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Greg-LongIsland
Nov 9 , 2013
5 years later and still works Great
Reading some of the comments on this board? I just had to take some time out and give an honest review of this machine. I purchased this model snow blower 5 years ago and it has worked for me every year. Let me address a few things I?ve read on this board that need to be clarified. 1) Snow Sticking to Blades?.The trick to this and all snow blowers is to spray WD-40 on the auger blades and the rotating circular blade in the back behind the auger, this prevents icy snow from building up on the machine, and increases the throwing distance of the snow. When I first got this machine 5 years ago, I applied the WD 40 on the blades and was blowing 11 inches of snowfall across my street and the woman who lived on that side came over to me screaming ??keep your snow on your side of the block???.. ( needless to say I didn?t offer to do her driveway when I was done with mine).. but the point is, the WD 40 excels the snow throwing a good 30 ? 40% 2) Carburetor problems?.The only way you are going to have carburetor problems is if you leave gas in this thing after the winter season and try to start it the following year?. You should not leave the gas in it for more than 3 ? 4 months. ? How do you get the gas out? ? Simple ? let it run until it run dry 3) Performance?. We had some crazy storms out here in Long Island the last 5 years, especially the 2013 Al Gore Storm.. this machine did the job everytime. Pro?s? The 26 inch fits through doorways? just a little input for those of you who might need to get this through a regular sized door. I changed the oil after 2 years of using it and replaced with Mobil 1 10 w-30 The electric start is really convenient, after 3 years I decided to start it during a cold start with the pull cord and it did just what it was supposed to do, start right up. It also starts right up after shutting down to refill the gas tank and or take a break. You get a good amount done on a tank of gas. The Shute control is awesome, a must have especially when doing the snow on a windy day, you can position it while doing your thing to prevent the snow from blowing back in your face. The unit also comes with heavy duty plastic skid shoes that do not mark up or scratch concrete, paver blocks or asphalt surfaces. Cons?.The only thing I had to fix so far was the primer button, after 3 years it dried out and I had to replace it last year? it cost 10 dollars from sears and took a week to get to my house via the mail. The instructions were very vague and I suggest via this forum that sears put up a tutorial on how to replace it on youtube, similar to some of their other videos regarding their snow blower machines. Conclusion?Would I buy another? ? Yes, I was at sears tonight and am considering buying 14 of them for a snow plowing business. I?ve shopped Husqvarna and Arians and have made the conclusion that my Craftsman 208cc offers the best value for all the features it has, and the motor is the same as all the others manufacture
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sharps4570
Mar 1 , 2012
Poor Design
This machine is almost impossible to maintain. No fuel filter. Requires a lot of disassembly just to look at the carb. It worked the first season. Would not start the second season. Determined a fuel flow problem. Poor design made it very difficult to find the restriction.
 

Tryst

Independence, MO

Feb 26 , 2014
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Glad I bought

Surprised by its performance . Easy start . Didn't take very long to figure out the controls. Tried my best to bog it down but it kept up with it

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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coldandsnowy

Boston, MA

Feb 25 , 2014
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Good at first, but unreliable

Had a great first year and half with this but now its just been problems. Even more aggravating is that parts, such as carb rebuild kits aren't stock in any store. They have to be ordered. long lead time and expensive shipping. Too bad since there isn't a fuel filter for fuel shut off, only a matter of time before the carb goes. Seems they are just looking for the consumer to break down and use their repair dept.


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Dkuc

Yorkville, IL

Feb 17 , 2014
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Works great

I have owned this snowblower for about a month. Have used it 10 times and it goes through everything I have attempted to go through. Great for the snow that the plows pile up on the end of the driveway. I find myself doing the side walks all along my street because it is so easy. It is easy for my wife to use and she has never used a snowblower before. I am impressed so far.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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VJMeds

Bettendorf, IA

Feb 14 , 2014
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Awesome!

Quick and easy start. Clean pickup and clearing. Definitely cuts down time and requires no second pass. I definitely wish it has more than 190 degree range. So glad I bought it. Electric start in -17F weather is great.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Adnan771

Du Bois, PA

Feb 13 , 2014
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Craftsman's 26" snow blower

Wonderful machine. I have a 200' driveway and have side walk just as long, I had no problem cleaning with this snowblower. It works well in snow as deep as 10" (that's the most we got one day.) the electric starter is the best feature in it. M

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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tsdsbdkjd

Madrid, NY

Feb 13 , 2014
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Great Buy

Reviewed many snow blowers before settling on this one. Pros: electric start, shoot controls are next to all the other controls, no need to bend down to change the shoot direction. Cons: doesn't have heated hand grips.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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GravelDriveway

Herndon, VA

Feb 7 , 2014
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Works Well After 2 Years

Purchased on sale two years back and only used once last winter, but this winter, we had snow falls about 1 foot deep. It worked well in this condition and I was able to clear my long gravel driveway (150 feet) and asphalt pavement as well. The only thing I wish it had is a built-in lamp and brakes when the drive handle is released. It will slide away if it's on the slope. I do have to drain all fuels before putting it into storage last year, but it started just after a few pulls.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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CasperWY

Casper, WY

Feb 7 , 2014
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sears snow blower

