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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:
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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 yabusa00
September 8th, 2013

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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Sputter Hound


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.

17 days ago via
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Glad i got it!


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!

20 days ago via
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One of the best weed-whackers I have ever bought.


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

23 days ago via
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Works good after tuning


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.

27 days ago via
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29 days ago

27 cc WeedWacker


Very powerful but light weight machine

29 days ago via
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Gas Trimmer


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 | The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product
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27cc 2cycle weed wacker


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

June 27th via
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Returned it after one day...


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
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What A Wacker


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
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Somewhat disappointed


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

June 2nd via
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Craftsman 27cc Straight shaft gas trimmers


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
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Excellent service


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

May 22nd via
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2nd chance given to Craftsman. Time to move on.


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
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The build quality seemed ok on this trimmer, however looks don't really help when actually wanting a useful tool. Straight off it was fairly hard to start, the fact this thing doesn't have a choke is pretty stupid. Once running it took several minutes of warming up before it ran somewhat smoothly. I was never once able to achieve full throttle the 3 times I attempted using the trimmer, anything beyond about 60% throttle and it just bogged...sounded like I was towing 10,000lbs up a 30% grade in my 1/2 ton pickup truck. Also, the trimmer head was very unstable looking and it made quite a bit of noise like it were loose. I adjusted the idle and everything according to the manual, tried fresh 2 cycle mix...nothing helped it run correctly. Returned a few days later and bought a Husqvarna that is 100 to 125% better.

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May 13th via
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had to buy it


i fired the ol girl up and works beatufull

May 4th via | The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product
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Not bad


This trimmer has the fastest pull start I've ever encountered. The 27cc engine might be a little light for tall weeds and grass, but for fast edging around a maintained yard, it does a great job. I'm hoping the Craftsman branding will live up to the legend.

April 23rd via
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Great Trimmer


I purchased this 27 cc 2-cycle straight shaft weedwacker from because I am a loyal craftsman brand fan. All of my tools are craftsman because I believe in the quality of the brand, and the great support that Sears offers.

April 22nd via
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Great Line Trimmer


I had a Shindaiwa commercial grade trimmer that would tear up anything that you pointed the head at. I was about to do my yard, and it wouldn't start. Figured out it had piston ring problems. I was satisfied with a Craftsman mower i had just bought, so i decided to stick with Craftsman. Headed down to the Sears store and picked up the best 2-stroke they had. $170 for the trimmer, premix, line, and starter bit vs. the $300 i had spent on my trimmer 10 years ago. Right out of the box, after 2 pulls it fired right up, used it for two hours straight. Works fantastically. More than enough power, the stock aluminium head takes very thick line, or should i say "cable". Just as good as my commercial grade trimmer, not better, but its a close second. Its not too heavy, but when using it, you can tell you're carrying extra weight. If you're going to use the speed starter bit, make sure you have a decent drill, and that its charged up. I recommend using gloves and eye protection when weilding this bad boy. Also, the premix they sell at Sears it awesome, but trufuel works good too.

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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