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Amputation Risk Prompts Snowblower Recall


By Naomi Millán Grounds Management
Toro Recall

Toro has recalled about 6,700 Power Max Snowthrowers because they pose an amputation hazard. The auger fails to disengage when the control lever is released. Toro has received five incident reports of the auger failing to disengage, but no injuries have resulted, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice 21-080.

The recall involves Toro Power Max 826 OHAE Snowthrowers with model number 37802. They were sold between November 2020 to January 2021. A full listing of affected serial numbers can be found on the company’s recall page at the company’s recall page

Facility managers with the recalled snowthrowers are directed to remove them from use and contact a Toro dealer for a free repair. Toro dealers can be located by calling 833-254-8856 or online at www.Toro.com/locator

Naomi Millán is editor of Building Operating Management. And in case you’re wondering like I was, did you know there’s a difference between a snowblower and snowthrower? A snowthrower is your average single-stage machine, gathering snow and chucking it through a discharge chute in one motion. A snowblower is a more powerful two-stage machine, feeding snow to an impeller which then launches it about ten feet further than your average thrower, with an average throw of 35 feet. And then there are even more powerful three-stage blowers with accelerators to crunch up ice and snow and shoot it up to 50 feet! Thanks to Bob Vila for the education. 

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