Specifications & Dimensions
|Dimensions and Capacity:|
|Bagger Capacity (bushels):||2|
|Chipper Capacity (in.):||1.5|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (qt.):||1.5|
|Color and Styling:|
|Item Weight (lbs.):||135.0 lbs.|
|Reduction Ratio:||8 to 1|
|Materials & Finishes:|
|Assembly Required:||Fully Assembled|
|Engine Brand:||Briggs & Stratton(r)|
|Engine Series:||190cc 6.75 torque|
|Engine Displacement (cc):||190|
|Maximum Torque (ft-lb):||6.75|
|Wheels & Tires:|
|Front Tire Size:||8 in.|
|Rear Tire Size:||8 in.|
|Warranties & Coverage:|
|General Warranty:||1 year limited|
|CARB Compliant:||CARB Compliant|
Ratings & Reviews
The Craftsman Yard Vacuum Picks It Up And Bags It With Power
Whether you’re clearing a putting green, flower bed or cleaning-up after a storm, this powerful 4-in-1 Craftsman yard vacuum makes it easy to get your yard looking its best. Eliminate back-straining labor and wasted time, cruise easily though the yard picking up twigs, sticks and leaves while turning them into mulch at the same time. And when you're finished, rest assured that the errant yard waste will be neatly packaged in the 2-bushel capacity rear bag.
With a wide 24 inch nozzle, you can get the yard or green cleared in less passes, while the adjustable height ensures you're able to pick-up all kinds of yard waste. A detachable vacuum hose brings a reach you can use to clean under decks, in between tight flower beds and give your vehicle that deep-clean it needs to stay rust-free and last longer. With the right tools, you’re able to do a complete job and get more from what you own.
One of the best features of this yard vacuum is its anti-clog self-cleaning system that breaks up large clumps of sticks and leaves, eliminating the need to stop your progress until the bag is full, and with a 8:1 reduction ratio, it'll take a lot of ground to fill this bag. No matter how full your bag gets, rest assured that the self propelled, semi-pneumatic wheels will provide the traction and maneuverability you need to move quickly across even the roughest terrain, and get the mulch where you need it. And if you're interested in a quick clean without the bag, you can reverse this vacuum into a powerful blower in minutes, too! Versatile, durable and built to last, this Craftsman yard vacuum system will provide the clean lawn and yard you need while eliminating much of the work you used to need to get it.
- Briggs & Stratton® 190cc* 6.75 torque engine Powerful, long-lasting engine life for maximum performance
- Self-Propelled/Rear Drive Easy to use and reduces your overall clean up time
- 4-N-1 Plus yard vac system Superior performance and extremely versatile tool that makes quick work of cleanup by vacuuming, shredding, chipping, blowing, and bagging
- 8:1 performance reduction Reduces debris from 8 bags down to 1, providing a more efficient cleanup
- 24 in. vacuum nozzle Vacuums up lawn debris quickly and easily, with ability to clean along fence lines and in tight areas
- Advanced chipper chute Easily breaks down sticks, twigs and branches up to 1.5 in. in diameter
- Felt-line rear bag 2 bushel capacity that requires emptying the bag less often, saving time and energy
- On-board vacuum hose - Perfect for clearing leaves and debris from flower beds, under decks, and other hard-to-reach areas
- Blower attachment (included) Completes the ultimate clean up tool with the blowing force to move all types of debris
- Ergonomic handle Provides added comfort and control while reducing user fatigue
- 5-position height adjuster Adjustable from 3/8 in. to 4 in. to accommodate varying yard debris
- Semi-pneumatic front/rear wheels Easy to maneuver, and provides added control and durability
- Anti-clog self cleaning system Saves time and enhances durability, increasing longevity of unit
- 1-year full warranty
*as rated by engine manufacturer
Added on October 21, 2010
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Most Helpful Reviews
I have had a Craftsman Yard Vacuum for years.I have a lot of trees on my properties which leads to a lot of leaves in the fall.The Yard Vac has been the best and easiest way to gather the leaves up,mulch the leaves into the bag,and dispose of the leaves. Very easy operation of the Vac and the 190CC engine is good for all jobs.
