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Cub Cadet 3X 26 in. 357cc 3-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower with Power Steering and Heated Grips

Cub Cadet

3X 26 in. 357cc 3-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower with Power Steering and Heated Grips

  • 357cc Cub Cadet electric start engine with 26 in. clearing width
  • 4-way pitch control and chute rotation
  • Power steering with fingertip trigger controls and heated grips
$126003 /each

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Product Overview

Introducing the revolutionary new Cub Cadet 3X 3-Stage snow blower. These industry exclusive cuts through tough packed snow and ice like no other machine available today. The 3X’s unique high-speed Induction Accelerator draws snow through the system, creating an effortless forward motion. No backups. No ride ups. No spill over. This new 3X technology easily cuts through deep snowfall up to 50% faster than 2-Stage snow blowers. There’s no stopping the next generation of Cub Cadet snow blowers.

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  • Ideal snowfall range: 6 in. to 16 in.
  • Ideal surfaces: smooth and gravel surfaces; flat to slight slope
  • 26 in. clearing width, 21 in. intake height
  • 357cc electric start Cub Cadet 4-cycle OHV engine
  • Clear snow faster: new 3X induction accelerator moves snow up to 50% faster than 2X snow throwers
  • Trigger controlled power steering at your fingertips for unmatched control, effortless maneuverability and 1-hand operation
  • Heated hand grips for added comfort
  • Revolutionary cool blue skid shoes glide along surfaces for better maneuverability and won’t rust or damage your driveway
  • 6 forward and 2 reverse speeds allow for easy snow clearing at your pace
  • Push button electric start makes it incredibly easy to start in tough winter conditions
  • Single-hand 4-way chute control adjusts the chute rotation and pitch with 1-hand for the ultimate snow throwing control
  • In-dash headlight allows you to clear your driveway any time of the day or night
  • 15 in. x 5 in. X-TRAC tires provide solid traction in extreme weather conditions
  • Throws snow up to 40 ft.
  • Use with 5W-30 oil for best results, unit comes pre-filled with oil
  • You're covered winter after winter with a premium 3-year limited residential and 1-year limited commercial warranty and 5-year limited auger gearbox

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Brand Cub Cadet Cub Cadet Cub Cadet Toro
Ratings (92) (205) (58) (29)
Snow Equipment Product Type Three Stage Gas Snow Blower Three Stage Gas Snow Blower Three Stage Gas Snow Blower Two Stage Gas Snow Blower
Snow Blower Usage Heavy Heavy Heavy
Clearing Surface Type Gravel/ Paved Gravel/ Paved Gravel/ Paved Gravel/ Paved
Engine Make OEM Branded OEM Branded OEM Branded OEM Branded
Snow Blower Features Headlight,Heated Handles,Power Steering,Skid Shoes,Variable Speed Headlight,Heated Handles,Skid Shoes Headlight,Heated Handles,Skid Shoes Headlight,Heated Handles,Skid Shoes
Clearing Width (In.) 26 26 28 28
Traction Wheel Drive Wheel Drive Wheel Drive Wheel Drive
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Customer Questions & Answers

How big is the box this comes in? I want to pick it up with my SUV.

Asked by: jab
No, unfortunately, the shipping box (with an inner wooden frame) is too large for even a Ford Explorer. You'll need a pickup truck and some kind of a lift to raise it high enough to load in the truck. Shipping is free and that's the way I had mine delivered to me.
Answered by: Snowbird
Date published: 2017-01-11

ac or dc electric start

the ads keep saying push start button and go, but do i have to plug the starter into house current or is it battery start
Asked by: chuck
You connect an AC extension cord to the receptacle of the Cub Cadet, insert the key, engage the choke, adjust the throttle to max, prime the engine a few times and press the 'ignition' button. It starts EVERY time, takes less than two seconds of cranking! However, once started, if I shut the engine down, I have a terrible time of restarting it by pulling the starter cord! I'm 5' 6", weight 155 pounds, not entirely a weakling, I can't restart the engine! I had to run back to the garage and get a 75-foot extension cord to restart the engine. Lesson LEARNED, don't ever stop the engine farther that your longest extension cord will reach! My 5hp Craftsman, when warm, restarts with just one pull of the starter cord. The Cub Cadet even when totally warmed up is impossible to restart by pulling the starter cord!
Answered by: Snowbird
Date published: 2017-03-18

Steel Chute?

