This Sno-Tek 20 in. Two-Stage Gas Snow Blower by Ariens powers through your snow build-up for fast removal. This best selling, rust-resistant snow blower features a push button electric starter and a 205-degree turning radius on the chute that will throw the snow up to 35 ft.. The Powerful 136 cc LCT Storm Force OHV Engine is paired with aggressive tread Polar Trac tires to power through most snow conditions.
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88%of customersrecommend this product121 of 138reviews
Rating Breakdown148 reviews
Ease of use
88%of customersrecommend this product121 of 138reviews
Customer reviews for 20 in. Two-Stage Gas Snow Blower
Review 1 for 20 in. Two-Stage Gas Snow Blower
I recommend this for someone you don't like
PostedJanuary 26, 2014
Ease of use
No, I do not recommend this product.
The 3rd pull and the cord failed to retract. Then I tried using the electric start and the prongs were installed wrong. It didn't give any clearance for the power cord to fit in. After cursing for 5 minutes, I finally got it started. Maneuvering this was like trying to trying to push a hippo into a Fiat 500. The one speed it has is incredibly slow. If you have a long driveway, by the time you're done spring will be here. So there, recommend this to all those neighbors that don't mow their lawns before it starts seeding, edge their sidewalks every 5 years, leave lawn clippings all over the sidewalk and think the weeds are part of the landscaping.
I have refused to buy a snowblower for years, finally giving in this year due to increasing age of my wife and I. Well, I should have bought one decades ago, this unit is fun to use, light enough that it can be maneuvered easilly in tight places yet still throws the snow a long way. My wife enjoys it so much she ends up doing all the neighbors driveways and sidewalks. It has electric start if you plug it in to an extension cord, but the pull start is so easy and it always fires on the first or second pull so I have never tried the electric start option. I hate to admit it, I am looking forward to snow just to play with this thing...great little machine.
Pros: Great Engine, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Self-Propelled, Good Size & Weight, Easy to Store, Light Weight
Got the product just in time for Winter Storm Nemo and it worked fine. Only problem I had is with the delivery of the product. Didn't get any instrucitons and it was missing a pin for the snow chute. But I improvised with a paper clip. Buyers make sure you have everything when you purchase it.
Pros: Cuts Well, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Durable, Self-Propelled
A well built machine, unfortunately as soon as I put it in my garage the snowfall stopped amounting to enough to use it. I must comment on the delivery service. The machine was sent to a local business, where they assembled and tested it. They then filled the tank and brought it to my home. The delivery person unloaded it and instructed me in all the operations and uses. Great service !!!
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, All In One, Self-Propelled, Easy to Store
This is my 3rd snow blower and overall the value to simply throw snow is there, however, there are no gears, only one speed with no reverse...There is no throttle so the engine runs at one constant speed, the assembly of the chute and chute level is not a smooth process as it is rough going to get the lever to respond without some real force. The carburetor is easily drained and the sparkplug is easily accessible for maintenance purposes. Do not leave gas that is anything other than fresh out of the pump and without sea foam in this machine as it is super touchy and particular about what level of octane remains in the motor.
Had this thing sitting in my shed for 3 years, just waiting for snow, starting to think I was never going to get to use it. Well, the Northeast finally got hit with some snow, about 6 inches for my area. My driveway that used to take me about 3 hours to shovel only took 20 minutes. Ended up doing 3 of my neighbors driveways too. My neighbor across the street normally sends her teenage boys out to shovel, and it takes them about 5 hours. I did her driveway in 30 minutes. This snow blower did exactly what it was supposed to do, took the snow from one place, and moved it somewhere else. Can't really ask for anything more. And it did all that on less than one tank of fuel. I'm very happy with my purchase.
After 1 month of ownership and 8 uses here in NW Indiana, I am very pleased with the SnoTek 20. The 2-stage operation has been more than adequate in handing 10"+ of snow.
I have yet to use the electric start function as it is a very easy pull and starts on the 1st or 2nd attempt, even after sitting for extended periods.
The lack of a reverse gear is somewhat of a minor inconvenience and back-pulling the unit manually does require some minimal upper-body strength. The one forward gear is slow and there is some tendency to "push" the unit to make it travel faster, but the speed is well-matched to snowfalls of 2" or more.
Overall rating is excellent for this snow blower.
Pros: Durable, Powerful, Great Engine, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Self-Propelled, Good Size & Weight
After 10yrs of faithful service my old Craftsman snowblower finally gave up the ghost so I upgraded to a two stage model. After reading the reviews on the Snow Tek (made by Ariens) I decided on this one. This winter in Michigan it has been brutal with the most snowfall in recorded history. The Snow Tek 20" model eats through the biggest accumulations without bogging down and throws any type of snow from powder to slush an impressive distance. I haven't tried the electric start yet because it has cranked up in one or two pulls every time. The only con is that it doesn't have a reverse, but still not a problem to just back up. Great machine and I wouldn't hesistate to recommend it.
Pros: Powerful, Great Engine, Easy to Use, All In One, Sturdy
The snowblower works better than I could've hoped for. Our house sits on the top of a hill here in Wyoming. And thanks to our constant wind, we have large drifts that form across the front of our garage door and toward the end of our driveway. The snowblower had NO problem with tackling either of the drifts, and the self propel feature saved my back and legs from pushing. Didn't have to push once. What used to take me almost an hour with my old snowblower was handled with this one in about 12-14 minutes. Well worth the money!
