2016 Husqvarna Snow Blowers – What’s New & Exciting!
It’s been two years since I’ve written a new article on the Husqvarna Snow Blowers so it’s time to revisit the entire line. I’m going to stay consistent this year and write this article to the same layout as the articles I’ve written on Ariens, Craftsman and Troy-Bilt. So this is a comprehensive list of what Husqvarna is offering for gas snow blowers for 2016. This story is from my perspective – not Husqvarna’s. I’ve written individual reviews and made videos of many of these machines over the last two years.
What Does Husqvarna Have New In Snow Blowers this Year?
Husqvarna completely rebuilt their snow blower line two years ago and except for the addition of one 27 inch tracked snow blower last year they have not changed the line for 2016. Just remember, Husqvarna was the first to introduce long lasting engines, quiet mufflers, adjustable height handles, two easy to understand grades of residential snow blowers, and heavy-duty tracked snow blowers. The improvements in the snow blowers listed here made the rest of the industry take a “step up.” They were also the first to introduce cast iron impellers on the heavy duty models. When they rebuilt the line they also fixed some of the long standing bugs like sticky power steering on the old Crown series.
Why Buy A Husqvarna Snow Blower This Year?
Why The Brand: Husqvarna is the world’s largest Outdoor Power Equipment brand. HusqvarnaGroup is an easy to understand organization because it is publicly traded and they spend a lot of time explaining what their market is and who they build products for. Here is their take on the U.S. Market “The retail landscape is highly consolidated in North America and competition in the mass consumer segment is fierce with a strong emphasis on price.”
Their snow blowers are designed and made here in the U.S. They are sold worldwide. Husqvarna focuses on residential gas snow blowers and offers a complete and very easy to understand line. They only make 12 walk behind snow blowers. Three single stage, four economy residential models, three heavy duty residential models and two heavy-duty tracked snow blowers. Even thought the models are two years old they are still “state-of-the-art” and have proven very reliable. In fact the Husqvarna ST224 and ST224P are the two highest rated snow blowers on Amazon. (2-stage gas Snow Blowers with more than 10 reviews.)
Sales: Husqvarna has a large dealer network. In addition the snow blowers are sold through Amazon.com, Lowes, lowes.com, Acme Tools, acmetools.com and a few other regional home improvement and rural lifestyle retailers. Lowes tends to sell the most popular/least expensive machines while Acme Tools and Amazon carry the complete line.
Overall, the Husqvarna residential and heavy-duty residential lines are good value gas-powered residential snow blowers. That means they are not the cheapest or the heaviest-duty on the market. As a homeowner they will give you your money’s worth and with a little maintenance last years. The fact that they are rated so well on Amazon says a lot about the quality.
When sized to the amount of snow you get and the area you have to clear you can always feel good that you made the right decision in purchasing a Husqvarna. They do not make a commercial snow blower though the 300 series tracked machines are as heavy-duty as they come. They do not have electric snow throwers listed on their website at this time but Husqvarna is heavily invested in electric technology for the landscape market.
Acme Tools has been offering mail-order/online since 1999 and is one of the most well-respected companies for Rural Lifestyle and Small Business. Acme Tools and Amazon are intent on becoming two of the best online stores. I trust both companies to deliver you a great product and an even greater buying experience.
Parts – Service: Husqvarna has a well established parts and repair network. You can quickly set up service or get parts through the support tab on Husqvarna.com. Both Acme Tools and Amazon are very easy to work with if you have a problem with your new machine.
Owner Reviews: Depending on the model, Husqvarna Snow Blowers averages 4 out of 5 stars or better at Lowes.com and Amazon.com. In fact, the two 24 inch models are the best reviewed 2-stage gas snow blowers on Amazon. Again: If you read any reviews about an auger belt breaking. That problem was only in the first year of production and has been fixed.
All Husqvarna gas engine snow throwers have a 4-cycle engine. All 2-stage machines have a fuel shut-off valve. Please use a fuel stabilizer when storing the snow blower with fuel in it.
The Complete 2016 Husqvarna Snow Thrower List:
My goal is to help you find the right snow blower for you. You can get the best deal but if it is on the wrong snow blower it’s a lose/lose for both you and the company you purchased it from. Before I get to the list I would like to remind you about the snow blower facts article that will help you decide on the right type and size snow blower for you. The article will answer most of your questions about what size or type of snow blower you need for your property. Check out the FAQS page for questions like “How large of snow blower do I need?”
So, here is the list of the 2016 Husqvarna snow blowers. You may ask any questions about these models in the comments section at the end.
