Troy-Bilt Storm Tracker 2690XP 31BM73R snow blower

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Summary: This two-stage, gas-powered, track-driven Troy-Bilt has a 26-inch clearing width and comes with electric start. It also has a headlight and single-lever chute control.
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Type: Two-stage gas snow blowers
About - Troy-Bilt Storm Tracker 2690XP 31BM73R

The Troy-Bilt Storm Tracker 2690XP 31BM73R is part of the snow blower test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, snow blower models like the Storm Tracker 2690XP 31BM73R 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.
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 Tracker 2690XP 31BM73R
info Engine size 208cc
info Electric start Yes
info Multiple speeds Yes
info Single hand controls Yes
info Freewheel steering Yes
info Single lever chute adjustment Yes
info Headlight Yes
info Heated handgrips Yes
info Warranty (yrs.) 3
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User Reviews - Troy-Bilt Storm Tracker 2690XP 31BM73R
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Happy with my purchase
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Best Uses
Just used my new machine for the first time on 6 of snow from the 2015 blizzard pn my long gravel driveway. I like the clever power steering and chute control. Both made my task go much quicker than my previous snow blower. The electric hand warmers were great, too. Could do with fewer speeds and the auger/drive levers are harder to squeeze than I like. All in all a great machine!
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
Bought it for the hill
Tracks Make It Work
Can't Handle Wet Snow
Clogs Easily
Doesn't Throw As Well
Best Uses
Driveway On A Hill
I expected harder turning, but needed to navigate our steep driveway. The individual wheel brakes help with handing. But it doesn't throw wet snow very far and clogs easily on it. In fact, wet messy snow may pile up in front of it and not even get to the auger. We haven't had a deep, dry snow in over a year. I am hoping (and anticipating) better performance on that. BTW all the speeds are a gimmick. Three forward would be plenty. The rest are too similar. It could use a faster reverse speed. Speed is done with an adjustable shieve pulley by pulling a cable. Even though it is controlled by a lever with notches, it is hard to change (takes a fair amount of force).
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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