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Problem with 3X in heavy wet snow

Hi, I'm brand new to the forum. I too have a Cub Cadet 3X snowblower, 357 cc. We got about 2 feet of wet snow all at once 2 days ago. You can see where the center impeller just hits the snow and its' like running into a brick wall, and forward motion stops. I modified the center impeller so that it reached out beyond the round shaft cover. That helped some. I think if a person rebuilt the impellers to be stronger and more aggressive, it might help it perform better. I agree, most snowblowers aren't made to handle much more than a few inches of snow. My real question is: What can I get that will handle a 24 inch wet snow, with possibly 36 inch drifts, like the snow storm we just had. I would rather not have to use a machine that was not designed to handle the demands of the snow I had to remove. Any suggestions for what I should consider?
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Hi, I'm brand new to the forum. I too have a Cub Cadet 3X snowblower, 357 cc. We got about 2 feet of wet snow all at once 2 days ago. You can see where the center impeller just hits the snow and its' like running into a brick wall, and forward motion stops. I modified the center impeller so that it reached out beyond the round shaft cover. That helped some. I think if a person rebuilt the impellers to be stronger and more aggressive, it might help it perform better. I agree, most snowblowers aren't made to handle much more than a few inches of snow. My real question is: What can I get that will handle a 24 inch wet snow, with possibly 36 inch drifts, like the snow storm we just had. I would rather not have to use a machine that was not designed to handle the demands of the snow I had to remove. Any suggestions for what I should consider?
I would recommend a Honda HS series, a 9, 11 or 13 horse, with impeller flaps. The HS is the older model, but they can be found. We get an awful lot of wet, heavy snow- they call it sierra cement. The HS series are great without the flaps, with the flaps they are unbelievable. They will take a full box of water running through it snow, and blow it 20+ feet. I would say that around here, 9 out of 10 people have at least 1 Honda.
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Hi, I'm brand new to the forum. I too have a Cub Cadet 3X snowblower, 357 cc. We got about 2 feet of wet snow all at once 2 days ago. You can see where the center impeller just hits the snow and its' like running into a brick wall, and forward motion stops. I modified the center impeller so that it reached out beyond the round shaft cover. That helped some. I think if a person rebuilt the impellers to be stronger and more aggressive, it might help it perform better. I agree, most snowblowers aren't made to handle much more than a few inches of snow. My real question is: What can I get that will handle a 24 inch wet snow, with possibly 36 inch drifts, like the snow storm we just had. I would rather not have to use a machine that was not designed to handle the demands of the snow I had to remove. Any suggestions for what I should consider?

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How far are you from the Canadian Border???? Either one of the larger Yamahas being the YS1028 or YS1332 track drive units will work well for you.


There are a large number of Yamaha snow blower videos on you tube. The you tube video with the 1332 model is very impressive and the snow pack in the video is very deep.
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Welcome to the group and I appreciate your "honest story" about the cub cadet 3X

I have an long time friend of mine who didn't listen to me the first time when buying a snowblower....and has since destroyed the auger transmission this past winter and is now on the search for a new blower and is keen to the design of the 3X....I'll be sure to share your story.

Here in SD, most of our snow tends to have moisture to it and this past weekend got hit with 14" of wet/heavy crud after a day of rain.

All of my neighbors and myself were all out with our various machines attempting to remove the slop.....most of which were fighting/coughing/sputtering or killing the machine while pushing out big ol' "slop turds" out of the chute.

I currently have an older 24" version (mid 2000's) of the Signature "Pro" professional/commercial series (very stout machine)....and the thing ate and spit everything out and never bogged down or produced a slop turd. On Sunday when the plows came through...they cleared off all the slop/water and left a good 2-3 foot slop pile at the end of our driveways. Before it hardened, I got out and let it chug away and cleared it off. Again, other neighbors were out battling with their various cheaper brands. I've never test driven a Honda or a Yamaha. (always say some day I'm going to head north of the border and check Yamaha out as I am a huge fan of their other equipment) But I know if I were to look at those two, myself I'd also take a good look at the Simplicity's....just their dealer network is a lot less than other models. Mine currently doesn't have an impeller kit.....it's been a project I've been wanting to do for 2 years now and I keep procrastinating.

Best of luck in your search.

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Welcome to the group and I appreciate your "honest story" about the cub cadet 3X

I have an long time friend of mine who didn't listen to me the first time when buying a snowblower....and has since destroyed the auger transmission this past winter and is now on the search for a new blower and is keen to the design of the 3X....I'll be sure to share your story.

Here in SD, most of our snow tends to have moisture to it and this past weekend got hit with 14" of wet/heavy crud after a day of rain.

All of my neighbors and myself were all out with our various machines attempting to remove the slop.....most of which were fighting/coughing/sputtering or killing the machine while pushing out big ol' "slop turds" out of the chute.

I currently have an older 24" version (mid 2000's) of the Signature "Pro" professional/commercial series (very stout machine)....and the thing ate and spit everything out and never bogged down or produced a slop turd. On Sunday when the plows came through...they cleared off all the slop/water and left a good 2-3 foot slop pile at the end of our driveways. Before it hardened, I got out and let it chug away and cleared it off. Again, other neighbors were out battling with their various cheaper brands. I've never test driven a Honda or a Yamaha. (always say some day I'm going to head north of the border and check Yamaha out as I am a huge fan of their other equipment) But I know if I were to look at those two, myself I'd also take a good look at the Simplicity's....just their dealer network is a lot less than other models. Mine currently doesn't have an impeller kit.....it's been a project I've been wanting to do for 2 years now and I keep procrastinating.

Best of luck in your search.
Besides the fact that the 3 stage id a gimmick that does not work better and works worse with less snow as reported
its a cheaply made blower
why on earth anybody would buy that instead of and ariens 28 sho for the same money or less is beyond me
Only reason i can think of is LACK OF KNOWLEDGE


do the impeller kit its a 1 hr job you are not building the space shuttle
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Welcome to the forum!

Opinions on blowers and brands can sometimes be interpreted as insulting, or brand-snobbery. Please forgive comments that may come across negatively.

My opinion of the Cub Cadets isn't great, from what I've read about them. This includes the 3X models.

A good 2-stage machine can definitely handle more than a few inches of snow. I have a 2000-year Ariens, 10hp (318cc OHV) 24" wide. It's handled wet snow without trouble, including a storm this year that was 12" of really wet snow. I had to slow down, of course. But no clogging, no problems. Another storm this year was 20", albeit that snow was drier.

Now, 24" of really wet stuff, cleared all at once? That *is* a pretty exceptional storm, at least for around here. A big engine would help, of course. If needed, you can use only part of the machine's clearing width, to help avoid overloading the engine. Or slow down your ground speed.

I would consider Ariens, who offers some pretty big engines on their SHO and Professional models, and good quality. As well as the Honda HS machines, as was suggested. Honda's HS machines have an outstanding reputation, though they use smaller engines than Ariens, for a given bucket width. I don't know as much about Simplicity & Toro's current offerings.

If your snow is that deep and wet, you might have some traction issues driving forward into it. Tracks, instead of wheels, can help provide more grip.

But many of these options are significantly more expensive than your current blower, so budget becomes a consideration.

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