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3X™ 26"

3X™ THREE-STAGE POWER
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3X™ 26" is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 56.
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3X™ 26"

3X™ THREE-STAGE POWER
$1,299.00
3X™ 26" is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 56.
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  • Push-button electric start 357cc OHV engine
  • Trigger-controlled power steering at your fingertips
  • New dual LED headlights offer superior illumination regardless of chute location


3X™ 26" Features

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely a beast! What a beast of a snowblower! My neighbor can’t wait to buy one ! I can’t wait for the snow! Nothing stops it!
Date published: 2019-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use. Smart features. Made very well. I bought this one year ago and I am totally satisfied with the mower. Would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a mower
Date published: 2019-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT SNOW BLOWER VERY MANUVERABLE AND GREAT SIXE I have had this for 2years. Works great and very dependable.
Date published: 2019-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from exceptional snow removing I've been able to clear my own driveway which has a 4 car area and 5 neighbor's driveways each year since I purchased this snow thrower! Excellent investment!
Date published: 2019-06-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from My Cub Cadet is a lemon I purchased a Cub Cadet 3X 26” snow blower in October 2018 from Home Depot. I relied on the Consumer Reports review and ratings. These 3X models were described in CR as “blowers on steroids” and “if you get a lot of wet, heavy snow….you will want to consider one”. We had a very mild season, only 2 small storms of less than 6 “. On the 4th of March we had a storm of 10 to 12 inches of snow, exactly what I bought the Cadet 3X to handle. It was a disaster. The auger and impeller would stop, although engaged by the controls. (It behaved as if the drive belts were not working) The machine would clog and snow had to be cleared from auger area. The same problem and clearing process was repeated several times. This was not a very heavy snow, but the Cub couldn’t handle it and forget about trying to get through the plow pile at the end of the drive. After several clogs, I had to get out my 20 year old Bolens to finish the job. So I ask you the following: Are the Consumer Reports ratings wrong? Is the Cub Cadet 3X just a bad design? Did Home Depot assemble the unit wrong? What steps can I take to get a working snow blower? Customer service was a waste of time. I couldn’t be more disappointed in Cub Cadet, Home Depot and Consumer Reports.
Date published: 2019-05-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy to handle snow blower but... I recently bought a Cub Cadet - 3X 26 snow blower to replace a 25 year old snow blower. The Cub Cadet is much easier to maneuver and I love the heated handles. However, the Cub Cadet does not throw the snow far enough. The old snow blower could easily throw the snow 25 feet across my double-wide driveway but the Cub Cadet cannot, regardless of the depth or type of snow (wet or dry). I expected the Cub Cadet 3-stage to throw the snow much, much further.
Date published: 2019-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Used twice so far The reason I bought this is because we have had many huge snowstorms in RI for the past few years. When I purchased this in November 2018 to be prepared for this year my son joked that we wouldn't get any snow because of it. He was right. Nothing fell until March. 2 small storms but it was 6 inches of heavy wet snow. The snowblower worked great. Even cleared the heavy plow mess at the end of the driveway with ease. Hopefully I get to give it a real workout next year.
Date published: 2019-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worked great As usual we bought it and it only snowed twice. I barely got used to using but sure the job a lot easier. Before I got to use it the second time my great neighbor had the job done but it was easy to use the one time I used it.
Date published: 2019-03-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Garbage and they don't stand behind their product I bought this and winter 2017/18. Chute control rod snapped in half on first use. Used it three times the whole winter. After second use, augers failed to stop spinning when ever is released because the belt snapped. Cub cadet customer service says that it falls under normal maintenance so the belt is not covered beyond 30 days of purchase regardless of the 3-year manufacturer warranty. I guess you're supposed to expect your belt to break every month with regular use. I also paid for an extra three years extended coverage from the retailer, but because it's still under the manufacturer warranty I'm out of luck. so after all that still had to pay out of pocket to get this piece of garbage fixed. To late to return and who's going to but a broken machine? If I could return it, I definitely would. Oh, and buy plenty of extra shear pins because these things snap EXTREMELY easily.
Date published: 2019-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wouldn't have survived without the 3X 26 I have had nothing but excellent performance from my 3X 26 Snow Blower this winter. I have snow from 5' to 7' piled next to our driveway and on the park strip. There have been days where I have to plow two or three times a day to keep up with a storm and the 3X 26 never let me down. I even plow the street, because it may be 24 hours before we see a plow, so we can make it out of our neighborhood. I replaced a 30" stage 2 snow blower with this 26" one, I can cover more ground quicker with the stage 3 blower than my 30" stage 2 could handle. Three of my neighbors plan on getting this model since on several occasions I have helped clear their apron on their driveways after the plows finally come through. So far this blower has been an excellent purchase.
