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      Craftsman  24-in. 208cc Dual-Stage Snowblower

        Item#  07188173000 | Model#  88173
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       Rating 4.5 | 251 Reviews | Write a review
      Reg Price: $829.99
      Savings: $100.00
      $729.99

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      Reg Price: $829.99
      Savings: $100.00
      $729.99

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      Specifications & Dimensions

      Dimensions and Capacity:
      Impeller Diameter: 12 in.
      Intake Height (In.): 21
      Color and Styling:
      Color/Finish: Red/Black
      Product Overview:
      Auger Type: Serrated steel auger
      Clearing Width (In.): 24
      Drift Cutters: No
      Number of Rotor Blades: 3
      Number of Stages: Dual Stage
      Single Hand Control: Yes
      Skid Shoes: Glide-Tech
      Usage: Medium Use
      Materials & Finishes:
      Auger Material: serrated steel
      Housing Material: Steel
      Handles:
      Handle Type: Panel
      Handles Fold For Easy Storage: No
      Heated Handles: No
      Drive System:
      Number of Forward Speeds: 6
      Number of Reverse Speeds: 2
      Steerable: No
      Variable Trigger Speed: No
      Motor-Engine:
      Electric Start: Yes
      Engine Cycles: 4-cycle
      Engine Make: Craftsman
      Engine Displacement (cc): 208
      Starter Type: Push button
      Wheels & Tires:
      Rim Material: Metal
      Tire Type: Inflatable
      Tire/Wheel Size: 13" x 4" X-Trac tires
      Controls, Safety:
      Safety Override: Yes
      Convenience:
      Headlights: No
      Chute System:
      Chute Control: Crank Manual
      Chute Material: Polymer
      Extended Chute: Yes
      Maximum Chute Rotation: 180 deg.
      Warranties & Coverage:
      General Warranty: 2 Year Limited Warranty

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      Dual-Stage Snowblower Makes Clearing Snow Quick and Easy

      Put away your old snow shovel and start clearing your driveway and walkways with a Craftsman 24' Snowblower. This easy-to-handle 24 in. tool has a powerful 4-cycle, 208cc OHV engine that easily moves blows snow out of your way in less than half the time it takes to shovel out a driveway the old-fashioned way. The state-of-the-art design includes an easy push button electric starting switch that gets you started immediately, even in the most frigid temperatures-no tedious mixing of gas and oil.

      The Dual-Stage Snowblower has an impressive 24 in. clearing width that gets the job done fast, even when you're clearing oversized driveways and large porches and decks. To remove packed snow, sludge and ice, engage the 12 in. serrated steel auger or 12 in. impeller to break up the masses and blow them out of your way. With 8 different speeds, 6 forward and 2 backward, you can easily adjust the thrower to clear light to heavy snowfall all over your property.

      • Craftsman 24' Snowblower is equipped with an EZ rotation chute to quickly and easily direct icy deposits anywhere you aim.
      • Extra long chute gives better aim and reduces snow blowing back on the operator.
      • Large 13 in. x 4 in. X-Trac tires keep the tool steady for extra maneuverability and safety.
      • Easy-grip handle is easy to operate while wearing gloves or mittens.
      • Plow handles increase control and reduce pressure on legs and lower back.

      Added on August 26, 2012

       

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      251 Reviews Write a review
      205 Reviewers (82.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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      Those benefits were not conditioned on the positive or negative content of the review.

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      Praise32 found this helpful
      HappyinKC
      Jul 16 , 2014
      Fantastic
      I've had this Snow Thrower for 2 full seasons now and could not be happier. We moved in to a house with a long driveway about 3 years ago which makes this a necessity. This is my first time using or owning a Snow Thrower. We had more snow the first season but have used this probably 12-15 times on all types of snow- wet, dry, heavy, etc. It has been used on as little as an inch of snow to about 22 inches in drifts. It has been effective on all types and depths of snow. The first year we had at least 5 snows of 10 inches or more and the unit had no problem clearing the drive and walks It is so easy to start (first pull every time) that I have not even used the electric start. I recently went to start the Blower to use up the extra gas in the tank and it started on the first pull. It throws snow a great distance and the chute is adjustable enough to get the snow where you need it. I don't have any real complaints. It would be nice to have a better way to empty the gas during the off-season like a drain valve; the handles are not heated but that seems like a luxury; you do have to manhandle it occasionally when maneuvering but I expected that. It does have a tendency to "hop" (the front comes up) a bit when you are starting a new row or section but moving the speed down or starting back a bit further fixes that issue. So far, I haven't had any mechanical issues with it. Overall, this Snow Thrower does exactly what i need it to- moves large amounts of snow off our driveway and walks. I would definitely buy this again and have been thrilled with the time it saves clearing the driveway!
      Criticism30 found this helpful
      racer76
      Feb 11 , 2013
      Can not get to run right
      I bought the unit in September. Finally got snow to try it in December. Unit goes about 40 feet and turns off. Sent it off to repair and got it back and it still does the same thing. Unit has not done more than half a driveway yet. All they want to do is send out for another 3 weeks to try and repair. Do not buy unit before you need or they will not replace it if outside the first 30 days. All Sears wants to do is say that I should have bought extended warrenttee, even though it is covered by original. They never want to talk about how it has not worked from the time it got cold enough. Very poor product and will not stand behind it.
       

      mckee4697

      Associate

      Nineveh, IN

      Mar 12 , 2015
      via sears.com
      Overall
      Good buy for the money

      For the size the unit does very well throws snow out and away as needed. Bought this at the end of season sale for a good price. Previous Craftsman snow blower was 30 years old I hope this one has as many years in it as well which it should as it seems built very well

      I would recommend this product to a friend.

