3X™ 30 HD

3X THREE-STAGE POWER
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3X™ 30 HD
3X THREE-STAGE POWER
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$ 2,299.00

Superior Quality that Handles Winter’s Worst

The award-winning 3X is the powerhouse of the X Series line. With a patented three-stage system, the 3X clears deep snowfall up to 50% faster than a traditional snow blower. That means you can easily and quickly remove 18 inches of snowfall at a comfortable pace. It will even bust through the wall of winter at the end of the driveway. When you have 3X strength, nothing is in your way.

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  • 420cc OHV Engine is powerful, dependable and equipped with push-button electric start
  • 30 inch clearing width and 23 inch intake height
  • 16” X-Trac™ tires provide strong traction in snowy conditions
  • Dual LED headlights to clear snow before dawn or after dark

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good The machine throws snow a mile. However, the snow chute elevation cables freeze after each use. If it gets warm enough you can thaw them out or just put a heater indet the controls for a while. I've had them replaced with no help. Other than that I can't find anything else bad about the snowblower. Starts great and the 3rd stage just eats through plow piles. It makes me sad that winter will be over in a month and I'll have to put it away for the summer.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Does not work in slush or heavy snow This snow blower craps the bed every time it sees slush.Unless it is light fluffy snow this 14 hp snow blower is useless.It sucks that every time I have heavy wet snow, which in New York is more the rule than the exception I have to get my neighbor to run through my driveway with his plow. My neighbor next door with a competitors snowblower eats it up and spits it out no problem.
Date published: 2019-03-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Complete Waste of Money [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Just purchased this snowblower and it is a 100% complete waste of money. For $1700 it shouldn't clog every 5 feet and have enough power to throw snow more than 2 feet. It never was able to even meet more less exceed any of the specs or pictures listed on the website. I'm hoping I can return it was just purchased. I'm still shocked it preformed so bad. It could literally only handle about 3 inches of snow. This machine will do nothing like the pictures show
Date published: 2021-01-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 12 inch 3 stage plugs up frequently The 12 auger and 3 stage plugs up in wet snow and mostly pushes it around. Not as good as 13 inch auger 2 stage. I would not but it again. And the chute also plugs up, to narrow. The reverse seems very slow. Has good features like lock auger handle. Definitely has lots of power to move snow.
Date published: 2019-05-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Constant breakdown I bought this for this winter of 2018 2019. And the first time I used it all the shear pins on augers sheared. Plus the belt broke. Does not want to work in wet snow as you claim. Not happy with this product.
Date published: 2019-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what I wanted Was looking at a smaller model but when I showed a photo of last years drifts the salesman explained some of the potential struggles I would have. Went with this model and WOW! This takes out the drifts with ease.
Date published: 2019-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great blower I am not sure why the negative reviewers, lucky for me I put more stock in Consumer Reports than these. I am extremely happy with my purchase I have now blown 4’ of snow in two storms all wet and heavy and am happy to report it does an excellent job. No broken pins no burnt belts it is well made and sturdy. The only conclusion I can come to is that there are folks that are poor operators when it comes to machines. The Operator may be more of a problem than the machine, a little common sense and this bad boy will do all you need to do it chews through the pile at the end of the driveway and throws the snow plenty far away. If you are looking for a great machine at a mid price range this is a good one, but just because it has 6 gears doesn’t mean you should be trying to blow snow in 6th gear. All in all I am extremely happy with my purchase.
Date published: 2019-02-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great features held back by shear pins Great startup, design, features, but there are a few issues. I sheared 2 shear pins the first time I used it in a light 6" snow. The speeds are also too fast. Why have 6 speeds and can only really use 1 and 2? And reverse has 2 speeds and both are too slow!? The middle gearbox on the augers is leaking from one of the auger shafts. I hoped and expected more.
Date published: 2019-02-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Piece of Junk Have been replacing shear pins like crazy, i snow blow six driveways with this unit and on last snow fall i counted eleven shear pins replaced, i spend more time replacing pins than blowing snow. Last three seasons i've replaced auger shaft,auger cable, forward motion cable and now the weld on the whole drum chute are breaking leaving me having to replace it Augh!
Date published: 2019-12-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Chute plugs constantly This is the second full winter I have had this machine and the chute plugs constantly even in fluffy snow.
