Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 168
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by gts367 Great machine, Great value
This the second Cub Cadet snowblower I've purchased in the the 4 years. The first one is doing just fine, and with the addition of a second machine it should make snow removal at our vacation home much easier. The power steering is a great feature, and the engine has more than enough power to move the heaviest snow.
October 13, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SnowBelt I should have dropped the plowing service years ago.
The product was easy to assemble and use. I have never owned a snow blower before. I have always used a plowing service. We live right in the heart of the snow belt and get 140" of snow every year. I have a 200 ft long drive with a turn-around area large enough to park six cars as well as two small sidewalks. The unit has gotten a pretty good test and works very well. I am able to clear 4-6 " of average weight snow in about 30-45 minutes. It has an electric start, but it is so easy to pull start that have not used the electric start yet. Our walks are very curved and the unit is maneuverable enough to handle them without a problem. The unit is easy enough to operate that it can be operated with one hand. I have been very happy with this product and would recommend it.
January 26, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by inthewoods2 Does the job well.
Starts easy. Moves snow well. Actually works best if snow is over 4 inches deep. Already used 6 times (Wisconsin) starts easy even at -15 degrees air temp. Power steering takes awhile to get the hang of but is very helpful.
I did call Cub Cadet about white grease inside the oil fill tube and on the oil dipstick. Not to much feedback from CC but went to Home Depot and looked at floor models. All had the white grease. Mine was just heavier. CC suggested removing the grease. Should not have been there according to CC tech.
December 31, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JerryR The best snow blower I've ever had
.I'm 65 years old with heart trouble. Really shouldn't be shoveling snow. This machine is very easy to operate. Between the power steering and the electric start, it couldn't be easier. In fact I had a very hard time getting it back from my Eight year old Granddaughter once she got behind the controls. I had a much bigger machine before buying this, but for its size, it does an excellent job. My property is One Hundred' wide, with a Four car driveway. The machine handled 18 to 24 inches of snow effortlessly
January 31, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JJ208 An absoulute MONSTER!
I just bought this snowblower and had the chance to use it during the first snowstorm of the year here in NJ. The snow was extremely wet and heavy and I watched neighbors struggle with their snowblowers trying to move this heavy wet snow with not a lot of luck. I fired up my cub cadet and was easily throwing snow up to 30 feet! I'm sure the neighbors were envious and I was extremely happy! It did it with ease and was very easy to use. The power steering works like a charm and the capability of changing directions of the snow you are throwing with one hand is amazing! A+ in my book
December 11, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by NorEaster Great purchase, great dealer
I reluctantly bought this. I was a tractor/plow guy for many years. then came 2011-2012 storms in CT that left back to back 2 foot of snow. I couldn't get my plow out of the garage. I ended up doing the 100ft + driveway with a single stage I borrowed. After some research, that summer sold the tractor and single stage and purchased a 524SWE from a local dealer in central CT. It ran great for the first couple snows, then had a starting problem. it wouldn't stay running. The dealer picked up my machine and fixed it, mid season and had it to me within days. I will not buy power equipment at a box store again. Anyway the blower. Has handled several 2ft storms and one 30 inch storm. That's not counting the sand covered muck that's much higher at the end of the driveway. I wish the engine had a little more power but it never failed and I never felt I was over working the machine. Never had a traction issue, love the power steering. The plastic chute has held up to three + years with no damage. The only thing I do not like is the horizontal control of the chute. I prefer worm gear/crank. I do like the joystick for up/down control however. I don't usually write reviews but I had a great experience with this machine and the dealer. If it had the bigger engine and worm gear it'd be just about perfect. This is a three year ownership review and I would buy again. I think the hand warmers are available for this machine and if so....ill be purchasing. Happy snow blowing.
October 19, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Customer1 Very Good For the Money
I've had this snow blower since November. 2014 and have now had the opportunity to use it in several kinds of snow. I keep this in my garage which is about 60* in the winter so it starts easily usually on the first and second pull. I don't bother with the electric start but it's nice to know it's available if needed.
There is enough power to handle heavy, wet snow, though instead of throwing 10' to 15' as it does with drier, lighter snow, it throws 6' to 10'. Certainly understandable because of the difference in weight. Regardless, power is not a limiting factor. I've had several snowfalls so far but with a maximum of 10" of at one time so far but that was no problem at all.
Assembly wasn't an issue since I bought a floor model. I have about a 120' single lane driveway, 90% gravel and once the supplied skids were adjusted to their maximum height the blower glides right along with next to no gravel throwing.
