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I came here after buying a Cub Cadet 3x last month to learn a bit and it's a great forum, thanks! (although there's not a lot of love around here for MTD) :)

The CC 3x replaces a 10 yr old YardMan that worked great and continues to work great. I just needed more power to muscle through the snow piles that the county trucks leave behind.

So far the CC 3x works like I had hoped. I read all the reviews before buying it and it seemed to be good.

I just saw the video comparison with the Ariens and I'm not sure what they were doing, but the one with the belt noise is a little troubling because there was another post here about that type of problem. My unit doesn't seem to have that issue.

I thought I'd post a new thread for the CC 3x to encourage other owners to post. The only change that I made to the unit was to add some adjustable wheels to the front because I have both gravel driveways and sidewalks that I need to clear. I did the same on the Yardman and it worked well.

I promise to post if I have problems too.

thanks for the great forum.
 

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wheel photo - from the image on the left you can see how the adjustment works. It's an old Arnold part for lawn mower decks. I was able to use the existing hole that was drilled into the auger housing and just 2 drill holes into the skid shoes. One hole is used for a pin to hold the wheel mount from rotating.

If I was digging through massive drifts, I would guess that the wheels might make it a little harder to push through. But given the option of spitting out gravel or not... I'll go with the wheels.

It was priced right.
Mine was $1099 for the 3x-26, similar?

 

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wheel photo - from the image on the left you can see how the adjustment works. It's an old Arnold part for lawn mower decks. I was able to use the existing hole that was drilled into the auger housing and just 2 drill holes into the skid shoes. One hole is used for a pin to hold the wheel mount from rotating.

If I was digging through massive drifts, I would guess that the wheels might make it a little harder to push through. But given the option of spitting out gravel or not... I'll go with the wheels.


Mine was $1099 for the 3x-26, similar?

Nice work. Those look like they were made for that blower.
 

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post away about your 3x, its good to know there are other snowblowers worthy of purchasing
 

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post away about your 3x, its good to know there are other snowblowers worthy of purchasing
I haven't put it to task for enough snow to be too confident, but hopefully it will continue to be a good machine. I'll let you know if disappoints along the way. Buying new gear is always a bit of a gamble.

Nice work. Those look like they were made for that blower.
I wish there was a better way than wheels, but I think the only other answer is either asphalt or moving further south.
 

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You ought to patent that idea. That's pretty slickety.
 

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I was able to use it last night. My old thrower didn't have a light so I gave it a try... well, I don't particularly like the placement of the light. But, this seems to be a problem with most brands.

I think there's a modification in the future. I like the LED discussion:

http://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum/general-snowblower-discussion/6602-upgrading-your-snowblower-lights-led-lights.html

but it might be a little too involved for me at this point. So, I'll try an MTD halogen lamp kit first. Since I don't have hand warmers installed I think it should have enough electricity remaining to power it. If not, I'll have to go with the LED option.
 

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I came here after buying a Cub Cadet 3x last month to learn a bit and it's a great forum, thanks! (although there's not a lot of love around here for MTD) :)

The CC 3x replaces a 10 yr old YardMan that worked great and continues to work great. I just needed more power to muscle through the snow piles that the county trucks leave behind.

So far the CC 3x works like I had hoped. I read all the reviews before buying it and it seemed to be good.

I just saw the video comparison with the Ariens and I'm not sure what they were doing, but the one with the belt noise is a little troubling because there was another post here about that type of problem. My unit doesn't seem to have that issue.

I thought I'd post a new thread for the CC 3x to encourage other owners to post. The only change that I made to the unit was to add some adjustable wheels to the front because I have both gravel driveways and sidewalks that I need to clear. I did the same on the Yardman and it worked well.

I promise to post if I have problems too.

thanks for the great forum.
I happen to own a 1996 MTD 5/22 and I haven't had any problems with it other than the Tecumseh 5hp. I repowered mine and it works great now and out throws my neighbors 8hp 2 stage. The MTD built Cub Cadet 3x also recieved great reviews on snow blowers direct too as well and it is ranked among the highest of all machines used since it will be able to go through really deep snow with it's forward 3rd stage that feeds the impeller second stage supplemented by augers 1st stage. I don't hate on MTD like many on this forum do and I feel the top of the line MTD built machines are very nice such as the MTD Gold and the top of the line Craftsman 8+hp 2 stage blowers made by MTD. However the bottom of the line MTD machines are not very well made so I would avoid them.
 

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Also a new 3X26 owner .... have a 14 yr old JD 724 that's been awesome, but the drive system is beginning to fail and cost to repair doesn't seem like a smart investment .... at this time of year everything is pretty well sold out but I found a CC 3x26 and so far happy but not yet tested!! only light snow since purchase this week but did try on the old snow in the yard 12-15" it was windy, and it blew so far it's gone!!!! no probs, assembly was easy, it is a beast, too bad the light doesn't switch off (might change that) already using a Velcro strap to keep the auger engaged, like the power turning, more to come and hoping for a new blizzard!!!!!!
 

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, too bad the light doesn't switch off (might change that)
It's always good to tweak toys to make them even better. I'm considering adding a light that can point down in front of the auger. Seems like all light options LED or Halogen cast a long shadow in front of the snowthrower.

already using a Velcro strap to keep the auger engaged,
Is the Auger Clutch Lock not working?

pg 16

http://www.snowblowersdirect.com/manuals/3526SWEOM.pdf
 

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the lever, clutch, and interlock work fine, I just like having the auger on and not have to re-engage if I let off the drive lever I did the same with my JD ... just a loop of Velcro I slip over the auger lever to hold in place
 

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I'm not a big fan of the auger lock, too many tight turns and too few straight runs to make it convenient for me. I wonder if I can disengage the feature? Although this is a new feature to me, my old thrower didn't have it, maybe I'll like it eventually?

what would we do without velcro.
 

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I'm not a big fan of the auger lock, too many tight turns and too few straight runs to make it convenient for me. I wonder if I can disengage the feature? Although this is a new feature to me, my old thrower didn't have it, maybe I'll like it eventually?

what would we do without velcro.
You aren't the first to complain. There are a couple Ariens owners that don't like that feature either. Their solution was to disable it.

http://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum/ariens-snowblowers/12722-platinum-24-auger-lock.html
 

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thanks.

wheels and lights are done - next up is to see if I can disable the auger / auto-lock and then I just need a little more snow.

update - nope on the auger lock mod. We had a bit more snow today and the auger cam lock was very helpful. I think I just need to grow up and go with it.
 

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J ph, that light on the auger housing looks neat, but aren't you worried about dislodging it when you force that front end into a large drift or something left by the town plow?
 
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