The Cub Cadet 31AH57S is part of the snow blower
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, snow blower
models like the 31AH57S are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
The clearing width, or swath, in inches.
Removal speed is how quickly models could remove snow without laboring; single-stage machines were pushed as quickly as possible before the machine labored.
Plow pile removal:
How fast the snow thrower can remove a simulated pile of snow left by a municipal plow at the end of a driveway.
Features & Specs - Cub Cadet 31AH57S
Engine size Engine Size is the engine displacement measured in cubic centimeters for gasoline powered engines. Most manufacturers not longer give a horsepower rating. Engine displacement is now the only universal way to compare relative engine size. Electric motors are stated in amps.
Electric start Most models offer a plug-in startng device that saves you the hassle of pull-starting the engine, but you need to be near an outlet.
Multiple speeds For two-stage models, most come with multiple forward speeds and two reverse speeds. The ability to vary ground speed according to snow conditions gets the job done faster. Some of the least expensive two-stage models have only one forward speed.
Single hand controls Most two-stage models have individual lever controls on each side of the handlebar, one engaging the wheel traction and the other for engaging the auger/impeller. This feature allows both control levers to be held down with one hand, leaving the other hand free to adjust the chute controls.
Single hand controls
Freewheel steering For two-stage models, this feature, which usually consists of triggers under each handlebar, disengages either or both the left and right drive wheels for easy, sharp turning.
Single lever chute adjustment Only on two-stage models, a single lever or "joystick" on the control panel allows for quick changes to the horizontal discharge direction (the alternative is a hand crank) and to the vertical discharge height (the alternative is leaving the operator position and manual adjustment) all with a single lever.
Single lever chute adjustment
Headlight This eases snow throwing at night or in low-light situations.
Heated handgrips Heated handgrips are a nicety, though they don't replace a good pair of gloves.
Warranty (yrs.) Manufacturer's stated warranty in years of coverage. In most cases it applies only to consumer use and not commercial use.
The MTD engine starts easily, despite the thrower coming with a defective primer bulb. Unfortunately, unless you keep the engine in full or 3/4 choke the engine misses and loses power.<br /><br />Very weak engine for its CC's. Even dry snow is only thrown ~ 10 feet. Wet snow maybe 6 with a tailwind.<br /><br />Struggles with 4 of snow. 6 was very difficult. My wife was outdoing me with a snow shovel.<br /><br />Very difficult to get chute angle tension right. You'll either have to clamp it so tight that the adjuster lever on the top is impossible to move, or engine vibration (which there's a LOT of) will move the adjuster lever to the bottom of the console, directing the snow to blow almost straight up.<br /><br />Hit a 1/2 rotten poplar stick buried in the snow on the driveway (that's one step above balsa wood). Both auger blades on the left side bent out of shape.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Frederick, MD
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Lots of power and good handling
3x Set Up Works Well
Clearing Heavy Snow
This blower replaced one that was 10 years old, also a Cub Cadet. The 420 cc engine starts right up and is very powerful (and very loud). Handling is very sure. I adore the *manual* chute control... I so often had trouble with my old electric set up. I don't think the heated handles get as warm as the ones I used to have, although it does help with comfort. It handles slush pretty well, although it can get bogged down. The included small shovel really helps clean the chutes easily if they get clogged.<br /><br />The only issues I have had is after owning it less than a year, the headlight failed and the impeller control was stuck on. Fortunately it was still under warranty. I found the spark plug cap impossible to remove by hand and there is nothing in the manual about how to take care of it (pull hard with pliers!) The blue shoes that run along the driveway and shield the bottom blade from getting scuffed up are pricey... something like $18 a piece.<br /><br />At the time I bought it there was a no-interest financing plan available. <br /><br />All in all, I believe this is a serious machine for serious snow removal.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Warm weather lazy.
from West Central Wisconsin.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Does what they say.
Clears to the Pavement
Its Gonna Start
Stop Auger Quick If Clog
Stop auger quickly if fouled by ice chunks(this can happen to any machine)but you smell the belts. Any other condition it is impressive.Drifts higher than the machine are no problem.Speeds 1-2 are slow,3-4 are walking,5 is brisk,6 you are trotting with it. ! reverse real slow,2 reverse normal. The 110v start is fantastic. Once away from the house and warm,rope pull good too.