Yardworks 357 cc / 30-in PowerMore┬« OHV Snowthrower
I've a similar sized Yardworks snowthrower about 8 years ago. My only problem with it is the rusting. I tried to limit the amount of rusting on the front by raising it off the ground (otherwise, I get rust marks on my garage floor#. However, twice, some water collected in some tray underneath the engine. Then froze and prevented the auger from spinning. So, now I raise up both the front and back end of my snowblower off the concrete floor.
It doesn't seem to have enough power to snowblow the snow off my lawn though #trying to clear my backyard to put in a rink#, but it doesn't have a problem clearing the snow off the driveway #I also get the wet slushy snow).
May 6, 2013
The snow blower has worked well up to now! Bought the machine in 2010! It did not get a lot of use in 2011 and medium use this year and all has been good until now! The transmission cable broke so it is stuck in high gear, so my issue is trying to find a replacement cable for the snow blower. Almost impossible to find a dealer who sell parts for Yardworks? Yardworks does not seem to have a web site so hard to track them down for parts. If you cannot buy replacement parts it is difficult to recommend a product that seemingly cannot be fixed?
February 2, 2013
bought today on sale for 989, own the 8 hp model of this brand for 10 yrs and it never let me down , got major storm last night and had waist deep snow so thought same make/on sale /more power/ bigger intake / move snow faster .. bought it got it home went over bolts ,gassed it up and went to drive out of garage and something in drive grinding /scraping does not move in lowest forward or reverse gear .. still makes some /to much noise in higher gears . Sadly disappointed in this one and will be returning it. .......................A Former Yardworks Fan
January 11, 2013
Well built solid machine
Bought the version of this unit back in 2008 when they had the Briggs&Stratton 305cc engine (14.5 ft-lbs gross torque). Needless to say it has seen more than a few snow storms since and has performed admirably .
Other than the questionable chute design, the machine has been rock solid and reliable. Starts on first pull every time even after 5 years, plows through plowed snow banks while barely dropping RPMs, throws fresh snow clear across the street if you're not careful with the chute angle. The only time the engine bogs down any is when plowing heavy wet slush. GOOD power.
The reverse gears are too slow. Most of the time I just leave it in 1st or 2nd forward gear and roll it backward by hand. Faster that way.
Now about that chute. All it really needed was a proper adjustment so that the teeth engage the spiral correctly. Admittedly it took some tinkering and swearing to get it right for my taste but I haven't touched it since the first year. Just change the oil once a year and fill it up with gas is all it needed in 5 years.
What more can I say? Overall a great buy. And my back thanks me every time I use it.
December 29, 2012
What do you mean it's broken?
Just got this unit and was really excited to use it. Assembled the unit and fired it up. ran through about 1/4 tank of fuel. after the first use, I was impressed. Lighter, more powerful than my old unit. Then came time for the second round. Problem is, the unit would not run. I even used the electric starter to try to start the unit, still no luck. Put new gas in, still no luck! Going to customer service; We'll see how this pans out
November 17, 2012
Fair Machine for the Price.
I have had this machine for a few years now. It has seen some abuse as I usually clear out 6 driveways after the city snowplow comes by. The machine does not like heavy slushy snow and has a hard time clearing the chute. The salty snow has created some rust on the machine. The frame is lightly built on this blower and it flexes a lot in the heavy snow. For fresh snow, this machine works pretty good. You must use the lower forward speeds when you take a full swath of fresh snow, otherwise the auger overloads. A better clearing auger/chute would be a plus on this machine. The engine has been reliable, the headlight is a nice touch for night time use. I would not pay full price for this blower, there are better built machines out there.
September 4, 2012
Yardworks 357cc/30 in. Snowblower
This machine has electric start but I don't use it. It almost always starts on the first pull. Does a great job blowing deep snow. The down side is the adjustable chute is a major disappointment, it works great in a nice warm garage, take it outside and the chute jams. it will push the worm gear off to the side and chew up the chute before it will move the chute. You have to move the chute by hand in order to change the direction from one side to the other. Except for changing a bunch of parts my only option now is to modify the chute crank bracket so the worm gear will fit into the grooves tighter. Really disappointed and regret buying this machine.
January 1, 2012
Best machine for the money
I originally bought a machine from Home Depot but it died after the first use. I took my money across the parking lot and bought this one. This machine works very well for a $1000 snowblower. I live in NW Ontario where winter is brutal... -40 and tons of snow! The machine starts easily everytime and takes care of all the snow I have. The tires don't grip that well so I recommend tire chains. The frame has a fair bit of flex to it when trying to move it. It has not been an issue yet but it may be trouble as the machine ages. The motor is very strong and only bogs down in real heavy wet snow. I slow the drive down and it powers through. Good machine, buy it!
December 22, 2011
Excellent machine.Throws whatever snow mother nature has to offer.Love it.Only problem is someone thought it was great too,and we had it stolen from our yard last night.But I would purchase another one just like it.Loved it.
February 19, 2011
I laughed reading another review regarding the belt. I bought my snoblower in September when it was onsale. Started it up a few times, but mainly stored waiting for the big storm. One day when running the engine for a bit, I put it in gear to drive it back in my shed...nothing. Put it back on my truck, drove it to the store and waited forever to hear back. Finally after contacting Canadian Tires main customer service department, listed online, I received a call the next day advising my snow blower was repaired and could be picked up the following Monday. What they didn't tell me, was that they were going to charge me to repair the belt (new belt I might add that hadn't even seen snow yet). Luckily for them, they chose not to charge me for the belt and I have been using the machine ever since without any problems. It is a work horse, I have been clearing about 6-7 driveways every storm and love it! Finally I'm satisfied for now...that is until I start having more belt problems which may be an issue from I've read.
February 4, 2011
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