Before I purchased this unit, I read a lot of the reviews on it. I was surprised that most of them were bad. One thing to keep in mind is that you need to take it all with a grain of salt. The biggest issue I see people having with this weedwacker is that it's hard to start and that it doesn't idle right. I decided to purchase it anyway. I figured "how bad can it really be? It's Craftsman.. If it sucks I'll take it back and buy a different brand." After all, almost all my stuff is Craftsman and I never have any trouble with any of it. Well, I'm here to tell you that people are stupid. All gas powered equipment needs to be taken care of and maintained. And everything comes with instructions for a reason. Read them and follow them. Take care of it (fresh gas and good oil with the right mix ratio 40:1) and maintain it (clean filter and spark plug) and winterize it for off-season storage. Do this and it will last you a long time. I love mine. It gets the job done.
<span>I love Sears and I have loved Cratsman products, but if this represents the future of "Craftsman", I am done. I bought the WeedWacker 2 months ago and had used it maybe 6 times before it wouldn't start anymore. When it did run previously, I had the problem
the same reported by others - it would only run at full speed and idle, but nothing in between and it would try to kill if not given full throttle. Now it won't start at all and I have damaged my shoulder trying to get it started. I checked the spark and the gas and both were fine. Tried to call the 800 number for help and got no answer after 10 minutes on hold. Was loading the trimmer into the car to return it when I notice it was leaking fuel/oil. Looked closer and discovered that the cover where the optional cover attaches was loose. Turns out that it needs to be tight to have compression in the cylinder. Besides being a ridiculous design, the quality control inspectors never caught that the two screws had not been tightened (and one was missing entirely). I am keeping the trimmer for now because I don't have the receipt, but I have NEVER been so disappointed with Sears!</span>
I have had and used this for 2 years and it's still like brand new. A little maintenance goes a long way.
I've had it about 5 years, but only kept it going because I've taken a small engine repair class. Worked ok until warranty ended. Uses string too fast. String gets stuck often. Motor needs adjusting often. I Had to buy special tools to adjust carb. Etc.
Weed wacker is good when running but to start it, it's really hard with all the pulling you have to do. **** my back. Should be a quick start with only a couple of pull.