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Craftsman 190cc* 4-N-1 Plus Chipper/Shredder Yard Vacuum
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Craftsman 190cc* 4-N-1 Plus Chipper/Shredder Yard Vacuum

Item# 07177013000P | Model# 77013 | Added on October 21, 2010 | Seller:
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The Craftsman Chipper/Shredder 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-N-1 Plus Craftsman chipper/shredder 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. An onboard 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 chipper/shredder 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 ... read more
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by Todd904
April 14th
Great piece of equipment

I usually don't do reviews, but I read a lot of the other reviews on his piece of equipment and I was kind of skeptical about going and purchasing it. I watched a few you tube videos and seen the machine operate as well and decided that I would give it a try because I have a lot of shrubbery that gets piled up with leaves and it is such a pain to clean out the beds every year and with this vacuum having the vac hose on it, I thought it might work well for me. I am a general contractor in Florida, so I deal with a lot of equipment. So I purchased the machine online and did a pick up in the store. It was really fast. I went to the house and it only took a few minutes to put it together, put in the oil, gas and have this thing running. It started on the first pull and my five year old was running it up and down the driveway sucking up all the water oak leaves that were every where and it worked great. We emptied the bag when it got full(very easy) and began vacuuming some more. So then I got into the shrub beds with the vac hose and it worked great. I will say that the small twigs that it picks up will turn sideways in the tube and clog it up occasionally, but for the job it was doing and the speed of picking up the leaves, I was extremely happy that I would not have to drag the leaves out from around all the close shrubs with a rake and then pick them up. I would like to have one with a longer hose, but I will take what I can get. The hose was kinked a little when I took it out of the box, so I just loosened the hose clamps and repositioned the hose on the adapters, so that the kinks were on the outside of the hose and not the inside. So within an hour, I had already emptied the bag three times and had picked up a lot of leaves and mulched them for my back yard beds. If you are hunting a leaf vacuum that takes all the work out of it, then this might not be the right equipment for you and there is more expensive models that will ease the job, but if your hunting a piece of equipment that will help you at at a reasonable price then this is the right one for you. Hope this helps anyone looking to purchase this machine. I look forward to using it tomorrow and if my experience changes, then so will my review. But for now I am happy with it.

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by ctbea
February 4th
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 stupid. If Sears can't make parts available at a reasonable price, buy this kind of machine elsewhere.

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12 days ago via
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Cut leaf gathering time in half!


This vacuum has been wonderful for cutting our time down from 4 hrs to 2 hrs in the yard blowing and raking leaves. Suction is great! Glad we got it!

13 days ago via
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Self destructs


Machine is good for about three years. First year,hose will crack in several places. Year two, bag stitching will disintegrate. Year three, recoil cover will split at all bolt on points. Considering cost of parts, this unit is finished. Spend a bit more for a better quality machine.

19 days ago via
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I have owned one of these for a number of years. I use it to clean out my pool area where the leaf blower is useless (brick wall). I love this vac. It's reliable and lightweight and even sucks up wet leaves. Those bashing it probably have bought it for the wrong application. Highly recommended!

20 days ago via
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I Love It A great purchase.


I love it I purchased this unit at a great price, However at the time of pick-up the weather was very bad so I have been unable to use it yet the most important factor is I have the great unit when weather breaks i'll go to town on my lawn with this great machine it has power great power a 190cc engine this unit out-torks the Honda lets see how good this unit will do, This is all I can say for now, And I have mine at 0% .

24 days ago via | The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product
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GREAT performance & a REAL BACK & TIME SAVER!!


