Troy Bilt is one of the most affordable two-stage snowblowers
The Storm 2410 is one of the most affordable two-stage snowblowers from a prestigious company, and for the money you will pay for it, you will get a tough machine indeed. For only $600, the Storm 2410 offers a construction as strong as some of the more expensive blowers. Of course, it lacks all the bells and whistles that stand out on those fancier machines.
The only luxury on the Storm 2410 is an electric start as seen in this Troy Bilt Storm 2410 Review. Anyway, how hard is a 208cc engine to pull? It shouldn’t be hard. Because of that, connecting a cable and engaging the noisy motor of the electric start is actually more painful. It just adds dead weight to the machine.
The Storm 2410 has the traditional speeds of any self-propelled blower. The controls have a few forward speeds and two reverses. A lever on a side adjusts the speed and another at the other side connects and disconnects the auger. It’s an old and reliable system. But it also come with some failures that are usually seen on a cheap control panel.
I’m an average tall guy, and it’s a bit difficult for me to reach over the unit to the engage propulsion and auger levers. So, by pressing the levers, the unit starts to run all of a sudden, making me struggle to seize control, if it takes me unawares. When you have to make pronounced turns and you have to stop and restart intermittently, it can be a drag. The crank is placed very low and on the front side of the unit, forcing the user to lean and contort to make any adjustment. Another drag when you have to re-arrange the chute while turning. The chute has a damper that is adjusted by pressing a mere bolt. Little modifications make huge changes in the chute angle, so you must do adjustments carefully.
Although not really convenient, we must admit that the controls are quite decent and work well. I don’t have to worry about ice or dirt clogging any sensitive joystick system, which you can well expect to happen with moderately expensive models. But the true still is that pricier blowers have handier controls that are durable too. And of course, way easier to use, above all for narrow city spaces where nimbleness is a must-have. And for some reason, the Storm 2410 mischievously lacks front lights and heated handles, which shortens its efficiency even more.
How does it work, really? The brand claims that the blower has a clearing capacity of 12 inches. That must be regarding powdery snow. Because this blower can’t really toss ice or wet snow. The Storm 2410 can’t blow the compacted pile of snow left by the city plow in the end of my driveway, it rather spits it out to a side of the auger deck.