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Craftsman  30 In 357cc* Dual-Stage Snowblower w/ EZ Steer, Electric 4-Way Chute Control

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Reg Price: $1449.99
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$1199.99
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Specifications & Dimensions

Dimensions and Capacity:
Impeller Diameter: 12 in.
Intake Height (In.): 21
Color and Styling:
Color/Finish: Black/Red
Product Overview:
Auger Type: Serrated steel auger
Clearing Width (In.): 30
Drift Cutters: Yes
Item Weight (lbs.): 268
Number of Rotor Blades: 4
Number of Stages: Dual Stage
Rust Resistant: Yes
Single Hand Control: Yes
Skid Shoes: Deluxe Glide-Tech
Usage: Heavy 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: Yes
Motor-Engine:
Electric Start: Yes
Engine Cycles: 4-cycle
Engine Make: Craftsman
Engine Displacement (cc): 357
Starter Type: Push button
Wheels & Tires:
Rim Material: Steel
Tire Type: Inflatable
Tire/Wheel Size: 16" x 6.5" X-Trac
Controls, Safety:
Safety Override: Yes
Convenience:
Headlights: Included/Built In
Chute System:
Chute Control: Switch
Chute Material: Polymer
Extended Chute: Yes
Maximum Chute Rotation: 190 deg.
Warranties & Coverage:
General Warranty: 2 Year Limited Warranty

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Product Description

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

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Added on April 20, 2013

 

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38 Reviews Write a review
28 Reviewers (74.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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Most Helpful Reviews

Praise26 found this helpful
tljkt
Oct 31 , 2012
Great item
Criticism15 found this helpful
oldscout101
Feb 26 , 2014
I hope they've fixed the newer models
I have an older version of this item. It is now in its 4th winter. Design flaws: The good: -It starts on the first or second pull always. The only time I use the electric start is to get it running in the fall after sitting all summer. -It's a good size for a large driveway but still compact enough to fit in the garage between the cars. -It seems pretty easy on gas/has a large tank. I can clear my large driveway 3 or 4 times without refilling. The bad: - The chute blocks the head light. So there's always big shadow in front of you. - Head light is not sealed so water can get in and blow out the bulb. I keep a supply of bulbs handy. - The power steering is utterly useless (it works but it is useless). - All of the forward speeds are useless. I only use the lowest for blowing and the fastest for travel. I never use the others. -Gas leaks out the cap very easily. -I had to replace the cable for the drive clutch. I think it was put together wrong because it just shouldn't have twisted like it did. (I bought the blower already assembled) -When I replaced the drive cable I loosed the bracket for the auger cable. Now I can not tighten the bracket because the holes the self tapping screws go into are too loose for the screws to tighten in. I'm currently trying to figure out how to fix this. Other thoughts: I had a 26 inch MTD for years. It was a tank. I never had any problems with it except I needed the electric start. I never could get it to start without it. I knew the same company that makes craftsman also makes MTD so I thought it was a good bet. Boy was I wrong.
 
Mar 7 , 2014
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craftsman 30in snowblower

I am very happy with the overall design of the machine. It handles well and is a pleasure to use. I think Craftsman has a great record for making quality products and they stand by their reputation. I would recommend this product to everyone.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Over-Sensitive

Utica, MI

Feb 28 , 2014
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Sensitive Joystick and Speed Control

Machine does the job well, however, controlling it leaves a lot to be desired. The chute joystick is over-sensitive in both azimuth rotation and height adjustment. The 1st fwd speed is too slow while the 2nd fwd speed is too fast and the 3rd through 6th fwd speeds are way too fast and not usable. Machine is too heavy and the hand levers are not well designed for good ergonomics.


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Walso

Farmingdale, NJ

Feb 26 , 2014
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Great snowblower

This machine removes anything in its way with ease. The toddle switch that controls the pitch and direction of the chute is a nice option.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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oldscout101

Waterford, PA

Feb 26 , 2014
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I hope they've fixed the newer models

