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Model: 3526SWE
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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

Cool Blue™ Skid Shoe Design
Rust resistant, non-marking, and reversible

NEW Duel LED Head Lights
Superior illumination in the darkest of winter nights

NEW Heated Hand Grips
Enhanced red heated hand grips offer a more comfortable, soft-touch grip


Engine
Engine Brand
Cub Cadet OHV
Engine Type
4-Cycle OHV
CC
357 CCs
Starting System
120-Volt Electric /w Recoil
Fuel Tank
1.25 Gallons
Auger Housing / Chute Control
Auger Diameter
12 Inches
Impeller Diameter
12 Inches
Profile
Steel 4-Blade
Auger Material
Serrated Steel
Chute Rotation
Lever
Turning Radius
190 degrees
Clearing Width
26 Inches
Intake Height
21 Inches
Drive System
Drive
All Wheel Posi-Traction
Steering
Handle-Mounted Triggers
Gear Case
Aluminum
Reverse Speeds
2 Reverse
Tire Type
X-Trac
Forward Speeds
6 Forward
Tire Size
16" x 5"
Options
Remote Deflector Controls
Yes
Drift Cutters
Sold Separately
Front Weights
Sold Separately
Interlocking Controls
Yes
Hand Warmers
Yes
Headlights
LED
Skid Shoes
Included - Reversible
Overview
Weight
270 Pounds
Product Length
48.25 Inches
Product Width
28.75 Inches
Product Height
34.0 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Warranty
1 Year
UPC
043033580811
Model
3526SWE
  11 Questions
Q: I was researching the cub cadet snow blowers on cub cadets site, and found they offer what is called an HD version. The snow blower you have listed here is not the HD version, is that correct? And if this is not the HD version, do you have the HD version for purchase?
by Chris D. from Kentucky on September 19, 2015

A: Chris - the Cub Cadet 3526SWE we are selling is the standard model. The "HD" version of this snow blower can only be purchased from a local Cub Cadet dealer.
by Robert, Product Expert

Q: Is the 3526SWE made in the USA?
by Bernie Durfee from New York on September 19, 2015

A: Bernie - yes, the Cub Cadet 3526SWE is made in the U.S.
by Robert, Product Expert

Q: How difficult is it to assemble?
by Wayne K. from New Jersey on August 08, 2015

A: This is about as easy as it comes. After the unit is out of the crate. The handle bars need to be pulled into their upright position, tighten down the bolts/wingnuts and then attach the chute and chute rod and you are in business. These units come with oil already in them (Always check, just in case), add fuel and you are good to go.
by Robert, Product Expert

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 Robert, 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 Robert, 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 Robert, 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 Robert, 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 Robert, 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 Robert, 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 Robert, 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 Robert, Product Expert

Cub Cadet 3526SWE Reviews & Ratings
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 (87)
Easy To Use (67)
I'd Buy It Again (55)
Features (53)
Price (46)
Cons
Expensive (27)
Bad Instructions (20)
Heavy (11)
Low Quality (9)
Difficult To Use (9)
88% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Jonathan L.
Vandalia, IL
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 11/4/15
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
FEB.
25
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Product Review Cub Cadet 3 Stage 26" Snow Blower 3526swe Power E
I purchased this Snow Blower because the last two winters have had above average snowfall in my area. I knew the basics of what I wanted but was not entirely sure what to buy. While doing some online research I cam across the Power Equipment Direct website and really liked the information provided.

The reviews were very helpful and I liked the variety in the selection. I knew I wanted to buy a good quality machine that would last for many years and came from a brand that would be around... more
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Reliable, High Quality
Jonathan Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
Jonathan's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"The Website was very easy to navigate and provided a lot of very useful information on the different machines. I enjoyed being able to read a lot of the reviews to help me on my decision. Shipping went very smooth also and the shipping company stayed in contact with me so I would know exactly when the snow blower would arrive. I was very impressed with how much communication was provided during the process."
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James V
West Roxbury, MA
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 1/3/14
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
MAY.
01
2017
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
This Has Been A Fifty-fifty Machine
I bought this machine expecting a durable, easy to use and powerful enough blower to throw the snow over a three foot wall. What I got was a machine that has a great engine - always starts even in the worst of weather - but a blower housing that something broke every time I used the machine. I broke 8 pins in the first year, housing problems and chute problems. The blower does not throw wet snow more than a couple of feet - let alone over the three foot wall. This past year I was hoping it... more
Pros: Good engine
Cons: Heavy, Durability, Unreliable
James Does Not Recommend This Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
James,
I want to assure you that we have spent years testing and perfecting the 3X design. The 3X’s high level of performance and reliability has been recognized by many and has earned top awards such as the #1 Rated Snow Thrower by Consumer Reports. Please note that shear pins are meant to shear or break by design and are used throughout the industry. These pins prevent major damage to other components of the snow thrower , such as the gearbox and/or augers, when the augers come into contact with objects such as large ice chunks, rocks, curbs, or even a frozen newspaper left in the driveway. Such direct contact and serious impact by the augers would cause major damage to vital components if a shear pin was not used. Extra shear pins are included with the snow thrower as there is an understanding you will need to replace them from time to time. The best way to prevent breaking a shear pin is to be sure you have removed all objects such as doormats, newspapers, and even dog chains before clearing your driveway or walkway.