Date published: 2019-02-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very Disappointed Used this machine for the very first time with a light 3" of snow on the ground. The R1 reverse gear did not work at all. The R2 reverse gear worked, but just barely. In addition the machine performed poorly with the slushy snow at the end of the drive and became clogged. Not happy with this purchase.
Date published: 2021-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great performance [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] This machine is not for your wife or girl friend to use...it's a serious machine for nearly any amount of snow. Sure it works fine in 3 inches of snow, you just have to walk a little faster. No problems with the shoot, cabels or shear pins - stay out of the gravel pit. It never ran me over backing up, I learned early to turn around and move forward, just select one of the 6 forward speeds, it's easier to maneuver
Date published: 2021-02-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Expensive disappointment A perennial failure that lasted 4 years and finally gave out. It required constant maintenance in order to engage the auger and keep the clutch from burning and incredibly frustrating was the fact that the discharge chute was constantly clogged. I had to keep a 12" screwdriver with me at all times and stop and start the machine incessantly. With a fresh oil change and the first snow of the season, the engine seized. What a piece of crap.
Date published: 2020-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WHAT A BEAST !!! Goes thru snow like it is butter,3 ft of snow at end of driveway from county plow,never slowed this blower at all.do not know why anyone would have a problem with this snowblower,sometimes it is the operator not the product,my last snowblower was 31 years old never replaced 1 sheer pin
Date published: 2019-02-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste to Money This is our second winter using this snowblower. We are constantly having to replace the shear pins. They break in even the lightest snow fall. The chute clogs up all the time. The reverse doesn’t work well and it’s extremely difficult to try to maneuver. How this was rated highly on consumer reports is beyond me! What a waste of money!
Date published: 2021-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a beast [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I bought this 10/01/16 and have removed light and heavy snows. It does a tremendous job of throwing the snow far enough away so I can clear a large parking area without re-throwing the same snow over again. The third stage really helps move a lot more snow at faster rates so I can get out of the cold and wind. So far I haven't even had to use the electric start, choke it, prime it, and pull 2 to 3 times and starts. I highly recommend this snow blower, you will be amazed.
Date published: 2020-12-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What happened? I never write reviews, I don't believe in them, most are written unfairly. This is more of a warning. 30" 3X HD snow blower I bought has been a nightmare from day one. I move snow for a living. Cub Cadet is a great name, they dropped the ball this time. So many things went wrong.
Date published: 2021-02-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed, Dud not a pwerhouse Before the snow fell I thought I would upgrade. Very disappointed. Seems like at full throttle it is only running low rpm’s. It does not throw snow as advertised. Constantly stopping to clean out the chute.
Date published: 2020-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cut right through the end of the driveway. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I actually purchased this about 3 years ago and finally had enough snow for the first time to use it. Went right through the unpacked snow with no problems. Although I didn't expect it to walk right through the packed snow very well, it did a very good job irregardless. It would have been better with chains even though the X-Trac tires did provide mostly good traction. I haven't seen them for this model yet but I would hope they become available soon.
Date published: 2021-02-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Rear auger sheer pin Huge storm In Denver today and I have the most expensive snow blower on the block and I’m stuck shoveling. The rear auger sheet pin broke and NO WAY to replace.. no videos to view to fix. This stinks!!!!
Date published: 2021-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fix my chute being plug all the time If I would of written this review 2 weeks ago it would of gotten only one star I have to replace one shear pin in 2 years of usage, but my problem was clugging. Until I made a slight adjustment to my Auger cable. We’ve had -3 snow 4’’ and -13 snow 7’’ NO CLUGGING I even ran in my backyard where I hadn’t blow any snow so far and it went right through 16’’ full left to right without clugging. If I continue to be lucky with the shear pins, this will be the snowblower I purchase
Date published: 2021-01-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unreliable Just over a year and it’s been used maybe 5 times. Second year it won’t start. No old gas was left in the carbs yet it seems like it’s my fault. Actually it is, I bought a cub cadet
Date published: 2020-12-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poorly built 1st one they shipped had a bent frame. 2nd one had a belt go 5 mins into clearing 3 inches of snow. 2nd belt went mins after as well. A lot of plastic on this thing.
Date published: 2021-02-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cant handle heavier snow and clogs up all the time I had to go back to using my old 18 year 2 stage cub cadet as the 3 stage just can’t handle any snow and if it’s heavy at all it clogs up.
