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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 3, 2011 | Seller: Sears.com
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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.

Criticism
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by yabusa00
September 8th, 2013
Pitiful

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.

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Sam8902

Runs great after carb adjustment.

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Despite the negative reviews, I decided to purchase it anyway. Used the premixed fuel, let it warm up and it ran terrible, just like the negative reviews stated. Didn't want to idle, would die even in mid-range, would only run well at full throttle. It died at least 15-20 times while trying to trim grass (not weeds) in my yard. I was ready to box it up and take it back to the store. I did some searching on u-tube on how to adjust the carb and make your own carb adjusting tool. I followed the instructions and now it runs GREAT! If it continues to perform well I will keep it. I also discovered that the prices from Sears.com and your local Sears store can vary so check it out first.

17 days ago via sears.com
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rustyalleykat

WeedWacker

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We love this product. We weedwack our yard and my mother's yard every week and have found this product to be powerful enough to do the job easily, quickly and efficiently. It makes doing yard work a pleasure.

21 days ago via sears.com
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NCPHIL

WEED WACKER

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Really does a job on over grown grass. Saves time and money. Pick one up ASAP.

21 days ago via sears.com
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J_J

Good if you buy Speed Start, different string, and over-priced bottled gas

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I got this model as a warranty replacement for a similar model that died after less than 2 years because of a bad carburetor and other issues.

Engine runs fine. Plenty of power. Optional Speed Start is great. I have the drill bit (called Power Bit Start I think). It starts the engine in seconds every time, hot or cold. I hope I never use the pull starter.

Pivoting head is a little awkward to adjust but it works. Adjustable handle seems flimsy. I doubt it will last. The hassle-free head is easy to change strings but it leads me to my major complaint about this model...

I have to change strings 2-3 times to get through my 1/3 acre yard. Edging along concrete, asphalt, or stone eats up the string. Tried the thicker line and it is not much better. I will try to use a different brand string but then I may have to swap out the head.

My last complaint is really about my old trimmer, but it has implications for the new one as well. Gasoline with ethanol (i.e. what most gas stations sell) will cause fuel lines and carburetors to fail very quickly. You can either find a gas station that sells pure gas or buy Craftsman's ridiculously over-priced bottled fuel. It is $7 a quart ($28 a gallon!). Ethanol in gas is not new. Why would Craftsman or any manufacturer sell tools that can't use the gasoline sold at most stations? Only thing I can come up with is that they want to force people to buy over-priced fuel, or risk ruining their tools every couple of years. Either way, Sears makes more money.

So in summary, the trimmer is fine if you buy the Speed Start, swap out the string, and buy ridiculously over-priced gas.

26 days ago via sears.com
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rockit62

Stay Away

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Followed instructions and would not start, right out of the box. Finally started after performing the instruction sequence three times. Then it would not stay running. After restarting five times and working the heck out of the throttle it stayed running. I started to use the trimmer and every time I released the throttle it died.
Check the other reviews on this one and there are many others that had the same problem.
Another thing about it I did not like is that it had that silly single line design. That is very frustrating when you are trying to clean a fence line when the temperature is 97 degrees outside. Bump and feed has always worked for me and that is the only way to go.
I took it back for a refund the next day.

I went to ************** and bought a 27" Club Cadet. The same starting instructions as the Craftsman and it started the first time. I have used all my old Ryobi attachments and it works perfectly.

I have never written a bad review before, but a power tool that does not work properly makes my head explode.

27 days ago via sears.com
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zerasmo

very mad customer

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what a waste of 180 should have been smart and returned it.
but always forgot never worked good, got better results from the ******* brand never again will I buy a weed eater from sears piece of ****

July 29th via sears.com
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NE-Bugeater

Sputter Hound

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The engine has only two speeds. Idle and full throttle. Any thing less and the engine sputters and dies. It vibrates so much that the air filter literally fell off after two months of use.

July 19th via craftsman.com
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rsoileaux

Glad i got it!

