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Craftsman  25cc Propane Straight Shaft Trimmer Powered by LEHR

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Reg Price: $289.99
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Specifications & Dimensions

Dimensions and Weight:
Item Weight (lbs.): 15.1
Product Overview:
Shaft Style: Straight
Trimmer Type: Line trimmers, gas
Power:
Motor CC: 25
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Line Feed Type: Hassle Free
Warranty:
General Warranty: 2 year full

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The Craftsman Weedwacker is easier to use than gasoline trimmer as it starts faster, runs cleaner and requires little maintenance over the course of a full season of use.Twist and go fueling- simply twist on the 16.4 oz propane canister.No choke no priming easy start.Includes Craftsman exclusive hassle-free fixed line head and quick & easy line change.The trimmer is attachment capable.Shoulder strap included.

  • Propane Advantage-More Reliable - Propane will not gum up carburetors
  • More efficient-2 Hour run time on just one canister
  • Easier and Safer to Purchase and Store-Non-toxic to ground water and soil
  • Environmentally Friendly-zero evaporative emissions
  • Reduces Dependency On Foreign Oil-over 85% produced domestically

Added on February 16, 2009

 

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21 Reviewers (48.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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Praise11 found this helpful
fuzzypostal
Jun 7 , 2009
Its about time!
Propane power, 4 cycle. It's great! Starts right up and performs very well. 1st oil change will be with Mobil One. Very quiet, NO FUMES! Co-workers have seen it and are buying one too. Best thing is I can refill my cans with an adapter (can be found online) but make sure you weigh with digital scale so as not to overfill! 16.4 oz can weighs 1 lb, 14.5oz full. Saves $$$
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smallenginetek
Apr 1 , 2009
Definately something different.
I bought this trimmer to see just how well LEHR could compete with other technologies. Being a mechanic, I'm fascinated by new technology. Right out of the box, I noticed that this trimmer is built stronger than the average unit. It should last for years with proper care. Starting couldn't be simpler. Hook up a propane bottle, flip the coil on, and let 'er rip! Plus, the gaseous fuel won't clog or damage the carburetor, even if the trimmer is stored for an extended period. I used this unit for an hour and a half straight, and still have some fuel left over. The main reason I don't like this trimmer is that it is HEAVY. Well-balanced, but heavy. A shoulder strap is supplied, but even then, one needs some upper-body strength to hang onto this unit for more than a few minutes. It also vibrates more than it should. With an engine as large as this one, a flexible cable driveshaft just won't work properly. I also despise the Hassle-Free cutting head, as you must stop and reload line every time that pre-cut segment breaks. I promptly removed this incumberence and installed a Husqvarna tap-advance head in its place. Problem solved. As far as power is concerned, nothing can touch a $400.00 Stihl or Shindaiwa hybrid (half 2-stroke/half4-stroke) engine, but this one comes close. It powered through 2 feet of thick grass and weeds just this afternoon. As long as I had a little patience, there was ample power to do the job. However, throttle response is sluggish. There is not much low-end torque. Surprising, for a 4-stroke engine. I wish that LEHR had incorporated a rev-limiter in the ignition system, as I can peg the throttle and let 'er wail at 9,000RPM. Such high-speed operation isn't kind to internal engine components. (In contrast, my Stihl trimmer cuts out at about 7,500 RPM to avoid engine damage) All in all, I like this unit. You get a lot for your money with this purchase. Not to mention the abiltiy to run many other attachments as desired. Yes, I'm a professional, and therefore tend to be picky, so some of my gripes will go unnoticed by the casual user. This unit works well for around-the-house use, and if you can put up with a few extra pounds, it is money well-spent.
 

saph77

New Orleans, LA

Dec 15 , 2012
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hard to start

does not start easy kind of weak


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Cwo911

Paso Robles, CA

Jul 9 , 2012
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Recalled yet?

Bought this trimmer last year and it worked fine though a bit hard to start and a tad heavy. Then this year, the first time out, the starter assymbly fell off! Fell off! The screws holding it together simply came out and now I can't get the parts replaced from sears? What gives? Now I can't even find it in the stores anymore which tells me that they no longer make it or the replacement parts. I've been waiting on replacement parte now for over two months....please don't waist your time on this product.


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RivertonUT

Riverton, UT

May 20 , 2011
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Does not start!

This was mildly hard to start the first 4-5 times. After that it would NOT start. I have started "hard to start" mowers in the past, but no matter how fast or hard I pulled, this would not start. Don't throw your money away on this disposable machine!


