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Craftsman 29cc* 4-Cycle WeedWacker™ Straight Shaft Gas Trimmer.
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Craftsman 29cc* 4-Cycle WeedWacker™ Straight Shaft Gas Trimmer.

Item# 07171197000P | Model# 71197 | Added on July 1, 2012 | Seller:
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Get a High-Velocity, Powerful Cut with the Craftsman Weedwacker Gas Trimmer
No one wants to spend hours scrubbing grass stains from their legs and pants - that's why Craftsman incorporated a deluxe debris guard in the design for their powerful Craftsman 29cc 4 Cycle Weedwacker Straight Shaft. The wide shield keeps debris like grass, rocks and sticks from slamming into your shins while you slice through overgrown grass and weeds making cleanup and operation much less painful.
Craftsman eliminated mixing oil and gas and cancelled clouds of unburned fuel by insisting this Craftsman Weedwacker Gas Trimmer be powered by a four-cycle engine. No more fooling around with oil, or trying to remember ratios, just gas this weed eater up with the same fuel you put in your car and get to work.
With an option of Speed Start™ push button starting, or Incredi-Pull™ technology, this powerful gas trimmer is ready to go at a moment's notice. Not limited to just taking down weeds, this flexible design allows to you direct the high-torque output of the 29cc engine into a variety of tools giving you the options you need to take care of any yard. If you need to clear land or till soil or even take hard-to-reach branches off trees, switch the tool and get the job done with versatility you can depend on.
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by Qdknowledge
August 14th, 2012
This trimmer isnt that bad

I have had this trimmer for three weeks. I did have some of the problems people were frettin about (hard starting, heavy) This is what I have come to realize about this trimmer. 1st cold starting it can be a challenge. What works for me is placing the switch on 1, prime it 10 times and pull 5 times. 2nd turn the switch to 2 and without squeezing the trigger pull til it starts. 3rd let the trimmer idle for a minute or two. Then squeeze the trigger to rev it up. This thing has to be warm to use it. Once its good and warm there are no problems. Replacing the line can be a challenge cause there are often little grooves on the edge of the line making it hard to push in the holes. One side can be more difficult than the other. When the trimmer is good and warm make sure you put the choke on 3. I dont have problems with the unit bogging down on thick grass or weeds. All in all you have to have a lot of patience with this unit.

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by BFat1
August 23rd, 2012
Worst idea ever!!!!

I have owned 4 craftsman string trimmers. The hassle free line idea is the worst. I use this trimmer to edge my driveway and sidewalk. I can use it only one time and I have to replace the line. When the line is worn down to the point that it has to be changed, you end up throwing half of the string in the trash because it takes that much to feed it through the head. What a waste. It weighs twice as much as my 25cc trimmer but does not have any more power. This is the worst trimmer I have ever owned. Unfortunately I have owned it too long to get my money back. Take my advice and dont waste yours.

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lloyd Bradow

Do not buy


I bought this last year at the end of the season. I had a very hard time starting it. Now it only starts if you use starting fluid. I probably have about 10 hours on it and the gears in the shaft are completely worn out. I should have know better when I saw the store was already selling re-manufactured models for half price when I bought this new one. It's still under warranty but it's a hassle to drive in and get it repaired. Poor design, too heavy and awkward to use for any length of time. Once the engine is running, it has plenty of power and the cords are easy to replace. I don't think it is a good product for the money though. The easy start is not user friendly. It should have a universal bit to "drill start" but it requires a 5 sided bit only available through craftsman. It would be better if a regular 6 sided bit like a phillips screwdriver bit turned backwards.
Save your money and buy a different one. This one is a dud.

May 27th, 2014
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Bought one last year and returned it because oil was dripping out of it. Got a 2nd one and it would not start. Got a 3rd one and it worked fine for a while, now the whip shaft broke. Craftsman is no longer quality but Chinese ****. Save your money and buy some other brand!!!!!

September 30th, 2013 via
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Amazing machine


I'm 16 and I've been cutting grass for 2 or 3 years. The first trimmer I bought was cheap, since I couldn't afford a nice one. When it started to run weird, I bought this one, since I'm weed trimming 4+ yards a week and wanted something more powerful. I've had it for about a year. GET THIS TRIMMER! I haven't put any oil into it since I bought it, although I plan on replacing the oil soon. It starts right up every time. I was using it with a leaf blower attachment at a yard job once, and my client came home and ran the trimmer head over with her car. I replaced the head and it worked fine for a while, up until two weeks ago. Now the trimmer head is being repaired by Sears. The point is: as long as you don't plan on having the trimmer head run over by a BMW crossover, it will work fine.

