John Deere Snow Throwers: The 522E Single-Stage Snowthrower

by Martin

in Gas snow blowers, John Deere snow blowers, Single stage snow blowers

Among John Deere snow throwers, this single stage model is the smallest.

But that may just suit you fine, because while two-stage snow throwers are wonderful at what they do, they are often too big and too expensive for many applications.

A solution may be to invest in a powerful single-stage machine like the John Deere 522E Single-Stage Snowthrower that can cut your snow removal work down to size.

Features at a glance

  • 148cc Briggs and Stratton engine
  • 22 inch clearing width
  • 12 inch clearing height
  • 25 feet maximum discharge distance
  • Auger propelled drive
  • 110V electric start

What is this John Deere snow throwers 522E best for?

This single-stage Deere is best suited for use in areas which receive small to moderate amounts of snow.

Its 22 inch clearing width is quite generous for such a compact single-stage machine, and its 12 inch clearing depth allows it to tackle snow as deep as a foot.

This machine is unable to clear the heaviest and deepest snow, but it is perfect if you need a unit capable of efficiently clearing a few inches to a foot in a short amount of time.

How is this snow thrower powered?

Briggs and Stratton engines are among the best in the snow removal business, and for good reason.

The company has been around for decades and it has been producing high quality American made products over the duration of its existence.

This Deere snow thrower is powered by an energetic 148cc Briggs engine with 5.25 ft-lbs gross torque, which is responsible for efficiently and powerfully operating the auger.

If you are not familiar, the auger is the device that pulls snow into the housing and out of the chute. On this model, and many other single-stage snow throwers, the auger is also responsible for propelling the unit forward while in operation.

How easy is it to use?

At under 100 pounds, this snow thrower is very easy to maneuver. As long as you operate it unit under the conditions for which it is designed, you should have no problem using it with ease.

It has a push button electric start with recoil back up with large mitten grip.

The rubber-edged auger makes propelling the machine an effortless proposition and the chute is easily adjustable within a 190 degree radius by turning a simple hand crank near the bottom of the handlebar assembly.

The deflector is also easily adjustable, but you must do so manually.

Assembly is a snap, and it involves nothing more than lifting the handle assembly into place and tightening a couple wing nuts.

Since the handles fold back down easily, you need less storage space for this machine than with many models.

What safety features does it have?

Sometimes snow throwers can get clogged, and there is often no way to remove the clog without inserting an implement into the auger assembly. Of course, you should always use a broom stick or other long device to clear out clogs for maximum safety.

Even though this unit is designed to never clog, it is possible, but you can put your mind at ease knowing that John Deere has installed a mechanism which prevents the machine’s operation in the event that you release the control handle.

Is it worth buying?

With a retail price of about $650, this model might be a bit too pricey for some, but if you require a dependable single-stage machine that will last for many winters, then you cannot go wrong with this Deere.

It is built to last, and it packs quite a punch in a small, green package. Check out your John Deere dealer for more information.

Deere backs this machine with a 2 year consumer warranty and a 90-day commercial warranty.

As a note of warning, Deere is ending sales of its walk behind snow blowers and snow throwers from 2012. All units sold beforehand will still be backed by its dealerships.

If that worries you, Snapper or Toro snow blowers are pretty good alternatives.


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