Blast Through Winter With This New Snow Thrower

Weather conditions during the winter can change from bad to worse in a blink of an eye. And clearing piles of heavy, icy snow from the driveway and sidewalks can be tiresome, plus take hours to complete. Luckily, the new Vortex' 2490 three-stage snow thrower prepares you for the unpredictability of winter with power that blasts through the heaviest, wettest snow.

How is Vortex' different from a single- or two-stage snow thrower?

Vortex's third-stage accelerator spins 10 times faster than the augers - first breaking down the snow and then driving it back into the impeller, throwing more snow farther and quicker. The three-stage removal process also minimizes clogging in the chute which is helpful in icy, heavy snow conditions.

What are some of its other benefits?

This Troy-Bilt® three-stage snow thrower is available in three sizes - 24", 28", and 30" - and features six forward speeds and two reverse speeds. It is also equipped with Touch ʼn Turn® power steering, heated hand grips and Just One Hand® operation, as well as large X-Trac' tires that provide extra traction when breaking through barriers of snow left at the bottom of the driveway from snow plows.

Is Vortex right for you?

Vortex is ideal for individuals who live in areas that receive heavy amounts of snow throughout the season.

If a three-stage snow thrower isn't suitable for you, it's still important to identify the type of winter environment in your region and know the size of space you will be working with before choosing a snow thrower. Use the Troy-Bilt Snow Thrower Selector tool as guide for choosing a snow thrower and keep these questions in mind:

  • What type of surface will I be clearing?
  • What is the shape and length of my driveway?
  • How much and what type of snow do I receive?

Maintenance Checklist

For individuals who already own a snow thrower, make sure it is prepped and running smoothly for the first snow of the season by following this checklist:

  • Change the oil with 5W30 winter oil.
  • Install a new spark plug, if carbon build-up is noticeable.
  • Inspect belts for wear and replace, if necessary.
  • Drain the gas tank and replace with fresh fuel (84-90 octane unleaded gasoline with less than 10% alcohol content) and add a fuel stabilizer like Sta-Bil®
  • Lubricate the drive and framework as instructed in your operator's manual.

Safety Tips

Before operating your snow thrower, it's important to read your machine's instructions and review these safety tips:

  • Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts, in the auger/impeller housing or chute assembly.
  • Never operate with a missing or damaged chute assembly. Keep all safety devices in place and working.
  • Never direct snow at people.
  • Exercise caution when operating on or crossing gravel surfaces.
  • Always wear protective eyewear, such as safety goggles, and wear the proper winter gear; avoid wearing any jewelry, scarves or other loose clothing that could get caught in the snow thrower.
  • Never run an engine indoors, or in a poorly ventilated area.
  • Do not operate around small children or pets.

Emergency Spare Parts

There's always a possibility you'll need to replace a piece of equipment during or right after a snow storm. To better prepare for this type of situation, it's best to keep the following spare parts on hand:

  • Ignition key
  • Shear pins
  • Drive belts
  • Spark plugs
  • Oil
  • Fresh fuel
  • Skid shoes
  • Shave plate


The Dirt from Troy-Bilt

November/December 2014