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Yard Machines 179cc OHV 4-Cycle Gas Powered 22-Inch Self Propelled Two-Stage Snow Thrower
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- The Yard Machines snow thrower is the perfect compact tool for clearing driveways, sidewalks, and patios this winter
- The 179cc OHV 4-cycle gas engine provides maximum power, performance, and durability with no oil and gas mixing required
- Equipped with serrated augers to tear a 22-inch wide path fast
- The 180-degree chute rotation adjusts easily and resists clogging, rusting, or freezing
- Features a 10-inch impeller that improves snow removal over single-stage units
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|Dimensions||29 inches x 35 inches x 25 inches||30 inches x 38 inches x 26 inches||38 inches x 53 inches x 26 inches||29 inches x 36 inches x 28 inches|
|Item Weight||118 pounds||180 pounds||175 pounds||158 pounds|
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Top Customer Reviews
All of that said, it starts dependably (when I haven't broken it), and makes short work of my driveway, even in densely packed snow. After a half season that has been especially rough, it all still seems sturdy and hasn't rattled itself apart, the way cheaper units have done in the past.
Here's the whole story: The first time I used it it stopped about 1/2 way through my mid-sized driveway; the auger just wouldn't spin anymore. It just sat there, mocking me. I stopped it and finished the driveway by hand. I read the manual, tightened the auger control, and it worked fine (not when it was snowing).
Next snow (again, about four inches at most), it made it about 1/10th of the way through the driveway. Auger wouldn't turn. I turned it off, parked it, and again finished the driveway by hand. E-mailed MTD customer care. Worthless response was: "Take it in." Nothing more, no suggestions as to what might be going on. Just take it in. Keep that in mind, if you get a piece of junk from MTD, their answer when it breaks will be: "Take it in." Lesson 1 learned: don't expect a "real" response from MTD customer care via E-mail. You can guess what they'll say: "Take it in."
So I did. It was the belt. Though the machine had been used just twice, the belt wasn't covered because it was more than 30 days from when I bought the machine (see what happens when you plan ahead and buy a product before you need it?). Lesson 2 learned: don't buy an MTD product before you need it, because if you do, then when you first use it and it breaks, you'll have to pay for it.
I replaced the belt on my own dime, brought the machine home, and sat it in the garage.Read more ›
On the plus side, it starts up right away and only backed up on me once. It was able to power through the snowplow drifts OK, which is always a test. I haven't tried it in over a foot of snow yet, or extremely wet snow. Although tecumseh got bought, it should be easy to replace the engine or get parts down the line.
The unit does not throw snow all that far, compared to more powerful machines. I mean we are talking 5-8ft here. In 20mph winds it just blows right back in your face. My neighbor's driveway is close and I can't just blow snow with the prevailing wind.
I could see how it might struggle compared to 7hp models with gears. It only has one forward speed, which can be slow for a lighter storm. In a very deep drift you have to manually push to keep it from bogging down. The cable system does not inspire confidence. Other reviews stated the cable ties and brackets are not strong and I can see how that would be a problem. As a product engineer, I think they did the bare minimum here.
Overall I'd say this is an acceptable machine for mid-Atlantic areas but upgrade to a 7hp geared machine if you live in the snowbelt. Note that these had a recall on the wheels. They can burst and shatter. If yours was built before the 2006 recall make sure you check that out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome snow thrower. It cut through the heaviest, wettest and frozen snow with ease. It never broke a shear-pin and started on the second or third pull. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Allan Kimble
I COULD NOT MANUEVER IT. IT WAS SUPPOSE TO BE SELF PROPELLED.COULD NOT RETURN BECAUSE COMPANY SAID IT COULD NOT BE SHIPPED BACK. STUCK WITH A LOSS.Published 11 months ago by lillian marcus
Self propelled gear box broke during the second winter I owned it. Two year warranty. Want to guess if it broke before or after the warranty period? Read morePublished 12 months ago by suicidalbob
total junk will not work in wet snow the gearbox is pathetic low quality lightweight gears disintigrate rapidly. Read morePublished 17 months ago by RICHARD CUNLIFFE
This is a great snow blower as long as your not stupid. Everyone complains about it clogging and breaking. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ryan Lester
I think I am one of the fortunate ones who own this machine. This is my 9th winter with this snowblower and it's still getting it done. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by JerryNJ
The engine always starts on the first pull other than that this machine is useless. Any snow that is actually light enough to be thrown by this machine doesn't require a snow... Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by CLB
This was the first snowblower I bought, just right for me. I cleared my two stall garage and all sidewalks on my block, it is all I need. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Mary Lou
I have has this model for around 5 years.It works great low amounts or the 30 inches we just recieved here in CT.I like it because unlike the big monsters it is easy to manuvure. Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by awol