The Best 24 inch Snow Blowers $600 to $1500

So you have decided that a 24 inch snow blower is the best size for you. Your driveway is about 2 cars wide and less than 100 feet long.

Nov 2014.

You looked at my article of the under $600 snow blowers and they just don’t have the features you want.

In this article I will go through the U.S. 24 inch snow blowers that sell for over $600 and give you the features and differences between them. I will give you my un-biased opinion on the snow blower based on repair history, service and features.  If you want an in-depth review of a particular model look in the right-hand column and select my full review.

by: Paul Sikkema

I will tell you that if I could line up all the 24 inch snow blowers in a row and go over the features one-by-one most of you would buy a machine in this category. Those snow blowers have the most features that make your task easy, yet are affordable to buy and own.

There are over 30 different models of 24 inch snow blowers. I have broken the model down to these groups: $600 and less, $600 and over.

(Prices are listed prices on the retailer or manufacture websites. Actual price may vary. Data here is from manufacture’s websites.) All engines have electric start except as noted. All snow blowers have 4-way chute except as noted.

The Worst in this price group: Craftsman/Ace 98536

The Best Value in this Group: Craftsman 88173.

Best all around Snow  blower: Ariens Compact Track 24 followed closely by Ariens Deluxe ST24LE, Cub Cadet 524SWE and Toro 724 OE.

If you didn’t know, John Deere is out of the walk behind snow blower business. Also, Snapper/Simplicity is transitioning to a dealer only product. They are pulling out of the big box stores but there are dealers selling them on the internet.  It looks like Briggs will continue to sell at retailers but will primarily use the Murray name. You may also find 24 inch snowblowers with names like Poulan Pro (Husqvarna), Powerland  (Chinese), and Power Smart (Chinese). There is not enough data on these product and their service network for me to recommend these snow blowers to anyone at this time. If you find a 24 inch snow blower brand not listed here leave a comment below and I’ll check the snow blower and manufacture out.

Craftsman Model 88173

Sold By: Sears

Craftsman 88173

Craftsman 88173

Price: $689
Engine:  208cc Brand: PowerMore
Tires: 13×4 These tires are small compared to the others in this group.
Speeds: 6 forward 2 reverse
Chute & Deflector: Top mounted remote chute (I like this chute control!) No remote deflector control
Intake: 21
Warranty: 2 years
Optional Warranty/Protection Plan: 3 or 5 yrs with in-home service.
Service: Through Sears
Overall Quality/Value: Best Value!
My Opinion: For many of you this is the machine that will get the job done. It is a great value for the price. It will work well for your driveway and sidewalks. It comes with the non-marring poly skid shoes but it does lack some major features that others in this price group have. It has small tires and does not have a 4-way chute. The chute is also a “hanging chute” and will not freeze up like the older chutes that rest on the impeller housing. The tires are better than those in the Under $600 range but you will find them lacking if you want to go off hard surfaces to blow snow.

The 88173 through Sears also has the best protection plan of all the 24 inch snow blowers sold. Why? because it includes wear and tear, in-home service and fuel related problems. For around $250 you can purchase with the machine a program that will keep the machine trouble free for 5 years! It won’t start next fall, it has a flat tire, you use it enough that you wear out the belts, you ignore it and a bearing or transmission part goes bad, that is all covered.  And you never have to take it anywhere. Just call 1-800-4MY-HOME and the tech comes right to your home and repairs the snow blower.

Find out more by clicking on this link:  Craftsman 24″ 208cc Dual-Stage Snow Blower 13″ x 4″ X-Trac tires

Cub Cadet Model 524 and 524SWE

Sold By: Home Depot, Tractor Supply and Servicing Dealers.

