2011 Craftsman 24 inch 179 cc Snow Thrower Model 88957 Review. 2011 Best Buy?
This snow blower has been replaced! It was such a good seller that it was split into two models in 2012.
The 1st new model adds the features most people wanted. A longer, better chute and a stronger motor. Go here to read the review of the 24 in Craftsman 88173 Best Value!
The 2nd new model reduces the price. Many people wanted these features on a cheaper snow blower so Craftsman created the 24 in Craftsman 88172 at Sears. It has all the features of this snow blower except single-handed control.
These two new models have quickly become two of the best selling snow blowers ever!
It’s Not The Best Snow Blower. It’s The Best Snow Blower For YOU!
This is the most popular snowblower in the Craftsman line and arguably the most popular snow thrower of all snow throwers sold in the U.S.. It has all the basic features you need like single-handed controls. It is a great, basic, reliable machine. It is just the right size for single and two car driveways up to 80 ft long.
Value: I rate “value” based on the quality of the snow blower, ease of use, the service record, parts availability, the ease of getting your unit repaired and the price. This is the best ”
This is a medium-duty snow blower that will move snow better than any single-stage model on the market. This snowblower is not for everyone, but for most of us this is the right size. In my opinion this snow thrower is just the right size for a 16 by 80 foot driveway. (1-2 cars wide, can park 2-4 cars behind each other)
Service & Parts Availability: Parts are available to everyone. Anyone can order the parts and have them shipped right to your door. Sears has the largest service fleet and will repair your snowblower at your home. The optional 5 year in-home Protection Plan is the best snow blower repair program. It is not an extended warranty. It covers fuel related issues and most wear and tear items. All labor, trip charges, in-home service and questions are covered for the period.
Ease Of Use: Standard chute and operator controls are easy to use. No frills, they just work. Auger lock for one hand operation. Electric Start. The 88957 does not have power steering.
Is This SnowBlower Right For You? Read on.
Customer Satisfaction: Good: The Craftsman 88957 has been around for a while now. Sears.com has over 140 reviews and rates a solid 4 out of 5. Most of the reviews are positive. Note: I read a few reviews where the snow blower works well for a normal snow, but plugs up easily with wet snow. After talking to owners I know I feel this snow blower works just as well as all any other in wet snow.
This snow thrower was the most popular of the Craftsman lineup for 2009 and 2010. It continues to be a solid, dependable snow blower for 2011. It is still one of the best values for 2011. Yard-Man 208cc, 24in, Model 31AM63KE701 at Northern Tool gave this snow blower a real run for the money this year. The Craftsman 88957 won on service and shipping cost.
The Craftsman Model 88957 is designed for medium use and will clear snow quickly. This size snowblower is a great value and the simplicity of the snow thrower makes it a very reliable machine. This snowthrower has just the right amount of features to make it easy to use and last a long, long time.
With a street price around $599 it is probably the best value for the money snowblower on the market.
Is this the right snowblower for you?
Most people will be able to use this snowblower. It is balanced well and easy to use. The controls are simple and basic. It does not have power steering like some of the more expensive Craftsman models and may be hard to turn for smaller people.
If this snow blower seems too big, too hard to turn, if you have a bad back, weigh less than 130 lbs, or are shorter than 5.5 check out the Craftsman 88691 with EZ-Steer at Sears.com. is easier to turn and has more features.
This snowblower will go through a door 26 inches or larger. The 24 inch width and the skid shoes need 26 inches or more. If you regularly use the garage side door or go out the back to clean a spot off the patio this model will easily fit through your doors.
Do you have to put the snow in precise locations? My neighbor has a spot where he has to blow the snow into a 4 foot wide area. This model does not have the 4 way chute control. On this model you can adjust the swing of the chute from behind the unit, but to change how far it throws you have to manually have to move the deflector top. If you need to move the chute a lot or how far it throws look at the Craftsman 88970 Snow Blower instead.
Do you have a beautiful drive or patio? The poly skid shoes will NOT leave brown (rust) marks on your drive. If you have stained concrete or a nice patio this snow thrower won’t destroy it.
Do you clean snow off the lawn for your dogs? If you routinely blow snow off of your lawn (I do this for my Italian Greyhounds) you may like a snow blower with larger wheels. The wheels on the 28957 work well on gravel and hard surfaces, but may not have enough traction for clearing patches of grass. Look at the Craftsman 88970 Review.
This is a medium sized snow thrower with a well matched motor and all the basic features you need.
Here is a rundown of the features and benefits of this workhorse:
Single Handed Operation: You can drive the snow thrower easily with one hand to make adjustments to the chute or change speeds without stopping.
4 cycle, 179 cc Overhead Valve Motor: This Craftsman motor is sized well for the 24 inch clearing width. It has plenty of power to bust through drifts and move most snows. The 4 cycle Overhead Valve (OHV) engine is quiet. The motor is equivalent to a Techumseh 5 1/2 hp and is much more reliable and fuel efficient. (Because of the lawsuits last year none of the engine manufactures will rate their motors in horsepower anymore)
24 inch clearing width: The 24 inch width is wide enough to make short work of average driveways yet small enough to easily go in and out the side door on your garage. You can quickly clear most sidewalks in two passes.
21 inch intake height: The intake is high enough to tackle most normal drifts.
Electric Starter: Of course this Craftsman snowthrower has push button electric start. Just plug the 110v power cord into any wall outlet and push the button.
12 inch serrated auger with 12 inch impeller: The 12 inch is large enough to handle most snowfalls (6 to 14 inch snowfalls) You may have to drop down a gear when throwing heavy wet snow. The serrated auger effectively chews up the snow before throwing it into the impeller.
Glide-Tech Skid Shoes: The reversible polymer skid shoes are designed to last and won’t leave those unsightly brown marks (rust) on your driveway and sidewalks.
6 forward, 2 reverse speeds: Plenty of speed choices so you can get your snow blowing done quickly and efficiently.
2 quart fuel capacity: 2 quarts of fuel is the right size tank for this snowblower.
Remote Crank Chute: The 190 degree chute rotation lets you put the snow in just the right place. You have to stop and reposition the deflector by hand. Simple and it works.
13 inch X 4 inch Tires: The X-Trac Tires provide adequate traction for this size snow thrower.
To Get your Craftsman 24 Inch Two Stage Model 88957 Snow Thrower: You can easily and safely order your new snow thrower here, pick it up at your nearest Sears store or have it delivered right to your home. Most of the Sears stores will carry this in stock but if they are out it will only take a few days to get it from the warehouses.
After you order it online you can pick it up at your nearest store and not get charged for shipping. If you like, you can get your new Craftsman snowblower delivered to your home from the store for a normal charge. Sears has a 14 day price guarantee so you can buy it, watch the sale ads and come into your local Sears and get the difference refunded to you if they come up with a better deal.
NOTE: If you have the snow thrower delivered it will be delivered in a box. If you pick it up at the store they will assume your vehicle is large enough and will keep it in the shipping box.
Assembly is simple: Cut the end out of the box and drag the snow thrower out onto the floor. Find the manual and read the assembly directions. It will only take you about five minutes to position the handles, adjust the skid shoes and attach the chute.
After you use your new snowthrower for a while, come back and tell us how well you like your snowblower. (scroll down for the comment section)
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