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Model: 3528SWE
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Grade
Style
Clearing
28"
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 16" X 6.5" 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


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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 3-Blade
Auger Material
Serrated Steel
Chute Rotation
Lever
Turning Radius
190 degrees
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 6.5"
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
282 Pounds
Product Length
48.5 Inches
Product Width
29.5 Inches
Product Height
34.0 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Warranty
1 Year
UPC
043033568895
Model
3528SWE
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  5 Questions
Q: Does the Cub Cadet arrive assembeled, ready to use, or is there assembly to perform?
by Barry from New York on January 25, 2015

A: Barry - the Cub Cadet snow blowers are shipped about 90% assembled but there would be some minor assembly required before you could use it.
by Robert, Product Expert

Q: Does 3526SWE come with electric start cord?


by Chris from Virginia on October 04, 2014

A: Chris - none of the Cub Cadet snow blower models include an electric start power cord
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: What is the H.P. rating on the 357 cc Cub Cadet engine and who manufactures it?
by N R from Pennsylvania on February 16, 2014

A: N.R. - Cub Cadet still manufacturers their own engines. There is no true conversion from cc's to HP, but a 357cc engine is roughly equal to 10.5 or 11HP.
by Robert, Product Expert

Q: The 3-stage Cub Cadet. 28 in. Does it have heated hand grips?
by Jt from Pennsylvania on November 24, 2013

A: JT - The Cub Cadet 28" three stage snow blower does come standard with heated hand grips.
by Robert, Product Expert

Cub Cadet 3528SWE Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5
Pros
Features (30)
High Quality (24)
Fast (24)
Easy To Use (24)
Price (16)
Cons
Heavy (9)
Bad Instructions (9)
Expensive (9)
Unreliable (3)
Low Quality (2)
87% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Robert, the Snow Blower Expert
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Product Expert
Total Reviews
42 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
6514 Helpful Votes
Snow Blowers Direct Recommended

Cub Cadet's 3528SWE 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 3528SWE 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
Robert Recommends This Model
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Harlan H.
Monroe Twp, NJ
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
DEC.
23
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Cub Cadet Snowblower 3 Stage 28"
I purchased this snowblower based on reviews. We get plowed in during storms, so i am hoping the 3 stage feature will help us cut through the snow mounds more quickly.

I especially like the light and easy turn features. My original 2 stage blower fro MTD was 17 years old, and was not able to drive through the snow as easily as it used to.

I will post future reviews after i use this cub cadet on the first storm, here in the North East US.
Pros: Durable, Features, Easy To Use, High Quality
Harlan Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
Harlan's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I ordered this through Snowblowersdirect.com Ordering online was very easy. I did choose the lift gate delivery service, and it was worth it. The first delivery was damaged, but the driver was very nice and loaded it right back up. I called customer service and the snowblowersdirect.com customer service person was very understanding. She even placed a replacement order while waiting on confirmation that the damaged item was returned. All in all, i got a new snowblower in just under another 8 days."
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Eugene B.
Portlamd, ME
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
OCT.
22
2016
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Traded In
Bought cub cadet after reading reviews. bought in April of 15 used it last winter could not keep shear pins in it. Took it to the local dealer this fall for service told him I think something was bent due to vibrations.

Service man told me should not go into plow banks with it the augers wont handle it. Traded it this Sept (16) went back to an Ariens. Better reviews on the cadet than operation.

Nothing is more frustrating than trying to change the shear pin on the back auger in 10... more
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102
Robert M.
Baltimore, MD
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 1/29/16
Total Helpful Votes
27 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAR.
12
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Snowblower
Moved 18" of snow at ease,also three ft. at the end of the drive left by the county plow. I also did my neighbor's gravel driveway. I lifted the skid plates and no broken pins.

I had a Snapper for 15 years I sold it and brought the Cub Cadet. I love it. It has great features. Power steering, powerful engine, hand warmer and etc. The best out there for me!
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Robert Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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270
Kyle H.
Cove, OR
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 9/2/15
Total Reviews
5 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
35 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JAN.
10
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
This Snow Blower Is A Beast! Only Had One Rock Shut Me Down.
I have owned this for two winters now and just experienced my first breakdown. After about an hour of operation in wet heavy snow, the snowblower stopped blowing snow all of a sudden. I took it in my heated garage and let the snow melt off. I thought for sure that something mechanical happened and verified the 3 year warranty and 5 year on the gear box. I even left a message for our Cub Cadet dealer to call me back in the morning.

Anyway, I went back out in the garage and found a large rock... more
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Pros: High Quality, Price, Durable, I'd Buy It Again
Kyle Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
Kyle's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I have bought a few large items from these guys, and they are always very helpful. Quick shipping, and the reviews are great!"
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10
Wilbur T.
Millersville, MD
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 9/28/16
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
REVIEWED
NOV.
10
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Haven't Fired It Up Yet
Purchased this snowblower in late September in anticipation of a harsh 2016/2017 winter in Maryland. I have a long driveway with a steep incline and didn't want to be shoveling this year.

I unboxed and assembled the unit over a month ago, but haven't fired it up yet. Will do so when our first snow storm is imminent and post a useful review.
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Pros: Easy To Store
Cons: Heavy
Wilbur Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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Doug E.
Glen Allen, VA
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 12/7/16
REVIEWED
FEB.
09
2017
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Missed The Mark
Poor performance on distance and force of snow removal out of chute - constantly clogged up and worse if snow was wet and heavy--should have spent more time on performance than options--previously had 2 stage Craftsman that had less whistles and bells but performance wise kicked the Cub Cadets butt--and I purchased 2 of these and my son in law had the same poor results--thinking 3 stage would be better--NOT
Cons: Expensive, Heavy, poor snow performance, go Craftsman
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10
Elaine R.
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 12/27/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
FEB.
09
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Snow Blower
My husband and I are extremely pleased with this snow blower. We have a gravel driveway and the blower has performed beyond our expectations. The machine is easy to operate and has already saved us hours worth of shoveling.
Pros: Features, High Quality, Fast, Exceeded Expectations
Elaine Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
Elaine's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"The website provided tons of information and the ordering process was easy. We received our machine very quickly."
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John G.
Swall Meadows, CA
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 1/12/17
REVIEWED
FEB.
04
2017
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Mediocre At Best.
Machine starts easily. Handles most snow conditions pretty well. However the chute controls are terrible. Also the angle of the chute is to low. Will not blow snow over a snow bank. Removed the cable controls to the chute. That made things a little less tedious. However if you need to blow snow over 4 ft berm it will not do it. Very disappointed.
Pros: Price
Cons: Heavy . Loud. Poor chute controls and design.
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Tom F.
Soda Springs, ID
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 1/10/17
REVIEWED
FEB.
03
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Consumer Reports #1 Recommended
Great machine that will chew up anything. The only negative so far is that when moving through "very" heavy snow (wet) the discharge chute wants to walk to the straight forward position.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast, Exceeded Expectations, Cleans roof slide off
Cons: Discharge chute functionallity
Tom Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
Tom's Experience With Snow Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Fast and as advertised."
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John S.
Lancaster, NY
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 11/25/14
REVIEWED
MAR.
07
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Powerfull Snowblower
This was a huge upgrade for me! Very easy to handle and very powerful. No problem handling very heavy snow loads even at the curb after the streets are plowed. Very reliable.
John Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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80
Robert M.
Middletown, MD
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 2/5/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAR.
01
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Missing Parts
Shipped with out chute control rod, not lost as shipping package was in tack... 7 to 10 days to get another chute control rod was unacceptable....
Robert Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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