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Craftsman  26'' 208cc* Dual-Stage Snowblower w/ EZ Steer

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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
Clearing Width (In.): 26
Drift Cutters: No
Item Weight (lbs.): 204
Number of Rotor Blades: 4
Number of Stages: Dual Stage
Rust Resistant: Yes
Single Hand Control: Yes
Skid Shoes: Deluxe Glide-Tech
Usage: Medium Use
Materials & Finishes:
Auger Material: Serrated Steel
Housing Material: Steel
Handles:
Handle Type: Deluxe Panel
Handles Fold For Easy Storage: Yes
Heated Handles: No
Drive System:
Number of Forward Speeds: 6
Number of Reverse Speeds: 2
Steerable: Yes
Variable Trigger Speed: No
Motor-Engine:
Electric Start: Yes
Engine Cycles: 4-cycle
Engine Make: Craftsman
Engine Displacement (cc): 208
Starter Type: Electric
Wheels & Tires:
Rim Material: Steel
Tire Type: Inflatable
Tire/Wheel Size: 15 in x 5 in X-Trac
Controls, Safety:
Safety Override: Yes
Convenience:
Headlights: No
Chute System:
Chute Control: Joystick
Chute Material: Polymer
Extended Chute: Yes
Maximum Chute Rotation: 190 deg.
Warranties & Coverage:
General Warranty: 2 Year Limited Warranty

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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
* As rated by engine manufacturer.

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Added on May 13, 2010

 

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128 Reviews Write a review
77 Reviewers (60.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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AAinCO
Mar 24 , 2013
Great snowblower!!
I have used this snowblower twice now, both times in snow over 18 inches deep with drifts up to 3 ft. I am so pleased with how this blower handles. Being a female, I was concerned with the weight, but this machine is very easy to handle. The power steering is worth every penny. The guys at Sears took it out of the box and managed to fit it into my SUV. I found it easy to put together and start up was a breeze; I didn't even use the electric starter--I just pulled on the manual pull and varooom......it started right up. I was finished in less than an hour; the second time, finished in 40 mins. LOVE LOVE LOVE this snowblower! I have nothing negative to say. And although it is 26 inches, making it sound large, it fits nicely into my 2-car garage. I am very happy with my purchase!
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Abbie123
Dec 1 , 2013
Cheap drive gear assembly
Bought new from Sears in 2010 a 7HP Snowblower. It struggles with throwing 3 inches of slush. 12 inches of dry snow would through 5 feet. Blew drive gear which is made from nylon..... $220 for another nylon assembly.... Really???? Add $200 for labor to have a mechanic to fix it?? Not for me. Save yourself some trouble and buy a Toro or Ariens which both have metal gears with 5 year warranty....
 

henz

Wilmington, DE

Mar 26 , 2014
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Has Run well over 4 seasons

I've had this for 4 seasons, only 2 of which gave it much use. To its credit, it started up on the first pull on the recoil starter virtually every time I used it this year. It is good with snow. But when snow starts to melt or gets slushy, forget it. I just noticed that the recoil starting rope is badly frayed. Sears Parts Direct tells me I need to replace an entire recoil assembly for $90. Wow. If I cannot otherwise fix it with a new rope, I suspect I'll be using the electric starter from now on. I would have given this a 5 star rating were it not for the poor durability of the starter rope and an apparent $90 (plus shipping) DIY repair.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Franks06lowrider

Parkville, MD

Mar 23 , 2014
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Craftsman 26" 208cc* Dual-Stage Snowblower w/ EZ Steer

Bought the same unit in 2011 did not use till this season 2013-2014 due to the lack of snow fall. The first time out it lost the speed control only had fast speed and would not go in reverse. Warranty had already expired. I dissembled the drive assembly and found that the drive wheel bearing that moves the wheels position on the shaft to where it meets the flywheel for the speed and reverse had came off of the shaft which was pressed in place this should have been held in place with a snap ring also to eliminate this problem. I hope that this would be fixed as for now I would not recommend anybody buy this unit until they address this problem and for the money they should have built it better than this. I guess that is why they want you to spend the extra money for a service policy.


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SJH-Maryland

Parkville, MD

Mar 9 , 2014
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Just Awesome

I am writing here because they took the Craftsman 28" Snow Blower with the 277cc engine with EZ Steer unit off the web page because it is sold out. I can say after using this unit after two snow events in 2014 of 15 inches and 6 inches that this machine is simply awesome. I owned an MTD 8 horse power self propelled for 18 years. It was showing it age and I sold it. I bought this unit and after putting on few parts i was ready. When the snow came it cut through the 15 inch wet and heavy snow like nothing was there. The 6 inch snow event was a piece of cake. The EZ Steer made my old unit seem clunky. The snow shoots joy stick was a joy to use over the old hand crank It was 18 degrees when I started the unit and did not even use the electric start and it started on the first pull. Sears stands behind their products. Get a unit with EZ Steer. If you can get a 277cc pay the extra hundred it is worth it for the extra horse power. Again SIMPLY AWESOME machine.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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tmac3217

Owatonna, MN

Mar 8 , 2014
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Stay away from this engine

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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KarenE28

Pennsville, NJ

Mar 4 , 2014
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snowblower

power, easy manueverability make this a great snowblower!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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tracyinmn

Saint Paul, MN

Feb 27 , 2014
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Has Pros and Cons

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.


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Robert-blaize

Gansevoort, NY

Feb 27 , 2014
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Better than I expected

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.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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rockytrouble

Islip, NY

Feb 26 , 2014
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A workhorse!

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!


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Feb 26 , 2014
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snowblower

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....

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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ss1938

Stephenson, VA

Feb 26 , 2014
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Would be great if it had a 250 + CC engine

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.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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