June 26th, 2013 via | The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product
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second one first one didn't start cost me 20.00 dollars 2 take back and 3 hrs of my time. the second one started first five times now it takes me 15 min 2 start and only works half power. 20.00 m d 3 hr t

June 24th, 2013 via
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Four years, still going


IF you take care of this weed-eater, it will last a long time. Bought this model in 2009 and it is still running like new. Every fall I thoroughly clean it, drain all the fluid, clean the carb, blow out the gas lines, clean filter, plug etc. I have not spent one penny at the repair shop. Has tons of power, and is a lot quieter than than the 2 cycles. Only con would be is that it is a little on the heavy side since it is a 4 stroke.

June 19th, 2013 via
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Nice knowing you CRAPSMAN!


I've spent the past 20+ years stocking my garage with nothing but Craftsman power tools but now it's time to pull the plug (pun intended). I can go on and on regarding the problems I've been having with new products from Craftsman and Sears in general over the past couple years but for now I'll just focus on this Weed Wacker. The THIRD TIME I used it the head stopped spinning. I took it apart to find that the gears in the head were already completely worn out and stripped to the point where they no longer made contact with each other. Their "Incredi-Pull" system is a complete joke also. It honestly takes me 5 minutes to get this thing up and running and "warmed up" to the point where it wont hesitate and stall out on me. I have to pull the cord harder and longer than any other power tool that I have ever owned. God forbid I have to shut it off for any reason because then I have to go thru the whole "Incredi-Pull" process all over again.

June 16th, 2013 via
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Just Don't


Year One: Difficult to start. Eats trim line.
Year Two: Leaks Oil. Won't Start. But then again no line consumption. Going Back..

June 13th, 2013 via
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won't start or run along with blower they fixed the blower with a new carb this one maybe i'll throw out ??

May 25th, 2013 via
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Clutch and bearings burn out


Within 45 minutes, this baby died on me. I purchased the heavy duty version also and it died after 1 hour of use. Both of them just stopped spinning and made crackling sounds at the rotating disc. I spent and extra $90 and purchased a Husqvarna trimmer. Wow, from a Chevy Malibu (Craftsman) to a Mercedes Benz (Husqvarna) for only $90 more!

May 17th, 2013 via
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Sooo Frustrating!!


Had this ONE YEAR before I had to bring back to the shop, now my 2nd year started right up ran for 10 minutes and died, to not be able to start again, REALLY, another trip to the shop?! No thanks, this will be the last craftsman power thing I ever buy, my snow blower and ride on suck too, thanks craftsman...for nothing

May 15th, 2013 via
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I bought this along with 3000 dollars worth of other lawn tools including a tractor and am happy with it all except this. The starter broke and I took it back and went to ********** and paid the extra 150 for a Husqavarna and love it. This one was hard to start and once it started was uncontrolable. The first use, second start it broke, I have always been a fan of Craftsman but this is a bad design and uncontrolable beast. I will not buy another and am crossing my fingers about the rest of the items I purchased.

May 12th, 2013 via
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great machine


Starts quickly, cuts close, easy to manevour, cleans out weeds quckly

May 8th, 2013 via
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it is hard to start


April 18th, 2013 via
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Great weedwacker


The engine starts quickly and does a great job. The only problem is the amount of wasted line.

April 1st, 2013 via
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29cc* 4-Cycle WeedWacker? Straight Shaft Gas Trimmer


Easy to handle and easy to start. Just what I was looking for.

March 21st, 2013 via
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Powerful and Versatile


The 29cc 4-cycle weedwacker straight shaft gas trimmer is powerful and versatile enough to accomplish most of your light to medium duty yard work projects. Being able to attach various components for varying jobs is convenient. The 4-cycle feature also allows you to be more efficient by not having to supply yourself with, and mix, more than one container of gasoline.Once you get to know your machine, you will be more confident in starting it as well as its overall operation. Be sure to maintain the machine so it will be there for you when needed.

March 16th, 2013 via
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had it for a couple years and it is still great

March 15th, 2013 via
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stripped the gears in the head cutting tall weeds


I probably should have used the brush cutter attachment, but it blew through heavy marsh grass and cattails with the line only. I cleared this brush for about 3 hours before the grass wrapped around the spool and stopped the head cold. Too bad I couldn't find just the replacement gears.. I had to but the entire head for $38.00. Love the trimmer though!

March 9th, 2013 via
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Great tool

February 3rd, 2013
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November 10th, 2013
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Call sears and find out where the nearest parts and services center is. They will either fix it there or send it out for repair
November 10th, 2013