May 16

Snow Blower Reviews: Murray 1695885 Gas Powered Single Stage Snow Thrower

The landscape becomes truly whimsical when everything is covered with snow. However, this also creates issues for households and businesses. It is hard for people and vehicles to move in snow covered surfaces. The solution to the problem is the snow thrower. I have to admit that I am a total fan of these machines. They help me remove the snow from the driveways and walkways of my hotel in the mountains of British Columbia. I am happy with a job well done and so are my guests. Given my experience with such machines, I decided to review a number of models like the Murray 1695885 800 Snow Series 22-Inch 205cc 4-Cycle OHV Briggs & Stratton gas powered single stage snow thrower with electric start.

In this review of the Murray 1695885 snow thrower I will evaluate objectively all of its major features and capabilities. As a buyer, you should be able to draw the conclusion for yourself. As I want to be thorough, I will help you with this too be outlining the pros and cons of the machine. Let us now focus entirely on the product.

Murray 1695885 Gas Powered Single Stage Snow Thrower

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Product Description

The Murray 1695885 snow thrower has an OHV gas engine made by the renowned manufacturer Briggs & Stratton. It has a single-stage system for removing the snow from smooth hard surfaces. Some of the most notable features of the model are the electric start, the chute with an adjustable deflector, the wheels and the steering and carrying handles.

Murray is an established brand in the market for machines for home use. You can expect its products to be of good quality and to perform well. Now we will see whether this is the case with this particular model.


The gas powered OHV engine is the first feature of the Murray 1695885 snow blower which deserves your full attention. The 4-cycle engine has a displacement of 205cc. It is made by Briggs & Stratton. The engine is powerful enough to drive the small and compact machine and to enable it to do its job well. Given that it is made by one of the leading manufacturers in the world, I am certain that it will perform well and remain in good condition in the long term. It is true that gas powered engine require a bit more care and maintenance compared to their counterparts, but they operate more cost-efficiently and this is a major plus, especially given the tough economic times that we live in.

The electric start is one of the most valuable features of this snow thrower. It is super easy to use. It is convenient as well. Most importantly, it does a good job every time. You will never have to worry about whether the machine will start in cold weather or not.

The auger is the next important feature on our list. It is made from a polymer which is resistant to wear and tear according to the manufacturer. You can be certain that the plastic is tough. Still, it may not be as chip-resistant and durable as metal.

The auger has a dual function – it breaks the snow and propels Murray snowblower forward. Even though the machine does not require wheels to move when doing its job, the designers have included them to assist the user. The wheels positioned at the back of the body are large and fairly wide. They will give you even firmer control of the machine and make steering more efficient and easier at the same time.

The chute of this single stage snow blower is sufficiently wide to allow for the passage of considerable amounts of snow in seconds. It is perfectly adjustable as wall. You can rotate it to 180 degrees using the specially designed lever. You do not have to stop work in order to adjust the position of the chute. You simply need to lean a little bit to reach the level and use it.

The chute of Murray 1695885 comes with a deflector. It is adjusted with the use of an ergonomic handle. You can set it to any level depending on the height at which you want the snow to be blown out of the chute. Once you choose the ideal level, you can lock the deflector in place.

The ergonomic steering handle of the snow thrower makes it easy to steer and to maneuver. The machine has an additional handle positioned on its top. It makes carrying the unit from one place to another convenient, easy and quick.


The Murray 1695885 has a cleaning path which is approximately 22 inches wide and 12 inches high. This cleaning capability makes it suitable for areas with light to moderately heavy snow. I am sure that the machine will do a good job given its powerful engine. It will remove considerable amounts of snow in a short period of time allowing you to clean driveways and walkways with just a few passes. The snow is blown to a distance of 30 feet so you will never have to clean the same area twice.

This Murray snow thrower has a single-stage operating system. The auger breaks up the snow, picks it up and throws it directly through the chute. Since the auger touches the ground in order to move, it may pick up small stones from gravel surfaces and then can shoot out of the chute. This is potentially dangerous. That is why this machine is recommended for use only on paved surfaces.


This gas snow blower is suitable for both households and businesses located in areas where the snow cover does not typically get deeper than 12 inches. It is ideal for cleaning small to medium-sized outdoor areas. It combines power with lightness and compactness so it can be used by adults of all ages and strength levels.


The things which I like about Murray 1695885 are:

  • Compact and light
  • Good performer
  • Powerful
  • Easy to use
  • Conveniently adjustable settings
  • Versatile
  • Reliable
  • 2-year warranty


The things which I do not particularly like about this Murray snowblower are:

  • The plastic auger may bear some scratches after some time of use, but this is not a serious issue. After all, everything is subject to natural wear and tear.
  • Replacement parts may require a more extensive shopping search to find. Still, if you contact the manufacturer, any issues should be resolved quickly. Generally, you will most likely not require replacement parts ever


This review concludes that the Murray 1695885 gas powered single stage snow thrower is an efficient and reliable unit. It is a good choice for all buyers looking for an effective solution to their snow problem.

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