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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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  8 Questions
Q: Does this machine have shear pins for the auger and third stage?
by Bob Bartelson from Massachusetts on December 03, 2014

A: Bob - yes, the Cub Cadet 3526SWE uses the same OEM-738-04124 shear pins as the Cub Cadet two-stage models do: shear pins
by Joe, Product Expert
Q: Is this machine at least 10 horse power to handle heavy wet snow
by Reg from New Hampshire on November 28, 2014

A: Reg - there is no true conversion from cc's to HP. But the 357cc engine in the Cub Cadet 3526SWE is roughly equal to 11 HP
by Joe, Product Expert
Q: Who makes this engine.? Is it made in the United States?
by Mark from Missouri on October 26, 2014

A: Mark - Cub Cadet builds their own engines. They are manufactured in China.
by Joe, Product Expert
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
High Quality (58)
Easy To Use (50)
Price (40)
Features (36)
I'd Buy It Again (36)
Cons
Expensive (18)
Bad Instructions (13)
Low Quality (8)
Difficult To Use (7)
Heavy (7)
88% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Total Reviews
39 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
4550 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
110 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
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James D.
Worcester, PA
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 9/21/14
Total Helpful Votes
31 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Critical Review
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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Joe
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 10/20/14
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
36 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
24
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
I'm Ready
I received my unit today on-time.... My thoughts are below:

1. Excellent packing from the manufacture. No damage.

2. Directions are a bit tough for the setup. But no major concerns.

3. Great build quality.

4. Started up right away.

5. Average size unit. Not massive.

6. I would highly recommend PED!

Looking forward to not shoveling snow this year......
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Scott Collins
Durango, CO
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 9/22/14
Total Helpful Votes
21 Helpful Votes
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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Joe
Chesterfield, NJ
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 10/20/14
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
36 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JAN.
27
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
First Time Utilized
The expected snow in NJ was not anywhere near the predicated amounts. Regardless the Blower is very easy to utilize and the power steering is a welcome addition.

-Very Powerful
-End Of Driveway Snow is not a challenge
-Heated hand grips are only of value if you have on non-insulated gloves.
-Hard to start without the electric starter
-Exit Chute is tricky until you can comfortable.
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Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Fast, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: Expensive, Bad Instructions
Joe Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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Tom S.
Norwell, MA
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 2/2/15
REVIEWED
FEB.
15
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Snowblower
I picked up my snow blower at the trucking terminal in the middle of a blizzard. It weighs just under 300#, and they loaded the box into the back of my Avalanche with a forklift. I drove home, backed up to the garage, and put ramps down from my truck. Then I cut the box away and attached the handles, rolled the snow blower into my garage and completed assembly.

I plugged it in, pushed the starter button, and blew 28" of snow out of my driveway. I live on the Coast just south of Boston.... more
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John H.
South Harwich, MA
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 1/27/15
REVIEWED
FEB.
17
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Machine
What a great machine. It handled everything the winter hurled at us in New England. The power steering and heated grips make it easy to handle; and with three stages, it throws further than any snow blower I have ever used and I've used a lot.

It has always started on the first pull, so I haven't needed the electric start. I highly recommend this machine to anyone looking for a well-built, reliable snow blower.
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John H.
Quincy, MA
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 2/3/15
REVIEWED
MAR.
04
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Nice Snow Blower, Terrible Delivery
Paid extra for rush shipping and lift gate service. Unit took several weeks and had to pick up myself at depot.
290 lbs

The cadet is a nice unit runs and performs well. Not as powerful as I had hoped. It throws dry fluffy snow well, has trouble with heavy wet snow.
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Andrew M.
Kingston, MA
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 2/2/15
REVIEWED
MAR.
01
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Bye Snow
It clears 6+" of snow and even that junk at the end of the driveway left by the plow. Really happy I purchased this. Worth every penny and comes mostly put together.
Andrew Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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Nigel A.
Longmont, CO
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 12/26/14
REVIEWED
FEB.
28
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Does The Job, And Then Some.
I've never owned a snow blower before so unable to make a comparison. But as it turns out I made a choice.

It has the features that make it easy to use. Electric start, power steering (takes a bit of getting used to), long throw, heated grips, easily adjustable shoot, headlight.

Very happy with the purchase and it saves all that shoveling.
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, Features, Exceeded Expectations
Nigel Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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Rick H.
Buffalo, NY
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 2/2/15
REVIEWED
FEB.
27
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
November Wall Of Snow & Then Enending More!
SORRY - I haven't had a chance to write a review. We've been hit this winter in western NY multiple times. I requested help from 2 neighbors to remove XXX from the back of my pickup truck. It's a heavy machine! I appreciated the helping hands & am repaying the dept by keeping 2 additional property's (snow-free).

XXX is well named & deserves it's title! Easy to assemble - User friendly - Absolutely a snow-removal beast! Sidewalks, driveways, plow pile-ins - NO CONTEST! This machine... more
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