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post #1 of 16 Old 03-13-2017, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Cub Cadet 3X 26"

Just picked up a 31AH5DTA596 from Lowes. I went in planning on a fairly standard 2X 24" with a 208CC engine. Then noticed they had a 3X 26" with a 357CC engine on mark down. It was an open box return. Looked it over and didnt see anything wrong with it. Decided to go with it for a few dollars more than the one I originally decided on. Got it delivered, fueled it up and went in the garage the next morning. Garage smelled like gas and there was a puddle by the back tire. Good thing I only put 1/4 tank in as it all leaked out. Guess I know why it was returned. Lowes is taking it back and bringing me a new one as a replacement. Should be about a week. Really like this blower and the controls. Hope to be able to post more once I have my new blower. Course it is the end of the season but I got a great price.
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I had a new Ariens that did that. Would leak all the fuel out when it wasn't running. Nice that you're getting a new blower, mine was just repaired.

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What was the cause in your case? I didnt investigate because it was new and they just swapped it out. It seemed to be coming around the back corner, right over the one tire. Couldnt tell if it was the tank, a hose or the carb.
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Lowes called me today. They cant get me another 26" so are upgrading me to the 30" with the 420CC engine at no extra cost! Going to assemble and test it prior to delivery. Only downside is no heated grips but I should be able to get the job done faster anyways.
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Lowes called me today. They cant get me another 26" so are upgrading me to the 30" with the 420CC engine at no extra cost! Going to assemble and test it prior to delivery. Only downside is no heated grips but I should be able to get the job done faster anyways.
That says we should if we have a choice, Home Depot or Lowe's, buy at Lowe's? Great endorsement. I prefer to buy from small businesses because of their expertise but try to get a free upgrade or pickup for a problem machine or reimbursement. There is something to be said about Big Box stores.

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Congrats ! I have put on Chinese-made heated hand grips for about $5, and they work excellent. Bought them on Ebay. If you search HHG, or Heated Hand Grips on this forum, you should find the reference. They are sold for Snowmobiles, and motorcycles.
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Thanks guys. Excited to get the new blower even though I probably wont get to test it out till next year. I wasnt really looking for an upgrade. 30" is probably overkill for my driveway but it was too good to pass up. I will check out the hand grips. Not sure why they dont include them on this model. I have seen the MTD ones online for about $30. Do the Chinese ones on Ebay also plug and play?
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I have seen the MTD ones online for about $30. Do the Chinese ones on Ebay also plug and play?
Yes and no. If you can figure out an electrical circuit, and solder a couple of connections, then yes. Otherwise, can you understand a YouTube video ? If no to both, then you should buy the OEM ones.

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Thanks for the info. I will probably run it first next year and see how it is....if my hands are cold I will upgrade them. I have to say Lowes was good with their customer service in this case and I am happy with them. I would buy from them again. I know there are lots of horror stories about the big box stores. Made out pretty well since I only paid $885 US.
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Many on the forum feel hat a better investment than heated hand grip is to buy a good pair of warm gloves.
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