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Sno-Tek 920402 Snow Blower

This model is no longer available or might have limited distribution.

Recall notice
In April 2014, the recall of about 5,700 Ariens and Sno-Tek snow blowers (and power brushes), including certain Ariens model 920014 and the Sno-Tek models 920402 and 920403 snow blowers, was announced by Ariens and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. A drive pulley in the snow blowers can crack while in use and cause the auger and impeller to continue rotating after the clutch is disengaged, posing amputation and laceration hazards. Ariens is offering a free repair. See the CPSC recall notice for more details.

In February 2011, Sno-Tek snow blowers with model numbers 920402 and 920403 were recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission because they lack a safety shield above the side-mounted electric starter, posing a laceration hazard. See the CPSC recall notice for more details.
920402
This compact two-stage, gas-powered Sno-Tek snow blower has electric start and a 24-inch clearing width.
Description
This compact two-stage, gas-powered Sno-Tek snow blower has electric start and a 24-inch clearing width.

Ratings Scorecard

Test Results

Width

Width

The snow blower's clearing width, or swath, in inches.

 /  5
Removal speed

Removal speed

How quickly models could remove snow without laboring; We push single-stage machines as quickly as possible before the machine labors.

 /  5
Plow pile removal

Plow pile removal

How quickly the snow thrower can remove a simulated pile of snow left by a municipal plow at the end of a driveway.

 /  5
Throwing distance

Throwing distance

How far a model disperses snow straight ahead, left, and right with the discharge chute set for maximum distance. Measured distances ranged from roughly 10 feet to more than 30 feet.

 /  5
Surface cleaning

Surface cleaning

Denotes how much snow the machines left on our blacktop surface after clearing with the skid shoes and/or scraper set for best clearing. The best in our tests leave a thin dusting; the worst leave a relatively thick coating.

 /  5
Handling

Handling

Denotes ease of pushing, pulling, and steering with the engine or motor on and off, along with how straight machines track while clearing.

 /  5
Noise

Noise

Sound pressure measured in dBA at the operator's ear. We measure it to determine the need to use hearing protection during operation. For a rating of less then "good," we strongly advise you use hearing protection.

 /  5
Controls

Controls

Includes ease of discharge-chute adjustment, handle height and comfort, and engine controls and speed selection.

 /  5

About

The Sno-Tek 920402 is part of the Snow Blowers test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Single-Stage Battery Snow Blowers models like the 920402 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Width The snow blower's clearing width, or swath, in inches.

Removal speed How quickly models could remove snow without laboring; We push single-stage machines as quickly as possible before the machine labors.

Plow pile removal How quickly the snow thrower can remove a simulated pile of snow left by a municipal plow at the end of a driveway.