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    88976
    This two-stage gas-powered Craftsman has a 30 inch clearing width and comes with electric start. It also has a headlight.
    Description
    This two-stage gas-powered Craftsman has a 30 inch clearing width and comes with electric start. It also has a headlight.

    Ratings Scorecard

    Test Results

    Width

    Width

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

     /  5
    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
    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 88976 is part of the Snow Blowers test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Two-Stage Gas Snow Blowers models like the 88976 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

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

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

    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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