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firemedic185

Metairie, LA

Jul 28 , 2010
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Glad I got rid of this Lemon

I bought mine about a month after it came out because I was trying to make a step in the "greener" direction. However if you buy this you will find your self spending way more on fuel and being less greener with all of the DISPOSABLE cylinders you will be throwing away. My other problems the first one I bought something happened on about the 8 th use or so and it sprayed oil out the back on me. Sears warrantied this product out and gave me a new one after having the new one for about 4 monthes It didnt run right wouldnt Idle and the line would freeze over and I could see/smell propane fumes coming out so I brought that one back and it spent at least 10 weeks in the shop. When they gave it back to me they said it had a bad carburetor and that they changed it. Then, a little over a month after that while I was using it I started smelling propane and then realised that something broke inside and it was spraying liguid propane on me. Finally I went back to the Sears store I had purchased this peice or garbage from and they gave me a new good old 2 cycle of equal value to my purchase price this was the only time I was satisfied with this product. Also This product is great for if you want a work out It take many of pulls to get it started and it is not well balance. In the end Sears was good to me with the trade out. Thanks.


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jugglingfanatic

Portage, IN

Jul 24 , 2010
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Amazing product.

This is by far the happiest purchase I've made recently. Other reviews say the oil overflows, pay attention to the dipstick and you won't have an issue. Read the manual. The first time I started it, it did take several pulls but did fire. There was an issue with the carburator right out of the box, but with a 2 year warrenty, all I had to do was take it to my local repair center. Since the first start up, 3 pulls is the most I've had to pull, and most of the time I can start it while wearing it with the shoulder strap.  I've used this 5 times to trim around my house and garage, I would say over the 2 hour suggestion, on just 1 can. Much quieter than other comparable cc trimmers. Couldn't be happier with this purchase and I'm looking forward to using it several more times this season and several seasons to come. For under 100 bucks you really can't go wrong.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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whocares69

Enid, OK

Jul 20 , 2010
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crafstman propane weed eater. Wasted 250 dollars on this boat an

I must have got the lemon because I am getting ready to toss mine in the dumpster. Takes at least 1/2 hour to start except the last time It took only 20 minutes and then it would only idle. I have used it about 4 times and it is going to the dumpster. The sears store here doesn't even carry them anymore and I can see why. It looks good to look at but is useless.


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txwolfe24

Spring, TX

Apr 19 , 2010
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Absolutely the WORST trimmer/ weedeater that I have EVER bought.

I have had nothing but issue, after issue, after issue with this trimmer. I am on my third one of this model after turning in my other two for multiple problems. I turned in the first one because it had Propane leak in the hosing and was giving me severe headaches while I was working in the yard. Plus, it was burning through the Propane tanks due to the leak. The second one that I got leaked oil and the throttle would get stuck in high, making the engine scream & again, burn through the Propane. The third one that I got, now at the end of the summer, started having oil leaks as well, and the throttle again got stuck in high. In all three, each time the throttle would stick, I would have to disassemble the grib with the throttle cable in it and correct the issue. It would work for another 10 or so minutes, then stick in high again. It becomes a bit frustrating when you have to do this 2-3 times EVERY TIME you mow. Now that I am past my Warranty period, because it sat through the Winter, I am stuck with this piece of junk. Everyone that has seen me using it has inquired about it and I have told everyone to stay far, far away from buying this one. The other reviews are correct, this model is very heavy. There is no way that if my wife had to mow the yard that she would be able to use this trimmer. It is so heavy that even the neck strap broke.

Please do yourself a HUGE favor and DO NOT buy this model. There are other Propane models available at other stores (i.e. ************) and if you are trying to be green, try another brand. This model may say Craftsman, but it is far from a quality product. You have been warned!


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CKintheMJ

Nashville, TN

Mar 28 , 2010
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Definitely powerful, runs great, but heavy and not so "green."

I first heard about propane-powered trimmers by accident when I was looking to replace my dead Ryobi last summer after about 15 years of ownership. Because of the full-price cost, I didn't buy one and was waiting for one to go on sale, but I was interested in the supposed benefits of propane: lower costs, easier maintenance, "greener" energy, and all without losing the power and no-cord convenience of gasoline-powered engines.

After waiting and thinking about it all winter, Sears put this on-sale and I grabbed one. After 30 minutes of use, I like it, but I'm not in-love with it... yet.

Out of the box, it's easy to put this together. If you don't already have a propane tank, get one -- there is not one included. Being a straight-shaft, balance is key to comfortable use, and this model lets you adjust the mid-shaft handle nearly infintitely. Take your time setting it right because this beast is heavy. Including running to the basement to get a propane tank from my camping gear, I had it assembled, full of oil, and the tank attached in about 10 minutes.

Starting was easy -- about 4 good pulls and it was idling nicely, no choke involved. I don't like starting on the ground because I don't want to scratch it up more than I need to, but you could.

