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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 June 30, 2012 | Source: | Available At 3 Sellers
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Craftsman club price: $137.74
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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
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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 chadmar
March 15th, 2013
27cc 2 cycle straight shaft weed wacker

Bought the same model from Sears two years ago. We have an acre so we need a heavy duty weed eater... I rate the unit acceptable. However, I rate Sears service marginal! Why? Since the unit has a detachable weed eater attachment, one would think that Sears would make it possible for a customer to buy another weed eater attachment instead of making me buy the whole unit every time the head gears wear out as happened on my unit. I found a solution ( after I purchased the whole unit again) . I found and purchased a "universal string trimmer attachment" for $59.95 - I believe that it is manufactured by Toro. It fits the Sears motor and works just fine. Sears needs to change its merchandising and be more responsive to what its customers really want to buy, not just sell what is easy and most profitable. I know of serveral people that have had the same problem with the string trimmer attachment wearing out well before the motor. Sears thinks we will all have to come back ...

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November 3rd, 2013

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.

October 26th, 2013 via
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anneka krumme

trimmer is a+

Best trimmer for weeds . For lawn and so much more than you can trim. There's a button for any mum to use in easy ways .

October 25th, 2013
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October 20th, 2013

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.

October 19th, 2013 via
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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.

October 15th, 2013 via
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very good for the $

October 13th, 2013 via
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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.

October 5th, 2013 via
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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

September 28th, 2013 via
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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.

September 27th, 2013 via
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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.

September 12th, 2013 via
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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.

September 12th, 2013 via
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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.

September 8th, 2013 via
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September 7th, 2013 via
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started just fine when first out of box. second time starting took 30 minutes of pulling to start. third time i have tried starting it i spent almost an hour and it will not start. says Incredi-Pull? design reduces starting effort with a slow, smooth pull. must be talking about pulling your arm out of socket. taking it back.

September 6th, 2013 via
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very disappointed

I was replacing one that I loved and bought back in 1997

September 5th, 2013 via
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Bad Design

The grass kept wrapping around the bolt at the bottom of the trimmer and completely stopping it. This happened every time I used the WeedWacker. I feel it is a major design flaw.

August 28th, 2013 via
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why all the negitive reviews ??

This trimmer started the frist pull, lots of power cust thru some pretty ruff stuff very fuel eficent. I run 89 octaine gas with the sears fuel stabilezer never have had problems like all the other people have.A very good and easy to use product, the no hasel line is great.

August 28th, 2013 via
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it looked good and easy to installed. but it did not idle right. my 90 days already past to make an exchange even though it was never used after trying it out for the first time. if you do order this item don't make the same mistake.

August 26th, 2013 via
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Dont bother

Runs to lean from factory. They have to meet EPA specs.I adjusted it after break in, lots of power for everything i do. The bearing in the line head failed after 3 WEEKS !!!! Sears !!!!!!! Get you head and a** wired together, this set up is LOUSY, go back to the old gear driven line head and you will have a decent machine.

August 25th, 2013 via
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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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