Rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Scotchriver Assembly & Install went well - waiting for snow
Assembled and installed (temporarily) the Agri-Fab LST42E model snowblower this past weekend on a Husqvarna GTH52XLS tractor. A few minor issues but all went well. My comments below.
The model version delivered is an "E" which is the latest I assume. Can't see any major differences compared to D and earlier C versions although I think some hardware options for different tractor models are the main variance. The unit came in a Husqvarna labeled box and the sticker on the unit says "Manufactured for Husqvarna Model 531 30 71-69". The operator & assembly manual is for an LST42E
Home Depot Canada price of $1307 + $99 shipping is very good. Husqvarna dealers sell the same unit right now for $1899 although it comes in Husqvarna orange color.
Assembly is straight forward, manual is very good. The first step is to add blower mounting hardware to the tractor frame. The plastic side grilles on the GTH52XLS are removed to install the front metal side plates which the snowblower are mounted on howevere the grilles require a minor trim to clear the side plates on reinstall. The large GTH52XLS front bumper cannot be used if a snowblower is used.
The next step is to finish adding a few parts to the clutch/idler assembly that mounts under the tractor when using the snowblower and then installing the this assembly on the tractor. On my particular clutch/idler assembly someone had forgot to add two washers under an idler pulley and it thus was tightened against the frame and wouldn't turn. I had to remove the idler and add a washer for it to work correctly. After that the chute and chute controls are installed on the main snowblower housing and then you are ready to mount the snowblower on the tractor.
I found the chute controls on the left to be fine. The lift handle on the right was angled a bit to close to the hood on the GTH52XLS (tight for your leg/foot) so I elongated the pole mounting holes so it could be pivoted outward a bit.
Many nuts/bolts on the snowblower were not particularly tight, so I checked and re-tightened all nuts/bolts on all pieces.
Quite a few spare nuts/bolts and hardware pieces (even a spare idler pulley) as the kit is designed for many different tractor models.
Removing the snow blower and clutch/idler assembly was pretty easy, reinstall will be similar.
October 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by WILLIE WORKS GREAT
HAVE USED IT FOR 2 YEARS. WORKS GREAT ON MY ARIENS 42" 18HP GEAR SHIFT TRACTOR. HAVE A GRAVEL DRIVE WITH AUGHTS AND ONES ON TOP. TAKES QUITE A WHILE FOR ONE PERSON TO INSTALL BUT DOABLE.
October 25, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by James Throws snow 50+ feet
This appears to be an updated version of an MTD I bought 12 years ago. Agri-Fab (Husqvarna, ergo Electrolux) got rid of the $500 useless gear/chain case which broke twice, indicating better engineering. The impeller throws snow 50+ feet. I wish Electrolux would recommend attachments for Poulan, Husqvarna, and other equipment they own, so one knows what fits. I love it.
February 18, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer Snow Blower
This snow blower is great. It is well made and is very sturdy. It is easy to attach, but dos take some time and knowledge to attach the first time. After that, it is easy to attach/remove unit. Instructions are easy to follow and the pictures in the instructions are clear and exact.
December 10, 2013