Toro makes great products! I have an old Toro with the rubber paddles that scoop and throw the snow. It's a very simple system and works surprisingly well. I've replaced the paddles once but otherwise it's been trouble-free.
For what it's worth, like the plumbing manufacturers, Toro sells some inferior models of mowers to the big box stores - they are very different in quality from the models you buy at a small-engine shop. I don't know if they do the same thing with snow blowers.