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Cub Cadet 3X (26") 357cc Three-Stage Snow Blower

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Grade
Style
Clearing
26"
Wide
Intake
21"
High
Surface

Unpaved
Area

Large
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357cc Cub Cadet OHV 4-Cycle Engine
Electric start - just press a button and off you go
Powers through the toughest winter conditions
No mixing of gas and oil

Innovative 3-Stage System
Up to 50% more throughput than a 2-stage snow blower
The heavy duty steel auger gathers and moves snow to the center
New induction accelerator chops up & pushes snow to the impeller
High performance 4-blade impeller throws snow out discharge chute
Ideal for clearing what city plows leave at the end of your drive

4-Way Single-Hand Joystick Chute Control
Change direction and pitch of chute from operator position
Features 190 degree crank chute rotation and remote pitch control
Extended length, durable polymer chute

Zero Turn Posi-Steer™ Power Steering
Fingertip trigger control allows effortless single-hand turns
Large 15 inch X-Trac tires offer superior traction

Additional Standard Features Include:
Cool Blue skid shoes rust resistant, non-marking, and reversible
In-dash halogen headlight lights your way



Model
  Model Number:3526SWE
 UPC:043033564125
 Manufacturer:Cub Cadet
Engine
 Brand:Cub Cadet OHV
 Type:4-Cycle OHV
 Power:357 cc
 Starting System:120-Volt Electric /w Recoil
 Fuel Tank:5.0 quarts (4.73 liters)
Auger
 Diameter:12 (30.48 cm)
 Material:Serrated Steel
Impeller
 Diameter:12 (30.48 cm)
 Profile:Steel 4-Blade
Chute
 Material:Plastic
 Chute Rotation:Lever
 Turning Radius:190°
Drive System
 Drive:All Wheel Posi-Traction
 Steering:Handle-Mounted Triggers
 Gear Case:Aluminum
 Forward Speeds:6 Forward
 Reverse Speeds:2 Reverse
 Tire Type:X-Trac
 Tire Size:15" x 5" (38.1 cm x 12.7 cm)
Options
 Remote Deflector Contols:Yes
 Drift Cutters:Sold Separately
 Front Weights:Sold Separately
 Interlocking Controls:Yes
 Hand Warmers:Yes
 Headlights:Halogen
 Skid Shoes:Included - Reversible
Overview
 Weight:290.0 Lbs. (131.54 kilograms)
 Dimensions:48.25L x 28.75W x 34.0H
(122.56 x 73.03 x 86.36 cm)
 Consumer Warranty:3 Years
 Commercial Warranty:1 Year
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  5 Questions
Q: I JUST PURCHASED A 3 STAGE 26" CUB CADET SNOW BLOWER AND WANT TO KNOW IF CUB CADET MAKES CHAINS FOR IT MY DRIVE IS QUITE STEEP.
by JOHN JOPPIE from Michigan on October 21, 2014

A: John - the Cub Cadet 3526SWE has a 15" x 5" tire. We sell a set of Toro #107-3813 tire chains that will work just fine on a Cub Cadet if you need chains: tire chains
by Joe, Product Expert
Q: The Specs indicate it comes with heated hand grips. Is this a change from last season?
by Mike from New York on September 13, 2014

A: Mike - yes, Cub Cadet added heated hand grips as a standard feature on this years 3X models
by Joe, Product Expert
Q: Do these drift cutters work with Cub Cadet (26") 357cc Three-Stage Snow Blower or do they already come with this machine?
by Kim Marino from Colorado on December 12, 2013

A: Kim - you are correct. The Cub Cadet 26" three-stage model would use the OEM-390-679 drift cutters. The three-stage models do not come with drift cutters.
by Joe, Product Expert
Q: What is better steel or polymer chute with wet snow?
by Don Bachman from Michigan on November 23, 2013

