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

Item# 07171120000P | Model# 71120 | Added on November 2, 2011 | Seller:
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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
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by Dansterpower
May 15th, 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.

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by unhappy_cust0mer
September 12th, 2013
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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is weed eater is amazing. Bought it as a gift for my husband he lives using it to get a great finish after mowing the yard. My yard is always getting compliments and people are always asking my husband how he always gets a nice finish. Sorry for any typos I'm using my phone for this rating.

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Don't buy this product


I have had similar problems as others with operating only at full speed with nothing in between also with the over heating, the worst thing is that the air filter cover continually falls off because the screw does not stay tight and I have replaced the complete air filter housing at my own expense and had the same problem. Unfotunately Sears has denied me anything because I have lost my receipt, it was purchased in July of 2014 and is to have a two year warranty, I am still waiting for craftsman to take care of this problem either correct the issue or replace it, it is your product and you need to stand behind it. I'm ready to throw this piece of junk in the trash and just pay more for a quality product. This is a complete disipointment.

20 days ago via
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5 star!


After much research I settled on this Craftsman gas trimmer. I followed the step by step instructions and had no issues starting this bad boy. It is powerful and a clear upgrade from my older trimmer!

February 24th via mobile
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Works well. Exactly what we needed for edging and weed whacking.

February 17th via mobile | The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product
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Heavy duty & professional


I bought this for residential lawn jobs beginning in the fall when the weather was cold. I've used it 3 times since. The trimmer head got kind of hot one time, so that concerns me as I live in Texas. Also, at 5'6", it's kind of big for me when I have to hold it awkwardly in a higher position when trimming some certain lawn areas. I think this is advertised as the "right fit for a tall person", just an FYI, but it is manageable. Other than that, it trims nice and edges the sidewalk area with a professional look - if the lawn was already decently maintained. Has good power and I like the attachment options plus its ability to take remove the attachment easily.

December 29th, 2014 via
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always a reliable product!

December 22nd, 2014 via | The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product
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poor performance


poor performance, not enough power and plastic string breaks frequently. not long enough to finish a short job

December 3rd, 2014 via
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I liked the attachments and power.

November 21st, 2014 via
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two weeks into heavy use


Love it. Easy to start.The optional strap/sling should come as standard
equipment especially when using the brush cutter which I also purchased. My purchase was even delivered to my local Sears store ahead of its expected delivery date.

October 21st, 2014 via
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Excellent - 27cc Straight Shaft Weed Wacker


Had this weed wacker for well over a year now and put it through its paces.

I use it as does my son to do neighbors yards/lawns and have this running - regularly.

We also regularly use the multiple attachments and it continues to perform without a hitch.

Have gone through heavy brush many times, thick hedges etc.. never a problem with power.

Starts on the first pull or two, is quiet compared to many others and is well made.

I've seen bad reviews for they type of head it has - that is just a matter of preference and the heads can be changed anyway.

For me the main thing is if the motor and main unit are reliable & solid and they are.

The only modification I made - just from experience - was to use a couple of zip ties to hold two rubber pads under the gas tank that the unit sits on when you put it down. Many other models are the same - unit sits on on the gas tank and with the use we put them through - we have actually worn through and cracked the tanks in the past.

If you know anything about small engines and how to maintain - treat them - this will serve you well.

Very good unit and great value.

October 20th, 2014 via
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I find that the trim line is not as durable as the smaller fishing line type. I have to change the trim-line after each use.

October 8th, 2014 via | The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product
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Worst Weedeater Ever!


I had a weedeater brand that stopped working this summer after TEN years of flawless service! Rather than repair it (My bad) I put it in the trash and bought this model...THREE times. Each one over heated and I never made it through the front lawn. That's with premixed fuel purchased from sears! The design resembled my old weedeater. But never lived up to it! Both my lawn mowers, push and riding are craftsman and I love them. Sears was also gracious to refund my purchases all three times. I am sad as I would have loved to have a working weed wacker!

October 7th, 2014 via
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Wastes cutter line


Not like all the rest that feed line this takes a measured amount and as it gets shorter, must replace with full length and throw away roughly 50% of good but too short line. Like the new method of no choke

October 3rd, 2014 via
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Good Service-GOOD ITEM


I had to buy a good weed-wacker to get caught up on some overgrowth on my property. This long shaft with the heavy cutting line provided let me wack my way out of the problem. STARTS EZ, RUNS QUIETER than most other units. Routine service and cleaning is a strong point.

October 1st, 2014 via
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2 days and part falls off


Used 2 days and air cleaner/cover fell off. Couldn't find so returned to Sears. Because I had not used it in the first 30 days, sales person and manager would not give new one said they had to send on for repair or order new pat. Need trimmer to prep property for winter, brand new item, Bought 8-23, first used 9-26.Poor product and poor customer service,

September 30th, 2014 via
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27cc 2 cycle straight shaft weedwacker


Have purchased 2 of these before finally getting one that works. So far, so good. Hoping it will stay working right.

September 29th, 2014 via
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Craftsman weedwhacker


Good product, lighter weight than my old one. Starts well.

September 24th, 2014 via
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Head clogs with gress and weeds


September 22nd, 2014 via
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Great product


We purchased this product and was blown away on how easy it was to string the weed wacker. Its very powerful and gets the job done quicker that most weed wackers.

September 22nd, 2014 via | The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product
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This product is marginal at best...


It came out of the box with a broken part. The lever that allows for the blade angle adjustment was broken and laying in the bottom of the box.
The product did NOT appear to be used prior. Breakage likely caused by poor packaging / handling in transit. Difficult to start. On first use for 20 minutes there was no middle speed available. It had to run at idle or full speed, otherwise it would bog and stall. After 60 minutes and when it's quite well warmed up, it will have a middle speed range. Vibration: too much. It causes fatigue and loss of control of the machine after 30 minutes. I will be returning this item and trying another brand. Disappointed in the Craftsman Brand.

September 18th, 2014 via
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May 10th, 2013
I have one also-I needed to check that the spark plug was properly placed, they can become loose during shipping, movement etc, also plug may be out of line in the socket and need to be straightened-very fussy plug placement-they won't spark if they're inserted crooked- Also took awhile to prime mine the first couple of times using it. Flip switch to complete choke and pull the cord a few times, then switch to idle or run can't remember which option was next, but mine has 3 switch place settings and I prime it by flipping the switch from full choke to run/idle and pulling the cord on each flip. Hope this helps. Mine is GREAT still 19 years use...
May 12th, 2013