Side by Side Comparison of: Husqvarna vs Snow Joe
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User Rating (Amazon)
User Rating (Amazon)
Five Star Reviews:
Very happy with purchase
June 28, 2017
Very happy with purchase, Worked very well in the two storms I used it. The power steering makes maneuvering such a large machine easy. Fast delivery for such a large heavy item.
Great to work with
March 29, 2017
Just as promised. Great to work with.
March 16, 2017
Easy to start and works great.
Very nice machine.
March 11, 2016
I LOVE THIS BEAST. It's large, but very workable. The best thing about this device is it's ability to turn on it's own. I've used other snowblowers that require a lot of muscle to turn and maneuver. This one you can pull the lever under the left or right handle and it turns for you. This saves your back and arms.Easy start. Device came as expected, and was delivered all the way in to the garage.I cleaned the neighborhood sidewalks and driveways (12 houses) and it worked flawlessly.
Works like a charm
March 2, 2016
This is a snow throwing son of a gun. Setup took all of ten minutes, checked oil, added fuel, followed starting instructions, and it fired up on the first pull (I wanted to see how hard it was to pull start). Used this little guy to move about half this season's snow off concrete, asphalt, and gravel driveways on my property, including a steep approach over a bridge. Works like a charm.
Great Snowblower from a Great Company
October 19, 2015
I ordered this machine about 4 weeks ago. Shipping and delivery was easy, scheduled it right here on Amazon for a Saturday morning delivery and was given a window between 11:00-1:00. Ceva was the carrier and they arrived with a box truck promptly at 11:05 am which was a bit surprising. I was worried they would have issues getting into my drive way since my I live on a pretty steep hill but the truck was equipped with a lift gate and it was in my garage in no time.The crate was nothing more than a small wood pallet covered by cardboard but was packed very well. A few quick cuts with a box cutter and the box was apart and on the ground. I highly recommend you put the handlebar together while it is still on the wood of the crate, it makes getting it off the wood much easier. Putting the handle bars together is as easy as lifting them up into the proper place and sliding a bolt into place and securing it with a star handle. Two of these on each side makes it easy to install and adjust if necessary (one pair comes installed already just needs tightening). I'm starting in the top most position, but may adjust after some actual use and mind you, this is the ONLY 2-stage on the market that I am aware of with adjustable handles.Next you just install the shoot controls which is fairly easy. The instructions are a bit confusing around the shoot distance control as I was expecting the bold to be much tighter than it is, instead is actually fairly loose. I do have some concerns on the longevity of the spring that gives tension to the shoot control as I will bet it breaks soon. My father has one that is about 7-8 years old and it was designed the same way and his spring broke within the first year. It's an easy fix but the spring could be beefier.READ THE INSTRUCTIONS on how to start it, also CHECK THE OIL. Mine was shipped with barely a drip in it. Husqvarna has a private branded version of the LCT Stormforce 208 cc engine. According to the instructions for the engine which is shipped with it, the oil reservoir holds 16 oz which is just shy of a half a quart. I used 5w30 synthetic but conventional will work also. I'll probably change the oil after the first 10 hours of use just to make sure there isn't any contamination in the engine.Start up is a breeze as long as you hit all the switches to the right spot. Since it was the first start, I used the electric start. Used a heavy gauge extension cord, plugged it in and hit the button and she powered up in no time. Took the choke off and seemed to be running great (don't be surprised if it doesn't run smooth at first, these engines need to get up to temperature before they really settle down, and they don't really like warm weather). Went through all the functions, forward, reverse, engaged the augers, checked the hand warmers and headlights and everything was working great! I did notice that the tires were actually slightly over-inflated but I'm not going to mess with them until it gets colder out because then they might be just right.If you are like me and purchase VERY early in the season (I would recommend it because once the first snow starts to fall, you can't find anything decent) make sure you run it out of gas before you put it away. Read the fine print on the 2 pull start warranty for the engine as they instruct you not to store it with old gas, if you do, you run the risk of voiding the warranty.The last thing worth mentioning is that this sucker will fit through a common door which in my case is nice since I will be using it in the back yard for the dogs and there is no easy way to get around my house other than a small man door through the back of the garage to the back yard. This