A: Don - you will find people who like steel and people who like polymer when it comes to dealing with wet snow. My preference is for the polymer chute when dealing with wet snow, but either way, you'll most likely need to treat the discharge chute with a non-stick spray to fully prevent wet snow from sticking inside the discharge chute.
by Joe, Product Expert
Q: Bob,

How will this machine perform on an unpaved drive?

by Al Openshaw from Minnesota on November 09, 2013

A: Hello Al,

The Cub Cadet (26") 357cc Three-Stage Snow Blower is designed to clear the heaviest of snow on even unpaved surfaces. As you lower the skid shoes, it will raise the auger so that you are not forcing rocks through the impeller as well.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you and have a great day!
by Joe, Product Expert
Cub Cadet 3526SWE Reviews & Ratings
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Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
Pros
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Cons
Expensive (15)
Bad Instructions (10)
Difficult To Use (7)
Low Quality (6)
Heavy (5)
89% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Total Reviews
36 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
2315 Helpful Votes
Snow Blowers Direct Recommended

Cub Cadet's 3526SWE had added an additional feature that is changing the snow clearing game. They have added a patented “3rd” stage auger to its 2-stage housing allowing this blower to handle 50% more snow than a traditional two stage snow blower making it great for most property owners alike.

Equipped with a powerful 357cc Cub Cadet OHV engine, the 3526SWE has more than enough torque to handle the heaviest of snow fall. Stocked with a standard electric start, all you do is press a button... more
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Joseph Raheb
Long Island, NY
Total Helpful Votes
53 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JAN.
04
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Cub Cadet (26") 357cc Three-stage Snow Blower
Received item in just a few days, it arrived in perfect condition, took 10 minutes to set up. The only problem is that when I filled it with fuel and pushed the primer bulb 3 times it leaked fuel, I don't know if its a broken or cracked tube or something more serious. I let it sit for several minutes before I attempted to start it, putting the choke on and using the electric start it started right up, used it for about 2 hours in the snow storm we just got hit with and it worked flawlessly. In... more
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Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Features, I'd Buy It Again
Joseph Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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Greg R.
Elkgrove Village, IL
Total Helpful Votes
109 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
NOV.
19
2013
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Cub Cadet 3x Snow Thrower
Well I thought this would be a great machine with good quality workmanship but quickly found problems soon after I picked it up from my Cub dealer. Assembly was bad, headlight wire was not wound properly on handle bars and plastic chute was warped bent to left and it binds. Deflector chute, when behind controls and joy stick is not smooth. Had same trouble with my two year old Troy-Bilt 30" which broke the first week I had it and left me with no snow thrower for a week and ended up... more
Pros: Easy To Store
Cons: Low Quality, Difficult To Use, Expensive
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Scott Collins
Durango, CO
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 9/22/14
REVIEWED
OCT.
14
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice Experience
My purchase from Snow Blowers Direct was a nice experience. The machine was exactly what I expected, it arrived when I was told to expect it, and the minor assembly was easy.

In addition, since the packaging was slightly damaged, the shipping company spent extra time to ensure that everything inside was undamaged before they left.
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James D.
Worcester, PA
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 9/21/14
REVIEWED
OCT.
15
2014
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Jury Is Still Out...
I received my snow blower and found an issue with the chute. Customer service wait times on phone were pretty ridiculous.

It took 4 calls to finally find someone who could help me out. Since I had not received any warranty information, I didn't know what to expect.

I will be receiving a "replacement" part, which is kind of sad, since this is a $1300 brand new snow blower. But we will see how it goes...so far, not real pleased with this buy...neither the product nor the seller... more
Pros: Bought This Based On The Glowing Reviews
Cons: Bad Instructions, Unreliable, Right Off The Truck Issue With Chute
Joe, the Snow Blower Expert
Product Expert
James,
We're sorry to hear you're dissatisfied with the snow blower. If the chute is the only problem, the replacement of the chute should be an appropriate solution.

