"I needed a new machine as my old Bradford was 30+ years old and the gears were going. Long story short, I researched all brands that I felt offered a good product. Troy-Built was the overall winner because of what I read from owner feedback and because of what I needed. Now, I bought it February 24, 2010 and only used it three times but it's first test was heavy, wet snow. It passed with flying colors. Next season I see no problem with lighter snow no matter how deep. The light burned out after the first day, but inexpensive replacements are available at the store in a twin pack. The light works well in dimly lit areas and I really like that. I always wanted a light on my new machine and was hoping it was more than a decoration. It's a good thing to have. The engine gives me more than enough power. The tires are large and grip much better than my old machine. The gears are easy to work with. I like the one handed chute control. And, although it is larger in size than my old machine it is lighter and easier to handle.It starts on one pull and I like the option of electric start. The cleaning tool comes in handy when the chute becomes clogged. Should I have a bad experience in the future with it, I'll be back with an update. Otherwise I made the right choice at the right price for what I got in return."
"With record snow fall this season in Philadelphia I was able to use this thrower multiple times on amounts up to 20"+. I am very satisfied with this product. Started right up the first time using the electric and pull start. The mega-tread tires grip the ground well, the joy stick chute control works very well. Yes, there is some minimal wander at times, but not bothersome. The plastic chute was a concern, but has caused no problems so far. I did not rate for durability due to just one season of use, but I suspect that will not be a problem as per the research I've done prior to purchase. Maybe an additional reverse gear could be added, but this in no wat detracts from my satisfaction with this product."
"Purchased just before a 16" snow fall in Dec 09. Worked like a charm. I did my 30' driveway my sidewalk, the street for parking my cars and three neighbors walks and driveways. Found it to be amazing. Only find two faults: need to have the gas empty to change the oil, so you must run it to run the gas out. Also find the chute hard to turn at times to direct the snow. However this machine is well worth the money. Have used it during three heavy snow storms and it cleans down to the cement and is very easy to use. I keep saying "one of the best things I ever bought""
Lot Size:Greater than 1 acre but less than 2 acres
5out of5 stars (51 Reviews)
Date:February 7, 2010
"Bought this snowblower Dec. 24, 2009.
This snowblower has been the best purchase of the year. It plowed through 20 inches of snow easily and threw the snow 25-30 feet away. I used this at night and the headlight illuminated a wide area with great visability.
The plastic chute is very forgiving, as I was pushing through the snow(36 inches) that the snowplows left at the end of the driveway. The plastic chute hit the mound of snow and was able to flex, as a metal chute would have bent.
This is a great value for the money. It has saved us many hours of shoveling and saved us many unnecessary aches and pains .
"Got mine on Jan 3 and had about 4" of new snow. My driveway is VERY steep- 30-40 degrees and it climbed up it with no trouble. Had a little trouble getting the chute assembled, but it works great. It works great on heavy snow, but won't cut the ice underneath-didn't expect it too. Can't wait for more snow to use it again."
"I just bought this blower and did not expect the performance from this machine. I have a large driveway to maintain (150 yds X 10yds wide). It was the only one left when I purchased it and was worried it may be undersized. I was wrong. It cleared the 6 - 8 inch snowfall out of my driveway in about 45 minutes. Even the tracks from my SUV didn't cause much problem, it cut right through. I, like others, made a comment to the salesman about the plastic chute and he assured me they work fine. I can't say I have owned it long enough to have problems, but am very pleased with the machine. I was amazed at the power of this machine. It wades right in and blows a good 30 ft. Of course the type of snow would matter, but this machine is a great bang for the buck. I would recommend it to anyone. I live in a rural area of Western Pennsylvania where the snowplows leave a foot or two in the end of the driveway also. It is usually heavy snow, but this machine chews it up and spits it out of the way! Another nice thing is that it sips gas! Even though I haven't worked it enough, and I''m not fond of the hard plastic chute, I gave it a 5 on durability."
"I have been searching for a new snowblower for awhile and this was the best one for the price. It has all the power you need and some. For those against the plastic chute, you won't find a metal chute at this price range. Plus, you will be glad in 10 years when it is not bent up and rusted out. Questions were asked about Horse Power ratings since most new engines only list cc's. Even though you can not convert cc’s to HP you can estimate for standard, carbureted, non-performance engines such as this one that 25cc = 1HP. So, this one being 208cc, it is just over 8 HP."
