2014 Cub Cadet 24 inch 208cc Model 524 SWE Snow Blower Review –

Is the Cub Cadet 24 inch 208cc Model 524 SWE snow blower right for you?

The Cub Cadet 24 inch 208cc Model 524 SWE is the easiest 24 inch snowblower to use. The 3 features that make it the easiest are the height of the controls, the power steering and the 4-way chute control. These features plus the standard premium features you find on a Cub Cadet make it one of the best snowblowers for anyone who has difficulty using a snow blower. Yes, you can buy one of these for your spouse and she will be able to use it.  And anyone who is tired of “manhandling” a snowblower will really like how easy this one is to use.

This snow blower is sized for most 2 car suburban driveways.  It has enough power to blow heavy, wet snow and the intake is tall enough to handle 24 inch drifts. It works well on gravel driveways.

by: Paul Sikkema

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Cub Cadet 524 SWE

Cub Cadet prides itself in offering premium snow blowers. The Cub Cadets have more features and are the heaviest built snow blowers from MTD.  One of the items I like best about the Cub Cadet is the owner’s manual. The owner’s manual goes through and explains all of the yearly maintenance needed to keep your 524 SWE running for many years. The maintenance takes about an hour once a year and yes, with a few hand tools you can do the maintenance.

MTD is a primary snow thrower manufacture and offers snow blowers for all homeowners. The Yard Machines line is the economy line. These low-priced units get the job done, but lack the features found in their other lines. Troy-Bilt is their rural lifestyle line. These snow blowers have more features than the Yard Machines but do not have all the features found on the Cub Cadet. The Cub Cadet is their premium line and all of the items in the line have the most features. MTD also makes snow throwers for other brands and they are built to those brands specifications  

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 The features I like most.

Most of the time I pick two features I like most but in this case I like most of the features of this machine.  I will go through each one below.

What makes this snow blower the best 24 inch snow thrower?

  • 24 in. clearing width; 24 in. intake height
  • The Posi-Steer makes this snowblower the easiest to use.  When moving just pull the small trigger under the handle in the direction you want to go and the snow blower go that way. Unlike most 24 inch snowblowers with solid axles the power steering makes turning the 524 SWE effortless.
  • 208cc Electric start Cub Cadet 4-Cycle OHV engine. The 208cc Craftsman motor has way more power than you will ever need. You will be able to move snow faster than you ever could with your old 5 hp/179cc snow blower. The motor has a throttle control so you can idle the snow blower down if you want to before turning it off and a safety key. (Other brands do not have a throttle and you can only shut off the motor by removing the safety key.)  It also has a stepped choke so you can control the fuel mixture for all temperatures.  This engine has an excellent reputation and I know that as long as you use good fresh fuel and change the oil as recommended this engine will last you many, many years.
  • Cool Blue skid shoes. These rust-resistant, non-marking, reversible skid shoes are the strongest skid shoe on the market. These shoes are exclusive to the Cub Cadet line and last longer than steel shoes. They don’t scratch your driveway or patio and glide effortlessly along surfaces for better maneuverability
  • 6 Forward 2 reverse speeds. 6 Forward 2 reverse speeds for easy snow clearing at your pace. Yes, most snow blowers have these but the speeds on the 524 SWE are matched well to the size of the snow blower.
  • Push button electric start makes it incredibly easy to start in the tough winter conditions
  • 4-way pitch control and chute rotation. I call this chute control a “forearm control” To use it you take your left hand, reach over the top of the handle and grab it like you are picking up a baseball bat by the end. Pull the red button with you middle fingers and use your forearm to move the chute from side-to-side.  Pushing or pulling on the handle raises and lowers the deflector at the top of the chute. The tension that holds the deflector in place is controlled by a wing nut.  If you use the 4-way chute this way it is one of the easiest to use on the market.  It quickly rotates,  is very easy to operate and is designed to last longer than the old bottom crank designs. The “hanging chute” design eliminates the chute binding up from heavy wet snow. The hanging chute stays in place when you let go of the red button. The extra long chute controls the snow better than your old short chute and you don’t get as much snow blowing back in your face. The chute is made of a durable polymer chute and has proven just about indestructible. Snow never sticks to it. I also like the chute control a lot.
  • In-dash headlight allows you to clear your driveway any time of the day or night
  • 15 in. x 5 in. X-trac tires are sized well for this machine. The tires have a lot more traction than the ones found on the cheaper 24 inch snow blowers. You will have plenty of traction to go out in the backyard and clear a spot of lawn for your dog.
  • Use with 5W-30 oil for best results, unit comes pre-filled with oil
  • Warranty is 3-year residential/1-year commercial
  • MFG Model # : 524 SWE
  • MFG Part # : 31AM53TR756

