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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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User Reviews

 
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.

 
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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
No replacement for displacement....
11/14/2014
Pros
Big Wheels
Clears to the Pavement
Lightweight
Maneuverable
Throws Far
Cons
Loud But A Proud Loud
Best Uses
Driveway
Making Neighbour Jelious
Professional
Yard
Comment:
We needed a machine that could turn on a dime yet clear over 100 feet of driveways and walkways. As promised in the CR Review it did not disappoint.<br /><br />The ability to lock out one wheel and turn in the direction of the locked out wheel made hours of blowing record snow levels seem like a walk in the park. No need to hip check the beast to make a turn.<br /><br />The 420 cc motor ran like a tank but sounded like one too. I learned to love the sound.<br /><br />Hard packed snow piled in by the plow did slow down the process but the extra work was done by that third-stage auger not me. <br /><br />My part of Canada had record monthly snow from December until March in 2013-14 so the banks piled over 10 feet high yet the machine met the challenges.<br /><br />When the power of those 420 cubic inches hit an ice packed plow pile there will be a lot of stress on the tires. Do yourself a favour and ask the dealer to put tubes in the tires. The forces can break your tire to rim seal. <br /><br />I did 4 years worth of plowing in one what with record snow and the fun of doing up to 8 of the neighbours on my days off. <br /><br />I loved this machine as three stages are truly better than two and as your father will tell ya There is no replacement for displacement. .
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 Multiple speeds, Headlight, Electric start, Heated handgrips, Engine size, Freewheel steering, Single hand controls, Single lever chute adjustment, Warranty (yrs.). In our lab tests, Snow blowers models like the Cub Cadet 31AH57S are reviewed on Noise, Overall score, Controls, Handling, Removal speed, Surface cleaning, Width (in.), Plow pile removal, Throwing distance. 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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