2020 Cub Cadet Snow Blowers – Which One Is Best For You?

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2020 Cub Cadet Snow Blowers

Cub Cadet has methodically updated their entire snow blower line over the last few years and it now includes a model that just may be the best snow blower for you. They now have track-drive, 2-stage, heavy-duty 2-stage, 3-stage, high output Pro 3-stage, and EFI.

All models now have trigger-style power steering, Dual LED lights that work great, an upgraded chute/deflector control, and all but one a metal chute. Of course, all the 2 and 3-stage models use the Cool Blue skid shoes that last 10 times longer than other poly shoes. Many also come standard with heated handgrips (red handles)

One of the best new “features” of the Cub Cadet line this year is you can now buy your new snowblower directly from CubCadet.com.  An authorized dealer will assemble the snowblower, test it, and make sure it is ready to work for you. You can pick it up from the dealer yourself the next day for free or for a set charge they will deliver it to your home. 

Your dealer services your snowblower before bringing it to you. That means:

  • It’s unpacked, assembled, and ready to go—helping you get to work faster.
  • Fluid levels are checked and filled. 
  • Tire pressure is checked and optimized. If the tire pressure is uneven the snowblower won’t drive straight
  • The unit is fully registered with warranty. The dealer fills out all the paperwork.
  • Dealer-at delivery they will go through the unit and make sure you know how to use it.

I’m going to start with the 2-stage and 2-stage heavy-duty models because that is what most of you will want. I’ll cover the 3-stage and single-stage in the next article

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Be sure you read this article on fuel, fuel stabilizer, and storing fuel. Before/when I buy a new gas snow blower what else do I need?

Cub Cadet 2X 2-Stage Snow Blowers

Cub Cadet has two types of 2-stage snow blowers. The “regular” HP models and a heavy-duty MAX series. The regular models are what you are used to. Good dependable snow blowers that work well for most of us. I highly recommend these if you live within one hundred miles of Interstate 80 here in the U.S. From North Platte, Nebraska to DesMoines, Chicago, Toledo, Detroit, Pittsburg, and New York City.

If you live north of I-80 or you get a lot of heavy, wet snow look at the heavy-duty models with the larger 14 inch auger/impeller.

The heavy-duty 2-stage series has more capacity, a larger 14-inch impeller, larger 14-inch front auger, and higher front intake.

Cub Snow Blower 2X TWO-STAGE SERIES

Cub-Cadet-2X-24 2X-24.  243cc Cub Cadet engine. 12-inch impeller, 12-inch auger, 21-inch intake height. This 2-stage snow blower with power steering is one of the best values on the market. It is one of the most popular 24-inch snow blowers. It’s a great price at $899. The basic snowblower has been around for a long time and it’s always my first choice for people who average up to 60 inches a year with a 2 car 60-foot driveway and want an easy to use snowblower. This year it has been upgraded with a new dash, LED lights, chute, larger engine, and deflector controls. It works well for gravel, hard surface, and turf. It’s balanced well and the handlebars are lower than most other snow blowers so it works very well for shorter people. In fact, if you are under 6 feet tall, can walk and use both hands – you can use this machine. It comes with long-wearing poly skid shoes that won’t scratch your delicate pavers or leave brown rust stains on your concrete. It has all the features of the more expensive machines except hand warmers but they can be installed by your local Cub Cadet dealer.

Yes, it retails for a little more than many of the other 24-inch snow blowers but this is a solid well-built snowblower and will last you a long time.

(This 2-stage snowblower has one of the lowest handlebar heights in the industry. If you are 5’1″ to 5’9″ or have a small frame it is very easy to use. If you are over 6 feet move up to the 2X 26 HP.)

Good For: If you are looking for a snowblower for your smaller single or two-car driveway. If you have pavement and gravel to clear a 2-stage like this one is the correct choice. If you need a snowblower to bust through good-sized snowplow drifts or you get drifting on your driveway. If you average 60 inches or less snow a year (Most of the Midwest) this is a great choice. It has power steering so anyone can use it, a strong 243 cc engine for plenty of power for most snows, great headlights, and easy-to-use chute controls.

