Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 107
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by newbob437 Good snowthrower, but....
I recently purchased the 3X 26" snowthrower and have been very impressed with the reliability and power of this product. Certainly doesn't bog down when pushing through a mound of snow and starts reliably every time. However, I'm very disappointed in the 4-way / multi-directional pitch control chute. It never stays in the direction or angle you point it and tends to stray due to the pressure of snow being discharged through the chute. You can tighten down the overlarge wing nut to get it to stay, but then you can't change the angle unless you loosen again. I had read about this being a concern prior to my purchase and now I can see what they mean.
February 25, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by snowman Basic Design Flaws mar an excellent machine
Model Number: Cub Cadet 31AH55TA710 (3X 26)
The good news is the machine is generally very well built and assembly was very simple.
The bad news and reason for the poor rating is that it is not possible to shift into reverse 2 and difficult to shift into reverse one. When using a snow thrower, these are very important functions.
There are 2 basic design flaws which create this problem:
1. The first is the Rod Shift Assembly Torsion Spring (PN 732-04311A) which is too stiff to allow full shift range into R2 (See photo labeled Torsion Spring). In order to move to R2, the torque needed on this shaft is 120 in-lbs. Considering the radius of the shift linkage to the cable, this means the force on the able is 60 pounds! This was measured on the Flange Nut (712-04063) with a calibrated torque wrench. The actual force on the operator shift knob feels like 30 or 40 pounds and the front of the machine actually lifts off the ground if you try to shift into R2. This is either a design error, or manufacturing quality error. BTW, the shift cable came adjusted properly and is fully slack in Fast Forward (F6) and the Friction Wheel Assembly is resting against the Hex shaft clip. This is not an adjustment issue!
2. The other problem is that the shift lever is literally tearing up the detent notches the flimsy plastic Handle Panel (931-04187A) if you try to force the shift into R1 or R2. See photos after trying this several times. I have not even used the machine yet, but I doubt this would last more than a couple hours. Then it would be impossible to lock the shift into any reverse speeds.
I have provided good detail here with the hope that the manufacturer will correct this problem for me and other customers. I may have to return this to Home Depot and buy another brand since a Snow Thrower without reverse is pretty useless. It's ashamed that these design flaws affect a machine which appears to be very well built and is a US product. I will also post this on You Tube, hoping the manufacturer will notice.
December 23, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by mrhills3rd Awsome Machine
I bought this snow blower in November of 2014 so I've used it for one season. This is a great machine. I only have one minor complaint and that is that the chute always goes to the highest height because of the force of the snow. Other than that, I have no complaints. The controls were easy to get use to and the grip warmers are great. I made a path through my yard the other day so I could get to my shed to check on my Cub Cadet LTX 1050 riding mower that I bought new last spring. I only gave this blower a good rating like anything else I rate because I always believe there is room for improvement.
March 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Norm This snow thrower is awesome!
This is my first "big" snow thrower and what an amazing machine! My old one was a competitors single stage thrower that worked pretty good but I needed a larger thrower that had a better drive system. Being in my mid 60's with a bum knee this 3 stage thrower was the perfect choice. We live on a small cul-de-sac and when the city plows it gets quite messy at the end of the driveway and in front of the mail box. This machine just ate up the "plow slop" like nothing! Performed excellently on the driveway and other areas. Definitely recommend this to anyone in the market for a snow thrower..
February 12, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Smudge Impressive Perfornance and Power
I purchased the three-stage 26" model late last year and have had two opportunities to use it as of mid-January 2015 with 5" of snow both times. Easy to start from cold both with the electric starter and the manual pulley method (only two pulls got her started). The controls are easy to get the hang of and the power is all there. With the thrower nozzle fully elevated it throws the snow a good 12 -15 feet. It clears our 100' driveway in about 8 minutes flat. Totally awesome machine - glad I chose this Cub Cadet.
February 17, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Shabbasgoy Poor Customer Service
Cannot comment on the performance of the Cub. See below.
Used Cub Cadet 3X 26' for about an hour. Sheer pin broke but did not fully exit. This caused problems with the belt which then needed to be replaced. Hence no snowblower.
Home Depot does not work on these, you must contact Cub Cadet and they direct you to the nearest repair shop. For me, that was 45 miles away. So 180 miles to bring in and pick up the Cub. Right away, I knew I made the wrong decision to purchase the Cub.
Called Cub again and was directed to a non-authorized repair shop which was closer to my home. Why I wasn't given this option the first time is unknown. Brought Cub in for the minor replacement of the sheer pin and belt. Guess what? No belts for the Cub!
A simple part like a belt is not in stock by Cub so must wait without snowblower in worst snow ever. Two weeks later, still no belt. On back order. Still waiting, maybe this Spring Cub will have belts?
I don't care how great the product is, what's the point if you don't have a proper customer service setup where you can get minor problems like replacing a belt taken care of without having to wait weeks? No excuses, for this kind of money $1400 Cub should have parts in stock.
Should have gone to Sears
February 19, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Gottogo Great snow thrower.
Great snow thrower went through the plow bank at the end of my driveway like it was nothing. Even in top gear. The more snow that goes in the farther it throws it. Love the steering although takes time to get use to using it. Hand Warner's are great but doesn't seem like the right handle is getting as warm as the left. Wish reverse had a higher / faster gear but I get the safety issues of being to fast in reverse.
January 25, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Julaka71 Snowblower love
I am a 54 year old, 5'4" female, and new to the snowblower. My husband is 74 and cannot do outdoor work, so, after researching snowblowers, bought the 26 inch three stage. Woke up to 7 inches of snow this morning. Started up with electric start and proceeded to do my drive and walkways. It was pretty straight forward and simple, considering it was a heavy wet snow. This blower moved right thru, the chute was easy to operate, and the cleaning tool came in handy a couple of times. I have a quarter mile drive and was done in about an hour...Love the tight turning feature...just need to figure out how to attach the cab...all in all a great experience for a first time user, since I was concerned if I would be able to handle it.
Thanks Cub Cadet...
November 24, 2013