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Craftsman Yard Vacuum System 4 in 1 190CC*
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Craftsman Yard Vacuum System 4 in 1 190CC*

Item# 07177013000P | Model# 77013 | Added on June 24, 2012 | Source: Sears.com | Available At 3 Sellers
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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. ... read more
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11 found this review helpful
by BR625
November 10th, 2013
Will pick up damp leaves, EFFECTIVELY...

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.

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17 found this review helpful
by HDHSR
February 27th, 2009
Did not perform well

I have a lawn with lots of leaves and even more gum balls. After reading the manual I was ready to use the product. I was totally disappointed. If the leaves are completely dry the Yard Vacuum does well. If there is any moister on the grass or leaves it's another matter. The Yard Vacuum does not do a good job with Sweet Gum Balls. You have to go over the lawn several times to do what a good lawn mower will do in one pass. I returned the Yard Vacuum to Sears. This is the only item I've ever returned to Sears in over 40 years as a loyal customer. Another problem, it will jam on anything larger than a pencil.

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spirited
RATED

Yard Vacuum Saves Time and Effort

This is a true yard vacuum. It performs great, picking up and mulching all leaves in its path. It can be a challenge and a little dusty transferring the mulch from the bag to a yard bag for disposal, but it is worth it.

February 18th via sears.com
5 of 5 found this review helpful.
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Iverw
RATED

Great Investment!

Performed better then I expected. It will pick up wet leaves you just need to adjust the height setting. What use to take me 12 hours to do I now get my yard done in about two hours. The dust kick back from the leaf bag is bad so I recommend wearing a mask when doing the leaves. Btw, the shredder works great too.

February 5th via sears.com
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ctbea
RATED

Questionable Utility

After two years, the flexible chuting split and while duct tape helps, it finally failed; which was not all that big a problem because the vacuum hose became plugged with every little twig it sucked up. I finally gave up and just rake the leaves and twigs into a pile and suck them up with the front lawn nozzle. The throttle will not hold a setting unless its wide open or idle...constantly resetting it. Finally, the bag developed holes and the stitching at the connector came apart after 4 years of use. The cost of another bag assembly is nearly half the cost of an entire new yard vac...how stupid. If Sears can't make parts available at a reasonable price, buy this kind of machine elsewhere.

February 4th via sears.com
4 of 4 found this review helpful.
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leafer1
RATED

Terrible Quality Control

I was incredibly excited to a self-propelled leaf vac after having one w/out for more than a decade. While the self-propelled is nice, this thing came out broken. The throttle cable is broken and/or disconnected that hose and nozzle keep falling apart. Considering Sears took an extra month to get this to me, I would've expected it to work completely.

January 30th via sears.com
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TimInTheWoods
RATED

Great leaf clean-up tool

I'd been using a *1989* version of this machine each fall, until it finally gave out this fall. Love the 2 speed self-propel feature of this new version, and the vacuum hose, as well. However, I'll probably only attach the hose when I actually intend to use it. Only time will tell if this new version will be as durable as my old yard vac, but they are pretty similar, except for the engine. I tried this new yard vac's lawn nozzle and hose on some wet leaves, and it seems to deal better with them than my old vac. Just as with my old vac, this machine does a great job of grinding up leaves, which I then use as mulch; the ground leaves really enrich the soil over time, better than other mulch types!

January 17th via sears.com
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Ambassador777
RATED

Was not to impressed with this Yard Vacuums Quaity

Only have used this Craftsman Yard Vacuum 2 times and I have had the bag begin to rip near connection to vacuum fitting. The Vacuum hose came undone and began to tear where the hose and tube clamp together, and one of the tips that turn to close the bag at the bottom popped off. So after having this Vacuum for a little over a week I am requesting a new bag, other than these flaws so far it has the power to Vac, mulch, and chip; although I do not like how sometimes the ground Vac switches over to the hose Vac if you go over an unsmooth surface. Other than those things this Vac is fair. If these problems get corrected by the designer than this Vac could very well be great.

December 7th, 2013 via sears.com
4 of 4 found this review helpful.
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CES5
RATED

One of the best lawn equipment purchases I've made.

Every time I use this lawn vac, I always say how much I like it! It really does do an excellent job. I have oak and maple trees and it picks up the leaves beautifully.

December 7th, 2013 via craftsman.com
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magman
RATED

It`s just Good not great !!!

I bought it thinking it would help with all the leaves but after a 1/2 hour I found it to be more work then if I just raked them in a pile and put them on a tarp and pulled them to the woods.

November 30th, 2013 via sears.com
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Chicken-Black
RATED

Workhorse machine

Engine size (larger than competitors) key to performance. This has the power needed to vacuum big quantities of leaves (reasonably dry and without too many large twigs/branches) very well. Very best way to deal with leaves if you want them for compost because they are shred to small pieces and therefore greatly reduced in volume and much faster in decomposing. Words to the wise: buy it its ability to vacuum leaves through the large nozzle in the front of the machine; the hose vacuum clogs quickly and is bulky so I leave it off the machine. The chipper is also useless as it clogs quickly, too. I haven't used the new blower attachment, but can't imagine how you can manage where what you blows goes. When you purchase, be sure the rear wheels are free-wheeling (don't make a grinding noise when you push the machine manually with motor off and that they don't grab or lock when you pull it backwards manually); this is the biggest problem I've had. There's a lot of wear and tear in the use of the machine, so I strongly recommend purchasing the extended service agreement (and I'm now trying the in home version to avoid the trouble of transporting the machine.

November 29th, 2013 via sears.com
3 of 3 found this review helpful.
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marylee
RATED

Craftsman Yard Vacuum

Great machine, works like a dream!!

November 28th, 2013 via sears.com
0 of 1 found this review helpful.
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T.E.mastergunner
RATED

I wouldnot go into fall season with out it!

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.

November 22nd, 2013 via sears.com
3 of 3 found this review helpful.
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poc_fisherman
RATED

Craftsman Yard Vacuum

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.

November 22nd, 2013 via sears.com
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The-Colonel
RATED

Good Performance, Bad Quality Control

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.

November 20th, 2013 via sears.com
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fijim
RATED

Yard Vacuum

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.

November 14th, 2013 via sears.com
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yellowhouse148
RATED

Saved my aching back!

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.

November 13th, 2013 via sears.com
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BR625
RATED

Will pick up damp leaves, EFFECTIVELY...

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.

November 10th, 2013 via sears.com
11 of 11 found this review helpful.
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RontheToolMan
RATED

Vacuum your yard away

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.

November 9th, 2013 via sears.com
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Bama473
RATED

It isn't an end-all, be-all machine

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.

October 30th, 2013 via sears.com
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Lawn_Mower_Dude
RATED

Craftsman 4 in 1 Yard Vacuum System

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.

October 29th, 2013 via sears.com
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TooPerfect
RATED

Makes Fall clean up almost fun

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.

October 28th, 2013 via sears.com
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