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Husqvarna ST224 24-Inch 208cc Two Stage Electric Start Snow Blower
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- 208cc Husqvarna engine
- Remote Chute Deflector/Remote Chute Rotator
- 15-inch tires
- Electric Start
- 24-Inch Two Stage
- Dimension: 58.5 x 40.5 x 24 inch (LXHXW) ; Weight: 198.6 lbs
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Husqvarna ST 224
Husqvarna ST 224 has been developed for homeowners who need a high-performing snow blower to clear snow from large garage driveways and paths. It works regardless of surface type thanks to the adjustable skid shoes. Husqvarna ST 224 has been designed for occasional use in all snow conditions. It has an efficient two-stage system with high throwing capacity. The handle has adjustable height for comfortable use. Friction-disc transmission ensures smooth operation. Features heated handle grips, LED headlights and electric starter for work in all weather conditions.
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The Husqvarna ST224 two stage snow thrower works great for snow accumulations of 2-12 Inch. Features include a 208cc Husqvarna engine, electric start, LED headlight, 24-inch clearing path, 180 degree remote chute rotation with remote deflector, heated grip handles, 12-inch improved performance ribbon augers, friction disc transmission, aluminum gearbox, 15-inch tires and 2.7 liter fuel tank.
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But the impeller that comes on this model is complete garbage. It is stamped Chinesium that has been folded and tack welded. I have had rocks as small as a grape take this thing out. And when I say take it out, I mean bent an impeller blade back, causing the impeller to sheer off the bolts that hold on the whole front cowling, leading to hours of repair. I have spent as much time fixing this thing as I have using it, after a month of owning it. I should also note that, as much as the impeller has been beat to hell, the sheer pins have never broken. The impeller is literally weaker than the sheer pins that are designed to break!
And to make matters worse, to get at the impeller, you have to take the whole front end apart. So not only did they make arguably the most critical part of the machine out of pot metal, with a design more conducive of easy manufacturing than function, but they also made it very difficult to service.
I am currently awaiting a shipment of two impellers (which you can't get on Amazon by the way) @ $25ea., one of which I am going to install to get my by and the other of which I am taking to machinist to get them to replicate out of something stronger than an old aluminum frying pan.
Also difficult to come by is information about how to take the machine apart to service it, which you will likely be doing... The included manual is pretty light on details and the repair parts guide online is near useless as well. I have included a picture showing the key bolts to remove to service the auger/impeller assembly. Also, have a good socket set. I typically need 6 different sockets to get the thing taken apart.
Also, be careful when removing the bolts highlighted in the picture. The machine splits in half with the auger assembly falling forward and the drive section falling backward.
At this price point, you simply cannot find another 24-inch snowblower, with all metal housing, with hand warmers, with a headlight, and with electric start. Furthermore, it's a Husqvarna. I have purchased numerous Husqvarna power tools over the years and have been satisfied with all of them.
The snowblower arrives in a huge shipping crate. There is some minor assembly required and the OEM provides a crappy wrench. You'd be better off with your own tools. After assembling and adding fuel (the OEM ships this with motor oil already in the engine), this snowblower started on the first pull.
I have been able to use this snowblower twice now. First time was on about 6 inches of very heavy, wet snow. It handled it very well. The second was on about 4 inches of light, powdery snow. Both times, I was amazed that this snowblower got all the way down to the concrete on my driveway. I thought for sure it would leave a fine layer of snow that would eventually turn to ice - but it didn't. I would buy this again and have recommended this to a friend, who then purchased the same one.
I just purchased and received a Husqvarna ST224 (961930096) snow thrower this fall and have a few observations to report. I will update this review with more information after I've had a chance to actually use it this winter.
This machine is designed for typical residential driveways and typical residential snow conditions. I am quite certain it will handle the onslaught of Michigan winters upon my 125-foot driveway. I was sold on this snow thrower for three reasons:
* The Husqvarna name. They have a long-time solid reputation of building high-quality equipment and even though this machine is toward the lower end of their line I believe it will be a solid performer.
* This is a new model which incorporates significant improvements. Husqvarna just re-vamped their entire snow blower line in 2014, making improvements specifically based upon customer and dealer feedback on what was working and what wasn't. Improvements include big things like a re-designed transmission, and little things like a quieter muffler and adjustable handle bars. They didn't just add features they made real improvements that will provide real benefit-- and that sounds good to me.
* The price. I see that the price has gone up since my purchase, but I felt one really would be hard pressed to find a better machine at a better price. It seemed to hit the sweet-spot of quality and performance vs. price.
A few comments on the shipping and assembly of the snow thrower:
* It was shipped by truck from an Amazon warehouse to a local freight company, and from there delivered to my house by a small semi (small cab and half-length trailer). It was tight but they were able to back into my driveway.
* To my astonishment the truck had no way to unload the large 250-pound crate. No lift truck, no lift, not even a ramp. The driver and I had to slide the crate on its side off the back of the truck down to the driveway. Make sure someone fairly strong and without any physical issues such as a bad back is there to help unload this thing.
* Unboxing and assembling the machine was a bit time-consuming but not difficult at all. It helped to have a sharp utility knife to cut open the box (a lot of cutting was actually required to cut the box away from the pallet at the bottom) and a wire-cutter to cut several large wire-ties. A multi-wrench was provided but I found it easier to use my socket set.
* A large "quick start" sheet was provided that had no words but surprisingly clear and helpful diagrams on how to assemble the machine. When I was done I noticed that there are a couple pages of assembly instructions in the operator's manual that would have been worth referring to as well.
* The bulk of assembly is just lifting and bolting into place the handle bars and hooking up the discharge chute. I enjoyed doing this and found it actually helpful to get to know the machine on an up-close and personal basis. The chute ended up having a surprising amount of play in it, but I have to believe that is by design. Everything on this machine looks to be extremely well designed and thought-out.
* The manual says that the tires are over-inflated for shipment and that they need to be deflated to proper pressure before use.
* Because the majority of my driveway is gravel, and there are uneven cracks in the cement areas, I will be replacing the skid plates with ARMORskids. [Update 11/13/14: I installed ones with 2.5" bolt spacing and they fit perfectly--and look good too. Got to test them out while snow throwing today and they work perfectly-- glided right over every bump and dip in the gravel and every crack in the sidewalk without a hitch.]
Once assembled, I must say that this thing is truly one sweet-looking machine. If it performs half as well as it looks I am in for a treat.