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.
We needed a machine that could turn on a dime yet clear over 100 feet of driveways and walkways. As promised in the CR Review it did not disappoint.<br /><br />The ability to lock out one wheel and turn in the direction of the locked out wheel made hours of blowing record snow levels seem like a walk in the park. No need to hip check the beast to make a turn.<br /><br />The 420 cc motor ran like a tank but sounded like one too. I learned to love the sound.<br /><br />Hard packed snow piled in by the plow did slow down the process but the extra work was done by that third-stage auger not me. <br /><br />My part of Canada had record monthly snow from December until March in 2013-14 so the banks piled over 10 feet high yet the machine met the challenges.<br /><br />When the power of those 420 cubic inches hit an ice packed plow pile there will be a lot of stress on the tires. Do yourself a favour and ask the dealer to put tubes in the tires. The forces can break your tire to rim seal. <br /><br />I did 4 years worth of plowing in one what with record snow and the fun of doing up to 8 of the neighbours on my days off. <br /><br />I loved this machine as three stages are truly better than two and as your father will tell ya There is no replacement for displacement. .
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Fredericton, Canada
(29 of 29 customers found this review helpful)
3X- Not quite as good as advertised
Clears to the Pavement
Hard On Auger Belts
We use it for a medium sized rural driveway. It's easy to use and always starts right up. However, it does not handle wet snow as well as the Cub Cadet Video seems to show. First dump of heavy wet snow we burned up an auger belt. The dealer was great, but... this product needs double auger belts.