Pros: Durable, Powerful, Great Engine, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Self-Propelled, Easy to Store, Light Weight
This snowblower does indeed throw snow and the 7hp engine keeps it moving in pretty deep snow.
I like the fact that the handles that control the snow auger and drive wheels are capable of being locked in place together. The directional snow chute does not move or rattle regardless of the volume of snow you are moving.
I do not like the lack of speed settings for the drive wheels. The only forward speed is much too slow for anything less than a foot of fresh, wet snow. My other complaint is that the tires are very small and their profile from side to side is rounded; snowblower tires should have a flatter profile in order to get more tread on the ground.
Overall not a bad snowblower, but for the money you can do better.
Pros: Durable, Powerful, Easy to Use, Self-Propelled
This model is double stage with one forward speed and no reverse ( hence only 4 stars for features) but for clearing a few forty foot driveways (mine and a few neighbors) and relatively narrow walkways it gets the job done. Set-up was easy and the electric start makes getting going a breeze. The 20" wide unit works for me because the driveway is single car width. Of course if you have a double wide driveway a wider unit will get the job done quicker. Having said that this unit has easily cut through heavy, wet snow over 12" with no problem.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, Self-Propelled, Good Size & Weight
Bought this mid October from local Home Depot. Easily assembled in under 1/2 hr. another 15 min to add the Melt Buddy drop spreader.(nice addition in my opinion) Had to wait till today's snow to review, 5" of heavy wet snow. The unit preformed solidly, threw the snow and slush at least 25' (had to clear slush build up from tip of chute a few times when it started inhibiting the throw distance.) The aggressive tread on tires climbed right up my steep driveway no problem. The single forward speed is somewhat painfully slow at times but this will be perfect for deeper snow so as not to overload the auger. For the price I am perfectly pleased with the purchase.
Although it only has one speed and no reverse, it's easy to move around so for me it's no big deal. We recently had 12" of snow and this snowblower went through it no problem. I even cleared the end of the driveway where the plows bury you in, no trouble. It's a small machine so I took it slow and got through my own driveway as well as two of my neighbors. Ariens makes a great product, even with a foreign made motor.
We were extremely pleased with how Home Depot handles the shipment and delivery of our snow blower. We would order again on line without reservation. We would rate this experience on a scale of 1 to 10 as a definite 10.
I am 65 and this is my first product review ever posted. The retired teacher in me mandates that I educate innocent consumers away from any purchase of Ariens Sno-tec snowblowers with LCT engines.
The purchase of my 1st ever snowblower last Feb. 28 has taught me much about the sensitivity of Ariens carbs. to unleaded gasoline with 10% ethanol and stabilizer, my fuel of choice in all my other small engines.
I have purchased and maintained numerous small gasoline engines over the past 4 decades. I am fanatical about winterizing/maintaining all my engines for longer life. Unfortunately, I have finally found a carburetor so sensitive to “stale”, stabilized 2 month-old gas that it will not start, even after adhering to the requirements in the operators’ manual.
My new Sno-Tec had 20 minutes of usage on the engine when I winterized it with Sta-bil this past Oct., hoping for a mild winter and no need to use it. It started immediately. But I certainly needed it in late Dec. However, with every elect. start crank, gas would spew from the carb. exhaust hole. It had sat in my garage unstarted for 2 months.
I trailered it and took it back to Home Depot. The 90 day return policy was over. The Store Manager gave me the number to the Ariens home office in WI. They gave me the number of a Repair Service on the east side of Aurora, approx. an hour from my house. I trailered it again and drove there the next day.
So to make a very involved story shorter, the repair shop called after Christmas to tell me it was ready to be picked up, but since the carb. was “gummed up” from “real bad fuel in the tank and bowl”, the warranty man up at Ariens would not honor the 2-year warranty in spite of the 20 minutes of usage on a 10 month-old Sno-tec.
After 7 calls to Ariens (waiting each time from 15-30 minutes before leaving a message), a lady returned 3 of my calls to confirm that “stained” gas in the carb is not covered. She recommended purchasing a stabilizer, which I had already been using since Sta-bil first came on the market. She also mentioned this would prevent ”varnish” from building up in the carburetor.
So after a $500 purchase, I just paid a $98 dollar repair bill as well as over $100 in gas for 2 round trips to Aurora.
The real issues to now pursue are 2-fold: Are the “bad”, “stale”, “varnished” gas excuses a standard company line Ariens uses to save money on warranty payments? This has yet to be determined. The repair shop recommended I “start with fresh new fuel each time, add Sta-bil, and start the engine at least once a month when not in use.” Based on recorded statements from Ariens and the repair shop, it may be that Ariens carbs. are too sensitive to stabilized, regular unleaded gas with 10% alcohol that sits in the tank. The manual says nothing about using new gas with each use. Could it be there really is a flaw in the carb. that causes it to stick open?
TO BE CONTINUED…..
Cons: won't start/faulty carb, won't honor 2-year warranty after 10 months, must use fresh gas each usage
This snow blower does a good job. It clears the snow effectively and without any drama. The only thing I would say that could be improved is the speed. Its a bit slow moving around. Otherwise recommended for up to moderate/heavy snow.
Pros: Great Engine, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Self-Propelled, Good Size & Weight, Small Turn Radius, Easy to Store
Overall the it does a good job of blowing the snow, it's just that it moves really really slow. Sometimes I do the main driveway with the snowblower and leave the sidewalk and walkway to the house for the shovel. But it is a step above my old snow blower.