Is This The Best Snow Blower For You? While I rate the Husqvarna 924HV as a good snow blower I have 4 unanswered questions about the Husqvarna 924HVX listed on Lowes.com. It appears to be an exclusive snow blower built just for Lowes.
First, at $899 the Husqvarna 924HVX is one of the highest priced 24 inch snow blowers. It is $50 higher than the Cub Cadet 924SWE and does not have any better features. It is over $220 higher than the Craftsman 88173. Yes, the 924HVX has more features than the Craftsman but it won’t move snow any better. You can also purchase the highly rated Craftsman 88691 26 inch snow blower with power steering for $50 less.
Second, The snow blower frame was originally designed for 14 inch tires and it now comes with 16 inch tires. While the larger tires gives the snow blower more traction off your drive it also makes the wrap around handles very high. In fact unless you are over 6 feet tall you will complain about the height of the handles. The Cub Cadet on the other hand was designed for the 15 in tires that are on it and anyone can drive that. In other words if you and your wife are going to use the snow blower have her try out the handle height before you buy this machine.
Third, The product description does not match the picture on Lowes.com. The picture shows a 208cc Snow King (LCT) motor and metal skid shoes. The description states a 205 cc Briggs & Stratton and non-marring (poly) skid shoes. Both engines are good but Snow King owners states it has a lot more torque than the Briggs. Again before you buy this snow blower make sure you are getting what you want. (Look at the actual snow blower – most associates don’t know the difference between a Briggs and an LCT motor)
Fourth, I have not had a chance to inspect the 924HVX for this problem. (My nearest Lowes is 100 miles away) Until I can verify I am going to assume the 924HVX is the same as the 924HV with the added power steering modules.I had a 924HV (without the power steering) at my disposal all last year and I had a small, irritating issue with the design of the transmission case. When I first got the machine and used it for the first time on about 6 inches of snow it worked well…for about 50 feet. The drive quit pulling the snow blower forward. At the time I had another snow blower to test so I pulled it back to the garage. About a week later I used it again and it did the same thing. This time I removed the belt cover thinking a belt was loose….nothing. So I tipped it up on it’s nose, removed the wheels and then removed the transmission cover plate. I looked inside and could see nothing wrong at first. Finally I noticed a thin film of oil on the transmission drive plate. I wiped that off, reassembled the snow blower and used it to blow snow. It ran well…………for about 200 feet. I then went back, tore the trans apart again and this time cleaned the drive plate and drive wheel with degreaser. It must have been grease from when the snowblower was built that caused that issue. Now I began to have the same issue again this spring. We had a few powder snows and each time the snow blower would work for 15 or 20 minutes and then the trans would start to slip. I had another snow blower so I didn’t look at it until later. Each time I could find nothing wrong. Finally I called up a Husqvarna Dealer I knew and asked them what could be wrong. Their response was immediate. There is a hole in the transmission case. It’s designed this way because the metal discharge chute is too wide and the engineers had to make room for it by cutting the case. When blowing powder snow the snow gets blown into the transmission case, gets the drive plate wet, and the snow blower stops moving. It’s a known problem, but there has not been an update or dealer solution. The dealer suggested putting duct tape loosely over the hole. It helped, but doesn’t fix the problem.
Husqvarna 924HVX is designed for 2 driveways about 4 cars long that get lots of snow. This snow blower will throw snow up to 40 feet. This Husqvarna 924HVX snow thrower doesn’t care if you live in the city, suburbs, or country or get plowed in by the county snow plow. It will move a lot of snow.
What you can use this snow blower for: For Paved and Gravel surfaces. Moderate to wet and heavy snowfall. This snow blower will easily handle 12 inch snow falls. It will handle deeper snow falls well. The 12 inch impeller and high arc steel chute will put the snow where you want it. The six forward and two reverse speeds will let you go slow for the heavy stuff and faster for the lighter snows. This snow thrower has larger tires than most 24 inch snow blowers and are large enough to go out in your backyard and clean a patch of lawn for your dog. You will not have traction issues with this Husqvarna snowblower
What I Like:
The 924HVX has the highest intake height of all the 24 inch snow throwers. You probably won’t need to buy drift cutters to keep the edge of your driveway nice and neat.
The tires are the largest of all the 24 inch snowblowers. These large tires give you the best traction.
New high quality LED lighting. This lighting is bright and clear. These new lights will last much longer than halogen or incandescents.
Wrap Around Handles. I normally wear a big heavy coat when I am blowing snow and I can’t tell you how many times I have caught the pockets of it with the handle of my snow blower when I am working in close quarters. These wrap around handles will keep you from getting your clothing caught.
Easy to use controls. All the the controls are large for gloved hands and easy to use. The deflector, chute rotation and gear shift all have good positive indents. The chute and deflector do not move around when blowing heavy snow like some other brands.
The 208cc LCT motor has plenty of power for this size. This LCT has a reputation as one of the best motors on the market. In fact the failure rate is almost non-existent. As long as you use fresh fuel or use a stabilizer in your fuel this motor will always be ready to work.
Is This One Of The Best Rated Snow Blowers for 2012 - 2013? This Husqvarna snow blower is new so there are no owner reviews on Lowes.com
Does This Get a Best Snow Blower Rating For 2012-2013? In the Good, Better, Best rating system this snow blower rates a “Better” for ease of use. It has all the creature features like 4 way chute controls and power steering.
Is This One Of The Best Snow Blowers for the Money 2012-2013? If you get average snows and have a normal 2 car drive this is a good choice for you. There are other snow blowers in this size range with larger motors if you live in a snow belt.
Customer Satisfaction: This Husqvarna snow blower is new so there are no owner reviews on Lowes.com
Value: This snow blower is higher priced than the other brands. Husqvarna is building a solid reputation here in the U.S. as good, dependable snow throwers.
Service & Parts Availability: Service and parts are arranged through Lowes. Husqvarna uses Husqvarna dealerships to repair your snow blower
Ease Of Use: If you are shorter than 5 feet 9 inches you may have a hard time using a snow blower.