Bought this snow blower on sale after researching what type I wanted this past fall, but did not pull the trigger until a nor'easter was heading in and my old snow blower was useless. I am so glad that I did (we just got hit with a second one this week) Even the warm wet snow at a 6 inch depth which would plug any snow blower up in the first pass was easily handled by this powerhouse - like cutting through warm butter. Also, once you get the hang of the controls, the zero turn feature and hand controls are excellent. I wanted the power steering, electric start, and I'm glad I didn't sacrifice on these features as these are big, heavy machines. It starts on the first try - it has the electric start option, which is great when its very cold and the machine has not been used in a while, but not even necessary in my experience so far. I ran it out of gas today and had to pull start it when I filled it back up - it revved up with one pull. I highly recommend this machine, in my experience so far with it, it has the power to throw the 12 to 14 inches of cold snow that I had from the first storm, and much to my surprise it easily handled easily 6 to 8 inches of the wet slushy snow of the second storm. I had every intention of shoveling as I did not expect any snow blower would be able to handle this type of snow without plugging up constantly, but gave it a shot and was happily surprised at how well this unit chewed up and spit out even this heavy wet snow clear across the driveway. I would recommend this unit to anyone, and have had little trouble with Craftsman equipment in the past - plus the great thing about buying Sears brands is that the parts are so easy to get if you need them. My 15 year old riding mower has not needed any, but I have needed parts for my tiller and just use the schematic for the parts breakdown until I find the part I need, and call the local parts center to have it shipped to me or pick it up myself. Excellent service, well built equipment, and you don't have to import replacement parts from China or Japan if you need them. Love this snow blower, and I'm glad I had two major storms to try it out on this year. Definitely put it to the test today, and I'm looking forward to the next storm! Bring it on!
Looks good, does a nice job, but cheaply made and carburetor is junk. sears won't cover any repair under warranty - will blame it on the fuel. used once first season, drained gas for summer, won't start this season. sears won't stand behind their warranty. Not like the old ones.... my 1980's craftsman starts on the first pull season after season. don't waste your money on the new models.
ordered this snowblower on line for $799.00 and 4 days later they priced it for $649.99. they wont do anything about it, they say that it was a on line order and being that onlines don't qualify for price protection. they closed all the store so how do you get one if you don't order on line. what a shady deal that is. ill never spend another penny at sears.
I did a lot of research before picking this model. I’ve used it five times so far this season and it has worked fantastic. It always starts by the second pull. The electric start works great for my wife. It just walks through the snow. The zero turn feature makes maneuverability an ease. Once I figured out the controls by the second time, now it almost runs by itself. It’s actually fun now throwing the snow out of my driveway. Highly recommend this machine.
carburetor is junk. sears won't cover any repair under warranty - will blame it on the fuel. used once first season, drained gas for summer, won't start this season. sears won't stand behind their warranty. Not like the old ones....