This lawn vacuum & chipper from Craftsman is JUST type of machine I needed to deal with ALL of the trees that surround our property, PLUS the neighbors leaves that end up in our yard due to the typical wind flow.I have a VERY bad back that makes doing raking (and even leaf blowing) a VERY painful experience.We have a 1/3 of an acre backed by woods that have trees that are 60+ yrs old, which I LOVE but the cleanup each fall was a daily , painful chore for a solid month or more.I tried to suck it up but I couldn't do it no more.I had seen this at Sears a few times and finally decided to go for it.SOOOOOOO Glad I did.This sucks up both wet and dry leaves & twigs with EASE.The bag is the RIGHT size so the average person can remove it and empty it (if it were bigger, most people wouldn't be able to manage it due to awkwardness & weigh depending on leaf wetness.) It starts in 30 degree weather in 3-4 pulls(thanks to a manual choke..A++++) and after it's been started for the 1st time, it's starts the rest of he time in one pull.In warmer weather it, cold starts by the 2nd pull.The machine is easy to maneuver & the self propel mode is nice when the pain level is higher.
My only complaint on this machine is the fact the 2 tabs for emptying the bag came off after 2 weeks. Sears, as usual rectified the situation immediately & painlessly .So JUST MAKE SURE THOSE 2 TWIST TABS ARE TIGHT EACH & EVERY USE!!! Also, the pull start could use a bit more..ommmph so either changing the pull start ratio or making an electric start option / kit to be had would be great.This machine would have gotten 5 stars if it wasn't for the 2 twist tab thing(as it seems to be an issue..maybe offer extra tabs as Craftsman has done on other machines I've had in the past that had wingnuts etc. that were prone to loss due to vibration/ use??)
So if you have a lot of trees on or surrounding your property and either can't or don't want to deal with the daily hassle ..this machine get the job done with EASE..WELL Worth the money just for having less pain & more time to sspend with my 4 yr old : ) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!Thanks Sears for having a machine that other haven't thought of and a great price!A+++++++

26 days ago via
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Hard worker that is a breeze to use almost ready to go right out of the box


The chipper works great on branches up to an inch or so. You will also use about a third of the yard and leaf bags. Started right up for me , but its not like starting a lawn mower. Takes a long pull to get it going which took me a little to get use to.

29 days ago via
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Dependable, great suction, fast clean up


Being leaf season, I'll give you the pros and con.
Motor quick to start in cold weather is a 10, self propelled dependable is a 10, but if you bump the self propelled speed control, when not running?
The only big issues, I've come across,
Hose clamp on the Wand, the bag could use a skid plate, the felt bag I can see maybe an issue with.
I'm enjoying the time it saves me and the final product it produces, you'd be surprized how much this baby, will hold. Keep you all informed on how well it pro forms.

November 20th via mobile
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bought this vac, was almost 800$ got it for 580$ was dissaponted, hose was assembled wrong,so nozzle would not stay on even if i wasnt useing it.its only held on with a couple cheap radiatore clamps.called sears took almost 1/2hr on phone to have some one say bring hose back. then hr, to just swap it out, also the snap on the bag broke after only two uses,after two days of learning curves and fixing all the inconviences of it . it works good. does use alot of gas. and i dont think i get 1 bag of mulched leaves to the 8 bags racked like the claim. more like 3.

November 17th via
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Ran for twenty-five minutes!


Out of box set up real easy and nice. Ran it for twenty-five minutes before what appears to be a broken belt. Call customer service and was told return it for a new one or bring in for service.

The bag is too small. I am getting the same amount of leaves picked up with my bagging lawn mower. if you have a reasonable size lawn and many leaves this is not the one for you.

Never tried the hose attachment, it did seem clumsy hanging off the side of the unit.

A real disappointment overall.

November 15th via
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Debbie Bradley

Terrible bag quality


I used this vac twice when the button on the right side to keep the bag closed came off. I called the store and even though they had one in stock, told me they would order a replacement since they couldn't tell if it was a defect or user misuse. REALLY?? They're called "buttons", you turn them to open the bag and turn them back to reclose the bag. I don't even allow the bag to fill all the way because it's so big it's hard for me to empty if more than 3/4 full. The 3rd time I used the replacement bag, the same button came off again. The replacement bag cost $151.68 (billed to the store) I can't afford to buy replacement bags every 2-3 times of use. I'm considering returning the whole thing but now I'm told they will charge me a 15% fee (97.50) to return defective equipment. Very disappointed!! If they could fix the bag issue it would be an awesome machine.

November 11th
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Was great but!!


