 1
1. Handle knob (2)
4. Lower handle
2. Curved washer (2)
5. Upper handle
3. Oval bolt (2)
Figure 3
Note: Ensure that the power cord attached to the appliance
is routed over the lower handle and to the inside of the
handle assembly.
1. Upper handle
7. Discharge chute handle
2. Interlock key
8. Discharge chute deflector
3. Power cord
3. Tighten the handle knobs firmly by hand.
4. Attach the cord guide to the handle (Figure 2).
9. Discharge chute deflector
4. Bail
10. Belt cover (not shown)
5. Cord lock
6. Handle knobs
11. Rotor blades
Important: This appliance is intended for outdoor, residential
use only. Do not use it indoors or for commercial or industrial
Connecting to a Power Source
To reduce the risk of electric shock, this appliance has a
polarized plug (i.e., one blade is wider than the other). Use only
a polarized plug, UL-listed (CSA certified in Canada) extension
cord recommended for outdoor use. A polarized plug will fit in a
Starting and Stopping the
polarized cord only one way. If the plug does not fit fully in the
cord, reverse the cord. If it still does not fit, purchase a polarized
extension cord. If you have a polarized extension cord and the
extension cord plug does not fit fully into the wall receptacle,
reverse the plug. If it still does not fit, contact a qualified electrician
to install the proper outlet. Do not change the appliance or
extension cord plug in any way.
1. To start the motor, insert the interlock key, press and hold the
interlock key, and squeeze the bail to the handle (Figure 5).
Contact with water while operating the appliance could
cause electric shock, causing injury or death.
• Don't handle the plug or the appliance with wet
hands or while standing in water.
• Use only an extension cord recommended for
outdoor cold-weather use.
Extension Cord Length
Minimum Wire Gauge
100 feet
Figure 5
150 feet
1. Interlock key
Note: Do not use an extension cord over 150 feet.
Important: Check the extension cord frequently during use
for holes or cracks in the insulation. Do not use a damaged
cord. Do not run the cord through standing water or wet
2. Bail
Note: You may release the interlock key after you squeeze
and hold the bail to the handle.
2. To stop the motor, release the bail.
Note: To prevent disconnecting the extension cord from the power
cord during operation, insert the extension cord in the cord lock
(on the power cord) before you connect the extension cord to the
power cord (Figure 4).
Note: When you stop the appliance after you have removed
the snow, remove the interlock key and disconnect the
extension cord from the appliance.
Adjusting the Discharge Chute
and Chute Deflector
To adjust the direction of the snow stream from the discharge
chute, move the handle on the discharge chute (Figure 6).
Figure 4
1. Cord lock
Figure 6
1. Discharge chute deflector trigger
A damaged appliance cord can cause a shock or fire.
2. Discharge chute handle
Thoroughly inspect the appliance cord before using
the appliance. If the cord is damaged, do not operate
the appliance. The supply cord or switch of this
appliance cannot be replaced, and the appliance shall
be disposed of.
To adjust the height of the snow stream from the discharge
chute, squeeze the trigger and raise or lower the discharge chute
deflector (Figure 6).
cord, and check for frozen parts. Do not use excessive force
when trying to operate frozen controls. Bring the appliance
indoors to thaw frozen controls before operating it.
A gap between the discharge chute and the chute
deflector may allow the appliance to throw snow and
objects in the direction of the operator. Thrown objects
could cause serious personal injury.
When operating the appliance, keep the wheels 1 inch (2.5
cm) off the pavement by tipping the appliance forward. This
helps prevent the snow from building up on the wheels.
• Do not force the chute deflector too far forward so
After clearing the snow, let the motor run for a few minutes
so that moving parts do not freeze. Then shut off the motor,
wait for all moving parts to stop, and wipe the ice and snow
off the appliance. Rotate the chute crank several times to
remove any snow.
that a gap appears between the discharge chute
and chute deflector.
• Do not adjust the chute deflector with the bail
engaged. Release the bail before adjusting the
chute deflector.
Operating Tips
Note: Determine the left and right sides of the appliance from
the normal operating position.
If the appliance 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.
If the extension cord is plugged into the appliance,
someone could accidentally operate the appliance
while you are performing maintenance on it, causing
serious personal injury.
Keep the area to be cleared free of all objects which
may be picked up and thrown by the rotor blades.
Remove the key and disconnect the extension cord
before you perform any maintenance on the appliance.
Check the condition of the appliance before operating it to
ensure that the rotor turns freely.
Always keep children and pets away from the area of
Lubricating the Appliance
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 appliance
strikes an object during operation, stop the appliance, unplug
the extension cord, remove the obstruction, and check the
appliance for damage.
You do not need to lubricate the appliance; all the bearings have
been lubricated at the factory for the life of the appliance.
Begin removing snow near the electrical outlet and work
outward. Blow back and forth, not away from and toward the
When turning at the end of a swath, step over the cord and
turn the appliance.