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      ReallyPissedbySear

      Libertyville, IL

      Mar 9 , 2015
      Overall
      Big zero for this junk!

      What: Sears Craftsman 175 cc 2 stage snow thrower. When: bought in 2013 for ~$600 Used: ~ 3 times over two winters. Problems: 1) Can NOT handle more than one inch of snow even when it runs, despite the machine's very impressive size and weight. The engine will struggle and on the verge of dieing, and the machine will sputter fruitlessly. 2) In two years, I had one start problem requiring service at Sears service center (cost me $100), and one flat tire requiring replacement. 3) Sears service personel is really no help. Comments: This is absolutely the worst purchase I even made. It is so bad that I stopped trying to use it. I really admire the Toro single stage machines my neighbors have, their Toro throwers are a lot smaller and lighter but go through any kind of snow that mother nature throws at Chicago. Sears mades a defect product, and they know it. That is a shame!


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      gtoeddie

      Hanover, PA

      Mar 9 , 2015
      via sears.com
      Overall
      far better than my old JD at a lot less money with better results very nice

      starts awesome with electric starts but takes a couple tugs by hand to start. overall works better than my old machine. well worth the money


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      Chris811

      Yorkville, IL

      Mar 9 , 2015
      via sears.com
      Overall
      Bought on sale

      I bought this on sale - my very first snowblower - I was first impressed by the packaging - blower was fully assembled except for a couple bolt ons - It was also full of oil and had been pre-run - well worth the money. I am sure I will have this blower for many years.

      I would recommend this product to a friend.

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      Mar 6 , 2015
      via sears.com
      Overall
      Not what I expected

      Just bought this Blower on April 2015 Used in 3 snow falls and on two occasions the Impeller clogs to a degree that the blower will not function.. The dia of the Impeller that is to throw the snow up the Chute is 2'-3' smaller than the housing and this allows the snow to start caking against the housing eventually greatly restricting the smooth flow of the snow, an reducing the amount of snow reaching the Chute I am greatly disappointed and would not recommend this blower


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      John-from-Herndon

      Herndon, VA

      Mar 6 , 2015
      via sears.com
      Overall
      Almost perfect

      My single stage Toro died again (it was 19 years old) so I decided to go with the 2-stage 88173, it felt like a safe bet because Consumer's Report really liked it. It works great and eats right through the mountain of snow that the snow plows leave at the end of the driveway. It started on the fist pull (haven't tried the electric start yet). Only complaint: Steering or turning the thing isn't terribly easy. Otherwise, it's really great. Assembly was about 45 minutes, but I really took my time and read the instructions twice before proceeding.

      I would recommend this product to a friend.

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      jimzacks

      Okemos, MI

      Mar 5 , 2015
      via sears.com
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      It does the job perfectly!

      I purchased this last fall, before the snow fell. When I received it I fired it up to be sure that it started and ran properly, and it did. Over the course of the winter it has continued to work perfectly. It has started on the first try (using electric start) every time, has ample power to handle any amount of snow that I have tackled, and has required no adjustments or tinkering of any kind yet. The only time that it failed was when I tried to blow VERY WET slush. In that case it "extruded" the slush out of the chute but did not "blow" it. I did not expect it to be able to blow it but wanted to see the limits of where it would work. It did not stall under these conditions, and did not plug up. So I am VERY satisfied with this machine!

      I would recommend this product to a friend.

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      Mike33w

      Springfield, MO

      Mar 4 , 2015
      via sears.com
      Overall
      Great tool

      The purchase of a snowblower has been something I have thought about for years. I thought I had it made this year until February. Then the snow started and kept coming. I decided it was time to get the snowblower. I am VERY happy with it. It is well built and runs great. It clears heavy wet slush and powder snow. It makes clearing the drive fun.

      I would recommend this product to a friend.

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      Imasood

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      Brockton, MA

      Mar 2 , 2015
      via sears.com
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      Very good and not hard to use

      I am a female and living in MA with 5 feet of snow.. And it was not so hard figure it out becuase of was my first snow blower. craftman is a great company and i have many more items from them, great price and ver helpful in life. If u have a big size parking lot it is also perfect.

      I would recommend this product to a friend.

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      jonnyyen

      West Barnstable, MA

      Mar 2 , 2015
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      ******** for the price

      I have a long driveway and two car garage, so with the amount of snow we had this year this has been great. Has plenty of power and starts first pull. Tried the electric start works well but takes longer to plug cord in so I just pull start it. Not too big so fits in garage nicely. Chose this also has sears has better parts and service availability in my area.

      I would recommend this product to a friend.

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