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Accessories Not Included............................
on September 17, 2011
Well you're probably wondering about the title for the review..................Usually I heed a warning from reviews but on this snowblower/thrower they were mixed 60/40 so at the price I got it for I figured I'd take the chance. WWWWWRRRROOOOONNNNGGGG !!! It's a good thing my girlfriend got me a really nice Dremel for my birthday because I needed it for this Murray. Like some of the other reviewers on here I got a machine with an Auger that was too large for the housing so you will need to either waste 2 hours of filing or use a Dremel to shave at lease a 1/4" or more from the bottom part of the housing. The motor ran ok but I think for a Briggs and Stratton machine it should run smother and not feel like it wants to jump off of the frame.
If you are going to buy this machine and you end up getting one with the Auger to big for the housing, do yourself a favor and don't fill the engine with oil or gas. You will have to tilt the machine back to grind or file down the plastic housing and when you right the machine and start it it will blow out dark clouds of oil for a few minutes if you pre filled it. The easiest way to see if the Auger Blade is going to hit the housing; with the engine OFF and the spark plug disconnected turn the Auger by hand one full revolution and you will be able to clearly see and hear if the center paddle hits the bottom of the housing.
For what its worth the machine did start right up on the first pull. If you don't feel like reading the directions just know that it only takes 2 pushes to inject the gas into the carb and off you go.................But you should really read the manual before operating any new machine.
Last thoughts? It's not worth what they're asking for the machine because of the likely drama that will ensue once you take it out of the box...............For a $400.00 dollar price tag it should be no muss, no fuss..............
I'll let you know in the Winter how it throws snow.