Incorrect..most modern Craftsman snowblowers and Troy-Bilt snowblowers are both made by MTD. Troy-Bilt is just a "paper company" now, its now simply a brand name owned by MTD, since 2001. (So is Cub Cadet, Yard Man, Bolens, and others..the snowblowers with those brand names are all basically the same MTD's, just with different paint and graphics)Craftsman blowers are made by Troy-Bilt.
Hey MTD has a new one called Wolf Garten.
I bought a 24 inch craftsman recently..a little over 400 bucks.
I really wanted the Toro 824 OE...the price was more than double.
I wont be using the snowblower much..it doesnt snow that much here...for instance it would have got used twice last year.
However every few years we get a good snow or two....anyway say an average of an hour a year on one....if it lasts 20 bours... it will cost me 20 bucks an hour to own...each hour equals several hours saved of shovel time...so it would still be a bargain if it failed after such time.
If I lived where the machine would see alot more use I wouldnt have considered the craftsman.