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Craftsman Professional Snow Blower Review

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Craftsman Snow Blower

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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.

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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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