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East Berlin, PA
I purchased this when I had clutch issues on 30cc 2-stroke I have had for 5 years. I was looking to try something 4-stroke to see if the added torque would be helpful in thick, tall grass. Today was the first day and you can tell it is new and needing a little break in time as it seemed very "tight" and the cutter head gearing was loud. As I used it for about an hour solid (after a startup, heat up and cool down before actual use), it got quieter and loosened up. It is easily as powerful as my 2-strokes, but idling and worrying about fouling a sparkplug wasn't an issue. Had 2 odd odd stalls coming down from high RPM, but I attribute that to being still tight. So far so good and I am satisfied.
I bought this (I call them weed whackers) from Sears during the last sale, because I really needed a good replacement for another brand (that was not so hot to work with). The extra external start feature and the ease of putting this together was absolutely astounding and very easy. I used the trimmer for about 30 minutes before the first string wore out. I find the string easy to change without much hassle. The starting was easier than I anticipated. Just follow the directions. D NOT FORGET TO PUT IN THE OIL. My model is very well balanced and not too heavy. I have even encouraged my wife to use it. (Smiling) Thanks Sears.. You did well
When I bought this item I thought it would be great. The first one leaked gas and on the second repair visit, they replaced it with a new one. I have used the new one once and I have a puddle of oil in my shed where the trimmer was sitting (none in reservoir). I haven't taken this one back yet, but I'll never buy another one from Sears.
Once upon a time, I was blessed by a friend with a $30 Homelite 2 stroke line trimmer. It worked great, but it took a while to start and only had a single line at the head. It was effective, but not perfect. So when my homelite started acting up, it became time to replace it. Looking at the "modern" line trimmer, I knew I wanted a 4 stroke straight shaft, so I could reach farther into the ditch and under our houses overhang without having to bend all around or climb into the ditch. I also am sick of mixing oil, and have only one more 2 stroke to replace. So why this one? I read the other reviews, and despite some of the lower ratings I took a chance. I got it home, put it together, filled up the oil and gas, and followed the starting instructions. Well, it doesn't stay running on the first fire. No big deal, I'm used to "cold blooded" equipment. But after four or five tries, I was beginning to doubt my purchase. Finally, it stayed running and I started the real test. MAN, IS THIS THING LOUD, OR WHAT?!? What is right... wear hearing protection. Between the gearbox whining and the engine itself, this thing is sure to annoy your neighbors and scare your dog. It's loud. But it works. It works good. Really good, actually. With thick line and full throttle, I was venturing into brush trimmer territory. It slices, it dices, and it's trans-fat free*. Once it's running, and once you're sufficiently deafened by the noise, it's fanastic. Just skip the extra line and get ear plugs.
NOT RECOMMEND: For some reason the crank case vents a MIST of oil to the air filter/carb and the oil is misting from the air filter cover in normal use and will ruin your shirt. You have to keep your eye on the oil level because it vents so much oil it will run out of oil in less than 15 minutes. I got this in the fall and did not use open it till spring and when I asked sears about exchange/returning it I was told you only have 30 days from DOP to return or exchange. Plus I was told it is working as designed. I would pay more for a good unit and am on my way to buy a USA made STIHL for only $100 more than I paid for this Craftsman/MTD POS. I love the trimmer head/Spool design, it is the reason I gave this unit a try.
Having alot of tall grass from recent rains in my yard, I decided to buy a gas weed-whacker. This thing has less power than my electric unit. It binds up and you have to stop and untangle the grass every 10-15 seconds. Thick or viney weeds? Forget about it. This item cannot handle it. If you are just using this to trim your lawn edges, this will work fine. But if you need to cut anything more than 3-4 inches long then I would pay the extra money and get a quality brand.
I bought it about a year ago and have been nothing but pleased and impressed by its performance and power! I cut my entire yard with this when my mower gave out and let me tell you, it eats through the lawn like a hot knife through soft butter! Tons of power, gas only is a plus as well. Well balanced and love that it is adjustable handle. Comfortable and the best weedwacker I have ever used. Very easy to start and use, my 60 year old mom uses it with ease. Two thumbs up craftsman, bravo!!
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Colonial Heights, VA
Fort Wayne, IN
The start system sucks, the unit is very difficult to get it balanced while operating, it puts the term, "Chore" back into working in the yard, and what ever money you thought that you would be saving buy purchasing this trimmer is now going out to pay for a masseuse to deal with your back pain, . . . on a WEEKLY basis! Need I say more?
This is the second Craftsman Trimmer I have purchased. It was given to my son as a gift. He is extremely pleased with this item. Whenever a piece of lawn equipment is needed, I always think of Craftsman from Sears first.
I gave it one star because I had too. My wife bought me this as a gift. It's heavy, unbalanced, loud and the single string issue drives me up a wall. I have 5 hours of use on it and now it will not run. She bought a maintenance contract for it, so I took it back. The Returns Supervisor came out to personally make sure that I understood that it would be a while before I got the trimmer back due to a backlog of trimmers, I laughed. In the mean time my grass is going crazy demonstrating it's growth potential. I am going to get an Ice Coffee and relax....
I purchased this from sears and within one week the pull cord went bad. Also the shaft broke. I bought another shaft and when i tried to start it again the pull cord broke again. This piece of junk belongs in the garbage
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It has broken down 5 times in two years! Loose head,would not start, would not run,after a year they finally changed the trimmer head, then they broke the pull start, and two days after the warranty ran out it will not run properly. Do not buy this.
The ease of purchasing at our Sears Billings store was wonderful. I bought this for my husband for fathers day and he loves it. It is easy to start, easy to operate, lightweight and has plenty of power and is quite. There is also very little vibration, so my husband is totally satisfied with this weedwacker. I had originally purchased a weedwacker on line through **********, but returned it when my son compared them. He said that the Sears weedwacker was a much better deal. My husband recommends it to anyone asking him about it.
Fort Worth, TX
I had purchased two Weedwackers several years ago, and have been pleased with their performance. They are still working well. I was very impressed with the latest features on my third purchase. The visible oil reservoir, the shoulder strap, the aluminum shaft. I have run it through a test run and I truly believe that this will be my favorite. It's engine is quiet and powerful, and the added shoulder strap really helps balance the machine for more ease of use.
I was looking for a replacement of my Troy-Bilt 30cc 2 cycle Trimmer/Brushcutter. A good brushcutting capability was paramount. Troy-Bilt makes a 32cc 4-Cycle unit available at *****. I opted for the Craftsman equivalent because most of my work shop and lawn/garden tools/equipment are Craftsman and I could use the Troy-Bilt attachments. The unit was easy to assemble but impossible to start with the very sparse operating instructions. Returned the unit for another. Again could not start it following the instructions. Had to call the Sears help line twice. Good response and was able to start the unit. It seems to require a lot more priming. Once started it worked up to expectations.The $10. drill attachement starting device is a must.
Coto Laurel, PR