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Cub Cadet 3X (26") 357cc Three-Stage Snow Blower

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Grade
Style
Clearing
26"
Wide
Intake
21"
High
Surface

Unpaved
Area

Large
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357cc Cub Cadet OHV 4-Cycle Engine
Electric start - just press a button and off you go
Powers through the toughest winter conditions
No mixing of gas and oil

Innovative 3-Stage System
Up to 50% more throughput than a 2-stage snow blower
The heavy duty steel auger gathers and moves snow to the center
New induction accelerator chops up & pushes snow to the impeller
High performance 4-blade impeller throws snow out discharge chute
Ideal for clearing what city plows leave at the end of your drive

4-Way Single-Hand Joystick Chute Control
Change direction and pitch of chute from operator position
Features 190 degree crank chute rotation and remote pitch control
Extended length, durable polymer chute

Zero Turn Posi-Steer™ Power Steering
Fingertip trigger control allows effortless single-hand turns
Large 15 inch X-Trac tires offer superior traction

Additional Standard Features Include:
Cool Blue skid shoes rust resistant, non-marking, and reversible
In-dash halogen headlight lights your way



Model
  Model Number:3526SWE
 UPC:043033564125
 Manufacturer:Cub Cadet
Engine
 Brand:Cub Cadet OHV
 Type:4-Cycle OHV
 Power:357 cc
 Starting System:120-Volt Electric /w Recoil
 Fuel Tank:5.0 quarts (4.73 liters)
Auger
 Diameter:12 (30.48 cm)
 Material:Serrated Steel
Impeller
 Diameter:12 (30.48 cm)
 Profile:Steel 4-Blade
Chute
 Material:Plastic
 Chute Rotation:Lever
 Turning Radius:190°
Drive System
 Drive:All Wheel Posi-Traction
 Steering:Handle-Mounted Triggers
 Gear Case:Aluminum
 Forward Speeds:6 Forward
 Reverse Speeds:2 Reverse
 Tire Type:X-Trac
 Tire Size:15" x 5" (38.1 cm x 12.7 cm)
Options
 Remote Deflector Contols:Yes
 Drift Cutters:Sold Separately
 Front Weights:Sold Separately
 Interlocking Controls:Yes
 Hand Warmers:Yes
 Headlights:Halogen
 Skid Shoes:Included - Reversible
Overview
 Weight:290.0 Lbs. (131.54 kilograms)
 Dimensions:48.25L x 28.75W x 34.0H
(122.56 x 73.03 x 86.36 cm)
 Consumer Warranty:3 Years
 Commercial Warranty:1 Year
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  8 Questions
Q: Does this machine have shear pins for the auger and third stage?
by Bob Bartelson from Massachusetts on December 03, 2014

A: Bob - yes, the Cub Cadet 3526SWE uses the same OEM-738-04124 shear pins as the Cub Cadet two-stage models do: shear pins
by Joe, Product Expert
Q: Is this machine at least 10 horse power to handle heavy wet snow
by Reg from New Hampshire on November 28, 2014

A: Reg - there is no true conversion from cc's to HP. But the 357cc engine in the Cub Cadet 3526SWE is roughly equal to 11 HP
by Joe, Product Expert
Q: Who makes this engine.? Is it made in the United States?
by Mark from Missouri on October 26, 2014

A: Mark - Cub Cadet builds their own engines. They are manufactured in China.
by Joe, Product Expert
Q: I JUST PURCHASED A 3 STAGE 26" CUB CADET SNOW BLOWER AND WANT TO KNOW IF CUB CADET MAKES CHAINS FOR IT MY DRIVE IS QUITE STEEP.
by JOHN JOPPIE from Michigan on October 21, 2014

A: John - the Cub Cadet 3526SWE has a 15" x 5" tire. We sell a set of Toro #107-3813 tire chains that will work just fine on a Cub Cadet if you need chains: tire chains
by Joe, Product Expert
Q: The Specs indicate it comes with heated hand grips. Is this a change from last season?
by Mike from New York on September 13, 2014

