I was a little hesitant when I was given this PowerSmart Single Stage 21-inch Gas Snow Blower to review as part of the Spark Reviewer Program. I live in Northern Wisconsin, and we have already had over 30" of snow this year. Most people up here use a two-stage snow blower, as it supposedly has more power to break up the wet snow and ice. When this snow blower came, it took my son and myself close to two hours to put it together. The snow blower did not have any oil or gas in it (due to shipping). We had to go out and purchase a special oil for this snow blower. We were thrilled with the idea of having a second snow blower, as the big two-stage blower always seems to need some work...which is not unusual when you live up here. I knew that the single stage snow blower was supposedly more effective on dry, powdery snow rather than wet snow and ice. This snow blower has a recoil pull-start, which my son had me try out the first time to see if I could handle it. No problem. It started up on the second pull! When I started it, the snow blower jumped a little, as it has a more compact design than the big two-stage snow blower. This snow blower has a 21" intake and is designed to handle snow up to 13" deep...shooting it out up to 30 feet away! It also has a rust-proof exterior, which was great because we use a lot of salt up here. This snow blower was amazingly effective for a compact design snow blower. My son commented about the rubber impeller rather than the metal blades of the two-stage snow blower. Fear not....This little snow blower was capable of getting through all the snow in the driveway. The only place where we had any difficulty at all was at the foot of the driveway, where the city plows all the hard packed-down snow and ice from the street. To be honest though, the big two-stage snow blower cannot handle all that snow and ice either. We always end up doing some hand shoveling in that location. I was amazed at the features and power of this PowerSmart Single Stage Snow Blower. I would not have any reservations with recommending it to anyone.
About This Item
- 196cc engine offers powerful snow-clearing action
- Blower allows a snow clearing width of 21 in. and a maximum intake of 13 in.
- Compact design makes for easy storage
- Largest engine available in a single stage unit
- Light weight design makes it easy to handle
- 180° chute rotation for better snow-blowing control
- Easy to assemble
- Rust-resistant exterior for long-term use
This snowblower came almost already put together. The remaining parts that I had to put on were very easy to do. Its a good size but not too heavy to where I couldn't push it. There was no problem with picking up the snow and blowing it away but I did have a hard time moving the blower piece to another direction but I'm not sure if its supposed to be this way or will loosen up over time. Anyway, it's a keeper and would also make a great gift.
Easy to use
I found the PowerSmart snowblower to have many pros and very few cons. The snowblower arrived well packaged, and 99% assembled. Easy to assemble, except for the fact that the tension cable which engages the auger wasn't connected inside the snowblower. A side cover was removed to install it — some metric tools required for assembly. Assembly should have been to only secure the handle to the machine using no tools of any kind. My situation with the cable would be a fluke. This lightweight model would be easy for nearly any age to maneuver and navigate. The pros include easy one start pull. Simple to understand choke, gas, and running operations.
The snow chute has the ability to turn smoothly to 180°, and the top of the chute can control how high or low the snow is thrown. Not having to mix oil and gas is a huge plus. The snowblower is indeed more compact and won't hog all your garage space. I would recommend using this snowblower on fresh snow as it doesn't do well on old icy blocks and chunks of snow. This is a while the snow is falling, and just as it ends, type of snowblower. The cons would be the exhaust will blow directly on to you making your winter coat, hair, and all clothing reek of exhaust. You'll want old clothing if you don't want to stink or have your closets stink. I found the location of the start pull cord a bit awkward, although it does always start on the first pull. The fuel tank is quite small, making it easy to overfill, so you'll want to fill it outside to prevent a mess in your garage. Fuel tank cap has a vent hole in it, and it purges fuel. I advise leaving a bit of room to avoid the purging onto your garage floor if you have a garage you like to keep clean. I have never owned a snowblower in the past due to the weight of the machines, the mixing of gas and oil, and the massive storage. Owning this snowblower gets rid of all the reasons one may not have owned a snowblower in the past. I live in Minnesota and know what winter means and what is needed for equipment. I highly recommend this unit, and the best advice for using the snowblower is to get the snow while it is fresh and not days old iced-over snow. The snowblower is not self-propelled, making it another reason to use while snow is falling or fresh.
Great snow blower for area with <8 inches of snow
This is a single stage, 4 cycle snow blower. "Single stage" means the spinning auger gathers up the snow and blows out of the discharge chute in one action. It is less powerful than a 2-stage blower, but is perfect for area with only moderate amount of snow. "4 cycle engine" means the oil and gas are in separate compartments (i.e. you don't add oil in the gas). It is easier to start than the "2 cycle engine". The blower came in a box with a few small tools. Only minor assembly is needed to set it up. This includes installation of the two wheels, discharge chute and the upper handle. The manual is easy to follow. The engine has a primer bulb and choke lever, making it to start easily. Since there is yet any snowfall in my area so far, I don't know how well the blower can clear the snow especially the wet ones. I hope I can update my review later.
Runs great and easy to put together however I did run into one slight problem. I noticed the auger cable was very loose. Turned out it became unhooked inside the machine. Had to take off side cover to hook back up. Poor directions so pay attention when putting together.
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