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
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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.
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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.
Features & Specs - Troy-Bilt Storm 2840 31AH64Q
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.
Machine works awsome. The first machine i brought home made a loud humming noise when i turned the auger on. Brought it back to Lowes, they gave me a new one and it no longer has the problem. I never figured out what the problem was, but i used the new one again on the snow plow pile and it worked great. I like it so far.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
Three years of disatisfaction
Good Looking Design
Can't Handle Wet Snow
Chute Assembly Disengages
Does Not Maneuver Well
Poor Chute Control
This machine replaced a 22 year old 21 Snapper. I've owned it 3 years. Today I took a financial hit and traded it in on an Ariens. The troybilt has seen only one year of real snow. Long plastic chute clogs easily with wet snow. This results in chute popping off machine. Does not clear to cement surface. Hard to maneuver and turn. No throttle - On or off and it is very loud. The neighborhood knows when I start it up unfortunately. This year I replaced both the friction wheel and auger belt - $200.00 in repairs happening at the most inopportune time. Joystick control and cables controlling the chute don't as hold position. Handwarmers are nice. Works best n dry snow but chute cannot clear a moderate snowfall without having to stop band let catch up. I suspect the 12 auger is to small for the one speed high throttle. Its a good looking machine and that's about it. I am glad to have it out of my life.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Unhappy Snowman
from Eastern Massachusetts
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Mistake to buy
Great hand warmers
Can't Handle Wet Snow
Old Ariens seized so had to get new unit fast and this one was reasonably priced and available, with good reputation. In use it's another story.<br /><br />Maybe I was spoiled by years using the Ariens with its differential and un/lockable drive wheels, but the solid axle on this blower makes steering, even small corrections of direction, into major muscle building. Add to that a tendency to pull to the side at times, making clearing a driveway an adventure.<br /><br />The cement-like stuff at the front of my driveway - and thrown four feet into the driveway by the street plows - just oozes from the chute and occasionally jams it. Turning the chute side-to-side helps clear jams, but is sometimes difficult with the joystick control. And this was after only a 6-inch snowfall. The prospect of having to clear after a serious storm is depressing.<br /><br />The only real plus is the heated grips, good enough that I don't need gloves.<br /><br />The lack of maneuvarability and poor wet snow clearing makes me think seriously of selling this at a loss if necassary and getting a better one at my leisure before next winter. I won't buy another Troy-Bilt, either.