Cub Cadet 524SWE

Cub Cadet 524SWE

Price: $799
Engine:  208 cc Brand: Cub Cadet/PowerMore
Tires: 15 x 5
Speeds: 6 forward 2 reverse
Chute & Deflector: Remote 4-way, forehand control
Intake: 21
Warranty: 3 years
Optional Warranty/Protection Plan: up to 4 years extended warranty through Home Depot
Service: Through Cub Cadet Authorized Serving Dealers
Overall Quality/Value: Better
My Opinion: The 524 SWE is is the lowest priced 24 in snow blower with power steering.  This snow blower is a good value because it has all the features and power steering! If you are small and have a hard time using a snow blower this is one to seriously look at. By just pulling on the handle mounted triggers this snow blower turns itself. It has larger tires than the Craftsman 88173 making it a good choice for many people. The 524 WE is the same machine without power steering.

Find out more by clicking on this link: Home Depot
Cub Cadet Snow Removal 24 in. 208 cc Two-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower 2X 524 WE
Tractor Supply Cub Cadet 24 in 524 SWE Two-Stage Snow Thrower
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Husqvarna 961930096 208cc 2-Stage Electric Start Snow Thrower, 24-Inch

Sold By: Amazon.com and Servicing Dealers. Husqvarna 961930096 208cc 2 Stage 24-Inch top

Price: $799
Engine:  208 c Brand: Husqvarna/LCT
Tires: 16 x 5
Speeds: 6 forward 2 reverse
Chute & Deflector: Steel, Remote Chute, Remote Deflector
Intake: 23
Warranty: 2 years
Service: Husqvarna authorized Servicing Dealer
Overall Quality/Value: Better.
My Opinion:   This is my personal favorite of the machines listed here. Why? The fit and finish is great. New high intensity LED lighting, wrap around handles, huge tires, all make this one of the best values in the 24 in size. I have a great local dealer who is second to none in service after the sale.

I not only clear my driveway, but I also clear a large spot out in the backyard for my dogs. The Husqvarna 924HV has the largest tires and it will easily clear snow off my lawn. I also like the wrap around handles. If you have ever been trying to maneuver in close quarters and gotten your coat caught in the handles you will understand why wrap around handles are great!

Find out more by clicking on this link: Husqvarna 961930096 208cc 2-Stage Electric Start Snow Thrower, 24-Inch

Simplicity/Snapper Model I924E, M924E 

Sold By: Tyler Tool (Snapper) & Local Dealers

Snapper M924E

Snapper M924E

Price: $899
Engine:  205 cc Brand: B&S
Tires:15 x 5
Speeds: 6 forward 2 reverse
Chute & Deflector: Metal 2 way steel chute
Intake: 19
Warranty: 2 years
Optional Warranty/Protection Plan: NA
Service: Local Simplicity Dealer
Overall Quality/Value: Good
My Opinion: The Simplicity and Snapper are different than the other brands. They have a lower intake height, all steel construction and only use Briggs & Stratton engines. They are good dependable machines but I feel the retail price is too high for what you get. The quality and features are comparable to the $679 Craftsman 888173 listed above.  If your local dealer sells these for less than the retail price don’t be afraid to buy one.

Find out more by clicking on this link: Snapper 1696171 205 cc Gas 24-in Two Stage Snow Thrower
Simplicity 1696234 Gas M924E 24 inch (205cc) Two Stage Snow Blower

Toro Model 724 OE 37770 

Sold By: Home Depot

Toro 724

Toro 724

Price: $899
Engine:  205 cc Brand: B&S
Tires: 15 x 5
Speeds: 6 forward 2 reverse
Chute & Deflector: Poly 2-Way chute on Home Depot Model
Intake: 21
Warranty: 2 years
Optional Warranty/Protection Plan:
Service: Local Servicing Dealer
Overall Quality/Value: Good
My Opinion: Toro has finally gotten in the game with this snow blower.  They have always had very high quality machines, but this is the first model in a long time specifically for the homeowner. When blowing heavy snow the patented snow metering system only allows so much snow into the impeller reducing plugging. Fit and finish is great. The 2 way chute is easy to operate and the deflector does not ride up like the MTD build machines.

