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ExecutiveGardener
Oct 30 , 2013
ExecutiveGardener
I'm an Executive Gardener, Contractor, and Landscape Architect and I love Craftsman Tools in my kit. I bought this blower because I have a few clients in cities that don't allow blowers over 55db, and no professional grade gas blower goes that low yet. Sears lists this one as 54.4 and I keep the spec sheet in my truck. For an electric blower it has plenty of power for residential purposes and I really like the variable speed for when I'm in tight spaces or finishing a pile. It has better control than my gas blower. It's relatively light weight and the suction works well too. Still, I am greatly disappointed in the cord attachment function. Sears lists that it comes with a 7' (foot) cord and a cord lock. WRONG!!! The cord on mine is only 4" (inches), which isn't even enough to tie a not with, and there is no cord lock. The major down fall of electric devices, is that the cord is cumbersome, catches and falls out. Sears BLEW it on this one. I make due by wrapping the cord through the handle for now but this too get irritating during use. It's a good tool, but Sears needs to do a better job on proofing the text of the items they advertise, for both technical correctness and grammar.
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Bob1969
Jan 16 , 2014
Blower it is ok, zipper for the mulch bag is a disappointment
I got this unit on June of 2012 so far it is ok. First the blower is ok, not as advertised with 240 mph, that will be cat 5 hurricane speed, truth is maybe 170 mph, maybe less due to the exhaust pipe is not completely sealed and air goes out thought the joints overall ok, and the extension cord is not 7 ft it is just 3 to 4 inches, long. Second and the disappointment the mulcher function is not that good, I have a two Syracuse trees their leaves are big and if the intake pipe takes too many at the same time, it will clogged very easily. I have to be careful not to pick a pile and a lot people complain about the dust it is true so wear a mask. the ratio is like 12 to 14 to 1, but the propeller is very good been metal. In the past I had blowers with plastic propeller and they break after the second winter. The zipper in the bag it is very low quality, it jams very easily and now I just used in the second winter the zipper is not capable to close anymore. In the past the mulch bags came with steel zipper, but this one is terrible the material of the bag is very bad. I spend all day talking with different departments in Sears to find a replacement because it is not cover by the warranty, until finally in customer service in parts she was able to find it. Do not try the phone on the product it has change. The part number is 31103148 it cost $18 plus shipping and handling and taxes and the actual model for the blower in case needs parts for it is 138.74898 do not go by the model number in your receipt or in the website. I hope this may help to decide to buy this product
 
Feb 9 , 2015
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Zero stars!

Had to give 1 star to submit a review but would give this blower/vac zero stars. I've owned several yard vacs and this is by far the worst. First, the bag tore after 2 uses.. so I taped it up with duct tape. Next, the zipper malfunctioned which rendered the unit unusable to pick up leaves. I used my purchase protection to get reimbursed for the $20 replacement bag. When the bag arrived, I find out it's not Craftsman brand but a "replacement" bag. The bag fit the vac but the replacement did not have the proper plastic "tooth" to deactivate the safety switch on the unit. Finally got it to work by combining the tooth from the old bag. After 1 more use, the motor died....awesome. My last vac was a Black & Decker Leaf Hog that lasted about 8 or 9 years. This piece of **** lasted exactly 4 uses over about 2 months. Sure the purchase protection reimbursed me the full price but it breaks down like this: Initial purchase: $70 Purchase protection plan: $10 New bag (which did not work): $20 TOTAL PRICE: $100 Reimbursed: $70 I'm down $30 and picking up leaves by hand!!! Totally awesome!!! Never buy this product unless you want to spend a bunch of time on the internet filing a claim, boxing up the crappy unit, taking it to UPS and ending up with a broken vac. Save yourself the frustration and buy a Black & Decker.... it's what I should have done.


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craftsman-4ever

Glenside, PA

Jan 27 , 2015
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excellent value, instructions could be better

This leaf blower is much more powerful than what is being replaced, yet still light-weight. There are several attachment tools and a vacuum bag included. There is a safety feature requiring an attachment tool for power which is not well documented, but now that is understood. This also made light work of blowing snow, where not deep enough for shoveling. I have no affiliation with Sears or Craftsman products except as a customer. However, I may be offered a small award for reviewing this product.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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melitamb

Minot, ND

Jan 27 , 2015
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Excellant blower

use blower for leaves and clearing lite snow falls from drive and deck. this blower has run over a 100 hours and still works fine.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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mikeandginaaz

Phoenix, AZ

Jan 22 , 2015
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Dead On Arrival

Blower does not turn on. I read about somone less here having the same problem. I am going to Sears tomorrow to return it.


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snumom

Oklahoma City, OK

Jan 8 , 2015
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Just what we needed!!

This leaf blower was a Christmas gift for my husband. He was thrilled to receive it and has already used it.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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senia863

Davenport, FL

Jan 6 , 2015
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Well worth the money

I love this product i am a woman and can easily use this when my hubby doesnt have time to do yard waork so i lend a hand and do my part, its light easy to handle hold and operate i reccomend it =D

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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sloth22

Cream Ridge, NJ

Jan 5 , 2015
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great blower

this thing is amazing! Bought it to get those tough to reach places around the foundation of my house. This thing works like a charm! This is very much recommended!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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ridehard

Lancaster, SC

Jan 3 , 2015
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Craftsman 12A Variable speed leaf Blower/Vac

Nice working leaf blower.Works well and it is not heavy when using it. Will recommend to a friend to buy this good Quality Blower--Works well for blowing my leaves in my yard .

