The Troy-Bilt Storm 2840 31AH64Q is part of the snow blower
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, snow blower
models like the Storm 2840 31AH64Q 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.
The following models have the same ratings as Troy-Bilt Storm 2840 31AH64Q.
Features and specs may vary
The Ratings applied to untested model MTD Pro 31AH64FG come from our tests of model Troy-Bilt Storm 2840 31AH64Q, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both. no Single-stage electric snow blowers start
The Ratings applied to untested model Yard Machines 31AH64FG come from our tests of model Troy-Bilt Storm 2840 31AH64Q, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
The Ratings applied to untested model Craftsman 98538 come from our tests of model Troy-Bilt Storm 2840 31AH64Q, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
The Ratings applied to untested model Yard Man 31AH65LG come from our tests of model Troy-Bilt Storm 2840 31AH64Q, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both. bigger engine, heated grips
The Ratings applied to untested model Cub Cadet 528SWE 31AH54TT come from our tests of model Troy-Bilt Storm 2840 31AH64Q, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both. turning clutches
The Ratings applied to untested model Craftsman 88395 come from our tests of model Troy-Bilt Storm 2840 31AH64Q, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
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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.
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 purchased this last Fall for my new home and 2 car wide, 50ft+ driveway. I decided to go a little bigger than recommended for the size of my driveway and I am glad I did. I compared brands with similar features and found this model was the best bang for the buck. We had several storms last winter with both light and wet heavy snow, and I had NO problems with either. My driveway is a good incline and this blower had no problems clearing snow and easily moving up the incline while doing so. The multiple forward and reverse drive speeds make navigation pretty easy for a machine its size. It also cut through the plow rows at the bottom with little trouble. The chute control joystick can take a little getting use to and may need some adjustment of the tightening knobs to get it prefect, but after getting the hang of it, I found it much easier than the old hand crank controls. I cannot speak to others that have had issues with quality or feel it is underpowered, as that is not my experience so far. The only negative I have is that it is a VERY heavy machine and moving it when not running can be a chore. I never had to use the electric start last winter as it started easily with the hand pull every use. I hope I will have the same experience this winter as well. I try to take care of my equipment and prepare them well for storage and then get them ready for use early before they are needed. Sometimes it seems like the owners manuals maintenance instructions are excessive, but I have found that if you follow their recommendations as closely as possible, most equipment will perform and last acceptably for long periods of time with few issues.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Ticked of in Ohio
from Clyde, OH
Works Well When The Belt
Auger belt constantly falls off. Started when it was brand new from lowes. Biggest waste of money I have ever spent! Will never purchase another Troybilt product again!!!!!!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By frusturated snow mover
from northwest indiana
Can't Handle Wet Snow
No issues mechanically, but to move snow i must take small cuts, but when i get to the end of the driveway, i don't even bother if the plow trucks have been by already. The chute plugs very easily. I can't stress that enough. It's also plastic (which i didn't think would be an issue), but the cables or joystick won't lock into a position, so i am continually re-positioning chute to where it becomes a nuisance when you are trying to get work done. It doesn't seem to blow snow very far at all, which I thought was me being spoiled initially, but these issues I have are similar to other complaints that I've read from others as well. I am going to upgrade to the larger 3 stage Cub Cadet for next winter to see if I can move snow how i would like to. It appears for a little more money I can get much better results.