??craftsman reliability?? - Snowblower Forum : Snow Blower Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 30 Old 11-03-2013, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 23
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 0
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 0
??craftsman reliability??

Hello All: Replacing an old Honda HS80. Interested in the Black Craftsman 30 inch 357cc* Dual-Stage Snowblower w/ EZ Steer, Electric 4-Way Chute Control Sears Item# 07188396000 | Model# 88396 which is on sale for $1,000.00. Two landscaper friends with Ariens are trying to steer me away to Ariens PRO models which they claim are more reliable, more sturdy, but cost double. Is this just brand loyalty/prejudice??

Is anyone familiar with THE Sears Craftsman Black 30 inch 357cc?? What reliability have Craftsman owners experienced?? Thank you
seaox is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 30 Old 11-03-2013, 04:21 PM
Senior Member
 
SlowRider22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Northwest Vermont
Posts: 345
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 3
Likes (Given): 16
Likes (Received): 12
I can't say that I'm all too familiar with that model that you're referring to; however my father had a 10 year old craftsman and my neighbor has a craftsman from 2 years ago. I've seen those machines in action, but also broken down with various problems.

In my honest opinion, I'd recommend the Ariens. Those machines have been around for nearly 50 years because they have quality products. I also say this because I have 3 Ariens myself and they are pure animals when it comes to clearing snow. They are built to last and easy to work on.

But it comes down to why do you need a 30" or a PRO series? Are you doing multiple driveways that warrant the use of a larger, more powerful machine? How much snow do you normally receive per storm/season?

We can probably give better advice if we have some of those details

Last edited by SlowRider22; 11-03-2013 at 04:24 PM.
SlowRider22 is offline  
post #3 of 30 Old 11-03-2013, 04:21 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Kippens,Newfoundland.
Posts: 70
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 0
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 0
I'm no expert but I think Arien's is a much better unit.Friends of mine have craftsman and there always in the shop.I'd stay away from craftsman,but that's just me and I'm a newbie to this snowblower thing so take my opinion with a grain of salt.

As I always say go blue!!!
mrplow is offline  
post #4 of 30 Old 11-03-2013, 04:39 PM
Senior Member
 
Blue Hill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 1,223
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 61
Thanks (Received): 52
Likes (Given): 266
Likes (Received): 108
I think that most on this forum would agree, if you are comparing new to new, Craftsman just ain't what it once was.
I'm new to snowblowers too, but I've been following this forum for long enough to confidently say that Ariens has always been known for quality and reliability and these days they are as good as any and better than most. . I just don't think that most folks would say that about the new Craftsmans.

JMHO.
Larry


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Larry
Snow Removal Equipment:
2014 Ariens Platinum 24
A collection of shovels that I try to avoid using
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Blue Hill is offline  
post #5 of 30 Old 11-03-2013, 05:27 PM
Super Moderator
 
sscotsman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Western NY, USA
Posts: 3,690
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 61
Thanks (Received): 346
Likes (Given): 148
Likes (Received): 781
Analogy opinion:
$1,000 Craftsman = a Hyundai.
Ariens Pro model at twice the price = a tricked out Acura.

You are comparing apples and oranges..
those two snowblowers arent even in the same league.

You dont need to pay double for an Ariens PRO model..
If you are considering a $1,000 Craftsman, look at a $1,000 Ariens instead..
it will be a MUCH better machine for the same money..

Scot


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
sscotsman is online now  
post #6 of 30 Old 11-03-2013, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 23
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 0
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by SlowRider22 View Post
I can't say that I'm all too familiar with that model that you're referring to; however my father had a 10 year old craftsman and my neighbor has a craftsman from 2 years ago. I've seen those machines in action, but also broken down with various problems.

In my honest opinion, I'd recommend the Ariens. Those machines have been around for nearly 50 years because they have quality products. I also say this because I have 3 Ariens myself and they are pure animals when it comes to clearing snow. They are built to last and easy to work on.

