- Type: Dual-Stage
- Engine: 291 cc
- Clearing Width: 27" (68.6 cm)″
- Starter: 120-Volt Electric
Brand LCT Type 2 stage Horsepower 291 cc Starting System 120-Volt Electric
In-Dash_Headlights Flood Heated_Handles N/A Weight 265 lbs. Consumer_Warranty 2-Yr Limited Commercial_Warranty 90-Day Limited
Drive Chain drive Forward_Speeds 6 forward Reverse_Speeds 2 reverse Tire_Type X-trac Tire_Size 16 x 5 " Skid_Shoes Heavy Duty Skids
Diameter 12" (30.48 cm) Profile Steel 3-Blade
Clearing Width 27" (68.6 cm) Clearing Height 23” (58.42cm) Material Serrated Steel
Material Metal, powder-coated frame Chute_Rotation Remote Turning_Radius 180° Max_Throwing_Distance 30 feet (9.14 meters)
husqvarna Rocks kiddiesBy steve (Owner), Jan. 15, 2011My 1st husq.. was 16 years old when I retired it today 1/15/2011 it was a 724 model I really
beat the daylights out of it and still got a
great trade in towards a new 12527HV model.
The new Husq..appears to be what the docter ordered. Plenty of power fit and trim as husq..is known for. When I got home off the truck and it was straight to work with no problems. I like the many new and or improved
feature over the 16 year span power steering,
one handed operation and those tires are
great Ive got 130'X 12' driveway and live in
the endless mountains of NE Pennsylvannia so the new husq..will get worked hard.
Husqvarna 12527HV first season reportBy Scrivener(Owner), Feb. 13, 2014It rarely snows well in central Maryland. This year has been very cold, and we did get a few 3-4 inch powder snows from Alberta clippers. Any snow thrower can do well in that type of snow, so I wanted to wait for a challenging snow to rate my new Husqvarna 12527HV dual-stage snowblower. Most of our snows start or end with sleet, rain and freezing rain. Our biggest snows come from the clash of a wet low pressure area coming up along the Atlantic coast with a cold front from the west. Timing is everything. Last week we had bout 1 1/2 inches of slush on the driveway. Today we got 18 inches of snow, ending as freezing rain, and then warming above freezing. That made the snow deep and heavy. Both of those types of snow are challenges for snow throwers. The Husky did a quick and excellent job of clearing my 300+ foot driveway of the slush. I walked along at moderate speeds, and the discharge chute did not clog even once. I had to go slower with the 18 inch snow, but again the Husqvarna walked through it - no clogging. I even went down the side of our road, clearing away the snowplow hump from several of my neighbors' drives and mailboxes. The snow pile was above the 23 inch height of the input chute. At this point it tended to "climb" a little, but a second pass took out the remainder and the snow that went over the top and fell around the input chute.
I like the auger blades on this model. They are solid blades, with aggressive serrated edges, not the open tine type. I think that helps feed the snow to the impeller better. This model has a headlight, consisting of three very bright LEDs. Because I so often have to open the drive after getting home from work, or before going to work, I appreciate this feature a lot. For those who are fans of metal discharge chutes, this model has a metal chute. The chute mounts on a heavy polymer mount. It appears to be heavier than the polymer discharge chute on my John Deere tractor mount snow thrower, and I have never had any problems with that chute. (The 44 inch John Deere, by the way, is no match for either of these challenging snows.) The nice big 16 inch tires also make free-wheeling the thrower easy.
The 291 cc LCT "Snow King" engine proved its mettle on this job. It has no throttle, but uses a governor. I was a little wary of that but, already having a lawn mower that operates that way, I made the purchase. The engine didn't miss a beat, even going into the snowplow pile. I was looking around at first for a non-Chinese made engine - but I could not find one. My research came across several opinion pieces that claim they are all designed in the US and manufactured in China, even the extra cost B&S engines I was looking at (check the B&S web site carefully - the models on throwers I was looking at are NOT made in the USA). The Ariens AX and Husqvarna Snow King are designed in the US, and manufactured in China (by LCT) with parts and service through Ariens and Husqvarna. LCT seems to have taken over the place of Tecumseh as the dominant supplier of snow thrower engines (and I read somewhere that they also took over the Tecumseh engine rights).
So is there anything I don't like about this thrower? Well, I'd have liked the heated handles, but they were available on the 30 inch, not the 27. So that was my purchasing choice; no points deducted. However, the loop handles, while large and comfortable to use with gloves, are very cold. A vinyl sleeve over the bare metal would have been welcome - and that's a design decision by Husqvarna. While there are 6 forward speeds and two reverse, there are no markings for the gear detents. You have to feel the clicks. It is hard enough to return to my same forward speed that I find myself just releasing the drive wheel triggers and pulling the machine backward manually. When I do shift into reverse, I usually get it into the higher speed reverse, which has me walking backwards faster than I wish. I wish it were easier to shift between speeds, forward and reverse and to find neutral with certainty. The machine turns very easily by pulling a trigger in either handle that disengages that drive wheel - a nice and simple feature. Occasionally, after working in the snow for quite a while, I would notice the machine pulling to the right or left. If I had to fight it to go straight, that was an indication that the drive pin did not re-engage properly, and I had to pull and release sharply. I think this was due to a buildup of slush that was re-freezing. These negatives are mostly just annoyances. Given the overall performance and build quality of the machine, I would give it a 4.5 out of 5 rating.