Husqvarna ST224P Snow Blower Review: Tried & Tested

When it comes to buying snow blowers, Husqvarna is usually not everyone’s first choice. The company has been struggling for a while, however, things are hopefully going to change with the introduction of new products like the 24-inch 2-stage ST224P model has become a fan favorite in no time.

The snow blower offers a perfect mix of durability, reliability, functionality, and efficiency. It is ideal for homeowners that have huge driveways and walkways to keep clear during the snowfall months since it comes with power steering, multiple speeds.

The Husqvarna ST224P Snow Blower is loaded with top of the line specifications. Let’s take a look at the details.

Engine 

208cc

Heated Grip

Yes

Electric start

Yes

Weight

199 pounds

Power Steering

Yes

Dimensions 

41.8 x 22.8 x 25.8 inches

Snow Depth 

2 feet

Throwing Distance 

35 feet

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Engine

The snow blower features a dependable 208cc 4-cycle engine that produces a total of 6.3 horsepower. This is more than enough for a two-stage snow blower designed for domestic use. 

It can handle up to 16 inches of fresh and fluffy snow while 10 inches of hard snow. This is for higher gears. The machine can also handle larger amounts of snow at a lower gear.

The best part is that the engine does not require the mixing of oil and gas. It’s manufactured overseas by a small company called LCT. This 208 cc 4-cycle engine is optimized to be quiet, fuel-efficient, and reliable.

One of the most important features of this engine is its electric starter. Thus, expect to put little to no effort starting it. It will work well in all weather conditions without any trouble.

Auger

This snow blower has a clearance width of 24 inches and a clearance depth of 23 inches. It comes with ribbon augers that hardly leave behind any residue. These 12-inch ribbon augers can even chop and breakthrough hard snow. As far as the clearance efficiency is concerned, the Husqvarna ST224P Snow Blower has one of the best ratings in this class.

The snow blower comes with support for drift cutters that can be attached separately. Thanks to these drift cutters the clearance depth of the snow blower increases to two-feet making it ideal for anyone living in heavy snowfall zones.

Transmission 

The engine of this snow blower is linked to the transmission through a friction disc coupling. Thanks to this feature, it is self-propelled and comes with 6 forward speeds as well as 1 reverse speed. This is topped with trigger controls which makes it easy to speed up and down.

The reverse speed, however, is pretty slow and can get frustrating at times. We prefer to reverse manually. The speed control cable installed might get faulty a few years into using however, it is not expensive and can be easily replaced since it is not difficult to find replacement parts.

Most snow blowers do not feature six speeds, hence it may seem like overkill but it isn’t. As soon as you start using the snow blower, you will understand how the versatility improves the overall efficiency of the machine. 

For heavier snow, lower speed works best however, for light snow, fast speeds work. You can also go quickly if you are in a hurry.

Tires

The machine features 15x15" tires that are designed to work well on all kinds of terrains. These heavy-duty tires are durable and work like a charm. They work well on both hard and soft surfaces with little to no risk of losing track.

Power Steering

The Husqvarna ST224P Snow Blower features a power steering that makes the overall operation of the snow blower easier. Taking sharp turns with a 2-stage snow blower can be pretty difficult but you will face no such difficulties thanks to the power steering. The controls system is optimized to be used single-handedly giving the user more control.

Chute

The machine has extensive chute controls. It can throw snow at a distance of about 25 feet which is pretty good. You can adjust the direction (180 degrees) to ensure the snow goes where you want it to be.

There is a lever that controls the side to side motion of the chute. This is much better than the stiff hand cranks found on most snow blowers. There is a secondary lever as well that allows the user to raise and drop the discharge chute.

Ease of Use

The machine offers a bunch of incredible features that make it easy to use. These include:

  • Heated Handles: We know how cold it can get during winters. It can be painful to hold the handle but you will face no such difficulties when using this machine as it comes with heating handles.
  • LED Headlights: Want to get done with the job at night? Worry not, the unit comes with LED headlights that make it easier to clean the snow in the dark. You can clean the snow at night and get up in the morning to a clean surface so that you do not have to worry about going to work.
  • Size: This snow blower from Husqvarna isn't the most compact unit out there but it isn't the largest either, hence storage will not be a problem.
  • Adjustable Shoes: They ensure easy adjustment of the space between the machine and the ground so that you can get the best performance.

PROS

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    Comes with a 3-year limited warranty and 5-year engine warranty.
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    It is easy to assemble, has great build quality, and the control console is pretty extensive.
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    The machine mixes air and snow for efficient cleaning
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    It has both electric and recoil starter options
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    The one-handed operation gives users better control of the machine.
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    It is pretty powerful and can pick up to 2 feet of snow.

CONS

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    The auger belt might need replacement a few years into use.
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    The noise level is pretty high and the user might require ear defenders.

Husqvarna ST224P Snow Blower Review: FAQs

Some of the most commonly asked questions regarding this snow blower model are:

Does it work on steep driveways? 

Since the snow blower is self-propelled thanks to the rotation of augers, it does pretty well on steep driveways. 

Is Husqvarna a good company? 

Yes, it is known for excellent products, great customer support, and long warranties. You can trust Husqvarna products. 

Can gas be left in the machine? 

Leaving gas in your snow blower will choke the carburetor. Hence, it is advised that you run the machine until all the gas runs out. 

Is it hard to use? 

No, it isn’t hard to use thanks to a bunch of features that make the job easier. 

Husqvarna ST224P Snow Blower Review: Wrapping it Up

The Husqvarna ST224P Snow Blower is a pretty reliable machine and most of its parts hold up well for years. Overall, users have been pretty satisfied with the reliability, functionality, efficiency, and ease of operation.

The power steering, 6-speed options, four-position handle adjustment, and high power make this snow blower ideal for homeowners with huge driveways and sidewalks. It can easily handle up to 2 feet snow, hence is suitable for regions that receive a lot of snow. We also love the built that makes it durable.

Moreover, if you are looking for a cheaper price, Husqvarna makes the exact same snow blower without the power steering at a lower price. If you can handle the machine without power steering, the toned-down model can be a good option for you.

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