6 Best Residential Track Snow Blowers For 2018-2019
Tracked snow blowers can be a huge advantage. This article will discuss why you may need a tracked machine and the 6 best on the market this fall. Note: Some of the snow blowers on this list are only available through your local dealer.
Why You May Want a Tracked Snow Blower:
- If you have a sloped driveway. If your driveway slopes enough that a wheeled unit has a hard time going up the hill a tracked snow blower offers a lot more traction.
- If you have packed down snow and/or ice under the snow. Tracks offer a lot more traction for icy conditions and the front of the auger housing on most track drives can also be locked down to scrape driven on snow off cement and blacktop better than wheeled units.
- If you have sidewalks that get plowed full by the city snow plow. The extra traction of the tracks will help you push through that heavy snow.
- If you have uneven terrain to clear. If you have grass or dirt trails or paths to clear. Track drives have the extra traction you need to clear turf and soft ground.
- If you get a lot of drifts where the snow packs so hard you can walk on it. Again, the extra traction of the tracks will help you push through that heavy snow.
Three Types Of Track Drives:
1. Ariens Platinum 28 SHO RapidTrak: 28 inch 369cc $2399
First, the Ariens Platinum is a top-end residential blower. It includes heated handgrips, Super High Output (SHO) impeller, Auto-Turn Steering Technology and a premium Ariens engine. The tall 21” housing height eats up the drifts. The 14” SHO auger and impeller blow snow up to 55 feet and will clear up to 75 tons/hour. In my opinion, the Ariens Platinum SHO handles regular snow, heavy snow, wet snow and even slush better than any other residential snow blower on the U.S. market.
In my opinion, the Ariens RapidTrak is the second most significant technology improvement in walk-behind snow blowers in the last 15 years. (Overhead valve engines (OHV) engines with electronic fuel injection (EFI) being the most significant)
After you look at all the advantages the Ariens Platinum RapidTrak is the best value tracked snow blower for anyone who wants to clear snow fast, have the best traction and have all the features you can get on a high-end residential snow blower.
This is a dealer only snow blower so here is a link to the Ariens website where you can read more and find your local Ariens dealer. Ariens Platinum 28 SHO RapidTrak.
2. Ariens RapidTrak 28 in. 2-Stage Electric Start 420cc Gas Snow Blower Model# 926060 $3099
3. Cub Cadet 3X
30″ TRAC 30 inch 3-Stage 420cc Cub Cadet engine Model No. 31AH7EVZ710 $1999
Cub Cadet claims that this 3X auger/impeller system will handle twice as much snow as their 2-stage snow blowers. That is true – but understand that claim does not mean it will handle more snow than a high output 2-stage system like the ones found on the Toro Power Max HD and Ariens Platinum snow blowers. It’s not better – just different. That said,
Second, The 3-point track provides a lot of traction and the larger top drive wheel makes it considerably faster than the old 2-wheel tracked systems. Triggers under the handles let you steer the snow blower with just your fingertips. Cub Cadet’s (MTD) trigger power steering is dependable and the easiest of the two and three-point track systems to use.
You can purchase the Cub Cadet 3X
For smaller driveways, there is also the 26 inch 357cc 3X
Like Ariens and Toro – Cub Cadet also has a higher capacity PRO series but they do not offer a track drive Pro model.
4. Troy-Bilt Storm Tracker
2890 Snow Blower Model 28 inch 277cc Troy-Bilt engine No. 31AH7FP4766 $1299
The Troy-Bilt Storm Tracker
The 3-point track provides a lot of traction and the larger top drive wheel makes it considerably faster than the old 2-wheel tracked systems. Triggers under the handles let you steer the snow blower with just your fingertips. Troy-Bilt’s (MTD) trigger power steering is dependable and the easiest of the two and three-point track systems to use.
In my opinion the Troy-Bilt Storm Tracker
You can purchase the Troy-Bilt Storm Tracker
5. Honda 28 inch 270 cc HSS928AT / HSS928ATD $2709 $2909
Honda snow blowers throw the snow a long way and the previous HS models have a rabid fan base. But, compared to the other tracked snow blowers available today the HSS series with it’s small 2-point tracks and mediocre power are outdated. They are much slower than the Ariens, Cub Cadet or Troy-Bilt models listed above.
My opinion: To be clear, this is a good, well-built snow blower – it’s just not as fast and just does not have the capacity of the other machines. Worst of all -it’s just way over-priced for what it offers.
Buy Here: Honda 28 inch 270 cc HSS928AT (Home Depot Link)
There is also a 32-inch version Honda 32 inch 389cc HSS1332AT (Home Depot) $3189
6. Troy-Bilt Storm Tracker
2690 XP Snow Blower 26 inch, 208cc Model No. 31AM7BR3766. $1199
Before you buy this snow blower based on the price please read the entire description below.
The Troy-Bilt Storm Tracker
My opinion: If you have a steep driveway or off road area to clear AND you live in an area of the country that gets 40-60 inches of snow on average this may be a great choice for you. In fact, if you are currently are happy with the power of your 24-26 inch 208cc snow blower or your 28-inch 243cc snow blower this tracked model is a good choice for you. (This 208cc engine has more power than your old 5 HP Tecumseh or Briggs)
Buy Here: Troy-Bilt Storm Tracker
Husqvarna ST330T 30 inch 414cc $2499.
2019 Toro Power Max HD with optional tracks.
At this time I don’t have enough information about this new high capacity, heavy-duty snow blower to offer an opinion. I’ll add it in the appropriate position on the list when I know more.
Honda 24 inch 198cc HSS724AT / HSS724ATD ( ACME Tool Link)
For a whopping $2349 you get a recoil start, underpowered 198cc engine, old style 2-point track, and mediocre capacity tracked snow blower. This snow blower has the smallest engine on any 2-stage snow blower – but the highest price for any 24-26 inch 2-stage snow blower. So unless you are “that guy” who just has to have a snow blower with a Honda engine on it I suggest staying far away from this one!
Ariens Compact Track 24: 24 inch 252 cc $1399
This Ariens Compact Track has plenty of power and average capacity but it has a locked-solid axle. You have to slide the large 3-point tracks on the pavement manually to turn this snow blower. That makes it very hard to use.
Ariens Platinum SHO Track 28: 28 inch 369cc $2099
As a wheeled snow blower the Ariens Platinum SHO is a great snow blower. It’s a high capacity, dependable machine. The Auto-Turn steering makes it very easy to use. But with the 3-point tracks installed it’s a whole different monster. The tracks have too much “rubber-on-the-ground” and it makes the snow blower very hard to maneuver.
Any Chinese Snow blower.
The current crop of Chinese tracked snow blowers are mainly 2-point drive and lack a nationwide parts/repair network. For the same money, you are much better off buying the Troy-Bilt snow blowers on this list.