There’s a good reason that a lot of people buy a snow blower based on name recognition; it’s often earned. One of the best examples is Husqvarna, which has a justly deserved reputation for quality, durability, power, and smooth operation.
But what to do when faced with not one but three great Husqvarna models? That’s certainly true in the case of the Husqvarna 924HV, 12527HV, and 1830HV. How do you choose when every model is terrific and they all have so many things in common?
The differences go well beyond price. As of this review, that amounts to about $200 as you move up the scale. But the key questions are: what do you get for that extra cash, and is it worth it? In the end, that will come down to personal circumstances.
Power and Size
Each model is a two-stage gas snow blower. That means it has both an auger and impeller. The first scrapes and scoops the snow and the second stage houses a 12-inch, high-speed fan that drives what the auger picks up through the chute with a ton of force. Lesser models, which can still be quite useful, have only one component (the auger) to do both tasks.
Clearing Width: 24 up to 30 inches
The size differences between the three are straightforward. The model number contains the width of the auger. The Husqvarna 924HV can clear a 24 inch path. The 12527HV can clear 27 inches in one time and the 1830HV a very impressive 30 inches. That alone may not justify such a big price difference for everyone, but to some it might.
the 924HV: 24-inch wide auger, 23-inch high intake
the 12527HV: 27-inch auger, 23-inch high intake
the 18390HV: 30-inch auger, 23-inch high intake
SnowKing Gas Powered Engines: up to 414cc and 18 lb-ft torque
But there’s much more at work here than a progressively 3-inch wider serrated metal rotor. That alone probably wouldn’t justify a progressively larger $200 price hike. Each one sports a more powerful engine and chain drive train than the previous model. The 208cc engine onboard the 924HV delivers 9 ft-lb (foot-pounds) of torque. The 12527HV houses a 291cc motor that delivers 12.4 ft-lb while the 1830HV has a massive 414cc engine that offers 18 ft-lb.
the 924HV: 4-cycle LCT, 208cc, 9 lb-ft torque
the 12527HV: 4-cycle LCT, 291cc, 12.4 lb-ft torque
the 1830HV: 4-cycle LCT, 414cc, 18 lb-ft torque
But which one is best for you depends, not surprisingly, on what kind of conditions you encounter. It isn’t just a healthy width you need to plow those truly deep snowfalls. The 1830HV, for example, is designed to easily cut through 10 inch (or more) accumulations that pile up in 24 hours. With the same 23-inch intake height the 924HV could theoretically handle that. But with the smaller engine and lacking the power steering of the other two models, it would be a tougher job.
Even more important than the snow depth is the type of snow. If you’re dealing with yesterday’s mush that froze overnight, it’s going to require a more powerful engine and drive train to break it up and spit it out of the way.
Throwing Distance: up to 65 feet
Speaking of ‘spitting’, you’ll be pretty happy about how any of these Husky snow throwers moves the white stuff far away. Even the ‘low end’ 924HV can toss the fluffy stuff up to 65 feet. Each can do that at any angle you would want, too. The chute rotates easily through a half circle with the press of a lever to position the output anywhere. I also appreciate that it can be locked down without hassle while wearing the thickest gloves.
Lots of Similar Physical Features and Controls
Each model offers similar physical features and controls to make the thrower do all the hard snow removal work so you don’t have to.
You won’t have any trouble starting no matter which engine you choose; each has an electric start feature that makes it easy in any kind of weather. Connect the cord to a power outlet and start the engine by pushing a button. If for any reason that should fail, there’s also a recoil, lawnmower-style cord in case you have to get the snow blower going. Even in this case the choke and primer mean you usually need only one moderate-strength yank to fire it up.
The real kicker is the chain drive available on all three models. Whether moving in any of the 6 forward or 2 reverse speeds you never have to struggle to get one of these things to go where you need. While the self-propulsion chain drive mechanism onboard the 3 models supplies the major forward force, it would be helpless without some good gripping tires.
16″ x 5″ Tires
The 924HV, 12527HV, and 1830HV all have the same rubberized 16″ x 5″ tires. That large radius and hefty width make it much easier to push the blower through the deepest berms without getting bogged down. That effort is even easier thanks to heavy-duty skids on the bottom of each model.
The 924HV lacks the Power Steering feature of the two other models. Note that what Husky, reasonably enough, calls ‘power steering’ isn’t like that feature on your car. The unit disengages one wheel, leaving the other engaged. That causes the unit to turn in the desired direction. True, it lacks the hydraulics that operate your car wheels, but it does work.
Each model also comes with a floodlamp in front to make clearing your area less troublesome in dim light. Where I live, even during the day it can be pretty dark sometimes and that bright light really helps.
There’s one feature on these Husky models that isn’t often covered in reviews: the handles. Most write-ups focus, rightly so, on the engine, the auger, the throw distance, and so forth. While it’s not a make-or-break feature on any model, the fact that these wrap around is greatly appreciated. I can’t count the times I’ve caught my body on the straight-grip kind. Less chance of that here.
In all three cases, the powerful serrated steel auger and two-stage design (auger and impeller) ensure you can clear a lot of snow with ease. So, it comes down to how much snow of what type you want to clear and how fast versus how much money you want to spend.
You could, like a lot of people, just go with the least expensive model. That’s not necessarily a bad way to go if you live in an area where you can do just fine with the lowest-price model. Currently, that’s the Husqvarna 924HV, which is about $200 less than the mid-range 12527HV, and $400 less than the near top-of-the-line 1830HV.
The 924HV will cut through a heck of a lot of snow, to be sure. But if you live someplace that really gets pounded with snow – especially wet slush that turns to solid ice – you’d be shortchanging yourself. For the truly deep or hard stuff you really need the extra height, extra power, and extra drive of the beefier 12527HV or the truly massive 1830HV.