also makes it much easier to store and it doesn't take up much room, besides, unless you are looking at a 30+ inch model, 24 is all you need as it doesn't add much more work or time.Overall this machine seems to be well built. The plastic control panel could be worrisome in the future but it seems to be designed well. A few nice features on this unit that you don't always see are that it has an extended oil drain plug which makes oil changes a breeze. It also has an extended oil fill tube which is pretty common now, but wasn't always. The engine comes equipped with an idle down knob which is nice, it's meant so if you need to leave it running for a bit without using it, just turn the knob a bit and it will lower the idle. The power steering is also a nice feature, most models you have to jump into the higher category to get it but it comes standard on this unit and is an added bonus. Overall first impressions on this unit are that its a solidly built machine that seems to be designed to last a few decades. Once I get it into some snow, i'll update this review but for now, I'm very happy with my purchase.UPDATE 1/14/2016:Since Mike D so eloquently pointed out it was a glowing review for something that hadn't left the garage I wanted to go ahead and update this review to echo my experience in using it.Since purchasing I have used it numerous times, the first snow of the year for us was prior to Thanksgiving and we had approximately 13" of snow. Got the machine out, primed the pump, hit the switch, turned the choke and plugged her in. I thought maybe since it had been sitting that it wouldn't want to start easily but a quick push of the electric start for less than 2 seconds and it was up and running. Starting idle is rough until you adjust the choke (turn to run) and then it runs nice a smooth. Its fairly quiet (no snow machine is super quiet, the Craftsman models that started last year and continued through their lineup this year are about the quietest 2 stage) and is much quieter than other hulking beasts I have handled before.Second store of the year was about 2 inches of a snow, sleet, ice mix which was VERY heavy, much heavier than the 13" of snow during the first storm". I didn't have a single issue clearing the driveway, it muscled through everything just fine, even the plow trash left at the end of my driveway. Still a strong 5 star rating here, not a single issue and have used it multiple times and even changed the oil once already (annoying habit I learned years ago that makes me overly protective of power equipment).
Great Electric Snow Blower
March 3, 2017
I live in Northern Virginia (near DC) and last winter (Jan 2016) we got 36 inches of snow spread over 2 days. This was the first time I had a chance to put my new Snow Joe to work. I ran the machine after the wave of snow (about 12 inches). Overnight another 20+ inches came in. The federal government and all schools were closed. It was slow going but this machine just kept chugging and blowing snow until my driveway was clear.
Great snow thrower for the price. Really does the job for my 4 car wide driveway and sidewalks.
January 4, 2017
I've owned my Snow Joe since Nov 2015. This winter is setting records for our area. More snow than ever before in recorded history. None of my neighbors had snow throwers. Well, that is until this winter. Watching me clear my 4 car driveway in just minutes while they slave away manually shoveling theirs. So, I began doing my next door neighbors driveway as he is elderly. Then have loaned it out to two other neighbors across the street. My elderly neighbor now owns a snow joe and my neighbor across the street ordered his today.
Pros: Really throws the snow, especially fresh stuff when the temperature is cold enough to keep it frozen.
Even though it's not self propelled, you can just about push it as fast as you can walk and it will clear the path in front of you.
I like the LED lamp and very torquey motor. Doesn't bog down unless the snow is very heavy.
Cons: Theres room for improvement. 1) If you have ANY imperfections in your surface over 1/8" the snow joe will catch it and stop so fast it will just about throw you over the handlebars. 2) The LED lamp is not really bright enough to help unless it is pitch dark outside. 3) The chute throws about 95% of the snow in the direction it is pointed, but about 5% of it shoots to the right. What this means is that if you begin at the right side of your driveway, it will constantly shoot 5% of the snow over swaths you have just cleared. This can be remedied by starting on the left side of the driveway. 4) If you use ice melt on your driveway after cleaning it, the snow joe will have problems clearing the next snowfall due to the slushy snow below. It's best to just not use snow melt if you want to use the snow joe to its fullest.
Summation: Look at the photos so you can see my snow joe in action, clearing 6" of snow from my neighbors driveway. I'd buy it again, but really wish they would fix the annoying issue with the unit snagging any imperfection in the surface and add a guard to the left of the chute so it throws snow in only one direction.
Buy It !!
