Put it together from the box filled it with gas miX and followed the stating instructions. No problem works great this is my second craftsman trimmer. Son lost the last one otherwise I would not have bought this one.
I read all the negative reviews and didn't think anything could possibly be that bad. Boy was I wrong!!! It never would idle up to where it should and no way to adjust it. I have had it for a year and now it won't run. I always used premixed ethanol free canisters for fuel. What a waste of money. I' m not even going to have it repaired just throe it away. With the money I wasted on this and having to buy another I could have bought a really good one from the start...
I have an older version of this trimmer, I think the model year is 2014. Either way, when it actually works it's ok at best. I hate the head on it as the line breaks often and I have to stop to reload it a lot. This adds a lot of time to my task and is quite inconvenient. That being said, the actual reliability of this unit really sucks. There were two years in a row that it wouldn't even run, I had to use round up. I had someone work on it last year and it worked so so after that. They said the carburetor was clogged. I switched to non ethanol gas, so far this year I've been able to use it three times. Now it won't run again. Piece of garbage and I will never buy another Craftsman product again.
I used to mow grass for a living in my younger days and the Echo weedeater was the king of the trade. Now there is Shindaiwa and Stihl as well. I currently have a Stihl weedeater that stopped starting that I have not bothered to fix yet. Anyway I have used many commercial grade weedeaters in my time. I absolutely love the weight and balance of this Carftsmen weedeater as well as the length of it. When I first got mine it wanted to stall out when I turned it upside down and I knew it was not running at it's full potential just because if you have been around enough 2 cycle small engines you know how they should sound and run. That is why I set out and found this carburetor adjustment kit.
Once I adjusted the carburetor for maximum performance my weedeater sounds and runs great. They set it to meet California exhaust emission specifications from the factory. This weedeater really does sound mean. It has a nice low 2 stroke growl to it. The adjustable handle makes it very convenient to get it perfectly comfortable for anyones different weedeating style.
There is one thing that I can not stand about this weedeater that I am currently working to resolve and that is the hassle free head. It waste line and I have to put new pieces of line on to often. Which means I have to stop and take the old one out then put in the new line instead of just bumping the head on the ground and staying moving. Once I find a replacement head which they do not have on the sears website. I ordered an Arnold one and it is for smaller weedeaters not this one. I will find one though and I am also about to buy the pole saw attachment so I can trim my trees. I will probably get some other attachments also like the hedge trimmer and edger attachments.
I have a matching sears mower and handheld blower also that I am about to go use now. I love this stuff it is all black very sharp looking equipment ! Just bought the new extended straight shaft attachment with a bump head. Really loving this thing now the new extended shaft with the bump head is very sturdy and even changed the rotation back to clockwise !
Easy to start, durable, and the line is easy to replace. Craftsmen quality as I'd expect!
Started, Idled, tested, failed, and returned
This was a great purchase. And an even greater value.