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Snow blowers

Troy-Bilt Storm 2620 31BM63P
 
Approximate retail price:
$760
We expect this model to perform similarly to the tested Craftsman 88970 although it may differ in price and features.
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Type: Two-stage gas snow blowers
About - Troy-Bilt Storm 2620 31BM63P

The Troy-Bilt Storm 2620 31BM63P is a snow blower available from Troy-Bilt. The Storm 2620 31BM63P typically costs $760 .

Consumer Reports recommends that you match the features on a model to the needs you have. Here's our take on some of the specifications and features that are commonly available on snow blower models like the Storm 2620 31BM63P.


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.

Tested Model
The Ratings of Craftsman 88970 were applied to untested model Troy-Bilt Storm 2620 31BM63P, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
Craftsman 88970
Approximate retail price:
$750
About This Brand

Troy Bilt is the MTD-made brand sold in Lowes. Troy Bilt gas-powered snow blowers feature single- and two-stage four-cycle engines, a mix of electric and recoil starters, and snow clearing widths of 21 to 45 inches.

Features & Specs - Troy-Bilt Storm 2620 31BM63P
info Engine size 208-cc
info Electric start Yes
info Multiple speeds Yes
info Single hand controls Yes
info Freewheel steering No
info Single lever chute adjustment Yes
info Headlight No
info Heated handgrips No
info Warranty (yrs.) 2
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User Reviews - Troy-Bilt Storm 2620 31BM63P
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Decent snow blower
2/26/2014
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Maneuverable
Reliable
Throws Far
Cons
Fuel Guzzler/Smelly
Loud
Runs Rough
Best Uses
Driveway
Comment:
I bought this unit from Lowe's 2 seasons ago. It was used for one storm last year. This year I have had it out for 7 storms, putting about 10 hours on the engine doing a 400 foot gravel driveway. It has handled light fluffy snow and heavy wet snow equally well.<br />It has been very reliable, starting nearly every time (see below). Mechanically it has been great, no major issues. <br />I did find that if I completely remove the choke once it is warmed up, it surges, particularly at idle. By adjusting the choke back on a little it straightened out. Colder weather actually used the choke less so it seems to be tuned for about 10 degrees.<br />I have only used the electric start once just to try it out, but it has pull started fine.<br />I did find that the fuel needs to be run completely dry at the end of the season. I left a little in after the first season and it gummed up the carburetor. After running it a while with fresh gas and a little Stabil it has been bullet-proof.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
4.0
very good experience
2/16/2014
Pros
Clears Heavy Snow
Clears To Pavement
Gas Efficient
Throws Far
Turns Over Easily
Cons
None
Best Uses
Driveway
Patio
Comment:
I have had this machine (or Troy BIlt equivalent) for 4 seasons. Excellent machine. I do the yearly oil change and spark plug change myself. I would have it professionally serviced every few years (dirt in carb bowl caused some missing, etc). Don't leave it outside after you use it, impeller froze in place from impacted snow which turned to ice and I couldn't use it the next day until it spent many hours in the garage. Beats the heck out of shoveling, but no snowblower is effort-free. Even though it is self-propelled, in slippery snow or on ice you still have to direct it somewhat. Chains would be better but I never bothered getting them. Very good value for the price. It is a trouble-free workhorse.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Troubled
3/3/2011
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Lightweight
Seviceable
Throws Far
Cons
Durability
Service
Best Uses
Driveway
Yard
Comment:
Spring on wheel clutch cable snapped in two months. Neither part nor service available from MTD service providers. I didn't try [...]. This must be a design flaw because part was not available from any MTD service sources.[...]
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
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