Briggs and Stratton 1696614 Dual-Stage Snow Thrower with 208cc Engine and Electric Start
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- 24-Inch wide clearing path with a 20-inch Intake height
- Powerful 950 snow series 208cc engine for 9.5-foot-pounds of torque
- Friction disk drive system and equipped with an electric start for effortless starting
- Equipped with an electric start for effortless starting
- 3-year limited equipment and engine warranty
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About Briggs & Stratton
For more than a century, Briggs & Stratton branded engines and power equipment have helped consumers get the job done. Known for hard-working, dependable, efficient products, Briggs & Stratton is one of the world's largest producers of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on all seven continents.
Briggs & Stratton 1696614 Medium-Duty Dual-Stage Snow Thrower
950 Snow Series 208cc Engine and Electric Start
The Briggs & Stratton 1696614 Medium-Duty Dual-Stage Snow Thrower features a 24-inch wide clearing path and a 20-inch intake height for clearing snow with extreme efficiency. This model includes a push button electric start for effortless starting in the coldest weather with the durability to work through heavy snowfalls. The friction disc transmission is ideal for heavy snow conditions and helps to clean down to the pavement.
- Friction disc transmission
- Equipped with a push button electric start
- Dash mounted chute rotation
- On panel deflector control
- 3-year limited warranty
Free Hand Control
The free hand control allows you to drive the snow thrower with one hand while using the controls with your other hand, eliminating the simple struggles while operating your snow thrower.
Steel Reversible Skid Shoes
The steel reversible skid shoes make plowing through the snow easy. It takes less effort to maneuver this snow thrower though any condition of snow.
Dash Mounted Chute Rotation
Dash mounted chute rotation and an on panel chute deflector make it easier than ever to remove unwanted snow from your yard along with 14-inch by 4-inch tires and single LED headlights.
Built to Last
This unit comes equipped with a steel frame, chute and notched auger that can take on snow and ice with ease. The gearbox is also made of durable aluminum to ensure a long life.
Briggs and Stratton Snow Series Engine
Engines by Briggs & Stratton deliver high performance and just the right amount of power to meet all of your needs. The 1696614 is powered by a Briggs & Stratton 950 Snow Series Engine that is qualified to start down to-20◦ F. This 208cc engine features 9.5 foot-pounds of gross torque.
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|Stage/ Duty Rating||Light Duty Dual-Stage||Medium Duty Dual-Stage||Medium Duty Dual-Stage||Medium Steerable Dual-Stage||Medium Steerable Dual-Stage||Single-Stage|
|Engine||Briggs & Stratton 950 Snow Series Engine||Briggs & Stratton 950 Snow Series Engine||Briggs & Stratton 1150 Snow Series Engine||Briggs & Stratton 1150 Snow Series Engine||Briggs & Stratton 1450 Snow Series Engine||Briggs & Stratton 1150 Snow Series Engine|
|CC (Engine Displacement)||208||208||250||250||306||250|
|Drive Type||Friction Disk||Friction Disk||Friction Disk||Gear Drive with Dual Trigger Steering||Gear Drive with Dual Trigger Steering||Auger-Propelled|
|Auger Type||12” steel scroll auger||12” steel scroll auger||12” steel scroll auger||Steel Notched Auger||Steel Notched Auger||Snow Shredder Serrated Auger|
|Chute Controls||LSD/ Manual||DMC/ Remote||DMC/ Remote||Electric/ Remote||Electric/ Remote||Electric Rotation/ Quick Deflector|
|Item Dimensions||43 x 26 x 56 inches|
|Item Weight||184 pounds|
|Manufacturer Part Number||1696614|
|Shipping Weight||237 pounds|
The Briggs & Stratton 1696614 Medium-Duty Dual-Stage Snow Thrower features a 24-inch wide clearing path with a 20 inch intake height for clearing snow from sidewalks and other outdoor surfaces. This model has the 950 Snow Series 208 cc Engine with 9.50 foot-pounds of torque to power through heavier snowfalls. This model comes equipped with electric start so when it's time to start your thrower it's as easy as pushing a button. Unit features a friction disc drive system with 5 forward and 2 reverse speeds and a 12 inch steel scroll auger. Other features include synthetic oil for easy starting, a dash mounted chute control and steel reversible skid shoes. The Briggs & Stratton 1696614 Medium-Duty Dual-Stage Snow Thrower comes with a 3-year equipment and engine warranty to protect against defects in materials and workmanship. Known for hard-working, dependable, efficient products, Briggs & Stratton is the world's largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on all seven continents.
Top Customer Reviews
Setup was not too bad. The pictures could have been more detailed. It took about an hour to get it all put together.
Start-up is simple; just a pull or two and you're good to go. My daughter likes to use the electric start.
Metal chute and heavy gauge metal shovel. I also like the three-year warranty on everything. I would certainly buy this again.
I researched many makes and sizes of snowblowers before springing for this one. Even tho it's "made in China" as the box states, like nearly every other machine you can purchase today, I like that this one has a Briggs branded/designed engine, as well as a three year bumper to bumper warranty. To me this made this one a great value for the price.
Putting it together wasn't too bad, but the illustrations and instructions in the manual could be better. Like other reviewers, I used better quality bolts from a hardware store to attach the main lower handle bracket. The ones included looked cheap and I read they can strip. Just bring one along to match it up at the store. I had no issues with hardware otherwise.
Mine came with oil already in the crankcase, and it fired right up immediately and runs great. Not too loud either. Controls are easy to use and all functions seem to operate as they should. Makes a little racket as the auger is engaged, but that's to be expected.
I will update this post upon using it for clearing snow.
Now, about the machine itself. setup wasn't too bad, i wasn't familiar with snow blowers, so it took me a few minutes to know what the heck they were referring to when they mentioned different cables that needed to be attached. But after i put it together, i put it to a test with some packed 2 foot high (and higher) piles of snow in front of my house. This snow had been melting a bit over the week since the blizzard, so it was packed and slushy. This baby churned through it like a champ. I had to go a bit slower, back it up, go again, in order for it to get through, but it made it through. I'm sure that when i get to use this on fresh powdery snow it will be even easier.
the only complaint i have is that it's hard to turn it. The wheels don't spin independently, so you kind of have to drag it around to turn it. Other than that though, i've extremely pleased with it.
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Bit concerned for long term maintenance as there is no oil filter, and the drain plug is poorly placed and will be messy to change. The carburetor is also completely inaccessible which is troublesome.
**UPDATE*. Just used it for first heavy snow of the season. I was very happy with its power, throwing capability, and ease of starting. I was very disappointed that within 2 minutes, not one but BOTH shear pins broke in the auger. This is on a non-gravel, paved driveway where the predecessor blower hasnt broken a pin in 15+ years.
Make sure you buy extra shear pins!!!!