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Craftsman  27cc* 2-Cycle Curved Shaft WeedWacker™ Gas Trimmer

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Reg Price: $169.99
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Specifications & Dimensions

Product Overview:
Attachment Compatible: Yes
Edger Capable: Yes
Accepts Blade Accessory: Yes
Edge Guide: No
Extra Spool Included: Yes
Shaft Style: Curved
Trimmer Type: Line trimmers, gas
Cutting Swath (in.): 14
Assembly Required: Assembly Required
Spool or Line Part Number: #85908/#85909
Bulk Line Part Number: #85913/#85636
Spark Plug Part Number: 85790
Lightweight: No
Anti-Vibration: Yes
Job Size: Small, Medium, Large
Speed Start Capable: Yes
Color:
Color/Finish: Black, Powder coated steel frame
Power:
Motor CC: 27
Fuel Type: Gas/oil mix
Fuel Tank Capacity (qt.): 0.31
Starting System: 3 Step
Engine Cycles: 2-cycle
Line:
Line Diameter: .110/.130
Line Feed Type: Hassle Free
Line Exit Type: Dual
Warranty:
General Warranty: 2-Year Consumer/10-Year Shaft
Materials:
Housing Material: Resin
Handle Material: Resin
Certifications:
CARB Compliant: CARB Compliant
Dimensions and Weight:
Item Weight (lbs.): 11.25
Shaft Length (in.): 52

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Trimming Craftsman Curved Shaft Gas Trimmer for Convenient, No-Hassle Lawn Care

The Craftsman 27cc* 2-Cycle Curved Shaft Weedwacker boasts dual crankshaft support for enhanced engine life and reduced vibration.  The 27cc full-crank 2-cycle engine is extremely durable.  Get push-button starting without pulling thanks to Speed Start™ technology while the Incredi-Pull™ design reduces starting effort with a slow, smooth pull.  Easy-to-handle curve shaft design gives users exceptional maneuverability.  The trimmer works with the Universal yard tool attachment system - it can be made an edger, cultivator, blower, brush cutter, hedge trimmer, pole saw, curve shaft with bump head, straight shaft with head for added versatility and time-saving convenience.

Boasting a three-step starting system, the Craftsman Curved Shaft Gas Trimmer starts up easily - simply flip, prime and pull, and you're ready to tackle any job.  An aluminum hassle-free cutting head is more durable and easy to load with XQ-shaped .110 in. or .130 in. line.  An adjustable contour handle is ergonomically designed for comfort and control.

    • The Craftsman 27cc 2-Cycle Curved Shaft Weedwacker is great for small, medium and large jobs
    • Easy 3-step starting - Flip, prime and pull  
    • 27cc full-crank engine - Reduced vibration and extended engine life
    • Speed Start Technology - Push-button starting with no pulling required
    • Aluminum Hassle Free cutting head - Easy to load with XQ shaped .110/.130 in. line diameter
    • Universal yard tool attachment system - Converts the trimmer into an edger, pole-saw, hedge trimmer, blower, cultivator, power broom and many more
    • Curve shaft - Lightweight and great for edging
    • 2-year full warranty protects your investment
    • 10-year limited shaft warranty

*As rated by the engine manufacturer

Added on November 04, 2011

 

