Yard Machines 24-Inch 179cc OHV 4-Cycle Gas Powered Two Stage Snow Thrower
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- 24-Inch clearing width
- 6 Forward / 2 rev speed control
- Electric / mitten start
- 12-Inch impeller diameter
- Non-carb Compliant/Not For Sale In California
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|Item Weight||0 pounds|
|Manufacturer Part Number||31AS63EE700|
|Package Height||26.6 x 32.2 x 43.8 inches|
|Shipping Weight||218 pounds|
Features a 179cc, OHV 4-cycle, Yard Machines Engine. 24-inch Clearing Width with Auger Drive. 12-inch Impeller Diameter and Serrated Auger Type. 13-inch by 4-inch Snowhog Wheel Size. 6 Forward / 2 Reverse Speed Control. 2-quart Fuel Capacity with Oil Included in the Carton. Loop-Folding Handle for Ease in Storage.
From the Manufacturer
Yard Machines 31AM62EE700 24-Inch 179cc OHV 4-Cycle Gas Powered 6-Speed Self-Propelled Two-Stage Snow Thrower With Electric Start (Non-CARB Compliant) - The Yard Machines two stage snow thrower comes with a 179cc OHV electric start 4-cycle engine. This snow thrower comes with a 24-inch deck. This snow thrower is great for when the forecast calls for a foot or more of snow. Push button electric start is easy, dependable and eliminates pull starts. Crank chute rotation with manual pitch control. 12-inch steel auger and impeller handles heavy snow with ease. This model also has 13-by-4-inch Snow Hog tires.
Top Customer Reviews
It ripped through three day old compacted snow on the drive area and made easy work out of some old-poorly placed shoveled piles that were over two feet high. The heavy wet snow that had just fallen was also childspay for this thing.
The only thing I have to say negative about it is completely my fault. The plastic tool for clearing the device came off on one of my passes of the taller piles and I was leaning the machine back to dig in to them and partly beacause it was dark out - I did not see it and I ran it over; taking it into the auger. It killed one of the shearing bolts. Piece of cake to change though (cotter pin not lock nuts) and it came with two extras!!
I think this is the beggining of a beautiful relationship!!
It's well built, starts easy, runs great, fairly priced, easy 6 speed forward / 2 speed reverse operation and gets the job done. The secret to owning this applies to all small engine equipment .....(1) store indoors (2) when not using / storing over 30 days you must completely drain/empty the fuel tank and then start the engine to let the carburetor run out of gas. When it stalls and will not restart that means there is no fuel in the tank or carburetor to go bad and clog the main jet, emulsion tube or rot your fuel / primer bulb lines. If you do this all you'll have to do is refuel with fresh pump gas next season and it fires right up everytime and should run perfect. No matter which machine you own, what make or model you have have old gas shares the same effect.
Pros: power, reliable/easy starting (electric, though manual is fine when it's been running), wear parts are long lasting, resists rust, easy to control, good traction, seldom clogs, only broke a single shear pin once in the first year when I hit a block of concrete!
Cons: I must say I HATE the crank for the chute orientation-- if you are doing a driveway you'll have to crank it all the way 180 degrees on each pass and it's a pain in the ass. The designs that use a lever to allow a fast 180 are much better. The shift lever on this rattles like mad against the frame too, I had to wrap it with a bit of inner tube to keep it quiet. The headlamp on ours went out after about eight years and I haven't bothered to fix it, dont' know where people are moving snow in pitch dark.
There are certainly better machines out there for more money, but at this point I'm looking at a net cost of about $50/year for my unit compared to $500+ to pay someone else to clear the driveway each season. I'm happy to pocket that savings and would consider MTD/Yard Machines again if the need arose.
Edit: Had it fixed, didn't start. Only used for two years. Deserves 0 stars for a waste of money.