A: Mike - yes, Cub Cadet added heated hand grips as a standard feature on this years 3X models
by Joe, Product Expert
Q: Do these drift cutters work with Cub Cadet (26") 357cc Three-Stage Snow Blower or do they already come with this machine?
by Kim Marino from Colorado on December 12, 2013

A: Kim - you are correct. The Cub Cadet 26" three-stage model would use the OEM-390-679 drift cutters. The three-stage models do not come with drift cutters.
by Joe, Product Expert
Q: What is better steel or polymer chute with wet snow?
by Don Bachman from Michigan on November 23, 2013

A: Don - you will find people who like steel and people who like polymer when it comes to dealing with wet snow. My preference is for the polymer chute when dealing with wet snow, but either way, you'll most likely need to treat the discharge chute with a non-stick spray to fully prevent wet snow from sticking inside the discharge chute.
by Joe, Product Expert
Q: Bob,

How will this machine perform on an unpaved drive?

by Al Openshaw from Minnesota on November 09, 2013

A: Hello Al,

The Cub Cadet (26") 357cc Three-Stage Snow Blower is designed to clear the heaviest of snow on even unpaved surfaces. As you lower the skid shoes, it will raise the auger so that you are not forcing rocks through the impeller as well.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you and have a great day!
by Joe, Product Expert
Cub Cadet 3526SWE Reviews & Ratings
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Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5
Pros
Power (1)
Does Great In The Heavy ... (1)
Top Of The Line (1)
Did A Great Job (1)
It Does The Job (1)
Cons
Expensive (17)
Bad Instructions (10)
Low Quality (7)
Difficult To Use (7)
Heavy (6)
88% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Joe, the Snow Blower Expert
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Total Reviews
36 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
3365 Helpful Votes
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Cub Cadet's 3526SWE had added an additional feature that is changing the snow clearing game. They have added a patented “3rd” stage auger to its 2-stage housing allowing this blower to handle 50% more snow than a traditional two stage snow blower making it great for most property owners alike.

Equipped with a powerful 357cc Cub Cadet OHV engine, the 3526SWE has more than enough torque to handle the heaviest of snow fall. Stocked with a standard electric start, all you do is press a button... more
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Joseph Raheb
Long Island, NY
Total Helpful Votes
89 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JAN.
04
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Cub Cadet (26") 357cc Three-stage Snow Blower
Received item in just a few days, it arrived in perfect condition, took 10 minutes to set up. The only problem is that when I filled it with fuel and pushed the primer bulb 3 times it leaked fuel, I don't know if its a broken or cracked tube or something more serious. I let it sit for several minutes before I attempted to start it, putting the choke on and using the electric start it started right up, used it for about 2 hours in the snow storm we just got hit with and it worked flawlessly. In... more
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Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Features, I'd Buy It Again
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James D.
Worcester, PA
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 9/21/14
Total Helpful Votes
15 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
OCT.
15
2014
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Jury Is Still Out...
I received my snow blower and found an issue with the chute. Customer service wait times on phone were pretty ridiculous.

It took 4 calls to finally find someone who could help me out. Since I had not received any warranty information, I didn't know what to expect.

I will be receiving a "replacement" part, which is kind of sad, since this is a $1300 brand new snow blower. But we will see how it goes...so far, not real pleased with this buy...neither the product nor the seller... more
Pros: Bought This Based On The Glowing Reviews
Cons: Bad Instructions, Unreliable, Right Off The Truck Issue With Chute
Joe, the Snow Blower Expert
Product Expert
James,
We're sorry to hear you're dissatisfied with the snow blower. If the chute is the only problem, the replacement of the chute should be an appropriate solution.

