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Is the ST224P a good fit for a petite female operators?

I am looking for a snow blower that can easily be operated by a middle-aged petite female with below average strength. So power steering and adjustable handle height would be requirements. My research lead me to the Husqvarna ST224P as a potential choice. My question goes out to the female population and their opinion on the ease of operation and quality of this machine.

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My brother just purchased one but without the steering but same machine otherwise, it is a pretty decent size for a 24" although you can lower the controls it may be a tad large for her, I just did a search for my girlfriend and ended up finding a older toro that fit her well but had to go through it and make sure all was well. For a newer one have you looked at the Ariens compact 24" much smaller and has Ariens auto steer so turning will be much easier also toro makes some pretty compact machines, she should go and stand behind them and see what fits her the best.
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I know you've directed your post toward females - which I'm not (not sure how many ladies on this forum).

However, for what it's worth from a male, that machine looks like as good a choice as any.

I purchased a new 24" Ariens this year, with the intention that my wife would use it. But, with a stocky 369 cc engine, the Ariens is too large and heavy for her to use comfortably.

The ST224P is almost 100 lbs lighter than my machine. Plus, it also appears to have "power steering" (turn triggers), and remote chute control, so you can turn the chute from the dash (no hand crank).

Finally, the ST224P has received 4.5 starts out 5 on 50 consumers reviews on Amazon - a highly positive rating.

Snowblowersatjacks.com rates it 5 out of 5 stars, on 8 reviews.

Based upon this info, it appears you've found a strong candidate in the ST224P. If I needed a blower that only my wife would operate, I'd consider buying that machine.
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I am no lady but I just came in from using my neighbors ST 224 P and it is very easy to use. This is my second year with the Husky and have had no issues at all. Full choke 4 hits on the primer and starts first pull every time, have not used the electric start as it is easy on the pull start. After using my Toro 1128 the husky seems like a toy but it blows great.

As for build quality I like the controls on the Husky better to some they might feel lose but I like the chute control much better than the Toro. The change of chute direction is easy to control and one can place the snow where you want. With my Toro I nail our house at least a couple times a year.

https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...a-st-224p.html

Hope this helps. let us know how it all works out for your friend.

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I've operated both the ST324P and the ST224P and found the 224 much easier to use, all the controls moved much easier and it was way lighter.
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When I was shopping for a snowblower 2 years ago the key feature I wanted was a machine that was comfortable to operate and no wider than 24". The list was quickly narrowed down to the Ariens Compact 24", Husq ST224 and the Toro 724OE. The Ariens and Toro are the most comfortable to hold based on the hand grip style and the smaller of the 3 machines. The Husq felt too long and awkward for my liking, perhaps perceptual based on the larger dash console and wrap around grips, it just seemed chunky and unnecessary.

I quickly scratched the Ariens off as it was $300 more than the other 2 and I wasn't keen on the outdated metal on metal gear selecting which will eventually rust. A nice machine but it didn't feel as solid as the other 2.

I really liked the Toro. It had what felt like a short frame/body, lower hand grips, simply joystick control and plastic gear selector notches, same as the Husq. It was also the least expensive of the group at the time, $100 less than the Husq and $400 less than the Ariens

As for the Husqvarna, it wins based on the long list of features, especially the trigger steering, and it's the nicest looking of the 3 machines, if that's a selling point.

If it was my choice, from a comfort/easy to hold machine I like the Toro best. My recommendation is if you have access to all 3 machines try them out, hold them, push them, turn them and only then make a decision. If the Husq 224 had the hand grips and shorter length of 300 series I wouldn't debate it. In your case the trigger steering may be the deciding factor.

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I know you've directed your post toward females - which I'm not (not sure how many ladies on this forum).

However, for what it's worth from a male, that machine looks like as good a choice as any.

I purchased a new 24" Ariens this year, with the intention that my wife would use it. But, with a stocky 369 cc engine, the Ariens is too large and heavy for her to use comfortably.
Hey Strato, curious what the limiting factor might be there on that machine with it being self propelled of course and with the autoturn?
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Hey Strato, curious what the limiting factor might be there on that machine with it being self propelled of course and with the autoturn?
Good question. Strangely enough, the chute is the biggest issue. On the Platinum version, which I have, the chute handle is remote (on the dashboard). It's a good idea, but not slick or easy to use.

One has to pull backwards firmly on the handle to disengage the chute, and move it. The chute is all steel, and it has a lot of weight. Hence, turning the chute is a clunky process - especially while the blower is moving. My wife wants no part of it.

I find everything else, related to the Platinum 24, to be easy. The Autoturn works perfectly (this year's version), and machine will power through anything. I also got the EFI feature, so starting is a breeze. I really like the blower.

But, even with Autoturn, it's still a 300 lb. machine. We have a big turnaround on our driveway, with only one spot to the throw the snow. Therefore, many turns and chute adjustments are needed to clear the area.

Sometimes, in the corners, you just have to manhandle the machine a bit. Again, not something my wife's interested in.

If we had a simple, straight driveway, I could probably sell her on using the blower, as operation would be easier, and chute adjustments fewer. As it is, it's too much for her.

I travel a lot for work, so addressing the "wife factor" was fairly important (lots of storms when I'm gone). But, for the reasons listed above, the Ariens Platinum 24 didn't work as well for her as I'd hoped.

Don't get me wrong. I love my machine - especially the horsepower. But, in retrospect, I wonder if I should have lowered the bar, saved $1100, and just gotten a machine like the Husky discussed on this thread.
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Thanks Strato interesting on the chute. Wonder if the crank is any different. I bet the efi engine will be nice through the seasons though!
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Thanks Strato interesting on the chute. Wonder if the crank is any different. I bet the efi engine will be nice through the seasons though!
Yes, EFI is the game-changer. It works exactly has advertised, and eliminates many issues related to starting and storage. EFI is the feature I enjoy most about the machine - and will for years. That, and the new version of Autoturn - great innovations.

In hindsight, I may have been better-off with the Ariens hand-crank (Deluxe model). Although it's more basic than the Platinum remote chute, the hand-crank may be simpler to deal with. 1.5 turns in either direction, and the crank moves the chute 200. Possibly a better choice for my wife.

But...EFI on the Deluxe series is only available on the Deluxe 30 - a bit wide for our driveway.

Another option might have been a Toro. They really have a great chute control system. But, I'd miss the EFI and Autoturn.

I've concluded there's no perfect machine. There's always trade-offs. The best we can do is prioritize our needs, read this forum, and make the leap. Usually, it works-out well enough.
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