Briggs & Stratton 1022E (Review)

Briggs & Stratton 1022E is one of cheaper gas snow blowers. Gas powered snow blowers often can be finicky – some are hard to start, unreliable or exhausting to use. Is Briggs & Stratton 1022E really any good considering its relatively low price?


Before we get into actual performance of Briggs and Stratton 1022E snow blower we must discuss specs of it as this will help you understand what kind of machine it’s, what to expect from it and help understand the review better.

Briggs & Stratton 1022E is a single stage snow blower with 950 Snow series 4-cycle 208 cc overhead valve (OHV) engine that develops 9.5 ft-lb of torque which is the same output as many units twice the price. It has cutting path of 22 inches (which is good) and intake height of 12.5” (more serious two-stage units generally have intake height of 20+ inches making them generally better for heavy snowfalls). With that being said lets get to performance of Briggs & Stratton 1022E.

When it comes to light snow it performs great. Clears 1 feet of snow without effort. Handles a bit more relatively easy too. Less than 1 foot and

Handles wet snow pretty well too although obviously not as well as light, fluffy type. It does struggle slightly with about 1 foot of wet snow but still does the job reasonably well. If there’s less than 1 foot of slushy snow it should have no problems to tackle it. Might do the job with more than 1 foot of wet snow too but it will likely struggle quite a bit and you might need a more serious unit for that.

It’s also easy to start. It has electric starter that works flawlessly and immediately starts the snow blower with a push of a button but most probably won’t use this function as starting it manually is just as easy and faster (since you don’t have to plug cord for electric starter). Just prime it two times and pull – Briggs & Stratton 1022E usually starts on first pull and it’s pretty much effortless.


There probably isn’t a gas powered snow blower you would call quiet but compared to other models it’s quieter than most of them. In that sense you could call Briggs & Stratton 1022E relatively quiet although it’s still considerably louder than electric units.

Build quality

Overall build quality is decent but not up to par of more expensive units. For the most part unit feels solid but it has some weak links weakest being polymer auger with rubbers blades. This unit is reasonably reliable but some users have run into issues with auger and/or blades (they are minority though).


Briggs and Stratton 1022E is pretty compact and lightweight for a gas powered snow blower making it a lot easier to handle. Although technically it’s not self-propelled it still pulls it slowly forward with auger-assist drive system.


Briggs and Stratton 1022E has 4-stroke engine meaning you don’t need to mix oil with fuel making it easier to maintain than units with 2-stroke engines.


Chute is made of plastic and manually rotates 200 degrees. Tire are 8″ x 2″ large.

This snow blower is CE compliant.


If you are looking for a reasonably priced snow blower or one that’s not too large or heavy then Briggs and Stratton 1022E is a good choice. It doesn’t perform as well as more expensive units but that doesn’t mean it performs badly – quite the opposite, it tackles snow very well in most conditions. Some of the parts of it perhaps aren’t the sturdiest but that doesn’t automatically mean they are fragile – which they are not.

Briggs & Stratton 1022E 208cc 22-Inch Single-Stage Snow Blower with Push Button Electric Start Specs/Details:

  • Type: Gas powered
  • Engine:
    • Engine Displacement: 208 cc
    • Engine Type: 4-Cycle (950 Snow Series OHV)
    • Engine power output: 9.5 lb.ft of torque
    • Fuel tank capacity: 3.2 qt
    • Starting system: Recoil (manual pull) start + electric start
  • Stage: Single stage
  • Clearing Width: 22″
  • Intake Height/Clearing Depth: 12.5″
  • Chute Rotation: 200 degrees
  • Tire Size: 8″ x 2”
  • Auger diameter: 10 inches
  • Certifications:
    • CE Compliant

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