Always overlap each swath and discharge the snow downwind
when possible.
Replacing the Scraper
The scraper is located at the bottom of the rotor housing as shown
in Figure 7.
When using the discharge chute handle, never
direct the snow discharge chute at the operator or
bystanders. The appliance can throw objects and
cause serious personal injury.
When using the discharge chute handle, always
turn the discharge chute in the opposite direction
from where you or bystanders are standing.
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. Inspect the extension cord frequently for
damage that may result in an electric shock. If the extension
cord is damaged, replace it.
In cold and snowy weather conditions, some controls and
moving parts may freeze. Therefore, if any control becomes
difficult to operate, stop the motor, disconnect the extension
Figure 7
1. Scraper
1. Remove the screw from each side plate that holds the
scraper (Figure 8) and 2 screws from under the appliance
(Figure 9) that secure the scraper to the appliance.
Figure 8
1. Screw (2)
Figure 11
1. Rotor pin
3. Remove the old rotor.
4. Install the new rotor by inserting the end of the rotor onto the
fitted end in the housing and rotating the rotor until it snaps
into place (Figure 12).
Figure 9
1. Screws
2. Remove and discard the old scraper.
3. Install the new scraper, and fasten it securely with the 4
screws that you previously removed.
Replacing the Rotor
1. Remove the screws that secure the right side plate to the
appliance frame (Figure 10).
Figure 12
1. Fitted end of the rotor
Note: Ensure that the nut that secures the rotor pin remains
inside the recessed hole in the right inside wall of the
Note: The housing will flex when you install the rotor.
5. Tighten the bolt on the side of the housing.
6. Install the right side plate with the screws that you removed
in step 1.
Figure 10
2. Remove the rotor pin (Figure 11).
Toro has designed this appliance to give you years of trouble-free
use. Should it need service, bring the appliance to an Authorized
Toro Service Dealer, who is specially trained to repair Toro
products and will ensure that your Toro stays “all” Toro.
Double-insulated Appliances
In a double-insulated appliance, two systems of insulation
are provided instead of grounding. No grounding means is
provided on a double-insulated appliance, nor should a means for
grounding be added to the appliance. Servicing a double-insulated
appliance requires extreme care and knowledge of the system,
and should be done only by the qualified service personnel at
an Authorized Toro Service Dealer. Replacement parts for a
double-insulated appliance must be identical to the parts they
replace. A double-insulated appliance is marked with the words
“Double Insulation” or “Double Insulated.” The symbol (square
within a square)
may also be marked on the appliance.
Product Information
A model and serial number decal is located on the housing.
Always refer to specific numbers on the decal in correspondence
or when you need replacement parts.
1. Run the appliance for a few minutes and wipe away any
melted snow on the appliance.
2. Remove the key and disconnect the extension cord from
the appliance.
3. Examine the extension cord thoroughly for signs of wear or
damage. Replace it if it is worn or damaged.
4. Examine the appliance thoroughly for worn, loose, or
damaged parts. To repair or replace parts, contact an
Authorized Service Dealer for assistance.
5. Store the extension cord with the appliance.
6. Store the appliance in a clean, dry place.
The Toro Promise - Electric Snowthrowers and Brooms
A Two-Year Full Warranty for Residential Use for the United States and Canada
The Toro Company and its affiliate, Toro Warranty Company, pursuant to an agreement between them, jointly warrant this product for two years against
defects in material or workmanship when used for normal residential purposes.*
If you think your Toro Product contains a defect in materials or workmanship, follow this procedure:
• If you have questions or problems, or before returning this product, call toll free: 1-800-808-2963 (US) or 1-800-808-3072 (Canada).
• To receive a replacement or repair, at our option, return the complete unit to the seller. United States and Canada customers may return their product,
with proof of purchase, to any Authorized Service Dealer. United States customers may also return their product, with proof of purchase, postage
prepaid, to the Toro Service Center, 21350 Cedar Avenue S., Lakeville, MN 55044-9090.
This warranty covers product defects only. Neither The Toro Company nor Toro Warranty Company is liable for indirect, incidental or
consequential damages in connection with the use of the Toro Products covered by this warranty, including any cost or expense of providing
substitute equipment or service during reasonable periods of malfunction or non-use pending completion of repairs under this warranty.
Some states do not allow exclusions of incidental or consequential damages, so the above exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty
gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.
Countries Other than the United States and Canada
Customers who have purchased Toro products exported from the United States or Canada should contact their Toro Distributor (Dealer) to obtain
guarantee policies for your country, province, or state. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your Distributor’s service or have difficulty obtaining
guarantee information, contact the Toro importer. If all other remedies fail, you may contact us at Toro Warranty Company.
* Residential use means use of the product on the same lot as your home.
Part Number 374-0262 Rev. C
374-0262 Rev C
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