Toro SnowMaster 824 QXE Snow Blower Review

Toro SnowMaster 824 QXE Snowblower Review Summary

Best Hybrid Snow Blower


  • 252cc Premium OHV Engine.
  • Hybrid Single-Stage Gas
  • Terrific Single-Hand Chute Controls.
  • Automatic Steering System.
  • Remote Joystick.
  • Max clearing Width 24".
  • Max clearing Depth 18".
  • Max Throw Distance 40ft.

Toro SnowMaster 824 QXE Specifications

Power Source

Fuel Powered

Maximum Throw Distance

40 Feet

Plowing Capacity

2800 lbs/min

Clearing Width

24 Inches

Clearing Depth

18 Inches

Power Output


LED Lights





131 Pounds

Wheel Size

11 Inches

Toro SnowMaster 824 QXE Review - Bottom Line

Toro, the company that revolutionized the snow blower industry, has done it again with the Toro Snowmaster series, a completely new class of snowblowers. The Toro SnowMaster 824 QXE snow blower is productive, quicker, and throws snow farther than your regular one-stage snow blower. It also features easy-to-use controls which are not at all complicated. You might even get fully used to it after just using it one time. 

Overall, Toros' revolutionary snow master 824 QXE is powerful enough to cut through deep snow while still clearing to the pavement and is ultra maneuverable, making it easy for anyone to use. There is no age factor needed here whatsoever!

Toro SnowMaster 824 QXE Review

The Toro SnowMaster 824 QXE snowblower is tall like a two-stage snow blower, but it has a steel auger with a replaceable rubber throwing edge, so it's a hybrid of one-stage and a two-stage. It is technically a one-stage snow blower, but it provides some of the advantages of a two-stage one.

The QXE model is a near replica of another model from the SnowMaster series, the Toro SnowMaster 724 QXE. The only difference between these two models is the engine. The 824 SnowMaster has a capacity of 252 ccs, while the 724 model has a capacity of 212 ccs. With a $50 price difference, most people opt for the 824 model, which has a larger clearing capacity.

Steel Auger

Toros' precise in-line two-stage auger with its modern helical layout is constructed with all-steel production and a replaceable rubber throwing edge, spending ten times quicker than a regular two-stage snow blower. The auger's outer helical components accumulate the snow, and the middle movement acts as an impeller to effectively throw the snow up and out of the chute.

There are no shear pins to break on this auger, and if you hit something hard, it will automatically cut power to the engine so you can clear whatever is in there before restarting the machine. This helps you save yourself and the snow blower from any unnecessary damage. 

Chute Perks

The sloping chute design and increased chute length will give you an excellent throwing distance(of which you can control the direction). All of this adds up to clearing twenty-five percent more snow per minute, saving you thirty percent more time and getting you back into your warm house faster.

Compression Scraper and Skid Shoes

The Toros compression-loaded scraper clears down to the pavement as no other two-stage snow blower can, and the durable metal-reinforced poly skid shoes glide over surfaces, making it gentle on your driveway and sidewalks even with all of this power.

Personal Pace System

When a single-stage starts to fail because the paddle drive system can't compensate for the amount of snow material in which it's engaged, forcing you to push the machine deeper into the snow, the Toro 824 model comes in handy.

The SnowMaster is the first snow blower to feature Toros' patented personal pace drive system. The snow master moves at your walking speed, providing infinitely variable speeds ranging from 0 to 3.5 miles per hour with no shifting, and the internal automatic steering makes it quick and easy to make hairpin turns with very little effort. This, combined with personal pace, eliminates the need for all those traditional levers and controls.

While the Personal Pace transmission function is effective, there is one drawback. On steep driveways, it can be difficult to use. When you're going down, you'll be going faster than you'd like, and going up will be slow because you will have to push the whole thing on your own. Traction can also be difficult due to its weight. This, once again, is only a problem on extremely steep driveways.

Joystick Control

The controls on the snow master are ergonomically designed and user-friendly, such as Toros' innovative joystick, which allows you to aim the chute and deflector while on the move. It's a joystick that allows you to change the elevation, the distance the snow blows, and the side-by-side positioning.

The joystick is said to be capable of controlling both direction and angle. It is a great way to make room as you move down the driveway or sidewalk to where the snow needs to be placed.

Electric Start

If your snow blower has been in the garage for too long and it just won’t start with the recoil start, the Toro engineers have saved you from yet another hassle. With electric starts, you don’t have to worry about rusty recoils. Just plug in an outdoor extension cord and push the electric start button, congratulations, you are good to go!

Plowing Capacity

With light snow, this machine is no less than a monster. With the measurements of 24-inch wide and 16-inch deep, it can clear up to a foot of snow with no problem whatsoever. It has a plowing capacity of 2,800 pounds per minute, which is even better than the Toro 724 QXE model.

However, you may struggle a little with the wet and heavy snow that accumulates at the end of your driveway. Even then, if you have a little patience and time, you are not going to regret buying this snowblower. 


As mentioned before the Toro 824 QXE model is not that reliable with a steep driveway because of the personal pace system. You won’t be able to control the speed of the machine since you have to push the handlebar downwards to increase the speed and that task is considerably difficult with a slope in front of you. The flatter the surface, the better the experience. Therefore a standard lever-oriented control system like the Toro PowerMax 826 OXE might suit your needs if you own a sloped driveway.

The SnowMaster 824 QXE is only suitable for flat surfaces. Asphalt, concrete, etc. are a good match for it while on the other hand surfaces like gravel are a big no-no. You might not want to see how a pile of rocks can be turned into projectiles.

Toro SnowMaster 824 QXE Unboxing and Assembly

Toro SnowMaster 824 QXE User Manual

You will be receiving a detailed user manual while purchasing a Toro SnowMaster 824 QXE. If you want, you can also check out the user manual from the company's official website. This user manual will have a complete guide on the different parts of this Snow blower and how to assemble it easily.

If you wish to check out the official user manual of this Toro SnowMaster 824 QXE, click here.

Toro SnowMaster 824 QXE Accessories

Toro Replacement Spark Plug - toro snowmaster 824 qxe review
Single Stage Snow Thrower Cover - toro snowmaster 824 qxe review


There is no doubt that the snow master is aggressive and durable enough to handle almost any packed snow condition. The SnowMaster's 824 QXE snowblower is another groundbreaking innovation from Toro, featuring a powerful Toro OHV engine and a solid steel unibody frame. We hope that this Toro SnowMaster 824 QXE review was insightful. Thanks for reading!

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