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Craftsman  24-in. 208cc Dual-Stage Snowblower

  Item#  07188173000 | Model#  88173
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 Rating 4.5 | 146 Reviews | Write a review
Reg Price: $829.99
Savings: $184.00
$645.99
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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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146 Reviews Write a review
113 Reviewers (77.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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DPJ72
Dec 15 , 2012
Good Deal
I had my mind made up to buy another brand but an online review of this snow blower caught my attention. Unfortunately it was way out of my price range. However, on Black Friday, it was priced right. The set up was very easy and it started on the very first pull. I had to wait a couple of weeks for the first snow but it did a good job. We had 4" of heavy wet snow and it had no problem with the apron of the driveway where the snow plow had gone through. The only reason I did not give a full 5 stars is because the reverse speed is very slow, even the 2nd speed. Other than that, this machine performs exactly as advertised.
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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.
 

Robzilla

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Washington, MI

Sep 11 , 2014
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Can't go wrong with this machine!

I purchased this Snowblower as my Christmas present in Dec 13, best give I ever purchased... Used it just about everyday with all the snow we had, no problems started up everytime! maintain the unti and you will be good to go...

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Tammhead

Muskegon, MI

Aug 27 , 2014
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This is a GREAT BUY for the size and was real easy to put together

This item is easy to move around, I just wish that oil came with it.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Indyhotdog

Indianapolis, IN

Aug 15 , 2014
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Would do it again

Consumer Reports called this a ********. I purchased in December 2013 right before a record winter. Simple to assemble, start and use. When my neighbor's machines failed in January they all used mine and everyone was happy. Definitely the best Crafstman power tool i have ever purchased.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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HappyinKC

Overland Park, KS

Jul 16 , 2014
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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!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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bge14

Greenfield, IN

Jul 1 , 2014
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not assembled correctly

When we purchased this item it was either not assembled correctly or had a defect in the fuel system. It leaked gasoline all over staining our epoxy garage floor. We spent an hour getting through to someone from Sears to help us. Then the service center was unable to come and get it for 2 weeks. I was mostly disappointed with the customer service.


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kwoose83

Fond du Lac, WI

May 6 , 2014
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Lemon

Breaks down at least once a year with the same problem. Bought it with the extended warranty but they would not replace it. They said it isn't a lemon unless it has at least four major breakdowns a year. Very disappointed with this product. Not the same quality of my parents snow thrower.


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Apr 27 , 2014
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nice features

higher horsepower, chute can easily be turned without stopping , easy to clean

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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RiverWoodInnKeeper

Jackson, NH

Apr 11 , 2014
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Little Powerhouse

Bought this item because of Consumer Reports "********" rating. I wasn't looking for all the bells and whistles (headlights, hand warming grips, push button shoot control) just something to clear the walkways and clean up after the snowplow. It's everything I expected. It handles compacted snowplow snow banks (we have a lot of them) very well and flies through fresh powder. Only drawback is the low undercarriage which sometimes rides up on heavily compacted snow banks. A quick reverse and second pass takes care of that. If you don't want to spend $12K or more for something you're only going to use 3-4 months a year, and want a 24" wide powerhouse, this is the machine to get.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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DR833

East Peoria, IL

Mar 19 , 2014
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Snow Blower with no parts

I bought this because of the good reviews. It's handle to turn on the auger and fan broke the first day.We are in Peoria Illinois, Large town. No parts store, order them online. Take the blower in and wait a minimum of two weeks for repair. The parts breakdown is wrong so the part I ordered was wrong and sending it back cost more than the shipping. I made my own to get by. The sales clerk says " the only way to get around this problem is to buy the in home repair warranty, and no you can not buy parts from that guy". Never again will I buy from Sears. Buy only from small dealers who have repair shops and will get you parts or can repair in house. The in home repair warranty is way too expensive.


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8034mckeever

Chicago Heights, IL

Mar 19 , 2014
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Dual Stage Snow Thrower

This winter was a had one and our craftsman snow blower went out after 13 year. We had good use from it but it was time. So we purchased the Craftsman 24 In dual stage. It is great! it doesn't take much to work it. It definitely can handle the snow. It is easy to use and cleans up nicely. i recommend this for anyone, any age,

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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