Craftsman’s snow blower, like any technique, has its own characteristic features, advantages and disadvantages. If you choose on this manufacturer, it is recommended to get acquainted with the nuances.
Craftsman snow removal machines are widely used not only by country areas, but also communal services. And this is justified, because the technique from Craftsman reliable and durable. This is how the representative has proven itself, for many years, delivering high-quality equipment to the market.
Most of the Craftsman models belong to the category of self-propelled gasoline units.
Their power turns out to be enough to remove not only freshly fallen snow, but also stalled or exploded. Snow masses are collected in the bucket due to the gear metal screw. In the future, this snow moves to the back and ejected out through a special chute. As a rule, the position of the gutter and the range of emission can be adjusted under their needs.
The characteristic feature of Craftsman snowplows is in the wheel lock system. So, fixing one wheel in place, you can quickly deploy a snow blower. In addition, these machines are often reversible, that is, they have the function of the reverse. There are both tracked and wheeled models in the ruler.
Advantages and disadvantages
The obvious advantages of snow removal techniques Craftsman include the following.
- Durability and reliability. Craftsman snow blowers have reached the ratings of the best models in the Russian market. This is largely due to the fact that consumers are satisfied, as these aggregates serve them.
- Excellent service. Craftsman offers the owners of its technology warranty service, and also advises in detail on issues arising during operation.
- Wide line of snowpots. There are aggregates both with a single-stage cleaning system and two-stage. The second group is often used by municipal services, since such machines can clean the large territories.
- Ability to operate in difficult weather conditions.
- Structure Shnec. The existing jar crumples snow and ice, as a result of which after one or two passes, you can fully clear the platform.
- Durable chute and bucket. They have a special protective coating that protects them from mechanical damage.
However, there are also its cons. First of all, we are talking about fuel consumption. Craftsman technique can not be called economical, and the more aggressive snow mass (for example, if it is compacted or zaled), the more fuel consumed.
Further, models for household use cannot cope with too high snowdrifts – they are not calculated for it.
There are various patterns of snow blowers who are popular with the Russian consumer. These include those that are not already issued and not sold, but they can be bought from hands (for example, Craftsman 88690). It makes no sense to tell about those models that are no longer produced, so it is worth focusing on modern samples.
Instructions for use for each specific model can be found on the official website of the manufacturer.
This model is the cheapest of existing today, but not worse. The unit refers to samples with a two-stage cleaning system. The width of the capture of him – 61 cm. Engine power – 5.5 liters. with. This is enough to clean the middle area.
Moves craftsman 88172 with wheels. Self-propelled model. For the convenience of the operator there are eight gears: two rear and six front. Switching them, managing equipment operator can choose the optimal snow retarder movement speed.
Metal chute and auger guarantee uninterrupted work even if any small garbage or ice block falls into the bucket. but You need to be careful with stones: there is a risk of damaging blades. The gutter is adjustable manually – adjustment from the control point is not provided.
Snow removal weight – 86 kg. Retail price on average is 60 thousand. rubles.
This machine is not very different from the previous. The difference consists only in power. If the previous sample, it was 5.5 liters. with., then this is already 7.5 liters. with. This means that the territory that can be removed using Craftsman 88173, one and a half times more.
Self-propelled snow removal machine, moves with wheels. The engine is equipped with an electric starter. Be careful and do not connect Craftsman units directly to the electrical network! The fact is that they are adapted for the European market, where the standard voltage is 110 volts. In Russia, you need to use a voltage converter, otherwise you risk that the motor will be closed due to too high voltage.
The machine has eight gears, six of which are.
Auger and chute for snow emissions are made of metal. Gutter is adjustable manually. The snow blower has a two-step cleaning system, so that it will read the surface quickly and efficiently.
Weight is 75 kg, and the average price is 62 thousand. rubles.
