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Just got delivered a new 3x 26 HD purchased through a local dealer here in Canada. What drew me to the cub cadet HD version was the larger 420cc engine, thicker metal and also a rod for the transmission controls. Seems like there are a lot of cc haters on here. I looked at Ariens, toro etc but I preferred the cc. So we will see how it works so bring on the snow. I am a little concerned about shear pins but it would seem the newer models are better. Anyways pretty exited to try it for the first time.
 

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:welcome: Welcome to the forum from Michigan. Here is a link to your model:https://www.cubcadet.ca/en/snow-blowers/3x-26-hd/31AH5EVX596.html
It will be great to get your perspective on this HD beast! As far as brands go so far I've had Honda, Toro, Husqvarna, & Simplicily.
What's nice about this "hobby" for me it's been easy to try out different stuff and not break the bank, lol.
 

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Supposed to get 10-15cm of snow tomorrow so hoping to use my 3x 26hd for the first time. See how it works
 

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Well I used this machine to do two driveways this evening. My guess is about 5cm of not heavy wet snow but not dry fluffy snow. Under neath was wet. I think it did pretty good. All I can tell you is this machine will love deep snow. When I went through some piles the machine kicked into high gear and threw it a pretty good distance. I was able to use gear 5 on the 5cm and no issues. We will see what the rest of winter brings lol. Did two fairly large driveways in less than half an hour.
 

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I have the 2016 Cub Cadet 3x. I really like this machine but I have had some issues with it -mostly my own fault as I become familiar with using it properly. If you are using it on a farm, you really have to pick up all trash on the property before the snows come. I have broken sheer pins picking up pieces of rebar, sticks, rope, etc. The local repair shop sells these pins for dollars apiece so best you go online and buy a package for the same price as one pin from the dealer. And if I do not clean the machine well after use, the snow remaining inside the housing will turn to ice overnight and then sheer pins break when you try to use the auger. I have also gone through a few auger belts in the two seasons I have used the machine. Not sure why. I think sometimes the auger gets stuck which then causes the auger belt to incur a thin spot from being rubbed by its engage pulley. Once the belt suffers a thin spot, it is toast. I have found no difference in quality of belts- the expensive oem belts do not last longer than the cheapos based on my own experience. I am also already on my second friction wheel. Two seasons were enough to crack up my original rubber friction ring. This is the most annoying because you have to take half the machine apart to replace that inexpensive rubber ring! Still, I do like the machine. When it is adjusted perfectly, it will attack two-foot-high snowdrifts and throw the snow far away. But you have to keep the machine adjusted. Check cables often. Clean the machine as best you can after each use.
 

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FWIW, I seriously considered a CC when looking for a new machine. I was familiar with MTD and not afraid of having to wrench on one or of perceived poor quality by some on this forum. The real deal breaker was the fact that the engine did not have a proper fuel shutoff valve and no provision or real estate to install one.

That being said, I think they are nice machines and keep us all informed regarding your snowblowing adventures. Also, if you do figure a way to install a valve, I am sure there are a lot of folks who would like to know how you did it.

Best of luck with your new machine.
 

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Second use with deeper and heavier wet snow and this machine handled every bit. Threw snow at least 40 feet. Not using on a farm double driveway paved and neighbours paved driveway as well. Very impressed with this machine so far
 

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post some pics of the machine, and can you put your location in your profile so we can use as reference. Thanks and glad you are happy with the CC.
 

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Well I have not had it long enough to comment and durability and reliability but man it sure goes through snow. I had one neighbour comment what the heck were you using to clear your driveway. So far I am very happy with it
 

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Used it today on end of driveway, frozen chunks etc. Ate right through it. Threw it 30 feet. Hard packed. No issues. So far I am impressed with this machine. No shear pin issues with end of driveway, no bent augers so far so good. I think this is where the accelerator auger really helps.
 

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Used it today on end of driveway, frozen chunks etc. Ate right through it. Threw it 30 feet. Hard packed. No issues. So far I am impressed with this machine. No shear pin issues with end of driveway, no bent augers so far so good. I think this is where the accelerator auger really helps.
People either seem to hate them or love them..I have seen some impressive videos of them in action.
There were many reports of the third auger shearing the pin.
Don't read about that too much anymore so that problem has probably been sorted out.
There is a video here somewhere of a member using his three stage..it inhaled alot of snow in short order.. pretty impressive



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machines and breaking all seem to go alone with how the operator uses them
personally I've seen people break shear pins left and right while others never break a single one . operator error??

best of luck man
 

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Well I have not had it long enough to comment and durability and reliability but man it sure goes through snow. I had one neighbour comment what the heck were you using to clear your driveway. So far I am very happy with it

Excellent. Glad it's working out great for you. Enjoy the new machine. Posts some videos whenever you get the chance. I went with what I know, which is 2 stage. I was afraid that I'd have issues with a 3 stage so I stuck with what's worked for me and what I'm comfortable with.
 

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Well I have not had it long enough to comment and durability and reliability but man it sure goes through snow. I had one neighbour comment what the heck were you using to clear your driveway. So far I am very happy with it
Keep these reviews coming, interested in this design myself. Esp deep heavy wet snow.
 

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Potential for up to 10 cm of snow in the next 24 hours so we will see what we get and will keep the reviews coming
 
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