But it comes down to why do you need a 30" or a PRO series? Are you doing multiple driveways that warrant the use of a larger, more powerful machine? How much snow do you normally receive per storm/season?

We can probably give better advice if we have some of those details
Thank you for the reply. I am a home owner with a couple multi-families--not a Snow Removal Professional. North of Boston with 50-100+ inches of wet snow. My drive is about 50 x50 & I don't want to scratch pavers with plow. Multifamily drives 100 x 20 plus parking for 10 at two locations. A tenant plows for the big storms, but its usually after his other paying customers & if his equipment breaks everyone has to wait. & When plow does not break, I still need to clear the parking areas & widen the drive when tenants leave for work --before the next storm or freezing. So I need something reliable & strong enough to chew & throw the plow created snow banks. I question if there is a significant difference between the Ariens Platinum or Deluxe models and the PRO model?? Thoughts?
seaox is offline  
post #7 of 30 Old 11-03-2013, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 23
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 0
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by sscotsman View Post
Analogy opinion:
$1,000 Craftsman = a Hyundai.
Ariens Pro model at twice the price = a tricked out Acura.

You are comparing apples and oranges..
those two snowblowers arent even in the same league.

You dont need to pay double for an Ariens PRO model..
If you are considering a $1,000 Craftsman, look at a $1,000 Ariens instead..
it will be a MUCH better machine for the same money..

Scot
Thank you.
seaox is offline  
post #8 of 30 Old 11-03-2013, 05:50 PM
Senior Member
 
SlowRider22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Northwest Vermont
Posts: 345
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 3
Likes (Given): 16
Likes (Received): 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by seaox View Post
Thank you for the reply. I am a home owner with a couple multi-families--not a Snow Removal Professional. North of Boston with 50-100+ inches of wet snow. My drive is about 50 x50 & I don't want to scratch pavers with plow. Multifamily drives 100 x 20 plus parking for 10 at two locations. A tenant plows for the big storms, but its usually after his other paying customers & if his equipment breaks everyone has to wait. & When plow does not break, I still need to clear the parking areas & widen the drive when tenants leave for work --before the next storm or freezing. So I need something reliable & strong enough to chew & throw the plow created snow banks. I question if there is a significant difference between the Ariens Platinum or Deluxe models and the PRO model?? Thoughts?
Sscotsman pretty much said it in his post. Ariens is pretty much the consensus of all snowblower owners...not to say that other brands are bad, but Ariens is just that much better and proven, IMO. You can certainly get a good Ariens for the price of other brands.

The main differences between the Ariens Deluxe and Pro Models are the larger engine, larger auger, tires, larger clearing width, and a couple more bells & whistles

If you happen to have the discretionary funds then I'd say go with one of the Pro series. Take a look on their website, it compares all their models and gives great descriptions

1972 Ariens 13/32 restored & repowered
1971 Ariens 7/24 (retired)
2011 Ariens Deluxe 24
1980 Ariens st7/24 (retired)
1985 Ariens st10/36
SlowRider22 is offline  
post #9 of 30 Old 11-03-2013, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 23
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 0
Thanks (Received): 0
Likes (Given): 0
Likes (Received): 0
Thank you for all the replies-i am persuaded to go ariens. Thx.
seaox is offline  
post #10 of 30 Old 11-03-2013, 06:34 PM
Moderator
 
detdrbuzzard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: 42.23n/83.33w/636
Posts: 6,575
Post Thanks / Like
Thanks (Given): 213
Thanks (Received): 293
Likes (Given): 1651
Likes (Received): 583
i got my craftsman back around 2003 for about $700 out the door. should have spent the extra $$$ and got the equivelant toro or ariens

current machines
1-toro2450E-38419. 1-toro3000E-38435. 1-toro 3650E-38445
2-toro 521E-38052. 1-toro xl824pt 38086
1-.............,TORO XL 624ps..............
1-............, TORO XL 824ps..............
william
detdrbuzzard is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Snowblower Forum : Snow Blower Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in













Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome