|Dimensions and Capacity:|
|Impeller Diameter:||12 in.|
|Intake Height (In.):||21|
|Color and Styling:|
|Clearing Width (In.):||26|
|Item Weight (lbs.):||204|
|Number of Rotor Blades:||4|
|Number of Stages:||Dual Stage|
|Single Hand Control:||Yes|
|Skid Shoes:||Deluxe Glide-Tech|
|Materials & Finishes:|
|Auger Material:||Serrated Steel|
|Handle Type:||Deluxe Panel|
|Handles Fold For Easy Storage:||Yes|
|Number of Forward Speeds:||6|
|Number of Reverse Speeds:||2|
|Variable Trigger Speed:||No|
|Engine Displacement (cc):||208|
|Wheels & Tires:|
|Tire/Wheel Size:||15 in x 5 in X-Trac|
|Maximum Chute Rotation:||190 deg.|
|Warranties & Coverage:|
|General Warranty:||2 Year Limited Warranty|
Ratings & Reviews
Move more snow with a more powerful engine and save time out in the cold. This 26 in. Craftsman® Dual-Stage Snowblower has a 208cc* 4-cycle OHV engine, EZ Steer for better maneuverability and 4-way chute control.
- 208cc* 4-cycle OHV Craftsman® engine provides more power, longer life, and improved fuel economy - no mixing of gas and oil required. Move more snow with a more powerful engine and save time out in the cold
- Push-button electric start allows for easy and sure starts in cold temperatures
- 26 in. clearing width and 21 in. intake height lets you clear more snow with each pass, ideal for medium to large paved and gravel driveways and sidewalks
- 12 in. serrated steel auger and 12 in. impeller breaks up hard-packed snow and discharges heavy, wet snow
- 6 forward and 2 reverse, power-propelled speeds save time and energy, allowing operator to adjust speeds to match need
- Trigger controlled EZ Steer system allows operator to turn unit with ease, increasing maneuverability while reducing user fatigue and time
- 4 Way chute control - 190 degree chute rotation and pitch control with the ease of a joystick to discharge the snow where you want it, without leaving the operator's position
- Extended chute design keeps a tighter discharge pattern to increase throwing distance and reduce snow blow back
- 15 in. x 5 in. X-Trac tires provide superior traction in heavy snow conditions
- Deluxe Glide-Tech™ skid shoes eliminate garage rust stains and driveway damage, by sliding along pavers and bricks
- Single hand operation eliminates starts and stops, freeing up a hand for on-the-go adjustments
- Mitten-grip starter handle - easy to grasp and turnover recoil start while wearing gloves
- Plow style handles for comfort and control with panel design for convenient shear pin storage
- 2-year limited warranty
- Limited lifetime warranty on upper and lower chute
Added on May 13, 2010
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Most Helpful Reviews
I purchased this snowblower 4 years ago. The unit did work quite well. A few weeks ago I the snowblower started acting up and not running. I took the snowblower in to a local small engine shop for a tuneup. Unfortunately the shop called back and said that the engine was blown and would need to be replaced. A snowblower engine needs to last more than 4 years!!! It appears that Craftsman doesn't stand for the quality that it once did. Avoid this product unless you want to replace the engine or buy a new snowblower in 4 years....
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Saint Paul, MN
First let me mention that you should not pay any attention to reviewer complaints that complain the engine is made in China. Briggs and Stratton also builds engines in China these days. So does Toro. I'm not certain you can actually find one built in the U.S. That's just the way it s. I've had this snowblower for two and 1/2 winters. I have been very happy with it until just recently. It is not a bad machine, but I don't think it's built well enough to last me very long. Pros: 1. Throws snow a long ways. The neighbors are impressed! 2. Has plenty of power. I've never run out of power regardless of what gear I'm in. 3. EZ steering is a great plus and works well. 4. The multiple gears 1 to 6 are very useful, easy to change and work well. 5. It is still compact enough that I can load it into my mini-van. Cons: 1. This unit is not built as well as I had hoped. I hit an extension cord and it caused the auger to come out of the housing and wedge itself in place. Yes, an extension cord. The auger housing was bent in the process. The auger has thin plastic bushings for bearings. I'm not impressed with the quality. 2. The chute control is difficult to operate and requires a little wrestling with it to get it to move like I want it to. In summary, I was happy with this machine until I hit an extension cord. If you don't hit an extension cord, you may be very happy with this machine. Knowing what I know now about the construction, I could not recommend it to a friend.
My daughter took my 10 year old 8hp, 26" snow blower that was similar to the Craftsman for her home; giving me the excuse to buy a new one. Although both machines were about the same dimensions, the Craftsman does my drive in less than half the time. Why ? The power steering. It spins the machine effortlessly, saving my aching back, from muscling the old beast. Does a great job and even starts with just one pull, although the electric start is there if you prefer.
This snowblower was fast and easy to assemble (15 minutes). My son used it right away to clear the paved driveway and walkways around our house. The ability to change the direction of the thrower is a real plus.I expect that we will use this snowblower often this winter!
excellent choice...finally boroke down and purchased one....easy to set up...easy to start...haven't even tried the electric start....does a great job...should have bought this years ago....would have saved lots of shoveling!!!...so far no problems....
Good for what it was designed for - medium duty - handles light snow up to 12 " deep well. Doesn't throw heavy snow more than 5 - 7 feet. Needs at least a 250 CC engine for heavy snow. The EZ steering is great but after clearing my 100 foot long driveway of an 18" snowfall I have already ordered a larger snow blower for next winter. A snowblower that is good for most of snows but struggles with the heavy wet snow isn't that useful to me.
Saint Joseph, MO
Have had mine four seasons cleaning six to nine driveways every snow, and it starts and runs fine, BUT I am careful about running the tank dry each spring. I put a 3"X 1/4" piece of flat steel along the cutting edge to prevent that from wearing out rather than using the 'sliders' on the side. Lets me cut clear to the concrete. I ws disappointed that after 3 seasons the EZ Steer is pretty much worthless. Also I would recommend tire chains for better traction. A quick shot of silicone spray every half hour or so will help keep the auger clear of snow. It throws snow clear across the street. I have never sheared a pin on the auger in four seasons. I got a cab for mine, thinking it was silly, but a good investment on windy days.
This snowblower comes ready to use. Just a little assembly and gas and it is ready for action. No tools required for assembly. Once fuel has been added, it fires up right away. The electric start makes it even easier to start. Manuvering is made easier with EZ-Steer. Turning left or right requires only the pull on the appropriate trigger. Nice wide path is cleared.
I bought the equivalent model in 2011 and have had a lot of problems with it. I decided to give it two stars because eventually (this year), I've gotten it working pretty well, and when it's working, it does a pretty good job. Apparently it has gotten worse rather than better based on the other reviews I read. The first time I used my snowblower on a cold day (rather than when i tested on a warm day), the engine started surging. If I tweaked the choke, I could get it to just barely run smoothly, but at less than full power. What I eventually figured out is that it a) it is VERY sensitive to old gas (even a couple months) - you have to make sure to put stabilizer in it immediately when you get the gas, and b) it seems to want premium gas - highest octane. With that combo - stabilized, premium gas - it has been running better - still need to apply some choke to have it run smooth - but much better than before. The other problem I started having the first season, after using it only a couple times, was that the gear shift wasn't working. It only had one speed - forward very fast. Couldn't use slower speeds or reverse. This made it hard to control, performance was poor, and tiring to have to drag it backwards constantly out of deep snow. I opened it up and found a gear had slipped off hexagonal drive shaft. I put it back on, hammered it on tightly, and it worked great. But next time I used it, same thing happened. I repeated this cycle about 4 times - I'd fix it, it would seem fine, and then it would come off again. I figured out that I was fixing it on warmer days but when I used it on a cold day, the shrinkage of the metal was just enough for the gear to slip off again. So I put a loctite on the drive shaft under the gear, and finally - after a lot of miserable hours -- it has held and works well. So now - after a lot of repairs - it actually is pretty good. I haven't had the issues others have reported with snow throw - mine actually throws snow quite far unless it's very wet. But I don't have a nylon drive train - so it sounds like construction has actually gotten worse. Traction is decent, not great, but reasonable. You need to be prepared to do a lot of your own repair work if you buy this model. I didn't even bother to take it back to Sears even when it was in warranty - I knew it would waste hours, days, weeks and it wouldn't be fixed right anyway - clearly that's what has happened to others. I would not buy this again - spend a few hundred more for one of the better brands. It's a lot of money, but spread over several years it's worth it.
White Plains, NY
I bought this unit in 2010 and have had no problems. I know my way around an engine and perform these simple steps to keeping it running smoothly every year. It's four years old now and runs great. Of course I've blown through a few sheer pins, but that's normal wear. When winter ends and spring begins, I add fuel stabilizer to the tank. Next, I run it for a couple of minutes so the stabilizer gets into the engine (adding it to the tank alone isn't enough). This will prevent the carburetor from gumming up. In the fall, I change the oil. Next, I run it for a couple of minutes and then shut it off and put it back into the garage. This has helped keep the engine running smoothly and operating without problems. I use the electric starter mostly, but if I have to fill-up in the middle of clearing the snow, I'll use the pull crank. Starts on the first pull every time! Even my wife has used it a few times. :-)
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