Craftsman 30 In 357cc* Dual-Stage Snowblower w/ EZ Steer, Electric 4-Way Chute ControlItem# 07188396000 | Model# 88396
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|Impeller Diameter:||12 in.|
|Intake Height (In.):||21|
|Auger Type:||Serrated steel auger|
|Clearing Width (In.):||30|
|Item Weight (lbs.):||268|
|Number of Rotor Blades:||4|
|Number of Stages:||Dual Stage|
|Single Hand Control:||Yes|
|Skid Shoes:||Deluxe Glide-Tech|
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|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:||Yes|
|Engine Displacement (cc):||357|
|Starter Type:||Push button|
|Wheels & Tires:|
|Tire/Wheel Size:||16" x 6.5" X-Trac|
|Maximum Chute Rotation:||190 deg.|
|Warranties & Coverage:|
|General Warranty:||2 Year Limited Warranty|
Ratings & Reviews
Bring Easy Operations and Tons of Power to Your Winter Landscape with this 30" Dual-Stage Gas Snow Blower
The brawny Craftsman 30" Dual-Stage Gas Snow Blower packs a lot of power and is easy to operate. Use the powerful 357cc four-cycle OHV Craftsman engine to easily crush packed snow from large driveways or sidewalks. Reliable push-button electric start and in-dash LED lights help get the job done in any kind of weather. With easy-to-operate controls, you can adjust the chute rotation and pitch control while on the go.
Use the trigger controlled EZ Steer system on this 30" Dual-Stage Gas Snow Blower for easy navigation through snowy terrains. A 12-inch serrated steel auger and a 12-inch impeller work together for effective use on all kinds of snow, ranging from dry powder snow to wet slush. Specially designed extended chute design keeps a tighter discharge pattern to increase throwing distance and reduce snow blow back.
- With Deluxe Glide-Tech skid shoes, the Craftsman 30" Dual-Stage Gas Snow Blower slides along bricks and pavers to keep your driveway damage-free
- 357cc four-cycle OHV Craftsman engine helps move more snow quicker
- Trigger controlled EZ Steer technology and large 16" x 6.5" X-Trac tires offer better maneuverability and control
- Electric four-way chute control helps adjust its direction along a 190-degree radius and pitch control to discharge snow
- Tool-less drift cutters cut into snow drift and drop snow on the snow thrower's path, for greater efficiency
- Push-button electric start motor offers six forward and two reverse, power-propelled speeds which save on time and energy
- A 30-inch clearing width and 21-inch intake height makes this equipment ideal for use on large paved and gravel paths
- Mitten-grip starter handle is designed for a comfortable grip on the recoil start while wearing gloves
- Available in a black/red finish
- Item Weight: 268 lbs.
- Two-year limited warranty and limited lifetime warranty on upper and lower chute
Added on February 16, 2009
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Most Helpful Reviews
Starts, one or two pulls as long as you choke it. The electric start is awesome, I did get spoiled with this feature. I have an old 22" snow blower that is 17 yrs old now and works great as well. It is a craftsman also. The only thing is, this snow blower does not have a gas shut-off valve, so you could close the line and run the gas line and carb. dry. I will have one installed, but these blowers should have one from the manufacturer. Hopefully someone from repairs reads this and contacts me for an install of the shut-off valve. We will see. Anyway great machine and does the job. That 13 inch blizzard we had here on the eastern coast, what a breeze for this machine. Bite the bullet big with this machine...
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Because of when I purchased this blower (late in season), I've only used it once this winter. It performed very well, though I did have to adjust chute control right away, and even after that, it tends to "travel" instead of holding position. Other than that, I'm quite satisfied with the purchase. I'm using it on an approximately .2 mile long asphalt drive and so far, it's done a good job of cleaning down to the asphalt surface without leaving much residual snow cover.
Lake Luzerne, NY
I bought this to replace an old Yardman 33" with a 357cc engine. Two good things on this machine: the motorized chute works well, and the impeller is very fast allowing the machine to shoot snow a fair distance. However, it is so light on the front that it runs up over the snow even at the slowest speed. A great deal of effort is required to push up going forward. Weights are needed on the top of the front: 10,20,30 or more pounds. The front opening is tall enough but the auger isn't high enough to make advantage of this. The auger should be 15". It is nice to be able to run right up against a wall, but I would give that up if there were wings on the sides that could be pulled forward and in front of the side edges. As it is, even at low speed, snow falls out to the side as you move forward on the second run. This leaves another pile of snow between blown paths that has to be cleaned. I am really unhappy because it takes so much physical energy to run this.
This blower clears snow fast but I have never used speeds 3-6, maybe if I needed to clear a parking lot. Controlling chute from handle bar is nice but single joystick is a learning process to operate especially on the busy right hand grip. A separate up/down on one side of handle bar, and a left/right chute swivel on the other would be better. Some times the cables get in the way of the snow exiting the chute and have to reach over to relocate them. Over all this blower recommended by Consumer Reports lives up to their high rating.
I've used the snowblower on a 6" snow that was pretty wet. The engine acted like it wasn't even being worked. There is a little bit of a learning curve as I need to get the chute operation done better and figure out the pivot steer. This snowblower has lots of nice features and I am very happy with this snowblower and am happy I bought it.
I used this after a 13 inch snow with minor drifting. Motor never bogged down even when the snow got wet from thawing out. Be careful going through a lot of soupy wet snow or you can clog this like I did. I love the LED light on this which makes everything much easier to see in detail. One of the reasons I bought this. Super bright white compared to the junk halogen models out there. No bulb to replace in the future! Took me an hour and a half to do a 200X40' are, and that's using a snowblower for the 1st time. Do not buy a machine bigger than this, as this size will take you for a ride already. It is extremely heavy, and mine was in a box/crate. Will take atleast two strong people to unload off a pickup truck. Already comes with oil in the motor. After a hour and a half I still had half a tank of gas left! Your neighbors will definitely be jealous when they see this thing shooting snow 40+ feet out there. For the first time I actually look forward to moving snow now.
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Worked fine in a small storm but 27 inches of wet snow was a great test. No problem cutting through 3 foot drifts of wet snow. Machine was able to throw the heavy snow a good 25 feet. After 6 hours of heavy snow, no problems. Heavy machine but I'm happy to have it in a storm like that. A smaller machine would have struggled, this machine made it easy. If it holds up as well it worked it's a winner. Time will tell.
I bought this snow blower last winter. it worked well but we didn't have much snow. this year we had a blizzard and this snow blower was awesome. I do snow removal commercially. A lot of my accounts need sidewalks and walkway done where a plow will not fit. This blower handled everything I put in front of it. At first i wasn't sure if I would like the joystick but I found it OK to use. Its a little hard to get it moving
After much research I decided to replace my 15YO 30 in, 11 HP craftsman with this unit. The new unit has the same size engine and capacity but the design appears to be more rugged. The larger auger and impeller appears to clear snow faster. Only one opportunity to use so far & the EZ-steer and electric chute control takes some getting used to but cut 1-hour off my snowblowing time. Also made short work of the pile left at the top of the driveway by the town plow.
Very impressed with the power of this machine. It takes a little getting used to since it is a large machine, but after an hour I felt like I was back in control. Assembly instructions could have been a little easier for the non-mechanic. It took me about an hour.