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.
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.
I got this Craftsman 27cc Trimmer in exchange for a similar model that quit running after less than an hour of use. I really didn't notice any difference until I got it home and assembled it. The handle was different and easier to adjust, and the starting instructions were also different. This model has no choke. Just prime and pull.
I have run this now several hours and it does the job well. I like the interchangeable heads and I have also bought the brush cutter attachment. The line cutter seems to work best with the shorter grass, whil the brush cutter works better with the taller weeds. On the line-cutter head the cutting lines are easy to replace and they can be replaced very quickly.
The only complaint I have is that when I have the unit adjusted to to cut the proper height, my forearm tends to rest on the spark-plug shroud. When operating I develop a burn or blister on my forearm. This may be because of my own weird anatomy, but its a nuisance. Minus one star.
This trimmer was easy to put together and worked great right out of the box. It is a little heavier than the smaller units, but that is because it has the power to get the job done. The line is super easy to change, too.
I had the original model that turn clockwise with the smaller head. It worked wonderfully. The crank string jammed and took it in still under warrantee. Instead of fixing they replaced with this newer model that turns counter-clockwise with bigger head. Not good for right handers. If your going to change that direction you need to offset the guard to the left like the Stihl's do theirs. Store will not give me anything else. I have been getting pelted with stuff constantly and a few face shots as well.
My husband loves his new weed eater! Our yard was in much need of this and looks a lot better now. We are excited to use this for a long time to come.
Works as described, easy to start.
I have a fairly small yard so didn't want to spend the money on a bigger line trimmer. I was replacing a 32CC gas powered craftsman model that lasted about eight years or so. I like this model and couldn't beet the price. It didn't have great reviews with people not liking the noise or how it idled but I hadn't had any issues with it so far and have used it twice. One thing I did different is use better gas. I bought the mid-grade gas instead of the cheap and used new gas instead of what I had the garage. Do have to admit it still didn't start exactly as the instructions stated but did after the second try. I got mine to idle just fine after being run for a few minutes. The noise doesn't seem any louder than my last model but one thing I do have to get used to is throttling it high to keep the head spinning. I don't remember having to do that before. After running it twice now for quite some time I do like that is uses much less gas than my other model.
Easy to use . liable strong enough to get the job done but is light i
Received this model as a warranty replacement for model 725860. Gears in string head stripped, two weeks shy of warranty expiration, store wanted whole unit back. This model is VASTLY INFERIOR to the older one. First- no shoulder strap. Second- hesitation at trigger squeeze, a second or so. Third- the ball mount of the forward handle moves around. I constantly have to twist it back into position; imagine when it is used more than the 3 weeks which I have had it. The older model had a solid mounted handle. Fourth-The older model had a lever on the carb as a throttle lock to aid in starting, and only had to be primed 10x. Fifth- idle is unreliable. Will just stop and then has to be reprimed to start again. Older model only stopped when I wanted it to. Sixth- the string head is larger, so there is more of each piece of line wasted when it is changed.
I regret giving back the old power unit. Would have been better off to just have purchased a new string head.
Thus is the second time I have bought this trimmer. I have 2 acres and it works great. The first one finally gave out after a couple years. The motor still worked but the shaft failed and the head would not turn. Kept the motor part since I can add other attachments. The only thing I dislike is that the new one has an extra switch you have to hold to activate the throttle.
My husband bought this and he loves it! Does a great job trimming the yard up.
This edger is powerless, used three times. If you keep the gas tank full it isn't sooo bad. But once it drops being half tank it loses power badly.
It is powerful, I have had 5 different trimmers, this one is the best, and easy to reload.
The 27cc trimmer looks great - but -
I had to replace the trim line four times while trimming my small lawn.
The trimmer stalled many times.
It is too heavy for the average homeowner (I'm not a small person).
The ball and latch controlling the cutting head direction was a chore to install.
I do like the length of the trimmer (I need the length).
It is not as good a trimmer as the Craftsman 25cc that I had previously.
Purchased as a replacement!ment for my old Craftsman unit. I use it more with attach nets than as a weed whacked so far so good, it starts and runs as advertised. I did learn that it is much easier to start on the ground than it is when standing when the unit is cold. No problems starting when it is hot like other units I've owned.
Only cons I have is vibration is pretty harsh with my tiller attachment, phishing was more controlled. That's about the only draw back I've found so far.
At first I was really excited for all the upgraded features of this trimmer. The adjustable handle was great and the string replacement a big plus, but unfortunately the unit would not idle. unfortunately the only way I could keep it running was to run it on full throttle. As soon as I would back off, the engine would cut out. Very unfortunate because it really was one of the best trimmers out there for the money. Surprisingly, even though I told the sales rep at the store that it was malfunctioning, he printed out a clearance ticket and threw it right on the box while I was standing there! Hoping that someone from Sears reads all the posts about this unit cutting out and takes these off the shelves!
5 star for it
I haven't had it for very long... So far so good.