Briggs & Stratton 1022E 22-Inch Single-Stage Snow Blower with Push Button Electric Start

Briggs & Stratton 1022E 22-Inch Blower Review

As a reference to a TV show that was once big but kinda overstayed its welcome: Winter Is Coming.

And with that foreboding though, one must prepare for the inescapable truth of what every lord of his castle has to deal with during winter -- the shoveling of large amounts of snow off of your property. Otherwise risk being trapped indoors and have your house slowly be buried under sheet upon sheets of heavy snow.

There are two ways you can deal with snow on your property, go with manual labor by using a snow shovel, or utilize the best of human ingenuity and get yourself a snowblower.

Snow Blowers can move large volumes of snow with ease, clear driveways and backyards of snow in a matter of minutes, and get you back inside the warmth of your house to continue your imaginary role as King or Queen of the North.

Now, of the many snow blowers available in the market today, all coming in different price ranges and even greater differences in quality, today I'd like to talk about the Briggs & Stratton 1022E 22-Inch.

In this article, we'll go over the main and noteworthy features of the 1022E , weigh in on the unit's pros and cons, and come up with a verdict on whether or not the snow blower is worth a purchase.

Briggs & Stratton 1022E Snow Blower Features

Briggs & Stratton 1022E 22-Inch Single-Stage Snow Blower with Push Button Electric Start

Notable Features:

22-inch wide clearing path with a 12.5-inch intake height. Let's start the discussion about the features of this snowblower by answering the most important question about it: how much snow can it get out of the way. On any given day, the 1022E can clear a path a little more than 20 inches wide. It has an intake high of 12 and a half inches which is shorter than other brands but it's hardly surprising since this is also a more compact machine.

950 snow series 208cc engine with 9.50-foot-pounds of torque. The main thing that propels the 1022E to glory is the power of its engine. A 4-stroke motor 208cc engine is one of the more powerful kinds of engines you'll see on any snowblower. When dealing with the aftermath of a blizzard, an engine like the one that the 1022E boasts is your best friend.

Electric start for effortless starting and a wear-resistant, polymer auger. 

Push Button Electric Start

A personal favorite feature of the Briggs & Stratton 1022E, the electric start component of the machine allows you to just push a button and get to business. You don't know what purgatory is until you've spent a good chunk of your life battling with a pull-start engine like the older snowblower models used to have. Another good feature is the polymer auger blade. Where most snow blowers in the market sport stainless steel blades, the decides to do its own thing. The polymer auger means it is wear-resistant, whereas steel augers tarnish and rust, and allows for the snowblower to remove snow up until the surface of the pavement without damage to either the pavement or itself.

Manual chute rotation, quick deflector, and wheel size -- 8 inches by 2 inches.

Chute Deflector

With the 1022e, you can easily change the chute direction from left-to-right with the chute mounted rotation handle.

Compact Size

The wheel size and durability of the unit are pretty decent for its price range and the chute can hurl snow as far as 30 feet away. If you do it right, you can build yourself a massive wall of ice to keep away wildlings and white walkers alike.

Other Features I Love

  • A good thing to note is that the electric start can work in temperatures as low as -20 degrees, making sure that the cold is not going to slow down this bad boy. The unit is operated by purposely oversized controls -- making them very mitten friendly. A nice little extra touch for this Minnesota girl!
  • It's Auger Propelled! Apart from just digging up snow, the augers also assist in the propelling of the machine forward. The fact that it's made from polymer means you can use the machine on your patio and lawn too.
  • The machine comes with what has to be one of the longest warranty periods I've ever encountered on a snowblower -- 3 years! That's pretty expensive considering that the industry standard for warranty service is 1 to 2 years. Let's just hope that it's not the kind of machine that will make using its warranty necessary.
  • It's gas-powered, which also means you have to take into account the expense that comes with that. It's by no means fuel-hungry though, being efficient enough that you hardly have to refuel in the middle of clearing out a small to medium-sized property.

Pros & Cons

Pros

Here are the things that I've found make the Briggs & Stratton 1022E with the purchase:

  • The engine. To be a little bit dramatic, THE ENGINE IS THE STUFF OF LEGEND. I cannot write with enough justice to how efficient the engine on this unit is. It is simply something that has to be seen and experienced to fully appreciate.
  • The auger. My personal favorite of the features, the augers are just the product of geniuses. To have them made from thermoplastic urethane and clear the snow right up to the pavement is honestly very satisfying to see. I'd recommend this unit on the augers alone.
  • The electric start. I've said it on my other reviews and I'll say it again, you guys don't know how easy you have it with these electric quick start machines. It even starts in temperatures as low as -20 degrees. I remember a time where I had to spend 10 minutes pulling on a cord, trying to get an engine to run at that temperature.
  • The warranty. Just to be clear, I can't imagine that you're gonna need to use the warranty with this machine. It's durable and reliable enough that I can see myself using it many years down the road. That being said, for them to go the extra mile and offering three years of warranty is a nice little touch that sweetens the deal a little bit.
Cons

Though I'm not saying I share these opinions about this machine, these are the things that could deter some people from getting the Briggs & Stratton 1022E:

  • Its chute is operated manually. It might be nitpicky but then again, many other snowblowers around the same price range offer remote crank or electric rotation chutes. I don't see it as a big deal, if I want the chute pointing to a specific direction then I'll just rotate it myself. Although, some people might be looking for the extra piece of the convenience of having the chute being button-controlled.
  • It might be too much for some people. This is less of a con and more of a matter of what you actually need for your property. The 1022E is a powerful and efficient piece of machinery, there is no doubt. But you might be the kind of person looking for something less mechanical and more simple -- maybe even just a snow shovel. The product does its job and does it well but it would be wise to shell out the money to buy it if you're not going to use it to its fullest potential. That said, it's always nice to have one laying around somewhere.

Review & Final Verdict

Our Score

And that was anything and everything you needed to know about the Briggs & Stratton 1022E.

We come to the part of the article where it's time for me to make my verdict.

As you can probably judge from my tone throughout the article, I am more than just a little positive towards this unit of snowblowers.  I love it!

Now, that doesn't necessarily mean that the machine is perfect, it just means that the parts of it that are good really shine through for me. 

This is one snowblower brand that I have no regrets about getting and with it, blowing snow out of my driveway once again became a pleasurable activity to me.

You never know what winter has in store for you these days and having a machine like this in your arsenal is a great comfort.

Other Gas Powered Snow Blowers worth checking out are the PowerSmart PSSAM24 Snow Blower, as well as the Husqvarna ST224 Snow Blower.
Other amazing single-stage snow blowers are the Snow Joe SJ625E, and the Briggs & Stratton 1697116.


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About the Author Madison Meyers

Madison Meyers is a Minneapolis native who knows what it takes to survive in the land of 10,000 lakes. She’s made it her mission to make sure people never have to shovel again by combining her love for snow with the entrepreneurial skills she picked up at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

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