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I was at lowes today and saw this 24" Husky on display. I got to say it looked nice. The tires were large, controls worked well, same LCT 208 CC engine the Ariens has, 5 year warranty, etc. Not that I would ever buy from the big box store but It made me think I should go to a dealer and find out more. I did a little looking online and it sounds like they reworked these models last year and the reviews I saw are positive. I also found reviews for their olderr models that were not impressive. Never owned a Husky, Toro or Ariens product. I have owned MTD equipment before and I have experrienced junk before, not looking to go there again. But looking at this thing with no bias negative or positive it looked very good. Thanks again for the help....JB
 

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I looked at the 224 but went with the st227p for the power steering. I admit that I do not have as much experience with snow blowers as most of the people on this forum. There are some very savy snow blower folks on this site. I have used my atv with a plow for years, but got tired of piling up snow instead of throwing it where I wanted. Anyways, I have had mine for one season and am very happy with it. Starts and runs like a champ. Throws snow what seems to me to be a long way. L.E.D. lights give me plenty of light to work at night. Power steering works good. I really like mine. That said, my barn is full of Husqvarna orange! [GT tractor,chainsaws roto-tiller ,etc...etc...etc...] One season, but am happy at this point.
 

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not sure if the model (st224) changed from last winter, but here is my input. end of 2015 winter, my old blower wasnt dead but close to being done. looked at the st224 at a box store ( online) price was ok for a husky unit. called a local dealer thinking i may get a better price...nope ! then i was told they wont even order that model even if i paid in advance as it has a huge% of units sold/ failure . i did ask what was the issue, but was told its being looked into.
 

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...then i was told they wont even order that model even if i paid in advance as it has a huge% of units sold/ failure . i did ask what was the issue, but was told its being looked into.
Sounds like he doesn't profit enough per unit is more likely.

I haven't read any very negative reviews and also considering getting the ST224.
 

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I'm leaning towards the same model myself. The local dealer has one on order for me and should be here in a few days hopefully. I've read a lot of good things about it but I'll let you know what I think of it.

Sorry, just noticed this thread is a bit stale dated.
 

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I have a new st 227 that I used for the first time today. It handled six inches of wet lake effects snow with no problems and never plugged up. Starts easy, didn't use electric start, and runs very smoothly. I assume the 24 would also be a good machine.

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have a craftsman 944529071 Canadian , Husky I believe , don't have manual , how do I access the air filter and what is the plug setting on this brigs thanks. Ernie
 

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have a craftsman 944529071 Canadian , Husky I believe , don't have manual , how do I access the air filter and what is the plug setting on this brigs thanks. Ernie
I do not know about the spark plug settings, but like 99.9% of walk behind snowblower engines it likely does NOT have an air filter.
 

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Sounds like he doesn't profit enough per unit is more likely.

I haven't read any very negative reviews and also considering getting the ST224.
Owned my Husqvarna ST224 for two years and the unit failed, no guarantee, I had to get rid of it to a lawn equipment dealer. The unit just no longer worked, a lawn expert, tried every solution, but the unit just no longer would run. Never buy the ST224 at Lowes, they will not repair it and they will not guarantee this model.
 

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I purchased an st224 locally for great price, come to find out it was an Amazon returned unit but still in the crate unfired and unassembled, I uncrated, assembled, added oil, fuel and fired right up......literally used just twice that season......I was SO disappointed with the poly skids I searched and found armorskids , this simple mod was a night and day change in ease of operation and -0- jarring stops from sidewalk cracks etc. The st224 easily cleared my 3 wide x 50 ft drive. Handwarmers not even close to impressive as say snowmobile handwarmers . It handles well considering solid axle and armorskids, great traction. Threw snow as expected and where I wanted it to go, additionally I clear a spot in the backyard for the dogs, no problem. Are there better machines sure, but not for the same $$$ . I sold it Nov 2018 in perfect condition for what I had into it, only because I ran into a used toro 826 oxe hd for only $400 whaaaaaaat....yep. Orange was flawless for me but red is a completely different level. checkout consumer reports or movingsnow.com for more info. Good Luck
 

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Owned my Husqvarna ST224 for two years and the unit failed, no guarantee, I had to get rid of it to a lawn equipment dealer. The unit just no longer worked, a lawn expert, tried every solution, but the unit just no longer would run. Never buy the ST224 at Lowes, they will not repair it and they will not guarantee this model.

