Briggs and Stratton 1696610 Dual-Stage Snow Thrower

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0/5 on December 16, 2016

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31 reviews


  • 208cc engine, 9.5-foot-pounds of torque
  • Friction disc drive system
  • Electric start button
  • Free hand control
  • Left side crank rotation and manual deflector controls
  • 3-year limited warranty
  • 24-Inch wide clearing path, 20-inch Intake height


  • Complicated assembly
  • Loud motor


Briggs and Stratton's 1696610 offers easy and efficient snow plowing on top of a durable design and 3-year limited warranty.

Briggs and Stratton’s 1696610 is a dual stage snow thrower that promises a clearing width of 20 inches and intake height of 20 inches thanks to its powerful 208 cc engine. According to the brand, the 1696610 also features a 9.5-foot pound of torque so on paper, this is one lean mean snow-clearing machine.

The 1696610 comes with a friction disk drive system and an electric push start for easy, effortless operation. It is also equipped with a left side crank rotation and manual deflector controls that you can adjust even when wearing gloves. Because of the 1696610’s friction disc transmission, it is perfect for heavy snowfall. For easy and efficient snow plowing, the 1696610 comes with solid steel reversible skid shoes, so it’s easy to maneuver in any snow conditions. The brand promises that the 1696610 is built to last, throwing in a 3-year limited warranty for a risk-free purchase.

As for the negatives, assembling this beast is by no means a walk in the park. Because of the loose components, it’s hard to know which mechanism goes where. The motor is loud too so if you’re looking for a snow thrower that won’t wake up the neighbors, this is not it. Performance-wise, this is a powerful snow thrower and it’s worth trying out if you live in a place with very cold climate.

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