Snow Blowers


CRAFTSMAN 305cc, 30” Dual Stage Snowblower

May 21st, 2010 ernie Posted in 30 " Wide Blowers, Craftsman No Comments »

The CRAFTSMAN 305cc, 30” Dual Stage Snowblower is perfect for most urban consumers looking for a snow blower that has sufficient power to deal with most driveway snow conditions, yet is small enough to fit with CRAFTSMAN 305cc, 30'' Dual Stage Snowblower everything else that is in your garage. With a 30 inch clearing width, consumers can clear their driveways and sidewalks in no time at all and blow the snow easily onto the front lawn or into the snow bank. The 305 cc engine is winter ready and has lots of power for the 30 inch wide, 12 inch steel saw tooth auger and 12 inch impeller.

As with most snow throwers of this size the CRAFTSMAN 305cc, 30” Dual Stage Snowblower is a dual stage blower which mean it uses an auger to draw the snow in and an impeller to actually then blow the snow out the chute.

An electric starter, a steel rotation chute with crank complete the features on this snow blower machine.

CRAFTSMAN 305cc – Specifications:

  • 30” clearing width
  • 305cc Briggs & Stratton, Snow Series engine
  • 13.5 ft lbs torque
  • 12” steel saw tooth auger, 12” diameter impeller
  • 16” x 4” tires, wheel lock

Engine: 305cc Briggs & Stratton, Snow Series engine

Transmission: Dual stage operation is designed for quick, easy removal of large amount of snow.

Warranty: 2 year warranty

Features:

  • Dual stage operation is designed for quick, easy removal of large amount of snow.
  • Electric starter
  • Steel rotation chute
  • Crank chute

Description of the CRAFTSMAN 305cc, 30” Dual Stage Snowblower

This snow blower is really ideal for the average consumer. With enough power and snow throwing capacity for most urban driveways , yet small enough to easily store in a corner of the garage, it will be a handy tool in the middle of the winter.

Add a snow a snow shield if you are concerned about strong winds or blowing snow while you are clearing your driveway. Although this snow blower does not come with tire chains, the knobby tires will handle most situations with no problems. You might need chains for sloping driveways that ice over during the winter.

This Craftsman snow blower can be started using the traditional pull rope to start it or you can plug in the starter and start the engine with the push of a button. Either way a well tuned engine will start on the first crank of the engine.

The chute can be rotated 180 degrees with the use of hand crank. It is a bit difficult, but you can steer and crank at the same time. Depress both handles on the hand bar and then using one hand to hold the controls in place, crank the chute in the direction desired.

Delivery: Delivery of the CRAFTSMAN 305cc, 30” Dual Stage Snowblower can be arranged through the dealer that you purchase the machine from. There will be a delivery charge, however this is probably the most economical method unless you have access to a van or a small trailer that you can transport the snow blower on.

Accessories: Most snow blowers can add a wind shield or snow shield to them to protect you from three sides from the wind and snow. If you live in a climate with lots of wind and blowing snow this accessory is defiantly something to consider.

Online Reviews: We were unable to find any online reviews for the CRAFTSMAN 305cc, 30” Dual Stage Snowblower, however please leave your comments at the end of this blog if you have used one of these machines.

Safety & Operation

This craftsman snow blower is a powerful machine and should be treated with safety in mind. Carefully read all of the safety guidelines in the manual prior to operating the machine for the first time and follow these guidelines to ensure that both you and the machine do not have an accident.

Prior to starting the CRAFTSMAN 305cc, 30” Dual Stage Snowblower the first time each day, perform a quick walk around check of the machine to ensure there are no loose parts and no leaking fluids. Check the engine oil to ensure that it is at the correct level as specified by the manual. Top up if necessary. Fill the fuel tank while the engine is cold and prior to using the machine. If you do spill fuel, wait until it has fully evaporated prior to starting the engine. Never spill fuel on a hot engine to avoid fires and always fill the fuel tank outdoors to avoid any possibility of vapors going into your house.

