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Yard Machines 31C-040-800 Snow Fox 12.5-Inch 8.5 Amp Electric Snow Thrower (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Electric snow thrower
  • 8.5 amp motor; throws snow up to 25 feet
  • Molded plastic housing and wheels; lightweight aluminum handle; fully assembled
  • 3 position adjustable discharge direction chute
  • 12-1/2-inch clearing width; 6-inch intake height; 22 pounds; 2-year warranty
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 34 x 14.4 x 28.1 inches ; 27 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 27 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002IKVN6
  • Item model number: 31C-040-800
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,039 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

Product Description

Product Description

Yard Machines, Single-Stage, Electric Snow Fox, Powerful, 8.5 Amp Double-Insulated Motor, 12.5" Clearing Width, 6" Intake Height, Push Drive System, Adjustable Discharge Direction, Fixed Position Pitch Control, Ergonomic Double Handle Allows For Easy Maneuverability & Use In Compact Areas, Cordminder Cord Retention Device, 25' Throw Distance, Can Move 400 LB Of Snow Per Minute, 4" - 5" Rear Wheels For Added Stability, Lightweight At Only 20Lbs., Perfect For Steps, Decks, Patios, Porches & Small Driveways, Fully Assembled In Carton, 2 Year Limited Warranty.

Yard Machines 31C-040-800 Snow Fox Single-Stage Snow Thrower is a hardworking machine for a hard day's work. Recommended for smaller areas like patios, sidewalks, or driveways with limited snow fall (less than six inches), this snow thrower helps create a clear, easy-to-see path so you can safely make your way through the winter.

The 31C-040-800 Snow Fox Single-Stage Snow Thrower
At a Glance:
  • Recommended for use on sidewalks, patios, and driveways
  • 8.5-amp electric, double-insulated engine
  • 12.5-inch clearing width; 6-inch intake height
  • Throws snow up to 25 feet
  • 3-position shoot control
  • 2-year limited warranty

The Snow Fox clears a 12.5-inch-wide path in up to 6 inches of snow.
Perfect for Clearing Small Areas
Designed to make it easier and safer to walk on snowy surfaces--without the back-breaking work of shoveling--the Snow Fox creates a 12.5-inch-wide path, has an intake height of six inches, and throws snow up to 25 feet. An ideal choice for smaller areas like steps, patios, and decks covered with light snow, the Snow Fox features a three-position shoot control that allows for precise snow placement.

Thanks to the Snow Fox's powerful 8.5-amp electric engine that has 110-volt/1,100-watt power, you won't have to waste time and energy dealing with the mess and hassle of gas or oil. And to ensure quick and safe cold-weather starts, the motor is double insulated.

Lightweight Design for Easy Handling
At just 20 pounds, the Snow Fox is comfortable to handle and hold. Durable molded plastic housing stands up to wear and tear, and four sturdy plastic five-inch wheels make the blower incredibly easy to maneuver. There's also an ergonomic double handle for using the Snow Fox in compact areas and on steps, and a cord minder that minimizes tangles.

For further convenience, this snow blower comes fully assembled and is backed by a two-year limited warranty.

About Yard Machines: Hardworking and Hard to Beat
Yard Machines knows that there's nothing fancy about hard work. There are things that you have to get done, and you want to get them done without spending a lot of money and time. That's why Yard Machines manufactures simple, effective, and affordable products that help you get the job done without the hassle. The company's no-frills designs make it easy to care for your home and yard without breaking the bank, or even breaking a sweat.

What's in the Box
31C-040-800 fully assembled snow thrower and manual.

Customer Reviews

I used it in a 6 to 8 inch snowfall and it worked well.
Stan Mark Kaplan
I contacted MTD to get a replacement part and they stated I had to go through a repair dealer to correct the defect.
It does really throw the snow quite far when the chute is adjusted straight and not to the sides.
E. Nielsen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

93 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Brian Dillree on December 27, 2004
I just cleared 14" of snow off my driveway and used nothing but this machine. It is fabulous. I know the manual says it can handle up to 6" of snow but believe me this thing handled this last snowstorm without any trouble. Granted I only took 1/2 swaths but still it handled it beautifully. It even handled the stuff that got plowed into the end of my driveway from the road. This Snowfox really does shoot the snow at least 25 feet except when you have the chute turned left or right, then it shoots about 5-8' tops.

