Toro Power Shovel Snow Thrower 38361 User Manual


Form No. 3371-112 Rev A

Power Shovel™

Model No. 38361—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:


If the appliance cord is damaged in any manner while it is plugged in, disconnect the extension cord from wall receptacle and contact an Authorized Service Dealer.

Don’t 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.

Keep hands away from moving parts.

Keep guards in place and in working order.

WARNINGTo 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—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 unless it is adjusted for such a surface in accordance with this Operator’s Manual.

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, except in accordance with the special instructions for such use provided in this Operator’s Manual.

Warning—To prevent electric shock, use the appliance only with an extension cord suitable for outdoor use.

Extension cords—To prevent the appliance cord and the extension cord from disconnecting during operation, connect the extension cord to the appliance as shown on Figure 4.

Avoid accidental starting—Don’t carry the appliance with your finger on the switch. Ensure that the switch is off when plugging in the appliance.

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Don’t 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:

Stop the appliance.

Release the trigger and the safety interlock switch.

Unplug the power supply cord.

Inspect for damage.

Repair any damage before starting and operating the appliance.

Disconnect the appliance—Disconnect the appliance from the power supply when not in use, before servicing, or when changing accessories.

Store an idle appliance indoors—When the appliance is not in use, it should be stored indoors in a dry, secure 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.

Improperly using or maintaining this appliance could result in injury or death. To reduce this potential, comply with the following safety instructions.

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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.


Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the appliance and in the manual(s) before operating this appliance. Be thoroughly familiar with the controls and the proper use of the equipment. 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.


Thoroughly inspect the area where the appliance is to be used and remove all doormats, sleds, boards, wires, and other foreign objects.

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.

Do not attempt to clear snow from a gravel or crushed rock surface. This appliance is intended for use only on paved surfaces.

Never attempt to make any adjustments while the motor is running (except when specifically recommended by manufacturer).

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.

Look behind and use care when backing up with the appliance.

Disengage power to the rotor blades when the appliance is transported or not in use.

Never operate the appliance without good visibility or light. Always be sure of your footing, and keep a firm hold on the handles. Walk; never run.

Clearing a Clogged Discharge


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 chute.

To clear the chute:

Shut the motor off!

Wait 10 seconds to be sure the rotor blades have stopped rotating.

Always use a clean-out tool, not your hands.

Maintenance and Storage

Check all fasteners at frequent intervals for proper tightness to be sure the equipment 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 necessary.

Run the appliance a few minutes after throwing snow to prevent freeze-up of the rotor blades.


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, remove the ignition key, thoroughly inspect the appliance for any damage, and repair the damage before restarting and operating the appliance.

If the unit should start to vibrate abnormally, stop the motor and check immediately for the cause. Vibration is generally a warning of trouble.

Stop the motor 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 and ensure that the rotor blades and all moving parts have stopped.

Exercise extreme caution when operating on slopes.

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.


Safety and Instructional


Important: Safety and instruction decals are located near areas of potential danger. Replace damaged or lost decals.


1. Push the button on the

2. Release the trigger and

side of the handle, then

safety interlock switch to

grip and squeeze the

disengage the rotor.

trigger to engage the rotor.







Electric shock hazard


Read the Operator's










Keep bystanders a safe



hazard of foot; auger


distance from the machine.





Remove the ignition key



hazard of hand; impeller


and read the instructions





before servicing or


performing maintenance.


Loose Parts

Use the chart below to verify that all parts have been shipped.










No parts required

Position the assist handle.





No parts required

Adjust the Power Shovel height.





Positioning the Assist Handle

No Parts Required


Figure 1

1.Move and rotate the assist handle to a position that is comfortable for you.

2. Tighten the knob.


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