Date published: 2019-03-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing Bought at the end of last winter; used is for the first time in November of 2018. R1 was not working; then it would not "throw" the snow...it did push it, however. Took it to get repaired under warranty, and have not used it since I got it back. Let's hope it works as advertised in the future
Date published: 2019-03-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cub Cadet 3X26 One pro for this snow thrower is it is easy to start, doesn’t matter how cold it is outside it starts on the 2nd or 3rd pull every time, except what’s mentioned below. Now the cons: This snow thrower eats shear pins, if you buy one buy an ample supply of shear pins. Next, reverse gear is far to slow, you end up just pulling it back by hand and let me tell you that wears you out ( I’m 69 so it’s a work out), the power steering option, works ok if you have gloves on, but if you are wearing mittens, forget it, LED headlights, whomever decided that led lights were better has never did much snow throwing, they don’t get warm enough to melt the snow off them and after a few minutes they are useless, my next comment has to be for the rope pull, there are so many cut in groves on then and it fills with snow and then melts because of the warm motor and if you stop and shovel for a spell, you “may” have a frozen rope or if it comes out it won’t return, my last comment is that the chute plugs up a lot and you gotta stop and clean it out. I’m thinking there wasn’t a lot of RDT&E done on this model before it was released. If I had it to do over, I would purchase a Toro.
Date published: 2019-03-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Will not blow snow, only air. Worst machine I have ever owned. Shear pins break constantly. Shear pins should break when contacting rocks and blocks of ice, not snow. Useless for blowing snow. Purchased this year, have tried with every storm this year trying to find a way to make it work, every time I gave up and finished with my old machine that did not fail.
Date published: 2019-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful and easy to operate. I bought this 3X 26 Cub Cadet snowblower about a month ago and have had just two chances to use it, I wish it would snow more. It has plenty of power and chews through the ice left at the end of the driveway by the city snow plow truck. It is easy to operate moves a lot of snow.
Date published: 2019-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great. Very easy to start. Works great. Very easy to start. Easy to move. I like the hand warmers. Never clogs. Blows wet heavy snow, no problem.
Date published: 2019-03-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hate it ! makes light work of light fluffy snow, but if it is wet snow... forget it, got 2" of wet snow last week, spent more time unclogging the augers and the chute, and replacing shear pins, I was creeping along in first gear, trying to clear about 30' of sidewalk, had to stop forward movement every couple of inches, or else everything clogged up, the impella would stop spinning the middle auger keeps trying to pack the snow in, it gets so compact that is shears the pins. and the smell of burning rubber from the belts filled the air. today I tightened up the cable slack so hopefully this will put more pressure on the belts and plates. I would love to sell or trade this in for something better.
Date published: 2019-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's excellent so far! I ordered it month ago, late for winter season, though... but a couple snow storms came... the latest on Mar 04 was 8" heavy wet snow, it handle the snow like a champ, I like it... Matched with its description, all features counted! 3 Stages does it best!
Date published: 2019-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could be better I am 67 year old male. I have a double car driveway and 100' of sidewalk to plow. I like to plow when the snow gets to no more than four inches. I live in Northern Idaho. It's rare to get 1' of snow in each storm, but it has happened. 6" is our average snow storm here. I did a lot of research on all brands of machines available in my area before buying the Cub Cadet. I ended up buying the cub probably because of the three stage blades. Now for my review. My machine plugs up quite frequently. It's not easy to unplug the chute everytime it plugs up. You have to stop plowing and take the plastic shovel they give you to unplug the ice that compacts in the chute. It takes a lot of extra energy to stop plowing every time the chute plugs up. The chunks of solid ice that builds up and stops the snow from passing through the chute are hard to remove from the base of the chute. I don't know the scientific reason that it plugs up so frequently, however I'm inclined to think the third stage blades are the cause for the frequent plugs at the base of the chute. I have a next door neighbor who has a two stage thrower (red in color) that plows right next to me. He never stops to unplug his. If I knew then what I know now, I wouldn't buy a 3 stage cub. But you can't test drive them before you buy. So you go by what they say the machine will do. It would be nice that things we buy would do what they say they will do. This machine wears me out after about an hour of plowing. After that hour, I'm so wore out that I have very little steam left to do anything else but take a nap. The machine has several forward speeds. The slowest speed is a bit to fast for me. It could use one more slower speed than the slowest speed it is configured for. It has a very slow reverse speed. I'm not sure why they did not include a very slow forward speed for those that might be more comfortable walking slower in cold weather. Especially on 180 degree turn. It really whips you around. The hand grips are hard to squeeze for arthritic fingers. The motor is strong. Starts every time. Good traction at the tires level. The lights are kind of useless. They get covered with snow very quickly: of course you can wipe them off frequently. Hand warmers work. They should put a snow melter at the base of the chute to keep it from plugging. I'm going to wait to see if anyone from Cub Cadet reads this review and contacts me to say how sorry they are that I'm disappointed with their product.
