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Should I buy a new snowblower ?

I was wondering if I should buy a new Craftsman snowblower because all the Sears stores are closing and when that happens ,how easy will it be to get parts for it ?
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Craftsman belongs to Stanley Black & Decker - the brand should be around long after Sears is gone. Craftsman blowers are made by Troy-Bilt. You shouldn't have any parts availability issues.

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Short answer... No.
Troy Bilt doesn't make snowblowers. Troy went belly up early in early 2000's. Bought by MTD.
Beyond that I'm no longer sure who owns who but I sure wouldn't buy a new craftsman blower.
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Do you have a snowblower now you want to replace?

Craftsman snowblowers for many years now are being made by MTD, the largest maker of lawn equipment, because of acquisitions, private labeling, and other brands they own.

I prefer to keep what I have and repair first, after buy a better brand, then buy a MTD brand other than Craftsman.

What I've noticed about MTD Craftsman snowblowers, there is a 1/4" space between the impeller blades and the impeller housing, this allows snow to slip through and impeded the snow throwing ability, also this space causes clogging by not relieving the area of snow.

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NO.

people try to give me Craftsman snowblowers for free and I won't take them.

where do you live? what is your annual snowfall? how much area do you need to clean? flat area or sloped? snow mainly wet or dry? budget?

maybe a Toro or Ariens would be a better bet.

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My short answer is NO!

That said, I had an older 28" Craftsman before making a substantial upgrade to the Honda I have today. The older Craftsman kept breaking down and hardly had enough power to get the job done.

Otherwise, you don't mention where you live, how much snow you get and the type of snow you normally deal with in your area. These are all important issues to consider when selecting a SB.

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No, no, and no.
Even if Sears wasnt going out business, you still shouldnt buy a Craftsman.
Most modern Craftsman snowblowers are low-end and low quality, mostly made by MTD.

(Many different manufacturers have made Craftsman snowblowers over the past 60 years..some were very good, before the 1990's)

If buying new, I only suggest Ariens, Toro, Honda, or the Briggs & Stratton brands.

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Craftsman blowers are made by Troy-Bilt.
Incorrect..most modern Craftsman snowblowers and Troy-Bilt snowblowers are both made by MTD. Troy-Bilt is just a "paper company" now, its now simply a brand name owned by MTD, since 2001. (So is Cub Cadet, Yard Man, Bolens, and others..the snowblowers with those brand names are all basically the same MTD's, just with different paint and graphics)

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Snowblower2019,

I wouldn't do it. While it's true that parts for these machines may be available for quite some time, owing to the fact that they are essentially MTD machines now, there are other considerations.

When you buy a new machine, part of the advantage of buying "new" is that you are also paying for a warranty.

Back in the late 70's the wife and I used to buy practically everything from Sears. They always had a terrific warranty/return policy. But sadly, they are not the same company anymore.

Today, a warranty with Sears isn't worth a bucket of warm spit.....(ask me how I know this.....).

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No way would I consider buying a Craftsman snowblower or any other equipment of that brand. While the brand and parts MAY be around for quite a while, the quality is at best mediocre now. For a very few dollars more for an Ariens, Toro, Honda will be a much better value.

sscotsman suggested Briggs and Stratton too. I've always liked their engines but never even seen, let alone run, a B&S snowblower so can't comment on them. But I've never heard anything bad about them either so to me they're kind of in a "neutral zone".
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Briggs profile via Reuters:


Briggs & Stratton Products segment product lines are marketed under its own brands, such as Briggs & Stratton, Simplicity, Snapper, Snapper Pro, Ferris, Allmand, Billy Goat, Murray, Branco and Victa, as well as other brands, such as Craftsman, GE and Troy-Bilt(MTD).


Hey MTD has a new one called Wolf Garten. Mustard and Ketchup colored Petrol lawn mowers.....I want one!!! ha-ha.
Ewww and a brand Columbia(The old bike brand) Riding mowers and Snow blowers.


I believe these are sold in Canada: https://www.columbiaequip.ca/Products/Category/95

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