Husqvarna 12527HV 27-Inch 291cc Double Stage Gas Snow Blower Review by Merrill Shadwell
The Husqvarna 12527HV snow thrower isn’t the largest model on the market. But if you need to plow something bigger than a 27″ wide, 23″ deep path you should probably be looking at a professional model. And, be prepared to pay a much higher price.
From the Fluffiest Powder to Melting Mush to Hard-Packed Ice
Record-breaking size or not, the 12527HV is definitely one of the larger snow blowers around for the home market. As implied, it sports a 27 inch wide auger that can plow a berm 23 inches deep.
That’s a big benefit, and not only in terms of the ability to clear the sidewalk in one pass or the driveway in just a few minutes. It also means you don’t necessarily have to tackle the job right after the first snowfall.
Often, waiting until the weekend to take care of that recent snow dump means a much tougher job, at least with a less robust snow blower. With this Husky you can wait a few days and not worry.
The auger isn’t just big, either. It’s tempered steel and sports a 3-blade serrated design that will crunch through any kind of snow from the fluffiest powder to melting mush to hard-packed ice.
You don’t have to worry about it bogging down, either. The 291cc LCT engine onboard can deliver plenty of horsepower (9 HP) to drive that auger through anything but a block of solid frozen dirt.
Two-Stage Snow Throwing System
Unlike some other models that appear to be equally powerful, the Husqvarna 12527HV has a feature that takes this unit beyond them: a two-stage snow throwing system.
In virtually all electrics and even most gas-powered models, a single component scrapes and throws the snow. Usually, the auger does the work of both, loosening the snow and driving it up through the chute.
In a two-stage system the auger concentrates on scraping/loosening and an impeller blows the snow through the chute with great force. That allows the blower to drive more snow farther away. The 12527HV can toss it a full 30 feet, provided it’s not too wet or icy.
If you have a large area to clear, or the kind of area that requires you to put the snow in a specific place, that system can be a huge boon.
Not only do you never have to move the same snow twice, you can put it somewhere well out of the way. It helps that the chute is easy to adjust; just push on the center knob and aim it up to 90 degrees left or right.
As a result, you can easily comply with neighborhood rules about not putting snow from the lawn into your street. It also means you can, in one pass, place the snow far to the edges so you don’t suffer from the problem – too common in areas of heavy snow – of gradually decreasing the free space around the house.
Many times in the past, I’ve seen over the course of winter the space around my front deck gradually shrinking. In a few weeks only a narrow path remained, hedged in by tall snow berms. The 12527HV solves that problem before it happens.
Self-Propelling, Easy Maneuverability
One of the nice side benefits of that two-stage system (available on some single-stage throwers) is a self-propelling mechanism. The Husqvarna 12527HV pulls itself along so you don’t have to exert a lot of effort. That’s especially welcome in this case, since this model weighs a hefty 265 lbs.
That helps in more than forward movement, though. The unit features 6 forward speeds. It performs that service at either of the two reverse speeds as well. The chain drive won’t get bogged down in any kind of snow. And, you can turn it easily by using the different levers to (dis)engage one wheel or the other.
Maneuverability is enhanced further by the enormous 16″ high x 5″ wide X-trac tires. Those are the largest of any model I’ve yet reviewed here. Also, the U-shaped tread minimizes slippage. Heavy duty skids incorporated on the bottom only add to the ease-of-movement goodness with this model.
The only feature not present that made my wishlist here is rubber grips on the handlebar. True, most people will wear gloves while snow plowing, but even with that it helps to have something other than bare metal to hold on to.
No need to worry about cracking the housing when you drive this baby around, though. The housing is all metal, this time a desired feature. So is the chute, by the way, not true of many models on the market today.
Easy Assembly, Easy Start, Easy Use
Putting it together out of the box is a breeze. There’s literally nothing to do but take it out. That’s a real rarity among large models, especially gas-powered ones.
For all its power the 12527HV isn’t tough to start, either. It houses an electric start mechanism that uses a standard 120V outlet. Just plug it in and press the button.
There is a recoil-style, manual-yank starter that serves as a backup. The only time you’re ever likely to need it is during an extended power outage.
Husky’s are known to be relatively easy to start, even in the coldest weather, and that reputation holds up in this case as well. Close the choke halfway, prime it a couple of times, and it will often start on the first pull.
The halogen headlight is a nice frosting on the cake, too. No doubt I’m not the only person who has to plow on days (or nights) with little or no sun. Being able to clear the front walk after dark and not worry about hitting the deck is a big benefit.
Like any gas-powered model some maintenance is needed. Changing the oil once a year is recommended. An additive to the gasoline is helpful if you leave fuel inside the tank at the end of winter. Brushing off the auger after every use will minimize ice build up that could make it tougher to start the next time.
The Husqvarna 12527HV snow thrower (also known as the SnowKing) has the power to plow through anything a homeowner is likely to encounter. Yet, it’s easy to assemble, easy to start, and relatively low-effort to use. It will stand up to rough conditions for years with only modest maintenance required.