SalzaShark42 wrote:...It doesn't make any difference how much you "tilt" it (which is the wrong way to use one of these anyway)...
This comment alone tells me you don't have this model (and probably haven't ever used an electric blower of this type) if you don't know the difference.
SalzaShark42 wrote:- Almost everything is plastic so I don't expect this to survive for more than a few years. Plan on replacing the plastic impeller yearly, particularly if you think jamming it downwards is the way to use it...
Strike 2! In my 8th year of using the 1800 and haven't replaced ANY parts.
SalzaShark42 wrote:...The narrower unit also means a smaller handle and your hands will feel the pain after using this for a while.
No one will ever accuse you of...
SalzaShark42 wrote:- The extension cord does come loose from the plug quite frequently, even if you do tie a knot and use the hook that's on the handle...
NEVER had mine come loose in 8 years? Don't know what you're doing wrong? Maybe read the manual a little more closely or see http://artofmanliness.com/2009/06/24/7-basic-knots-every-man-should-know/
Or maybe you are using a cheap low quality extension cord?
SalzaShark42 wrote:...Someone keeps posting some ridiculous comments about maintenance of gas-powered units.
Facts are always ridiculous to naysayers lacking them in the futile attempt to try to justify the needs of a few to the many who don't need the overkill of an expensive, space consuming, harder to handle machine requiring significantly more maintenance vs. virtually none (none at all in my case :D ).
SalzaShark42 wrote:While this Toro model won't require the typical gas engine maintenance activities, it will need parts replaced more frequently than a gas powered one- or two-stage thrower.
Redundant comment and already disproved. Saying it twice just makes you wrong twice.
Lost count of the strikes but you were out a long time ago.