December 24, 2016
This is my second season using this snow thrower. Plug it in to a 100' cord and I can reach all my driveway and sidewalks...even get neighbors sidewalks (mostly). Love the adjustable direction so I'm not throwing snow straight ahead that I will have to run over again. Far more powerful than expected. Usually throws heavy snow about 10' and light snow over 15' to 20' depending on direction of discharge. Didn't think the headlights would be a big deal - I was wrong. Sun goes down so early in winter and having lights is extremely nice. Love it!!
A Thrower for 12 Inches of snow in Snowzilla
February 4, 2016
Snowzilla dumped 36 inches on our area in NoVa. We cleared once when the snow was 4 to 5 inches deep and the SnowJoe was really great. On Saturday morning the cars were gone, drifts were over four feet and all we could do was wait out the storm. When it abated we started by clearing a path to provide some maneuvering room and we then began widening it. Again the Snow Joe was a fantastic workhorse machine but it was clearly not in this weight class of storm. The snow was so deep in spots the ejection chute couldn't clear the top of the snow. We came up with a solution that saved the day! Since I'm in my later 60's my daughter would cut down the snow into a previously cleared area and we would use the machine to throw it from there. It worked like a charm and we cleared a 60 by 12 drive and 28 feet of walk way in about six or seven hours over two days. The guy across the street has a 36 inch high intake on a Yard Machine 2 stage thrower and he was only a couple of hours quicker. I wish I had the cordless but for $199 the corded 15 amp thrower is a steal and proven that it can tackle snow beyond the specification threshold. It is a great product.
November 19, 2015
I am a disabled veteran and recently had cervical spine surgery (September 8th). I decided that I might need help in clearing my large deck when the snow arrived. This past Tuesday the snow arrived in southern Colorado with abandon (extreme winds) and it was piled much higher than the 12" that the Snow Joe was designed for. Well I wanted to get the deck cleared so I powered up the Snow Joe and went to work... remember I can't lift anything, since the surgery, over 8 lbs. The Snow Joe did a stellar job and I highly recommend it. I have attached a picture to show what I tackled on my deck in around 15 minutes. Consequently I highly recommend this electric snow blowing machine. BTW, this was not powder this was very heavy late fall snow.
Four Star Reviews:
It's works great, however miss some power when the snow is ...
May 23, 2017
It's works great, however miss some power when the snow is high, above the 13" and little wet. (lake affect etc.)It build with great engineering, easy to operate. recommended
Looks Good but Jury remains out until a snow when we can use it
April 6, 2017
Purchased for my husband as a birthday present in December 2016. Unfortunately or fortunately we didn't get to use it this winter so can't report on how well it works but it arrived on the date I requested and was packed well. Hope to update next year on how it works.
Spring for the Tracks!
February 7, 2017
Ok. Now I have a lawn mower for the Snow, Yea.What this thing really is, is a Rototiller for the snow. Its heavy, kinda awkward, and you don't want ANYTHING IN FRONT OF YOU, but SNOW!It is powerful, and it will cut through a good sized drift, but you will have to manhandle it to get it to do it.If you can afford it,( I couldn't,) get the tracked model, it should be less manhandling involved.Also be careful maneuvering it around your house! I got lucky and didn't gouge the wall.To summarize,Powerful, Heavy, Awkward,and need some Upper body strength to get it around!
January 29, 2017
it was all that I thought it would be . I like the power steering and heated handles. The reverse could be a little faster.
Missing Power Cord
October 11, 2016
Missing the power cord for electric start. Cannot figure out how to rectify this. Otherwise, the machine looks well built. Waiting for first snow fall in Colorado to try it out.gh
Snowblower arrived the day before blizzard of 2016. Started ...
February 14, 2016
Snowblower arrived the day before blizzard of 2016. Started with ease the first time. Started several times with recoil start with no problem. Blower was able to blow the icy snow banks left by the plow with ease over 24" deep. Only complaint left right adjustment of chute needed a call to dial iTunes correctly.
Great little snow blower.
January 11, 2017
I received this the night before a 5" snow storm. The storm was followed by freezing rain so by the time I got out to use this, it was a solid 4" of heavy wet snow. I purchased the yellow 12/3 100' extension cord with the blower, and I recommend you spend the extra money for the extreme weather version as the yellow one got annoyingly stiff and would not lay flat.
