Troy-Bilt Vortex 2690 3-stage 357cc Snow Thrower


It’s TROY-BILT – It’s a Troy Bilt Vortex – 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.  But, then, here comes the Troy-Bilt Vortex 2690 snow thrower!

Troy-Bilt Vortex 2690 3-stage technology

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.

Troy-Bilt Vortex 2690 Touch 'n Turn power steering and heated handles.

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…

Troy-Bilt Vortex 2690 plowing through the snow.









“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!”

 Troy-Bilt Vortex 2690“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!


Jim, the Lifelong Gardener

8 thoughts on “Troy-Bilt Vortex 2690 3-stage 357cc Snow Thrower

  1. Christina Reply

    OK, living in the Northeast, you’ve got my attention with this Troy-Built Vortex snow thrower! (By the way, this is a dumb question, but is there a difference between a snow blower and a snow thrower?)

    We actually haven’t gotten any snow yet this year, but it’ll be coming! And sometimes we get A LOT of snow. lol I like that this is electric and that it’s really easy to get started. I’m a female, and, not to be too gender specific here, but I start machines like a girl. hahaha But it sounds like this one is really easy to start, and that’s a good thing! 

    It looks like it has a lot of great technical things, but I really care about 1: is it easy to start, 2: is it easy to charge and 3: will it easily chuck my snow out of the way?

    Sounds like it’s a yes to all of those! 🙂 

    • Jim Reply

      Hi Christina,

      A snow thrower by any other name is still a snow blower.  We are just used to calling it a “snow blower” when, in actuality, it doesn’t blow snow – it throws snow by churning it up with augers that throw it through a discharge chute – sometimes with the help of an impeller or an accelerator.  For a more detailed explanation, head over to Snow Thrower Reviews.

      The electric start on this 3 stage snow thrower works great but, you can also use the recoil start, too.  And, it is easy to start either way.

      And, that definitely is a “yes” to all 3 of your questions!



        • Jim Post authorReply

          I try to call them “snow throwers” but, “snow blowers” always seems to come out of my mouth!



  2. Cory Haasnoot Reply

    I live in northern Wisconsin so one of these troy-bilt snow throwers would come in handy. I have been shoveling snow by hand for years. I think it’s time to get one of these. The Vortex would be perfect for me. The headlight would be a great feature to have especially in the early morning before the sun comes up and I have to get us plowed out to get to work on time. 

    • Jim Reply

      Hi Cory,

      This Troy-Bilt 3-stage snow thrower would be very handy up there in snowy Wisconsin, I’m certain.  You won’t find one much better than this!

      Shoveling is not fun – even if it’s with a “Teflon-coated” snow shovel.  I’ve had my fair share of backaches wielding a snow shovel full of heavy snow, ice, and cold water.  I don’t even want to think about it!



  3. Robert Trevor Reply

    This product is very sturdily built, with a 357cc ohv 4 cycle engine and electric start, if needed. Plus I’m glad that it has the power needed to move a lot of snow.

    You have to be careful to follow the user instructions when filling the oil reservoir, though, I see.  Sometimes I don’t pay enough attention to these little things.

    Its 26 inch wide plowing path is just right for clearing the snow up to my doorway. And, it can remove snow up to 21 inches deep.  Now, that’s impressive!

    I see that there are many snow throwers on the market but, this particular model is one of the more powerful ones.  Seems like a good buy.

    • Jim Reply

      Hi Robert,

      This Troy-Bilt 3-stage snow thrower is truly a very impressive machine!  And, it sure beats shoveling, huh?

      Plus, don’t forget those heated handlebars.  What a great way to keep my fingers from getting frostbite!


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