Is a steel chute only available in the HD models?
Asked by: Jeff
Answered by: sdselectronics
Date published: 2015-09-20


Asked by: HiBye
it has a light
Answered by: sdselectronics
Date published: 2015-09-20
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Customer Reviews

3X 26 in. 357cc 3-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower with Power Steering and Heated Grips is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 205.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 3X Can Take A Vermont Winter I live in the mountains in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The 3X can take the winter weather we get up here and does so with ease. I put mine to the test and it has lived up to what they claim. It went right through hard, crusty, icy snow without getting bogged down. It just chewed it up and spit it out. I haven't even used the electric start since it starts with one easy pull. I didn't care about the electric hand warmers since my old snowblower didn't have them, but it's a great feature. I love how easy it is to turn the chute and the one handed operation makes it easy to adjust the chute on the go. Please forgive me for saying this but I wish it would snow more so I can get out there and use my Cub Cadet 3X.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Monster snow thrower for the heavy stuff I bought this 3 stage, 26" snow thrower to replace my aging 2 stage 24" one built by another manufacturer. I have to confess I was worried I was paying to much to just move snow around the driveway. But, you own a snow thrower for the big storms, 8" and up right? My first time out, we had a light snow around 4" that was heavy and wet. I thought this big daddy would handle it well. It did, to a point any way. In the deeper drifts, it cut through like a hot knife through butter. In the patch areas with little snow, to my disbelief, it kept clogging up. My only thought was, "man this thing needs a lot of throughput to run smoothly." Thinking it through a bit, I decided that maybe the problem wasn't the thrower at all. It was the snow not moving through with enough volume to shake loose the buildup in the chute. The upper auger had more than enough speed to toss an anvil out of the chute. So, to solve the buildup problem, I bought some "snow thrower lube". A day before the next storm, I applied the lube liberally through the entire auger bay and the chute. This allows the snow slide right over the surface. Well, problem solved. The snow thrower performed as it should, throwing snow over 40 feet without any clogging at all. Long story short: Even though it is a VERY powerful machine with a HUGE motor, you may still need snow thrower lube to keep it from clogging when dealing with low volumes of wet, heavy snow.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good machine aside from delivery Got our machine in and whoever home depot uses to deliver tipped it on its side. It comes prefilled with oil so the oil leaked everywhere and got into the Carborator. Had to take it in to be repaired before it could even be used. Also the headlight doesn't work if it gets to cold or snow/ice on the wires and the hand warmer don't work either. But aside from the luxury items it's a beast and plows threw everything.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reason why I bought it: I bought this model because my previous Craftsman, though STILL reliable ... Reason why I bought it: I bought this model because my previous Craftsman, though STILL reliable and fully functional after 10+ years of service, was laboring with the plow-pile dump at the entrance of my driveway and wet snow kept getting clogged in the output chute and I had to stop and clear the blockage frequently. The Cub Cadet is up to the 'snow game.' It's powerful, with almost twice the HP of my Craftsman with approx. 11hp vs 5hp. The second auger works beautifully. Having the 'joystick' controller to direct the output chute is also very convenient. Though I had the Cub Cadet for just one week, we did have a minor snowfall of four inches - this is not a good test of the capabilities on my new blower but the Cub Cadet didn't miss a beat, nor DID I expect it to. Can't wait for the next one-foot snowfall! Problems or inconveniences: The two provided manuals (one for the MTD Chinese-made engine and the other for the assembly/user instructions) are printed on really poor 'newspaper' stock and the instructions in many cases are poorly written or confusing (I was trained as an engineer and I expect manuals to be clearly written and illustrated). The output chute was partially assembled (the blower itself was very well packed and was delivered in excellent condition) and in order to attach it to the blower, certain alignment procedures must be followed. The instructions don't properly describe the procedure to attach the chute to the blower. Proper alignment of the chute and the joystick controller has to be set or the joystick won’t be able to fully control the output chute. Problem was that the output chute was shipped NOT set to the proper alignment with its attached gearbox and the alignment can’t be adjusted UNLESS the joystick’s spring-loaded button is depressed (this was NOT mentioned for the assembly instructions)! Not knowing this, I decided to remove the chute from its gearbox, hoping that I can change its alignment. Only after this did I operate the joystick because the joystick HAD to be oriented at a specific position and it can’t do this UNLESS I depress its spring-loaded button. All of a sudden, I noticed that the gearbox’s gearing was moving! However, I had already separated the chute from its gearbox. Now, I needed to re-attach the gearbox to the output chute and have all the parts properly aligned. To do this, I had turn over the gearbox. It was then I noticed that there was a screw hole present on the bottom of the gearbox’s bottom support plate a but the fastening screw was missing - evidently left out at the factory - more later (see attached photo of the missing screw). With everything finally in proper alignment, I was able to assemble the blower, but I did experienced a small issue when I tried to free the fastening pin for the gearbox. Upon removing the 'cotter pin' from the fastening pin, the 'cotter pin' spring tension was such that it just flew from my fingers and went, "bye bye" so I use a short piece of 14 gauge copper wire from a