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Need advice on Craftsman 7HP purchase

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Newbie to the forum here - and in purchasing a 2 stage snowblower for that matter. Currently I a single stage 21" Toro snow thrower and although it runs good, it is just not big enough for some of the snow fall we've been getting this year. Also, since it is not self propelled it is getting to be too much of a workout for me.

I have a shot at getting a Craftsman model: 247.88370.0. It has a 7HP Tecumseh engine, 26 inch cut and it has a joystick chute control. The guy is asking $400 but says is "willing to negotiate". Is this a good, reliable snowblower? What about the price - if he says "willing to negotiate" what should I offer him?

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IMO it's underpowered, 205cc engine on a 26". It should have a 250-300cc. A 205 belongs on a 24" if not a 22". I would take it only if I needed a snowblower and can't wait however, again IMO you won't be able to sell it for what you paid for it. If you need it, pay $250 MAX BUT look for another or move on and buy another.

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First take a look at the machine on the scrapper bar edge and the skid shoes.... have they worn past replacement? Did the auger get chewed up? Is the auger solids stable and not wobbly? If all that looks good, then I'd say closer to $300 is about right for a well used machine. Those MTD made machines are OK - but they are not heavy duty for sure..... maintenance is the key on those. Regularly.... check and replace wear parts

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IMO it's underpowered, 205cc engine on a 26". It should have a 250-300cc. A 205 belongs on a 24" if not a 22".
Thanks for the response. If I do decide I still want it, what do you think I should offer him?
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Thanks for the response. If I do decide I still want it, what do you think I should offer him?
You were just too quick! Lol, look at my quickly edited post above.per

Condition is also everything as above, look at the skid shoes and scraper bar for wear. My preference is to move on. If you are looking, go with Simplicity, then Ariens and Toro.

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Gravely Convertible, 12hp Kohler cast iron, 26" width, 600 lbs of cast iron & steel, 2 speed impeller, 4 ground speeds
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At the $400 dollar mark I'd look around for a better quality machine - cuz your not far away from buying a nice used good machine.....

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Here's the link to the machine. https://fargo.craigslist.org/for/d/w...822694619.html In case you want to take a look.
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I would look at this:
https://fargo.craigslist.org/grd/d/o...822436071.html


https://fargo.craigslist.org/grd/d/f...822233566.html


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Not sure how close st cloud is but:


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Here's the link to the machine. https://fargo.craigslist.org/for/d/w...822694619.html In case you want to take a look.
That link is dead now, did you miss out or is it the wrong link?

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