2011 John Deere 342cc 30 inch Model 1330SE Snow Blower 1695812 Review

My Review of the John Deere 342cc 30 inch Model 1330SE Snow Blower 1695812

Commonly called the John Deere 1330SE

NOTE: John Deere is no longer going to sell John Deere walk-behind snow throwers. According to the latest info I have they intend to sell the much higher priced Honda snow throwers through their dealer network. If you are interested in a snow blower comparable to the discontinued John Deere units at an affordable price I suggest you look at the Craftsman snow throwers first.  Go here to see the latest snow throwers at Sears. Check Out Our Hottest Lawn & Garden Deals 2011 John Deere 342cc 30 inch Model 1330SE Snow Blower 1695812 Review

Septemeber 28, 2011, Walk-behind snowblowers and lawnmowers will continue to be serviced by John Deere dealerships but new ones will no longer be sold after the existing stock has been sold.  I recommend you look at the Snapper snow throwers if you want a direct match to the existing John Deere’s or look at Craftsman snow blowers if you want the best value in the industry. 

It’s Not The Best Snow Blower. It’s The Best Snow Blower For YOU!

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John Deere 1330SE

Update: John Deere residential walk-behind equipment will continue to be serviced by dealerships even though the company will no longer sell John Deere walk-behind snowblowers or lawnmowers after 2012.

“We will continue to stand behind all the products purchased at John Deere dealerships,” says Maureen McCormack, segment manager, media relations. “There should be no concerns along those lines.”

In 2012, dealers will move through their existing remaining inventory of walk-behind mowers, blowers, tillers and generators, after which they will start integrating Honda Power Equipment inventory.

“Walk-behind products like snow blowers and tillers, those have never been core products of John Deere,” says McCormack. “With this agreement with Honda, it allows us to continue focusing on our quality ride-on products. John Deere is pleased about this agreement with Honda.”

As you know John Deere Snow Blowers were made by Briggs & Stratton and were essentially Snapper Snow Blowers without all the features found on the Snappers.  Briggs will continue to sell the Snappers and you can read about them here: 27 inch Snapper Snow Blower Review and here: 29 inch Snapper Snow Blower Review.  The Snapper Snow Blowers have more features for less money than the current John Deere Snow Blowers.

The following was written before we got the news from John Deere that they were discontinuing walk-behind snow blowers.

Highlights:

Value:  This snow thrower is one of the best snow blowers on the market. It has a higher price than the MTD built units, but it is always rated as one of the best with it’s owners.

This model is made for John Deere by Briggs & Stratton. Briggs also makes the comparable Snapper 249 cc 27 inch, theCRAFTSMAN Professional for the Canada market.

The John Deere 1330SE is designed to clear lots of snow quickly. This size snowblower is the right size for most suburban home owners that get lots of snow.  It has a lot of great features like heated hand grips and electric chute controls. It is higher priced when compared to the MTD built snow throwers, but is very comparable in price to the Snapper, Husqvarana, Simplicity and Toro Brands.

This model has power steering, electric chute controls, heated hand grips and a good headlight  You can easily manuever the snow blower under all conditions.  Of course, this snowblower is not for everyone, but in my opinion this snow thrower is just the right size for driveways 16 by 150 feet.or larger. (1-2 cars wide, can park 6-8 cars behind each other)  It will effortlessly plow through the snow plow drift your friendly city worker leaves at the end of your drive

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Is This SnowBlower Right For You?  Read on. 

Customer Satisfaction: Excellent:  This John Deere snow blower has been around for a while, but had an engine change for 2010 so there are only 12 reviews at Lowes.com. All the owners love their machine, but there were two reviews where the owner had problems with their new unit.  The problems were fixed quickly and permanently.  Note 1:  It seems everyone is leary of the electric chute controls, but after using them for a while, they feel this is the best feature!

John Deere 30″ Snow Thrower, a great machine, good price for a heavy-duty snow blower.