Also, be on the lookout and avoid large landscaping rocks, tall curbs, or even large ice chunks as contact with these objects will cause you to break your shear pins. Unfortunately we are unable to investigate every review and are unsure exactly the weather conditions or even the clearing surface, such as loose gravel, that may have caused consumer issues.

But please know that Cub Cadet 3X snow throwers are all backed by a 3 year warranty, with a 5 year warranty on the auger gearbox. Our experienced Dealer Network is always available if you should have any issues. We recommend contacting your local Cub Cadet service provider. You can find a location here: http://bitly.com/LrqI0S. They handle all warranty claims and adjustments and work directly with our customer support team to solve the issue.

We are happy to hear that you are pleased with your Cub Cadet Engine. However, we are concerned with your reported lack of throwing distance. Most multiple-stage snow throwers in good condition should throw snow up to 30 feet. The weight and density of the snow and wind intensity could affect this range considerably. There may be an adjustment needed to improve the performance. This too can be checked by the Service Dealer.

We do take our customers' opinions very seriously and the feedback we receive helps us build better products. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you. If you would like to discuss this problem further, give us a call at 1(877) 428-2349.
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Joe
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 10/20/14
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
119 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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David F.
Monument, CO
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 9/20/15
Total Helpful Votes
39 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
NOV.
11
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice Snow Blower
This is a good review on the Cub Cadet Snowblower. I had read most of the reviews on Snow Blowers Direct and felt comfortable ordering the blower. Then I went on Amazon and was horrified by the terrible reviews. At this time as you would guess, I was a little apprehensive and wondering how things would turn out.

On the bad reviews, I had read that this model chewed up sheer pins and that the directional chute was not good. I was also concerned that I had possibly bought too big of a model... more
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Pros: High Quality, Exceeded Expectations, Fast, Durable
Cons: Bad Instructions
David Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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Joe
Chesterfield, NJ
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 10/20/14
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
119 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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Scott Collins
Durango, CO
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 9/22/14
Total Helpful Votes
47 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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Scott Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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Joseph P.
Robbinsville, NJ
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 1/25/16
REVIEWED
MAR.
14
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Omg I Purchased This Snow Blower Last February 2016
Amazing product. Went through a Jersey snow which consists of mainly water and ice. Nothing was stopping this equipment. Best purchase ever. Thanks cub cadet. Keep up the good work
Pros: High Quality, I'd Buy It Again, Price, Exceeded Expectations
Joseph Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
Joseph's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great experience and very timely delivery"
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Chris C.
Fishkill, NY
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 2/12/17
REVIEWED
MAR.
07
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
It's A Great Snowblower
SBD didn't tell me that they were selling me last year's model, I got screwed, the next day my neighbor bought the same unit from the cub cadet for the same price but he got the 2017 model. The 2017 model has a metal chute and a crank handle to direct which way you want the snow to go .The 2016 has a handle with a button to release the direction off the chute. VERY HARD TO PUSH BAD DESIGN
Pros: High Quality
Cons: Expensive, Difficult To Use
Chris Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
Robert, the Snow Blower Expert
Product Expert
Chris,
We carry new models, but may also have previous year's models in stock as well. Whichever item you select on our site is the item you get. We're sorry you're unhappy with your purchase. Please never hesitate to call and speak with a representative if you have any questions about your purchase.
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Jeffery H.
Truckee, CA
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 1/22/17
REVIEWED
FEB.
13
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Gets The Job Done
My old 2 stage track blower gave up the ghost at the worst possible time, we live at top of the Sierras by Donner Summit and have had over 325" of snow so far this year. This blower really can move some snow, and has good traction for a wheel drive. It was almost ready to go out of the box and started on the second pull, even at our altitude (7800').

The gear ratios feel good and it maneuvers well. My only gripe would be that though it throws the snow a mile when its governed up in the... more
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Reliable
Cons: No throttle to overide the governor
Jeffery Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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Charles C.
Brewer, ME
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 12/8/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
FEB.
01
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Snow Blower - High Quality - Plenty Of Power
The snow blower started easily with both the electric start and the manual start.

Chute directional trigger button is a little stiff, but works well. Power steering reliable. Even my 5 foot 1 inch wife can use the machine with ease. The 3 stage auger system works very efficiently and does not bog down under load.

The 6 speeds forward are great for those 2 inch snowfalls and the 8 inch snow falls. The only thing I see is the handle vertical heights would need a little more adjustment for... more
Pros: High Quality, Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Price
Cons: Handles not high enough for tall person
Charles Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
Charles's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Shipment was on time and the crated snow blower was in perfect condition."
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Edward V.
Ozone Park, NY
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 11/25/13
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JAN.
30
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Very Powerful
Very powerful machine. My only complaint is that it goes through sheer pins way too fast.
Pros: High Quality, Features, I'd Buy It Again, Reliable
Cons: Expensive
Edward Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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