The Husqvarna ST230E is part of the snow blower
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, snow blower
models like the ST230E 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 - Husqvarna ST230E
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.
once I found the right speed it worked great, we have had plenty of snow this year 2015 no problems, bought it at lowes already together
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By jack tarr
Can't Handle Wet Snow
Hard To Control Speed
Shoot Gets Ice To Often
I wish I kept my 25 yr old snowblower it never iced up and was much easer to control.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By New blower wont start in Minnesota
from Minneapolis, MN
Won't start in Nov, purchased in April
Clears to the Pavement
Bad Into Wind
Difficult to Start
Slow In Deep Snow
Slow In Packed Snow
Purchased last April, used it for 2 spring storms, it cleared the wet snow decently. However, the controls make no sense, as you have to take your hand off the auger-on to adjust the chute, vertical or horizontal. This November, went to start it with an early storm, and it won't start. New plug, oil change, new gas, safety key is in. Have spark, seems like no gas is getting through. The one I replaced, started on the first crank, although it has other issues. Not very happy.