Anyway, the snow blower was easy to assemble in my living room (no oil or gas, so why not assemble inside where it's warm?) it is light weight and has a handle on top for lifting it into a truck or moving it over things in the garage. I was impressed with how it worked despite the heavy snow. I wouldn't recommend it for more than 4-5" of heavy wet snow but for powder it would chew through it like butter.
What would normally take me 2 hours of shoveling, was done in 25 minutes with this thing. And my back didn't hurt from lifting snow with a shovel. It is still a workout to push this thing through the snow if the snow is heavy though, but less time consuming and less work by far than shoveling. As with everything, I wish it had more power but 15 amps is the limit of what most people's homes can supply. I run mine using a 20amp adapter through the rv plug in my rv garage so this on its own circuit.
Get a cold weather flexible cord though, dealing with 100ft of stiff 12 Guage cord is a real chore during operation and when putting it away. All in all very satisfied, this will make a great non stinky addition to my snow tools.
November 27, 2016
Only used it for one day so far, but this little thing i champion. I do snow removal, and offer deck clearing as part of my contracts. for years I've been breaking my back clearing them with a shovel. This little blower f*#(*$ rocks!! light enough to carry up a flight of stairs, with enough power to clear 12" of snow easily. Only reason for 4 stars is the way the handle attaches to the main body is very flimsy. I replaced the one bolt it comes with with 4 from the hardware store and problem solved.
Not bad for an electric snow blower.
May 23, 2016
I had this for one season before rating this product.
As all electric units, the snow clearing effectiveness relies mostly on the muscles in your arms. If you can "push" the blower through the snow, it will clear it. Unlike most gas units which are self propelled (making it easier to clear deep snow).
Don't let the width of the unit fool you... You might be able to clear a wider path in one shot, but you'll have to "push" that much extra weight of the snow, specially wet snow.
I chose this unit not for the clearing width, but because of the horizontal bar handle. Most units have a single grip control for one hand, which can get tiring after a while,by his unit has the bar control, allowing the user to switch hands to rest, manage the extension cord, etc.
PS... Make sure you pick up a GFCI outlet or extension cord with built-in circuit breaker.
Snowpocalypse 2016 Report with SnowJoe
January 22, 2016
Snowpocalypse 2016 Report with SnowJoe: 8:50PM I just did my first driveway pass with about 8" on the ground, and it did a pretty good job. I would have liked a more aggressive scraper bar, but I think the blower's light weight is what really causes the scraper not to dig in. In the deeper plow made drift at the end of the driveway, where I was looking at very heavy 12-16" depths, the blower did an admirable job. Just be sure to go slowly and to not to bite off too much at once. In the deepest places, I took less than half the blower width at a time, and the job was done. I usually dig out a path for the dogs in the back yard for them to get outside and do their thing, and I gingerly used the SnowJoe this time, lifting the front edge slightly to not allow it to dig in and it performed flawlessly. I will update this review through the weekend, as it looks like we are going to get more than 2 feet of snow over the next 24 hours.
UPDATE, After the storm: So as I expected, the SnowJoe worked well with the rest of the snow we received. The deeper stuff was a challenge, but I kept up my technique of knocking it down with a shovel and then useing the SnowJoe to blow it away. All told this snow blower kept up to the task with 30" of snow. In 2010 by comparison, we received about 20" of snow here and it took me 8.5 hours to clean off my driveway by shovel alone. This year, with much more snow, I was able to do the same job in around 3.5. I'm still very satisfied with this machine, it is certainly adequate for the amount of snow we normally get in the mid-atlantic, and it is capable of making the large amounts much easier to deal with.
... friend so we kept it and it works very good only thing I wished we had gotton cordless but ...
December 8, 2015
Bought as gift for daughter but she received a snow blower from friend so we kept it and it works very good only thing I wished we had gotton cordless but 100 foot cord works well with it and for the price it was a great deal
Three Star Reviews:
Heated grips do not work.
April 17, 2017
Heated grips do not work. Otherwise, it wmruns great and cuts through 10-12 inches of snow no problem, although as the slowest speed. Would give 5 stars if the heated grips worked. I made sure all of the wires were connected correctly.