I would highly recommend this machine for anyone.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 4, 2005
I have a short driveway and about 60 feet of sidewalk, so i couldn't justify spending $600 or more on a gas-driven beast of a snowblower. I got this machine after our first snow in late December. Since the east coast has been hogging all the snow this winter, I hadn't had a chance to use it here in South Dakota (usually the harsh winter capital of the nation) until mid-February. Now that I have, though, I'm very pleased.

As mentioned by others, throwing snow to the side only moves it about six feet. This worked fine for my sidewalks (the 12-inch cut let me get the whole sidewalk in three furrows, which took about five minutes).

A pointer for anyone clearing a small amount of snow: I worked out a decent system for the driveway where i start down the middle and throw snow a few feet to each side as I work my way to the edges. By the time I get to the edges, I'm throwing the accumulated pile off onto the grass. This clears the driveway rather well, though obviously it wouldn't be as useful in 20 to 30 inches of snow as some other people have seen this winter.

Power cord management is the only real downside to this device. I find myself spending a pretty good amount of time tossing the cord out of my way as i go and down the driveway. It's a minor annoyance that i still hope to find a solution for.

In all, i can now clear my drive and sidewalk in 20 minutes or so rather than the 45 to 60 minutes it took me by shovel. it also fits neatly in my crowded garage. A great little product.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By S. Hauser on January 22, 2005
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I bought this back in Aug 2004 and it patiently waited in my garage... today, in the northeast, we are getting 20" or so... I didn't wait - when 6" was on the ground I went out and used this machine for the first time. I figured out within 10 mins that if you want the machine to throw the snow anywhere the blades need to be aimed straight ahead, when you adjust it left or right it really cuts down on the distance... that being said, I decided to use this machine side to side on my driveway... because when I was in the middle using the left or right angle, it couldn't get the snow passed the driveway and onto the grass area. But, when it is aimed straight ahead - no problems! Works pretty well.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Gary Tabor on November 16, 2006
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Purchased through Amazon several seasons ago. Pretty much meets the manufacturer's claims regarding performance. Gave it away when we left snow country. Our needs are different now that we're back in snow country, so I purchased a Toro 1800 Power Curve. Several observations on the Snow Fox:

-Throws snow a HUGE distance when blowing straight ahead. However, will barely move snow out of the way when discharging to left or right.

-Light and maneuverable, handles make it easy to pick-up to clear steps and such

-Like all throwers where the scraper is designed to always contact the ground, this model does not like uneven surfaces such as tilted concrete slabs or gravel. It will catch on the edges and stop moving forward or the impeller will strike the ground.

-Managed to crack the impeller by striking a stone or something and jamming it against the housing. Crack did not reduce performance and made machine look more menacing.

-Unit shipped fully assembled. Plusses and minuses here ... sure you don't have to put it together, but the carton is huge and light and poorly braced inside. My carton arrived crushed. Handles on thrower were bent, but straightened easily when I took 'em across my knee.

-Hangs on the pegboard nicely out of the way.

-Due to resistance losses you are limited to 150 feet of power cord length.

Finally, remember the old adage ... 'When all else fails, read the instructions'

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Riley P. on February 16, 2009
I bought the Yard-Man version of this machine. Not much different except the labeling. I've used it in three separate snowfalls this year and I am a satisfied customer. Most of the reviews I have seen here have been positive and I generally agree with what they say. Some have been negative and I will address some of their points:

1. The choice for most people is between a $600 gas-powered snow thrower that they will use two or three times a year and a $160 electric snow thrower (I actually bought mine from the factory for $140) that they also will use two or three times a year. So if you fault the machine for not being as brawny as a gas-powered thrower you must credit it for being a relatively inexpensive alternative to a tool of only occasional value.

2. The need to replace scrapers and augers, based on my experience, comes from improper use of the machine. If you hold it too vertical, the scraper and auger will come in contact with the pavement. You can tell when you're doing that by the grinding noise it makes. That's why those pieces will wear. If you insist on scraping down to entirely bare pavement, that's what will happen with any snow thrower.

3. You do need to keep cord management in mind when you are operating the machine. Any run of cord longer than 200 feet is going to reduce power and using small-gauge cord will do the same. You need at least 14-gauge power cord. If you attach the cord according to directions, using the cord tether supplied with the machine, the cord will not drop off. You have to be careful not to run over the cord, because it will jam the auger. Just remember, when you have to stop to relocate the cord, that this little electric machine always will start the first time, every time.

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