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post #11 of 22 Old 03-16-2019, 10:22 AM
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I have to say with reservation - No. I have an older Craftsman blower (the Searsasaurus) I build using 70's Craftsman parts when they were built by Murray. It's a strong, solid machine that will tear up most anything thrown at it.

On the other hand I have a neighbor with a fairly new Craftsman that hasn't started in over 2 months. Blower has worked when it started but that's not happened in some time. It's got one of the OHV engines on it and doesn't even give a pop though it has spark. I gave it a quick once over the other week for him and fairly sure it's a carb issue. If it had a TEC engine on it, I'm sure I have an extra carb that would work but this has a clone engine on it and I have nothing on them as far as manuals and parts. He'll be taking it to the local repair spot in about a month or so, that's how far they're backed up.
I have to say the materials the newer blowers are built from is not up to the thickness and quality of mine so it's a personal choice for me.
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I've refurbed quite a few Craftsman blowers...and all I've done were just typical MTD's. I'd surely stay away from any with the plastic gear type transmission by General Transmission...a disaster in blowers and tractors. My GF has a Craftsman she bought new in 2011 that has given her good service, and it is like new still. I personally would only take one for my own use if it was very inexpensive. That said if it is very cheap and doesn't have the dreaded plastic tranny, you should get good use from it...parts and service are the same as MTD
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Don't buy Craftsman or any MTD machine. Spend a few more bucks and get an Ariens, Simplicity, Toro or Honda. You will spend a little more and get twice the machine with 1/10th the aggravation.
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NO...In the names of the 9 circles of H*ll ..NO.

As the others have said, Sears is but a shell of it's former self. You don't want to be "married" to this hag of a blower.

Get an Ariens, Toro, or even a Honda and you'll be a much happier man with any one of these fine ladies.

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well, what are you going to do kid???

buy a Craftsman?

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If your old machine works well, and parts are still available, keep that. If you want a new one, maybe don't go with Craftsman. They used to be great, but the disappearance of Sears Canada and Sears USA on the ropes, and who knows who is looking after the Craftsman brand now, why buy a potential headache. Those Toros an Ariens and Husqvarnas (although Husky is short on keeping parts available long term) all make good machines if you want new.

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Incorrect..most modern Craftsman snowblowers and Troy-Bilt snowblowers are both made by MTD.
Corporate semantics... At least the recent Craftsman offerings are not plugging the plastic tyres.

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Hey MTD has a new one called Wolf Garten.

Wow! Wolf Garten used to make excellent garden tools here in Europe (a bit like Fiskars). I fear they've now been gobbled up and are next in line for a cost-reduction excercise, riding on their brand equity to exploit unsuspecting customers. I really hope not
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I bought a 24 inch craftsman recently..a little over 400 bucks.
I really wanted the Toro 824 OE...the price was more than double.
I wont be using the snowblower much..it doesnt snow that much here...for instance it would have got used twice last year.
However every few years we get a good snow or two....anyway say an average of an hour a year on one....if it lasts 20 bours... it will cost me 20 bucks an hour to own...each hour equals several hours saved of shovel time...so it would still be a bargain if it failed after such time.
If I lived where the machine would see alot more use I wouldnt have considered the craftsman.
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I bought a 24 inch craftsman recently..a little over 400 bucks.
I really wanted the Toro 824 OE...the price was more than double.
I wont be using the snowblower much..it doesnt snow that much here...for instance it would have got used twice last year.
However every few years we get a good snow or two....anyway say an average of an hour a year on one....if it lasts 20 bours... it will cost me 20 bucks an hour to own...each hour equals several hours saved of shovel time...so it would still be a bargain if it failed after such time.
If I lived where the machine would see alot more use I wouldnt have considered the craftsman.


Iím thinking for every hour my machine runs, it would equal at least 2.5 hours of manual shoveling. Not to mention saving the wear and tear in your heart, body and muscles, which is priceless I think.
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