I decided to purchase the Craftsman 29 in. Snow Thrower, Propelled with 9 hp
Tecumseh Engine (Mfr# 88799) for $799, and seeking opinions on the specific
machines performance and reliability. Some web searches say that Sears sells
crap along with many complaints on their products - this snowblower in
particular. I think this machine at this price is an good deal, but I wonder
if "you get what you pay for" applies here. Do you agree or disagree that
Sears snowblowers (this one in particular) are not good products?
Also, do you know where to find additional specs on the product besides
Sears website? The description for some Craftsman items are rather vague,
and missing important specifications. I'm thinking that Craftsman is a
separate outlet that builds the machine using other manufactures parts, then
puts their name on it. Their site links you to the Sears specifications,
thereby providing no further information.
I had a sears snowblower. It was crap, and I returned it. You definitely get
what you pay for.
You hopefully will have your snowblower for many years, and ask it to do
some heavy work. Do not skimp. I'm not telling you to buy a 2k Honda, but
you can buy a pretty nice Toro for $800.00-900.00. 6-8 HP is fine unless
you're living in Buffalo or something.
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My experience has been that something always seems to go wrong with
those motors Sears uses in a short time, like 1.1 seasons. And they
won't take ANY abuse or they burn right up. When I say "my experience"
I really mean that of others looking for help when their Sears product
If you don't maintain your equipment, whatever the cost it quickly becomes
I am currently using a twelve year old Craftsman 5 hp snowblower that I
maintain myself. Starts first pull, handles any snow I have come across. Of
course I don't macho the auger into a snowbank.
I change the oil as necessary, lube and closely watch the other assemblies.
Think for a second, there aren't many pieces of power equip that would last
long if used as a snowblower is. In the snow, soaking wet , put away hot and
wet, probably no oil change from storm to storm to storm.
I have a Honda mower, it cuts the grass, nothing more. I have a Craftsman
snowblower, it throws the snow, nothing more.
Some are good some are bad. Depends on who makes the particular model
you have. I have a Craftsman with a B&S engine. Very good machine.
Craftsman doesn't build anything. As many other companies do, they only
contract others build to their specifications.
For example the GE, Frigidaire, and Sears front loader washing machine
are all built by White Westinghouse.
I bought their 8 hp snowblower 10 years ago and use it every winter here in
Minnesota, no complaints. I have purchased refrigerators, washers and
dryers and microwave ovens, dehumidifiers, and Sony televisions and have
not had any problems with any of their Kenmore or GE Profile products.
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