Steering problem with hydro transmission
Purchased in November 2011 operated fine first 3 storms, last storm of winter 2012 left steering trigger would lock and not operate without releasing forward control. Returned to dealer they replaced steering control cable, started and still would not turn left, returned to dealer had the machine for 5 months replaced kit, steering update and returned still not operating correctly turns 2 or 3 times locks up and have to completely release drive control and then it will operate for a few times and locks up. Don't know what to do at this point, wish the dealer had tried it before they delivered it. Very disappointed.
October 1, 2013
Good concept but hydromatic steering is problematic
I purchased this unit since I have a rather long and steep driveway. Conventional "wheeled" snow throwers could not make it up-hill without slipping (and a LOT of pushing on my part). The treads on the 1827EXLT work VERY well going up and down. The unit starts on the first pull and seems well built. What does NOT work well is the steering. In order to turn the unit, you need to activate levers by the handles. Depressing the left lever slows the left tread, so the unit turns to the left, and visa versa. When first delivered, the unit would pull to the right (without depressing the lever) with such force that it took all my strength to keep it moving in a straight line. I returned it to the dealer who could not fix it. He finally contacted Husqvarna support, and 1 month and many parts later, it was returned to me. Even with the repair, the controls "stick" and it pulls from time to time, so I'm not sure if it is a defective design or this is "as good as it gets". I also don't like Husqvarna's warranty where I have to pay for transport of the unit to/from the dealer at my own expense for warranty repairs. Having said all of this, there are not many other options on the market with this type of traction system.
February 7, 2013
1827EXLT Product Review
I recently replaced an older, traditional snow thrower with this one. I have been impressed by the 1827exlt's ability to suck in and throw snow. Launches about double my last product which was a 270CC craftsman. Great product for the price I paid only because I did not pay full retail. The variable speed transmission is very flexible to meet the snow depth versus unit speed.
Some drawbacks, first this unit cannot be moved un-powered. Don't think you can put it in free wheel mode and push it around. The transmission does not work that way and the unit is way too heavy. Second right out of the box it had to go into service because the the trigger controls for turning were not working on the left side and the right track would stick going in forward or reverse every 30 seconds of motion. Third the tracks are not easily removable to change the engine oil as the manual would suggest. I had good luck by running mine up car ramps and placing a catch container under the transmission.
January 26, 2013
I researched a lot of snow blowers before I ended up with this beautiful beast. I just acquired a new house with a long and steep driveway, so I was worried about slippage and having a snow blower fall back on user on hill or having snow blower slide down into street. This one is amazing... runs itself (almost) and the tracks are just like a tank... all the bells and whistles. No slippage. Throws the snow like a champ. Easy to use. Love the electric start.. no messing around if you don't want to with the manual pull start. Only downside would be that I would want a bigger gas tank! :)
January 16, 2013
Quality machine with better features than its competition for the price.
I looked at competing machines from Ariens and Honda before purchasing the Husqvarna. The Husqvarna has significantly more power than either of the other comparable machines and at a significantly lower price point. The hydrostatic drive was another significant plus for this machine over the comparable Ariens and the Honda with hydrostatic drive was considerably more expensive with less power. I was a little hesitant because of the LCT engine in the Husqvarna but after talking with local service people they do not appear to have had any significant problems with the engine. I was very impressed the first time I started the machine that the new engine started on its very first revolution and it has been easy to start since.
I have had the opportunity to use the machine only once with a relatively light snow fall. The machine performed well and was easy to use and operate. It appears to be very well constructed and I hope that it will be as durable as it seems to be. I have two Husqvarna chainsaws and a brush cutter and they are serving me well, I anticipate that this machine will also.
I like the additional traction from the tracks vs. wheels as I have a number of steep areas to negotiate; it handled them without incident. The steering levers to lock one track or the other made steering the machine relatively easy although one lever did "stick" once or twice and didn't lock the track when I wanted it to. I found that stopping the machine and then engaging the steering lever the difficulty was resolved.
The machine arrived well crated and assembly was easy. I have two minor issues with the assembly however. There is a rubber flap that came with the machine and it is unclear to me where it is supposed to go. The instructions do not mention it but I think it might be meant to attach to the end of the discharge shoot. Additionally there are two bolts for the folding handles that did not have nuts provided for them.
January 8, 2013
steering is main disappointment
levers stick and steering control not consistent. other wise seems well built hope i get snow to test before warranty runs out
December 27, 2012
My Last Snow Thrower
Awesome machine. Buries the competition. Priced $1000 less than Honda's similar model which has 1/3 less power.
I love everything, except the power steering controls. It's impossible to disengage the left drive to turn left and then pull down on the drive lever for immediate turning when initiating forward motion. You must first start moving, then disengage with your index finger. If you are in any kind of a tight spot and need to turn left immediately from a complete stop, you can't do it. The only option, if possible, is to back up first, then go forward, then turn left. The other complaint on the steering controls is the adjustment. There is nothing in the manual that tells you how to do this. I assume it's at the bottom end of the engagement cables, but haven't verified that yet. If it is, the drive track must be removed for access. Why not put the adjustment turnbuckle at the top of the cable??????
December 27, 2012