Reviews

Cub Cadet 24 inch 208cc Model 524 SWE Snow Blower has more 5 star reviews than most other snow throwers and I feel they are all honest. I only found 2 negative reviews. One was because the new owner didn’t follow the assembly instructions and one was not assembled right at the factory. (Cub Cadet has one of the best records for getting the product put together right, the first time. Their “build quality” is the best)

two stage snow thrower is one of the best value snow blowers on the market. I called it a “best buy” first last year and all of the other major magazines and review sites agree. I have a 2 car drive, 70 feet long, a patio and I clear an area in the backyard for my dogs. I would buy this machine for my own use.

Where To Get One

Home Depot and Tractor Supply are the best place to get your Cub Cadet.  They always have the best price and a great reputation for getting the purchase to you quickly. They also have good customer service. 

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Be Careful! This snow blower is also sold through online only stores! But make sure they have a good reputation of taking care of you after the sale. You may find other “factory-direct discount” stores and websites trying to sell it, but make sure they can and will get you service if you ever need it.

 All Snow Blowers need maintenance. When you get your new snow blower home be sure to read the manual, check all the fluid levels and bolts. Learn how to change the shear pins and inspect the drive belts. (The belts are easy to change if you tear one up) ALWAYS have extra shear pins on hand. Learn how to start it and operate it. Snow blower engines run differently than your lawn mower engine. Most of the time you will have the choke on to some degree. (That’s why there are 4 positions on the choke) Practice using it on you driveway. (Don’t run the engine more than 10 minutes if the temperature is over 45 degrees) If you have any questions leave a comment below and we (other readers and myself) will gladly answer your questions.  Above all PLEASE use a fuel stabilizer like Sea Foam or blue Stabil in your gas. 

Value: At around $849 it is a good value.

Service & Parts Availability: Service and parts are readily available through Cub Cadet authorized repair centers. Home Depot and Tractor Supply are easy to work with if you have a problem.

Parts You Will Need:

All MTD manufactured snow throwers use the same shear pin. Here are some from Sears.  Shear Pins: Craftsman Snowblower Shear Pins1x1.trans 2014 Cub Cadet 24 inch 208cc Model 524 SWE Snow Blower Review    or Craftsman Snowblower Shear Pins1x1.trans 2014 Cub Cadet 24 inch 208cc Model 524 SWE Snow Blower Review    Same pin, just a different clip.

Got a Question or Comment? Here's Your Chance!

  1. i been reading your reviews and gotten more confused on what to buy..live in long island ny where lately it seems everytime we get snow,it snows more than 20 inches.my driveway is 2 car lengths long and can fit 4 cars total..i was looking at the Power Smart DB7659 which gets great reviews and good price but you said its good for smaller driveways..how is the 24 inch version? looking to spend least as possible but dont want to regret in the long run either..thanks
    rich

    • @rich, I’m not going to recommend any of the Chinese built snow blowers this year. Yes, you can buy one for $20 less (on Amazon) than a Craftsman 24" 179cc Dual-Stage Snowblower 13" x 4" X-Trac tires. Yes, LCT is a very good engine. And yes, when you call their 800 number someone answers.

      I have two issues with this Power Smart. 1. Weight & Balance. The machine is not balanced well and hard to turn. It is hard to maneuver, etc. 2. Parts. Yes, You can get parts this year but what about 2, 5, 10, or 20 years from now. You can get parts for 20 year old Craftsman’s MTD’s, Ariens, Toro, etc.

      By the way the advertised price on most sites is $439 but that does not include the $130-150 shipping. Add in the shipping and the snow blower is more expensive than the Craftsman.

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  3. Hi there. I am about to purchase my first snow thrower and am interested in the Cub Cadet (524SWE), however Home Depot shows it as a DISCONTINUED item. So that leads me to two questions: 1. Is that a true statement? 2. If it is discontinued, does that present a problem for me in terms of service or parts down the line?

    Your website was very helpful. Thank you.

    • @Scott, No, you will be able to get parts for that model for the next 20 years. This has been a VERY good year for snow blower sales and I’m sure Home Depot is out of them for the year. That’s why they are listed as discontinued. If you want one now go to cubcadet.com and use the dealer locator to find a dealer near you.