Date published: 2019-12-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do Not Buy This! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Just as mentioned in the other reviews (that I wish I would have read before I laid out the $$ for this prices of metal with a motor - notice I didn't call it a snow thrower...?) shear pins breaking are a frequent occasion - so buy a case of them before you leave the dealer. Chute clogs frequently - so keep the small shovel the provide in you back pocket for easy access. Reverse - well only one of the reverse speeds work (only our second winter with this product) and it's the slowest speed of course. If snow is light and fluffy then this does ok. If the snow gets any moisture or gets heavy then forget it this will quickly turn into a snow "pusher" not a snow thrower. A wall of snow will accumulate in the front as the "three stage" feature cannot keep up. They advertise that you can break through the wall of snow at end of driveway that the road plow left for you.....don't even try it unless you have your box of shear pins and a shovel. I have a 20" Toro that's probably 15-20 years old that will out perform this piece of metal with a motor. Save yourself the aggravation and buy something other than this. For the $$ I spent it would be nice if it worked like it should.
Date published: 2021-02-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Flawed design, cheap materials This machine was poorly designed, it clogs up far too easily, breaks pins frequently for no good reason, the cheaply made plastic parts wear extremely prematurely. My 26 year old Sears 10/30 will blow circles around this new machine and stills starts with one pull. Cub cadet should exchange these for something much, much better thought out. This machine is 1 winter old and I just advertised it for sale for 50% of the original purchase price.
Date published: 2020-06-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the performance I was expecting from a Cub [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Another winter begins and our first heavy snow. I was really going this year the machine would perform better since we didn't get much snow last year to really see what it could do. But one thing is consistent - this machine does not like heavier/wet snow. Bogs down, clogs up, and just doesn't eat through the snow as I expected. We also have a small 20" Torro and that thing will throw wet snow better than this 3X Cub. Very disappointed in the 3X performance. Perhaps too many moving pieces with three stages? IDK. It does OK in light fluffy snow so I gave it an extra star. Otherwise I would have rated this at one star. Cub Cadet needs to send this one back to the drawing board. Gimme one that handles all types of snow. The hand warmers are nice and the lights work well....but I bought it to THROW SNOW!
Date published: 2020-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Took delivery of this machine a week before the first huge snowstorm in 2021. This machine with its three stage snow moving went through the first round of heavy snow that was 36" high and tossed it effortlessly. The next day was the same amount of snow plus the salt/slush that was plowed into the end of the driveway which was also well handled by this machine. Excellent investment.
Date published: 2021-05-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Biggest Regret of a Purchase I bought this snow blower in November of 2017. We only had 2 decent snowfalls that winter that I was able to use it. This thing breaks shear pins like crazy. I've already gone through as many as 6 shear pins to clear 1 driveway. I figured it was my first 3 stage snowblower and that I was operating it incorrectly. The winter of 2018 was mild with only 1 or 2 more snowfalls with the winter of 2019 I did not even use this machine because it was so mild. So with that usage history being said, I've only used this machine 5 to 10 times. So far in 10 uses I've gone through 30 shear pins, 3 auger belts, the springs inside both broke, and quite honestly every snowfall I spend more time doing these "maintenance repairs" more than i spend actually blowing the snow. It works great when it works, but quite honestly for 1700 dollars I expected a lot more quality from this machine that it wouldn't constantly be breaking down on me. The motor is very strong, I will say that, however to me it seems like the motor has more power than the rest of the snowblower can handle. The headlights are very bright and the hand warmers work awesome, but that is useless if the machine is being worked on. We just had close to 30 inches of snow, and it went right through it for about a half hour before everything started to go to hell once again with it. I spent 1.5 hours snow blowing, and over 3 hours doing these same "maintenance repairs". I am very disappointed in this unit and if I was able to ship it back to Cub Cadet I would do it in a heartbeat and order a different brand. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND NOT ORDERING THIS UNIT (3X30HD). My parents had a small craftsman snowblower for 15 years and we never had problems like I do with this machine. I could count on 1 hand how many shear pins broke on that machine in 15 years with a lot of those years having 24" + snowfalls. I will probably get rid of this unit at a huge loss in money and get an Ariens Professional.
Date published: 2021-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well built [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Bought this new snowblower in August, as any snowblower availability becomes 'hard to find' during the peak of the winter season here in the NorthEast. Did not give five stars as there is no snow here yet. Will submit another review after the snow flies and I use the snowblower.
Date published: 2021-10-02
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