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First big blower

I have been using a small Electric blower but at 71 I wanted a self propelled. Read a lot of reviews and looked at some blowers. I settled on a Cub 2x24 HP because of the heavy gear box, the shoot crank and my mower dealer will work on it. I also found out the Cub is the MTD top of the line.
My question is does anyone have experience with this model? Or suggestion?
BTW I ordered from HD and the first one came in damaged so they had to reorder.
Any yearly maintenance or service information would be helpful. I'm going to use the can gas, I was thinking it would be less likely to gum up?

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I've owned one for almost 3 years and put 25 hours on it. I love it! Easy to use with the trigger steering and the chute is so easy to adjust with the joystick control.
I did the impeller mod to help with the slush, which makes it throw the wettest and slushiest snow very far now.
The only downside would be that there can be times where I wished it had just a little bit more power. But it is only a 208cc engine, so I can't complain too much.

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What is the modification to the impeller? This one is the 2x24HP that does not have the joy stick for shoot direction. This one has a hand crank.
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What is the modification to the impeller? This one is the 2x24HP that does not have the joy stick for shoot direction. This one has a hand crank.

Sorry, I thought all the Cubs had the joystick control. I looked it up and yours looks the same as mine, except for the joystick.
The impeller mod is basically a rectangular piece of reinforced rubber that you bolt to the edges of the impeller blades. This takes up the gap between the impeller and the housing, so that snow and slush don't build there and lead to clogs.
Like I said, it made a huge difference in how well my Cub will throw slush. It also almost never clogs anymore, even with the heaviest slush.


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Nice job on that mod, Cadddy.
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My 524SWE is a 2007 model with the 208 OHV engine previously owned by a guy who did little maintenance and stored it outside. Bucket, augers, impellor and gas tank (inside) all rusty. Cleaned up rust in gas tank and after liberal applications of oil, grease and adjustments it runs great. Between the lousy paint and salt in the snow it's pretty rusty. Still on the original belts and friction wheel. Engine still has great compression, starts first pull, idles perfect. Even has original sparkplug. Blows dry or wet snow 15-30 feet.
With a lot of TLC this summer this may be a keeper for everyday use for years to come. With routine maintenance and cleaning yours may last a lot longer. I'm a Toro man but this snowblower impressed me. I wouldn't modify the impellor if I was you until you've used it enough to identify any shortcomings for your area and the type of snow you encounter.
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Thanks, 524swe and Caddy for the information. I looked at a few blowers and settled on the Cadet because of the power steering and where I bought my mower (also a Cadet) said they would take care of warranty even though they don't sale blowers. Best money I've spent so far not had anything put a couple flurries. Lol
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Best money I've spent so far not had anything put a couple flurries. Lol
Sorry that you haven't had a chance to test it out. Mine powered through the 15 inches we got here in Connecticut last Thursday.
I used it again today to clear a path through the yard for the oil man to deliver some heating oil tomorrow!

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Well here it is almost April and I never even put gas in my new blower. By the way the first one came in and HD found out it was damaged so to make a long story short. After reordering twice hey sent me a email saying they were going to give me an additional 10% off. Well don't know where they went to school but when I got the bill it was not 10% off. So off to HD. After about an hour with the lady talking to the guy on the phone she handed it to me. He guy gave me a figure and I said that's not right, YOU said you were giving me an additional 10% off. Well he came back within $4. Of my figure so I said ok. When I got the new bill his figure was after tax so I got a great deal. About $150. Cheaper than my daughter payed for hers at the same time. ��
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Sounds like you got a good deal. I went at the end of season to Lowes and picked up an open box 26" 3x blower for $1000 CDN + tax including delivery. Blower arrived, gased it up and it had a fuel leak. I called Lowes, they apologized and offered to send me a replacement, new this time for the same price. Turns out no more were available. The guy ultimately offered me a 30" with larger 420CC engine for the same price. Had to go back into the store to rering the new blower for the warranty. They had a no tax event going on so got that discount as well. Ended up with it for $1000 out the door. It was $1899 + tax a few weeks back! I wont get to use it till next year but it was worth buying heading into spring!
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