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Which Craftsman should I buy?

Trying to decide between 2 Craftsmans:

1) 9.5/29
Tecumseh engine
Don't know model # (hunter green color)-about 13 years old
Fully maintained--new carb, belts, lubed,
Minimal rust
$350

2) 10/29
Briggs & Stratton
Model 536886331 (I think 90's- silver color)
Fully maintained
Minimal rust
$300

Which one should I go for? I'd like to stay at $300, but am not going to pass up a better model over $50 difference. I definitely need the horsepower, I have a very steep, long driveway that gets a lot of drifts.

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I had a silver Craftsman 1996 and after 18 years it needed a fricton wheel and belt. Still runs good for the new owner.

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Thanks for replying. So you think the older ones are more reliable?
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The green ones are a pile of crap in the friction drive system even if maintained - definite no

The older silver ones are well made BUT I've never seen one of those with a Briggs engine nor one with that exact width so we may be talking apples and oranges here.

As far as prices - I don't think those are bad for a refurb machine of that size in the middle of winter.

Here's the manual http://www.manualslib.com/download/1...36-886331.html It says 10hp and shows a tecumseh

Good luck with your purchase !
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If the green one has a small 10in drum, they can't throw a good volume of snow. The Shute hole is also small and clogs easy. But it may also be the 12in drum. I'd still want the 10hp, for the extra power


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Wnich one?? Neither. Get yourself a used Toro or Ariens.. I believe those craftsman blowers are murray machines and they have a reputation for poor quality and performance. JMHO. Others will have differing opinions.

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Man i almost got an older 5/23 from the late 80s of CL for $100 in good shape some one got it before me.

that is back when craftsmans were good machines
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Ariens ProPath 21 208cc ...honda HS720 GC190 OHC
Toro ccr3650 6.5hp RTEK ....Craftsman SS ???
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Wnich one?? Neither. Get yourself a used Toro or Ariens.. I believe those craftsman blowers are murray machines and they have a reputation for poor quality and performance. JMHO. Others will have differing opinions.
I second that. Other than engine parts ,belts and friction disc all other parts need to be ordered and a lot of parts may be hard to get . get a used ariens, simplicity or toro where you can walk into a dealer and get any part you need. Case in point my 1969 ariens I can go to the dealer and get any bushing for it I want . Go home and fix it and back to blowing same day

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Neither..
For $300 you can get a much better used Ariens or Toro.

I wouldn't recommend a Craftsman when new, let alone a 10 or 20 year old one.
when you get into 30 and 40 year old Craftsmans, then you start having decent machines..those are generally fine used.
$200 on a 40 year old Craftsman could be a fine machine, if condition is good..but don't buy a 10 year old Craftsman..ever.

when looking at used snowblowers: Ariens, Toro, Honda.
Ignore anything else..unless you really know for sure you are getting in the older realm of good MTD's and Craftsmans. (1980's or older)

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