Finally never point the chute in the direction of people, buildings or cars to avoid any possible damage and accidents. Sometimes chunks of ice can be thrown at high speed from the chute and if they hit something, it can cause a lot of damage.

Maintenance

Like all snow blowers or snow throwers, maintenance is important for your machine to operate at a peak level for many years. Change the engine oil regularly, check the belts for tightness, change the spark plug as required and grease any spots outlined in the manual. If you need to leave the snow blower outside all year round, cover the machine with a proper cover to keep it looking new and avoid deterioration of the tires and metal components.

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Craftsman 342 cc 30″ Dual Stage Snowblower

May 14th, 2010 ernie Posted in 30 " Wide Blowers, Craftsman 2 Comments »

The Craftsman 342 cc 30″ dual stage Snow blower is a feature rich snow machine that makes clearing any driveway a breeze. The combination of a craftsman 342 cc 30 inchpowerful engine, an automatic transmission and easy controls makes this machine one of the more popular snow blowers. This is a dual stage machine with both an auger to cut the snow and an impeller to blow the snow in the direction you desire.

The impeller is 12 inches and the augers are the saw tooth variety and also 12 inches in diameter.

This snow blower comes equipped with an automatic drive which allows you to vary the speed without stopping. It also has finger controls that allow you to steer with the touch of a finger and to operate with one hand, while using the other to adjust the chute to blow snow in the direction that you desire. The tires are 16  inch by 6.5 inches.

Craftsman 342 cc – Specifications:

30” clearing width

342cc Briggs & Stratton, Snow Series Platinum engine, 16.5 ft lbs torque. MRS spark plug for a surefire spark every time.

12”” steel sawtooth auger, 12”” diameter impeller

16” x 6.5” tires, wheel lock

Engine: 342cc Briggs & Stratton, Snow Series Platinum engine, 16.5 ft lbs torque. MRS spark plug for a surefire spark every time.

Transmission: Automatic drive designed for quick removal of large amounts of snow.

Warranty: 2 year warranty

Features:

Dual stage operation is designed for quick, easy removal of large amount of snow

Electric starter, throttle control, gas gauge

Yard lights for early morning & nighttime. Heated handle grips help keep your hands warm in cold weather.

Drift cutters

Steel remote chute. Remote chute deflection control allows operator to adjust the angle of the chute deflector without having to stop the unit.

Power steering allows for easy maneuverability to handle obstacles. Single hand control allows you to control unit from either side by using one handle, enabling you to operate the chute with one single action & without having to stop.

Automatic drive designed for quick removal of large amounts of snow. Automatic drive allows you to vary speed without stopping. Able to handle all snow conditions

Description of the Craftsman 342 cc 30″ dual stage Snowblower

This particular Craftsman snow blower comes equipped with yard lights to assist in illuminating the area you are clearing. In addition there is an electric starter that can be used to help start the engine instead of having to use the pull chord.

The drift cutters are also useful in situations were there is deep snow caused by drifts across your driveway. They help to cut the snow and caused the higher snow drifts to tumble down in front of the auger.

In addition to being able to guide the snow thrower with one hand the operator can manage the chute and the snow deflector to change directions while operating the snow blower. This flexibility makes it easy to do a quick job of any area that needs to be clear were you want to avoid a lot of obstacles.

Delivery

The 342 cc dual stage snow blower can be picked up or it can be delivered to your home for an additional price. Consumers with access to a van or small trailer can save themselves the delivery fee by making arrangements for pickup.

Accessories

Although not mentioned, most snow blowers can accommodate chains for the tires to provide better traction on icy conditions and also snow and wind guards to protect the operator from blowing snow during windy days.

Online Reviews: We were unable to find any online reviews for the Craftsman 342 cc 30″ dual stage Snow blower, however please leave your comments at the end of this blog if you have used one of these machines.