This yard vacuum has good suction as I use it to pick up live oak acorns from the lawn. The rear bag empties easily. It is a bit pricey but it performs the task I expect of it. To date I have not used the wand but I suspect it will perform well.
I like the pickup and storage on this baby. Just follow the instructions and don't try to pick up a whole pile of leaves at once. You must pick up the sticks yourself. I got this one with the box opened, but I took it anyway. It was missing parts and not assembled correctly: one of the cotter pins on the handle was missing; one of the plastic wing nuts on the handle was broken; nuts and bolts fell out of the machine during operation. One of the half-inch hex bolts and a matching lock nut were on the ground; but the lock nut had actually fallen off of the screen assembly hex cap screw located under the belt cover--which indicated that the assembler was skill deficient. The other bolt was actually missing from the left lower flail housing where it meets the upper flail housing--making the chute assembly hard to insert. I suggest you get rid of those plastic wing nuts and review your QC at the factory for partially-assembled and boxed yard vacs.
I had a Troy-Bilt for almost 20 years but the engine blew this year in the middle of the Fall. This is the only one that came even close to what I had. I would have given it four stars except for the quality control issues. The Craftsman name isn't what it used to be. The bag is small, and made of a felt type material which the leaves tend to stick to. The first one I brought home started up fine but would not shut off. I finally had to pull the plug wire. Returned it to find that the kill switch was broken. Next one, the bag is fastened to a polymer adapter by means of a tie-wrap. They had installed the bag with half of it over the inlet. I had to cut the tie-wrap and purchase a heavy duty tie wrap (24/bag) in order to begin using. As far as it working, it is light and maneuvers well.
Up here in New England, we get inundated with leaves every fall. I've not yet upgraded to a riding mower for my property, so finding a push lawn vacuum was in keeping with what I already do all summer long. Got it out of the box, put it together, and had cleared half my property in two hours. That used to take me 12 hours by rake, blower and shoulder vac with bag. Looking forward to doing it again this weekend as the wind has cleared the neighbors trees into my yard once more..... There are a few tricks you'll discover quickly that make this machine highly successful. It does not like piles of leaves. Do not do any preparation, like raking into piles. Just go! if it stops pulling up leaves, back off, lift on rear wheels and let it clear itself out. Don't let the bag get super stuffed full. Paper lawn bags are cheap, so use more bags. Self-propelled action allows for a Vente Starbucks in one hand while operating. Pretty sweet.
I don't have the self propelled model so I am basing this review on my model which is identical in every way except the drive system. I read many reviews and was a bit surprised at the complaints regarding the performance of this machine and wet leaves and intended to wait for my leaves to be dry before using it. I went out and used my machine on Nov 8th, live outside Chicago and own a Maple tree in front of my house. Anyone knows these trees are famous for late dropping of its leaves. Currently my tree has dropped maybe 25% and currently they are falling like snowflakes. I went out early this morning before 9am and my grass was covered with dew and parts frost, so they were clearly damp and because the wheels were soaked and covered with the leaves they rolled over. First off I believe the vacuum height has to be set correctly for efficient cleaning. I set my machine so its as close to the leaves but not so close that I push them rather then pick them up. I also cut my grass a week before the leaves started dropping as I believe this also helps the effectiveness of this machine. I usually keep my grass Kentucky Blue around 3-3 1/2 inches during the growing season and as it reaches fall I cut it back to 2 inches which I did last week. My machine picked up pretty much every single leaf it passed over leaving a scragglier hear and there. I went over my neighbors house which their side and my side meet, and their lawn was much higher, 3 inches or higher and though I didn't change the height setting it still sucked up the damp leaves. Granted it was harder to push thru higher grass at the setting I chose because the nozzle was pushing the grass somewhat, but still sucked them up easily. I can't understand why people are having an issue, unless they are down right soaked and have the nozzle too high. I also cleaned up my lawn which is 2000sq feet that I know for a fact as I had sod installed this past spring. It was covered 40% where you could NOT see a blade of grass and I didn't have to empty the bag except when I was done. It almost all fit into a single brown lawn bag, but I stopped short about 10 inches from the top because the bag was getting too heavy from so much of the damp leaves I crammed in their. I was overly impressed at the dust this machine turned the leaves into, damp and all.. I filled a 2nd brown bag 1/3 full. I will say that the machine was starting to tip backwards and left standing it was gonna fall back on the bag, thats how full it was.. Its currently 35 deg and it took 4 pulls to get it started. I did edge my lawn last week and I set the nozzle at the lowest setting and went down my sidewalk and not a blade of grass was left behind. This does a tremendous job at cleaning driveways and sidewalks. I would recommend this machine but pay attention to the setting of the nozzle and grass height for best efficiency.