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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casinoman59

Hanford, CA

Jan 3 , 2015
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nice blower

does the job very well and not heavy

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Charmon1970

Waynesboro, PA

Dec 30 , 2014
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Nice Gift

Gave to my mom as a gift and she loved how lightweight it was.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Dec 29 , 2014
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Quiet and light

Compared to the previous cheap blowers this is far better. 1) Noise is lower compared to others 2) Variable speed works well 3) Vacuum works well as well Cons 1) CFM is low compared to other blowers so won't be as powerful.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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ptownroro

Portland, OR

Dec 29 , 2014
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Great product.

Works great on dried leaves. Easy to operate and mulching bag holds a lot.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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AbhishekShah

Piscataway, NJ

Dec 28 , 2014
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great prduct

I received this item on very good deal.Plus it is craftsman product that i always love. it works for my 1000 sq ft yard. I will recommend to buy 14 gauge 100 ft exterior use cable with this item. If you have bigger yard you should go with gas powered blower.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Eric123321

Pelham, AL

Dec 28 , 2014
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Good Value

This is a great product for the money!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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floydage

Hurst, TX

Dec 26 , 2014
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Great blower

It really blasts so I'm glad it's variable speed. Nice ergonomics but a little heavier than some others, my suspicion (or hope!) is that it's due to a heavier duty motor, etc. They need to fix that description about the cord because that little pig tail is barely long enough, no way I could get a double-loop interlock with the cords per the manual; I was able to get a single loop on the extension cord side and finagle my extension cord just enough into the cord retention piece for it to hold properly. The mulcher latch could use a redesign as the mulcher door sometimes would open after setting it on the ground. This one may be worth the extra money vs. the two-speed model, how else to explain the significant price difference when they otherwise look and weigh nearly the same. I suspect it has a heavier duty motor and maybe other components like the mulcher assembly (note the higher reduction ratio and slightly higher air speed). A sales person at my store also claimed it was heavier duty. Full disclosure: I haven't used it to mulch anything yet. I don't plan on using it much for mulching because I have way too many leaves (half acre lot with big old trees), probably just landscape bed clean-up, etc.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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kurt

Humboldt, IA

Dec 16 , 2014
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works great!!

I don't have to mix gas & oil or wonder if it will start!! Well balanced and easy to handle.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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lrami51

San Antonio, TX

Dec 16 , 2014
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No More Rake

I bought this item to blow the leaves away from my patio. I have a pecan tree and my neighbor's trees really piles up the leaves. Last year I raked 23 large bags of leaves. I am very happy with this blower/vac I was able to vac and mulch a lot of leaves in a very short time and with a lot less bags. It vacs and mulches fast without getting the leaves stuck. It even mulched small twigs. I am very happy with this product. The value and the price was perfect

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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JJCarver

Orlando, FL

Dec 16 , 2014
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A+ Leaf Blower/Vac

Purchased this Leaf Blower/Vac because I was in need of one for my yard. It's a small yard and I would rather have the consistency of full power, as opposed to a battery powered model which not work as well as the charge is used up. It works great for my needs and I would definitely recommend it. In addition unless you know you'll want the variable speed the non-variable model will work just as well. 9 times out of 10 I switch this blower from off to full speed so I probably could have opted for the other version as well. If mine ever bites the dust or needs replacing I won't hesitate to buy the same leaf blower/vac again.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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richieyardhelp

Toms River, NJ

Dec 15 , 2014
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Leaf blower vac

Was very happy with this purchased it was perfect for my needs.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Benhurdog

San Antonio, TX

Dec 8 , 2014
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Blower Is Defective

Ordered one on line for store pickup. I plugged it in and nothing. Blower was dead. I returned it to the store, and the store clerk pulled another one from stock and plugged it into power. Blower was dead. The store had no more inventory. Stupidly I went to another Sears store and bought another one. Plugged it in using a heavy duty extension cord. Blower was dead. Before I returned it to the store, I took the item to a Sears repair center, and they did not know why it would not work. After returning it to the store the sales clerk pulled two blowers from inventory and plugged them in, all were dead. At that point I bought a Toro. Knowing the quality of the Craftsman brand It is hard to believe that Sears would allow a defective product like this to reach the shelf.


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Mostsearsuser

Lanham, MD

Dec 4 , 2014
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Bought this for vacuum and mulching

Bought this machine for vacuum and mulching purpose but the vacuum and mulching option doesn't have much power to sucks-up the leaves because i have to many big trees with big leaves . I guess this vacuum and mulch option are only good if you have small trees with little leaves. I have never used the blower yet because i have another blower. I bought this machine only for vacuum and mulching

I would recommend this product to a friend.

The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product.
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RK1287

Adena, OH

Dec 2 , 2014
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Just what I was looking for.

The price point was fantastic. I just love the variable speed on this leaf blower.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Billgin

Xenia, OH

Dec 2 , 2014
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seems really great so far

love the variable speed control. easy to use your thumb while blowing. the only thing I didn't like was the way the vac . bag vents when in use especially if leafs are quite dry. Bag empties very good after a full.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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jpagain

Oak Creek, WI

Nov 30 , 2014
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Lots of blowing power

Works great for the price

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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April02

Miamisburg, OH

Nov 30 , 2014
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Leaf blower got the job done!

I was using an older blower and it broke. I ordered this new one and picked it up same day. It was so much faster. It was light weight and easy to carry around and had plenty of power for my yard work. I have purchased other craftsman products was part of the reason I purchased it and the price was good. I only used the blower function not the vacuum.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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