It’s TROY-BILT – Need I Say More?
I have a particular passion for both Troy-Bilt and Briggs and Stratton products – especially, their snow throwers. The quality and reliability have proven to be unmatched by most of the other outdoor equipment manufacturers – though some of them, like Cub Cadet, come pretty darn close with some of their offerings.
There’s a lot of power in this Vortex 2690 with its 357cc Overhead Valve (OHV) 4 cycle electric start engine. That amount of power is the driving force used to create the relentless muscle to drive the 3 stages of snow removal.
First, the serrated steel augers bite into the snow – be it light and powdery – or compacted, heavy, and wet – or icy. Then, the 12 inch accelerator chops it all up into tiny pieces – moving 10 times faster than the augers – turning everything into a manageable chunky powder that can easily be directed through the impeller – and, finally, out the discharge chute.
The accelerator in this 3-stage process helps to minimize any potential clogs due to snow freezing up in the chute. I guarantee that there will be a whole lot fewer chute jams with this machine than you would see with a 2-stage model because of the addition of this accelerator!
More Troy-Bilt Vortex 2690 Highlights
Though this Vortex is designed with a push button electric start – powered by an extension cord from your wall outlet to the machine – the engine is so easy to pull start on the first yank – 99.9 times out of 100 – that many owners don’t even bother to plug it in.
This machine’s gargantuan mouth will gobble up enough snow to easily create a 26 inch wide path – in snow up to 21 inches deep!
The discharge chute is made with a high impact polymer plastic that discourages snow from sticking to it in almost any conceivable situation. Also, it is conveniently operated with a joystick placed on the instrument panel.
Wide 15 inch “X-Trac” tires are designed for superior traction – making it a piece of cake plowing through high piles of snow.
Since the Voltex 2690 is so well balanced, it’s a breeze to operate this snow thrower with just one hand.
Plus, due to its patented “Touch ‘n Turn” power steering – which utilizes 6 forward speeds and 2 reverse speeds to match any snow removal situation – be it light , medium, or heavy – dry, wet, or icy – maneuvering is as easy as falling off a log. The Touch ‘n Turn power steering system uses 2 triggers – squeeze the left one and the machine turns left – squeeze the right one and it turns right. Simple as that!
A powerful headlight – located in the dash – lights the way for snow clearing before the sun comes up or after it goes down – or, when the sun can’t pierce the heavy cloud layer.
We mustn’t forget the heated handgrips that will keep your hands from freezing solid on those bitter cold winter days.
A limited warranty – 2 years overall – and 4 years on the auger gearbox – rounds out the package.
The “Happy Camper” Owners Of The Troy-Bilt Vortex 2690 Say…
“I call this the ‘neighborhood beast” because, it is the envy of all my neighbors. When their snow blowers bogged down in 29 inches of snow that was piled up at the end of their driveways, my Vortex 2690 bailed them out!”
“I’m very happy with my purchase after seeing how well this snow blower cleared all the wet and heavy snow that the plows left at the end of my driveway. I have one word of caution. When I read that the unit holds 37 fluid ounces of oil, I nonchalantly poured a 32 ounce quart into it when I first received the machine without checking the fill level but that was way too much oil. I had to open the drain plug to let some out. Just pour in a little at a time when you add oil for the first time.”
“This snow thrower will handle anything you push through it. I really like the heated handgrips, too. And, the 2 levers under the grips help keep me going in the right direction.”
“This is truly an amazing machine! It’s large and powerful but yet very easy to maneuver. All the features are easy to access and use.”
“Finally, I have a snow blower that can handle heavy New York City snow even the piles of snow left by the street snow plows is no problem for my Vortex!”
Are You Convinced?
Come on, now – it’s Troy-Bilt – which means “more power” – and built to last a long, long time! Even though the Troy-Bilt Vortex 2690 3-stage 357cc Snow Thrower is a few dollars more than its nemesis, the CUB CADET 3X26 Snow Blower, I have to admit that it is well worth it!
I have only one thing more to say – and that is – if you’re living in any area north of the Mason Dixon line – this is THE machine you want to keep that white stuff where it belongs. And, that would be – off your driveway and sidewalks – and in the yard for the kids (and you) to play in.
The Last Word
While you are looking over this truly phenomenal snow thrower, don’t procrastinate about keeping some rock salt or ice melt on hand. It is always wise to use some for either pre-treating surfaces BEFORE a big snow or, at least, after you’ve cleared away the frozen white stuff.
And, pick up some Hot Hands Hand Warmers to stuff in your gloves and socks. They’ll give you some added warmth to keep your fingers and toes comfortable and pliable. I love these things!
For the latest scuttlebutt on snow throwers, check out the Snow Thrower Reviews. You’ll find a few more excellent choices as well as some helpful tips on how to find the snow blower / thrower that’s right for you!
I’d like to know your opinions – or stories – or druthers – or whatever. So, leave a comment below or throw an email at me – I promise to catch it promptly and throw one back at you!