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Five Star Reviews:

63%
Looks good, feels good
October 30, 2016
Other than dealing with a freight delivery issue/hassle, (not Amazon's fault), I'm happy so far with this machine and the decision to purchase it.
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.
Very happy with this snow blower.
February 16, 2016
I would highly recommend this machine. I found the assembly relatively easy....and I have no mechanical abilities. The snow blower started right up and runs very well, very quiet but powerful at the same time. I like the placement of the controls and the fact there is no external crank sticking out of the side of the machine for the directional control of the snow shute....makes it easier to store as well. The light which comes on automatically is also a great feature during night snow blowing. I think the optional electric/pull start is a fantastic feature and wish my old blower had that, especially when i pulled the cord to start my old one during a blizzard and it and snapped off due to wear. The machine itself seem solid and well made. The only cautionary comment would be to make sure the unit has oil before starting it and using it. My machine was shipped with oil, but apparently could have been shipped without it as well.....so check the dip stick before starting for the first time and look at it carefully because the fill line is very small and hard to see at first.
Great snow blower, clears packed, slushy snow. Just do your research on price before buying.
February 1, 2016
First, let me just give a general tip to everyone looking to buy this snowblower, and others at any random time. Do your PRICE RESEARCH! For some reason, prices vary on this particular thrower by a LOT. MSRP on this is 729 USD. When i bought it (weekend that Snowzilla, aka mid-atlantic blizzard of 2016 that dumped over 2 feet of snow in the DC area), it was sold by Amazon for 679 USD. It's sold in the past for as little as 649. However, within a few days of the blizzard, the price went up to 749, then 840, and now 979 as i type this. I urge my fellow consumers to not allow such blatant price gauging to be rewarded. This machine is fantastic, but you shouldn't have to pay 250 dollars above the MSRP.

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.

P.S. for those that never heard of this, there's a website called camelcamelcamel dot com (yes, "camel" 3 times). COpy and paste the Amazon URL of the product you want, and it will show you the price over the last 6 months or so. Very handy.
Surviving Northeast blizzard bc of this tank of a machine!!
January 23, 2016
Delivered right in time-thank you Amazon Prime and Pilot Freight. This snow blower is worth every penny and has given my family such peace of mind during this blizzard. Our previous snow blower never worked consistently. The only thing to look out for are the terrible assembly instructions. You really have to study each image in order to follow them. The biggest parts are already together which is a huge plus, but you will need to do smaller tasks, like the chute installation, deflector cable installation, etc. Having said that it still only took 1 hour to put it together.
A beast that gets the job done!
December 23, 2015
I ordered this taking a chance because of only 1 review. I was not disappointed. This snowblower is a beast! It starts easily and plows through all of the heavy stuff. I live on the benches in Utah and we get heavy wet snow. This thing does the trick. I have bought a Toro one stage blower in the past and it works well, but it can't clean the end of the driveway where the city snow plow dumps several feet of ice chunks. This blower powers right through it! I also live on a rather steep hill and so I can attest that the traction on this is great. It has the power to blow the snow and go up a steep hill. Yesterday, I plowed through 16 inches of heavy wet snow with no problem.

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.
63%
Good Product
July 18, 2017
Good Product
Price was awesome! Item does what is needed to clear the ...
February 14, 2017
Had to break down and buy a snow blower! Got to old for the shoveling! Price was awesome! Item does what is needed to clear the sidewalks and driveway.
Hooray for snowblowers
January 12, 2017
The snow blower was delivered even before the promised date, which was good as we received 8" of snow. It worked very well although the electric start hasn't worked yet and the blower has to be manually moved into position. Once in position it will vibrate out but we think a washer will fix the problem. It seems to run very well and throws the snow a good distance.
Five Stars
March 29, 2016
Perfect exactly what I expected
Don't hesitate to buy it.
February 6, 2016
Thing is an absolute beast in 24inches of snow.

