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Troy-Bilt Storm 2840 31AH64Q
 
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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User Reviews - Troy-Bilt Storm 2840 31AH64Q
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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.
 
1.0
disappointed
1/29/2014
Pros
Cons
Can't Handle Wet Snow
Best Uses
Driveway
Comment:
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.
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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