Snow Blowers


Yard Machines MTD 31ABS62EE500 2 Stage 24-Inch Snow Thrower

August 21st, 2016 ernie Posted in 24 " Wide Blowers, Yard Machine | No Comments »

Yard Machines MTD 31ABS62EE500 2 Stage 24-Inch Snow Thrower Description: The Yard Machines MTD 31ABS62EE500 2 Stage 24-Inch Snow Thrower is a basic 24 inch wide snow clearing machine suitable for most consumer needs with the standard driveway. It is also relatively small compared to many other machines and easily be stored inside your garage.  It has the standard 6 forward speeds, side crank chute control, powered light and electric or manual start capability.

Features:

  • 6 forward / 2 reverse speeds
  • 24″ clearing width
  • Side Crank chute control
  • Large wheels provide traction
  • Powered light
  • Electric Starter / Manual Start

Specifications:

  • Drive type: Direct Disc type
  • Engine: n/a
  • Stage: Two Stage
  • Max power: n/a
  • Rated speed: 6 speeds
  • Auger: n/a
  • Impeller: n/a
  • Folding Handles: n/a
  • Padded Handles: n/a
  • Heated Handles: n/a
  • Electric Start: yes
  • Single Hand Direction Control: No
  • Clearing width: 24 inch
  • Intake Height: 21 inch
  • Weight: 85 kg
  • Fuel: gasoline
  • Light: yes

Customer Review Summary

There are no customer reviews for the Yard Machines MTD 31ABS62EE500 2 Stage 24-Inch Snow Thrower at the time of preparing this review. We will update this review in a few months time to add summaries of any future reviews. If you have purchased this machine and would like to leave a review for our readers, please do so.

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Yard Machines MTD 31AH54TG500 2 Stage 28-Inch Snow Thrower

August 7th, 2016 ernie Posted in 28 " Wide Blowers, Yard Machine | No Comments »

Yard Machines MTD 31AH54TG500 2 Stage 28-Inch Snow ThrowerDescription: The Yard Machines MTD 31AH54TG500 2 Stage 28-Inch Snow Thrower is a new machine offered for sale. There are no reviews as of yet. It is a 28 inch wide machine which is a middle of the width machine. it has 4 way chute control and it also is steerable with the click of a trigger. It also comes with a chute that will not rust. Electric start is also included.

Features:

  • 6 forward / 2 reverse speeds
  • 28″ clearing width
  • 4 way chute control
  • Large wheels provide traction
  • Steering Control
  • Powered light
  • Electric Starter / Manual Start

Specifications:

  • Drive type: Direct Disc type
  • Engine: n/a
  • Stage: Two Stage
  • Max power: n/a
  • Rated speed: 6 forward
  • Auger: n/a
  • Impeller: n/a
  • Folding Handles: n/a
  • Padded Handles: n/a
  • Heated Handles: yes
  • Electric Start: Yes
  • Single Hand Direction Control: yes
  • Clearing width: 28 inch
  • Intake Height: 21 inch
  • Weight: 116 kg
  • Fuel: regular gasoline
  • Light: yes

Customer Review Summary

There were no reviews available at the time of preparing this review for the Yard Machines MTD 31AH54TG500 2 Stage 28-Inch Snow Thrower. If you have purchased this snow thrower please leave comments regarding your impressions of the machine and it’s suitability for consumers. We will update this post in a few months.

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Poulan Pro 2-Stage Electric Start Snow Thrower 24-Inch

July 21st, 2016 ernie Posted in 24 " Wide Blowers | No Comments »

Poulan Pro 2-Stage Electric Start Snow Thrower 24-Inch Description: The Poulan Pro 2-Stage Electric Start Snow Thrower 24-Inch comes with 6 forward and one reverse gears. It has a 24 inch clearing width which is suitable for most residential snow clearing requirements. It is also small enough to be easily stored in most garages when not in use at 24 inches wide. Customers can also start the snow blower using the electric starter, which is a huge convenience for many home owners.

Features:This is a basic machine based on the description we were able to find on several pages. It does not have folding handles or heated handles which some home owners might appreciate on cold days when they are out blowing snow.

  • 6 forward / 1 reverse speeds
  • 24″ clearing width
  • Remote chute control
  • Large 13 inch wheels provide traction
  • Powered light
  • Electric Starter / Manual Start

Specifications:

  • Drive type: Direct Disc Type
  • Engine: 208cc
  • Stage: Two Stage
  • Max power: 9.5 foot pound
  • Rated speed: 6 speed
  • Auger: 12″ diameter
  • Impellar: 12″ diameter
  • Folding Handles: n/a
  • Padded Handles: n/a
  • Heated Handles: n/a
  • Electric Start: Yes
  • Single Hand Direction Control: n/a
  • Clearing width: 24 inches
  • Intake Height: N/a
  • Weight: 109kg
  • Fuel: Regular Gas
  • Light: Yes

Customer Review Summary

At the time of preparing this review, we could not find any customer reviews for the Poulan Pro 2-Stage Electric Start Snow Thrower 24-Inch. If you have purchased one of these machines, please us your comments so other readers can benefit from your impressions. We will revisit this post in a month or two to update it with customer reviews.

