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Sears 15 inch Trimmer
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!!!!!
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This Craftsman trimmer eats trimmer line like candy.
So I bought this based on the reviews. Bad idea.
Trimmer size and body - 1 star
This trimmer shaft is not long enough and I have to bend over while using it. (I'm 6'4" so this is just the nature of life sometimes, but this trimmer shaft is seriously short, and yes it was fully extended). It's easy to rotate to edging mode, not that it matters (more about this later). Trigger requires a fair amount of travel to engage the motor, but seemed a little flaky, being easy for it to slip and lose engagement stopping the motor. Built in cord strain relief was ok, the large guage extension cord I was using was a tight fit and didn't work great with it but it was ok. The plug required the prongs to be bent slightly for the extension cord not to fall off.
Bump feed - 0 stars
It is so much harder to load trimmer line into than my last trimmer (low to middle end gas, another brand). It feeds a couple feet of trimmer line if you look at it funny. Seriously, if you just barely tap it on something, it feeds a lot of line. When it feeds the line the ends get snipped off and come flying at my legs at high speed which stings even when wearing pants, and draws blood when not wearing pants (wear pants!). I had to reload trimmer line a little more than once per trimming session. My yard is about 0.3 acres, not a corner lot, it has a sidewalk on the front and a patio in the back, with maybe 50 feet of mow strip around the landscaping. It's not that big a job to use so much trimmer line. The line easily gets tangled on the (cooling?) fins on the top of part containing the wound line. I have used over half a roll of trimmer line (maybe 100ft package?), having used the trimmer for a total of 4-5 hours.
Edging mode - 1 star
Rotating the head to edging mode makes the thing very awkward to hold and I couldn't find a good position for it. It doesn't really matter though, because the line is used up so quickly it no longer reaches to do the trimming work. Then you have to rotate it out of edging mode to safely use the bump feed and rotate it back to edging mode. Forget that.
Motor - 3 stars
The motor seemed pretty powerful for this kind of trimmer.
Summary - 1/2 star
I have used the trimmer maybe five times so I feel like I have become used to how it works and none of these problems has gotten better. This was a waste of money and time and I'm going to go buy something else. My last trimmer was gas and lasted about 8 years. It was easy to change the oil (4 cycle engine) and easy to load the line. It could handle higher thickness line which lasted much longer and the bump feed was just about perfect. I think it cost $250-300 and I added a $50 edging attachment which worked well. Why didn't I buy another one of those? I'm kicking myself for "saving money" and buying this $40 horrible horrible Craftsman trimmer.