I just finished edging over 200 feet of concrete sidewalk that had not been cleared in many years. The edger had no problems cutting through the mess which contained many stones. The blade is still in excellent condition after this heavy workout. The sidewalk is curved and it was easy to navigate. I thought I might need a more powerful edger but this worked just fine.
This is a decent edger. Easy to set-up, easy to operate. If your grass is thick or your edge takes a lot of effort, this guy might not be the right edger, but it does the job. HOWEVER, once the blade gets beaten down, it's nearly impossible to replace. I took the whole edger apart and the one bolt I could not remove was the one that held the blade in place! I took it back to Sears and they had no help. I went to this website and they had no help. I went to Google and You-tube...no help. Most edgers have a mechanism to lock the blade, if this one has one, I couldn't find it and now I simply can't remove the blade and the edger is essentially a throw away. Unless Craftsman gives me direction on how to swap the blade, I can't give this more than one star. Sorry.
I purchased the edger in March 2019. The assembly went just as described in the manual. the engine started up on the second pull. I edged my complete lawn with no trouble
This unit is simple to assemble, use, maintain. One pull and go. Height settings are adequate and work for most jobs, blade is durable. However, it is lacking on the power side. It can cut but don't expect it to run through mud to much. If you stay on the throttle long it can burn through gas quickly, has a small gas tank.
Excellent edger. Easy to assemble and use. Does an excellent job and makes our lawn look like it was done by a professional. Highly recommended!