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.

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Vortex 2890 Snow Blower is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 41.
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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
  • 2-year limited warranty, 5-year limited auger gearbox warranty
  • 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
  • Reflective strips for safer operation in low light conditions
  • 16" x 6.5" X-Trac snow tires
  • 357cc* Troy-Bilt 4-cycle OHV

*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 1 out of 5 by from Will not start after 1 year I purchased the Snow Blower in November 2017. At the end of the season, I followed the manufacturer's manual for long term storage which included adding a fuel preserver to the tank. I started the lawn mower during in July during the summer and it worked fine. However, when I went to start it at the end of October to prepare for the new winter season it would not start. I contacted the warranty company and set up service. I was told that the carburetor became clogged and would result in repair costs. I was also told that this was not covered by the warranty given the carburetor clogged as a result of bad gas in the tank even though I followed the manufacturer's storage instructions. Given this experience, I would not recommend this product in the future.
Date published: 2018-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best snowblower I've owned I've used the Vortex for three winters now and have been very happy with it. Unlike my previous snowblowers it never clogs up, even with very wet snow in icy conditions. It throws the snow 20 to 30 feet. Hand-warming handles are a nice touch, and the electric start is great. The only minor issue is that reverse is very slow, but I usually just leave it in forward and pull it back manually. I've already recommended it to a friend, and as far as I know he's happy with his also.
Date published: 2018-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good stout machine I purchased 3 years ago as i moved into a place with a 75 foot driveway and needed to move more snow. This unit can really move the snow and throws if farther than my old MTD. As any blower it doesn't handle slushy snow very well. I deal with drifts higher than the intake and have to break them down for it to swallow up the snow. it is heavy and would be a struggle without the hand steering breaks. The breaks are a lifesaver. I do spend less time blowing which was the intention of purchasing this machine.
Date published: 2018-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful machine! I live at a higher elevation in the Adirondack mountains in northern New York state, and we receive well over 200" of snow each season up here. I purchased the Vortex 2890 in February, 2017 and have used it well over 30 times since then. I've found that this snow blower has plenty of power to clear even the heaviest, deepest accumulations. In the season and a half that I've owned it I have not had any mechanical issues or problems and I haven't even used the electric start as the machine fires right up with one pull of the starter cord; even at 10 0r 20 below. The only reason that I didn't rate this snow blower 5 stars is due to two minor annoyances - First, it has two reverse speeds, but both of them are EXTREMELY slow, and the other issue that I have is with the control for the discharge chute. I find that it is clumsy and difficult to move while the machine is in motion. Overall though, I am extremely pleased with this snow blower and would definitely recommend it to anyone who has to move a lot of snow.
Date published: 2018-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good machine with one issue I own a 2840 Storm which just turned 3 years old, It has been vey useable and has worked fine. Took it out of cellar to get it ready for season. Changed oil, cleaned up, check for issues, fueled pulled starter rope and it came apart. Took recoil assembly off and opened it intent on replacing broken cord. Found I cannot do it. Have to purchase entire new assembly as spring spoke on wheel that holds cord broke. I am disappointed to say the least as I also own a TroyBilt and a Troybilt tiller all of which have been excellent pieces of yard equipment. Sorry but this was a letdown as far as Troybilt quality is concerned.
Date published: 2018-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product! We just bought this early this year. Works wonderfully. Especially as I have a steep driveway. 5 stsrs
Date published: 2018-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best snow blower tht I have used I bought the machine last year and I have put it through the winters unbeliivale snow storm with ease. Has the power and git up and go through the heaviest snow piles
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great machine Exceeds all expections, starts every time. Would recommend
Date published: 2018-07-10
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