Snowplow Craftsman 88970 has a large snow grip width. Here it is 66 cm. The power remained the same – 7.5 liters. with. In this case You can remove the territory of Halfgextar, In this case, cleaning will be made faster due to the increased width of the capture.
As in other models, there are the same eight gears here – two years ago and six forward. A screw and a pipe for snow emissions are made of metal. However, the model 88970 appears a new feature – the ability to adjust the position of the gutter using the controls located at the operator location.
A gasoline engine with an electric starter is 110 V. Two-stage cleaning system, so well suits for domestic, and for utility. Weighs the device 97.5 kg. Its value in the Russian market in the area of 73 thousand. rubles.
Snowplow is equipped with a two-stage cleaning system. And auger, and snow emissions chute made of metal. A little different power of the gasoline engine. In this case, it is 7.8 liters. with. – a little more than the previous models.
Snowpressor has standard eight gears. There is a convenient engine blocking system from a juro. You can easily block one of the wheels and make a spread of a snow blower practically in place. This circumstance significantly increases the aggregate maneuverability and simplifies the management of them.
Snow emissions gutters exclusively manually. As for the launch of a snowy cleaning machine, there is a manual start system here, and the electric starter. Do not forget about the mandatory connection of the voltage converter from 220 to 110 B before turning on Craftsman 88691 into the outlet.
The weight of the device is 102 kg. Retail price – 76 thousand. rubles.
This kind of snow blowers has increased grip width and greater power. So, the width of the snow capture here is 71 cm, and the maximum power is 9.5 liters. with. At the same time, the average capacity on which the unit can work in Russian realities is 8 liters. with.
Standard number of gears – two back and six forward.
Gutter and auger made of metal. Setting the position of the gutter and the snow emission range is adjustable from the operator panel. There is a manual and electric starter, designed for voltage 110 V.
The car is self-propelled. There are additional features in this model, which are not in the previously considered modifications. One of them is the ability to control one hand. And there is a halogen headlight so that it is more convenient to clean the snow in the dark, without fear of the rapid end of the day, which in the winter is extremely short.
Snowflower weight Craftsman 88395 is 108 kg. The retail price indicated on the official website is 90 thousand. rubles.
Self-propelled wheel snow retarder model 88396 has maximum engine power 13 liters. with. A screw in this case is made of metal, and the chute emission – from frost-resistant plastic. However, this should not repel potential buyers, since due to the power of the engine, the snowy mass is grinding so much that it does not remain large parts that can damage the pipe for snow emissions. Gutter adjustable, turning angle is 180 degrees. Gutter adjustment is made only by electronics, that is, manually adjust it will not be able to.
Snow capture width is 76 cm. Snow blowers with such an indicator safely can be used to clean the streets, roads, sidewalks. Gears, as in the other Craftsman models, traditionally eight.
The model is equipped with an additional feature:
- There is a headlight to simplify work in the dark;
- Snowplow can be controlled using only one hand;
- There is a knife for trimming, which helps to clean the platform completely after the first passage.
The mass of the mechanism is 110 kg. Retail price keeps at 112 thousand. rubles.
The most expensive and powerful car in the entire assortment line. It differs from the previous only power (14.5 l. with.). In addition to additional features as the presence of headlights, a knife for trimming snow and the possibility of controlling one hand, there is heated handles, making work with a more comfortable technique. Weight model – 150 kg, and cost – 150 thousand. rubles.
All Craftsman technique, if it is found on the street, must be thoroughly cleaned from snow and stored in protective covers. Then she will serve faithfully for many years.
How to act when problems occur
In the official operating manual, there are not only tips, how to maintain equipment (for example, how to replace the oil in the gearbox or is it possible to pour different types of oil into the engine), but also instructions what to do if there is a breakdown. Judging by the reviews, the most problematic parts – carburetor, spark plug and strap for a screw drive. Replace them need original details. If you do not have the confidence that you can repair on your own, it is recommended to contact the service center.
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