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Most Helpful Reviews
My old 15 inch Sears trimmer wore out after 10 years of use. Bought this new 15 inch model. It is so much more powerful than my old Sears unit, so much so, that I'd recommend not using it unless wearing full length jeans. I have cuts on my knees & ankles from flying debris.
The manual calls for long pants boots, gloves, safety glasses...don't operate it without them!!!!!
I have a relatively small yard, but needed to get a new trimmer for this past summer. I was looking at the 4 Amp model, but decided to get this one as it was a little bit bigger with a little more power since I was using it for sidewalk edging as well. It has worked great and I have not had any issues with the product. I haven't had to replace the string yet, but when I do I hope to update my review with how easy or difficult that process turns out.
This is a pretty decent trimmer good sized not too heavy easy to use with many practical options including 2 strings instead of one easy to replace spool as well my mower is broken now so I used this trimmer to "mow" the back yard worked good didnt get too hot tough lil trimmer
West Roxbury, MA
Little Rock, AR
I purchased this 2 years ago and the first year it worked great. Second year, cord kept tangling, melting, and running out at the speed of light. Wasted more time rewinding. After that, the switch does not work. Will not turn on - just clicks. Went back to Sears today and they said they do not repair electric weed eaters because it would be too expensive. At the time I paid over $70.00 for it because I believed in Craftsman. Now, I'm using my old B&D Grasshog which I had for over 10 years. When that finally dies, I will certainly buy another B&D Grasshog.
I would give this item 5 stars if it wasn't for this new dual line spool they are making. You need four hands to install it properly. With a single line it is simple. With this dual line I have taught my neighbors and family new words they have not heard before. Other wise this is a great machine, although a bit heavier than the older models. I have gotten used to that. I do buy a slightly heavier line than called for. The design line is too light and goes too quickly. Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes if you are more patient than me when re-spooling.
I have had this model over 3 years now and Craftsman sure doesn't make them like 10-15 years ago! My biggest complaint is the double string feature which whenever I buy another trimmer IT WILL be a single string. The double string spool is difficult to load (so that it feeds properly), then re-attach to the housing, and then set to feed (and I'm 52 years old and no arthritis). All-n-all, it's a big hassle and not worth it! Just take a look at the "Troubleshooting" section of the operator's manual which I believe can be found on-line. And don't lose the spring that gingerly fits inside the spool or you will be dead in the water. Its very temping to package this "dog" up and mail it to Sear's Board of Directors with a "nice" note. Next time I will thoroughly research trimmers and be prepared to spend more $ for less frustration!!!
I just picked this up and tried putting it together and the bottom guard sits sideways leaving the back partially open for debris to hit you when using. It is also very bottom heavy and nice that it has a rotating handle but you have to stop and fiddle with it every time you want to change positions. The rotating head is a good idea but be careful as the selector button is near the bottom, (unplug it). I've had it with this and am returning it ASAP.
Heber City, UT
Purchased this trimmer from my local Sears store. It was shipped by UPS to my home. Upon arriving and being assembled, it seemed a bit short in the handle. By that I mean it was designed to be use by a midget not a 6'2" person. So instead of just returning it I thought I would give it a try. Should have just taken it back! It's like louder than my 15 year old Weed Eater Ultra light. The line feeder feeds out too much line but it works. The power trigger requires way too much effort to hold it on. It's weighs more than my old gas trimmer. Is awkward to use, for me I was bent over and straining my lower back. Don't believe for a minute that it is an edger also. Cause it is not unless you are a contortionist. Bottom line is this machine is just junk.....not what Craftsmen use to be. Now it seems they are just trying to make a sale and could care less about quality or their customers. Do yourself a favor and buy something else.
Staten Island, NY
I brought the in Winter and didn't start using until early Summer. The trim line keeps getting caught around the center of trimmer each I use it. I though it was me wrapping the wrong way around the spool, so I brought replacement spools pre-wrapped with line. They are getting caught in the same way. I think might be the liner cutter on the side, isn't cutting the trim line and then wraps the extra line around the center trimmer. It's annoying too buy an item and doesn't work way it should. Sears wants me to pay $99.00 for service person to come to my house to fix it but the trimmer costed $39.99 on sale... No way! This Craftsman Trimmer isn't good!!!!
Bowling Green, KY
Powerful motor. String feed is a little touchy but if you keep the head off the ground when it's running, it's not a problem. I needed a backup trimmer while my gas one is in the shop. Worked great. Fighting with an extension cord was expected but this trimmer cuts like a champ.