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Snow blowers

Craftsman 88782
 
Approximate retail price:
$600
We expect this model to perform similarly to the tested Cub Cadet 221 LHP 31AM2T6D although it may differ in price and features.
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Type: Single-stage gas snow blowers
About - Craftsman 88782

The Craftsman 88782 is a snow blower available from Craftsman. The 88782 typically costs $600 .

Consumer Reports recommends that you match the features on a model to the needs you have. Here's our take on some of the specifications and features that are commonly available on snow blower models like the 88782.


Engine size:
Engine Size is the engine displacement measured in cubic centimeters for gasoline powered engines. Most manufacturers not longer give a horsepower rating. Engine displacement is now the only universal way to compare relative engine size. Electric motors are stated in amps.

Electric start:
Most models offer a plug-in startng device that saves you the hassle of pull-starting the engine, but you need to be near an outlet.

Single lever chute adjustment:
Only on two-stage models, a single lever or "joystick" on the control panel allows for quick changes to the horizontal discharge direction (the alternative is a hand crank) and to the vertical discharge height (the alternative is leaving the operator position and manual adjustment) all with a single lever.

Tested Model
The Ratings of Cub Cadet 221 LHP 31AM2T6D were applied to untested model Craftsman 88782, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
Cub Cadet 221 LHP 31AM2T6D
Approximate retail price:
$550
Price & shop
About This Brand

Another market leader in snow-blower sales, Craftsman markets single- and two-stage gas models with snow clearing widths of 20 to 28 inches and available electric start. In addition, the Craftsman Professional line features models with snow clearing widths up to 45 inches. Craftsman is made for and sold by Sears and models can be purchased online and in Sears and Kmart retail stores.

Features & Specs - Craftsman 88782
info Engine size 208cc
info Electric start Yes
info Multiple speeds No
info Single hand controls No
info Freewheel steering No
info Single lever chute adjustment Yes
info Headlight Yes
info Heated handgrips No
info Warranty (yrs.) 3
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User Reviews - Craftsman 88782
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4.0
Not bad, but does have a design flaw
2/19/2014
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Fits In Back Of Small Suv
Lightweight
Maneuverable
Throws Far
Uses Less Gas
Uses Less Gas Than Big Ma
Cons
Can't Handle Wet Snow
Best Uses
Use At Multiple Locations
Comment:
This type of snowblower has been around and evolving. I use it to do walks at rental houses because I can lift it and it fits in my Subaru Forester.<br />As for this one, I was alarmed by floppy gas tank mount, but it seems to be ok.<br /><br />The major problem is that the crossbar which supports the chute turner control is secured to the thin tubing by small sheet metal screws. In my machine the bar has already torn out on one side. I solved the problem by drilling through the tubing and securing with a bolt and self locking nut. The genius reponsible for the original design should be fired.<br /><br />But bottom line if you need portability, this type of machine is the only show in town. Cleans and throws well, but it takes a bit longer, you work a bit harder.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
craftsman model 88782
1/12/2014
Pros
Poor Design
Cons
No Air Filter
No Air Filter Carb Dirt
Best Uses
Comment:
no air filter. carb is impossible to clean all the passages after injesting dirt. only solution is to replace carberator. insainly stupid design. have removed my carberator so many times im sick of my snowblower. if i had to do it over again i would not have purchased this sears/mtd manufactured blower. it has the 208cc engine. cant find a modification to install air filter due to design. this means the problem will repeat itself. went online and this is the main fault of all 208cc engines on sears/mtd blowers.(there is no difference except the stickers and plastic shrouds. so frustrating. a nice snowblower that is constantly needing new carberators at 45.00 a year. good thing im a mechanic or the repair would be over 150.00. anybody want to buy it??? its just over a year old...
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Excellent snow blower
2/19/2013
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Lightweight
Maneuverable
Throws Far
Cons
Best Uses
Driveway
Comment:
Bought it on sale at Sears and got an additional discount for using the store card, so the price was attractive. Purchase decision was based on the ratings found on CR and am not disappointed. Used it three times this season in fairly deep snow and it performed very well, cleaned down to the pavement and threw the snow a good distance.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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