Four Star Reviews:

16%
Pretty solid machine
March 22, 2017
Pretty solid machine. Engine is great starts every time and some very important features too. The ability to drive the machine with one free hand is crucial and very helpful. Lots of adjustable speeds and seems to handle the heavy stuff well. I did break a shear bolt under what seemed like pretty normal conditions but shear bolts are designed to break so you dont damage the transmission but it was a pain none the less. Briggs and Stratton were great and offered free bolts as it happened on the third use.
Seems solid. Assembly is reasonable
November 22, 2016
The assembly instructions could use some improvement, but I was still able to assemble in about half an hour using common sense. Engine was already filled with oil upon delivery (+), and it started up immediately with no problems.

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!!!!
It's a beast!
March 12, 2016
This is a beast. Easy to assemble (Google the model number and there's a great assembly video on the B&S website); took me about an hour taking my time. Self propelled is nice, one hand operation is great. Wish it had power steering but I don't think it will be that big of deal.
Engine has oil already
March 1, 2016
The manual said it was shipped without oil, however that was not correct. It had some oil in the crankcase and when I put in the correct amount and started it up oil started pouring out the vent. I drained the oil and started it up again and all is well. Engine started so easy. It has an electric starter but didn't need it. One pull and it starts.
and good traction. I like that it is a bit ...
January 26, 2016
I'd say it took me about 2 hours to assemble. The directions were just ok - after a bit of studying I was able to figure it out. Last weekend's major storm here in the Northeast was my first chance to use it. The first pass was done after about 18" had fallen. It ate through the snow without any issues. More than enough power to throw the snow quite a distance, and good traction. I like that it is a bit wider (27" vs 24") and has a larger engine (250CC vs 208CC) than the compact models. On the downside that may make it a little harder to handle and turn, since it does not have power steering. Overall I think it is a very good machine for the price, and I'm pleased with the purchase.
16%
I leave in PA and had a few heavy snow ...
September 6, 2017
I leave in PA and had a few heavy snow falls this winter. Got threw the heaviest snow with no problem, even cut through the snow and ice that the snow plows left around my car, exactly the reason I purchased the thing.
Almost as good as expected
December 25, 2016
It is almost exactly what I expected, it throws snow and starts on the first pull, with just a couple of issues. Number one, the shute will not stay in place no matter how hard I turn the lock nuts so I am constantly moving it back into position. Number two, the auger stops spinning when I let go of the handle even with the motor engaged, so that I have to stop moving forward whenever I need to adjust the shute. This is annoying but it still gets the job done.
Does the job. What else you need. Shipping ...
March 14, 2016
Does the job. What else you need. Shipping was a bit iffy as the shipper delivered it upside down. Oil leaked all over.
Works very well once glitches are addressed
March 1, 2016
Machine works well. Its assembly requires "real" tools and the directions that come are not good. Online is very helpful. The speed control rod was warped so we ended up bringing it into a repair shop and a bolt came out of the handle after 2 uses. Once all these things were ironed out it performed very well in a LOT of snow. Overall I'd recommend it- just be prepared.
I went from using an electric snowblower (i called it ...
February 19, 2016
I went from using an electric snowblower (i called it a vacuum, rather then a snow blower) to this monster of a machine. Assembly was a little difficult (thats why only 4 stars), but the end result was definitely worth it.

Three Star Reviews:

8%
Three Stars
March 29, 2017
It came dented works fine
Disappointed in this purchase
March 28, 2017
there were several problems the item came without assembly or operator manuals. There was no oil or any instructions on what oil to install in the unit.Missing several pieces of hardware needed to assemble the item. 1 tire was flat. Disappointed in this purchase. I have never experienced such poor service from Amazon before. Please advise what can be done to correct this situation
Hard to put together. Haven't used it yet.
February 17, 2017
Well I haven't been able to use it yet. Of course we got it after all the big storms decided to hit. Go figure....