I have an older version of this item. It is now in its 4th winter. Design flaws: The good: -It starts on the first or second pull always. The only time I use the electric start is to get it running in the fall after sitting all summer. -It's a good size for a large driveway but still compact enough to fit in the garage between the cars. -It seems pretty easy on gas/has a large tank. I can clear my large driveway 3 or 4 times without refilling. The bad: - The chute blocks the head light. So there's always big shadow in front of you. - Head light is not sealed so water can get in and blow out the bulb. I keep a supply of bulbs handy. - The power steering is utterly useless (it works but it is useless). - All of the forward speeds are useless. I only use the lowest for blowing and the fastest for travel. I never use the others. -Gas leaks out the cap very easily. -I had to replace the cable for the drive clutch. I think it was put together wrong because it just shouldn't have twisted like it did. (I bought the blower already assembled) -When I replaced the drive cable I loosed the bracket for the auger cable. Now I can not tighten the bracket because the holes the self tapping screws go into are too loose for the screws to tighten in. I'm currently trying to figure out how to fix this. Other thoughts: I had a 26 inch MTD for years. It was a tank. I never had any problems with it except I needed the electric start. I never could get it to start without it. I knew the same company that makes craftsman also makes MTD so I thought it was a good bet. Boy was I wrong.


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Skifstad

Eau Claire, WI

Feb 25 , 2014
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snowblower has been great

I bought this machine prior to this winter - it has been flawless. Easy to use/start - throws snow a mile - has made my life much easier in snowy Wisconsin.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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The__Drifter

Westfield, NY

Feb 14 , 2014
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Not bad

Purchased this through the layaway method and while a bit confusing it wasn't too bad. As far as the machine, not bad but there could be a few things changed. First item was when we went to pick the machine up. I called the store to verify that it was in fact there for pickup. I was told it was there in the crate but they would put it together for me if I wanted them to. Having dealt with items put together previously and since it would be transported 30 miles or so I declined. Fast forward 8 hours later and they could not find the machine.... Um, its in a crate eh... Once it was "located" both in the computer system and in the warehouse it was loaded into the truck and brought home. Unloaded the machine and proceeded to remove it from the packaging. The wooden "crate" structure within the cardboard covering was broken and there was a boot print on the cardboard inside. Guessing it was not treated well. Everything was intact and after looking over the instructions I put everything together. Overall not a bad process with someone that has mechanical knowledge. All the proper checks were made and then it was fueled and ready to use. Once it was started it did not run well. The choke had to remain partially on for it to run properly. I know that it is below zero here this evening and I expect that some adjustment will need to be made. I can do that but the average person may not know how. In defense of Sears, if they had put it together, they may have made that adjustment. Other than that the machine runs very strong. I enjoy the joystick control for the chute and find it works well so far. The light is ok but is sometimes blocked by the chute. Not a big issue but something to be aware of. There is also no light on the controls so unless you have a feel for them you need some extra light. While the machine is not built like a tank it seems well built at least by todays standards. For the money I am happy so far. I also thought the extra sheer pins supplied were a nice touch.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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MoSnow

Savannah, MO

Feb 12 , 2014
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This One Rocks!

Owned this model for two seasons, beats any model I owned previously. Moves the snow without bogging down, throws easily where I aim, easy to maneuver for a fairly large machine. The heated handles just make it more fun. Highly recommend this model - if you have the square footage to use it.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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killer2you

Francesville, IN

Feb 12 , 2014
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great snow blower

I purchased this blower today were i live is out in the sticks we had 5 ft drifts between the barn and the house this was old snow frozen and hard it was very hard to do but i made a path drive way was 8 inches very easy i am very happy with this blower this is the second one that i have owned and the largest one

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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DaBare

Lombard, IL

Feb 12 , 2014
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Removes snow without any effort

Picked up this beast yesterday to remove 3 and a half feet of snow pushed into the driveway by the local municipal plow... I cannot believe the power and the ease of this machine to remove all the snow and even the deep packed snow which was ran over by my expedition. I went from not have a shovel (because I broke it trying to remove the snow at the end of the driveway) to having this machine. It just works, starts right up and removes the snow without any effort on your part. I actually used one hand to control everything at one point. Best machine I ever purchased.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Feb 7 , 2014
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Snow Beast

I purchased this snow blower 3 weeks ago to replace a 5 HP, 24" MTD. I have used it for 2-5" snow falls and a few 1" snow falls. I clear an asphalt driveway that 2000 ft. long and 11 ft. wide plus paths to bird feeders and sheds. The machine is very powerful and never falters in deep snow. I have tried it in snow banks approx. 20 " high and it does not bog down. The electric chute control works great and is one of my favorite features. Having the steerable feature on a machine this large is of great help. If you have not operated a snow blower of this size before, be prepared to do some practice to get the feel of it. I noticed in one of the reviews a complaint about leaving a ridge of snow, mine did that the 1st time I used it, but proper adjustment of the skid shoes corrected the problem. I am very happy with the fact that it cleans snow right down to the asphalt. I am very happy with my purchase and hope that it is durable and lasts for a long time with few repairs.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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