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Husqvarna ST224 24-Inch 208cc Two Stage Electric Start Snow Blower Aurora CO

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Husqvarna ST224 has been developed for homeowners who need a high-performing snow blower to clear snow from large garage driveways & paths. It works regardless of surface type thanks to the adjustable skid shoes. Husqvarna ST224 has been designed for occasional use in all snow conditions. It has…


3 reviews for "Husqvarna ST224 24-Inch 208cc Two Stage Electric Start Snow Blower Aurora CO"

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    Initially I loved this thrower. It has a lot of power and generally works well. But I finally found its fatal flaw… The impeller is garbage. I am well aware you aren’t supposed to run over rocks with throwers. But it can be unavoidable and you generally expect to have to do some wrenching.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.

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    **UPDATE** 11/16/2018 – Went to use the snow blower for the first time this season and the plastic under the console (that I already had replaced – snapped almost immediately – I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS BLOWER TO ANYONE unless you like having problems and headaches.I had the exact same issues as some of the other reviews I have read – In my second season using it the chute stopped turning all the way too the right. I thought it probably just needed a simple cable adjustment but later came to realize that they had “value engineered” the cables underneath the control console. All the cables were being held with plastic. – The plastic had snapped right off. When I went to take it for the warranty repair – all of a sudden it wouldn’t go forward – only in reverse. At this point I was glad I was taking it to the repair shop and it was still under warranty but upset that after only 2 seasons I’m having this issue with an $800 snowblower. When I got it back – both items were covered under warranty which was good and I checked – it looked like Husqvarna knew they had a problem with the console and added a metal bracket to hold the cables in places. This is great, except for the fact that the console is still made of plastic which is holding the metal bracket. I suspect it will fail again in a couple more seasons. Hopefully if the throttle cable loosens again I will be able to fix it myself vs. having to drag it to be repaired and pay a hefty repair fee. I think if you do your research there are better on the market for similar prices. Besides that it has worked well and throws the snow far. It also always starts right up.

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    I’ve read several very damning comment and was ready to cancel my order. However I asked the man who repairs snowblowers and keep my 20 year old running what he thought of the comments. He owns one (1yr), his uncle owns one (3yr) and the business that he also works at uses one to clear the loading dock at the company that he is employed he has sold them and others for years.This is what I learned:The grape man was countered with having taken in a paint can left by the garage that exploded and was expelled with no damage to his personal machine. My personal experience is that it cleans a blacktop driveway like a vacuum cleaner. There is hardly a trace of snow left from a pass. I would expect that if you don’t have a blacktop you should expect that you will need to adjust the clearance so that it does not shuck the stone off the surface.The belt throwers. He told me that when they first came out about 5 years ago they did have a belt problem. He adjusted his uncles the first time after three years. I have had experience with my 20 year old and have adjusted belts. I will keep an eye on it but after 5 uses I don’t see the problem that was reported. Problem fixed by Husqvarna.Going to fast. Maybe another upgrade. Mine has a throttle control around the choke control. It came in rabbit (fast throttle) but can be adjusted to a turtles pace.Hand grip heaters. Not a big deal, seems to add a level of heat. I think a bigger deal is the locking thrower grip; which means I did not need to constantly drip it and loose circulation in that hand.My only negative is the delivery. It came with the box ripped open. I did not insist upon a complete inspection but could not see any damage. When I completely assembled it (which was a breeze) I found one of the plastic handles for the control panel support rail was broken.

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