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Cub Cadet 524SWE 31AM53TR snow blower

 
Approximate retail price:
$850
We expect this model to perform similarly to the tested Craftsman 88173 although it may differ in price and features.
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Type: Compact two-stage gas snow blowers
User Reviews
User Reviews

 
5.0
This Cub outbulled my Toro
2/10/2015
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Maneuverable
Throws Far
Cons
Best Uses
Driveway
Comment:
Bought this to replace my 25 yr old Toro 724 ( finally showed its age busting during Linus). I've always been a Toro fan, but they are sold out for this year in our area. Got this bad boy as WS Marco descended on Upstate New York. Have used it twice now in 4-6 inch depths. Started quickly with the pull ( the rope is a little long for my short arms but I adjusted). It does throw far and cleans nicely to the pavement. The pivot buttons took a bit of rehearsal but once you get the hang of it they are helpful. Like the light feature for early morning or evening use. Seems more powerful than my old 724 and with the taller hood the augur chute doesn't clog as much. Handled the tall crust left by the Town plow without having to change speeds. Will wait and see how it handles the wet stuff we usually get. But for the money, I am happy with this purchase.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Very Good Snowblower
1/3/2014
Pros
Headlight
Lightweight
Maneuverable
Throws Far
Cons
None
Best Uses
Driveway
Yard
Comment:
Great snow blower that I use to clean driveway and walkways. Quick and efficient snow blower, that is easy to handle and blows through snow piles, wet compact snow and regular snow with out missing a beat. Like the headlight, easy turn feature and the fact it starts so easily (use pull rope which starts it on 2nd to 3rd pull).Easy to gas up , check oil and is compact enough to get through smaller gates around yard. Very happy with this unit.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Clears plow piles and regular snow easil
9/1/2013
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Eats Plow Piles
Maneuverable
Throws Far
Cons
Plug In To Use Electric S
Best Uses
Driveway
Comment:
Starts on the first hit of the electric starter every time (after you plug it in which is no big deal!), we have a very wide street so the plow piles on my side always seem to be 3-4 ft high with very large chunks, and this bad boy just cuts right through it. Only problem I had last winter was with the 20+ snowfall that turned wet as it ended. Had to work a bit harder then to get it removed, but with smaller swaths in the plow piles (only) it still made short work of the snow. On the sidewalks (corner lot) and the driveway where there are no plow piles, no snowfall has slowed this thing up yet, just be careful if you are clearing a sidewalk near your house that you watch where you are shooting the snow as this thing throws the snow hard and far!!<br /><br />Best purchase I made in the past 5 years and a huge upgrade from the single stage thrower I had at my last house! Would definitely buy this again, and the headlight is very nice!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
The Cub Cadet 524SWE 31AM53TR is part of the Snow blowers test program at Consumer Reports. The Cub Cadet 524SWE 31AM53TR 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 524SWE 31AM53TR 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 524SWE 31AM53TR based on personal experience. The user reviews of the Cub Cadet 524SWE 31AM53TR include star ratings, pros, cons, best uses, and a bottom line review to help guide your purchasing decision of the Cub Cadet 524SWE 31AM53TR.
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