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The John Deere 342cc 30 inch Model 1330SE is designed for heavy use and will clear snow quickly. It will handle deeper snows. This snowblower is a great heavy-duty snow blower and the history of the snow thrower makes it a very reliable machine. This snowthrower has all of the deluxe features to make it easy and fun to use.  The drive system on this snow blower has been around for many years and it is just about bulletproof.

Many owners compare this to the Toro, Simplicity and Ariens snow blowers.  In all cases they like the John Deere better.

Is this the right snowblower for you?

Most people will be able to use this snowblower.  It is balanced well and easy to use.  The controls are simple and basic.  It has power steering and is easy to control and turn even for smaller people. The electric chute controls are great!

This snowblower will go through a door 32 inches or larger.  The 30 inch width and the skid shoes need 33 inches or more.  If you regularly use the garage side door or go out the back to clean a spot off the patio measure your door to make sure this will fit through it.

Do you have to put the snow in precise locations? My neighbor has a spot where he has to blow the snow into a 4 foot wide area.  The electric remote chute controls allows for precise and quick chute changes.

Do you have a beautiful drive or patio? The steel skid shoes will leave brown (rust) marks on your concrete drive.  If you have stained concrete or a nice patio purchase a set of roller skids.  Roller Skids .

This is a large snow thrower with a well matched motor and all the deluxe features you want.  The remote chute makes it easy to operate and control where the snow goes.

Here is a rundown of the Features and Benefits of this new snowthrower:

From John Deere 1330E Dual Stage Snowthrower

John Deere’s 1330E Dual Stage Snowthrower provides the performance and reliability you need. Even in the toughest cold weather conditions, the 1330E’s Briggs & Stratton engine, Easy-Steer drive system and cast iron gear case will not shrink from the task at hand.

Add in heated hand grips, rugged snow tires and and an open chute design that reduces clogging and you have a snowthrower built for the most demanding jobs.

  • Key Features

    • Powerful 4-cycle OHV Briggs & Stratton Professional Series Engine (342cc) with 16.50 ft.lbs gross torque power, includes throttle control, flexible oil drain, and platinum spark plug
    • 0W30 Synthetic oil added to engine at factory
    • Push button 110V electric start standard, cord included
    • Fresh Start® fuel cap standard to help with stale gas
    • 4 quart fuel tank
    • Fuel shut off on engine
    • 30-inch clearing width
    • Free hand control for easy operation of controls
    • Easy Steer® drive system giving continuous power to both wheels when turning and auto speed adjustment
    • NEW! Deluxe console with dual halogen headlights for better ergonomics and visibility
    • Dash-mounted electric chute rotation control (200-degree radius)
    • NEW! Dash-mounted electric chute deflector control
    • Heated hand grips standard (2 position)
    • Aluminized Super Lo-Tone muffler for reduced noise
    • Friction disk drive with 6 Fwd/2 Rev speeds
    • Cast iron, heavy duty gear case
    • Heavy duty embossed auger housing
    • 14″ Steel auger with serrated flighting
    • Large STEEL chute for increased snow capacity
    • Heat-treated, reversible skid shoes
    • Drift cutters standard
    • 16″ x 6.5″ X-Trac Tires
    • 2-year consumer warranty, 90-day commercial warranty
    • Includes tool box and clear out brush
    • This product is CARB compliant

This John Deere is a very popular snow thrower. I would suggest you get the machine as soon as possible. Don’t wait to get this snow blower at the first snowfall.

NOTE: John Deere is no longer going to sell John Deere walk-behind snow throwers. According to the latest info I have they intend to sell the much higher priced Honda snow throwers through their dealer network. If you are interested in a snow blower comparable to the discontinued John Deere units at an affordable price I suggest you look at the Craftsman snow throwers first.  Go here to see the latest snow throwers at Sears. Check Out Our Hottest Lawn & Garden Deals 2011 John Deere 342cc 30 inch Model 1330SE Snow Blower 1695812 Review

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