This snow blower rocks. I had the advantage of a trusted friend having bought the 1028 just before me. His dealer had said the difference between the 928 and 1028 was just 1HP and while I'm sure it's nice, I can say that the 9HP engine has plenty of
oompf to move just about anything. In three weeks I saw everything from 9 inches of heavy, wet 31 degree snow all the way to 30" (yes in one event). The berm at the end of the driveway from the snowplow was no match for the Toro. The governor in the Toro
engine perfectly senses load and feeds more gas as needed--you can just hear it bear down and keep moving. Even when I was moving slushy snow, it never clogged...the new design that allows excess snow to be thrown back out of the impeller works flawlessly.
The clutch triggers are great...you can steer effortlessly and also just dis-engage both wheels to walk the unit (i.e. downhill, or in the garage). The shoot joystick control is simply the envy of every neighbor...it works and the shoot material is truly
indestructible. Finally, I will say that setup is a breeze--I had mine drop-shipped (to Montana!) and it was a piece of cake to assemble, adjust and get ready. Starting is also so easy. The valves use a centripital cam that makes the motor easier to turn
over when pull starting--acts like a decompression valve. Starts on one pull every time with 1 pump on the primer. I used the electric start on the first cold start after fueling and it started in 2 seconds. I simply couldn't be happier with this purchase.
Have your dealer check your unit for a missing ground wire before shipment/delivery--mine was missing, but Jack's simply sent me the wire and it was an easy fix. I'd use Jack's and buy another Toro anytime.