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Craftsman  27cc* 2-Cycle Straight Shaft WeedWacker™Gas Trimmer.

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Craftsman 27cc Gas Trimmer: Maintain a Lawn You’ll Want to Show Off

The Craftsman 27cc 2-Cycle Straight Shaft Weedwacker boasts an Exclusive 360-degree rotating handle for enhanced comfort and control.  It's equipped with a full-crank engine desgined to reduce vibration and extend engine life. 

Featuring Craftsman's Best starting system with the 2-step choke (simply prime and pull) and Incredi-Pull (pulling the rope easier to start), this unit will start up in seconds.  Also featured is Speed Start technology, which eliminates the pull rope allowing for push-button starting capability using any of the 3 optional starters (sold separately).  A Straight shaft design offers enhanced reach and is more comfortable for taller users.  The Universal yard tool attachment system will convert the trimmer into an edger, cultivator, blower, brush cutter, hedge trimmer, pole saw and many more.  An aluminum hassle-free cutting head is more durable and easy to load with XQ-shaped .110 in. or .130 in. line.  A deluxe guard provides advanced debris protection.

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Product Overview:
Attachment Compatible: Yes
Edger Capable: Yes
Accepts Blade Accessory: Yes
Edge Guide: No
Extra Spool Included: Yes
Shaft Style: Straight
Trimmer Type: Line trimmers, gas
Cutting Swath (in.): 14
Assembly Required: Assembly Required
Spool or Line Part Number: #85908/#85909
Bulk Line Part Number: #85913/#85636
Spark Plug Part Number: 85790
Lightweight: No
Anti-Vibration: Yes
Job Size: Small, Medium, Large
Speed Start Capable: Yes
Color:
Color/Finish: Black, Powder coated steel frame
Power:
Motor CC: 27
Fuel Type: Gas/oil mix
Fuel Tank Capacity (qt.): 0.31
Starting System: 2 Step
Engine Cycles: 2-cycle
Line:
Line Diameter: .110/.130
Line Feed Type: Hassle Free
Line Exit Type: Dual
Warranty:
General Warranty: 2-Year Consumer/10-Year Shaft
Materials:
Housing Material: Resin
Handle Material: Resin
Certifications:
CARB Compliant: CARB Compliant
Dimensions and Weight:
Item Weight (lbs.): 12.75
Shaft Length (in.): 57

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Craftsman 27cc Gas Trimmer: Maintain a Lawn You’ll Want to Show Off

The Craftsman 27cc 2-Cycle Straight Shaft Weedwacker boasts an Exclusive 360-degree rotating handle for enhanced comfort and control.  It's equipped with a full-crank engine desgined to reduce vibration and extend engine life. 

Featuring Craftsman's Best starting system with the 2-step choke (simply prime and pull) and Incredi-Pull (pulling the rope easier to start), this unit will start up in seconds.  Also featured is Speed Start technology, which eliminates the pull rope allowing for push-button starting capability using any of the 3 optional starters (sold separately).  A Straight shaft design offers enhanced reach and is more comfortable for taller users.  The Universal yard tool attachment system will convert the trimmer into an edger, cultivator, blower, brush cutter, hedge trimmer, pole saw and many more.  An aluminum hassle-free cutting head is more durable and easy to load with XQ-shaped .110 in. or .130 in. line.  A deluxe guard provides advanced debris protection.

    • The Craftsman 27cc 2-Cycle Straight Shaft Weedwacker is great for small, medium and large jobs
    • Easy 2-step starting - Simply prime and pull
    • 27cc full-crank engine - Reduced vibration an extended engine life
    • Exclusive 360 degree rotating handle - Provides superior comfort and control
    • Speed Start Technology - Push-button starting with no pulling required
    • Aluminum Hassle Free cutting head - Easy to load with XQ shaped .110/.130 in. line diameter
    • Universal yard tool attachment system - Converts the trimmer into an edger, pole-saw, hedge trimmer, blower, cultivator, power broom and many more
    • Straight shaft - Extended reach and more comfortable for taller users
    • 2-year full warranty protecs your investment
    • 10-year limited shaft warranty