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Stanley 36-Inch Two-Stage Gas Snow Blower

July 7th, 2016 ernie Posted in 36 " Wide Blowers, Stanley | No Comments »

Stanley 36-Inch Two-Stage Gas Snow BlowerDescription:This is a large machine suitable for someone  who has lots of snow to clear. Note that you will also need space to store it, so if you have a small garage you may have to store it outside. The electric starter will be appreciated on this Stanley 36-Inch Two-Stage Gas Snow Blower. It makes starting easy along with many other features that come with this machine. The 15 horsepower engine throws snow as far as 40 feet.

Features:With six forward speeds, 2 reverse feeds and a 36 inch wide clearing capability, this machine will make quick work of your driveway or lane way. The Stanley 36-Inch Two-Stage Gas Snow Blower comes with a powered light for night time work and an electric starter to make starting easy. The high speed impeller will throw snow as far as 40 feet. We found that the descriptions online were not very good at providing detail to allow us to confirm features etc. Please review our list provided below.

  • 6 forward / 2 reverse speeds
  • 36″ clearing width
  • Chute control
  • Large 6.5 inch wheels provide traction
  • Powered light
  • Electric Starter

Specifications:

  • Drive type: Direct Disc type
  • Engine: 420 cc
  • Stage: Two Stage
  • Max power: 15 horsepower
  • Rated speed: 6 speed
  • Auger: serrated steel
  • Impeller: 3 blade high speed
  • Folding Handles: n/a
  • Padded Handles:n/a
  • Heated Handles: n/a
  • Electric Start: yes, non standard battery
  • Single Hand Direction Control: control interlock
  • Clearing width: 36 inch
  • Intake Height: n/a
  • Weight: 342 pounds
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Light: Yes

Customer Review Summary

We did not find many reviews for the Stanley 36-Inch Two-Stage Gas Snow Blower. In fact only two reviews were found, one good and one bad. The positive review indicated they were very happy with this machine even though delivery was delayed and it was difficult to assemble. The other review was very negative and suggested it was a poorly made product with many poor customer reviews although we could not find them.

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Husqvarna ST230P – 30-Inch 291cc Two Stage Electric Start

June 21st, 2016 ernie Posted in 30 " Wide Blowers, Husqvarna, Reviews | No Comments »

Husqvarna ST230P - 30-Inch 291cc Two Stage Electric Start

The Husqvarna ST230P – 30-Inch 291cc Two Stage Electric Start snow blower has lots of great features, however consumers are reporting that there is a problem with the belts shredding and the snow blower not living up to expectations. See customer review summary below.

Description: The Husqvarna ST230P – 30-Inch 291cc Two Stage Electric Start snow blower comes with 30 inch clearing width, 12 inch clearing height capabilities. It also has steering control, and LED light and electric start. Heated handles also help in cold weather if you are out clearing snow for long periods.

Features:

  • 7 forward / 2 reverse speeds
  • 30″ clearing width
  • Powered chute control
  • Large 16 inch wheels provide traction
  • Steering Control
  • LED Powered light
  • Electric Starter / Manual Start

Specifications:

  • Drive type: Direct Drive Disc
  • Engine: 291 cc
  • Stage: Two Stage
  • Auger : 12 inch ribbon
  • Heated Handles : Yes
  • Electric Start: Yes
  • Single Hand Direction Control : Powered steering
  • Clearing width: 30 inch
  • Intake Height: 12 inch
  • Weight: 336 pounds
  • Fuel: Regular gas
  • Light: LED
  • Fuel Tank: 3.6 liter

Customer Review Summary

At the time of preparing this review there were 44 reviews with only 52% of the reviews rating a 4 or better out of 5. 32% of the reviews awarded a 1 rating for this Husqvarna ST230P – 30-Inch 291cc Two Stage Electric Start snow blower.

There appears to be a big problem with the auger belt. It does not last and many customers had to replace it after only a few hours of use. Some returned the snow blower to the store where they made their purchase. Other consumers attempted to replace the belt, which can be done by anyone who is familiar with working around small engines. Belts should last years and not hours. This is a major issue for this model. One customer reported that the belt ran 20 minutes before shredding.

A symptom of belt failure is that the auger tends to push the snow rather than grind it up and throw it out the chute. Basically the belt begins to slip, the auger slows down and the snow builds up in front of the machine as you move forward. Some consumers felt that the machine was cheaply made.

