I had a 4 stroke Troy Bilt hand held leaf blower. It worked ok, but didn't have much power. Also, it was very finicky about the gas I put in it. I purchased the Craftsman 32cc backpack blower after giving up on my Troy Bilt. I absolutely love it! It has more than enough power to get the job done and is very easy on the back. I have not had any of the problems with it like other reviewers have had (probably because I used the enclosed hose clamps for their intended purpose). It was very simple to set up out of the box. Just added oil and gas and used the supplied hose clamps on the tubes. After adding the oil and gas, it was time to start it for the first time. I set the choke at full and pressed the primer bulb 6 or 7 times. It started on the first pull. I ran it at half throttle for a couple of minutes to break in the engine and away I went. It turned a 30 minute job into 15 to 20 minutes. I highly recommend this blower to anyone who just wants a piece of equipment to work as advertised and is tired of spending half of their yard work time screwing around with mixing oil and gas.
I purchased this 2 years ago and use it 3 months out of the year. It was not powerful enough and I would spend an entire day blowing an average amount of leaves just in my front lawn. Now the engine went on it and warrantee is expired. It was properly taken care of and cost more to fix now then what a new one costs. Take my advise and spend $50 more and buy a Red Max professional leaf blower. It is worth the money. This one was is not worth it.
Bought NEW in November 2018. In March 2019, I took the blower out of the sealed box, added the oil and clean gas, it ran twice & would not start again. Called SEARS and said I was out of warranty, so I was SOL. Paid $200 to repair it. Once home it ran twice & it would not start again. Replaced the spark plug, cleaned the carburetor myself deciding to save the $200 and it would not start.
Gave up, bought an ECHO backpack blower (WORKS GREAT!) and tossed the Craftsman’s in the trash.
Recommendations: DO NOT BUY THIS BACKPACK LEAF BLOWER!
Purchased December 2016. Engine blew May 2019. Blower used minimally. Left with a $250 paper weight just after two years. Piece of junk. My old Craftsman backpack blower lasted 20 years. What a joke...do NOT buy this piece of garbage.
When, I recieved the backpack blower, it didn't come with ANY paperwork or even hose clamps to connect the tubes together!