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      Craftsman  24-in. 208cc Dual-Stage Snowblower

        Item#  07188173000 | Model#  88173
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       Rating 4.5 | 236 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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      195 Reviewers (83.0%) 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!
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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.
       
      Feb 26 , 2015
      Overall
      Excellent for the Price

      I owned an older craftsman 29" cut last season and gave that one away when I moved to a house with a smaller driveway. Bought this 24" cut after the first blizzard up here, and it performed well throughout all storms. I needed a 24" to fit in a small crawlspace storage area out of season, and the handlebars on this unit are easy to fold down after removing a few screws and pins. I was regularly using this blower to push through snow drifts upwards of 3ft. Granted, most of the snow this winter was light and fluffy so it had no problem. Wet snow at the end of the driveway doesn't throw 40ft with this machine, but it'll throw it 15 to 20ft which is much better than shoveling. The chute is plastic, but I haven't had an issue on this new machine or my older unit that also had a plastic chute. The forward speeds worked fine for me. I found that speed 1 is good for deep snow, and 3 or 4 is good for a few inches of snow. Both reverse speeds are too slow. Fortunately, the machine is small enough to easily just pull it backwards instead of using the gear. Starts easy with the pull start and I haven't had any issues with it running.

      I would recommend this product to a friend.

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      Kaio

      Westford, MA

      Feb 25 , 2015
      Overall
      5 years and still runs like new

      This is an awesome snow blower. I have changed the oil once a year for heavy seasons and skipped a year for light ones. Follow the instructions for choke and pumping and it starts on first or second pull every time. Excellent range of engine settings. Light and easy to move around (poly chute makes it lighter and in my opinion better). Pretty much drives itself (6 front and 2 reverse gears). The only issue I have had is that if I stop it after 1-2 hours of snow-blowing, I need to use the electric option to restart (I might be doing something wrong/flooding the engine). My friends Ariens died and mine still goes on...

      I would recommend this product to a friend.

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      capecodmassuser

      Truro, MA

      Feb 24 , 2015
      Overall
      Performed like a champ during blizzard last week.


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      lark27

      Brookfield, WI

      Feb 18 , 2015
      via sears.com
      Overall
      Much better than a shovel!

      This dual-stage snowblower is so Much better than a shovel!!! I used to have a single stage snowblower that would always get clogged and sometimes I felt like it would just be easier to shovel, but with this craftsman dual-stage it's so much easier to get through the snow and I haven't had to deal with repeated clogging.

      I would recommend this product to a friend.

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      Dimples9583

      Mundelein, IL

      Feb 18 , 2015
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      Great investment!

      I've only used it once so far for our winter blizzard, but did it sure keep us from breaking our backs!!

      I would recommend this product to a friend.

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      D-B-73

      Cedar Rapids, IA

      Feb 18 , 2015
      via sears.com
      Overall
      Really worked well with the heavy snow

      Its a strong machine. The controls take a bit getting used to. Picking the correct forward speed will be easier as time goes on. I drop it 1 star even though I've only used it twice due to the fact that I have already bent one of the augers. Not so bad it doesn't work but I noticed this after I hit a small branch that had come down in high winds and was buried by snow. It wasn't so big that my lawn mower wouldn't survive if it happened to go over it. I will be submitting a parts request to replace that at some point this month.

      I would recommend this product to a friend.

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      SUMRNMTK

      Huntington Station, NY

      Feb 16 , 2015
      Overall
      Whew - worth every penny

      Bought the floor model a day before the big storm last month. Glad I did. Electric start gets you going quickly, and the machine handled almost two feet of snow with ease. Seems to be pretty fuel efficient too - I cleared two 100 ft driveways with less than a tank of gas. The adjustable chute is great, and the machine throws snow up to 50 feet - oops, sorry neighbor! I would recommend this machine to anyone looking for a machine with a lot of power at a reasonable price. And for peace of mind, I bought a three year in home service contract - if anything can't be fixed, you get a new machine for free!

      I would recommend this product to a friend.

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      wincentiveman

      Westport, CT

      Feb 16 , 2015
      via sears.com
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      Fifth winter and still great

      Using this in Connecticut where snow is usually wet and heavy. It covers a 150 foot driveway and parking area easily. Bought it in Nov 2010 and have used it thru 5 winters, three of which brought very heavy snowfalls. Never clogs unless you use it in deep slush. Has handled 20 inch plus snowfalls a couple of times with no problem. Blows thru a foot of snow like it wasn't there. So much better than rubbish 2-stroke or electric blowers that are a waste of money. Has always needed to be set to run with the mixture just a little rich, adjusting the choke leaver a bit higher. Once I figured this out, no stalling problems ever. Runs at full power and shifts any kind of snow. I was wary of the Chinese engine, but so far no problems and no repairs to any part of the machine. Well finished and no rusting although I do dry it out as soon as possible. Still looks like new. Get rid of the oil that is in it when it arrives. Looks like dark gray sludge! Put in some quality synthetic oil and you're all set. Always mix Stabil into the gasoline and drain it in the spring. Not too heavy for me to handle and I'll a 66 year old geezer. Reading other reviews, there do seem to be some lemons being shipped, but mine has been terrific for 5 problem-free years. Reliability is important because Sears at-home repairs are outrageous, not going to fit it into my 350Z and I can do without the grief. I figure that after 5 winters, it's paid for itself and I could still sell it for a few hundred bucks.It was a great deal and I could not be happier with the machine.

      I would recommend this product to a friend.

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      bigguy21

      College Point, NY

      Feb 11 , 2015
      via sears.com
      Overall
      great snow blower

      I would recommend this product to a friend.

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      PVJAV

      Nashua, NH

      Feb 11 , 2015
      via sears.com
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      Horrible - do not buy

      Speed selector cable snapped on the 3rd use. After calling and being on hold for over 15 minutes, I was told, even though I purchased the snowblower 3 months prior and had only used it 3 times, that it would cost $96 for a technician to be sent out for repair. So I had the cable sent to me to replace myself. Well they sent me the wrong cable (clutch cable). When asked again, because of their error, would they send out a technician to repair my faulty snowblower free of charge, they said no. I would NOT recommend purchasing this item.


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