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New 2015 Briggs & Stratton Snow Blowers – My Review

New 2015 Briggs & Stratton Snow Blowers

Update Sept 15 ! Price Alert!

Briggs & Stratton just dropped the prices on the economy Briggs and Stratton 1696610 Dual-Stage Snow Thrower with 208cc Engine and Electric Start and the residential Briggs and Stratton 1696614 Dual-Stage Snow Thrower with 208cc Engine and Electric Start by over 25%! This makes them two of the best value 24 inch snow blowers on the market! (They do not have power steering.) At $599 and $649 respectively they are now one of the best buys in 24 inch snow blowers!

Is a Briggs & Stratton Snow Blower The Best For You?

You may not have known that Briggs & Stratton even makes snow blowers so I am going to give you a little history lesson before I start talking about them.

Briggs & Stratton is a primary snow blower manufacturer. They make a full line of economy, residential, heavy-duty and commercial snow blowers in Wauwatosa, WI under the Snapper (Red), Simplicity (Orange), Briggs & Stratton (Gray), Murray (Red), and Brute (Black) names. In particular the heavy-duty and commercial lines have been the “standard” for many years. They are dependable and built to last.

For the record Simplicity bought Snapper in 2002 and then Briggs bought Simplicity in 2004. Briggs & Stratton was the last manufacturer to make snow blowers for John Deere. All the manufacturing was moved to Wauwatosa this year (2015.)

Snapper and Simplicity are primarily dealer brands. Use the dealer locator on the Snapper or Simplicity website to locate a dealer near you.

Murray is primarily sold at Wal-Mart. Use the dealer locator on the Snapper or Simplicity website to locate a service center near you.

The last Brute I saw was at Menards. Use the dealer locator on the Snapper or Simplicity website to locate a service center near you.

Briggs & Stratton is now sold online through Amazon. Use the dealer locator on the Snapper or Simplicity website to locate a service center near you.

I’m going to go through the snow blowers they have available on Amazon:

Economy: Briggs & Stratton Single Stage – 22 inch – 163cc – Electric Start – Model 1696509

If you don’t get a lot of snow but want a quicker way to clear you driveway than with a shovel this snow blower is a good choice. It is one of the few in this price range that comes with electric start. This snow thrower will clean right down to the pavement and handle up to 6 inches easily. 

Buy at Amazon Here: Briggs & Stratton 1696509 Single Stage Snow Thrower with 750 Snow Series 163cc Engine and Electric Start, 22-Inch

Residential: Briggs & Stratton Single Stage – 22 inch – 205cc – Electric Start – Model 1696506

This is a standard size single stage snow thrower that will handle 6-8 inches of snow comfortably. Many of us have both a two-stage snow blower and also a single stage for the lighter snow and cleaning down to tha pavement. This snow thrower does that task extremely well with the metal/rubber serrated auger. It will cut through day old packed snow better than other single stage models. 

Buy at Amazon Here:  Briggs & Stratton 1696506 Single Stage Snow Thrower with Snow Shredder Technology and Electric Start, 22-Inch

Residential: Briggs & Stratton Single Stage – 22 inch – 250cc – Electric Start – Model 1696507

If you normally get up to 8 inches of snow and an occasional 12 incher this is a great choice. This snow thrower is one of the strongest single stage snow throwers on the market. It’s actually overpowered and will handle tough hard packed snow. It will throw snow up to 30 feet. 

Buy at Amazon Here:  Briggs and Stratton 1696507 Single Stage Snow Thrower with 1550 Snow Series 250cc Engine and Electric Start

Economy: Briggs & Stratton Two Stage – 24 inch – 208cc – Electric Start – Model 1696610

This is a basic, inexpensive two-stage snow blower. It has plenty of power to handle the occasional 12 inch snow. 

Buy at Amazon Here:  Briggs and Stratton 1696610 Dual-Stage Snow Thrower with 208cc Engine and Electric Start

Residential: Briggs & Stratton Two Stage – 24 inch – 208cc – Electric Start – Model 1696614

For the same price as the economy model above you can get this model. It’s a stronger snow blower with more features. 

Buy at Amazon Here:  Briggs and Stratton 1696614 Dual-Stage Snow Thrower with 208cc Engine and Electric Start

Residential: Briggs & Stratton Two Stage – 27 inch – 250cc – Electric Start – Model 1696619

If you normally get about 40 inches of snow a year this is a good choice at a good price. This snow blower compares to the MTD built 28 inch two-stage models. 

Buy at Amazon Here:  Briggs and Stratton 1696619 Dual-Stage Snow Thrower with 250cc Engine and Electric Start

Heavy-Duty: Briggs & Stratton Two Stage – 27 inch – 250cc – Electric Start – Power Steering – Model 1696156

For many years this has been the standard snow blower that all the other 27-28 inch heavy-duty snow blowers were compared against. This snow blower is built well and built to last. If you are looking for it on Consumer Reports it is basically the Snapper 1695964 with power steering. 

Buy at Amazon Here:  Briggs and Stratton 1696156 Dual-Stage Snow Thrower with 250cc Engine and Electric Start

Heavy-Duty: Briggs & Stratton Two Stage – 29 inch – 306cc – Electric Start – Power Steering – Model 1696563

Again this snow blower has been around for quite some time (It’s been painted red, black, orange and GREEN!) and has been a standard heavy-duty machine that all the others are compared against. It compares favorably to the 30 inch Ariens Deluxe, Husqvarna 300 series, Craftsman Pro and Troy-Bilt Vortex for ease of use, dependability and long life. It doesn’t have 3 stages or a high speed impeller yet it will throw snow up to 45 feet. This snow blower will easily handle the snows we have been getting in the NorthEast. 

Buy at Amazon Here:  Briggs and Stratton 1696563 Dual-Stage Snow Thrower with 306cc Engine and Electric Start

Commercial: Briggs & Stratton Two Stage – 38 inch – 420cc – Electric Start – Power Steering – Model 1696160

When you get larger than 33 inches most of the snow blowers on the market become big unwieldy tanks that are hard to handle and have poor traction. This is not one of them. If you have large areas to clear like parking lots, city-school sidewalks and very long, flat driveways this is one of the best large frame snow blowers on the market. It’s big, powerful and has a great repair history. 

Buy at Amazon Here: Briggs & Stratton PRO 2138 38″ Snowblower 21.0 TP OHV Engine #1696160

To see all the snow blowers on Amazon that I recommend go here:  Paul’s Recommended Snow Blower List Use this list to check prices compared to your local dealer or buy the snow blower you always wanted!

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