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Troy-Bilt Storm 2840 31AH64Q Snow blower

 
Approximate retail price:
$900
Summary: This two-stage, gas-powered Troy-Bilt snow blower has electric start and a 28-inch clearing width. It also has a headlight and single-lever chute control.
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Type: Two-stage gas snow blowers
About - Troy-Bilt Storm 2840 31AH64Q

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.


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.

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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.

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Features & Specs - Troy-Bilt Storm 2840 31AH64Q
info Engine size 277cc
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 Yes
info Heated handgrips Yes
info Warranty (yrs.) 2
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5.0
Read the manual, not just the quickstart
1/9/2015
Pros
Cleared 21
Clears to the Pavement
Throws Far
Cons
Difficult To Turn Around
Pull-start Takes Effort
Best Uses
Deep snow
Driveway
Long sidewalks
Wide Driveways
Comment:
After battling last year's record-breaking Michigan snowfall totals with a single-stage LawnBoy, I decided to up the ante this season, with the purchase of the Storm 2840. I don't think I'll be disappointed.<br /><br />First things first:<br />Don't trust Lowe's to have completed all of the recommended adjustments during assembly. The manual recommends adjusting the skid plates, tire pressure and cable tension before actually putting the machine to use. Lowe's assembly only includes flipping the handles up and putting on the chute for display. My skids were uneven, and left the scraper bar floating 3/8 high on one side and less than 1/8 on the other. I also had to adjust the drive selection cable, which was set much too tight, preventing me from being able to use the full range of speeds available.<br /><br />On to performance:<br />I picked mine up for the first big storm of 2015 in West Michigan, which dropped over a foot of snow on the ground in 24 hours, with high winds and gusts upwards of 45mph. I have driveway that is 3 cars wide at the top, 3-4 cars long, with a 45-degree turn half-way down, all of which is on the leeward (East/Southeast) side of the house meaning this is where the snow collects when it gets blown around from the windward side. We're also on an interior corner lot which has about 125 linear feet of sidewalk with a slow 90-degree turn around the bend. The back side of the lot is open to a large field, which produces significant blowing and drifting in the driveway and across both straight sections of sidewalk.<br /><br />When I tackled the snow with the 2840, I was immediately With most of the sidewalk work and the upper half of the driveway depth up to the full intake height of the blower, I ran most of the work in the lower forward speeds. Even with that much snow, I never once had to stop to let the blower catch up to the load, and was impressed with the throwing capability, which was powerful enough to consistently throw up to 30 feet.<br /><br />It was also nice to find that I was able to clear the full width of the sidewalk in just 2 passes with very little overflow on the second pass. While this snow was pretty dry, I didn't have any issues with clogging.<br /><br />With the skids properly adjusted, I was able to get down to about 1/8 of snow left behind after the first pass, just letting the blower do all the work. With some additional effort on my part, it was possible to get down to a dusting left behind.<br /><br />Handling this machine does take some effort, since the wheels share a common axle. It's not really a problem on slow turns, as you can just lean into the handles to guide it one way or the other. But, turn-arounds at the top and bottom of the driveway took some muscle to execute. I found that the easiest way was to lift the wheels, and turn on the skids. This should be fine with heavy snowfalls, when the snow provides a surface for sliding. But, will shorten the life of the skids, if you try to execute the same maneuver on a bare surface. That said, no one claimed that this unit supported freewheel steering. So, I won't knock it down to a 4-star.<br /><br />I also tried out both pull-starting and the plug-in Electric Start. The recoil pull-starter takes some decent strength to use. But, this is made up for by the E-start, which is a real a shoulder/back saver.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
4.0
No Problems at ALL!
9/23/2014
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Great Value
Maneuverable
Plenty of power
Starts easily
Throws Far
Cons
Heavy
Best Uses
Driveway
Comment:
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
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
NEVER AGAIN
3/2/2014
Pros
Works Well When The Belt
Cons
Junk
Best Uses
None
Comment:
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
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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