Find out more by clicking on this link: Toro Snow Removal Power Max 724 OE 24 in. Two-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower 37775

Ariens Compact 24 

Sold By: Home Depot and Authorized Dealers

Compact 24

Compact 24

Price: $799
Engine:  208 cc Brand: Ariens AX
Tires: 13 x 4
Speeds: 6 forward 2 reverse
Chute & Deflector: Metal 2 – way
Intake: 21
Warranty: 3 years
Optional Warranty/Protection Plan:
Service: Authorized Dealers
Overall Quality/Value:
My Opinion: The Craftsman 88173 listed above at $679 is a better buy.

Find out more by clicking on this link: Ariens Compact 24
Ariens Deluxe Model ST24LE 921031

Sold By: Home Depot and Authorized Dealers

Deluxe 24

Deluxe 24

Price: $929
Engine:  254 cc Brand: Ariens AX
Tires: 15 x 5
Speeds: 6 forward 2 reverse
Chute & Deflector: 4 Way metal chute
Intake: 21
Warranty: 3 years
Optional Warranty/Protection Plan:
Service:
Overall Quality/Value: Better
My Opinion: Don’t confuse this model with the Ariens Compact 24. This high quality Ariens machine features one of the largest motors in the 24 in class. It has a 14 in impeller which is larger than all the other brands and will move more snow. If you live in a snow belt, but have a small driveway this is the snow blower to buy.

Find out more by clicking on this link: Ariens Deluxe 24

Ariens Compact Track 24 920022 

Sold By: Home Depot and Authorized Dealers

Ariens Compact Track 24 in 920022

Ariens Compact Track 24 in

Price: $799
Engine:  208 cc Brand: Ariens AX
Tires: 13 x 4
Speeds: 6 forward 2 reverse
Chute & Deflector: Metal 2 – way
Intake: 21
Warranty: 3 years
Optional Warranty/Protection Plan:
Service: Authorized Dealers
Overall Quality/Value:
My Opinion: It’s simple, track drive models have more traction. They will push through heavy dense snow. They will bust through that snow plow drift at the end of your driveway. They will move on that soft gravel drive without tearing it up. Track drives are expensive but this one is worth every penny if you want the best traction in a small snow blower.

Find out more by clicking on this link: Ariens Compact Track 24 in. Electric Start Gas Snow Blower 920022

Ariens Model Platinum ST24DLE 921017

Sold By: Home Depot and Authorized Dealers

Platinum 24

Platinum 24

Price: $1249
Engine: 291 cc Brand: Ariens AX
Tires: 15 x 5
Speeds: 6 forward 2 reverse
Chute & Deflector: remote 4-way, steel
Intake: 21
Warranty: 3 years
Optional Warranty/Protection Plan:
Service: Authorized Service Centers
Overall Quality/Value: Best
My Opinion: This is one of the best 24 in snow blowers. Ariens does not use trigger controlled power steering, instead they use automatic traction control. This system automatically releases one wheel when you turn the snow blower. The larger 14 in impeller will throw snow farther than most of the other units. If you live in a snow belt and want all of the best features this is the machine for you!

Find out more by clicking on this link: Ariens Platinum 24

Husqvarna Model ST324P

Sold By: Authorized Dealers

Husqvarna 11524E

Husqvarna 11524E

Price: $1399
Engine: 254 cc Brand: LCT
Tires: 16 x 5
Speeds: Hydrostatic
Chute & Deflector: remote 4- way steel
Intake: 23
Warranty: 2-5 years
Optional Warranty/Protection Plan:
Service: Authorized Service Centers
Overall Quality/Value: Best
My Opinion: This is one of the best 24 in snow blowers. Trigger controlled power steering, hydrostatic drive, huge engine and hand warmers make this the best snow blower on the market. The high speed 14 in cast iron impeller will throw snow farther than most of the other units. If you live in a snow belt and want all of the best features this is the machine for you!

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8 Comments

  1. Scott N. November 28, 2015
    • Paul November 28, 2015
  2. Stan Madge March 2, 2015
    • Paul Sikkema March 2, 2015
  3. Rick February 22, 2015
    • Paul Sikkema February 22, 2015
  4. Robert October 13, 2014
    • Paul Sikkema October 14, 2014

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