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Husqvarna ST224P – 24-Inch 208cc Two Stage Electric Start

June 7th, 2016 ernie Posted in 24 " Wide Blowers, Husqvarna, Reviews | No Comments »

Husqvarna ST224P - 24-Inch 208cc Two Stage Electric Start

The Husqvarna ST224P – 24-Inch 208cc Two Stage Electric Start snow blower clears a 24 inch wide swath and up to 12 inch deep snow.  It comes with heated handles and electric start to make using this machine more comfortable to use on extra cold days. In addition there is a powered steering feature which many consumers will appreciate especially if you have tight corners and small areas to work around.

Description: The engine displaces 208cc, comes with power steering and electric start, a LED light, clears 24 inches width at a time, has a 180 chute rotation capability, heated grip handles, 12 inch ribbon augers, friction disc transmission, aluminum gearbox, large 15 inch tires and the gas tank holds up to 2.7 liters. There is a 3 year warranty on the machine and a 5 year warranty on the engine and gear box.

Features:

  • 7 forward / 2 reverse speeds
  • 24″ clearing width
  • Powered chute control
  • Large 15 inch wheels provide traction
  • Powered Steering Control
  • LED Powered light
  • Electric Starter / Manual Start

Specifications:

  • Drive type: Direct drive disc
  • Engine: 208cc
  • Stage: Two Stage
  • Auger : 12 inch ribbon
  • Heated Handles : Yes
  • Electric Start: Yes
  • Single Hand Direction Control : Steering control
  • Clearing width: 24 inch
  • Intake Height: 12 inch
  • Weight: 256 pounds
  • Fuel: regular gas
  • Light: LED

Customer Review Summary

This Husqvarna ST224P – 24-Inch 208cc Two Stage Electric Start has 24 reviews at the time of writing this review with an average rating of 4.7 out of five. 92% of the reviews are 4 or better which is quite good. There were no 1 star or 2 star ratings.

Onee owner have had problems with the belts that drive the auger and impeller. There may be a technical bulletin to dealers about having the belts changed. The dealer picked up the machine and repaired it at no charge to the owner.

Consumers are very satisfied with shipping, unpacking and operation of this Husqvarna ST224P – 24-Inch 208cc Two Stage Electric Start snow blower. Note that if you have a large area to clear you may want something with a larger width of clearing than this one at 24 inches.

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Husqvarna ST224 – 24-Inch 208cc Two Stage Electric Start Snowthrower

May 21st, 2016 ernie Posted in 24 " Wide Blowers, Husqvarna | No Comments »

Husqvarna ST224 - 24-Inch 208cc Two Stage Electric Start SnowthrowerThe Husqvarna ST224 – 24-Inch 208cc Two Stage Electric Start Snowthrower has many great features which will satisfy most consumer needs for the average consumers driveway. There are 6 forward gears and one reverse gear. It clears a 24 inch wide path and an intake height of 23 inches. It is not CARB compliant. It comes with 15 inch wheels and two LED powered lights. The control for the chute is multi controlled – e.g. both the chute direction and the chute deflector can be controlled remotely on a manual basis. This snow blower can be started manually as well as using an electric starter by plugging in the chord and connecting it to the appropriate place on the engine. This snow thrower is more than suitable for most consumers. If you have a long wide driveway or are intending to use this machine commercially, you may want to opt for a larger machine.

Description: This is a two stage, 6.7 hp engine with heated handles and one hand operation as you adjust the chute direction. It does not have steering control. The Husqvarna ST224 – 24-Inch 208cc Two Stage Electric Start Snowthrower weighs 240 pounds and uses regular gasoline in the 4 stroke engine.

Features:

  • 6 forward / 1 reverse speeds
  • 24″ clearing width
  • Remote Chute Deflector/Remote Chute Rotator
  • Large 15 inch wheels provide traction
  • LED Powered light
  • Electric Starter / Manual Start
  • Not Carb Compliant

Specifications:

  • Drive type: Direct Disc Type
  • Engine: 208cc
  • Stage: Two Stage
  • Max power: 208cc 6.7hp
  • Rated speed: 6 speed
  • Auger: NA
  • Impellar: NA
  • Folding Handles: No
  • Padded Handles: No
  • Heated Handles: Yes
  • Electric Start: Yes
  • Single Hand Direction Control : Yes
  • Clearing width: 24 inches
  • Intake Height: 23
  • Weight: 240 pounds
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Light: Yes , two LED’s

Customer Review Summary

At the time of writing this review there were 60 customer reviews with 45 of them positive reviews. Customer service was an issue for several customers along with some broken parts on delivery. Most customers were satisfied to extremely satisfied.