Putting it together was painful! It was really a pain in the butt. Took a few hours to do it.
It had some trouble with wet snow but did the ...
January 27, 2017
It had some trouble with wet snow but did the job. I should have gone for the 250cc one. Also, getting spare parts is difficult. None of the local dealers have any spare part for this machine. I should have bought Ariens from a local dealer.
Looks like Bridds & Straton bought Murray and this may be ...
October 21, 2016
Arrived missing the engine key. Spent 1 hr on the phone so they could look up the part. Should be on the way... can't comment on performance yet. Looks like Bridds & Straton bought Murray and this may be a rebranded Murray machine. I spent hours looking for backup parts; this is what I thin- belts parts 707585 drive and 797584 auger. Ordered from Sears. Shear pins 707555. My best guess.
8%
Disappointed in this purchase
March 28, 2017
there were several problems the item came without assembly or operator manuals. There was no oil or any instructions on what oil to install in the unit.Missing several pieces of hardware needed to assemble the item. 1 tire was flat. Disappointed in this purchase. I have never experienced such poor service from Amazon before. Please advise what can be done to correct this situation
good engine
February 13, 2017
the engine is great but the rest of the snow blower is made cheap. it has cables where there should be solid rods to control movment and snow deflector on end of discharge chute .the control for turning the discharge chute is poorly made I dont think it will last very long ...the delivery time from amazon was horrable it took 18 days to get here.. the problem with the cables is moisture gets inside and freezes and they break ...it has a lot of power and did a good job throwing snow I have only used it twice so I guess we will see, My old machine is 31 years old MTD 5 h.p. briggs stillruns great.
It had some trouble with wet snow but did the ...
January 27, 2017
It had some trouble with wet snow but did the job. I should have gone for the 250cc one. Also, getting spare parts is difficult. None of the local dealers have any spare part for this machine. I should have bought Ariens from a local dealer.
Three Stars
December 19, 2016
The oil dipstick had no lines for add/full. There is no lines at all on the dipstick!
Looks like Bridds & Straton bought Murray and this may be ...
October 21, 2016
Arrived missing the engine key. Spent 1 hr on the phone so they could look up the part. Should be on the way... can't comment on performance yet. Looks like Bridds & Straton bought Murray and this may be a rebranded Murray machine. I spent hours looking for backup parts; this is what I thin- belts parts 707585 drive and 797584 auger. Ordered from Sears. Shear pins 707555. My best guess.
Missing vital parts and no resolution offered except returning it ...
December 23, 2015
Missing vital parts and no resolution offered except returning it and waiting for replacement. This item is not being purchased from the manufacturer but a second company. Wouldn't purchase again.

Two Star Reviews:

