Yard Machines is one of the brand names for MTD Snowblowers. This particular model has a clearing width of 21″ with an intake height of 10″, making it one of the smaller single stage gas powered snowblower available. This model actually has the smallest capacity engine in this class of snowblowers (123cc), it’s also one of the lowest priced single stage snowblower available. This unit is designed for lower level of snowfall, more capable than electric snowblowers but one of the least capable in the single stage snowblower category.
Yard Machines 31A-2M1A700 Features and Specifications:
- Yard Machines 31A-2M1A700 Weight: 60 lbs
- Clearing width: 21”
- Intake height: 10″
- Engine Size:123 cc OHV 4 cycle engine
- Tire Size: 7″
Yard Machines 31A-2M1A700 Reviews
Reviews for the Yard Machines 31A-2M1A700 are split right down the middle. About half of the reviewers love their units, among the positive comments were for ease of starting (no electric start available), low engine noise and small size making it easy to store. The other half of reviewers absolutely hate this model. The main complaint by far is that snow clogs easily and the unit get jammed up often. Users report having to stop and clear the snow often to prevent jam ups. The same distribution of reviews and type of complaints were seen at Amazon and other review sites such as Ace Hardware’s website. Given the widely divergent reviews, one wonders if users with negative reviews simply failed to operate this model correctly. However, some of the negative reviewers were experienced owners of other types of snowblowers. So it seems unlikely that these negative reviews came from incorrect use.
Given that half the reviews are negative, we cannot recommend this model. A quick overview of other single stage snowblowers show that most of the other model have significantly higher proportion of positive vs negative reviews. We recommend that you pay a bit more to get other models with larger engines.