Safety & Operation

This craftsman snow blower is a powerful machine and should be treated with safety in mind. Carefully read all of the safety guidelines in the manual prior to operating the machine for the first time and follow these guidelines to ensure that both you and the machine do not have an accident.

Prior to starting the Craftsman 342 cc 30″ dual stage Snow blower  the first time each day, perform a quick walk around check of the machine to ensure there are no loose parts and no leaking fluids. Check the engine oil to ensure that it is at the correct level as specified by the manual. Top up if necessary. Fill the fuel tank while the engine is cold and prior to using the machine. If you do spill fuel, wait until it has fully evaporated prior to starting the engine. Never spill fuel on a hot engine to avoid fires and always fill the fuel tank outdoors to avoid any possibility of vapors going into your house.

Finally never point the chute in the direction of people, buildings or cars to avoid any possible damage and accidents. Sometimes chunks of ice can be thrown at high speed from the chute and if they hit something, it can cause a lot of damage.

Maintenance

Like all snow blowers or snow throwers, maintenance is important for your machine to operate at a peak level for many years. Change the engine oil regularly, check the belts for tightness, change the spark plug as required and grease any spots outlined in the manual. If you need to leave the snow blower outside all year round, cover the machine with a proper cover to keep it looking new and avoid deterioration of the tires and metal components.

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Craftsman 208cc 24inch Dual Stage Snowblower

May 7th, 2010 ernie Posted in 24 " Wide Blowers, Craftsman 2 Comments »

The Craftsman 208cc 24inch Dual Stage Snowblower has a powerful 208 cc PowerMore OHV engine to provide that extra power you need to go through craftsman 208cc 24 inch snow blowerthe deepest drifts of snow and ice. Twelve inch augers with a 12 inch impellar provides a dual stage snow clearing with lots of snow clearing capability and the 24 inch wide clearing width will make short work of most driveways in urban American and Canada.

Operators can control the snow blower with one hand from either while at the same time managing the direction of the chute so that snow can be thrown in what ever direction is needed to avoid hitting buildings, windows or cars. The arctic polymer chute will not crack and will not rust and will withstand the rigor of dealing with snow an ice. Never point the chute in the direction of another person to avoid any possibility of them being hit with ice chips.

Craftsman 208cc 24inch Dual Stage Snowblower – Specifications:

24” clearing width

208cc PowerMore™ OHV engine

12” steel X-treme auger, 12” diameter impellar

15” x 5” tires

Engine: 208cc Briggs & Stratton, Snow Series engine

Transmission: Dual stage operation is designed for quick, easy removal of a large amount of snow.

Warranty: 2 year warranty

Features:

Dual stage operation is designed for quick, easy removal of a large amount of snow.

Electric starter

Arctic Polymer rotation chute

Crank chute

Single hand control allows you to control unit from either side by using one handle, enabling you to operate the chute with one single action & without having to stop.

Description of the Craftsman 208cc 24inch Dual Stage Snowblower

This snow blower comes with a crank to turn the chute in a 180 degree direction while continuing to blow snow and operating the snow thrower. There is also an electric starter in case you do not want to use the manual pull chord to start the engine.

The 15 inch tires provide lots of traction even in icy conditions. Add optional chains if you have to deal with lots of ice. Consumers can also purchase an optional cover if they need to store their snow blower outside in the elements.

At the time of preparing this post, Craftsman had added a screen for customers to leave comments and review ratings. This model had two very positive reviews extolling the virtues of this snow blower.

Delivery: Delivery of the Craftsman 208cc 24inch Dual Stage Snowblower can be arranged through the dealer that you purchase the machine from. There will be a delivery charge, however this is probably the most economical method unless you have access to a van or a small trailer that you can transport the snow blower on.

Accessories: Most snow blowers can add a wind shield or snow shield to them to protect you from three sides from the wind and snow. If you live in a climate with lots of wind and blowing snow this accessory is defiantly something to consider.