Lot Size:Greater than 1/2 acre but less than 1 acre
5out of5 stars (51 Reviews)
Date:December 27, 2009
"Purchased a 2620 snowblower today and have to say I'm impressed. Question dependabily of the plastic chute, not a plastic lover either. Chute adjust was not the best I thought. Don't know why they don't list the HP, seems to have enought but would like to know. If it lasts as long as my econohorse tiller(19 yrs.) I will be very happy"
"After researching the web to determine what looked to be the best value for the money, frankly I am amazed. I thought I'd have to spend upward of $ 1K to get a good blower. From the first pull when it was offloaded from the delivery truck, the first snowfall it worked was up to the top of the intake chute, then it was a few days later and 12 inches of wet snow...it does the job. You can listen to the overhead valve engine dig deep and muster up the power to throw even heavy snow, but it does it. No problem with the plastic chute here. Getting used to the one handed operation, turning while moving and redirecting the chute....the tires have great tread....I'm actually looking forward to changing oil my first time....now clearing snow is fun! Next if I can make cutting grass fun haha."
"I used my new 26 inch 2 stage the other day we had 15 inches of snow and it worked just great. I had bought it before Christmas but did not really need to to get it out before this. What agreat machine and the ease of use even for an old man of 60. I would agree a faster reverse is needed, but the machine did every thing I needed and more. I use to own a Troy built shredder and it lasted along time and I even sold it to friend who still uses it. Great stuff, so glad I made this purchase. It will last along time I am sure."
"We just received our first nor'easter of the year here in Maine and I got to use the new blower. First of all it starts very easy, I doubt I will ever use the electric start. We got 14" of snow and this goes through it like butter. This thing is a horse. The deeper the snow it goes through the better it seems to perform. I was worried initially about the no HP rating, just the cc rating. I would still prefer to see Horsepower rating. Granted it's only been one storm but I would recommend this blower.The light works great also. I will follow up with any problems."
"I would strongly recommed this snow blower. Easy to start, plenty of power, and easy to control. The construction feels solid and the tires are the right size to grip the snow and provide control. Feels safe to operate. I had no problem clearing a 30 x 100 foot driveway with 10 inches of snow."
"I live outside Chicago, just had our first snowfall of Dec. 2010. I just purchased this unit to replace a 25 year old competitor model. Started right up, throws snow like mad, but turning the thing requires some serious muscle. My wife tried to use it, couldn't do more than one 180 degree turn before she was done. If turn assist was available for it, I'd get it."
Lot Size:Greater than 1/2 acre but less than 1 acre
4out of5 stars (51 Reviews)
Date:February 22, 2010
Joystick control is not good
"This is a great snow thrower. However, the joy stick control is cheap and not reliable. After about 3 hours of running and properly using the joystick handle and trigger it quit. The joystick rotates back and forth and does nothing. Now it's a matter of taking this monster in for service. Poor design. While I'm at it, the skids that come with this unit are way too short. They contact every bump in the sidewalk and make the machine lurch. Longer skids with shallower radius on the end would cure this problem."
"Works Really Good other than the cheap chute.... I have had problems with the plastic chute popping off the snow blower while in use. Unless you like having the snow in your face when its -30 degrees out i would not purchase. Also the handle to lock the position of the chute likes to move around and not lock into place..... if they could change these two cheap parts I would recommend it. Other than these two problems the snow blower has alot of power and works good when the chute stays attached."
"Purchased this snow blower 2 years and 2 months ago. Only used 15-20 times to plow driveway over 2 1/2 winters. Gearbox broke and $325 repairs later the machine is functional again. Machine is capable of moving a lot of snow fast, but does not appear to be the least bit durable.
"I bought this blower in 2008 at lowes. I had to replace the carb last year. I had to replace the pull start cord due to breaking the first year i had it. I have to replace the light bulb because it broke inside the little junky plastic cover which I'm not going to replace for it to break again right away. The electric starter is no longer working. The snowblower surges all the time. The cheap plastic joystick control gets snow in it and freezes making the joystick handle next to worthless. If you have a lot of snow like we do in Minnesota the junky plastic shout pops off from to much snow blowing it straight up in your face. I am planning on getting rid of this blower this summer and purchasing a new one. I would not recommend this blower to anyone. I take care of my products with regular tuneups and I always keep fresh gas on hand. And with that I am highly dissapointed in this product. I also do not usually write reviews on products unless I am highly dissatisfied, so I decided that this was needed"