Please define "failed" and include pics if need be.

Maybe the machine is defective

But maybe it is inoperable due to operator error, lack of maintenance, or both

Until you do this you're just bashing the machine unfairly here and not helping anybody

Fill us in.

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Owned my Husqvarna ST224 for two years and the unit failed, no guarantee, I had to get rid of it to a lawn equipment dealer.
I have to agree with tdipaul on this. What, exactly, does "failed" mean? It won't start? The engine fell off or exploded into tiny pieces? The snowblower turned to dust or evaporated into thin air?

You're trashing the brand but give no reason to.
 

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I purchased an st224 locally for great price, come to find out it was an Amazon returned unit but still in the crate unfired and unassembled...

How does an Amazon return become a product for local dealer? :confused:
 

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I have been using a ST 224P for 3 winters and had no problems. No snow this winter so have not used it yet. The only thing I do not like is the single speed in reverse. way to slow
 

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Hello,

I was at lowes today and saw this 24" Husky on display. I got to say it looked nice. The tires were large, controls worked well, same LCT 208 CC engine the Ariens has, 5 year warranty, etc. Not that I would ever buy from the big box store but It made me think I should go to a dealer and find out more. I did a little looking online and it sounds like they reworked these models last year and the reviews I saw are positive. I also found reviews for their olderr models that were not impressive. Never owned a Husky, Toro or Ariens product. I have owned MTD equipment before and I have experrienced junk before, not looking to go there again. But looking at this thing with no bias negative or positive it looked very good. Thanks again for the help....JB
I bought a 224P (the P means it has steering) after a lot of research. It has features I was looking for (24”, two-stage, well laid out controls, steering, heated grips, headlights, electric start) and was highly rated by CR. I’ve used it several times and am on the whole happy with it. My model has a couple design points that are different from other Husqvarna models I have seen online and in stores (see below) and I don’t know if it’s older or newer than the others.

On the Positive side:
+ starts every time with a single or second pull (I’ve never had to use the electric start)
+ it’s powerful and throws snow a long way
+ compact size
+ easy to maneuver — the steering controls work well and are very helpful.
+ the controls ‘deck’ is well laid out and works well (except see below re auger drive interlock).

On the negative side:
- my model does not have an oil filler tube; you have to fill it thru the dipstick holder on either side of the engine (there are two). (I’ve seen other models with a vertical oil filler tube.)
- my model has no oil drain port; you have to drain the oil by sucking it up from either of the dipstick ports. (I’ve seen other models with a drain port at the back of the engine.)
- the auger drive control has on occasion stuck in ON, even if the machine’s drive is not engaged. (I think the interlock mechanism that lets you keep the auger spinning when the drive is engaged seems to be too tenacious.)
- the single reverse gear is annoyingly slow (probably spec’d by a lawyer). It’s useful, tho, in certain circumstances, but just not as effective as it could be.

On the “Meh” side:
* I cannot detect any heat in the hand grips (and I don’t really care).
* I can’t say I’ve made use of the headlights, but their time may come!

On the whole, I would recommend it, especially the P version.
 

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the husqvarnas are junk. everything is controlled by cheap thin cables, the metal is thin and flimsy, the newer ones have entirely plastic dashboards that crack, and most pg them rattle like mad even new from the box because they are so flimsy
 

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the husqvarnas are junk. everything is controlled by cheap thin cables, the metal is thin and flimsy, the newer ones have entirely plastic dashboards that crack, and most pg them rattle like mad even new from the box because they are so flimsy
:idisagree: Judging by your nickname, you're probably biased towards Ariens and think that everything else is junk… :rolleyes: Not everyone can afford a Honda or Ariens you know…

Claude.
 
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