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Snow blowers

Cub Cadet 31AH57S
 
Approximate retail price:
$1500
Summary: This 30-inch, two-stage snower includes a second impeller, electric start, and a headlight, among other key features.
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Type: Two-stage gas snow blowers
About - Cub Cadet 31AH57S

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.


Width (in.):
The clearing width, or swath, in inches.

Removal speed:
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
info Engine size 420cc
info Electric start Yes
info Multiple speeds Yes
info Single hand controls Yes
info Freewheel steering Yes
info Single lever chute adjustment No
info Headlight Yes
info Heated handgrips Yes
info Warranty (yrs.) 3
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User Reviews - Cub Cadet 31AH57S
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5.0
No replacement for displacement....
11/14/2014
Pros
Big Wheels
Clears to the Pavement
Lightweight
Maneuverable
Throws Far
Cons
Loud But A Proud Loud
Best Uses
Driveway
Making Neighbour Jelious
Professional
Yard
Comment:
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
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(29 of 29 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
3X- Not quite as good as advertised
3/12/2014
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Maneuverable
Cons
Hard On Auger Belts
Best Uses
Driveway
Comment:
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.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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