Vortex™ 2890 Snow Blower

28" Three-Stage Snow Blower - 357cc Troy-Bilt Engine - Just One Hand® Operation

Model No. 31AH5DQ8766


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Move more snow with less effort and in record time - thanks to the Vortex 2890 three-stage snow blower.  The new 12" inch accelerator that makes the three stage process possible spins at 10 times the speed of the Xtreme™ augers, breaking down the heaviest, wettest snow before throwing it out of the high-impact polymer chute.  The Vortex 2890 three-stage snow blower is equipped with a reliable 357cc* Troy-Bilt engine and large X-Trac™ tires that provide extra traction when breaking through the barriers of snow left at the bottom of your driveway.  Additional features include Touch 'n Turn® power steering, heated hand grips and Just One Hand® Operation.

Top Rated by a Leading Publication
Vortex 2890 Snow Blower is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 61.
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  • Three-Stage Design

    The 12" accelerator spins 10 times faster than the augers, first breaking down heavy, wet snow like it was fresh powder. Then, with the help of the augers, it continuously shoots snow back into the third stage impeller for discharging.

  • Touch ’n Turn® Power Steering

    The Touch ’n Turn® power steering system is controlled by two easy triggers. Simply squeeze the trigger on the side you want to turn toward, and the unit’s self-propelled drive system will turn the snow thrower for you.

  • Just One Hand® Operation

    Just One Hand® operation lets you guide your Troy-Bilt® snow thrower with literally one hand. Because the machine is engineered to be well-balanced and easy to control, it does the work – not you.

  • Heated Hand Grips
  • In-Dash Headlight
  • Push Button Electric Start
  • All-wheel drive
  • 6 forward / 2 reverse speeds
  • 28" clearing width
  • 21" intake height
  • 12" serrated steel augers
  • 4-way joystick chute control - easily controls chute pitch and direction from the operator position
  • Deluxe reversible skid shoes
  • 16" x 6.5" X-Trac snow tires
  • 357cc* Troy-Bilt 4-cycle OHV
  • 2-year limited warranty, 5-year limited auger gearbox warranty

*as rated by engine manufacturer

  • Troy-Bilt®
  • 357cc* OHV
  • Electric / Recoil
  • 28"
  • 21"
  • 12"
  • 12"
  • 4-Way (joystick)
  • Polymer / 200 degrees
  • Standard clearing device
  • All-wheel drive
  • 6 Forward / 2 Reverse
  • Touch 'n Turn® power steering
  • Just One Hand®
  • Heated grips
  • 5 Qt
  • Extended
  • In-dash headlight
  • 16" x 6.5" X-Trac™
  • Deluxe polymer
  • 285lbs
  • 48.25"(L) x 30.75"(W) x 32.50"(H)
  • 2-year limited / 5-year limited auger gearbox
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best blower yet The Vortex 2890 Snow Thrower is the best one I have owned yet. Living on the Spine of the Appalachian Mountains, west slope of Laurel Ridge to be exact, we get more than our share of snow. I was leery at first due to a review on the internet (read it after purchase but before it snowed), but it has been flawless in its performance. It doesn't even slow down at the street where the plow stacks it up, charges right through it. Throws snow farther than any other I have owned, including tractors, and does it effortlessly. Could use a faster gear in reverse, other than that a good machine
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 15 minutes to do our entire driveway!! I bought this snowblower because I did not want to spend hours dealing with our driveway. I used it just today on the fresh 6" of snow we got and in 15 minutes I was done. I was hesitant to spend $1300 on a snowblower, but I took a chance and I 'm glad I did. It actually works better with the more snow you have. I got 4" the other day and it worked fine, but today with 6" it really throws the snow. It threw the 4" just fine too, but it seems like the blower WANTS more snow!! At the bottom of our driveway where the plows pile it up, it busted through there with NO ISSUES at all. It starts easy enough. It is heavy and my wife can use it, but it's a bit bulky for her. The only real issue is her hands are not big enough to squeeze the handles comfortably( but she can do it and has done it) We had it delivered and putting it together was easy( this was a concern for me, but it was just a few items to put on---like the chute). Going down our driveway it feels very in control and there are a few speed controls too, so you're not just on GO and trying to keep up. I am happy to say that I would buy this again and even if we won't get anymore snow, I got my money worth out of it. I don't imagine I'll have any issues with the snowblower. It seems very sturdy and put together well( not plastic all metal). I wish I could add pics to show how well it did.
Date published: 2015-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Snow Thkrower Deserves its High Rating I live in the foothills of Colorado and get a lot of snow on my very large blacktop driveway. After wearing out my 20 year-old snow thrower, I purchased the Vortex 2890 based on its consistently high ratings. The ratings were well deserved. It is fast, easy to steer with the ability to disengage the drive to each wheel, and has no problem with the huge mound of packed snow that the road plows leave me. A portion of my drive is very steep, and while the wheels have been able to get up the incline so far, chains are probably in my future.
Date published: 2015-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the Snow Blower I purchased Vortex 2890 for our new home that has a large 6 to 8 car driveway and paths need to different parts of our yard and barn. While, I have only had opportunity to use it twice this year, I am so far impressed with the power and overall performance of this machine. I wish we have more than a couple inches these past couple storms to really give her a test run. The 3rd stage does do as advertised. Cuts right through the plow piles at the end of the driveway like they were butter. Only issue I have is that the control stick is hard to use to turn the snow shoot left or right and find I have to stop and use two hands at times to get it to turn. I thought it might have been more electric control than manual for this, but it is not an issue for me, but may be for others. For the limited amount of use, I would recommend this for others with large areas of snow to remove.
Date published: 2016-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from TRoy's 2890 Snow Thrower I love the 2890. We had a very heavy, very wet snow shortly after I got it, and the 2890 easily threw it 30+feet! It is a beast! My only suggested improvement would be a way to lighten up on the two grips. I'm 74 and may be starting to get arthritis, so gripping the two handles for a half hour to an hour was tough for me, because they were so stiff. Although they are a safety feature, easing the pressure would have no effect on safety- ie keeping you behind the blower while it is operating. Next winter I may devise a way to use velcro straps to assist me. Al
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful! Over the past 20 years I've had many different brands, big and small, this one is like a Cadillac. Power to spare, throws snow much farther than others. The chute control lever is kind of awkward and clunky to use but not a big deal. I live on a busy street and the plow piled up a big berms of heavy snow in front of both of my driveways for my first use, It chewed through them with ease and much faster than the others I have owned. I help 2 older neighbors with their driveway and sidewalks as well. Power steering is a joy, no more muscling it around!! We will see over time how it holds up but I'm happy so far.
Date published: 2016-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the Big Dawg!!! I have used it a handful of times here in the NW burbs of Chicago and this thing doesn't hesitate!!! With 6 inches and even that hard icy junk at the end of the drive from the plows, it barely even ramped up the governor. As a recent Florida transplant to some of the harsher winters in the lower 48, this machine is worth every penny!!!
Date published: 2015-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best snowblower This is the best snowblower I ever owned worked great in the last two storms good on gas to
Date published: 2016-02-27
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