Craftsman Dual-Stage Snow Blower Tractor AttachmentItem# 07124837000 | Model# 24837
Specifications & Dimensions
|Intake Height:||21 in.|
|Max. Clearing Path (in.):||42|
|Color and Styling:|
|Fits Brands/Models:||reference fit-up chart|
|General Warranty:||1 year limited|
|Item Type:||Snow Blower|
|Item Weight (lbs.):||187|
|Number of Stages:||Dual Stage|
|Vehicle Type:||Tractors only|
|Materials & Finishes:|
|Material:||Steel / Poly|
|Assembly Required:||Assembly Required|
|Blade Width (in.):||42|
|Chute Control:||Crank Manual|
|Maximum Chute Rotation:||180 deg.|
|Throw Distance:||Up to 40 ft.|
Ratings & Reviews
Take Control of Winter with the Craftsman Snow Blower Tractor Attachment
This Craftsman dual stage snow blower tractor attachment was invented forbig jobs, like sloping driveways, long roads and big lots. Forget the shovel and walk-behind, this powerhouse takes care of winter's messfast. Once this snow blower attachment is connected, just start that engine and moments later you'll be throwing snow in a 25–40 foot parabolic arc. This rugged steel wonder is built to chew-up whatever winter sends your way.
- Built to last, the durable Craftsman Dual Stage Snow Blower Tractor Attachment will tough it through harsh winter conditions, and deliver the spotless driveway, lot or street you need to ensure winter safety and convenience for others
- Tractor Specific Attachment- Refer to fit-up chart for compatibility to properly match the correct attachment for your tractor
- 12 inch diameter serrated input augers
- 5 inch diameter rust resistant poly chute
- Fits all Craftsman and Husqvarna tractors (except zero turn, rear engine riders and CTX series)(refer to fit up chart)
- Operator can adjust pitch and rotation up to 180 degrees of chute and deflector from tractor seat
- Raise and lower attachment from tractor seat
- Rear wheel weights and chains required (sold separately)
- One time installation of mounting brackets to tractor frame - no tools removal and install of snow thrower once mounting brackets are in place on frame
- Skid shoes are adjustable for different types of surfaces and are replaceable
- Powered by the tractor engine
- The tractor and cab are sold separately
- Made in USA
- Click here for Attachment Options
Added on December 08, 2010
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Most Helpful Reviews
In the Fall of 2011 I went shopping for a snowblower for my Husky LTH18538 lawn tractor. I went to my local Hometown Sears store to view a floor display and found that none were out on the floor. The manager advised he had one in stock and that was in a seal carton in the back. Manager did not want to open the carton to view it so I took the 45 mile ride to a REAL Sears store to view the blower on display there. I subsequently purchased it along with the wheel weights and chains. *****
Prior to installation I took the time to sort out all the parts. This was a great time saver during assembly since there are parts included for various models that I wouldn't be using. Quite impressed with that fact. (Make a point of saving the extras just in case you ever wish to re-sell the blower) I assembled and installed the blower over the course of two afternoons. Estimated time was between 8 and 10 hours. I found the instructions were well documented and the project was easy for anyone mechanically inclined with the proper tools. Mounting the unit to the tractor is two man job, but one person can get it done with a little muscle and some maneuvering of the unit. I did touch up the paint where it was worn from shipping and from scratches during my assembly. *****
I waited just about all winter to get a good snow fall in which to use the blower. In my area of Wisconsin, it was getting an unusually light season for snow. What snow came was in the 1 to 3 inch catagory and hardly worth blowing. Finally, on February 29th we got 7 to 9 inches of the heavy wet stuff. As a proud poppa I got on my tractor and engaged the blower. For the first 3 feet I blew snow 30 feet. Then I hit the hard stuff and that was it. The blower stopped and the belt flew off. Re-installed belt, same thing happened when I hit the drift. Re-installed belt and this time it flew off when I engaged the blower. I then parked the unit and inspected it for the problem. I found that 3 of the 4 studs that secure the Idler Bracket (part #24281) had sheered off. Either the bolt studs were stressed due to being over tightened at the factory or they were of poor quality. I contemplated calling Sears for warranty service, but figured they would just replace they with similiar questionable studs. I wound up drilling out the studs and replacing them myself with machine harden bolts. *****
Finally re-assembled, I got on my machine and went back to the task at hand. During the repair it had started raining and the snow was even more wet and dense. Due to the wet heavy snow I had to go at a slow speed, but the blower performed well. I was shooting snow and water 20 feet without the unit ever plugging up. Impressive. Overall, the blower reduced my snow removal time by 2/3's and it will be interesting to see how it performs with a normal snow fall. ******
Other than the incident with the sheered studs, the unit appears solid and of good construction. Time will tell how well the unit holds up with continued usage.
