Are you looking for the best snow blower, but with hundreds of snow blowers hogging the market, it gets confusing for you to pick the right one? No worries as I found myself in the same dilemma and wanted to find the optimal snowblower.
My winter experience has always been unpleasant, owing to the persistent snowfall where I live. And I ended up finding two blowers from Cub Cadet that seemed to be equally efficient.
So I decided to review both of these excellent products for you. Without further ado, let’s get to all the details.
Cub Cadet 2X 26 Snow Blower Reviews 2019
My first recommendation is the powerful 2X 26 HP Electric Two-Stage Snow Blower. When it comes to two-stage blowers, there aren’t a lot of products in the market that can compete with it.
Why do I like it?
I used this snowblower extensively – over half a dozen times – thanks to the frequent snowfall in my area last winter. After putting it to the test quite literally, here are the features that stood out in my experience:
The most important reason for recommending this Cub Cadet snowblower is its thoughtful, ergonomic design. It has durable 12-inch impeller and auger which helps clear snow with zero blowback. And its clearing width of 26-inch and intake height of 21-inch is more than enough for most snow removal tasks.
It comes equipped with large 16-inch tires that have X-Trac tread for optimal traction on uneven terrain. I especially liked its Cool Blue skid shoes which are reversible, rust-resistant, and non-marking. You can conveniently control the snow thrown out of this blower with the help of its in-dash remote pitch control and 200° chute rotation.
It was reasonably straightforward removing about 12 inches of snow with this blower, thanks to its powerful 243 cc 4-cycle OHV engine. I especially liked the standard 110 volts push-button electric start feature which works perfectly. Its auger has a heavy-duty, serrated steel design for long-lasting performance.
It comes equipped with six forward and two reverse speed options, allowing you to control the pace of your snow removal projects conveniently. You will appreciate the fact that it comes with a 1-year commercial or 3-year residential limited warranty. Along with that, the company even offers a 5-year residential or 5-year commercial auger gearbox limited warranty.
What could’ve been better?
There is no denying that this snow blower from Cub Cadet is one of the best two-stage blowers available in the market today. However, there are a couple of things that can be improved.
The speed settings are not optimal, especially for the F1 gear. I felt it was faster than required. While I was able to adjust the linkage as per the manual, it should have been detected in the factory tests and optimized accordingly.
One other thing I noticed is that if you are a short person, holding down the lever for the drive train for long periods can be a hassle.
- It comes equipped with dual LED headlights for superior visibility in low light conditions
- Its trigger-control power steering offers unparalleled maneuverability
- It can be operated with one hand easily
- It packs a lot of power with the 243 cc OHV 4-cycle engine
- The slowest speed setting is a bit fast and should have been fine-tuned in the factory tests
Cub Cadet 3X Snow Blower Reviews
My second pick is a bigger and more powerful version of the first – anything that the 2X 26 HP snowblower can do, the 3X 30 PRO snow blower can do it better and faster. Unlike my first pick which is a two-stage blower, this one is a three-stage blower.
Why do I like it?
I used this snow blower for some very challenging snow removal tasks, and the results were more than satisfactory. Here are some of the key highlights of this excellent snowblower that you should know:
It features an unparalleled build and design that makes snow removal feel like a walk in the park! Its trigger-controlled power steering provides exceptional maneuverability. I liked the thoughtful inclusion of an in-dash LED Light Bar which provides better visibility in low light conditions.
The Cub Cadet 3X 30 Pro’s accelerator, impeller, and auger are all 14 inches in diameter, which allows for seamless snow removal. You will be able to tackle most of your snow removal tasks with its adequate clearing width of 30 inches and intake height of 23 inches.
Long Lasting Performance
The powerful engine of the Cub Cadet blower makes it a beast at removing snow. It packs a four-cycle 420 cc overhead valve engine. I could easily remove roughly 14 inches deep layers of snow using this machine. Judging by its efficiency, I feel it could comfortably live up to its promise of clearing 23 inches of snow.
The large 16-inch tires have the X-Trac tread to give it better stability on uneven terrain. You can control the pace of your work using the six forward and two reverse speeds. I loved the fact that it comes with a three-year residential or one-year commercial warranty.
What could’ve been better?
I could find very little to complain about this excellent Cub Cadet snowblower, but it is not a flawless machine. After a couple of uses, I could notice a couple of aspects of this blower that have a considerable scope of improvement.
The speed options need to be re-engineered – the R2 reverse gear is slow, and the R1 is almost redundant. I would also recommend an additional speed setting between F1 and F2.
Last but not least, it comes with a hefty price tag, and most homeowners will not spend so much.
- It has an ergonomic design that helps it remove snow efficiently and quickly
- It comes equipped with the powerful four-cycle 420 cc OHV engine
- It is backed by a three-year residential or one-year commercial warranty
- It can be conveniently maneuvered using one hand only
- Its R2 reverse gear is a tad bit slow
- May not be suited for most homeowners
While these two snowblowers worked perfectly for me, you need to consider a few factors before buying one: the type of snowblower you will be getting, and its width should be suitable for the snow removal tasks you will be undertaking. Every snow blower is not meant for removing all kinds and depths of snow.