Bilt Storm Snow Blowers 

Troy Bilt Storm 2410 Review

Troy-Bilt Storm 2410 If you have to have the least expensive 2-stage snow blower on the market this is the one. The 208cc 24 inch Storm 2410 is most like your old 5 hp Troy-Bilt, Craftsman or Murray that you are replacing it with. It’s a simple snow blower capable of handling 8 to 12-inch snows and can clear that end-of-driveway drift. This snow blower will take you longer to clear your driveway than any other 24 inch that Troy-Bilt sells – but it will still get the job done. It’s a much better snow blower for most people than a single stage snow thrower and built better than the Chinese imports.

It’s one of the few snow blowers in this price range with electric start. The intake is higher than your 20-year-old Murray which means it can clear that 21-inch snow plow drift the snow plows left you overnight. This is a decent snow blower if you have a 2 car driveway about 40-50 feet long, (or single car equivalent) get an average snowfall of 50 inches or less a year. It’s designed to work on gravel, turf, cement and blacktop. The deep lug tires are the right size for this snow blower. It also has the poly skid shoes so it won’t scratch your stamped and decorative driveways and patio. This model does not have power steering but is light enough for most people to use. Don’t expect this model to clear heavy, wet snow well, throw the snow more than 25 feet or have a lot of traction for clearing the snow plow drift.

have had the chance to use the Troy Bilt Storm 2410 for several seasons. Overall, this two stage machine is solidly built and performs well. Ease of use is surpassed by other control configurations and more reliable engines- but for a basic application, it could be a good choice for the price.

Troy Bilt’s Pricing

The Storm 2410 is close to the cheapest two stage snow blower available from a proven brand, and for its price point, it’s solid construction is impressive. At right around $600, the 2410 shares the same overall build quality of some much pricier machines. But it lacks some important refinements and features that really shine on more expensive models.

Troy Bilt Snowblower- some Criticism

The only frill on the machine is it’s electric start feature. However, the 208cc engine is not at all difficult to pull start. If it is, something is wrong. That makes hooking up an extension cord and engaging the deafeningly loud electric start motor scarcely worth the hassle. It’s nothing more than extra weight on my unit.

The 2410 has a classic self-propelled two stage snow blower control set up. Propulsion controls consist of several forward speeds and two reverse speeds. One lever on one handle controls the propulsion while the other engages and disengages the auger. It’s a tried-and-true platform, but also includes some of the the tried-and-failed shortcomings of a basic control configuration.

I’m 5’11” and find it quite uncomfortable to get my palm above and ahead of the levers on the handles to engage propulsion and the auger levers. Then, upon depression of the levers, the machine instantly lurches into action, leaving me stumbling to regain control if I don’t anticipate the response. When sharp turns and multiple stops and starts are needed, this can get tedious. The worm drive control for the chute is also tedious. The crank handle is located quite low and forward on the machine, leaving the operator to stoop and twist each time an adjustment needs to be made. Again, a hassle when tight turns demand frequent re-directions of the throw. The damper at the end of the chute is adjusted with the pressure of a simple thumbscrew. Tiny changes yield big changes in the discharge angle, so adjustment is tricky.

While less than convenient, I will say to the machine’s credit, there isn’t a whole lot to go wrong with the controls. I have no fear of ice or debris jamming some complicated or delicate joystick mechanism, a complication perhaps most expected from a budget-priced machine. But the fact remains that higher-end machines have convenient controls that are also reliable- undoubtably much easier on the operator, especially in tight, urban environments that require agility. The 2410 is also conspicuously lacking a headlight or heated handles, further narrowing it’s efficient applicability.

Performance?

How well does it actually blow snow? The machine is advertised to clear up to 12 inches. 12 inches of powder? Sure. But it is a snowblower, and decidedly not a slush or ice thrower. The dam of slush pushed in front of my driveway by the city plow doesn’t get blown by the 2410 so much as dumped out a few inches to the side of the auger housing. The machine rarely bogs down under normal snow conditions, but don’t expect it to carve through compacted drifts or slush without some back and forth. The multiple forward speeds are so close to one another they don’t do much to help with varying snow loads. It seems like the 2410 can at times keep up at full speed, but then if the snow load has crosses over critical mass, the machine needs to be coaxed through the snow inch by inch. While some larger machines have the power to go through just about anything and throw it 50’, the 2410 does deserve some credit for its being designed true to service: when it does get bogged down, the steel auger, plow and impeller at least survive-and even if the 2410 has to go inch by inch and dump slush just the other side of the auger, it still does it, and without damage. An off brand budget machine might have been out of commission if similarly challenged.

The engine serves fairly well- it generally starts easily and is decently powerful. The only big problem with the engine has been with storage. The carburetor relies on a very fine idler jet orifice. This jet gets varnished over in a heartbeat. The tell-tale sign of this problem is engine “searching”- when idling, the engine will rev and slow repeatedly, as if it can’t decide where to stop. What’s really happening is that the throttle is trying to maintain the engine running without the constant trickle of fuel usually supplied by the idler jet. It’s sort of like the “pilot light” of the engine. Each time the machine has sat unused for more than a month, this jet has become clogged, even with the addition of fuel stabilizers. To correct the issue itself is rather simple- a tiny wire like that of a wire brush bristle needs to be passed through the jet to open it. Unfortunately, this jet is quite difficult to get to. It’s located under most of the engine controls and covers which need to be removed to access the carburetor.

Closing Thoughts on the Troy Bilt Storm 2410 Snow Blower

Overall, the Troy Bilt Storm 2410 is a lot of machine for the money. It’s a robust build- it will undoubtedly withstand lots of abuse. But it is undeniably rough around the edges, and depending on the application, maybe even hopelessly outpaced in its lack of more modern features. But for the price, it’s a solid offering as a traditional workhorse two-tage platform. But for greatest efficiency, more ergonomic controls and better reliability of a more expensive machine may be well worth the money, and the price gap between the 2410 and those user friendly features is closing fast.

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