Husqvarna ST 224
I got this Husqvarna 24-in snowblower for my summer house. It was on sale for $699 at Lowes, so it was just a bit more money than the Troy-Bilt 2410 that I was originally intending to buy (I already have a Troy-Bilt 2410 that I use for my primary residence).
Anyway . . . I like the feature richness of the machine: quick adjustment of the chute, metal chute (instead of plastic), lights, etc. The heated handles are more gimmick than a benefit. You will still need good gloves as you would with any other machine. The machine is HEAVY and seems to be a bit bigger (Longer) than other 24" machines, so keep that in mind if you need to get into tight spaces, as it is less agile for turning and maneuvering.
Throwing distance is good for dry snow. I also used it on some heavy wet snow and the throwing distance is adequate, but not impressive by any means. I think the gearing of the wheel drive is too fast for the speed of the impeller, as it seemed that I could only go in first gear through 8" of snow, otherwise the engine would start to get over loaded. The higher speed gears (4th, 5th, 6th) seem only good for moving the machine and not actually snowblowing. The reverse gear is pretty useless, unless you are in a situation where it is not feasible to pull the machine backwards.
The throttle control seems to be only 'Full Throttle' or 'Idle', and not really adjustable in between, unlike other yard equipment that I have . . . I guess that is not a big issue as rarely would you use a snowblower at the mid-ranges of throttle.
The handle bars have adjustable height, which is a great feature, as I found the machine easier to manage with the handle bar lowered a couple of notches. A tall person may want the handles bars at a higher position.
In summary, if you are looking for a sturdy machine with some nice features, this could be it. It reminds me a lot of an Ariens brand, but at a lower price. If light weight and agility are important, then this machine may not be the one for you.
Current & Past Fleet:
2017 Husqvarna ST224 (SOLD)
2014 Troy-Bilt 2410 w/ Briggs & Stratton 305cc Engine
2003 Ariens ST824LE (SOLD)
1999 Toro PowerShift 824 w/ 318cc OHV Tecumseh Engine
1988 Toro 521 w/ 212cc Predator Engine
1985 Toro 3521 w/ 179cc Powermore Engine (SOLD)
Last edited by tpenfield; 02-12-2017 at 08:28 AM.