I've had the Chipper/Shredder/Vacuum for 3 years. The bag has come completely at apart. The replacement cost for the bag is 45% of the total cost of the machine.$243.00. Just be very very careful with the bag.

November 11th via
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Works as described


Following the instructions, assembly was a breeze. It's a nice thought that a bottle of engine oil was included as that helped in getting this rig up and running. Ergonomics is not the best. The handle is non-adjustable and a little too low for taller statured users. The engine starter rope is long and takes nearly the entire length of pull to start the engine in cooler weather. The self-propelled deck is too fast at the slowest setting so minor adjustment is still in order. Managed to clear about a quarter acre when the chipper jammed on a piece of wood mulch during a bag change. Despite these issues I look forward to continued use through the fall.

November 10th via
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Not Impressed


I got this item thinking it the bag size would be an issue since it would be shredding the leaves, well it didn't shred the leaves as fine as i had hoped so i ended up emptying the bag ever 3 mins. I noticed I could clean up my yard just as fast with my blower and rake. If you decide to get one of these beware, it really loud and doesn't have very good fuel consumption, I had to refill mine during use with a lot of leaves left to clean up. The only good thing about it is that it works well getting leaves out of your flower beds , I could use my shop vac for that. Anyways I have scheduled a return of the item and I am still looking for an alternative. Hope the insight is helpful to others.

November 5th via
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Poor Quality - issues right from the start only use 3 times and nozzle brok


It is nice that it is not as heavy as other machine. I had an old model -15 years old or so- and it was a monster to use
so sold that one and bought this new one. Second time use and the little pins closing the bag fell and I couldnt find it...they are tiny screws type and hard to replace; ok, under warranty Sears send me a new bag! then the Nozzle to switch to the hose broke...
it is just bad design and very cheap components... ok now Sears is sending me the entire front part and a technician to repair it.
Considering returning the thing after only 3 times using it. Very disspapointed with something that has the "Craftsman" name and the Sears store name

November 4th via
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bag fills too quickly and doesn't decompose all leaves. This makes it time consuming in an area that has heavy leaves as here in New England. Quicker to rake and blow leaves. Possible to grind up first and then use bagger second time around

November 3rd via
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Very Hard to start


It is very hard to start, the bag is not all that easy designed to empty into a trash bag and it doesn't mulch as good as I thought it should. I do like the suction and power propelled. I am glad I got the 2 year in home maintenance contract. I am sure I will see a lot of the service man when I am unable to start. I will keep it because when it does start it does a good job on the leave on the drive. Have not tried the vacuum hose, really don't have a use for it, so I did not install it.

October 29th via
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No more raking


Starts easy , picks up leaves and pine needles, easy to dump. You'll be amazed at the amount of leaves it can hold. It definitely is a back saving tool.

October 20th via
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pretty good shredder


overall works pretty well so far, hose does clog some if you pick up too many at a time but not anything one can't work around.. unit is heavy and loud.. will update as I get to use it more

October 20th via
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Works Great!


The machine works as advertised. Where it would have taken 3 hours to clean up the leaves it takes 1/2 hour. Dry leaves are turned into dust. Works well on leaves that are not dry

September 18th via mobile
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dretzer dretzer
I love the Craftsman 190cc* 4-N-1 Plus Chipper/Shredder Yard Vacuum. I am disappointed because leaf collection bag holder broke. Can it be replaced?
by dretzer dretzer 
6 days ago
Without looking it up, the handle itself or what it's part of will be. Quickest way, go to, find and click on Parts Direct. Look up the model #, find the proper breakdown and locate the handle. Prices sometimes seem reasonable but often are made of gold.
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Linda McGinness
I signed up for rewards points and was supposed to get 20000 points with my first purchase. I just made a $617 purchase but haven't received my 20000
by Linda McGinness 
January 31st
Hi! Call the SYWR Customer Service at 1-800-991-8708, 8 AM-11PM CST, 7 days a week, except for certain holidays. Choose the option that lets you talk to a Representative. They are usually very helpful and polite. Hope that helps!
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