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Cub Cadet 31AH57S snow blower

 
Approximate retail price:
$1500
Summary: This 30-inch, two-stage snower includes a second impeller, electric start, and a headlight, among other key features.
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Type: Two-stage gas snow blowers
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1.0
Avoid this one
3/5/2015
Pros
Starts easy
Cons
Can't Handle Wet Snow
Cheap Auger Blades
Chute Controls Poor
Engine Misses
No Power
Best Uses
Driveway
Comment:
The MTD engine starts easily, despite the thrower coming with a defective primer bulb. Unfortunately, unless you keep the engine in full or 3/4 choke the engine misses and loses power.<br /><br />Very weak engine for its CC's. Even dry snow is only thrown ~ 10 feet. Wet snow maybe 6 with a tailwind.<br /><br />Struggles with 4 of snow. 6 was very difficult. My wife was outdoing me with a snow shovel.<br /><br />Very difficult to get chute angle tension right. You'll either have to clamp it so tight that the adjuster lever on the top is impossible to move, or engine vibration (which there's a LOT of) will move the adjuster lever to the bottom of the console, directing the snow to blow almost straight up.<br /><br />Hit a 1/2 rotten poplar stick buried in the snow on the driveway (that's one step above balsa wood). Both auger blades on the left side bent out of shape.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Lots of power and good handling
12/16/2014
Pros
3x Set Up Works Well
Powerful
Cons
Loud
Maintenance Issues
Best Uses
Clearing Heavy Snow
Comment:
This blower replaced one that was 10 years old, also a Cub Cadet. The 420 cc engine starts right up and is very powerful (and very loud). Handling is very sure. I adore the *manual* chute control... I so often had trouble with my old electric set up. I don't think the heated handles get as warm as the ones I used to have, although it does help with comfort. It handles slush pretty well, although it can get bogged down. The included small shovel really helps clean the chutes easily if they get clogged.<br /><br />The only issues I have had is after owning it less than a year, the headlight failed and the impeller control was stuck on. Fortunately it was still under warranty. I found the spark plug cap impossible to remove by hand and there is nothing in the manual about how to take care of it (pull hard with pliers!) The blue shoes that run along the driveway and shield the bottom blade from getting scuffed up are pricey... something like $18 a piece.<br /><br />At the time I bought it there was a no-interest financing plan available. <br /><br />All in all, I believe this is a serious machine for serious snow removal.
How long have you owned it:
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Does what they say.
12/13/2014
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Its Gonna Start
Maneuverable
Throws Far
Cons
Stop Auger Quick If Clog
Best Uses
Driveway
Walks
Comment:
Stop auger quickly if fouled by ice chunks(this can happen to any machine)but you smell the belts. Any other condition it is impressive.Drifts higher than the machine are no problem.Speeds 1-2 are slow,3-4 are walking,5 is brisk,6 you are trotting with it. ! reverse real slow,2 reverse normal. The 110v start is fantastic. Once away from the house and warm,rope pull good too.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
The Cub Cadet 31AH57S is part of the Snow blowers test program at Consumer Reports. The Cub Cadet 31AH57S Snow blowers features and specs include Single hand controls, Single lever chute adjustment, Warranty (yrs.), Engine size, Freewheel steering, Multiple speeds, Headlight, Electric start, Heated handgrips. In our lab tests, Snow blowers models like the Cub Cadet 31AH57S are reviewed on Width (in.), Plow pile removal, Throwing distance, Noise, Overall score, Controls, Handling, Removal speed, Surface cleaning. Consumer Reports subscribers share reviews of the Cub Cadet 31AH57S based on personal experience. The user reviews of the Cub Cadet 31AH57S include star ratings, pros, cons, best uses, and a bottom line review to help guide your purchasing decision of the Cub Cadet 31AH57S.
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