I bought this right before Christmas and after reading numerous review I decided to buy the 247. Power is great and it cuts right through snow drifts up to 15 inches thick. it handles all of the snow that we have gotten in Wyoming and with the wind I needed something that would cut through the drifts. Set up was very easy, I put gas in it and it started right up. I have had no problems starting it and the electric start is great. It works well enough that I do our corner walks plus the neighbors. The only concern I have is that I don't think the wife will be able to handle this snow blower as it is big and powerful. I will follow the directions when the snow season ends and have no doubts it will start right up. I liked it enough to recommend that my father in law buy one and he did.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Feb 5 , 2014
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Let it snow

Great machine. Worked right out of the box. Easy to assemble and threw snow like a champ.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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sandygunner

Bayonne, NJ

Feb 5 , 2014
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Love Being Prepared more snow on the way

Lots of use this year. This snow blower is our first. Our neighbors are happy too. It is so easy to use that we are done in a quarter of the time we used to when shoveling. Also more area covered.


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rusty1174

Elkhorn, WI

Feb 2 , 2014
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great snowblower !

such a terrific piece of equipment! would recommend this to everyone ! Easy to use and wow really throws the snow!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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CCSKY

Wright City, MO

Feb 2 , 2014
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Great machine

I'm a small women and as large as this machine is, I am able to handle. Took a little bit of time to figure best way to remove snow, once that was figured out, went smoothly. Moves the snow well. Starts easily. The first time used electric start, after that used pull start. Very pleased, if lived in an area that gets a lot of snow, would get the EZ turn and heated hanles.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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olearyjono

South Yarmouth, MA

Feb 1 , 2014
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Great buy

After purchase it started right up and smoothly cleared my four car driveway in about 20 minutes....there was about 14-16 inches of snow!!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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DannyNewell

Bowdoinham, ME

Jan 29 , 2014
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26 inch 208cc Dual Stage Snowblower

This is the item we used and was very easy to maneuver, and having th electric start is so awesome. The man who waited on us gave us great customer service. We bought this size snowblower so the wife could operate it with ease and not to heavy to move around. We always have loved to do with Sears and have bought several Craftsman items.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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jj1175

Voorhees, NJ

Jan 26 , 2014
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Great purchase

excellant snowblower, cuts right thru the snow with ease. I havent even had to use the electric start yet, usually starts on 2nd pull.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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hotfingers

Tamarack, MN

Jan 20 , 2014
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Bites threw 20" of snow

This is the machine to go through deep snow. Two recent snowfalls of 8 to 10 inches each were on the ground before I had a chance to clear them away. This machine handled the deep snow without a problem!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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olduffer

Motley, MN

Jan 16 , 2014
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blower is excellent helper

The unit works very well. The only thing is they should all come with a light.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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BrianWM

Rochester, NY

Jan 13 , 2014
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Expensive machine - OK results.

I've been using an OLD (we're talking 25+ years) Toro 826 snow thrower. While it's never failed me, it was time to put it to rest and onwards to something newer that wasn't as loud and difficult to start. I came across this model and decided to give it a try. Upon delivery, my first reactions were A) it sure looks nice! B) can't wait to use it! and finally C) man, this feels cheap! Just pushing down on the handles to get the unit proper up, you could feel it bend and wiggle. Nothing like my old Toro. It started easily, and throws snow well. It doesn't have a lot of guts or weight to really "drive" itself in deep snow so be prepared to push when the wheels start to slip. My biggest complaint is the stupid joystick to turn the snow snout. It rarely works correctly and i'm always pushing it with my hand. The cable system and trigger is just a terrible design and I plan on changing that next winter. All in all, if you find this at the price I did (on sale) You should be fairly happy with its abilities. After all, you're spending 700 not 1500 on a high end model!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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cpdski

Aston, PA

Jan 3 , 2014
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Fun in the Snow

Being someone who loves snow and helping those who need help. I bought the perfect item. This thing eats through snow both fresh and packed. Even cut through iced over snow in seconds.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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mrmorocks

Plover, WI

Jan 2 , 2014
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Excellent Choice

This snowblower has all the features I wanted and needed, plus it starts so easy that I haven't needed to use the electric start yet. I just prime it, and one pull of the cord and it fires right off. Excellent machine!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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NateWisconsin

Madison, WI

Dec 29 , 2013
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So far great product

Used three times since purchase and it works great.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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caratlady

Milwaukee, WI

Dec 20 , 2013
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snowblower

just what we were looking for and t such a great price. ordering was easy, pickup a breeze and we were able to use our sears charge card with a special offer of free financing and our savings membership added even more points for future savings! we recommend all of the products to everyone we know.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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jeannie825

Trenton, MI

Dec 17 , 2013
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Too hard to steer!

$759 but very hard to steer. Really? Sucks! May take it back.


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truckerdann

Boiling Springs, SC

Dec 17 , 2013
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ready for snow

setup was easy, looks like this machine will be a snap to use.just waiting for the snow

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Retirdnav

Cheboygan, MI

Dec 11 , 2013
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Great snow blower

I've had this model for 3 years and it works great starts normally on first pull. I live in northern Michigan and I've had to snowblower 2 1/2 foot of snow with no problem.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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