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Cub Cadet 2X (26") 243cc Two-Stage Snow Blower

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Model: 526SWE
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243cc 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

Two-Stage System
The heavy duty steel auger breaks up and pulls in the snow
The impeller then throws the snow out the discharge chute

4-Way Single-Hand Joystick Chute Control
Change direction and pitch of chute from operator position
Features 200 degree chute rotation and 50 degree pitch control

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
Steel shave plate allows to clear down to the ground
In-dash halogen headlight lights your way

Experience The Assurance Of Class-Leading Warranties
3-year limited residential warranty
1-year limited commercial warranty

Engine Brand
Cub Cadet OHV
Engine Type
4-Cycle OHV
243 CCs
Starting System
120-Volt Electric /w Recoil
Fuel Tank
0.5 Gallons
Auger Housing / Chute Control
Auger Diameter
12 Inches
Impeller Diameter
12 Inches
Steel 3-Blade
Auger Material
Serrated Steel
Chute Rotation
Turning Radius
200 degrees
Max Throwing Distance
35 Feet
Clearing Width
26 Inches
Intake Height
21 Inches
Drive System
Handle-Mounted Triggers
Gear Case
Reverse Speeds
2 Reverse
Tire Type
Forward Speeds
6 Forward
Tire Size
15" x 5"
Remote Deflector Controls
Drift Cutters
Sold Separately
Front Weights
Sold Separately
Interlocking Controls
Hand Warmers
Skid Shoes
Included - Reversible
265 Pounds
Product Length
55.0 Inches
Product Width
27.0 Inches
Product Height
41.0 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Warranty
1 Year
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Q: When you get it delivered is their a lot of assembly required?
by Kurt Pappalardo from Massachusetts on August 10, 2012

A: Kurt - assembly is pretty minimal. You will need to fold up the handle assembly and tighten it into place. You will need to attach the discharge chute and connect the chute rotation rod to the dash. Add oil and fill it up with gas. That's pretty much the extent of the assembly on this model.
by Robert, Product Expert

Q: Are snow blowers shipped assembled? If not, how much assembly is required?
by Kathy T from Connecticut on November 20, 2011

A: These units would not come fully assembled. The units would need the handle bars to be pulled in their upright position and attach the chute. Other than this, that is it.
by Robert, Product Expert

Q: I have the Cub Cadet 526SWE. I've noticed there are greas fittingd at the ends of the auger shaft and on the gear box. My last MTD made snower blower didn't have these and there is no mention in the owner's manual that these require grease. What are the for?
by Steve Korth from Illinois on October 12, 2011

A: These would be for adding grease if you needed to add more. When it comes to the Cubs, they are a little more high end than the other MTDs, so they do offer some more maintenance advantages so you can keep the product in good order longer. This is not something you have to do all the time. I would suggest doing once a season.
by Robert, Product Expert

Q: kriss
i am interested inthe cub cadet model 526swe,i live in north carolina,we get heavy snows sometimes.last year we had about 18 in. at one time.will this model handle snows this deep? also i have a complete gravel driveway,is this a problem? thank you

by George Race from North Carolina on October 11, 2011

A: This snow blower would have no problem in getting through snow this deep. A two stage snow blower would also be your best option with gravel because the auger never actually touches the ground. So no problem at all.
by Robert, Product Expert

Cub Cadet 526SWE Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
4.0 out of 54.0 out of 54.0 out of 54.0 out of 54.0 out of 5
Easy To Use (8)
Price (5)
Fast (4)
Features (4)
I'd Buy It Again (3)
Unknown Durability (2)
Low Quality (2)
Tires (1)
Tires Will Not Accommoda... (1)
Too Light (1)
83% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Luke D.
Buffalo, NY
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 10/19/13
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Video Update To My Earlier Review

This is an update to my Power Equipment Direct review published December 1, 2013. The video was done December 14 2013.

The Cub continues to work fine. This video is the tail end of the fourth time I have used it, filmed on my daughter's smartphone.

