Picked this up today, looked at the 208cc model and decided I wanted something with more power so I went with this one. Was very easy to put together and everything works great. Love the LED light and also has a hookup for heated hand grips if I can find a pair! I hope this thing runs as good as it did today... engine is very smooth as is the zero turn. Yes it is a lot quieter than I thought it would be, So far very happy with my purchase and don't see a problem in the future as i purchased the 5 yr in home warranty. Josh and his sales staff made this purchase a pleasure.
Do you like to throw $1,000 down the drain ? If so, just head to Sears and purchase a Craftsman snowblower. This piece of garbage would not start on the second time that it had to be used. Troubleshooting experts at Sears could not get it started and you'll be charged over $100 just to have a Sears repairman come to your home to try to make it work., while the blower is still under warranty. Sears won't refund your money after 30 days. Don't believe the hype put out by Sears raving about Craftsman blowers. It's a piece of junk.
Snowblower is great, was missing a bolt and nut the held the handles together, trying to get this missing part was a complete nightmare. I made a minimum of 15 calls until I actually got someone the could help me out. I kept getting transferred from place to place and spoke to people that was very hard to hear and understand.
This engine is way quieter than my previous model which was also a smaller one. It ran without any problems and starts up quickly with the extension cord auto start. The only option I regret not going for was the hand warmer which the quiet engine model didn't offer. Maybe I can find an after market hand warmer.
Replaced an old Ariens snow blower that was about 16 years old which is and was a good piece of equipment. This rates right up there with that. Easy starting, so far first pull every time. Clears and throws snow good.
This is my 2nd Craftsman Snow Blower. It lasted 15 years. Still runs fine but time for a new one. This one is even nicer with directional steering and easier chute directional control.
I bought this new for $683 due to Sears advertising a Poulan Pro on their website that they would not sell to me unless I drove to Hawaii and bought it at a store. I have no idea what they do with snowthrowers in Hawaii, but when you hear about Sears' competitive and financial issues, it begins to make sense. Anyway, after a few phone complaints Sears agreed to substitute this unit. And after getting an incorrectly assembled first unit (the cable to engage the auger was routed pinched between body panels and wrapped around a tightened bolt and washer), I got an additional 10% off the 2nd unit. The store also assembled it for my inspection before I left the store.
It really is quiet! Out of characters. It has not snowed yet.