FEATURES - 91%
EASE OF USE - 93%
MAINTENANCE - 98%
WARRANTY - 80%
We like the Craftsman Quiet 26 in 208 cc because it is the most quiet dual stage snow blower on the market.
As certain as we are that snow blowers are essential for any homeowner during the wintertime, we can also say that snow blowers are never fun to use. Usually, the more efficient they are, the louder they are. As such, no matter how well a snow blower can get its job done, neither you nor your neighbors can ever look forward to using this machine, since it is so incredibly loud. Nevertheless, it seems that we are now able to put this problem behind us since Craftsman announced that their latest snow blower models are as quiet as can be. However, since Craftsman models are a lot more expensive than your average snow blower, we would like to see something more than just a smooth engine.
Craftsman Quiet 26 in 208 cc is a dual stage snow blower. As such, aside from classic snow scooping auger, it also features an impeller situated behind the auger. The impeller throws out the snow picked up by the auger. The $897.74 is above average, compared to single stage snow blowers, yet it is pretty reasonable for a two stage model. The snow blower is powered by a 208cc 4-cycle OHV engine, which compared to other similar snow blower engines, features improved fuel efficiency as well as a longer lifespan. Furthermore, it doesn’t require mixing gas and oil. The snow blower features a push- button electric start and the engine doesn’t require any time to warm up, not even in freezing temperatures. The snow blower has a 26-inch clearing width and a 21-inch intake height. It is ideal for paved clearing areas but it also works perfectly on gravel areas. It can be used on light, fluffy snow, but it also does an excellent job clearing hard-packed, heavy or wet snow. The product comes with a two-year limited warranty.
The major convenience features of the Craftsman Quiet is its engine which is 24% quieter than a classic 208cc engine. For an easy maneuverability, this model features a zero-turning steering. It features 6 forward speeds and 2 reverse, allowing you to save energy and time by adjusting the machine to your needs. It can be operated with only one hand in order to leave one hand free for making adjustments, thus delivering a quick and event-less snow removal. The start handle can even be easily grasped while wearing mittens or gloves.
It has a modern design with ergonomic handles and a durable, vibrant red finish. The 4 way chute control allows for a 190 degree chute rotation that can be controlled with a user-friendly joystick. The chute has an increased throwing distance and the chances of snow blow backs are very small. In order to be easy to control, even in heavy snows, the machine features 15 in. x 5 in. X-Trac tires. You won’t even have to worry about driveway damages or rust stains, as this machine features innovative Glide-Tech skid shoes.