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I purchased this even after reading some bad reviews. I had my doubts to be honest but i was in need of a weedeater. To my surprise and delight, it really performed well. This thing has plenty of power. I have used it in really tall grass, over grown flower beds, my front ditch, and it really performed well. I am using the recommended fuel from sears I do recommend getting a strap. It is just heavy enough to need one if you, like me, will be using it for a hour or more. I have used it 3 times now, once a weekend since i have purchased it and it handles everything i have asked it to do. 2 pulls at most to start, i let it idle for a minute or two to warm up and it runs well. Glad i got it!

July 16th via sears.com
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paulduncan

One of the best weed-whackers I have ever bought.

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It starts easily every time, and clears the weeds out in short order.

July 13th via sears.com
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Mike6523

Works good after tuning

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I bought this a couple years ago. I had the same problem as everyone else. It didn't run well and was hard to start. You need to tune the carb. Mine was way too lean. After tuning the carb, it runs great. Very powerful. Very easy to start. You don't have to sit there and let it warm up so it doesn't stall. You still should let it warm up though.

July 9th via sears.com
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Techzn

27 cc WeedWacker

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Very powerful but light weight machine

July 7th via sears.com
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Shilo123

Gas Trimmer

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My husband said this trimmer did a wonderful job of trimming. It has some power.He found it easy to handle and does a close job. Easy to load new line.

June 29th via sears.com | The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product
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Tcoy

27cc 2cycle weed wacker

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Works well with weeds and grass. Thicker areas are no problem

June 27th via sears.com
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Hhomeowner

Returned it after one day...

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I should have known better but I purchased this to replace my old Sears gas weed trimmer which never ran correctly. That machine suffered a failure of the coupling for the attachments. I have several attachments and wanted to be able to use them. So I bought another Sears gas trimmer. It started right up but stalled when the throttle was advanced. It would not run above idle. Returned it to Sears. From my local hardware store bought a popular weed trimmer from Germany. Runs great with no issues.

June 8th via sears.com
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Jensviking

What A Wacker

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It is very powerful albeit a little heavy. Changing line is a simple task. Using the unleaded gas (without ethanol) from Sears should make the wacker last longer.

June 5th via sears.com
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Buddygra

Somewhat disappointed

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The trimmer does not accelerate to full speed very easy. You have to "goose it" to get it up to speed.

June 2nd via sears.com
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jdwebb

Craftsman 27cc Straight shaft gas trimmers

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I bought this Craftsman straight shaft gas trimmer a week ago. I used it once and took it back and got a replacement. I tried that one with the same result as the first. It keeps stalling after 4 or 5 minutes. Can't keep it running. This is pure junk.. The carb does not have a choke and I think that is the problem. Craftsman gas trimmers are no longer good products. Some engineer or purchasing person made a bad decision.

June 2nd via sears.com
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Excellent service

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The weedwacker is great. It performs well and I expect it to give years of service.

May 22nd via sears.com
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thereal1

2nd chance given to Craftsman. Time to move on.

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I followed all steps, and fresh new fuel/oil mix, and the machine would not turn over. I re-injured a back muscles due to repeated repeated attempts. I got it started after 45minutes but it would not stay on. Turned off a minimum of 6 times idling. Not cutting, while idling. I tried using it on some regular common weeds but it wouldnt stay on long enough, it seemed as it was spinning way to slow and the grass would tangle the cutting head. When I went back to return it, I was met with a skeptic attitude and questioned what was wrong with it as my "I'm not satisfied with this product." seemed insufficient to the lady. I will not be buying any other lawn equipment from this store specifically because I do not appreciate the way the "return process" was handled and I , fortunately have options of where to shop and there are many better brands with employees that understand that they eat because people spend money where they work. I went out and bought an Echo trimmer and it started on the first crank and didnt turn off until I turned it off. I should have listened to friends in city depts that use nothing but Echo and Stihl. These brands are used to do city-wide jobs and this clunker craftsman couldnt handle 6inch wispy stragglers. This is my second and last purchase from craftsman and this sears in general. If you might have a slight back problem, steer clear.

May 13th via sears.com
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