The power steering works fine, turning easily, and the larger tires with deep tread work well also. The traction is there except when powering through snow piles left by the road plows. The blower has enough power but needs a bit more muscling from me to push through the deeper and heavier accumulations. This is mostly because the tires want to ride on top of the heavy packed plow hills. Again understandable. But don't get me wrong this blower will do the job with a minimum of effort.
The multiple forward speeds give plenty of range to satisfy anyone's preferred walking speed. Reverse is limited to two rather slow speeds, which makes sense since I'm sure Cub Cadet doesn't want the blower to run you down in reverse. Nonetheless I'd like one more speed that is a bit faster.
It would be nice to have heated handles for the coldest weather but I was aware of the lack before I made the purchase. They are available after market, but too pricy for my taste. The one handed chute control works well for me, which was a small concern before purchase. I haven't had to adjust it, but it seems easily done. It's also nice to have a headlight, but I haven't used the machine in the dark yet so I have no comment.
Be sure to use StaBil or Sea Foam to prevent your gas from going bad if you don't expect regular usage. Better safe than sorry, for sure.
On the whole I'm pleased with this purchase and unless you have an unusual situation, I think it would work just fine for almost any residential user. Recommended.
January 31, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by FRXL Hardest Working Machine I've Ever Owned
It has been quite a winter in my corner of Vermont; not as bad as Boston's apocalyptic winter of 2015, but challenging nonetheless.
I did a fair amount of research before purchasing the Cub Cadet. The "power steering" feature was the clincher, and it does make the machine easier to use.
My first use came after a hospital stay, where a six-inch snowfall had been packed in the driveway while I was indisposed for a week. I used a shovel to break up the heavily compacted snow and then used the snow blower to clear away the chunks. The Cub Cadet did a good job breaking up the compacted snow and throwing it clear of the driveway.
The next use was on a heavy wet snowfall. It was then that I realized that that the Cub is truly a SNOW blower and not a slush blower. It clogged frequently with the heavy wet snow. It's good it comes with cleaning tool for the chute, because it was definitely needed. Still, when things weren't too wet, it did a good job of clearing and moving the snow out of the driveway.
Following those two storms, we started getting some serious snowstorms with frigid temperatures and deep powder snow. This is the Cub Cadet's natural environment. It excels at clearing powdery snow and throwing it a considerable distance. We've had three or four of these powder snow storms in the past month or so, and all of them have been a breeze to clear.
So far the piles of snow the local town plows leave at the end of the driveway have not been too much of a challenge for the Cub Cadet. It may be necessary to slow down a little so the machine doesn't stall, but so far it has always been able to get through the piles and clear them away.
The machine came fully assembled from Home Depot, and the assembly seems good. The machine starts on the first or second pull, even in single-digit temperatures. I've used the electric start just once, to show my wife how to start the machine, and that works well, too. Some people have made negative comments on the manual adjustment for the chute, and while an electric control might be easier to use, it's not the manual chute control that's the problem as much as it is trying to control the speed and direction of the snow blower while changing the direction of the discharge chute. Sometimes it just makes more sense to stop and adjust the chute, then turn the machine around and start a new pass, and not try to do everything at once.
The "power steering" is nice to have. It's really a manual disengagement of the drive to one or both of the wheels, using an under-handle lever on each side. It makes it easy to spin the machine in a tight circle, or to adjust the direction close to a wall or around an obstacle. It's not perfect -- for example, you can't use the left wheel control and adjust the chute position simultaneously, because both require use of your left hand (or stopping the machine) -- but there are times when it is a very useful feature.
It seems to be very frugal with its gas usage. Through a minimum of six storms, I've used just over two gallons of gas.
My biggest complaints are that the engine controls are inconveniently located and the instructions are not more detailed. The throttle control is just a small slide mounted on the engine itself, and all of the controls are mounted on the engine behind a cluster of control cables. The instruction manual doesn't give any instruction on a proper setting for the shave plate. Should it be set to contact the ground, or should there be a couple of millimeters clearance? You'll never find that out from the instruction manual. Other than those few small issues, this is a very well designed and capable machine. I haven't used it at night, so I don't know how much of a problem it will be with the chute blocking the headlight, but I do suspect that the headlight placement is less than ideal. If the chute faces straight ahead or to the right, it will almost certainly block the headlight.
February 23, 2015