If you have space restrictions and need a small snowblower to fit in the garage in front of your car or have small gates to go through this is the best choice for a 2-stage snowblower.

Not Good For: If you live on the east coast or near the Lake Tahoe area and you regularly get a lot of heavy, wet snow. If you average more than 60 inches of snow a year you will want a snowblower with a 14-inch impeller.

$899.00 OR $75/mo No interest if paid in full within 12 months at CubCadet.com Note: When you buy through Cub Cadet an authorized dealer will assemble the snowblower, test it and make sure it is ready to work for you. You can pick it up from the dealer yourself the next day for free or for a set charge they will deliver it to your home. 

Click Here: CubCadet.com

Also available at:

The Home Depot Click Here: Cub Cadet 2X 24
Tractor Supply Click Here: Cub Cadet Snowblowers
Farm & Fleet Click Here: Cub Cadet SnowBlowers

Cub-Cadet-2X-26HP 2X 26 HP. 243cc Cub Cadet engine. 12-inch impeller, 12-inch auger, 21-inch intake height. There is a lot to like about this new Cub Cadet. I really like the new chute controls and the dash with 2 headlights. One feature most people miss is it now has taller tires so it will have better traction and the handles will be just a little taller than the older models. Power steering, metal chute, long-lasting skid shoes make this a great snow blower for the price.

Good For: It is a great choice for people who average up to 60 inches a year and have about a 100-foot 2-car driveway.  It’s a lightweight snowblower compared to most others on the market so it’s easy for almost everyone to use. If a 24 inch is too small and a 28 inch too for your storage area this 26 is a great choice. This snow blower has plenty of power for its size.

Not Good For: This snow blower handles most types of snow well, including the snow plow drift out at the end of your driveway and I highly recommend it for most areas of the U.S. But if you live in an area of the country that regularly gets heavy/wet snow – Boston for example – this snow blower is not a good choice. With the new metal chute is does not plug very easily but the front auger may get full of snow. (The front wants to ride up in the deep snow)

$999.00 OR $84/mo No interest if paid in full within 12 months at CubCadet.com. Note: When you buy through Cub Cadet an authorized dealer will assemble the snowblower, test it, and make sure it is ready to work for you. You can pick it up from the dealer yourself the next day for free or for a set charge they will deliver it to your home. 

Click Here: CubCadet.com

Also available at:

The Home Depot Click Here: Cub Cadet 2X 26 HP
Tractor Supply Click Here: Cub Cadet Snowblowers
Farm & Fleet Click Here: Cub Cadet SnowBlowers

Cub-Cadet-2X-28HP 2X 28 HP. 272cc Cub Cadet engine. 12-inch impeller, 12-inch auger, 21-inch intake height. This will be one of the more popular snow blowers in the Cub Cadet line. It’s competitively priced and has all the creature features you could want including power steering, hand warmers, LED lights, 16X5 tires, and easy to use chute and deflector controls. In my opinion, this is a great snow blower for 2-3 car driveways up to 150 feet long that get an average of 60-80 inches per year.

Good For: It is a great choice for people who average up to 60 inches a year and have about a 150-foot 2-3 car driveway.  It’s a lightweight snowblower compared to most others on the market so it’s easy for almost everyone to use. The 28-inch width is very popular among all the brands because it can quickly clear a large area compared to the 24-inch machines. The 277 engine has plenty of power for that type of snow clearing.

Not Good For: This snow blower handles most snow well, including the snow plow drift out at the end of your driveway and I highly recommend it for most areas of the U.S. But if you live in an area of the country that regularly gets heavy/wet snow – Boston for example – this snow blower is not a good choice. With the new metal chute is does not plug very easily but the front auger may get full of snow. (The front wants to ride up in the deep snow)

$1099.00 OR $75/mo No interest if paid in full within 12 months at CubCadet.com Note: When you buy through Cub Cadet an authorized dealer will assemble the snowblower, test it, and make sure it is ready to work for you. You can pick it up from the dealer yourself the next day for free or for a set charge they will deliver it to your home. 

