I don’t know about you, but no matter how beautiful and festive winter gets I can never really get myself to like the season much.
Perhaps it’s the constant cold, and the desire to not get out of the bed even when I know that I have to, or perhaps it’s the weight gain. But whatever the reason, winter and I clicked.
However, there is indeed one thing about winter which I do look at with utter distaste, and that is snow sheets on my driveway and yard.
The snow in my neighborhood falls for hours when it starts, and it creates thick sheets which only the toughest blowers can handle.
The Briggs & Stratton 1696619 is one such blower which I find to be perfect for the snow heavy days.
And in my review today, let me tell you a bit about it, and why it grew to be my personal favorite.
Briggs and Stratton 1696619 Review 2019: What did I like about it?
What makes the Briggs and Stratton 1696619 Snow Blower such an amazing choice is its 2 stage feature. When it comes to some of the more functional features, there is a lot of difference between a single stage and a dual stage snow blower.
The dual stage in my experience can be used in a variety of different surfaces on which the single stage cannot easily tread on. They are also self-propelled and can get the work done much faster even in the harshest of weather conditions.
But even in the category of dual stage snow blowers, the Briggs and Stratton 1696619 is still a class apart when it comes to these aspects:
Power and reliable snow blowing
The Briggs and Stratton comes with an extremely powerful 250 cc engine that supports a gross torque of 11.5 ft-lbs under its hood, which is quite a lot for a blower of its class.
This is what allows the machine to plow through the thickest of snow beds in just a matter of hours even if the environmental conditions are excessively harsh.
I have yet to run into a single problem with this mower, but there were moments when the gears and chute started to jam when the temperature fell around 20 degrees below zero.
Can deal with a large capacity of snow
The clearing width of the Briggs and Stratton 1696619 is quite massive at around 27 inches. So, it will be able to clear out big chunks of snow with every pass and can get your driveway to look neat and tidy much faster.
Another amazing aspect of the mower is that it has an intake height of 20 inches which is significantly more than what a lot of its competitors provide. As a result, the blower will be able to handle snow even if it has been building up for days.
The auger and the impeller blades of the blower are 12 inches in diameter and with so much snow that it’s dealing with at the same time, it can launch the debris as far as 40 feet depending on the conditions.
Unique Drive System that allows Multiple Speeds
Not many snow blowers designs will allow you to change the speed of the machine to suit the surrounding snow conditions. However, the Briggs and Stratton 1696619 is one of the more versatile snow blowing machines out there and is equipped to cater to a variety of user needs and demands.
It comes equipped with a “Friction Disc Drive System” that will allow you to crank up or down the blower whenever you feel like. If there is light snow you can reduce the speed of the blower to suit the job at hand; if there are incredibly thick blankets of snow, then you can always increase the blowing speed as you see fit.
Convenience and Ease of Use
I hate snow blowers which do not come with an adjustable chute. Snow isn’t the only thing that the blower will propel out, as there will be a lot of debris like wood chunks and rocks that will shoot out of it every now and then as well.
Hence, if the mouth of the chute is facing the wrong way or even facing a direction which you do not want it to, then this can lead to a lot of accidents and even injury if you’re not cautious of it.
This is precisely why the Briggs and Stratton 1696619 comes with adjustable chute settings and will allow you to have complete control of the discharging snow at all times.
What about the Briggs and Stratton 1696619 that could have been better?
There are just a couple of gripes that I have with the Briggs and Stratton 1696619 Snow Blower; this machine fails to impress when it comes to:
The Power Drive
It’s true that the blower can plow through thick levels of snow especially because of the powerful engine and the speed adjustment settings. However, if the snow that it’s going over has a lot of unwanted debris, then its power drive will need a little manual push from time to time or the blower will start to get stuck in the snow.
The exhaust shoot
I had to add a couple of washers to the exhaust shoot adjustment as I wasn’t able to tighten the bolts and nuts that were provided. As a result, they were bottoming out and becoming loose the more I used the blower.
- Powerful engine that treads over any terrain
- Adjustable chute settings for user safety
- Easy to use, starts at the push of a button
- Customizable speed variations for improved versatility
- Can need a push from time to time on debris-filled snow
- The provided nuts of the exhaust shoot can get loose
If you’re looking for an extremely powerful snowblower that can tread over any type of terrain, then the Briggs & Stratton 1696619 can be a perfect choice. Not only is it versatile in its ranges of use but it’s very easy to operate as well.