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    SB270
    This single-stage gas-powered Craftsman has a 21 inch clearing width and comes with electric start.
    Description
    This single-stage gas-powered Craftsman has a 21 inch clearing width and comes with electric start.

    Ratings Scorecard

    Survey Results

    Predicted Reliability

    Predicted Reliability

    Predicted brand reliability ratings are based on estimated problem rates for newly purchased single-stage gas snow blowers, not covered by an extended warranty or service contract, within the first five years of ownership.

     /  5
    Owner Satisfaction

    Owner Satisfaction

    Brand owner satisfaction ratings are based on the proportion of members who are extremely likely to recommend their single-stage gas snow blower to their friends and family.

     /  5

    Test Results

    Removal speed

    Removal speed

    How quickly models could remove snow without laboring; We push single-stage machines as quickly as possible before the machine labors.

     /  5
    Width

    Width

    The snow blower's clearing width, or swath, in inches.

     /  5
    Plow pile removal

    Plow pile removal

    How quickly the snow thrower can remove a simulated pile of snow left by a municipal plow at the end of a driveway.

     /  5
    Throwing distance

    Throwing distance

    How far a model disperses snow straight ahead, left, and right with the discharge chute set for maximum distance. Measured distances ranged from roughly 10 feet to more than 30 feet.

     /  5
    Surface cleaning

    Surface cleaning

    Denotes how much snow the machines left on our blacktop surface after clearing with the skid shoes and/or scraper set for best clearing. The best in our tests leave a thin dusting; the worst leave a relatively thick coating.

     /  5
    Handling

    Handling

    Denotes ease of pushing, pulling, and steering with the engine or motor on and off, along with how straight machines track while clearing.

     /  5
    Noise

    Noise

    Sound pressure measured in dBA at the operator's ear. We measure it to determine the need to use hearing protection during operation. For a rating of less then "good," we strongly advise you use hearing protection.

     /  5
    Controls

    Controls

    Includes ease of discharge-chute adjustment, handle height and comfort, and engine controls and speed selection.

     /  5

    About

    The Craftsman SB270 is part of the Snow Blowers test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Single-Stage Gas Snow Blowers models like the SB270 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

    Removal speed How quickly models could remove snow without laboring; We push single-stage machines as quickly as possible before the machine labors.

    Width The snow blower's clearing width, or swath, in inches.

    Plow pile removal How quickly the snow thrower can remove a simulated pile of snow left by a municipal plow at the end of a driveway.

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