Con: It takes some time to install first time. Pros: The blower does work quite well, even in heavy snow. There is a limit to heavy snow where the shoot plugs up - this is a very wet snow that is melting. I have been using this blower for 14 years on a 500ft driveway plus area that can park 8 cars. My belt eating history and fix: I read a lot of complaints about dropping, breaking belts. This might be resolved in new versions of the blower and may not. I had 3 years of loosing belts, with the last of the 3 years I lost 4 belts in one winter. The problem was due to the 2 guide pulleys mounted in the belt cover housing getting out of alignment. After fixing this, I am going onto 3rd winter without changing a belt. Problem/fix: On my blower, the spacers between the pulleys and the housing are very narrow, which allows the belt cover housing to bend, so the pulleys are no longer in line. The "simple fix" was to hammer out the housing straight and replace the spacers with very large washers so the torque from the pulley is spread over a large area. I had to stack several washers to get the original spacing between the pulley and the housing. I also put washers on the outside of the housing. This is very easy to correct while the blower is not on the tractor and before the housing bends, as to hammer the housing straight, it has to be removed. Other then the 3 years of eating belts at an increasing rate, the blower has performed well. If it was not for having to correct the misaligned pulleys, I would have rated this as 5 stars. I hope my experience will help those with belts that are breaking.
I researched pretty much every tractor mounted snow blower on the planet prior to purchasing this unit. To me, this offered the better value when compared to other units. Most other reviews are accurate with the installation time. I spent a solid 5 hours getting this puppy hooked up. It's not a difficult job, but you'll want to take your time ensuring everything is correct. Just basic hand tools are required. One thing that helped in a few instances was the online library of help videos. If there was a portion in the written instructions needing clarification, the instructional video really helped. Videos were in the same order as the instruction manual, short---around 2-3 minutes, and very clear. I installed this on my Craftsman YT4000 Lawn Tractor with the 24hp Briggs engine. I consider myself to be fairly handy, but I was shocked when everything worked correctly when I fired it up. I live just north of Minneapolis and we got a foot of snow the day I installed the machine. The local Sears store didn't have tire chains in stock, but no matter what, you need these. You won't go anywhere w/out them. I weigh about 255. I thought I'd be heavy enough w/out wheel weights, but you'll need them as well. Once you get this thing dialed in, you'll have a blast. I have a three car garage with a 300 foot driveway. I had a smaller walk-behind snow blower. Time to complete snow removal was at least 2 hours to do a decent job. With this monster, it's about 20 minutes. Honestly, Gang, take your time with the install. Spend a little time reviewing the instructions. Sort and lay out the parts to get organized. Get chains and weights and I don't think you'll be disappointed.
After much research....that's me....I decided to purchase this Craftsman Dual Stage unit to fit my tractor. The first consideration in my opinion, is that your tractor needs to at least 20 HP to adequately operate this unit. Mine has a 26 HP Kohler engine and an automatic transmission. The snow thrower is a solidly built unit. All of the parts that you will need, and many more, are included in the box when you purchase it. As you are assembling it, be absolutely certain that you are following the directions for your specific model of tractor. If you don't, you will have difficulty with keeping the auger belt on the unit. Trust me, I found out the hard way myself. Assembly will take about 4-5 hours. Correcting it, if you do it wrong the first time, will take about an additional hour. Some folks say this unit is worthless...They are absolutely WRONG! The problem is simply in the assembly, specifically getting the pulleys installed correctly for your model of tractor. You can tell if it's wrong by checking the tension on the auger belt. If it seems a bit loose, then it is not installed correctly...hence it falls off easily. I have had this unit for more than 3 winters. Last year was a record snow year in our area, about 120"...10'! This baby handled it with ease. As you use it, you will learn to gauge your forward speed to the weight and depth of snow. If you go too fast in wet snow, you can pack the auger blades with compacted snow...like with any other snow thrower. I find that a quality belt lasts me about 2 winters, but you should always have a spare on hand just in case yours breaks. While I'm on the issue of spares, also be sure to have extra shear pins on hand. The only time I have broken mine was when I picked up a rock more than 1.5 inches in diameter. That will stop your unit or break the pin. The best part is how far this unit throws the snow. Light show will go 25-30' and heavy snow 15' or more. I never have snow piles next to my drive! I can see easily down the road at my drive entrance. My drive is a mix of asphalt and gravel and is about 400' long. Re-installation in the fall takes about an hour to remove the mower deck and install the snow thrower. 1 person can do the job, but it's definitely easier with 2. This is a great unit....just assemble it correctly.
