Septemeber 28, 2011, Walk-behind snowblowers and lawnmowers will continue to be serviced by John Deere dealerships but new ones will no longer be sold after the existing stock has been sold. I recommend you look at the Snapper snow throwers if you want a direct match to the existing John Deere’s or look at Craftsman snow blowers if you want the best value in the industry. Northern Tool and Lowes.com also carry great snowblowers.
The 1332PE compares to the Craftsman Professional 357 cc 33 inch 2 Stage Snow Thrower Model 88835. The Craftsman has all the features of the John Deere Snow Thrower plus a bigger motor, an extended chute, wider cut, poly-tech glide shoes, and a 4-way chute control for a street price of about $500 less.
Powerful 4-cycle OHV Briggs & Stratton Snow Series MAX Engine with 16.50 ft-lbs gross torque power
32-inch clearing width
Free hand control for easy chute rotation
Push button 110V electric start standard
Recoil start with large mitten grip
Quick Turn drive system; single trigger locks one wheel while other turns
Friction disk drive with 6 forward/2 reverse speeds
Aluminized Super Lo-Tone muffler for reduced noise
Cast iron gear case
Steel auger with serrated flighting
Deluxe console and handlebar design
Large chute opening for increased snow capacity
Electric chute rotation with 200-degree turning radius
Remote chute deflector
Heavy duty, reinforced frame and auger housing
Heated handgrips with two settings
Offset halogen headlight for better visibility
Drift cutters standard
Heavy-duty, heat-treated, reversible skid shoes
4-quart fuel tank
Fresh Start® fuel cap standard
16-inch by 6.5-inch X-Trac tires
2-year consumer warranty, 1-year commercial warranty
This product is CARB compliant
The John Deere Promise is not available on this product
List price: $2,399.00* (U.S.)
*Manufacturer’s suggested price. Taxes, freight, setup, and delivery not included. Optional accessories and attachments not included. Equipment, models and prices may vary by dealer. Product options and accessories may not be available in all regions. Offers valid in the United States. Prices in U.S. dollars.
Product features subject to change. Please contact your local dealer for more detailed information.
The 1332PE has a metal discharge chute and a 4 quart fuel tank, otherwise there is nothing special about this machine. In my opinion the Craftsman professional snow blower is a better machine. The Craftsman is bigger all around, heavier, wider, more power and a better value. This Deere snow blower does have a cast iron auger gearcase and electric chute control. This Deere snowblower does have a good reputation from the owners, but is it worth an additional $500 over the Craftsman Professional 357 cc 33 inch 2 Stage Snow Thrower Model 88835?
What is really interesting to me is the Craftsman has a 90 day no questions, return policy…….the John Deere is not eligible for the 30 day John Deere Promise (30 day money back guarantee)
Craftsman has in-home service available for their product. It is unclear from the literature if John Deere will repair your snow blower at your home.