Online Reviews: We were unable to find any online reviews for the Craftsman 208cc 24inch Dual Stage Snowblower, however please leave your comments at the end of this blog if you have used one of these machines.

Safety & Operation

This craftsman snow blower is a powerful machine and should be treated with safety in mind. Carefully read all of the safety guidelines in the manual prior to operating the machine for the first time and follow these guidelines to ensure that both you and the machine do not have an accident.

Prior to starting the Craftsman 208cc 24inch Dual Stage Snowblower  the first time each day, perform a quick walk around check of the machine to ensure there are no loose parts and no leaking fluids. Check the engine oil to ensure that it is at the correct level as specified by the manual. Top up if necessary. Fill the fuel tank while the engine is cold and prior to using the machine. If you do spill fuel, wait until it has fully evaporated prior to starting the engine. Never spill fuel on a hot engine to avoid fires and always fill the fuel tank outdoors to avoid any possibility of vapors going into your house.

Finally never point the chute in the direction of people, buildings or cars to avoid any possible damage and accidents. Sometimes chunks of ice can be thrown at high speed from the chute and if they hit something, it can cause a lot of damage.

Maintenance

Like all snow blowers or snow throwers, maintenance is important for your machine to operate at a peak level for many years. Change the engine oil regularly, check the belts for tightness, change the spark plug as required and grease any spots outlined in the manual. If you need to leave the snow blower outside all year round, cover the machine with a proper cover to keep it looking new and avoid deterioration of the tires and metal components.

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Craftsman 205cc 24inch Dual Stage Snowblower

April 28th, 2010 ernie Posted in 24 " Wide Blowers, Craftsman No Comments »

The Craftsman 205cc 24inch Dual Stage Snowblower has a large 24 inch clearing width with 10 inch steel augers with saw tooth teeth to break down Craftsman 205cc 24inch Dual Stage Snowblowerthe hardest snow. the 9 inch impeller combined with the 205 cc engine made by Briggs and Stratton completes this powerful combination generating 9 foot pounds of torque.

This snow blower is ideal for most consumers who just need to clear their driveways of snow and get on the road first thing in the morning. It is large enough to make quick work of most snow conditions, yet small enough to fit in the garage along side the car.

The combination of saw tooth auger and impeller makes this dual stage snow blower an affordable powerful machine. Although it does not have some of the features that large more expensive machines have, it is price economically and is affordable for many urban consumers.

Craftsman 205cc 24inch Dual Stage Snowblower – Specifications:

  • 24” clearing width
  • 205cc Briggs & Stratton, Snow Series engine
  • 9 ft lbs torque
  • 10” steel sawtooth auger, 9” diameter impellar
  • 13” x 5” tires, wheel lock

Engine: 205cc Briggs & Stratton, Snow Series engine

Transmission: Dual stage operation is designed for quick, easy removal of large amount of snow.

Warranty: 2 year warranty

Features:

  • Dual stage operation is designed for quick, easy removal of large amount of snow.
  • Electric starter
  • Steel rotation chute
  • Crank chute

Description of the Craftsman 205cc 24inch Dual Stage Snowblower

The steel rotation chute can be hand cranked in a full 180 degree direction to allow you to blow snow in just about any direction. The Craftsman 205cc 24inch Dual Stage Snowblower also comes with an electric starter which makes starting this engine easy on cold days. There is also a backup pull chord to start the engine.

It also comes with a 2 year warranty. Craftsman has one of the best reputations in the business. Sears has started allowing customer feedback on its site and so far this machine has one very positive review with a 4 out of 5 rating.

Although it is a bit difficult, operators can hold both engagement controls in place for forward motion and snow throwing with one hand and rotate the chute by cranking the chute around at the same time.