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Power Smart 24-inch 208cc LCT Gas Powered 2-Stage Snow Thrower with Electric Start

May 7th, 2016 ernie Posted in 24 " Wide Blowers, Power Smart | No Comments »

Power Smart DB7651 24-inch 208cc LCT Gas Powered 2-Stage Snow Thrower with Electric StartThe Power Smart 24-inch 208cc LCT Gas Powered 2-Stage Snow Thrower with Electric Start is manufactured by Amerisun Inc. and sold on Amazon. It is a pretty standard snow blower suitable for most residential applications. At 24 inches wide it will clear your driveway and also be easily stored in your garage or work shed. If you have high snow drifts and lots of snow with a large driveway you may want to opt for a larger machine that has more power and a wider intake to make faster work clearing snow. However this machine will meet most residential demands. It would not be recommended for any commercial applications due to its small size.

Description: The Power Smart 24-inch 208cc LCT Gas Powered 2-Stage Snow Thrower with Electric Start comes with 4 forward and two reverse speeds, 24 inch clearing width and a manual controlled power chute. This machine also comes with steering control and electric start to help consumers manage this snow blower while clearing snow.

Features:

  • 4 forward / 2 reverse speeds
  • 24″ clearing width
  • Manual powered chute control
  • Large 13 inch wheels provide traction
  • Steering Control
  • Electric Starter / Manual Start
  • Non Carb Compliant

Specifications:

  • Drive type:Speed & Direction Control
  • Engine:208cc OHV
  • Auger : Steel
  • Impellar: Yes
  • Folding Handles: No
  • Padded Handles: No
  • Heated Handles: No
  • Electric Start: Yes
  • Single Hand Direction Control: Yes
  • Clearing width: 24 inches
  • Intake Height: 21 inches
  • Weight: 180 pounds
  • Fuel: Regular
  • Light: No

Customer Review Summary

This snow blower, had 202 reviews at the time if this review with a 73% positive rating of 4 or better. The majority of customers were very happy with the product.

However 27% of customers are unhappy with the product mainly due to poor customer support, poor packaging and missing parts in the box. Some went as far as to recommend that customers should not purchase this product.

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Tire Chains for Snow Blowers

April 21st, 2016 ernie Posted in Tire Chains | No Comments »

tire chains for snow blowersThe tires shown in this picture are brand new and will deliver full traction even without the chains. Unfortunately even on pure ice, they will slip and that is when you should consider using tire chains for snow blowers on your tires to provide much better traction and avoid slippage. There are times when it make sense to use tire chains for snow blowers and other times when you should not use them under any circumstances. Long driveways with slopes are examples when tire chains might be needed. You can waste a lot of time and become very frustrated trying to deal with icy snow conditions on an upward slope. You may even have to up hill without clearing any snow just to make it up the hill. Even going down hill in heavy snow with ice underneath may be a challenge. But when would you want to reconsider using tire chains?

Tire Chains for Snow Blowers

Any time you have a newly paved driveway that you do not want to scratch, or paving stones that cost you thousands of dollars is a time when you do not want to use tire chains. The chains will leave scratches that cannot be removed or hidden and most people would not like this at all.

In fact you should also use a Teflon scraper bar on the bottom and Teflon shoes for the snow blower to avoid any scratches on your pavement or paver stones. If you are planning to hire a professional snow clearing company to clear your driveway, this fact should be checked to make sure they use the right equipment on your newly paved driveway to avoid permanent damage.

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Chains for Snow Blowers Craftsman

April 7th, 2016 ernie Posted in Tire Chains | No Comments »

chains for snow blowers craftsmanTire chains for snow blowers craftsman or any make of snow blower will definitely help with traction control. The writer has personally used chains and from experience I can tell you there is a time to use chains on a snow blower tire and there is a time when you definitely do not want to use them. Anyone with a brand new paved driveway or a driveway with stone pavers should really think twice about using the tire chains on their snow blower. The problem is that these chains will slip on the surface and they will scratch your brand new driveway leaving permanent marks. Asphalt can be resealed in the summer to hide the scratch marks to some degree, but they are there permanently. On stone pavers there is really not a lot you can do. Once the stones are scratched, the only way to get rid of the marks is to replace the stones and you might not even be able to replace them with the same shade. Now it will look worse than it did with the scratch marks on the stone. Just don’t use tire chains in these situations.

Chains for Snow Blowers Craftsman

If you have a steep driveway where traction is really important and you have to use chains, there is another approach you can try. On the way down the slope, the weight of the snow blower will help to carry it forward and you probably can cut a full swath on the way down the slope. On the way up you may have to settle for 1/3 or even less just to get up the slope without slipping.

It is true that it will take much longer to clear your driveway, but that is the price of not using chains. If this approach does not work they you may just have to use the chains and live with the scratch marks.

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