Also available at:

The Home Depot Click Here: Cub Cadet 2X 28 HP
Tractor Supply Click Here: Cub Cadet Snowblowers
Farm & Fleet Click Here: Cub Cadet SnowBlowers

 2X 30 HP. 357cc Cub Cadet engine. 12-inch impeller, 12-inch auger, 21-inch intake height. Cub Cadet has updated and brought back the 30 inch 2-stage model. New steel chute, twin LED headlights and an updated engine.

Good For: It is a great choice for people who average up to 60 inches a year and have longer driveways.  The 357 engine has plenty of power for that type of snow clearing.

Not Good For: This snowblower only throws snow 20-35 feet so if you have a wide area to clear (like a parking lot) there are other snow blowers that will do a better job.  In addition, this snow blower has a limited capacity to handle heavy/wet snow and heavy snowfalls. The 12-inch impeller and 12-inch closed flight auger severely limit the amount of snow this 30-inch machine can move through it at one time. Almost all of the other 30 inch snowblowers on the market today (including the Cub Cadet 2X 30″ MAX) use a larger 14-inch impeller and front auger which greatly increases the capacity and throwing distance. In heavy/wet snow the new metal chute does not plug very easily but the 6-flight closed front auger may get full of snow and pack into a solid cylinder. Finally, if you are trying to clear more than a 10-inch snowfall the front may want to ride up or it will push the snow like a snowplow. Spend the extra money and buy the 2X 30″ MAX.

(This 30-inch snow blower housing, impeller, auger, and the engine is also marketed as the Troy-Bilt Storm XP 30, Craftsman SB630, Remington 30, Columbia, MTD, and Yard-Man. These snow blowers are popular because of the price but they all have this same issue)

$1199.00 OR $75/mo No interest if paid in full within 12 months at CubCadet.com Note: When you buy through Cub Cadet an authorized dealer will assemble the snowblower, test it, and make sure it is ready to work for you. You can pick it up from the dealer yourself the next day for free or for a set charge they will deliver it to your home. 

Click Here: CubCadet.com

Also available at:

The Home Depot Click Here: Cub Cadet 2X 30 HP
Tractor Supply Click Here: Cub Cadet Snowblowers
Farm & Fleet Click Here: Cub Cadet SnowBlowers

Cub-Cadet-2X-30EFI 2X 30″ EFI Snow Blower 357cc Cub Cadet EFI engine. 12-inch impeller, 12-inch auger, 23-inch intake height. If you want EFI this is Cub Cadet’s offering. This snow blower will give you reliable starting in all weather conditions and it can run on regular, E-10, and E-15 fuels. It is similar to the 2X 30 above but it does have the taller intake housing, a 3rd LED light (upfront), and the EFI.

$1699.00 OR $75/mo No interest if paid in full within 12 months at CubCadet.com Note: When you buy through Cub Cadet an authorized dealer will assemble the snowblower, test it, and make sure it is ready to work for you. You can pick it up from the dealer yourself the next day for free or for a set charge they will deliver it to your home. 

Click Here: CubCadet.com

Also available at:

The Home Depot Click Here: Cub Cadet 2X 30″ EFI
Tractor Supply Click Here: Cub Cadet Snowblowers
Farm & Fleet Click Here: Cub Cadet SnowBlowers

Cub-Cadet_2X26-TRAC 2X 26″ TRAC Snow Blower  272cc Cub Cadet engine. 12-inch impeller, 12-inch auger, 23-inch intake height. At $1499 this is one of the best value tracked snow blowers on the market and I like it a lot! It has the taller intake housing to handle deep drifts, 3-point tracks that will give you the maximum amount of traction for pushing through deep drifts, off-roading, and climbing steeper driveways. The clearance under the scraper bar is adjustable with the side lever so you can lock the front down for maximum cleaning, “float” the front so it rides over rough pavement, and lock it up for cleaning turf areas or transporting (driving) it back to the shed. The 272cc engine has plenty of power to handle any snow you need to clear.

