The Craftsman 88782 is a snow blower available from
The 88782 typically costs
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.
The engine displacement, measured in cubic centimeters for gasoline powered engines. Most manufacturers no longer give a horsepower rating, so engine displacement is now the only universal way to compare relative engine size. Electric motors are stated in amps.
Most models offer a plug-in starting 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 adjusting manually), all with a single lever.
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.
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.
Engine size The engine displacement, measured in cubic centimeters for gasoline powered engines. Most manufacturers no longer give a horsepower rating, so 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 starting device that saves you the hassle of pull-starting the engine, but you need to be near an outlet.
Multiple speeds For two-stage models, most come with multiple forward speeds and two reverse speeds. The ability to vary ground speed according to snow conditions gets the job done faster. Some of the least expensive two-stage models have only one forward speed.
Single hand controls Most two-stage models have individual lever controls on each side of the handlebar: one engaging the wheel traction, and the other for engaging the auger/impeller. This feature lets you hold down both control levers with one hand, leaving the other hand free to adjust the chute controls.
Single hand controls
Freewheel steering For two-stage models, this feature--which usually consists of triggers under each handlebar--disengages either or both the left and right drive wheels for easy, sharp turning.
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 adjusting manually), all with a single lever.
Single lever chute adjustment
Headlight Eases snow throwing at night or in low-light situations.
Heated handgrips While they're inessential and don't replace a good pair of gloves, they're handy for keeping up blood circulation in your hands.
Warranty (yrs.) Manufacturer's stated warranty in years of coverage. In most cases it applies only to consumer use and not commercial use.
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
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By pike and muskie fisherman
from montpelier ohio
craftsman model 88782
No Air Filter
No Air Filter Carb Dirt
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:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Clinton Township, MI
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent snow blower
Clears to the Pavement
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.