6%
Not so much
April 8, 2017
Not impressed with this unit. It works ok in fresh fluffy snow. I had a Honda single stage snow blower for years and finally decided to upgrade. Unfortunately this isn't as much of an upgrade as I thought. Power seems low and it won't drive itself through much snow. I was hoping for a lot more, it does start easy and hasn't vibrated apart yet.
... workout to remove the snow and I am in great shape. The blower is garbage in wet spring ...
April 4, 2017
Works okay with light snow but still an insane physical workout to remove the snow and I am in great shape. The blower is garbage in wet spring snow over a foot. After 4 uses I am ready to get rid of the blower and buy a ATV with a ploy again. For me this was a waste of money and failure.
Return Policy
February 9, 2017
A word of caution; since you only have 30 days to return, don't do what I did and wait for snow before starting. The engine started fine but the snow blower started moving away dragging the line cord without the traction handle being held down. The unit moved about 10' before I could turn it off. If it hadn't been for 10" of snow enabling the wheels to slip as I held on it would have gone further. Now all I need is a pickup truck to lug this to a dealer for repair-should be just about Springtime when I get it back
Works great--when it actually starts and runs
January 25, 2017
The good: It is a beast. It can handle serious snow. I am very pleased with its snow clearing ability.
The bad: The flipping thing won't start. It has never pull-started (I have always had to use the electric backup starter). I was using it today and it sputtered and died. It won't start again. There is gas in the tank.
I bought it a few months ago. It was plowing its fourth snowfall when it died. Not happy.
poor tolerances
December 19, 2016
Blasts through snow fine but the auger housing is crooked. The attachment bolt holes are not slotted, so the scraper blade (which is not adjustable) contacts the driveway on one side but has a quarter inch gap on the other. My choice was to figure out how to repackage it for return shipment (no way to get it out of the box without cutting it apart) or re-engineer it myself. I made the bolt holes on the scraper blade slotted in a drill press so I could adjust that; got rid of about half the problem. Better but I don't like it. Will never buy something this big and hard to ship online again.
6%
Not so much
April 8, 2017
Not impressed with this unit. It works ok in fresh fluffy snow. I had a Honda single stage snow blower for years and finally decided to upgrade. Unfortunately this isn't as much of an upgrade as I thought. Power seems low and it won't drive itself through much snow. I was hoping for a lot more, it does start easy and hasn't vibrated apart yet.
Return Policy
February 9, 2017
A word of caution; since you only have 30 days to return, don't do what I did and wait for snow before starting. The engine started fine but the snow blower started moving away dragging the line cord without the traction handle being held down. The unit moved about 10' before I could turn it off. If it hadn't been for 10" of snow enabling the wheels to slip as I held on it would have gone further. Now all I need is a pickup truck to lug this to a dealer for repair-should be just about Springtime when I get it back
Two Stars
January 23, 2017
came with faulty settings and poor instruction manual.
Damaged
January 23, 2017
Product arrived dented there were bent and broken pieces.
poor tolerances
December 19, 2016
Blasts through snow fine but the auger housing is crooked. The attachment bolt holes are not slotted, so the scraper blade (which is not adjustable) contacts the driveway on one side but has a quarter inch gap on the other. My choice was to figure out how to repackage it for return shipment (no way to get it out of the box without cutting it apart) or re-engineer it myself. I made the bolt holes on the scraper blade slotted in a drill press so I could adjust that; got rid of about half the problem. Better but I don't like it. Will never buy something this big and hard to ship online again.
Two Stars
February 21, 2016
broke it the first use.

One Star Reviews:

7%
Broke the first real time we needed it!!!
March 14, 2017
I'm freaking out right now because we're in the middle of a blizzard and this piece of garbage broke before we even got the first pass done on the driveway. It hit a stick, which is supposed to make the sheer pin break and protect all the insides, then you just replace the sheer pin (it comes with extras). But instead, that didn't brake and the whole gear box broke! Now we're trapped in our house, with no way to leave, and a busted snow blower! We're expecting 18-24" of snow and have a huge driveway. Not very happy at all... we've owned this for exactly 3 months, and have used it twice so far for mild storms. 2 uses for $900!?! I'd rather pay to have it plowed. BUYER BEWARE!!!
Wasted money because there was no snow to test this ...
March 14, 2017
This does not work as advertised. It can only function on a powdery snow. The chute gets jammed with snow and the engine shuts down with only 3 inches of snow. Wasted money because there was no snow to test this thing when I bought it and now I cannot even return it after seeing the results. Had to shovel the big drive way manually even after spending this much money, very disappointing.
Arrived in the box wet with the motor oil! Not happy.
January 11, 2017
The snowblower arrived in the box but covered with oil. My guess is that somebody during shipping turned the box over for a while to allow this oil to come out. So I checked and the oil wasn't within the operating range, so I put more oil in the unit and finished assembling it. Tomorrow I will start it up when I have gas. Hopefully this won't keep it from starting up if the oil has gotten anywhere it shouldn't. I'll see tomorrow and follow up with an update and possibly more stars.
shipper was not very good. box was upside down and oil spilled all ...
December 19, 2016
shipper was not very good. box was upside down and oil spilled all over the outside of box.
I was disappointed. Then overnight we get a lot of snow ...
December 10, 2016
I bought this because of the Briggs engine. I used it for the first time yesterday and it kept bogging down with just 3" of snow. I was disappointed. Then overnight we get a lot of snow so I can only take in about 6" at a time and that's on the lowest speed.