I bought this product because the Craftsman Yard Vacuum that I had finally bit the dust. It was approximately 7-10 years old and at this time the muffler blow off after the studs broke from its constant vibration. It was very hard to start in the winter and I would have to use the exhaust to warm the engine so that it would start, it was not self propelled and the attached hose with the nozzle assembly quit working after 2 years. The one I just bought was an excellant buy and they fixed everything on this model that was wrong with my first vacuum. The only problem I have had with the new vacuum was that the first one I got had the lever broke that you would use to change from vacuuming with the nozzle or with the floor vac. I took this one back and they gave me one that worked fine and is still working fine.
Picking up dry leaves is what this unit is great for. Starting it requires a LOT of pulling power, which is odd because my lawn mower is the same HP,and starts easily. The chipper feature is worthless. branches need to have all twigs stripped off in order to fit into the 2" opening. The vacuum hose came doubled up, and the permanent pinch in the hose reduces its effectiveness. Don't accept a folded hose.
The Craftsman 4 in 1 yard vacuum system is the best piece of power equipment I have purchased for my yard. It is an excellent value too. It does everything as advertised and makes cleaning up leaves and grass clippings a breeze. The chipper works very well. If you read the manual for the yard vacuum, you will not have any problems. You must read the manual to get good results with this machine!! It took me 25 minutes to remove it from the box, read the operating instructions, add the oil, assemble the handle bars, and go to work. It started on the first pull and has done so every time since. I wish I had purchased this yard vacuum sooner. You will not be sorry with this machine. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.
I bought this bad boy at the end of the season last year. It was useful right away, but I've learned a lot since then. Now, I wouldn't want to go without it and may never touch a rake again. Here are my tips: 1) Remove the hose attachment entirely and only use it at the end of the job for finishing details. It is very bulky and cumbersome to leave on the machine. Without it you will find that you can push the front of the machine into most tight places and thereby won't even need to use the hose all that much. 2) Lower the front wheels so the vacuum nozzle is near the highest position off the ground. This baby has really strong suction and will suck up leaves from even the highest setting. If the nozzle is too low, you will find that it catches the ground very easily and will clog more often. At the higher setting I can even vacuum rough areas and planters with low-lying ground cover. Plus it will vacuum up leaves from mulched areas without sucking up the mulch also. 3) When emptying the collection bag, tilt it back beyond the vertical by about 20 to 30 degrees. I kept needing to shake and shake the bag to get the leaves out until I realized this. If you go past the vertical the back opening of the bag will be facing straight down and the leaves just dump out without much shaking. Also, read and look at the drawings in the manual for the proper way to fold the bag closed and snap it. It wasn't obvious to me, but the manual illustrates it very well. After I learned how to do it from the manual, it is very fast and easy to close and seal the bag tightly. Also, watch the snaps over time to be sure they don't get too loose. If you turn them counter clockwise too much they get very loose and might unscrew entirely. To re-tighten, turn them clockwise.
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