Please Note: If a snow thrower is listed on Lowes.com I will try to note it here but I have no relationship with Lowes.com (U.S.) so I will not insert a link to Lowes. I do have a relationship with lowes.ca (Canada) Acme Tools and Amazon where I make a small commission if you buy through this site. I will give you buy links to Northern Tool and Amazon if they carry a model. My readers and I have had great luck buying through Northern Tool and Amazon but it is up to you to find the best place for you to purchase your snow thrower.
2nd Note: Amazon carries 10 of the Husqvarna snow throwers and offers free shipping through Amazon Prime BUT There are also private sellers who also sell on Amazon. Those private sellers may not have free shipping and the snow blowers may not have the Amazon A-Z guarantee. (this issue is not exclusive to Amazon. Many other websites use what the industry calls “endless aisle” where they stock certain items but also list similar products from other companies. Please be a savvy shopper and check twice where you are buying from.) If you have any questions please ask.
Yes, I do recommend the 2-Year Lawn & Garden Extended Protection Plan on Amazon if offered.
2016 Single Stage Husqvarna Snow Throwers:
Husqvarna offers three single stage gas snow throwers this year. Remember, single stage snow throwers only work on hard surfaces like a black top driveway or cement sidewalk. They do work well if you have people who walk on the snow before you clean because the front rubber auger actually touches the ground. No matter what the manufacture states a single paddle snow thrower will only handle about 6 inches of snow at a time. If you get more snow than that you will have to go out in the middle of the storm and clear snow. They also don’t work well on that frozen pile of snow the snow plow truck left you about 10 pm last night. It will clear it OK if the pile has not frozen but if it has frozen solid take a snow shovel with you to break up the snow so the snow thrower can move it for you.
The Husqvarna single stage snow throwers are good machines but they are no my first choice for a single stage unit. Why? They clean the pavement well, they are easy to use,etc., but they use a scraper under the snow blower to clean all the snow off the driveway. This scraper is about 2 inches behind the paddles and always leaves a small pile of snow 2 inches wide and about 1/2 inch tall. This means that if you are a fanatic for having a perfectly clean driveway you will have to go back out with a shovel or broom to clean up a few inside corners where the snow thrower left this small strip of snow.
2016 2-Stage 200 Series Husqvarna Residential Snow Blowers
Husqvarna makes two styles or grades of 2-stage snow blowers. The 200-series and 300-series. The 200 Series is a great, economical 2-stage snow blower. The 200-Series are a good for most areas of the United States that get 80 inches of snow or less a year. That means they are a good choice for Chicago, Denver, St Louis, Long Island and Pittsburgh. They are not a good choice for areas that get large amounts of heavy, wet snow like Hammond, IN and Buffalo, NY. It did not work well in Boston the year they got so much snow. (Buy the 300 series if you get 60 inches or more snow.)
The 200-series has two features that are unique and no other snow blower has either feature at this time – adjustable height handles and dual LED lights.
The adjustable height handle is a cool feature and great for homeowners who have a tall person and a short person using the same snow blower. But, please don’t buy this series just for the adjustable handles. Make sure it will handle the amount of snow you usually get. The six LED lights are also cool because they are split and angled so the light shines all around the snow blower. They are bright and have no shadows from the discharge chute.
By the way, the 200 series has hand warmers but they do not work very well. The 200 series does have all the other great features you want like remote chute, remote deflector, deep lug tires
2016 300-Series 2-Stage Husqvarna Land Owner Snow Blowers
The only thing in these snow blowers have in common with the less expensive 200 series is the Husqvarna name and the color. The Husqvarna 300-series Snow Blowers have a full list of features and durability that rivals any other snow blower on the market. They are suitable for frequent use in all snow conditions. They are robust, durable and comfortable to use. In particular I like the controls. All the controls are large for gloved hands. The chute/deflector controls have positive notches so it stays in place. Bright LED headlights make operation easy even in dark conditions. The 300 series is one of the few snow blowers with a hydrostatic transmission and gives you a very smooth and even motion. (Husqvarna uses two hydro’s. The wheeled units use the same as the red snow blower that costs twice as much. The tracked version use a heavier transmission than the red competitor) The power steering on the 300 series is trouble-free.
In other words if you want one of the best snow blowers on the market with a hydrostatic transmission these machines will save you $1000 over the red competitor.
Is it in the same class as the Ariens Platinum, Cub Cadet 3X HD or Toro PowerMax HD? Yes. Is it better? Like the other models it has specific features that make is the best choice for some owners. I can help you decide if it is the best for you.
By-the-way, Consumer Reports has never tested the 300 Series. I have an ST-327P that I use here for a reference machine.
Husqvarna ST 324P
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