Then it stops. Restart and stops again. I look in the collection area and the whole metal casing that moves the auger cracked. See picture. Can't believe it. So now I'm stuck with no blower and a ton of snow on my driveway while my wife laughs because she wanted to continue out snow service.

UPDATE

Amazon fully refunded me the same day and let me keep the machine, which Briggs & Stratton fixed fixed quickly without any cost. The machine is brand new again. My guess is that it was more of a freak issue.
7%
Assembly and operating instructions did not match the shipped product ...
January 28, 2017
Assembly and operating instructions did not match the shipped product. They were similar enough that it was still possible to figure out, but only after a few hours of frustration.

Did not ship with ignition key.
Horrible Customer Service
January 17, 2017
Buyer beware, I purchased this snow blower through Amazon because of the price and the Briggs and Stratton name. Unfortunately, when assembling it I noticed the Speed Control Rod was bent almost 90 degrees. I called Briggs and Stratton customer service and waited on hold for roughly 45 minutes. Once someone finally answered I simply asked how we can rectify this situation thinking that I would just send the defective part and they would send a correct part back. No, their answer was to go to a local "Diamond Dealer" and they would switch out the part. They gave me the name and the address of the closest dealer which is 45 minutes away from my house - 1.5 hours round trip (I don't live in a rural area - Philly suburbs). I decided to call the dealer and their response was "if you buy it online you void the warranty". So now I'm stuck with a fully assembled snow blower that's missing a speed control arm which basically renders it useless.
I should note that the box was not damaged in any way, please see attached picture.
Four Stars
December 29, 2016
Assembly instructions not a good as they should have been. Hard to turn. 2 inch snow and it only threw the snow about 10 feet. No grease zerts on auger shaft. Cheaply made. Sent it back and bought a Ariens Deluxe 24. You get what you pay for!
Briggs and Stratton has the worst customer service!
December 5, 2016
Briggs and Stratton has the worst customer service. Purchased this snowblower brand new, assembled it and there was a loud scrapping noise coming from the engine. Briggs and Stratton customer service could not assist and referred to 3rd party repair shops that would not work with B/S warranty. Ended up returning the item. Note, Amazon customer service was amazing and scheduled a return free of charge.
Missing many bolts
October 16, 2016
Missing 3 bolts from parts that were already assembled
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Old Price
Price
Price
$794.00updated: Oct 19, 2017
$689.99updated: Oct 18, 2017
Features
Article Number
Article Number
0059307073828
0059307074023
Binding
Binding
Lawn & Patio
Lawn & Patio
Brand
Brand
Briggs & Stratton
Briggs & Stratton
Currency
Currency
USD
USD
Formatted Price
Formatted Price
$1,410.21
$749.99
Height
Height
1692.9 in
1496.1 in
Length
Length
2204.7 in
2086.6 in
Manufacturer
Manufacturer
Briggs and Stratton
Briggs and Stratton
Model
Model
1696614
1696610
MPN
MPN
1696614
1696610
Number of Parts
Number of Parts
1696614
1696610
Product Group
Product Group
Lawn & Patio
Lawn & Patio
Product Type
Product Type
OUTDOOR_LIVING
OUTDOOR_LIVING
Publisher
Publisher
Briggs and Stratton
Briggs and Stratton
Quantity
Quantity
1
1
Release Date
Release Date
2015-08-24
2015-08-24
Reviews
Reviews
Score
Score
8.8
9
Studio
Studio
Briggs and Stratton
Briggs and Stratton
Weight
Weight
649.0 oz
617.3 oz
Width
Width
1023.6 in
1023.6 in
Feature
Feature

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

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

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