We would like to apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you, and if you have any further concerns regarding your new 3-stage snow blower, please give us a call at (888) 317-7669.
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Joe
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 10/20/14
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
21 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
24
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
I'm Ready
I received my unit today on-time.... My thoughts are below:

1. Excellent packing from the manufacture. No damage.

2. Directions are a bit tough for the setup. But no major concerns.

3. Great build quality.

4. Started up right away.

5. Average size unit. Not massive.

6. I would highly recommend PED!

Looking forward to not shoveling snow this year......
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Scott Collins
Durango, CO
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 9/22/14
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
14
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice Experience
My purchase from Snow Blowers Direct was a nice experience. The machine was exactly what I expected, it arrived when I was told to expect it, and the minor assembly was easy.

In addition, since the packaging was slightly damaged, the shipping company spent extra time to ensure that everything inside was undamaged before they left.
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Mark I.
Grand Rapids, MI
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 11/24/14
REVIEWED
JAN.
09
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Nice Machine... But
It finally snowed enough to use the 3 stage 357cc.

The machine ran fine and did a great job. The only problem was trying to use the joy stick to get the chute to move properly. I had difficulty trying to squeeze the red button in all the way to get the snow chute to move where I wanted the blown snow to go.

I had to stop several times & try to get a good enough grip on the handle and red trigger switch to activate the chute. Not a very good design in my opinion, especially for anyone... more
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Paul P.
Grass Lake, MI
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 11/17/14
REVIEWED
JAN.
19
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
3x26 Is An Animal!
Only used it half a dozen times or so, but I love this machine! We recently had some above-freezing temps, and there were wet piles of snow 3' high or so. The Cub Cadet ate them for breakfast...it actually seemed to come alive when it hit the piles. I'd be tooling along down the path, and when the blades hit a pile the rpm's would kick up and blow it out of the park, almost as if the machine was enjoying itself.

Can't recommend it highly enough: outstanding machine, more than adequate for... more
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Sean C.
Owen Sound, OH
REVIEWED
JAN.
08
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Machine
I just bought this blower the other day...used it 3 days in a row....i love the easy start with the pull cord, works great, have not tried the electric start yet but i'm sure it's even easier :) ....today I ran into a bit of a problem..the end of my driveway where the plow had went by a few times.it was very heavy sloppy slush...

i know that no snow blower likes this stuff...but i truly was not impressed by the way it handled it.even taking 1/4 of the width of the blower and only about... more
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Nick
Billerica, MA
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 12/1/14
REVIEWED
JAN.
26
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Simple, Easy, And Potent
First let me say I did a ton of research before deciding on this snowblower. We are about 80 feet back from the road, up a decent hill and then we have an extended drive way across 3 garage bays and then an extension that was built to hold a motor home off to the side, for about 5-6K sqft of driveway.

I am not overly handy, and building this was simple, learning how to start it up was super easy and straightforward. Operating it is pretty easy and straightforward. Variable speeds made it... more
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Rich B.
Nutley, NJ
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 9/10/14
REVIEWED
JAN.
24
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Value
I just used my new Cub Cadet 26 inch 3 stage snow blower in a wet heavy 6 inch deep snow. This thing cleared through the snow like no one's business and never jammed up once. This machine is a beast.

My only complaint is the chute does not turn enough on the left side. It only turns maybe 10-15 degrees. It is extremely easy to operate and has lots of power.

I strongly recommend this machine for anyone with a big driveway.
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John
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 9/16/14
REVIEWED
JAN.
24
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Snow Blower
I did my homework. Thanks snow blower direct, you have were alot of help! Then after the heavy winter we had last year up in the north east, I ordered this Cub Cadet 3X. Finally got to use it this morning. It is a BEAST! I had a single stage Ariens. Which was good for powder as long as it was not too deep.

But, as soon as it got over 6 inches and heavy and it turned into the little engine that could. If you know what I mean. I have a driveway that can fit almost 12 cars. So I needed to... more
Pros: Price, Features, I'd Buy It Again, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: Heavy, Packaging
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Marnie B.
Tyngsboro, MA
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 12/16/14
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
JAN.
06
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice Machine
I got this and I am very pleased so far. Waiting for a real snow fall to see it really work. Good value.
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