Good Machine! Two issues though.
October 30, 2016
Received snowblower in excellent shape. Very easy assembly. Started very easy. Two issues.There is a rebate and a free 1 year warranty extension available on this model, but only if purchased through a Husqvarna dealer (it does say that on their site). I lost out on those perks by purchasing through Amazon. The second problem, for me, is that there was no cord for the electric start. I sent Husqvarna a message about the cord. At this price, hopefully they come through.
February 13, 2016
I buy husqvarna St 224p it will on time but the box open I see all Accessories coming with this so after that I going to install installation so easy but when I install snow exiting I see that no turn hole left side one this & 2nd I see oil less so I can tell everyone who buy this snowblower you much check oil first then you start engine
Used in our harsh North Dakota winter last year where ...
August 26, 2017
Used in our harsh North Dakota winter last year where we had repeated snow fall, but I needed something more than my darn shovel to save my back. This little guy did a decent job helping me clean up light snowfall, or at least stay ahead of big buildups where we were getting several inches over night. It will not work anything over 7-8 inches in front of the blade; it's simply too much to practically use. But that is indeed the trade-off. I should have bought a bigger gas-powered blower, but I don't plan on staying in ND forever, so this was a solid compromise.
CON: I could use a sturdier handlebar system, this one seems it might break if I keep pushing, so I'm constantly babying it.
less amounts of snow or don't mind spending a good deal of time in a storm
February 13, 2017
Snow blower is decent for lesser accumulations of snow and mainly pathways. I purchased this to help out until we can buy a large gas snow blower. I live in NH and we get several inches of snow each storm so in order to keep up with the storm I spend a large chunk of time outside during the storms. If I wait until the storm is over it's it's very hard work (especially if the snow is heavy) to use this snow blower since it is not self propelled. So all in all if you have small areas to clear, less amounts of snow or don't mind spending a good deal of time in a storm, then this is a decent product. I keep telling myself that it's better than shoveling.
Its very light and easy to maneuver and perfect for my decks
January 5, 2017
It powers through dry snow quite well but I find the shoot needs to be redesigned. It isn't tall enough to direct the snow properly without it falling all over the machine. The base part needs to be longer and the adjustable deflector shorter. This would create a smoother transition and direct the snow where you want it to go. Its very light and easy to maneuver and perfect for my decks. The price was right and I like it so far.
Machine appears well made and putting together was easy. Just my luck
March 25, 2016
Machine appears well made and putting together was easy. Just my luck, this got baptized during the blizzard after 4ft of snow. It could not work its way thru that. But it worked fine with 2 inches of snow on another occasion. best for light snow removal
however the chute doesn't move as much as I'd like to control the direction of blowing Because it's light
January 30, 2016
Just used it after storm Jonas and 30 inches of snow. Clearly this is not designed to cope with that depth of snow, so we used it 5 times over the weekend to chip away at the drive as it snows. It did a decent job, some things to consider:
It feels a little flimsy, it's not very sturdy/hardy
It throws the snow an 'ok' distance, however the chute doesn't move as much as I'd like to control the direction of blowing
Because it's light, it doesn't get right down to the asphalt like a heavier unit
So it's ok, if you get a light fall every year, go for it. If you get 2 or 3 bigger storms, spend up.
Two Star Reviews:
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Disappointed in quality
April 16, 2017
I was able to use this twice before it completely stopped working. Very disappointed in the quality.
I'm so disappointed. Just tried it in heavy snow
February 9, 2017
I'm so disappointed. Just tried it in heavy snow. Anything more than 2-3 inches, and the spout repeatedly gets clogged. I would have to stop to punch out the snow, and continue moving very slowly. You also have to stop to adjust the angle of the spout constantly because the force of the snow coming out pushes the spout upward. Finally, assembly was kind of a pain, and it's just not well-made. One of the locking mechanisms just doesn't work.
this is great is 2-5in of snow
April 17, 2016
this is great is 2-5in of snow. but anything more it gets clogged and stops working. If I could go back I would return and buy a gas one.
Barely better than shoveling the wet stuff we get in Virginia.
April 5, 2016
Beats the heck out of shoveling the wet stuff we get in central Virginia. It also seems to keep snow away as it has not snowed since I bought it.
