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Craftsman 8 hp 26"

Hey guys new to this forum, but I thought I would share what I got. I just picked this Craftsman up for $300 (I think it was a steal) I got it from 2 young men who were going to start a snow removal business, and now need $$. I believe their story about buying it from an old lady whose husband died last Summer, because overall it is in excellent condition. However I think the kids were hard on it since they had it. The Thrower angle lever is broken underneath, probably from the kids trying to hit each other with snow and jamming the lever. It runs tight though, and all gears work good, and motor runs good. I am sure I can find the lever part on E-bay (I like my stuff perfect)! I am going to use this to clear a 4 car driveway and a small parking lot next door.
So my question is : What is the durability of these models and do they have a good reliability record. Thanks!
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Welcome to SBF mtre!

I don't know much about the Craftsman trac drive however I'm well acquainted with that 8hp Tecumseh.
- Keep the RPMs at/below 3500.
- Watch the oil level like a hawk.
- Turn the fuel off & run the carb dry after each use


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Welcome to SBF mtre!

I don't know much about the Craftsman trac drive however I'm well acquainted with that 8hp Tecumseh.
- Keep the RPMs at/below 3500.
- Watch the oil level like a hawk.
- Turn the fuel off & run the carb dry after each use
Good to know, thanks!
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Welcome to SBF mtre!

I don't know much about the Craftsman trac drive however I'm well acquainted with that 8hp Tecumseh.
- Keep the RPMs at/below 3500.
- Watch the oil level like a hawk.
- Turn the fuel off & run the carb dry after each use
Good suggestions but I would omit the last one as it is totally unnecessary to run the carb dry everytime but at the end of the season or before 30 days of not running. Good Luck

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Thanks guys. Yea if I would have "asked" before I bought maybe I would have stuck with the Toro. Their was a drift buster around here for $500, but it was gone before I could make up my mind. Anyway if this thing can hold up well this Winter, I will go through the whole thing (I'm a tinkerer) this Summer. It seems in good shape though. I live about an hour from Glacier Park MT, so this thing will get some use. Thanks for all the replies. The steerable trac is pretty handy though. I have only used it 1 time for about 15 mins. OH, it is snowing hard now. It is supposed to snow for the next 3 three straight days. I hope so!

Ok, maybe it wasn't a "steal" but around here anything less then $300 will really only get junk or to beat up.

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I have a Craftsman 5/24 that is just about 20yrs old, I bought it used for $300.00 16 yrs ago and its a beast. Are there better machines out there… of course. I try to kill mine every year yet it just keeps going and going, I've done maintenance on it over the years but it truly is a good machine. For the money I think you will be happy.

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I have a Craftsman 5/24 that is just about 20yrs old, I bought it used for $300.00 16 yrs ago and its a beast. Are there better machines out there… of course. I try to kill mine every year yet it just keeps going and going, I've done maintenance on it over the years but it truly is a good machine. For the money I think you will be happy.
The Craftsman of those years were built much better than the MTDs of today and rivaling Ariens and Toro of the same years.

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I have a Craftsman 5/24 that is just about 20yrs old, I bought it used for $300.00 16 yrs ago and its a beast. Are there better machines out there… of course. I try to kill mine every year yet it just keeps going and going, I've done maintenance on it over the years but it truly is a good machine. For the money I think you will be happy.
Thank you for this post, it made me feel a little better. It is good to know that if I take care of it, it will last for awhile! I use my stuff, but I don't abuse it, or try not to, lol.
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