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 bought this trimmer last year because it was a Craftsman. I could use it only for a total of about 20 minutes last year and this Spring. It went thru 3 spools in that short of time. The motor is over powered, the cutter is too dull and the line is too thin for the combination of power/design. It dispenses line so fast that it winds itself around the shaft before it can cut the excess line. Sears would do better to stop offering this product. I had to go and buy a replacement after getting 20 minutes and 3 spools out of this poorly designed trimmer.
for homeowner use first 6 months work fine then it started have line feeder problems and it was always getting tangle then the spool would pop out and finally the spring pop out.
I should have taken the reviews at face value because this weedeater is a big disappointment. The first 2 uses were ok, but it sounded like it was tearing up after then whenever it TRIES to advance. There is definitely a design flaw in the line feed because it eats up line like crazy. I had to fill the spool twice and that is unheard of for my yard.
It would appear to be 50/50 on great to poor ratings, perhaps a production issue. Used mine twice to cover about 500' of fence line and garden. Super powerful, cut easily and cleanly...flat out got the job done. My craftsman mower has been in the family for about 10 years, if this trimmer comes within 5 years of use it'll be well worth the $19.99.
At 5'6 the length of the staff is perfect. If an electric cord bothers you, then this is not for you. My yard was treated for weeds but this edged along the house with ease and quickness. No gas. No battery decrease. Working smarter is my motto and the price was rock bottom...clearance.
I have found this to be a very useful tool around the yard. With it being a craftsman I hope it will last a long time. It was a very good price of 19.99.
This is working fine for me. I think for the price I paid this is worth buying...I recommend this product..
I have used this trimmer for my back and front yards, it did the job without any problem and I have refilled the line already and it just kept cutting the grass without problems, I find this trimmers motor very strong and it is easy to use, it does the job very well, I do recommend this product, my back yard alone is 60 ydX30yd.