Craftsman 88173 Snow Blower Review
Bottom Line

Experts and owners say a blend of performance and value make the Craftsman 88173 the best two-stage gas snow blower. The four-stroke engine and steel auger are burly enough to clear the largest snow accumulations. Unlike single-stage snow blowers, it works well with gravel driveways. Handling is decent, and this Craftsman model is called well balanced, but the lack of any kind of power steering assist can make turning harder than with some other snow blowers.

  • Powerful enough for wet, heavy snowpack
  • Can handle snow depths to 21 inches
  • Compact size
  • Electric start
  • Can be hard to turn