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number identification??

How do I know what year/model this number is??
Craftsman 536.887994
Maybe a picture of one as well.
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Harley,
there is no good known reference for Craftsman model numbers, that cross-references to model years..generally all you can do is google the model number and see if anything comes up! there is a manual here:

CRAFTSMAN 536.887994 OPERATOR'S MANUAL Pdf Download.

I did a quick scan, and didnt see any dates printed on any of the pages, but there might be a date hiding in there somewhere..the manual has the sears website printed on it, which means its mid-1990's or newer. The machine is a Noma and/or Murray.
(yes, the "and/or" does make sense! It could one, the other, or both, depending on the date.)

Craftsman manufacturer codes:
Craftsman OEM List | VintageMachinery.org

See if you can find a data tag on the side of the engine and post any numbers you find there..Tecumseh serial numbers can be used as a date code.

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thanks scot,
that number came from a parts craftsman blower I found, hoping its the same as mine for the gearcases.
its close so maybe I wont have to do any long distance to get parts.
i'll check out the pdf an see what I see.
Thanks again..
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You should post up some photos from the exact same angle of different shots of both machines and get some feedback as to the compatibility of the parts machine to the working one.

As for mfd date even if you contact Sears they will say the same, not info available. Best you can do is go off the engine numbers and hope the engine hasn't been replaced.

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The bottom of page-33 shows a print date of 10-22-99.

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The bottom of page-33 shows a print date of 10-22-99.
thanks! good catch..
Not sure how many years Craftsman repeated models..
(most manufacturers make the same model, with the same model number, for two or three years)

I would go plus or minus 3 years from the date on the manual,
so this particular Craftsman model can be confidently placed between 1996 and 2002..The Tecumseh serial number would nail down the exact year.

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Not sure if makes a difference, but the CARB compliance page, 31, mentions '95 and '97.

With consideration that they would include that language if it applied to the model. And I understand that this is purely my conjecture, because this is boilerplate language that you will probably see in current new model year machines.

And like others have stated, it will probably easier to date the engine. It is located directly under the 120V receptacle for the starter.

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