We would like to apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you, and if you have any further concerns regarding your new 3-stage snow blower, please give us a call at (888) 317-7669.
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Ivan N.
Belleville, NJ
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 9/22/14
REVIEWED
OCT.
13
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Machine.
The machine looks great, is heavy duty, has a big engine, features quality construction, and at a great price, and most important great brand. Cub Cadet.
Ivan Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
Ivan's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Snow Blowers Direct is the best web site that I've found, great prices, fast delivery, costumer service outstanding. Thank you."
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Neil M.
Hesston, KS
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 9/11/14
REVIEWED
OCT.
08
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Welcome To Kansas Toto
The blower got here in fine shape - easy to finish the assemble. Everything worked the way it was suppose to, as far as I could tell.

It is to be 87 today - so no snow to really try it out. It will have to clear an area that is 20ft by 200ft driveway - so we will see! Thank You!
Neil Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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Roger R.
Bourbonnais, IL
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 10/8/14
REVIEWED
OCT.
15
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Quality Product
The snow blower arrived on time and was undamaged.

The discharge chute requires assembly that would have been much easier if the instructions and illustrations were more precise. There was a lot of trial and error but eventually I got it done.

The engine manual states that some machines are shipped with oil and some are not. This contradicts the owner's manual which states that all engines are shipped with oil which was the case with my machine.

This is a very powerful, high quality... more
Roger Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
Roger's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Thank you!"
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Doug C.
Marquette, MI
Total Helpful Votes
86 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
NOV.
30
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Check The Rest Go With The Best
I live up in heavy snow country and my old 9.5 horse Tro-Bilt was showing it's age. After looking at all the online reviews, checking out the promotional videos and talking to the local dealer I went with this machine.

They were selling it for the same price as this site $200 off retail with free delivery. Up here by Lake Superior we can easily get 18" of snow or more in a single event so a real gutsy machine is needed.

I had already blown a fair amount of snow with the old... more
Pros: High Quality, Features, Exceeded Expectations, Fast
Doug Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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Davis W.
Weston, MA
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 12/9/13
Total Helpful Votes
60 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
DEC.
15
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Snowblower - 3 Stage Is Not A Gimick
Ordered from Snow Blowers Direct - package arrived on time and in great condition. Just in time for big wet snowfall in Boston. Snow blower went through 8-10 inches of sopping snow without bogging down. Cut through the 24 inch icy mound left by town plows at end of driveway without any difficulty - it was actually fun. Unit turns nicely, and had no difficulty getting back up our steep slippery driveway. Best yet, after a solid 60 minutes of use under load, it had used only about a third... more
Pros: High Quality, Exceeded Expectations, Easy To Use, Quiet
Davis Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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Vinny
Wallingford, CT
Total Helpful Votes
46 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
DEC.
20
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
This Is The One
If you have come this far in your search stop, you found it. I have not owned a snow blower for a long time because they would not do what I thought they should. I have relied upon a big garden tractor with a 4 foot plow. After I saw the reviews and videos for the 3X line I decided to get one to replace my aging (16 years) tractor and plow. Well it came today several days too late for the last snow we had. I did, and repeat did, have about 3-1/2 feet plowed up as close to the edge of the... more
Pros: Exceeded Expectations
Cons: None Yet
Vinny Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
Vinny Would Recommend Snow Blowers Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I am always skeptical ordering things for a lot of money online. Fast service is all I can say. Ordered on a Sunday night and had my delivery Friday at noon with lift gate service. The driver had it on a pallet jack and put it right in the garage for me."
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Joe
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 10/22/13
Total Helpful Votes
45 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
DEC.
15
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Update Now That We Got Snow!
8" last night, this blower works great! Did 170' driveway in less then 45 minutes, cut through the crap at the end of the driveway from the plow with no problems. Blows the snow at least 30', never bogged down. So far, excellent blower!!
Pros: High Quality, Exceeded Expectations, Fast
Joe Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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