Delivery: Delivery of the Craftsman 205cc 24inch Dual Stage Snowblower can be arranged through the dealer that you purchase the machine from. There will be a delivery charge, however this is probably the most economical method unless you have access to a van or a small trailer that you can transport the snow blower on.

Accessories: Most snow blowers can add a wind shield or snow shield to them to protect you from three sides from the wind and snow. If you live in a climate with lots of wind and blowing snow this accessory is defiantly something to consider.

Online Reviews: We were unable to find any online reviews for the Craftsman 205cc 24inch Dual Stage Snowblower, however please leave your comments at the end of this blog if you have used one of these machines.

Safety & Operation

This craftsman snow blower is a powerful machine and should be treated with safety in mind. Carefully read all of the safety guidelines in the manual prior to operating the machine for the first time and follow these guidelines to ensure that both you and the machine do not have an accident.

Prior to starting the Craftsman 205cc 24inch Dual Stage Snowblower  the first time each day, perform a quick walk around check of the machine to ensure there are no loose parts and no leaking fluids. Check the engine oil to ensure that it is at the correct level as specified by the manual. Top up if necessary. Fill the fuel tank while the engine is cold and prior to using the machine. If you do spill fuel, wait until it has fully evaporated prior to starting the engine. Never spill fuel on a hot engine to avoid fires and always fill the fuel tank outdoors to avoid any possibility of vapors going into your house.

Finally never point the chute in the direction of people, buildings or cars to avoid any possible damage and accidents. Sometimes chunks of ice can be thrown at high speed from the chute and if they hit something, it can cause a lot of damage.

Maintenance

Like all snow blowers or snow throwers, maintenance is important for your machine to operate at a peak level for many years. Change the engine oil regularly, check the belts for tightness, change the spark plug as required and grease any spots outlined in the manual. If you need to leave the snow blower outside all year round, cover the machine with a proper cover to keep it looking new and avoid deterioration of the tires and metal components.

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Craftsman 179cc 22inch Dual Stage Snowblower

April 21st, 2010 ernie Posted in 22 " Wide Blowers, Craftsman 1 Comment »

The Craftsman 179cc 22 inch dual stage showblower  comes with a 179 cc PowerMore OHV engine providing lots of power for the dual stage 22 inch craftsman 179 cc 22 inch snow blowerclearing width. This snow blower is a low end snow blower both in terms of features as well as price and will meet all of the needs of most suburban residents who want to clear their driveways and possibly the sidewalk in front of their homes.

If you have larger areas or get lots of snow , you may want to consider a larger machine, however this snow blower will more than meet your needs for the majority of consumers.

The 9 inch steel serrated auger cuts into the snow and pulverizes it before pushing it into the impellar which throws the snow out the polymer chute. Consumers can also use the electric starter to start the engine in cold conditions or if you just do not have the strength to pull the back up starter chord.

Craftsman 179cc 22inch Dual Stage Snowblower – Specifications:

  • 22” clearing width
  • 179cc PowerMore™ OHV engine
  • 9” steel serrated auger, 10” diameter impellar
  • 10” x 4” tires

Engine: 179cc PowerMore™ OHV engine

Transmission: Dual stage operation is designed for quick, easy removal of large amount of snow.

Warranty: 2 year warranty

Features:

  • Dual stage operation is designed for quick, easy removal of large amount of snow.
  • Electric starter
  • Arctic Polymer rotation chute
  • Crank chute

Description of the Craftsman 179cc 22inch Dual Stage Snowblower

Operators can rotate the chute 180 degrees and aim the chute to either side or straight forward depending on conditions and also on objects near were you are blowing snow. The polymer chute will not rust or crack in the cold weather. Note that it does not have a crank to rotate the chute, instead it has a handle that you can use to rotate the chute to the desired direction.

Consumers can also purchase a snow shield to protect you from the wind and blowing snow as an accessory. This can be quite useful if you live in an area that has a lot of wind or if you find that the snow you are removing is consistently being blown by the wind back at you.