piece of Romex cable to secure the gearbox pin. Not what I read or expected: The new snow blower is suppose to be pre-filled with engine oil at the factory and that the tires were pumped with more air than specified, presumably so they don't go flat sitting in the warehouse. I had to add a few ounces of 5-30 weight oil to 'top it off' the oil sump. The tires are listed on the their sidewalls, "Inflate to 20psi" - I measured the pressure, each tire had ONLY 8psi! Nowhere else in the manuals was there specific information on tire air pressure (or for that matter the rated horse power of the engine - only its displacement was listed!); the molding on the tire's sidewall is the only information that addresses the proper tire pressure! Fortunately, I was able to pump it back to the specified 20psi. Had I not done that, and should the tires be of the tubeless type, a flat would have caused a real big problem as the tire would have been separated from its steel wheel. Without a 'sealing bead' between the tire and its wheel, it would have been IMPOSSIBLE to pump in air! I experienced that with my Craftsman; eventually had to buy two new tires with wheels at a cost of over $120 and the new tires appear to be of the tube type! Resolution: On the next business day, I called Cub Cadet (no way to eMail them as there is no contact information other than a live chat or a phone number on their website) and spoke to two people, both were extremely wonderful and helpful. The second person was from their parts department and after a few minutes, he was able to identify my missing gearbox screw and the 'cotter pin' that flew away. Rob shipped me the missing parts via UPS and I got them in three days. Warranty service: Service, from my singular experience has been stellar. I also asked about warranty service. Rob told me that there is a local warranty provider three towns from me, but I'd have to 'schlep' the blower to them (at least with Craftsman, they do provide on-site service for their lawn and snow removal equipment). The problem is that the thing weighs in excess of 255 pounds. Should I need service, I'll see if the service shop can come and it haul it away for service. All in all, I'm happy with my purchase and with MTD (manufacturer of Cub Cadet, Sears' high-end blowers and Troy-Bilt) service, it does provide great service. Recommendations: I DO have a few recommendations: 1) print the manuals using a decent grade of paper stock, 2) have a manual that is dedicated to the SPECIFIC model of snow blower that I bought AND not a collective manual serving several different models, 3) rewrite the manuals and have someone who is NOT familiar with their snow blower follow the instructions when assembling the snow blower and revise with suggestions from the 'beta' instruction tester, 4) have the factory fully check that all screws and 'what-nots' are fully installed and NOT left out - if something is not suppose to be there, MAKE mention of that in the instruction manual, 5) make sure all the manuals are provided in digital form on their website - I can't find the engine manual on Cub Cadet's website and finally 6) please provide a way to contact them via eMail - 'live chat' and a phone number are fine but not when they are closed for the business day. Satisfaction: At this time, I will give a provisional '5 star' rating. This may or may not be the 'permanent' star rating. I'd need a couple of 'major' snowfalls to fully address my 'satisfaction' rating.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This thing is a beast! Four of my neighbors and I pooled our money to purchase this snow blower. Our last one lasted 19 years and we thought that it was time to replace it. We bought it in December 2015 and it wasn't long before we had a 29" snowfall. I never bothered with the pull start initially (after stopping for gas, it started right up with the pull starter). This snow blower handled the snowfall as if it were only 6"" of snow! It's real test came after the county plowed in our driveways, but this thing didn't even flinch! I'm almost looking forward to the next snowfall! My only complaint is that the assembly instructions could have been a little clearer.
Date published: 2016-03-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I purchased this snowblower 3 years ago. The first year I didn't even get to use it, and the seco... I purchased this snowblower 3 years ago. The first year I didn't even get to use it, and the second year it had very light use,and I had to replace 2 sheer pins. It clogs up more than it blows. This winter, the first time I used it, 2 more pins replaced, and any heavy snow it just don't do the job. It's snowing now and I just came back inside because I'm tired of working on a fairly new snow blower. I have an old 1980's something Cub Cadet 2 stage blower that will wrap circles around this garbage. Do yourself a favor and stick to a 2 stage..A 3 stage is a waste of money.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was a "Beast" going through the Blizzard 2016... We got dumped with over 30 inches of snow and much higher in the drifts. This blower throws the snow farther than anyother snow blower being used in my neighborhood. Even went under snow that was higher than the front chute, backup and it falls and can be blown. Used it four or five times during the storm, made a car width path down the court to the plowed secondary road. Excellent even on the snow plowed in front of my driveway by the county. So this is the first use, but I'm optimistic about continuing use as this was the worst snow we've had in many years. Haven't tested the electric start, pull starts easy enough with only a couple of pulls.
Date published: 2016-02-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Never again will I purchase a Cub Cadet. Purchased a 3-stage Cub Cadet, used it twice with no is... Never again will I purchase a Cub Cadet. Purchased a 3-stage Cub Cadet, used it twice with no issues, the third time the worm gear broke… what has Cub Cadet done… nothing!!! Told by the shop that it has been sitting in all season that the parts are back ordered… yep, back ordered parts on a BRAND NEW machine… which leads me to believe we are NOT the only suckers that paid a lot of money for a snow blower and are STILL SHOVELING!!! Dennis from Cub Cadet’s response to me “Not my problem”
Date published: 2017-03-14
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