(2013 Model) Review Cub Cadet 530 SWE (30 in) 357 cc Two-Stage Snow Blower at Home Depot and Authorized Dealers.
By: Paul Sikkema
Is This The Best Snow Blower For You? This snow blower by Cub Cadet is a premium snow thrower. Cub Cadet is known to offer carefully manufactured products that are rugged, reliable and durable. This Cub Cadet is designed for “rural lifestyles,” people who need a snow thrower to not only clean their driveway but also areas that they can’t reach with their farm tractor loader, snow plow or rear blade. This snow thrower features greaseable ball bearings, large deep tread tires, big motor, power steering and electric start. It handles not only the heavy, wet snow on your driveway but also clear the piles of snow left by your loader around the garage and farm buildings.
WHAT SIZE DRIVEWAY WILL YOU BE CLEARING? (Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large) This snow thrower is large enough to handle any size of driveway. Cub Cadet does make 3 larger snow throwers.
WHAT TYPE OF SNOW DO YOU TYPICALLY GET? (Powdery, Light, Moderate, Wet & Heavy.) This is not Cub Cadets largest capacity snow thrower but for most of you it is more than adequate. It will handle all types of snow well. (see the Cub Cadet 930 SWE for the highest capacity, wheeled 30 inch snow thrower)
WHAT TYPE OF SURFACE WILL YOU BE CLEARING? (Paved, Gravel, Patio, Deck, Turf.) The 530 SWE has COOL BLUE™ rust-resistant, non-marking, reversible skid shoes. These non-marring shoes are the toughest in the industry yet they won’t scratch your patio or leave brown rust marks on your cement sidewalks and driveways. If you do manage to wear them out they are reversible to give your double the life over steel skid shoes.
HOW MUCH SNOW DO YOU NEED TO CLEAR PER SNOWFALL? (Less than 3″, 3″-6″, 6″-9″, More than 9″) The 21 inch intake height will let you power through most drifts. Optional drift cutters are available if you regularly get deeper drifts to cut through. This snow thrower will handle 12 inch snow falls easily.
What you can use this snow blower for:For Paved and Gravel surfaces. Moderate to wet and heavy snowfall. Because it has larger tires than most of the other snow throwers you can go out in the back yard and easily clean a spot off for your dogs or make a path out to the chicken coop or horse barn. You can use this to clean your patio and deck and the poly skid shoes will not scratch the surface. This snow blower will easily handle 16 inch and deeper snow falls. It will handle deeper snow falls if you get blizzards often. The six forward and two reverse speeds will let you go slow for the heavy stuff and faster for the lighter snows.
What you may not like: This snow blower is sold through Home Depot and rural farm dealerships only. The only thing you may not like is the steel skid shoes.
Home Depot is the Official On-Line Retailer: Click Here To See Current Price, Order Online, Pick Up at your local Home Depot store, or have it delivered to your home: Home Depot currently offers free shipping to your home (this may change at any time)
Be Careful! You may find online prices from other “factory-direct discount” stores but make sure they are an authorized Cub Cadet dealer.
Is This One Of The Best Rated Snow Blowers for 2012 – 2013? This Cub Cadet snow thrower is one of the best rated snow throwers. The drive system has been around for many years and is one of the most dependable transmissions around. It has received 4.8 out of 5 stars with over 100 reviews. The reinforced side panels make it stronger than many other snow thrower brands.
Does This Get a Best Snow Blower Rating For 2012-2013? In the Good, Better, Best rating system this snow blower rates a “Best” for ease of use, durability and long life. Power Steering, electric chute, electric start, large engine all factor into this “best” rating. It uses a strong, cast iron cylinder Cub Cadet motor that has plenty of power for it’s 30 inch size. In fact the motor is one of the most dependable on the market today. Don’t be afraid to buy this snow blower if it fits your needs.
Is This One Of The Best Snow Blowers for the Money 2012-2013? I normally don’t give you my opinion, but if you need a larger snow blower this one ranks in my personal “top five” list. It is a great value for the size, has plenty of power to handle any snow, and “creature features” like the power steering make this one of the easiest snow blowers to use.
Customer Satisfaction: The original problems in 2009 with using ethanol fuel on the Cub Cadet engines have been resolved. You will see that everyone is happy with this snow thrower (if sized for their drive) and that it has virtually no mechanical issues.
Value: At around $1299 it is a good value. If you have a smaller drive look at smaller snow blower. This snow blower is advertised as a premium snow blower and I have to agree. You get many “creature comfort” features for the money with this snow blower.
Service & Parts Availability: Service and parts are easily available through the store where you purchased it. Cub Cadet uses authorized service centers and farm dealerships to repair your snow blower.
Ease Of Use: This is one of the easiest snow blowers to use because it has power steering and 4-way chute. It doesn’t matter if you are 5 ft, 100 lbs or 6 ft 300 lbs you will be able to easily operate this snow blower. Yes, you can buy this one for your wife and she will enjoy using it. The power steering makes this a breeze to use. It is balanced well so you if you do have to lift up the front to go over and obstruction you can do it. Under normal snow removal conditions though you will appreciate the traction this unit has. The 4-way chute control is intuitive and will put the snow exactly where you want it. Other features like good knobby tires, a headlight and electric start make this snow blower a much better choice than the economy models from other brands.
Key Features and Benefits: (From cubcadet.com)
The Cub Cadet 357cc, OHV 4-Cyle two-stage 30 in. gas snow blower provides you the power needed to get the job done quicker and effortlessly. The single-hand 4-way chute control allows you to quickly and effortlessly change the direction and pitch of the snow you throw, all from the operator’s station. Zero-Turn Posi-Steer power steering delivers effortless, single-hand turning so you can easily maneuver areas of all shapes and sizes. 6 Forward/2 Reverse self-propelled speeds provide easy snow clearing at your pace. Even the coldest days are more bearable with the warmth of heated handgrips.
- Ideal snowfall range: 12 in.-16 in.
- Ideal surfaces: Smooth or gravel
- 357cc Electric start Cub Cadet 4-cycle OHV engine
- Use 5-Watt-30 engine oil for easy starting at all temperatures
- Choose Cub Cadet with confidence, every Cub Cadet snow blower is backed with a full 3-year residential and 1-year commercial limited warranty
- Cool blue rust-resistant, non-marking, reversible skid shoes glide along surfaces for better maneuverability
- 6 forward and 2 reverse speeds allow for easy snow clearing at your pace
- Push button electric start makes it incredibly easy to start in tough winter conditions
- Single-hand 4-way chute control adjusts the chute rotation and pitch with one hand for the ultimate snow throwing control
- In-dash headlight allows you to clear your driveway any time of the day or night
- 12 in. serrated steel, heavy-duty auger and steel shave plate effortlessly cut through tough snow and ice
- 16 in. x 6.5 in. X-TRAC tires provide solid traction in extreme weather conditions
- Throws snow up to 40 ft.
- MFG Brand Name : Cub Cadet
- MFG Model # : 530 SWE
- MFG Part # : 31AH55TU756