Snow Blowers

CRAFTSMAN 342cc, 45” Dual Stage Snowblower

The CRAFTSMAN 342cc 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 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


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)

CRAFTSMAN 342cc 45 Dual Stage Snowblower – 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 Dual Stage Snowblower

This snow blower comes with a number of features that many consumers will find useful. Especially 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. It provides 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.


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. This will keep it looking new and avoid deterioration of the tires and metal components.

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