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Praise5 found this helpful
Dansterpower
May 15 , 2012
Buy it?Great Performance and an outstanding Interchangeable Tool
Buy it?Great Performance and an outstanding Interchangeable Tool System I was hesitant to purchase this after reading some of the negative reviews here on Sears. After reading these other reviews, I figured I'd have to spend more money on a Husqvarna or Stihl to get a quality, durable WeedWacker with interchangeable attachments. My 16 year old Craftsman line trimmer developed carburetor problems. I spent $20 trying to fix this old WeedWacker under the assumption that old stuff is built better than new stuff. In this case I was wrong. And the negative reviews were wrong too. This Craftsman 2-Cycle Straight Shaft WeedWacker with full crank is an amazing performer! I love it. I spent about $160 and I feel like I got a great deal and an even better tool. Let me tell you what I like about it. I purchased the drill based version of the "Speed Start." It works great. The WeedWacker fires up in 1 second using this. Amazing! I was blown away! I broke in the new engine for a few minutes alternating between low, mid and full throttle ? this is a good way to break a new small engine in. Then I put the tool to use. Before I tell you how it performed, let me tell you that I shut it off a few times and then used the manual pull-start to fire it back up. From reading some of these reviews here on Sears I thought the unit would be hard starting via the pull start: again, wrong! This top performer fired right up in one or two pulls. Again, I was as happy as I could be. On to performance. This unit has plenty of power. I was very pleased. I cut weeds that were 18 inches tall no problem. I hooked up the optional edger attachment ? The engine had all the power I needed to cut an edge through an inch of dirt. The engine performs fine. Here's why I think some people have problems with these WeedWackers - it's two things really: 1) they don't let the engine warm up before using it and 2) they don't pay attention when squeezing the throttle. It's important to let a small 2-cycle engine warm up both for proper performance for the life of the engine: a lot of professional landscapers and arborists actually use a pyrometer to make sure line trimmer and chain saw engines are warm enough before subjecting them to load. Google this topic and see for yourself. The second point deals with learning how this particular engine responds when you squeeze the throttle: there is a quarter second lag when you gas it from idle. All one has to do is squeeze a bit slowly at first to gently move the engine beyond this lag, then it really takes off and runs powerfully and steadily. The 'hassle free head' will take some getting used to. My 16 year old Craftsman WeedWacker had a bump head. It was nice because I could advance more line when I needed it. This is nice because when I am edging around concrete and curbs I go through a lot of line. With the hassle free head I have to stop and add line, but this only takes 10 seconds and the hassle free head is much more durable. I will use the hassle free head when I am in the weeds and not near concrete. I want a bump head too but I am not going to buy the curved shaft with bump head add on. Instead, and because I am so impressed with this unit, I am going to buy another Craftsman 2-cycle with a straight shaft bump head. This will give me an extra engine and an bump head for about $60 more than the cost of the bump head curve shaft add-on. So to sum up, this is a very high-quality, easy-starting, impressive Craftsman tool ? I like it so much that I have ordered the optional blower, tiller, pole saw and hedge trimmer. It's a keeper and I want all the add-ons for it. I will be using this system for a long time. Because it's from Sears I will always be able to order replacement and repair parts. Buy this WeedWacker ? learn how to start it, warm it up, maintain it. Then practice learning throttle response and how to ease it into tall weeds. If you follow these steps you add operator expertise to what I think is fine lawn tool. I love this WeedWacker. Five Stars! Thank you Sears.
Criticism5 found this helpful
barefoot28
Jul 2 , 2013
no zero stars
the head is junk. shaft design allows grass to bind shaft causing failure of gears. replacement costs as much as new trimmer which is not available. like string design but need to use .13 or replace frequently.
 

D.S.

Grand Junction, CO

Oct 26 , 2013
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Craftsman 27cc* 2 cycle straight shaft weedwacker gas trimmer

He likes this trimmer not as loud as the other, does a great job, easy to change-out line.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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soldier54

Goddard, KS

Oct 19 , 2013
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Just to hard to start....

Item has got good reviews but I have had trouble with this Trimmer. Very hard to start. I had Blisters before I finally gave up.


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cuffer

Collierville, TN

Oct 15 , 2013
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27cc straight shaft non weedwacker

From the first day I bought it seems it has never run correctly. I have the edger attachment and it doesn't have enough power to turn the edger.


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blm1247

Clearwater, FL

Oct 13 , 2013
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very good for the $

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Mears

Ocala, FL

Oct 5 , 2013
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It was easy to start

I read that people had trouble with the grass clogging around the head but I figured I would give them a chance and found to my disappointment that the reports were accurate. I was stopping way too often to clear the clog. If you use it only for lawn grass it would be fine but any tall wiry grass just doesn't work...I am disappointed.


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marco706

Marco Island, FL

Sep 28 , 2013
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very poor "craftsman" quality, very poor customer service

very hard starting..and...if you can get it to start it will stall out. returned it to sears for "repair or replace" in-warranty service. called sears service 800# and could not get a stright when i would it back. the shaft rusted after 6 months and i had to sand it and re-paint it with rust-oleum.


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TJH8467

Akron, OH

Sep 27 , 2013
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Will Not Stay Running

I have always had good luck with Craftsman products, but this one sucks. There is NO choke. The instructions say to prime 15 pushes. This floods the unit and fouls the spark plug.


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flmower

Melbourne, FL

Sep 12 , 2013
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so far so good

fresh out the box it looks good. i wouldn't want any less power. seems just enough juice for my large lot. i went through 2 strings while doing my first trim, but if it had a spool, I don't see this as being a problem, or excessive, though just keep in mind that you will have to manually change the string, and not just tap the end. (just takes a minute to refill). after extensive research, the reason I went with the craftsman was the extended warranty. spend the extra $40.00, and have pice of mind, drive the thing into the ground (you know you will) and they cover everything. (for the record, I don't ever buy warranties.). Will update after I run it through it paces.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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unhappy_cust0mer

Inwood, WV

Sep 12 , 2013
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poor quality/poor service

I used this weed eater for two days, until the plastic trigger broke off inside the shaft. I tried to return the item for a replacement, but by the time I found my receipt and made the 40 mile drive to the store, the 30 day return policy expired by 10 days; so it was sent in for repairs. I had purchased this item back in June. It is now September, and I still do not have a weedwacker that I purchased from Sears. I really regret purchasing this weedwacker. First, I only got to use it for two days this season. Second, the quality was just not there. Long grass would get tangled up in the shaft, and the trimmer line would wear down when cleaning up the grass along the curb. I really miss having a spool feeder. What is most disappointing has been the long service delays and poor customer service.


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yabusa00

Cochran, GA

Sep 8 , 2013
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Pitiful

Don't waste your time. Been using craftsman weed trimmers since 1980. Each design gets cheaper. I purchased this unit got it home put together and liked the look and feel. Put the 3.2 oz of oil to 1gallon of fuel and unit would idle and run high speed but no mid range. Ran it hour or so and no change. Took it back to Sears store and exchanged it for another of the same model and bought the pre mixed fuel. Got this unit home assembled it put the pre mixed fuel in it and had the same results as the first unit, needless to say I ran it full throttle thinking it would correct it self. It ran hot and blew up. Took back to Sears and got a refund. Did have a positive experience with the sales associate he was very professional, Thanks Freddy. I now own my first Husqvarna and problem solved. Just hate that Craftsman is headed downward.


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