This gas blower is so dependable. I have seen revues of how it got very hot, quit running, wouldn't start after an hour of use etc. PEOPLE,the reason? It's because your using gas station fuel which has ethanol. Ethanol pulls in moisture, as little as 1% moisture in your fuel and the piston, cylinder, bearings all get scored hence thh high heat and the engine not starting after an hour..... SOLUTION, go get some TRU FUEL or some other brand of pre mixed fuel in a can. Sears sell pre mixed fuel. Stop blaming Craftsman, it's not Craftsman it's the fiuel. Trust me I own a landscape company and I went through several units before I figured this out Once I used Tru Fuel the problem vanished. I have chainsaws that are several years old, this Craftsman gas blower I use daily with no problems. I would go bankrupt if I had to replace units all the time.
Followed instruction carefully to get it out of box and mix fuel/oil etc, but man this thing is indeed very difficult to start. You have to prime/pull several cycles before it can start and stay running. Even when it does get started, you have to keep throttle in start position forever instead of in run position(as supposed to) which would shut off the blower. After 2 days of struggling with it, I've decided to return it.
Blow it works really well but sometimes it takes a little bit extra effort to get started I thought a new blower would start right away sometimes five or six poles or seven