I bought this blower in Dec 2013. It handles differently than my old Toro. Just had 8 inches of wet heavy snow. It cleared it with no problem...plenty of power. I noticed that it seems to pull to the left even when the steering levers are not engaged. Also it is virtually impossible to engage the steering levers when moving and blowing snow. You need to stop moving and then engage the levers rendering the steering levers useless while in motion which requires a lot of man handling. Has anyone else experienced this problem?
February 16, 2014
After 2 snow falls I find the 1830 HV to be very powerful and easy machine to operate. I'm very happy with this purchase.
January 22, 2014
Husqvarna should just stick to chainsaws. This is my 3rd winter with this blower. I purchased it after my old Toro threw a rod after 15 years. This happened while clearing snow, so I had to go out and buy a new one. Unfortunately, this is what I ended up with. I trusted the name. That was a mistake.
I find the handles difficult to manage. One has to press the lever in to make a change. I find I have to pound it in to do this. The speed control is only vaguely correct according to the label on it. Actually, the slowest forward speed is below the reverse indicator (it's that far off). Also the spaces between speeds is so small, I'm frequently putting it in the wrong speed.
Husqvarna uses PLASTIC parts, which of course become brittle in the cold. One such part is the base of the chute. Yup, it broke from a stone or something. Now, this year the pivot point for the chute broke (also plastic). So, I can't swivel the chute until I get that fixed.
But it's not just the cheap plastic parts. My electric starter works terribly. The majority of the times that I press the starter button, the starter whines without engaging the gear to the flywheel.
I'm stuck with this junk machine and hating every minute of it.
January 22, 2014
I purchased this item on 10/12/2009. I own other husqvarna product, which have performed rather well. I owned a yardman snow blower for several years. After moving to upstate NY, I wanted a back-up, because of the hard winters. I was use to my yardman controls, so it took a while to get use to the new controls, because they were basically reversed. The first major problem was it was too light on the front end. I had to pull up on the handles too prevent it from riding over the snow top. The body is very flimsy and cheap feeling, which is probably why it’s so light. I only used it about 6 times over 3 a year period because it was such a pain to use. I keep it stored in side and out of the sun. After the first year the tires started showing cracking. I kept it in storage the following winter, and didn’t use it at all. The following season, the tires were showing major damage and started leaking air. I put some green tire slim in tires, and they started leaking slim out of the cracks. The tires are Americana polar pro. This year I ended up putting a tube in the tire, because it kept on leaking slim, and going flat. Remind you this snow blower has always been stored inside. My yardman is over 30 years old, and still running strong, with very little parts replacement. Husqvarna, I love your products, but this snow blower is a big disappointment!
November 5, 2013
Purchased this snow blower at Lowes day after snow storm Nemo. Worked great clearing 2.5 feet of snow. Has power to throw snow a good distance. Even the heavy stuff at end of driveway. Would highly recommend.
February 17, 2013
Connecticut just experienced the worst snow storm since 1978. Blizzard Nemo struck and we had 3 feet of snow on the ground. We scrambled to find a supplier open who had any kind of snow removal equipment. We found our local Agway had snow throwers in stock. We went there loaded this into the truck and off we went to clear a path around the house so we could remove the snow from the roof. What a pleasure to operate. Its worth the money and I did not need all the creature features.
February 11, 2013
So far so good
Haven't had a lot of snow so far this winter yet but it did work well when using it. Just wish it was a little easier to get it in a low speed. Threw show a long ways witch is helpful because i share part of the driveway with a neighbor and need to clear it out between the houses.
January 28, 2013
This snow thrower is a beast
I upgraded from a Toro that came over on the Mayflower. It weighed more than my car. It took 62 & 1/2 pulls each and every time I tried to start it. NOW... picture this awesome beast. It is so easy. It is so fun. I only wish I had bought one sooner to make life that much simpler. You cant find fault with any of it. And for those on the fence...pull out the credit card and get it already! You wont regret it.
December 16, 2012