Subsequent snows have revealed a severe flaw, the discharge chute is rough textured inside and wet snow of 8" is a clog producing mess. I dropped the review to 2 stars because of the flaw. Additionally the chute has two bolts that will not tighten and if the deflector is not upright the chute clogs immediately.
March 23, 2016
Works great... when you have the magic snow at just the right weight and depth. This machine is no match for March snow, at any depth. Apparently wet snow gums it up and stops it working. I got this so my parents wouldn't have to shovel, they've shoveled more than used the machine so far this winter.
One Star Reviews:
Don't wast your money
October 5, 2017
1. Hard to start2. Extremely Loud motor3, Tub is poorly secured and rattles like crazyDon't waste your money/
Product that does not start with no back up support
November 5, 2016
I did my research before buying a snow blower but obviously made a big mistake. I wante a premium product so I don’t have issues and even if something happened wanted a service network that could take care of the issue. I looked on Husqvarna website to make sure there are service centers close by my house, it showed two within a 20 mile radius so I felt comfortable.So my new snow bower was delivered to my doorstep, unpacking and assemble was easy with clear instructions. I could not get my blower started, not manually nor with the electric start. After several attempts I removed the plug to make sure its firing, the spark was good. Upon trying to put the plug back I found some scuff marks on the plug hole and saw that the exhaust cover has been removed before. At that point I decided to get hold of the nearest dealer. I loaded my new blower in my truck and drove to the authorized dealer per the Husqvarna website.Upon arrival at Murdocks Ranch & Home supply in Westminster I was informed they can’t help me as I didn’t bought the product from that store, so much for the warranty. I asked if they would still look at it even if I was willing to pay, they informed me they do not do onsite repairs and that they can send it way and that I will wait a minimum of 8 weeks for my product to get back.I decided to drive to the other dealer listed on the Husqvarna website, Arvada rent-Alls. They were very friendly and took in my machine but explained that they are not dealers of Husqvarna so are unable to do a warranty repair. After inspecting the machine he confirmed the assembly was done correctly and saw the same marks I did and explained it looks like something might be wrong with the fuel system. Since I need to product repaired and the claimed network is not available I decided to leave it for them to look at what’s wrong. I am waiting to hearI feel deceived by the support promise made on the website of this product, so disappointing for such a brand.
missing hardware and alittle damaged
March 13, 2017
finally got around to opening the box and assembling the snow blower. there are no hardware inside the box to mount the handle to the blower and the chute has no hardware either and also a broken plastic piece that holds the wire to the frame
Dead on arrival! Doesn't turn on not even the ...
February 10, 2017
Dead on arrival! Doesn't turn on not even the led lights turn on. I even tried a different extension cord rated for 15 amp and doesn't turn on at all. Not even the built on flash light.
The first one I ordered never made it to me ...
February 10, 2017
The first one I ordered never made it to me. The second one was not operational. The price matches the quality you get...
Not well designed or made
February 9, 2017
Bought this at the beginning of the season and just had the first opportunity to use it. The chute clogged at every push and is nearly impossible to unclog- as a matter of fact, while trying to unclog the chute for the third time, the plastic diverter cracked. Not an item I would recommend and because I bought it 6a weeks ago, I am ineligible for a return- do not buy this. I had a smaller Toro for 10 years that I loved before it broke and unfortunately I chose this instead.
only good for fluffy happy snow
February 3, 2016
only good for fluffy happy snow. anything heavier will bog this thing immediately. unlike gas units, this won't propel itself. you end up having to repeatedly smash the thing into the snow to get anywhere. on packed or heavy snow kw, you're honestly better off shoveling. you're basically pushing an automatic broom.
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Lawn & Patio
Lawn & Patio
208cc Husqvarna engine
Remote Chute Deflector/Remote Chute Rotator
3 Year Limited Warranty and 5 Year Engine Warranty
24-Inch Two Stage
Ideal for quick snow pickups on mid-sized driveways and walkways
No gas, oil or tune-ups make it effortless to start and maintain
3 W LED light for safe nighttime clearing
Powerful 15-amp motor moves up to 800 lbs of snow per minute
ETL approved; Full 2-year warranty