This is a relatively small snow blower that will fit into most garages beside the family car. At 22 inches it is one of the smaller snow blowers. However if you need to store it outside during the winter and off season, purchasing a protective cover is always a good idea to protect it from the elements and from UV rays.

Delivery: Delivery of the Craftsman 179cc 22inch Dual Stage Snowblower can be arranged through the dealer that you purchase the machine from. There will be a delivery charge, however this is probably the most economical method unless you have access to a van or a small trailer that you can transport the snow blower on.

Accessories: Most snow blowers can add a wind shield or snow shield to them to protect you from three sides from the wind and snow. If you live in a climate with lots of wind and blowing snow this accessory is defiantly something to consider.

Online Reviews: We were unable to find any online reviews for the Craftsman 179cc 22inch Dual Stage Snowblower, however please leave your comments at the end of this blog if you have used one of these machines.

Safety & Operation

This craftsman snow blower is a powerful machine and should be treated with safety in mind. Carefully read all of the safety guidelines in the manual prior to operating the machine for the first time and follow these guidelines to ensure that both you and the machine do not have an accident.

Prior to starting the Craftsman 179cc 22inch Dual Stage Snowblower  the first time each day, perform a quick walk around check of the machine to ensure there are no loose parts and no leaking fluids. Check the engine oil to ensure that it is at the correct level as specified by the manual. Top up if necessary. Fill the fuel tank while the engine is cold and prior to using the machine. If you do spill fuel, wait until it has fully evaporated prior to starting the engine. Never spill fuel on a hot engine to avoid fires and always fill the fuel tank outdoors to avoid any possibility of vapors going into your house.

Finally never point the chute in the direction of people, buildings or cars to avoid any possible damage and accidents. Sometimes chunks of ice can be thrown at high speed from the chute and if they hit something, it can cause a lot of damage.

Maintenance

Like all snow blowers or snow throwers, maintenance is important for your machine to operate at a peak level for many years. Change the engine oil regularly, check the belts for tightness, change the spark plug as required and grease any spots outlined in the manual. If you need to leave the snow blower outside all year round, cover the machine with a proper cover to keep it looking new and avoid deterioration of the tires and metal components.

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CRAFTSMAN 342cc, 45” Dual Stage Snowblower

April 7th, 2010 ernie Posted in 45 " Wide Blowers, Craftsman 2 Comments »

The CRAFTSMAN® 342cc, 45” Dual Stage Snowblower comes with a 342 CC Briggs and Stratton engine, designed for cold snowy conditions. It supports a 45 inch snow clearing width with lots of power to blow the snow well away from the area you are clearing. The twin 16 inch augers and 16 inch impeller can handle even the largest drifts that you throw at it. The tires are 16 CRAFTSMAN 342cc, 45'' Dual Stage Snowblowerinches wide by 6.5 inches high. This is a dual stage operation snow blower i.e. the augers first break down the snow and pull it into the towards the impeller which then actually throws the snow out the chute.

With the 45 inch wide clearing width, you can clear a large driveway in no time at all or a small parking lot.  It also features a power steering feature that allows you to keep one hand on the steering mechanism and one hand can be used to change the direction of the chute to direct the snow away from the house, parked cars or other objects that you wish to avoid.  The CRAFTSMAN® 342cc, 45” Dual Stage Snowblower also comes with a standard 2 year warranty.

There is also an electric starter to start the engine and avoid having to use the backup pull chord. The headlights will also assist you in clearing snow at night in areas where there are not street lights or other natural light situations.

CRAFTSMAN 342cc, 45” Dual Stage Snowblower – Specifications:

  • 45” clearing width
  • 342cc Briggs & Stratton, Snow Series engine
  • 16.5 ft lbs torque
  • 16”” steel X-treme auger, 16”” diameter impellar
  • 16” x 6.5” tires

Engine: 342cc Briggs & Stratton, Snow Series engine

Transmission:

Dual stage operation is designed for quick, easy removal of large amount of snow.