Date published: 2019-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good value Pros: The machine starts flawlessly and runs well. The machine makes light work of the snow left at the end of my driveway by the plows. Snow is blown much farther away than my previous machine which is nice. The heated grips are awesome and the lights are very nice to have. Being able to run the machine one-handed is also great. Cons: The 'transmission' wasn't set properly from the factory/installer so that the machine didn't move when R1 was selected. Taking the machine back to where I bought it isn't practical so I must perform the maintenance myself. The mechanism that adjusts the throw 'angle' doesn't work fully so I can only select about 75% of the range using the lever - the last 25% I must adjust manually. The handle-bar mounted lights are good but are often blocked somewhat by the chute. A small pile of snow is often left in front of the machine for some reason.
Date published: 2019-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very good this is the best thing that i got, wokks super, everyone should have one.
Date published: 2019-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful Only had two snowfalls since purchasing, one was a sleet / snow and the other only two inches, so I honestly haven’t had a chance to run it through it’s paces yet. Pros: immediate start with just the pull string. I’m normally an electric start person but just one pull starts this beast right up. Headlights are bright, I find first gear perfect speed so far, have only used higher speeds for moving into positions to start plowing. Heated grips are a nice addition, never had them on previous machines I’ve owned. Cons: two reverse gears are practically non existent. Much easier to back a little and use power turn to change opposite direction than back up at less than turtle pace the length of driveway run. In icy conditions the knobby tires could absolutely use chains, as they spin a lot when trying to move on anything other than a flat surface.
Date published: 2019-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is a great machine . I have used it 3 times so far and it blows the snow it don’t matter if it is heavy or light fluffy it does a great job . I run it in a 6’high fenced in yard to clear the grass off so our golden doodle can go out there and do his business it picks up the dogs do do it thru it over the fence over the ally and on top of the neighbors garage. My drive way is concrete it is 20’x 95’ long it takes about 15 minutes to do .Heated grip are great led lights are nice as well .The only thing I bought extra was a walk behind cover to be under for the cub cadet to not get any snow blowed back on me that was a waste of money it is all wrinkled up they say to take a hair blower and work it out that did not work for me .It keeps the snow off of me but you just can’t see out of it especially after dark .i would rate that as a zero.
Date published: 2019-02-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Oops Bought in Fall this yr. (2019). Just used this past Wednesday for first time. Had about 5” of snow. This snow blower is not for applications hat r less than at least 6”. What happens is that it turns into a snow pusher instead of a blower because the second stage blades don’t pick up the snow unless I is deeper. It’s Ashame that this info is not mentioned in the product description!!!!! All the other features work great including the heated grips, chute controls, elec. start, skid plates,lights etc, just very disappointed in the lack of performance with the lack of performance with lesser amounts of snow
Date published: 2019-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Machine Works Great! Must Have! I bought this machine through Home Depot, it’s replacing a 6 year old 24” Craftsman 2 Stage Snow thrower. The old snow thrower had a 177cc engine, it would get slowed down with a snow load and didn’t move very fast. The 3 Stage Cub Cadet is awesome with performance, control and handling, engine size, etc. I am happy with the purchase, it cleared snow from a recent 10” snow storm... like a champ. Also didn’t skip a beat when it came to the plow pile at the end of the drive left behind from the road department.