An unexpected bonus is that it uses a lot less gasoline than the 30 year old Toro it replaced. It still has more than half a tank left after 4 uses and the Toro needed a refill about halfway every other job. To be fair we haven't... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Features, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: Unknown Durability
Luke Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
Luke Would Recommend Snow Blowers Direct To A Friend
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"Ordering was easy, my contact with customer service was cordial. They were unable to change payment methods for me from check to credit card without a price increase, sigh.... Unit was crated well and arrived without a scratch. Truck company was perfect. Called the day before delivery, arrived on time. I bought lift gate service and they used a pallet jack to park the unit in my garage. No muss, no fuss"
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Lindenwood, IL
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
40 Helpful Votes
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Experienced Snow Blower User
I had a 1964 Toro single stage that I kept blowing snow for 42 years. It still ran well, but I couldn't get repair parts. (They don't make engines like that anymore!). I retired it in favor of a new MTD 8 HP Tecumseh, 26" which I used for four years before selling it in anticipation of getting a more user friendly unit. The Toro was very solid and the MTD, while not as robust, served the purpose. I just didn't like the position of the chute rotation crank and it was a hand-full to... more
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Bradford, PA
Total Helpful Votes
24 Helpful Votes
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
My Mistake, Don't Make The Same One!
I'm not into posting reviews, but I feel like it's my duty. Calling this thing "JUNK" is being nice. The only positive is, it started on the first try. Not quite 3 inches of lake effect snow seemed to be too much for this "277cc bad boy." It barely threw snow the width of the machine. 4-6 feet was the best I could get. It clogged twice within the hour and a piece of the plastic chute broke day1 during assembly.

I bought it over the Ariens, thinking it would be... more
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Total Helpful Votes
16 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Did The Job !
I purchased this in January, and the big storm hit 2/09/13. We had 24-30 inches here in New Hampshire with that storm.

The Cub Cadet proved very worthy, as we did not only our property but many neighbor's as well.

The power steering was remarkable, how did we ever do without it on older blowers? 277cc was very powerful indeed. The large fuel tank was filled once in the morning and lasted all day. It also has meaty tires on it.

I was very pleased.
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Joe R.
Willmar, MN
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
39 Helpful Votes
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Defective Cub Blower
I purchased a Cub snow blower and as I started the blower up and began blowing snow the belt got toasted and I had no clue why? I took the blower back to Arnolds of Willmar, and it took almost a week to get it back. Again I fired it up and began blowing out several driveways when the blower would not drive forward like it should and I was almost pushing it to get it to move. I took it in the garage and looked it over when I noticed oil coming from what looked like the seals under the motor. The... more
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Lindenwood, IL
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
40 Helpful Votes
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Up-date Of An Earlier Review
I rated this snow blower in a previous review with limited actual use. After several snows, the last being 10 inches of very heavy snow, I have to say I am pleasantly surprised at the performance. The engine performed well with sufficient torque and HP to blow the snow 30 ft. My only concerns now are that the handles are too low and the blue skids are problematic. I will recommend this blower overall.
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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
My Third Blower
This is the third blower I have owned over the last 30 years, and the biggest.

This is the first with the chute control up where you don't have to bend down to change the direction of the chute. I have been disabled & retired because I have a very bad lower back. The the ability to change chute direction on the fly with a flick of the hand is a big plus for me.

Every retiree that decides to stay up north in the snow belt should own a blower at least this capable.
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Mark S.
West Seneca, NY
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Drive Belt Problem
I bought this snow blower from Hodgens in Elma, NY. The drive belt fell off the first time using it. It was repaired promptly. The next time the belt fell off they told me I was blowing too much snow at once. The belt just fell off again in my garage. I cant wait to hear what I did wrong this time.
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Quiet, Fast
Cons: Low Quality
Mark Does Not Recommend This Product
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Gary U.
Yorkville, IL
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Worst Snow Blower Ever
From day one mine was a pooch. The drive and snow chute are controlled by cables. Mine have never worked right. Called Cub Cadet. Better luck banging my head on a block wall. The cable stretch out and don't work. The snow chute is constantly moving from where I put it and snow is going all over the place. Not sure how these guys review these items, but they sure must have received a different model than I have. Don't buy!!!! You will be sorry!
Cons: Low Quality, Unreliable
Gary Does Not Recommend This Product
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Mark D.
Apple Valley, MN
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Updated Review
We've had a very mild winter and yesterday there was maybe 3 inches of the heavier spring type snow. On the plus side the machine just chugs happily away through even this type of snow, with little hiccups or complaints.

However, the distance thrown is greatly reduced to maybe 5-8 feet out, at best. Yes I know it's heavier snow. I was doing some research on the web about increasing distance, and basically it comes down to the amount of space between the impeller and the chute. So I go... more
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Philip T.
Breckenridge, MN
Purchased from Snow Blowers Direct
Purchased 12/7/13
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Blower Of The Year
I bought and tried several different makes and models of blowers now just this winter. The Cub Cadet is by far the best with balance, quiet, quality and the power steering feature-great. I love this blower.
Pros: Durable, Quiet, Light Weight, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: The Only Thing I Would Like Different Is A Higher Speed Reverse
Philip Recommends This Cub Cadet Product
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