Costing less than most comparative models, the Sno-Tek 920402 presents a good value for a basic compact two-stage gas snow blower. One expert recommends the Sno-Tek because of its ability to break up packed snow berms and remove snow cleanly down to the pavement, and owners give the 920402 good marks for handling and controls. Numerous reviews mention minor issues with the controls and maneuvering the snow blower.
Good handling with a few drawbacks. Owners and experts say that for the most part, the Sno-Tek 920402 is relatively easy to handle for its size. Controls are well-placed to make adjustments without stopping, and the machine starts quickly with either the pull cord or electric push-button. On MovingSnow.com, reviewer Paul Sikkema says the 920402 may be difficult for some to use because it doesn't have power steering. A leading consumer organization recommends using hearing protection because the Sno-Tek is louder than most compact two-stage models. The Sno-Tek includes steel skid shoes to better slide over paver or brick paths, though some users say these can scratch.
Powerful but slow. The 920402 uses an 11-inch steel auger and a three-blade impeller to launch snow up to 40 feet away, outperforming more expensive compact gas units. A four-stroke 208 cc engine from LCT provides ample power, and owners like the extra control from the eight speed settings. The 920402 is burly enough to clear about eight inches of snow from a long two-car driveway, but experts say it can slow down in heavy snow conditions. Because of the Sno-Tek's smaller auger and tires, Sikkema notes, "If you get more than six inches of snow at a time, it will take you longer to move your snow."
Entry-level snow blower. Sno-Tek is the economy line of snow blowers from Ariens, a brand known for durability. Though there is no owner feedback on life span, a few reviews comment on minor design and mechanical issues. Overall, most owners say they are satisfied with the 920402. In 2011, Sno-Tek recalled the 920402 because there was no safety shield above the electric starter, potentially leading to injury. Sno-Tek covers the 920402 with a two-year limited warranty. This is standard for snow blowers, though brands, such as Toro, outclass Sno-Tek with longer protection.
Of the 17 models of compact two-stage gas snow blowers included in this ConsumerReports.org review, editors recommend about half a dozen. Testers rate each snow blower based on attributes such as speed, power, effectiveness and handling.
Review: Snow Blowers Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, December 2012
Paul Sikkema includes the Sno-Tek 920402 in his list of the best snow blowers and gives it a detailed single-machine review. Because of its price and power, Sikkema says it's a good value but clears snow slower than larger models due to a smaller auger and tires.
Review: 2014 Sno-Tek 920402 (Ariens Economy) 24 in 208 cc 2-stage Snow Blower Review, Paul Sikkema, Aug. 22, 2013
The Sno-Tek 920402 has far more reviews than any other snow blower at HomeDepot.com, with about 570 owner comments. With an average score of 4.6 stars, the 920402 also has a very high recommendation rate. Users frequently list great value, plenty of power and easy handling as top attributes.
Review: Sno-Tek 24 in. Two-Stage Electric Start Gas Snow Blower, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of October 2013