Great Choice For: Heavy Snow on Gravel and Paved Driveways

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Overall Score: 9.7 out of 10

What We Like:

  • The 357cc 4-cycle Troy-Bilt engine moves 23 inches of snow, creating a 28-inch path with each pass.
  • Touch ‘N Turn power steering and the Just-One-Hand operation, pivots the snow blower 180 degrees with no physical strength needed.
  • Four settings allow for safe transportation and clearing regular or packed snow from gravel or paved surfaces.
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Compared To Other Snowblowers We Reviewed:

If you live in a dense snowfall area, then the Troy-Bilt Vortex 2890 Three-Stage Gas Snow Blower is a good pick. If you get 6 inches or less snow, then this powerful machine may be overkill for your needs; it’s designed to move lots of snow.

The 357cc 4-cycle Troy-Bilt engine comes to life with an electric push-button start.   This is really handy if you are near an electric outlet.  If not, don’t fret.  One pull of the starter cord will also start the engine. It’s also a great way to work on those triceps!

This three-stage snowb blower will clear a 28-inch path through the pile of snow left by the street plows. According to the Troy-Bilt website, the improved augers spin ten times the speed of the Xtreme augers. Its 12-inch steel auger, with 23-inch intake height, will break down heavy wet snow clearing high traffic areas. Then the impeller forces it through the propylene polymer chute at a throwing distance of up to 40 feet. The propylene polymer is a very tough material, and it reduces clogging in the chute.

Steering and controlling the snow blower is effortless with the Touch ‘N Turn power steering and the Just One Hand operation. With a light touch, the snow blower pivots 180 degrees to the left or the right. No physical strength is required in turning the snow blower in the opposite direction at the end of the driveway or maintaining speed while maneuvering the snow blower.  The six forward and two reverse self-propelling speeds assist in controlling the snow blower in all weather conditions.

The auger box has four angle settings that optimize usage and protects scraping or damaging paved surfaces. One setting adjusts the snow blower for moving snow on gravel surfaces, and another is for transporting or storing the snow blower. The other two settings direct clearing regular snow or packed snow.

You can choose between snow tires or a track drive system.  The large X-Trac Tires are 16 by 5 inches ensuring excellent traction, especially when maneuvering through snowdrifts. The Track Drive system has four different settings with flexible added traction. High impact polymer skid shoes avoid scraping of a surface when transporting the snow blower. The headlight assists with visibility when clearing snow after sundown, early in the morning, or during poor weather conditions.

Areas To Watch Out For:

  • The two reverse speeds are slow, which is a benefit for some operators but others, it’s faster to pull the snow blower manually backward.
  • Adjusting the chute may be cumbersome.

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