South Ozone Park, NY
A WALK BEHIND BLOWER MAY BE A BETTER CHOICE I picked mine up from a sears outlet for $700. I would of never paid $1200 for this. It is overkill for what I need but I wanted it. If you are not handy just buy a walk behind blower. The only issue I have is the lifting part when you don't want blower to touch ground. it lifts crooked and not all the way up. Its big and hard to move around in tight spaces. You really need weights and chains. Im 260 lbs and tires still spun with chains I added weights later on If I had to make a choice again I would of bought a nice walk behind
I purchased this on the 2104 MT winter. Assembly was time consuming but with good instruction until the part where the auger belt is tensioned. My first time I believe the belt tensioner was wrong, my fault and the belt came off. It was worn and reusable. then I tried again and the belt broke but this was a combination of a worn belt and tension pulley in the wrong place. I had ordered another belt and finally figured out the directions and the alignment of the pulley, "upside down in the instructions", now the thrower works very well and I clear a 1500 ft driveway and a 100ft circle with this and I leave 3/4 in clearance under the blower to account for the uneven gravel (skid adjust). It is very easy to get the auger tension pulley in the wrong place, you must match the diagram in the instructions and know how to visualize the diagram upside down. 5 deep snow removals and the belt is not wearing. In very deep and heavy snow the mower needs to move SLOWLY! and the belt is taking a beating BUT IT WILL HOLD!. I will report on the status at winters end. I throw heavy snow 30 ft and light stuff even farther. Im happy, check that you have the belt aligned properly with the proper twists and direction in the pulleys. Im sick of removing snow but my friends have no place to put theirs with a plow removal system. I DID BUY AND EXTRA AUGER BELT, JUST BEING PREPARED.
Had to remove dozer blade and brackets from my 27 HP Sears Professional tractor before installing the snow blower brackets and snow blower. Works very well so far. You will get a lot of parts in the box which you won't need. Instructions are not perfect but you must know which type tractor you have, manual or automatic is very different. Took me about 5 hours to remove and install. A deep socket rachet set is helpful. Now I need the tractor cab because the wind will make you look like a snowman.
I used this blower for 2 years and it worked great until this year. It seems that any snow level over 6 inches is too much for this to handle. Even in 1st gear it bogs down and the auger belt falls off. One time it jammed itself behind the large pulley and bent one of the idler pulleys, now I need to order a new sheer pin, belt and pulley. I would not recommend this blower, I think the dozer blade would do a much better job.
Lake Zurich, IL
I had waited to purchase this for years, waiting to get the right tractor. I have my blower attached to a GT6000 and so far it has more than met my expectations. We have had over 50 inches of snowfall, which is a record. I even hit a pair of pliers, and had a giant electrical cord wrapped up in the augers. Didn't even break the sheer pin. The pliers did terrify me as they jammed into second stage auger and immediately stopped the engine. Miraculously, nothing happened. The installation might be a challenge for those not mechanically inclined. I've seen a lot of complaints about the installation. I definitely think any loss of stars due to difficult installation just isn't warranted. There are about 27 short video tutorials that guide you along every critical step! I found it amazingly helpful, and used my tablet in the garage. If you find it difficult then I suggest hiring someone capable. I actually enjoyed it. Overall I love this machine and look forward to using it for decades!
West Warwick, RI
First year with this item. Instructions were very difficult, hard to install the unit on the tractor. The belts will not tension correctly and keep throwing. We've had 3 major snowstorms since buying this and I've had to shovel each one out by hand because this does not work. I never should have sold my walk behind snowblower for this.
Overall, the snow blower has good power. However, installation took me about 5 hours. There is also an interference with the lawn mower deck attachment on just one side that forces me to remove a hitch pin attachment for the snowblower to put the deck back on. Finally, the worst part of the design is the chute made of plastic. Complete garbage on a 1200 dollar item. It's flimsy and in cold temperatures I've had it pop right off the snow blower.