Only used machine for five total hours and now the motor is shot..
Started my machine up for the year and it developed some new misses. I took it into the shop and they called me later that day to inform me that they had found metal shavings in crankcase.. I have only five hours on this machine. I've had the oil changed at the end of each year I've had it. I remove all the gas for the tank. I've have had it in the shop several times for leaking oil and poor steering problems... Every time it came back nothing seemed to be fixed.... The shop forman stated that this is as good as he could repair it.. I'm very dissapointed with this machine. I've heard that the motor is made in china to save costs..Might have to get a new motor now... Should have bought the other brand of Orange machine...
November 22, 2013
Not what I expected
Bought one in the last half of winter last year. We have cold winters and hard windblown snow. I thought this beast would make snow blowing almost fun. However, after the 3rd time out, the drive belt started slipping. Apparently you cannot set the tension on the belt. Dealer says to just replace the belt because it might have become "glazed". I spent a bunch of money so I wouldn't have a heart attack moving snow...I'm thinking of selling the thing. Also, not too impressed with the tracks. I have to agree with an earlier comment, that they seem to be simply slapped onto a wheeled version. The cogs that stop the track for "staring" don't always work. Often, one will even engage on its own causing the machine veer left or right. ....if Husqvarna were to help me figure out these issues, I think I would keep it.
October 7, 2013
1 week and problems
bought the machine because of the name and it looked like a well built machine. first half hour of using, the "auger control rod" broke so that the drive lever would not keep auger engaged when I went to change directions, speed or chute angle or direction. Dealer did not have part in stock and ended up having to order.
used a tarp strap to keep auger engaged so machine is usable. Then 20 minutes into snow blowing, the left track starts "skipping". Dealer is closed today so I guess I'm back to shoveling.
Very expensive machine and I would have expected much better.
March 23, 2013
This can do the job. Gets job done fast. Machine dose the work, not you
January 21, 2013
This machine took a littlle getting used to with the track system but after a few swipes down the driveway I knew that I had made the right decision on buying this particular snowblower. I would recomend this snowblower to anyone that wants a quality product that will do the job of snow removal for years to come. This snowblower is very noisy and the operator should probably wear hearing protection while using this product.
December 3, 2012
Great for moving snow!
Overall a great machine. Sturdy, power steering, really digs into the snowbanks well. Comparable to the much more expensive Honda models, with the same or better features and a much more competitive price tag. The only drawback I find with the model on tracks is that you really need to start it up in order to move it, because it is not maneuverable when the power is off. That is something I miss with my old wheeled snow thrower. Other than that, this is a magnificent machine and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves throwing snow for fun!!
October 20, 2012
this machine has unbelievable traction
My driveway has a 28% grade in some places and this snow blower can pull me up the drive with my feet just sliding even in slush and ice! Well worth the extra cost. The only negatives are the design of the power steering which does help in turns but is not very responsive and that reverse and top forward speed could be faster.
June 4, 2012
The worst of the worst
The only thing I like about this machine is the hand warmers!
It's big and clumsy. Yes it moves the snow as long as you're on a flat level surface!
If you're drive is NOT completely flat it will go which ever way it wants to because it is very difficult to maneuver this machine because of the weight of it which all sits squarely over the auger tube in its present configuration!
It's as if they took one of their wheeled models and slapped tracks on it with out any thought to how it would effect the maneuverability of the machine!
This machine is going up for sale after this season or maybe even sooner if I can find a replacement Yamaha sooner!
January 21, 2012