When comparing iON24SB-XR Cordless Dual-Stage Snow Blower vs Husqvarna ST227P, the Slant community recommends Husqvarna ST227P for most people. In the question“What are the best snow blowers for gravel driveways?” Husqvarna ST227P is ranked 1st while iON24SB-XR Cordless Dual-Stage Snow Blower is ranked 2nd. The most important reason people chose Husqvarna ST227P is:
The 27" wide auger makes this machine very efficient when it comes to sidewalk cleaning as it requires only two passes to clean a regular two-person sidewalk, which usually is 42" to 60" wide. Keep in mind that the regular auger sizes are 20", 24”, 27" and 30". While the smaller, 24 inch units, would not be able to clean a perfect 48 inch walk on just two passes (due to the overlap between the passes), the 30” units are simply too expensive. On average, the price difference between a 27” and a 30” snowblower (of the same model line) is 20%.
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Pro It can handle wet snow and ice
Unlike most cordless snowblowers, this powerful tool can handle thick layers of wet or frozen snow easily.
Pro Rugged construction
The auger and blades of this machine are made out of serrated steel. It's durable and reliable even when dealing with hard objects, such as ice and small rocks.
Pro Very wide clearing path
This impressive machine clears a 60 cm wide path, a great advantage when you have to cover a bigger area than just a narrow sidewalk.
Pro Very powerful snow discharge
Owing to the powerful dual-stage design, this model can throw snow up to 10 meters away.
Pro Long run time
Powerful 80V Lithium-Ion battery provides up to 40 minutes of run time.
Pro Remarkable snow plowing capacity
This device is capable of moving up to 450 kilograms (1000 lbs) of snow per minute, making it one of the most powerful tools in the category. It will take less than 10 minutes to clear a 15x6 meter driveway.
Pro Doesn't damage the surface you're clearing
Blades of this dual-stage snow blower don't touch the ground directly, so there is no damage to be done to either the surface you are cleaning or the machine itself.
Pro Perfect for cleaning sidewalks
The 27" wide auger makes this machine very efficient when it comes to sidewalk cleaning as it requires only two passes to clean a regular two-person sidewalk, which usually is 42" to 60" wide.
Keep in mind that the regular auger sizes are 20", 24”, 27" and 30". While the smaller, 24 inch units, would not be able to clean a perfect 48 inch walk on just two passes (due to the overlap between the passes), the 30” units are simply too expensive. On average, the price difference between a 27” and a 30” snowblower (of the same model line) is 20%.
Pro Easy to steer
Even though this machine weighs a lot (212 pounds), the steering is piece of cake. The amount brute force you need to apply to control the machine is the bare minimum, thanks to the power steering feature of this snow blower. This feature allows you to turn the machine with a pull of a lever. There are two power steering levers located on the handle of this snow blower if you pull the left lever the machine will steer left, however, if the right lever is engaged, the machine will turn right.
Pro It’s not overly loud
It is very unlikely that you will disturb your neighbors while running this machine. It produces a mere 88.4 dB of sound pressure (near the machine). This is about the amount of sound pressure you would experience near a busy residential road.
Pro It keeps your hands warm
The heated handgrips of this snow blower will keep your hands warm while you are operating the machine.
Pro Easier engine maintenance
A four-stroke gasoline engine is a stand-out feature of this snow blower. While being more efficient than its two-stroke competitors, it's also less demanding when it comes to maintenance. With this engine, you will not need to deal with the hassle of mixing gasoline and oil.
Con Rather expensive
This model is considerably more expensive than most other cordless snow blowers with the price tag at $799.00, twice the amount asked for most other models.
This snow blower is much heavier than most other cordless models, it weighs 45 kilograms.
Con You need to be careful not to break the drive axle assembly
Drive axle assembly failure is one of the most common breakages of the Husqvarna’s ST snowblower class. This is most commonly caused by an improper axle reassembly after maintenance.