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Thoughts on older Crafstman Eager 1 Blower

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I'm in the market for a smaller blower for light duty jobs. My main blower is on the back of my kubota. The areas I would use the blower would be our patio areas. I don't like to use my tractor there unless it's over a foot. The surfaces are brick (in front) and the overlayment on the back that makes it looks like brick... easily chipped with a big blower on the tractor. So when I do use my tractor I knock it down to about 3-4 inches.

I have been using a single stage simplicity for the jobs, but it's just not powerful enough and actually not that great for anything over a couple inches. Would like something self propelled so my wife can use it as well.

I thought instead of spending $1000 on a new blower or using an older one may be a good idea.

Anyhow, I found a Craftsman 7hp 24" eager 1 on CL for $225. Says it starts first pull every time, and appears to be in very good shape. There's no rust and hardly any paint wore off by the auger.

From what I've found, you either hate these or love these. And parts may be hard to find.

Just wondering if this is something worthwhile, or should I just get a newer Cub from TSC or Home Depot? I've heard the newer ones are hit or miss as well.

Money isn't the issue... just curious on thoughts. Thanks!
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i use my toro ccr 2000 single stage 4.5hp and it can easily handle more than a couple of inches.
maybe urs wasnt strong enough in the hp department.
vid is my snowblower going thru very heavy wet snow, speed and ease of use is why i use this more than my 2 stage 28" 10hp craftsman. each have their place depending on snow conditions




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My issue with the single stage is that I've already replaced a lot of wearable parts in the 3 years I've had it.. bearings, cables, roller for the cable, belts, etc. It does ok, and throws when the snow is the right fluffyness, but I want something self-propelled and a little beefier.
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So no thoughts on the old Craftsman Eager 1 that is available on CL?
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Parts are hard to get for really old machines and new machines. For "older" machines, parts are easy to get. I wouldn't be afraid to buy that Craftsman.
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So no thoughts on the old Craftsman Eager 1 that is available on CL?
I don't know what you saw on CL but if it's the same model as the one in the video below, it doesn't inspire me.

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a thread from awhile back on the eager 1
https://www.snowblowerforum.com/foru...eager-1-a.html

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Yes, I've seen those videos and the thread. The worst snowblower video is a joke if you watch it. The other one it seems to to pretty well.

This one is a few years newer than the one in the video.



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