I have owned a 3.5 hp Craftsman, an 8 hp Ariens and a 10 hp Troybuilt that lasted 17 years. This is the most powerful blower I've used and that means it takes more strength to use it than with other blowers. Where I live I sometimes have to clear several feet of snow from the driveway to get to work and this is a reliable monster for that job. The trick is to find the slowest forward speed - in my case a little bit toward the reverse position on the speed lever - and get used to the controls. I could not work the speed lever while in motion. I could only change the chute position. The handle levers that allow you to make sharp turns take some getting used to but will come in handy. It throws 4 inches of heavy snow 30 – 40 feet.
One aggravation - it had an oily spot under it after the first use. The oil level was fine and Husqvarna tech. support said that they put extra grease on it prior to shipping. That was what made the spot. You DO NOT expect to see an oil/grease puddle under a new machine.
December 23, 2011
A well designed snowblower
I like the features that make life easier when working behind this machine. Easy to steer with the steering clutches operated by finger touch. Also nice to be able to direct the direction of the blower easily without stopping. I havn't tried this in all kinds of conditions yet, but even though the tires are aggressive lugged it spun out easily in slush. I didn't have chains on so that may have altered the performance. I also like the engine..looks like it is designed for this kind of work and powerful.
December 20, 2011
To many parts breaking/vibrating off
I have had this snowblower for four years although it has only been used for two seasons and paid about $1200.00 for it. So far I have broken to many shear pins to count and I live in the cityand have a paved driveway. The bolts holding the handles vibrated off, the spring for the chute has now been replaced twice. Husqvarna was highly recommended and that is why I purchased one. Big mistake I will not buy another one my 19yr. old craftsman operates better.
November 16, 2011