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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
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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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Nice and smooth

This wacker cuts the toughest California grass. Easy to start. Did not give up on me for now...

8 days ago via
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Was a gift for my husband..... He loved it!

10 days ago via
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Just ok

Unit gets hot quickly and shuts down. Vibration is intense.

27 days ago via
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craftsmen weedeater

I was having trouble starting my weed eater(another brand).No matter what I tried the weed eater did not start when I needed it.So, I purchased a craftsmen and it starts all the time . It is also light enough but strong enough so that I have decided to buy more attachments for it.

28 days ago via
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Good product

This is my 3rd WeedWacker from Craftsman and they are very dependable.

28 days ago via
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Weed eater 4cylinder

Love it.

June 20th via
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Weed Whacking

Just purchased this whacker and it is different than the 31cc Craftsman that I was use too. It seems to get the job done, just not as much power. I haven't yet put it to the test of using the pole saw attachment and cutting a ton of limbs. The option of the easy start tool seems pretty cool but, for now it's easy to start by priming and using the pull cord.

June 7th via
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Weed Wacker Plus

Good Speed and will do the Job

June 3rd via | The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product
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new WeedWacker

Easy to set up and use- love it!

June 1st via
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This edger gives me the edge

I wanted the convertable weed trimmer in order to be able to use the various attachments. This is my second one and I bought it because of the advancements in design in recent years. The easy start, without a manual choke, and the starting feature by using a drill and Sears accessory part were instrumental in my decision. My only suggestion would be for Sears to offer this lawn tool with no attachment. I already had the trimmer from my previous tool, and now have two of them. A very good product, as usual, from Sears.

June 1st via
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so far, great

put the recommended pre-mix gas in as soon as i got it home. followed the directions to start it(pump 15x, pull throttle, pull cord) started on 2nd pull. i cut my alley first, since that was the true test. it cut through everything, including 2 foot tall crab grass, many tall dandelions, and the rhubarb someone planted back there. the rhubarb had gotten to be about 3 foot in diameter and the same high. anyone who doesn't know, the stalks are about 1/4 in to 1/2 in thick. this trimmer did wonderful. i turned it off to see how hard it may be to restart, and it started after 1 pull without using the throttle. this is the first day, but if i have any issues, i will update. luckily, i know how to properly use and take care of the new smaller engines(they require care), so i don't think i will have anything to report in the future except good things

May 29th via | The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product
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One Use....Easy Start.....Power to boot!!!

I recently purchased this item and was very hesitant to do so considering the negative reviews, but the more I researched the top brands I begin to see recent negative comments about them as well (let's face it no one is really making quality anything like they once did; it's all about profit and cost savings. If you only bought a trimmer every 20 years they wouldn't make enough profit and how many people would be out of jobs?). I took the unit out of the box, used the SEARS pre-mixed 40:1, primed by pushing 20 times ( i add a couple of weak pushes so I overcompensated), and the the thing was off and running. I bought this trimmer because my Troybilt 25cc died on me after a handful of uses two years ago (plus I had the TrimmerPlus edger attachment and didn't want to purchase another) and I hate using my wife's electrical Ryobi. We have a pretty large lot and this thing knocked out the edges in no time. It's loud and after I was done with gloves my right hand felt numb and tingled but my yrad finally had a professional looking edge!

I will update once I've gotten more edging and weedwacking out of the unit. So far I have no complaints but it's early and people still need jobs so I won't be terribly upset if after my 3 year extended warranty I have to purchase another unit.

May 14th via
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Weedwacker Trimmer

Believe this item to be a good product. Not to light but not too heavy. Would have preferred it to have had spool trimmer line instead of precut pieces.

May 14th via
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New weed wacker

I got this one to go with my 4 cycle as a back up

May 12th via
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Hesitates and/or dies when throttling up

Starts fine, even though 15 prime pumps is 5 more than my 20 plus year old 32cc Craftsman. Not enough power for my taste. This is my 2nd one of this model and BOTH have had the problem of stalling or quitting altogether. Taking this one back, also. Will upgrade for more power. Tired of this foreign **** being passed off as American!!! Craftsman used to mean quality. Good thing y'all still have a good return policy or I would definitely go elsewhere!

May 7th via
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Don't waste your money

This trimmer went in twice under warranty for the same problem. The spinning metal shaft that drives the cutting head breaks! If that is not aggravating enough, the trimmer is way underpowered, despite it's 27cc motor. It bogged down all the time. You will be disappointed if you buy this. Bite the bullet and pay a little extra for a Stihl.

May 6th via
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Gearbox issues

Bought and 3 months gearbox overheated and stripped. Ordered replacement part - same issue in two weeks.

May 6th via
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easy start,easy line change

May 5th via
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What a piece of junk!

I recently purchased the Craftsman 27cc* 2-Cycle Straight Shaft WeedWacker Gas Trimmer and immediately encountered several problems.

* It will not cold start with the pull cord, even straight out of the box. I ended up using starting ether or the electric start kit. The electric start kit is sold separately, and is essentially a right-angle electric drill with a special bit that fits into the engine. Once the engine does start and warms up, it seems to start OK afterward with the pull-cord, but if it cools off, you are back to square one. That means if are working a long way from an electrical outlet, you are out of luck.

* It only worked for about six weeks before it failed to start at all. After running the equipment off and on over that time frame, it became harder and harder to start, until eventually, it wouldn?t start at all.

* The cutting head sold with the unit is not a bump-head cutter. Instead, it uses some plastic inserts that wear down quickly and need to be replaced often. To change the inserts, the engine must be stopped, which in turn, cuts into time that should be used cutting weeds. Overall, the cutting head design is just plain wimpy and cumbersome to use.

* The unit has a large hex nut that sits on top of the cutting head, and when cutting tall weeds, it tends to suck in the weeds and wrap them around the shaft until it stalls the engine. Once again, the engine must be stopped while you cut off the weed clog. In short, the design is useless for trimming heavy weeds.

In the end, I found that I spent more time trying to get the engine started, fooling with the cutting head, and cleaning weed clogs, than I spent cutting grass. In no way is this a productive tool. Moreover, I was only able to use the tool for six weeks before it quit working completely. As it sits now, it won?t start at all without taking it to a shop to rebuild the carburetor, and as it sits now, it is little more than a boat anchor.

Overall, I think this unit is a disgrace to the Craftsman brand and Sears should be ashamed of pushing this kind of trash onto its customers. It leaves me to wonder if the people who designed this unit ever bothered to test it. Moreover, at this point, I have serious doubts that those same engineers are even capable of building a reliable machine.

Overall, a bad design and poor quality.

April 26th via
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November 3rd, 2013
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We purchased craftman gas trimmer on 3/23/12. It has not work properly since we purchased and now will not start. I did all the trouble shooting.
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
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