Date published: 2019-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but could be "a lot" better I purchased this snowblower last year. It actually replaced a larger unit, which to my dismay - kept clogging and would pitch up in a full snow load. After researching on line, and seeing the video's, I felt confident that a three stage snowblower would do the job. I elected to go with a "slightly" smaller unit as compared to my previous snowblower. I purchased it at Home Depot and had it delivered. When it arrived, the "box" was not in really good shape, however an inspection revealed every thing was okay. Setting up the units was not to difficult, following the instructions. It came filled with oil, I added gas and it easily started. I practice with it in the driveway on a lazy fall afternoon. First year snow storms, no problem. It worked just like the video's. Enter the second year: some observations: • Where I could start it COLD by pulling on the starter, now required the electric start - okay. Starts on the first pull, when warm/hot. • The "reverse" now has only one speed - really slow. I am researching the problem as now it seems I have no play in the shift system that can set the reverse positions. • Thinking impossible, I actually jammed the show blower, not the chute. I always spray silicone spray on the snow path system - no sticking snow. I was removing packable snow and it seemed to overwhelm the snow blower. - Maybe this was a quirk? • I see they improved the "turning triggers," while the ones on my snow blower are functional, they are somewhat "clunky" to grip. I thank the designers for fixing the problem. • The lights (I have two) are a joke. Some one should realize their value and make them practical. And on the subject, how about a "rear view mirror" and a visible flashing red light for us users who have to move in and out of a street with snow! So why only three stars, well, not all of us have long straight walks and driveways, We have to go back and forth - we need a little more reverse speed. The lights, well read the above. While I have not mentioned this, the engine controls are in a really bad position if you want to mount a snow blower cab, be prepared to speak a few choice words. I'll keep it, it still is better than my last one, I am a use to getting use to it guy.
Date published: 2019-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed. Used it three times so far. First time worked great. Second time the hitch pin the rotate the chute falls out. Have to turn the chute by hand. I blame Home Depot for that one. Third time I use it. Screw, washer, or whatever on the flap, on the non-chute control head, on the top of the chute falls off. Pressure of the snow almost broke the flap off. Blame Cub Cadet for poor assembly. I had my other unit for 33 years and didn't have this many problems. I like the blower. Works well when something isn't falling off. Leary to use it now. Don't expect to have these kind of problems when I pay this kind of money.
Date published: 2019-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Snow Thrower I purchased a Cub Cadet 3 X 26 in SEP18 from Home Depot at the same time I purchased a new Cub Cadet LT 42 EFI Lawn Tractor. I put a plow on the lawn tractor and use it for light stuff and its bit quicker but, even with snow chains and a weight kit, is limited for what it can push and on what kind of terrain. it will get stuck if I leave the driveway etc. I have used the 3X three times so far to remove 5, 4 and 8 inches of snow from my paved driveway. It does a good job and is better on deeper snow. It eats snow piles. It goes over grass without issue, so I can plow a path to my propane tank, but generally I'll gently push down on the handles to make sure it doesn't dig into the dirt. Both reverse gears are slow. I just pull it back manually. I leveled out the skid shoes by putting a thin piece of wood under the shave plate cranked down on skid shoes. I have only two complaints. 1. The shoot sticks. Even if I have the controls at max angle to throw the snow the furthest distance, it will only throw it 6 feet. I have to manually adjust the shoot with my hand. 2. It throws snow no where near the "up to 40 feet" advertised. Max it will throw snow is 15-20 so far. I don't know if its any better than a 2 X.
Date published: 2018-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome machine! This is my first snow blower. I researched the heck out of them, and I kept coming back to the cub cadet. I was originally going to buy the 2x but talked myself into the 3x. My decision for the 3x was based on the snow sliding off my metal roof. It packs pretty tight when it falls and there can be a lot of it. It chewed thru that without a problem. Our first storm was 12” and it didn’t slow this machine down one bit. The heated hand grips were an added bonus. I wasn’t going to get them on the 2x, but they came standard with the 3x. My hands get cold easily, and the were sweating by the time I was done. All-in-all, well done Cub Cadet. It’s a nice machine. I’m 100% happy with it and hope it lasts a long time.
Date published: 2018-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A joy to own with great throwing power The snow blower was easy to put together. The electric start was fun to utilize for the fist couple of uses. After that, I used the handle pull start. The diagrams posted on the snowblower are a great assistant in becoming familiar with this machine. The machine does a great job of removing snow. The power steering assist triggers really come in handy when turning around to go back up the driveway for the next pass.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very powerful and easy to use I bought the Cub Cadet 3 stage blower for my 300' long 50' wide driveway and my 150' long side walk. My driveway is on a pretty steep incline and this blower tackled it with no problems. Where I usually spend about 2 hours clearing 6" of snow with shovels, I was able to move 10" of snow in only 30 minutes my first time using this blower. Although I have only had the opportunity to use it twice this season so far, I feel confident that it will suit our needs perfectly.
Date published: 2018-02-28
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