Warranty: 2 year warranty (most warranties of this type are for consumer application only. Confirm with your dealer prior to purchase)

Features:

  • Dual stage operation is designed for quick, easy removal of large amount of snow.
  • Electric starter
  • Yard lights for early morning & nighttime
  • Drift cutters
  • Arctic Polymar chute, crank chute, remote chute deflection control allows operator to adjust the angle of the chute deflector without having to stop the unit.
  • Power steering allows for easy maneuverability to handle obstacles. Single hand control allows you to control unit from either side by using one handle, enabling you to operate the chute with one single action & without having to stop.

Description of the CRAFTSMAN® 342cc, 45” Dual Stage Snowblower

This snow blower comes with a number of features that many consumers will find useful when they are clearing snow from walkways and driveways. The electric starter for example makes it easy to start on cold winter mornings, the yard lights will light your way in the evening and early morning hours and the drift cutters will help to cut through drifts that are higher than the snow blowers opening.

One special feature which many people will find useful is the power steering capability that allows for single hand control of the snow blower. Operators can use their other hand to adjust the chute from side to side as well as the angle of the chute, while still controlling and steering the snow blower.

Delivery: Delivery of the CRAFTSMAN® 342cc, 45” Dual Stage Snowblower can be arranged through the dealer that you purchase the machine from. There will be a delivery charge, however this is probably the most economical method unless you have access to a van or a small trailer that you can transport the snow blower on.

Accessories: Most snow blowers can add a wind shield or snow shield to them to protect you from three sides from the wind and snow. If you live in a climate with lots of wind and blowing snow this accessory is defiantly something to consider.

Online Reviews: We were unable to find any online reviews for the CRAFTSMAN® 342cc, 45” Dual Stage Snowblower, however please leave your comments at the end of this blog if you have used one of these machines.

Safety & Operation

This craftsman snow blower is a powerful machine and should be treated with safety in mind. Carefully read all of the safety guidelines in the manual prior to operating the machine for the first time and follow these guidelines to ensure that both you and the machine do not have an accident.

Prior to starting the CRAFTSMAN® 342cc, 45” Dual Stage Snowblower the first time each day, perform a quick walk around check of the machine to ensure there are no loose parts and no leaking fluids. Check the engine oil to ensure that it is at the correct level as specified by the manual. Top up if necessary. Fill the fuel tank while the engine is cold and prior to using the machine. If you do spill fuel, wait until it has fully evaporated prior to starting the engine. Never spill fuel on a hot engine to avoid fires and always fill the fuel tank outdoors to avoid any possibility of vapors going into your house.

Finally never point the chute in the direction of people, buildings or cars to avoid any possible damage and accidents. Sometimes chunks of ice can be thrown at high speed from the chute and if they hit something, it can cause a lot of damage.

Maintenance

Like all snow blowers or snow throwers, maintenance is important for your machine to operate at a peak level for many years. Change the engine oil regularly, check the belts for tightness, change the spark plug as required and grease any spots outlined in the manual. If you need to leave the snow blower outside all year round, cover the machine with a proper cover to keep it looking new and avoid deterioration of the tires and metal components.

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Craftsman Professional Snow Blower Review

January 6th, 2010 ernie Posted in 30 " Wide Blowers, Craftsman No Comments »

Craftsman Snow BlowerDescription of the Craftsman 357 CC Snow Blower

The Craftsman 357 Snow Blower  has a 30 inch clearing width and a 21 inch height capability, to clear lots of snow from driveways and walkways. It also comes with drift cutters to cut through snow drifts and hard packed snow. The tires are 16 inch x-trac tires, there are headlights and it comes with a 5 quart fuel capacity.

