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Craftsman 88173
 
Approximate retail price:
$680
Summary: This compact two-stage, gas-powered Craftsman snow blower has electric start and a 24-inch clearing width.
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Type: Compact two-stage gas snow blowers
User Reviews
User Reviews

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Great Machine-Great Value
3/3/2014
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Easy To Assemble And Use
Maneuverable
Reasonable On Fuel
Throws Far
Cons
Best Uses
Driveway
Driveway And Sidewalks
Comment:
I agree with all of the previous, positive reviews. <br /><br />One item not yet mentioned is the estimated $680 price versus actual price. Sears has run at least two circulars with a $499 price for this model off of a $750 list price since Thanksgiving.<br /><br />Also, a large snow blower is not something you could easily toss in the truck to take in for service. For $240, I purchased a 5 year on-site repair/replace warranty which is fully refundable in the first two years. <br /><br />I waited to purchase the warranty until after the initial purchase so that I could apply my Sears Points to the warranty purchase price.<br /><br />Very important to lower this unit all the way down on skids or it will not get all the snow.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Great snowblower!
1/5/2014
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Lightweight
Maneuverable
Throws Far
Cons
Best Uses
Driveway
Comment:
Picked it up at Sears in the middle of a significant snow fall. Got home, and in less than 20 min I was up and running and clearing the driveway.<br /><br />Next morning I adjusted the skid feet to clear down to the ground... and now I have a clean driveway! IT Tom me lo ver to vean up for the cold than it did to clear my driveway (about 4 to 6 cars in size).<br /><br />The start was as easy as it gets ( even the recoil start is easy in the cold).<br />The chute is easy to aim, and the self driven wheels make it easy to drive too.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

(22 of 22 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Best Blizard Buddy
2/25/2013
Pros
Clears to the Pavement
Easy to Start
Maneuverable
Throws Far
Very Easy To Operate
Worth The Money
You Go Girl Friendly
Cons
Never Used Flat Tire-
Best Uses
Driveway
Yard
Comment:
I love it. Being a professional female I was really tired of shoveling before I could go to work. I now love going out to do the driveway with my SB except listening to my neighbor who says she doesn't like the blowing snow--It was a freakin blizzard!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
The Craftsman 88173 is part of the Snow blowers test program at Consumer Reports. The Craftsman 88173 Snow blowers features and specs include Multiple speeds, Headlight, Electric start, Heated handgrips, Engine size, Freewheel steering, Single lever chute adjustment, Warranty (yrs.), Single hand controls. In our lab tests, Snow blowers models like the Craftsman 88173 are reviewed on Noise, Overall score, Controls, Handling, Removal speed, Surface cleaning, Width (in.), Plow pile removal, Throwing distance. Consumer Reports subscribers share reviews of the Craftsman 88173 based on personal experience. The user reviews of the Craftsman 88173 include star ratings, pros, cons, best uses, and a bottom line review to help guide your purchasing decision of the Craftsman 88173.
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