Snow Blowers


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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Symptoms of Bad Snowblower Plug

March 21st, 2016 ernie Posted in Repairs & Mtce | No Comments »

Symptoms of Bad Snowblower PlugA poorly running snowblower engine may be difficult to start. When it does start, the engine may run roughly, cough, sputter etc. It also may not run under full power and may not deliver full power. There can be a number of issues that could cause this condition including the spark plug. While all of these could be symptoms of bad snowblower plugs, they can be symptoms of poor gasoline, dirty fuel filters and gummed carburetors.  The best way to deal with this problems is by a process of elimination and one of the easiest is to check and clean the spark plug.

Symptoms of Bad Snowblower Plug

Remove the spark plug after first disconnection the spark plug wire and moving off to the side. Use an air blower of some kind to blow away any dirt and dust from around the snowblower spark plug. With the proper tool, remove the spark plug and assess the condition of the plug.

If it is clean with no carbon deposits, regap the plug and reinsert it. If there are any deposits, they should be removed using sandpaper and then the plug regapped to the specified gap as outlined in the manual.

If the plug is very dirty, with lots of carbon, it probably should be replaced. Replace any plug that is in this condition.

Often this is all that is needed. If this step does not make your engine run smoother or start, then further checks are necessary. Verify that there is a spark getting to the plug, verify that there is clean gas in the gas tank. Also use some gas line cleaner added to the gas tank.

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Symptoms of Bad Spark Plug Snowblower

March 7th, 2016 ernie Posted in Repairs & Mtce | No Comments »

Symptoms of Bad Spark Plug SnowblowerWhat are the symptoms of bad spark plugs in snow blowers? If your engine is not running well, there can be a number of reasons causing this including a bad spark plug. While it might be other items causing the problem, one of the easiest things to check is the spark plug. Remove the plug and clean it, check the gap and replace it. Confirm also that there is a spark between the terminals of the plug. Install the plug and try running the engine to determine if this makes any difference. You will notice right away if this was the problem. Overly dirty contaminated plugs should be replaced with new spark plugs after making sure that the gap has been set to the proper specifications.

Symptoms of Bad Spark Plug Snowblower

If the spark plug is black and covered with soot, it needs to be cleaned or replaced. But the soot is an indicator that the fuel air mixture is not correct. This usually means a dirty carburetor. Sometimes the carb can be cleaned by using gasoline treatment which will clean the carb and keep the gas fresh.

Never leave old gas in your snow blowers gas tank for any length of time. It tends to gum up everything and will cause the condition mentioned above. If the cleaner does not work, the carb will need to be taken apart and cleaned. If you are not familiar with this type of work, it is best to hire a small engine mechanic to complete the work for you.

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John Deere Oil Change Manuals

February 21st, 2016 ernie Posted in Repairs & Mtce | No Comments »

John Deere Oil Change ManualsWhile you really do not need to have the John Deere oil change manuals in front of you when you are changing the oil it is a good idea to review it ahead of time. We are going to cover the step by step generic process to change the oil in a snow blower. You will need to confirm the viscosity of the oil that should be used in your particular John Deere snow blower. We also suggest that you review all safety precautions for your snow blower prior to doing any kind of maintenance including the oil change.  Here is your step by step process for an oil change.

John Deere Oil Change Manuals

  • Run your snow blowers engine for 5 minutes to warm up the oil
  • Shut the engine off and disconnect the spark plug wire
  • Place a catch basin under the oil outlet to catch the oil
  • Loosen the oil filler dip stick
  • Loosen the oil drain plug and allow the warm oil to drain into the catch basin
  • Wait until all oil has drained from the engine
  • Attach the oil drain plug and tighten
  • Add the proper viscosity oil to the engine via the oil filler dip stick
  • Ensure the oil level is at the correct level on the dip stick
  • Place the oil filler dip stick in place and tighten
  • Attach the spark plug wire
  • Start the engine and allow it to run for a few minutes
  • Shut the engine off
  • Remeasure the oil level in the engine to ensure sufficient oil
  • If there is too much you will need to drain some out.

Check the oil level prior to starting the engine each time you use it to ensure there is sufficient oil in the engine. While it is pretty straight forward, care should be taken to avoid spilling oil on the floor of your garage or on the ground. Place a drip sheet under the snow blower if this is a concern. Follow all proper safety precautions as outlined in the manual.

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John Deere Snow Thrower Oil Change

February 7th, 2016 ernie Posted in Repairs & Mtce | No Comments »

John Deere Snow Thrower Oil ChangeRegardless of the type of snow thrower you have, changing the oil in your snowthrower and doing a tune up at least once a year will ensure it lasts for many years. A John Deere snow thrower oil change is relatively easy to do yourself. Two main points to always remember is A)Follow the safety instructions outlined in the manual and B) properly dispose of the oil from the engine! Not only do you want to be friendly to the environment, you also do not want the mess around your home or to be storing old oil in your garage or work shed.