Now to the use: I'm 6'4" and 235 lbs, and I go to the gym, and maybe it's because I haven't used a trimmer in almost a year but my right arm was toast after 30 minutes of light run time and shaking like I've never seen it. I'm going to readjust the shaft handle for slightly better balance, but I'm not sure if it will help. I found this model quiter than my old gas model, and my neighbors', but the propane is just as powerful. When you gun it, it will cut through anything. Tight spots were tricky because the string guard is bigger than most, and I am considering going "pro-style" and removing it. The guard also makes it difficult to see what you're doing if you hold the unit vertical to edge your driveway or walkway, but I suppose that's what the edging attachment is for -- if you buy it.

I like the "Hassle Free" line -- changing it is a snap -- but the Red seems to disappear very quickly when cutting the long grass growing against brick walls or edging concrete driveways. I'm used to a bump head, though, so I'm not sure if it's faster or more expensive than the old spool line. Easy changing may make it worthwhile, though. No spools to reload -- just pull-out the used line, push in the new line, and you're done in about 15 seconds.

Now, about these environmental benefits and lower costs. I recycle at home and at work and bring reusable bags to the grocery, and I support green causes, so the supposed benefits were appealing. True, there is no blue smoke and this is a 4-stroke engine, so noxious emmissions are lower with propane. The camping tanks say strictly to NOT refill, however, and the more I read about refilling the tanks the less I think I'm actually going to do it, so I will be spending $3-$4 for each tank -- which are not recyclable here so I'll have to trash them. I didn't consider that when I bought the unit. $6 of gasoline got me through entire seasons. I anticipate $6-$9 in propane this year, and I'll have to change the oil (1.7oz bottle) once or twice a season, too.

Overall, I give this a B, though I've just set it up and used it once. I definitely don't recommend it for women (go with the curved shaft -- lighter and easier to balance), and the biggest drawbacks are the huge string guard and propane tanks. If I were a risk-taker and chose to remove the guard and refill the propane bottles myself, the rating would be higher. It's powerful and I got a good deal, and at least I won't have to go to the gym the days I use it.


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utahdad

Riverton, UT

Mar 16 , 2010
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Trouble starting? Check plug wire.

Don't normally write reviews, but am hoping this helps someone.  I read all the reviews I could find, and no one mentioned the same problem.

First "real" trimmer (I had an electric one before).  I was very excited to get this: a) no mixing gas/oil, b), no gas mess, c) no stale gas or clogged carburetor, d) lower maintenance, and e) "ease of starting".  

I was surprised (and mildly frustrated) when it didn't start right up (after reading so many reviews otherwise).  I tried a full can of propane, and even tried the "Fast Idle Lock" suggestion from the manual.  No luck.  It didn't even sound like it was trying to start.

Finally called the number on the front of the manual (800-235-5878) to get help.  He verified a few of the things I had done, then had me check the spark plug wire (it's under the black cover on the front that says "4 cycle").  I had to really pull hard to remove the black plug wire from the plug.  Then I pushed it back on, and felt a "click".  

After a few more pulls, it started!

So the plug wire wasn't seated properly coming from the factory.  In fact, this is my second trimmer - the first one was exchanged because I couldn't get it to start (probably same reason), and the pull cord broke after several attempts to start it.

 

Random notes:

-You have to check the oil with the trimmer on a flat surface, but you can't really add oil while it's flat (unless you use a long funnel).  So it would be very easy to overfill the oil.  I put in a lot less than I thought would fill it, and it was full.

-Once it started, I had to let it run for a few minutes to warm up.  It still runs a little rough, so I might try to adjust the idle/throttle (directions are in the manual).

-I haven't tried to actually use it in my yard yet, so I can't rate it on that.

-Since the pull cord on the first one broke, I'm going to be sure to be extra careful with the pull cord.

-Propane can be expensive if you're always buying new bottles.  They can be refilled from your BBQ gas can with a "refill kit" (basically a brass adapter).  I read somewhere it comes out to like 25 cents per refill.  Read up on it, and do it at your own risk (it's illegal to transport refilled bottles across state lines).

-I'm looking forward to getting some attachments (especially the edger).

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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diveh20

Portland, OR

Mar 14 , 2010
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Very hard to start, not recommended

I bought my 25 cc Propane Straight Shaft Trimmer Powered by LEHR two weeks ago. When I got it home, I filled it with oil and attached the propane fuel then proceeded to start it. I expected it to start right off especially from reading about it at the store but it did not. It finally started after at least 50 pulls. I thought maybe this was due to it being new and the fuel system needed purged of air; this was not the case. I have used it 4 more times and it simply does not start without pulling for 10-15 minutes with breaks to give my arm a rest. Once started and warm, it starts in 1-2 pulls. My arm just won't take the initial task of starting it cold. I'm going to return it.


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