Even-though I read many bad reviews, I decided to give it a shot. I received this 2 days after ordering via free-shipping. It started at 2nd pull out of the package. It runs and cuts well. It is powerful enough to use chainsaw attachment. So far very happy with it.
I got a great deal on this trimmer - under $80 and I wanted the 4- cycle engine so there was no oil mixing involved. I have been around 2-cycle and 4-cycle engines since I was 11 years old. I know about chokes, primers, flooding carburetors, starving carburetors, etc. I have tuned small outboard engines so that, once they were warm, you could pull the starter cord just enough (2") to turn them over and they would start running. I also know how to read and follow manufacturers instructions. Despite that, right out of the box, I had to fiddle with this trimmer (Craftsman A036003 26.5cc 4-cycle Curved Shaft String Trimmer) for 20 - 30 minutes to even get it started. Then I had to coax it along and restart it and restart it until it finally warmed up enough to attempt any trimming during which it stalled repeatedly. All the while having to play with the choke, primer, and throttle to get it running. The next day I tried to start it several times and gave up. Of course there is basically no option to adjust the carburetor, and why should you have to? I returned the trimmer to Sears the next day (4 days from purchase) only to find out that "store policy" is that once you have put gas in the trimmer they can only give you a replacement. I certainly didn't want another new trimmer that failed to start. I dug in my heals enough that they finally gave me a gift card. Turns out I had purchased a Husqvarna 128CD the same day I bought this Craftsman. It was $25 more but it was the last one at ***** and a good deal and I thought if the Craftsman didn't work out I would have a backup. I fueled up the Husqvarna, pressed the primer 10 times, pulled the starter rope 4 times, and I was off and running. To be honest the Husqvarna stumbled during the first few minutes. I set the choke to half way, it worked through whatever was causing it to stumble, I took the choke off, and there was no problem thereafter. I stopped the trimmer, pulled the starter cord and it ran. Waited 10 minutes, left the choke off, pulled the starter cord, and it ran. THAT'S up to the standard of 2018.
Quality of craftsman product has gone all the way down!!!!
order this item on march 14th 2020 and was dropped off on march 18th.and used it for the first time on march 22,2020. when i was using this weed eater after i had to refill the gas tack i pulled on the string to start weeding the pull string broke and i'm having a hard time to get my money back
Bought it - wouldn't start - in repair shop for the last month - THEY STILL HAVE IT !!!!!!