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Cub Cadet 221 LHP

*Est. $650
Reviewed
September 2012
by ConsumerSearch
Cub Cadet 221 LHP

Pros
  • Headlight and electric start
  • Remote chute control
  • Three-year warranty
Cons
  • Lacks single-handed control
  • Scattered owner concerns
  • Clears hard surfaces only
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Ease of Operation

High marks for controls and handling. The Cub Cadet 221 LHP gets great scores for both controls and handling from experts. Most owners agree, saying it's simple to move forward and back, and that changing directions is easy, too, even though it lacks single-handed controls. One even posts a YouTube video of himself using the snow blower. Reviewers say the headlight and remote chute/deflector control are welcome extras that add to the blower's easy handling, and it's small enough to store in a shed or garage. The 221 LHP weighs about 93 pounds.

The Cub Cadet 221 LHP has a 208cc four-cycle engine; "no more mixing gas and oil!" says one ecstatic poster who traded in a different blower to purchase this one. However, an otherwise satisfied user reports a small problem: "The area where the primer button, ignition key and starter button are is totally exposed to the elements. When you are blowing snow and wind kicks it back at you, these buttons get covered with snow."

Multiple owners on SnowBlowersDirect.com -- where this model gets only a handful of reviews -- say it arrived with scratches in the paint, and one had trouble getting screws into place. Hearing protection is strongly recommended. As with any single-stage snow blower, the Cub Cadet 221 LHP shouldn't be used on gravel or other loose surfaces.

Snow-clearing Effectiveness

Gets the job done, even in wet snow. Experts give the Cub Cadet 221 LHP mediocre scores for how quickly it moves snow, but say it does a very good job of working through snow berms left by a plow. It has a throwing distance of up to 30 feet, and with a 13-inch intake height it can handle snow as deep as 10 to 12 inches. One user says it throws even slushy snow "maybe 10 to 12 feet," and can be used on deep, hard-packed snow if you "take a shovel and just chip the chunks down a bit, then take the blower and blow them away."

The Cub Cadet gets good expert ratings for clearing right down to the surface, but a reviewer with SnowBlowersDirect.com says the blower leaves a trail of snow behind it. He explains, "this wasn't a big problem since 95% of the snow is clear. Overall, it is way better than shoving snow." One owner posts on the manufacturer's website that the rubber paddle on his blower rubs against the back of its housing, creating "a lot of vibration." A scarcity of user reviews makes it difficult to tell whether this is a problem with the 221 LHP's design, or perhaps something that arose during assembly. Even so, the majority of users who share comments are happy: "It works very well, even in very wet snow," says one at SnowBlowersDirect.com.

The Bottom Line

A solid performer, but not many reviews. The Cub Cadet 221 LHP is a single-stage gas snow blower that does a good job of clearing flat surfaces, but one owner warns that it can leave a small trail of snow behind it. It has a few nice extras, like a headlight and remote chute control, but user feedback is so meager that it's hard to be sure how well the blower really performs.

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Excellent The Cub Cadet 221 LHP is included among the 27 single-stage gas blowers in ConsumerReports.org's latest ratings chart. Based on objective tests, blowers are evaluated on factors such as snow removal speed and surface cleaning.

Review: Snow Blowers Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of September 2012

2. Snow Blowers Direct

Good About a half-dozen users rate this Cub Cadet snow blower, giving it 4.6 stars out of 5. They don't really form a conclusive opinion, but this site remains one of the more plentiful sources of owner reviews for this model.

Review: Cub Cadet (21") 208cc Electric Start Single Stage Snow Blower w/ Headlight, Contributors to SnowBlowersDirect.com, Not dated

3. CubCadet.com

Fair Seven owners share their experiences with the Cub Cadet, and all but one give it a perfect 5-star rating. We're normally wary of such overwhelmingly positive user reviews because some product manufacturers delete negative comments from their sites or offer rewards for posting positive feedback. However, several of these postings display a good balance of positive and negative commentary.

Review: Customer Reviews for 221 LHP, Contributors to CubCadet.com, As of September 2012

4. YouTube.com

Fair This 51/2-minute video shows the Cub Cadet in use with no narration. It's a little boring to watch, but you can see how easily the operator maneuvers the blower and how far it throws the snow.

Review: Cub Cadet 221 LHP Snow Blower, "camelotwi", Jan. 16, 2011

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