Craftsman Professional Snow Blower – Specifications:

  • 2 stage, 245 pounds weight
  • Intake height is 21 inches

Engine:

  • 357cc 4-cycle Craftsman engine, belt drive, electric start

Transmission:

  • 6 forward speeds and 2 reverse speeds

Warranty: 2 years

Features:

  • Chute is made of polymer, with 190 degrees of rotation
  • Impeller is 12 inches, serrated drum, curved auger blade
  • Tubeless tires
  • Safety override and headlights
  • Handles fold for easy storage

Description of the Craftsman 357 CC Snow Blower

The Craftsman 357 Snow Blower  has a 30 inch clearing width and a 21 inch height capability, to clear lots of snow from driveways and walkways. It also comes with drift cutters to cut through snow drifts and hard packed snow. The tires are 16 inch x-trac tires, there are headlights and it comes with a 5 quart fuel capacity.

Delivery

Most sears stores will deliver the Craftsman 357 Snow Blower or any other snow blower you may purchase for a nominal fee. If you do not have a trailer available, they you will definitely need to make arrangements for delivery of your snow blower. Customers can also order the Craftsman 357 Snow Blower on line and shipping and delivery charges can be included.

Accessories

There are no accessories listed for the Craftsman 357 Snow Blower

Online Reviews

At the time of writing there were 11 reviews giving a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars for this model.  All ratings except one were positive for the Craftsman 357 Snow Blower. Glowing remarks covering all aspects were provided by new owners of this snow blower. The one exception was difficult to read. Not sure if this was intentional or not. From what we could make out, oil was dripping from the gearbox and the customer obviously was quite dissatisfied. Unfortunately we could not read any more details, so we have to assume that someone did not assemble the snow blower properly and oil began leaking out  after it was delivered.

One customer found he had to realign the belts before the snow blower would operate properly. He as the type that was comfortable doing this sort of thing and was able to fix it himself. The alternative would have been to load up the machine onto a trailer and return it for repair which is an obvious negative.

Safety & Maintenance

General maintenance of any snow blower including the Craftsman 357 Snow Blower is pretty straightforward. Check the oil level prior to every use just to make sure there has been no leakage while sitting and also that the engine has not burned any oil. With new engines this usually not a problem, however after a few seasons depending on useage and care, the engine oil level could decline and operators should always monitor the oil level prior to every use.

Sheer bolts should be checked after every use to ensure they are tight and secure. Spark plugs should also be changed after 100 hours of use or after every season. Always clean and dry the unit after every use prior to storage. The combination of humidity and salt in the snow, especially salt near the road pushed in by snow plow can over time cause rust and deterioration.

Seasonal maintenance of the Craftsman 357 Snow Blower should always be completed which includes changing the oil, make sure all bolts are tight, spark plug should be replaced, tire pressure checked and corrected if necessary and the snow blower should be thoroughly cleaned and dried.

Many people will not follow these simple steps annually, however the simple truth is that if you do follow these guidelines and those in the manual,  your Craftsman 357 Snow Blower will last for years. If you are not comfortable with even this basic maintenance, most small engine mechanics will perform these annual tasks for a fixed or flat rate fee.

General Comments

As with all snow blowers, the Craftsman 357 Snow Blower is pretty straightforward to operate and maintain. Customers should follow the recommended maintenance guidelines and if you do the snow blower will last for many years.

From a safety perspective, always shut the snow blower off and disconnect the spark plug wire prior to performing any maintenance around the auger or the engine. This may seem a trivial thing to do, however too many hands and arms have been damaged by careless accidents were people are trying to clear an ice jam from the auger only to have their hands cut off by a running machine.

In addition, following the step by step process for changing the oil and spark plugs can be quite easy to do. Dispose of the used oil properly and clean and dry the housing. Properly maintained snow blowers will last for years. If you are not comfortable doing this work yourself, then you should call your local small engine mechanic to see what they would charge for this annual maintenance service.  Also it is a good idea to get to know the local small engine mechanic, since most will give you lots of advice regarding maintenance and repairs for your snow blower and other house hold engines.

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