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$150 Craigslist snowblower vs. 2ft of lake effect snow

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So I picked up this blower on Craigslist after my MTD 12/33 busted a shearpin and upon inspection needed more TLC than a shearpin. When I picked it up it would stall anytime it got a load on it. I brought it home and changed the oil and cleaned the carb and it's been running good ever since. I still prefer my MTD for the wider cutting width as well as the taller intake which would have come in handy for this latest storm. Overall though this Craftsman got the job done. It took 4 hours and two tanks of gas.
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Looks like mine, a 1995 Murray built Craftsman 10hp 29" width. It's a strong machine, just pounds the snow out. Though I find holding the levers down is uncomfortable so I use a plastic spring clamp for the auger lever.

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Looks like mine, a 1995 Murray built Craftsman 10hp 29" width. It's a strong machine, just pounds the snow out. Though I find holding the levers down is uncomfortable so I use a plastic spring clamp for the auger lever.
my 80"s craftsman 10/28 my auger hand was aching to keep the lever down. realized i had the tension to tight, loosened it up so auger still engages , but got to wait for more snow to test it out

Bought a dead but now fixed 1980ish craftsman II 10/28....ITS ONE HEAVY BEAST

MY VIDS ON FIXIN HER UP

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...I brought it home and changed the oil and cleaned the carb and it's been running good ever since.
For $150...if it continues to hold up for you...it doesn't get much better than that!

Good going.

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Hey guys,

So I picked up this blower on Craigslist after my MTD 12/33 busted a shearpin and upon inspection needed more TLC than a shearpin. When I picked it up it would stall anytime it got a load on it. I brought it home and changed the oil and cleaned the carb and it's been running good ever since. I still prefer my MTD for the wider cutting width as well as the taller intake which would have come in handy for this latest storm. Overall though this Craftsman got the job done. It took 4 hours and two tanks of gas.
Nice find!
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Impressive! Two tanks of gas and four hours? Sounds like Miller time to me!


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Sounds like you got it for a decent price, it did the job and is a lot easier than shoveling. Sounds like a win-win to me.

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I can't tell from the pic. Is that a 28" wide bucket? Tecumseh engine? HP?

The bucket does look a bit low in height. YOu could use some drift cutters. Does not look as though there are any hole to mount them but you could easily drill some.

In any event a great deal for 150! Good Luck!

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what great lake are you by bizzo?
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