John Deere Snow Thrower Oil Change

Follow the safety instructions such as disconnecting the spark plug before working on the engine or the impeller and auger. This is one of the most important items to remember. Never do any kind of repair or maintenance on a running snowthower and never take the chance of poking a shovel or pole into the auger area while it is running. Many people have lost an arm or foot in this manner.

Before draining the oil, run the snow thrower engine for a few minutes to warm up the oil so that it runs freely. When it drains you will drain much more of the oil from the engine if the oil is warm or even hot. You also drain many more impurities that can settle to the bottom of the engine reservoir if the oil is cold.

Drain the oil into a reservoir and use one of the old containers to hold the old engine oil. Most garages will accept old oil for disposal or you can take it to one if the chemical disposal places in your area. Once the oil is drained, tightened the oil stop and add new oil up to the level specified on the dip stick. Run the engine for a few minutes and recheck.

It is a good idea to check the level of oil in the engine each time it is used to make sure there is sufficient oil in the engine and that it is not discolored due to over use.

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John Deere snow Blower Oil Change

January 21st, 2016 ernie Posted in Repairs & Mtce | No Comments »

John Deere snow Blower Oil ChangeIt is pretty easy to complete a John Deere snow blower oil change. There are a few key steps you need to follow to ensure that the job is completed safely and properly. We will cover these in this post, but the main thing to do is to review your snow blowers manual. This will confirm the type of oil to use, how much oil to use and how often the oil should be changed. For most consumers, once a year is typical based on limited usage over the winter. We suggest doing the oil change in the fall so that you have fresh oil in the crankcase for the coming season. If you use the snow blower for commercial services, you should change the oil more often.

John Deere snow Blower Oil Change – Steps

The following steps can be followed for just about any snow blower, however always read the manual before you begin. Here we go:

  • Place the snow blower on a flat location
  • Run the engine for 10 minutes to warm up the oil
  • Shut the engine off and remove safety key so that it cannot restart
  • Place an oil pan under the engine and under the oil drain plug
  • Loosen the oil drain cap and allow the oil to drain completely
  • Once the oil is finished draining, replace the oil drain cap
  • Tighten the cap securely
  • Add new engine oil to the oil filler reservoir
  • Measure the oil to ensure that it is at the right level
  • Start the engine and let it run for a few minutes
  • Recheck the engine oil level and add oil if needed
  • Clean up the area and properly dispose of the used oil

It is pretty straightforward to complete the John Deere snow Blower Oil Change or any other snow blower oil change for that matter. Make sure you read the instructions in your manual before attempting the job.

You will also want to check the belts to make sure that they are properly tensioned, and grease the auger assembly. Any other repairs that are needed should be completed at this time.

 

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John Deere 1130se Snow Blower

January 7th, 2016 ernie Posted in John Deere | No Comments »

John Deere 1130se Snow BlowerWe have completes a full review of the John Deere 1130se Snow Blower. Just click on the link to view that review. This page contains a summary  of this particular snow blower and will be useful to folks looking for something short to view. This is a great snow blower for residential consumers as well as commercial use in a residential situation. Snow drift guides and 30 inch clearing width coupled with 10.5 hp provides lots of power and clearing capability to make short work of most snow drifts and snow clearing jobs. You can start the snow blower using a pull chord as well as electric start if needed. There are 6 forward speeds to fit all snow clearing situations.

John Deere 1130se Snow Blower – Details

Features include :

  • Free hand control for easy chute rotation
  • Push button 110V electric start standard
  • Recoil start with large mitten grip
  • Easy Steer® drive system giving continuous power to both wheels and auto speed adjustment
  • Aluminized Super Lo-Tone muffler for reduced noise
  • Cast iron gear case
  • Steel auger with serrated flighting
  • Deluxe console and handlebar design
  • Large chute opening for increased snow capacity
  • New dash mounted electric chute rotation with 200-degree turning radius
  • Remote chute deflector
  • Heavy duty embossed auger housing
  • Heated hand grips with two settings
  • Offset halogen headlight for better visibility
  • Drift cutters standard
  • Heat-treated, reversible skid shoes
  • Throttle control
  • Fresh Start® fuel cap standard
  • Includes tool box and clear out brush
  • This product is CARB compliant

Based on a quick search of comments and reviews, consumers find that the halogen light burns out easily and is difficult to replace without it burning out again. As with all halogen bulbs you need to make sure that you never touch the bulb with your fingers. Always use a dry cloth. Any moisture will cause it to burn out. They are very sensitive.

Another major complaint is that the disc drive slips. If any moisture gets on this disc drive, it will slip. There is a seal kit available to deal with this issue. If your machine is out of warranty you will need to install it yourself or have a mechanic do it at your cost.

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