What's this? Overall score is based mainly on removal speed, distance, surface cleaning, controls, and handling.
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Summary:This 30-inch, two-stage Cub Cadet has an extra-large, 16-inch auger and impeller and individual triggers to release either wheel for quick and easy turns, along with plug-in electric start, multiple ground speeds, single-hand controls, and a headlight. Heated grips are also included.
The Cub Cadet 930SWE 31AH95SU is part of the snow blower
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, snow blower
models like the 930SWE 31AH95SU 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 930SWE 31AH95SU
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.
I've had mine since 2004. The design hasn't changed significantly since then. It's still manufactured by MTD (Not my first choice in Manufacturers), but I have no major complaints. I live in the Upstate NY Snowbelt and I plow heavy snow, sometime higher than the 22 opening. It blows the snow far enough to clear the far side of my 20 foot wide driveways. I do have to add Gas treatment to my gas or the ethanol gas fouls things up after awhile. A common problem in most small gas engines. I've replaced the auger belt a few times. It's one of the few Blowers that only has one auger belt. My service guy says most have 2 auger belts. I've found that the OEM belts last longer. I've replaced a few inexpensive parts on mine, which is normal for an 8 year old machine.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Mount Horeb, WI
(14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)
Great Snow blower
Clears to the Pavement
This is an excellent machine for the price!! It makes very quick work out of a big snow! The only downfall is the plastic chute and manual handle. I wish it had gear box driven type controls but for the price it is understandable!