$1499.00 OR $75/mo No interest if paid in full within 12 months at CubCadet.com Note: When you buy through Cub Cadet an authorized dealer will assemble the snowblower, test it, and make sure it is ready to work for you. You can pick it up from the dealer yourself the next day for free or for a set charge they will deliver it to your home. 

Click Here: CubCadet.com

Also available at:

The Home Depot Click Here: Cub Cadet 2X 26″ TRAC
Tractor Supply Click Here: Cub Cadet Snowblowers
Farm & Fleet Click Here: Cub Cadet SnowBlowers

Cub-Cadet_2X30-TRAC 2X 30″ TRAC Snow Blower 357cc Cub Cadet engine. 12-inch impeller, 12-inch auger, 23-inch intake height. This snow blower is similar to the 2X 26 and is wider to handle larger areas. It also has a bigger engine to handle the extra snow from the 30-inch width.

(I was driving around Lyons, IA yesterday. The town is built on top of the Mississippi River bluff and there are many large homes with long, steep driveways. The homes sit on the top of the hill and their driveways go down to a street below the house. This snow blower would be perfect for those long, steep blacktop driveways.)

$1899.00 OR $75/mo No interest if paid in full within 12 months at CubCadet.com Note: When you buy through Cub Cadet an authorized dealer will assemble the snowblower, test it, and make sure it is ready to work for you. You can pick it up from the dealer yourself the next day for free or for a set charge they will deliver it to your home. 

Click Here: CubCadet.com

Also available at:

The Home Depot Click Here: Cub Cadet 2X 30″ TRAC
Tractor Supply Click Here: Cub Cadet Snowblowers
Farm & Fleet Click Here: Cub Cadet SnowBlowers

Cub Cadet Heavy-Duty 2-Stage Snow Blower

Cub-Cadet-2X30MAX 2X 30″ MAX Snow Blower    357cc Cub Cadet engine. 14-inch impeller, 14-inch auger, 23-inch intake height.

This is my favorite Cub Cadet snowblower. At $1499 it is one of the best bargains if you get lots of snow. It will handle any snow you get including heavy/wet snow.  The taller 23-inch intake is great if you get drifts. This is a true heavy-duty snowblower. It features a heavy-duty front gearbox. Large 14-inch auger and impeller. The large tires give you plenty of traction and the Cool Blue skid shoes won’t mar your pavers and will last a lot longer than the other poly shoes. When using this machine the extra bracing on the handles gives this snow blower a solid feel.

(I’ve been using the similar Troy-Bilt Arctic Storm for over 5 years now and it has been a very dependable and capable snowblower. This Cub Cadet has the new LED “wrap-around” lighting so you can see really well at night. It also has an updated engine and the chute/deflector controls work very well.)

Good For: If you live anywhere in the U.S. that gets heavy/wet snow this snow blower is a great choice. The larger diameter impeller and front auger will chew through the heaviest snow and throw it a long way. The extra lighting will be a welcome addition if you have to clear your snow at night.

I highly recommend this if you live on the east coast and get the “Nor’easter” storms, or upstate New York that gets the lake effect snows. It’s also a good choice for Nothern Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Salt Lake City, and even Lake Tahoe with it’s “snowcrete.”

Not Good For: I really don’t have anything bad to say about this snow blower other than I wish they also made a 26-inch version. It will handle any snow from 1 inch to 24 inches, heavy snow, wet snow, and of course, light fluffy snow. Be aware you will need a 36-inch minimum door to get it into your shed.

$1499.00 OR $75/mo No interest if paid in full within 12 months at CubCadet.com Note: When you buy through Cub Cadet an authorized dealer will assemble the snowblower, test it, and make sure it is ready to work for you. You can pick it up from the dealer yourself the next day for free or for a set charge they will deliver it to your home. 

Click Here: CubCadet.com

Also available at:

The Home Depot Click Here: Cub Cadet 2x 30 MAX
Tractor Supply Click Here: Cub Cadet Snowblowers
Farm & Fleet Click Here: Cub Cadet SnowBlowers

 

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I'll be glad you help you find the best snow blower. Please tell me the city, state and how large an area you want to clear.

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