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29 Reviewers (69.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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Praise8 found this helpful
sirbflo114
Jun 11 , 2012
Typical great Craftsman quality in this trimmer.
I have a craftsman mower and it has been amazing for many years so I was looking at their trimmer. I hear that the more expensive straight shaft trimmers tend to be more reliable but it just wasn't that comfortable compared to the curved shaft so I went with this model. I am glad that I went with this model for a couple reasons. 1) Power- 27cc is plenty of power and probably more than I even need. I just slightly squeeze the throttle and it easily goes through grass and weeds. It has so much power that I accidentally trimmed some of my wooden fence so be careful around the fence. 2) Comfortable- I was holding the various trimmer models in the store and I just didn't like the feel of the straight shaft. 3) Strong line- The line is easy to change and very durable. I was never a fan of the bump feed and I liked autofeed so I had some doubts about this hassle free line but I am liking it. 4) Starts Easily- It really starts easily for me as I don't need any other tool to start it. There was a time when I couldn't get it started so I looked in the instruction manual and it said in troubleshooting.... "Flooded engine- Hold throttle and pull". I did that and it started right away. I read in online forum that if you press the priming bulb too much that it could flood the engine. When the trimmer didn't start for me, it was after I used it and I pressed it 10 times again which wasn't really necessary and that flooded the engine. Now I know. So don't press the bulb more than necessary and if you flooded the engine, don't pull the line 20 times as it is just flooding the engine more. You just simply hold the throttle when pulling the string and it will start. Don't pull the string too many times because you are just flooding the engine more. The manual has good troubleshooting tips..... Let me talk about some of the complaints from one reviewer. It is under my impression that tall people like who are 6'2" prefer the straight shafts as they tend to be more comfortable than curved shafts for taller people. I read it on the forums and it makes sense. Complaining about it stalling? Never ever happened to me but maybe he had one of the bad ones in the batch. Complaining about breaking a line half way through his front yard? Really?! Maybe he got different lines from mine or he is trimming concrete. These lines are thick and very strong and I have yet to break one so far. I do trim weeds and grass though. Complaining about the motor not having enough power? This trimmer is a beast and has so much power that it could edge with ease. If I could flip it and edge with the string line, it could easily edge with a metal blade. The reviews for the craftsman metal edging attachment are very good (4 out of 5 stars). Complaining about loose parts and no way to tighten them? You just use that big red knob as it clamps the shaft. It is hard for me to believe that reviewer even has this craftsman trimmer because his complaints are so off base in my opinion (changing a line for every half front yard, not knowing about the big red tightening knob, etc) and then praising a very expensive Hitachi commercial straight line trimmer that he supposedly paid less for... Probably just a Hitachi fan. And you can't get a 24cc Hitachi straight line commercial trimmer for less than this craftsman trimmer as the Hitachi commercial trimmer sells for $280 at ********** and $230 on ******. I am glad that I listened to the positive reviews on this site because it made me lean to this trimmer over the others. I recommend this trimmer.
Criticism5 found this helpful
Tallyconsumer
Nov 8 , 2013
Only two seasons and dead
I trusted this brand backed up by Sears. Alas! Just few months after the warranty period, two years, it is dead. Does NOT stay running. I am not a heavy user. Of course, Sears is NOT willing to repair the trimmer few months after the warranty has expired. Really frustrating. Stay away from Craftsman brand!
 

Maracofer

San Jose, CA

Jan 30 , 2014
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Great versatile gift

Bought this for my hubby as a gift and he's really happy with it. He loves that it can be used for a variety of tasks. I have never been let down by ordering online from Sears and having items shipped to my house. Everything arrives in such a timely manner, usually about a week and a half. Awesome.


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Nov 8 , 2013
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Only two seasons and dead

I trusted this brand backed up by Sears. Alas! Just few months after the warranty period, two years, it is dead. Does NOT stay running. I am not a heavy user. Of course, Sears is NOT willing to repair the trimmer few months after the warranty has expired. Really frustrating. Stay away from Craftsman brand!


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REY-G

Metairie, LA

Nov 6 , 2013
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Great grass trimmer

Very comfortable to use. Powerful and easy to start. Handles St. Augustine grass very well.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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boutime

Inglewood, CA

Oct 17 , 2013
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boutime

helped me with my first home lawn care, i really like this.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Oakley53

Batavia, OH

Oct 13 , 2013
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Works Great when it starts

I loved this item, bought the edger attachment to go with it, which was great. Only problem is that I have had problems getting it started, When it starts its a beast, when it doesnt, its frustrating.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Tedstor

Bristow, VA

Oct 7 , 2013
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Works OK- after some doing

AT first, I HATED this trimmer. It was REALLY hard to start. And for some reason, if I shut-down the trimmer in the middle of the job, it was IMPOSSIBLE to restart. I'd have to wait 1-2 hours before it would start again. However, through some miracle, these problems have seemingly resolved themselves and now the trimmer starts and operates 'fairly' well. Maybe it needed an hour or so of use to "break in"??


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Sep 24 , 2013
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How old are carburetors? Craftsman still can't tune them.

I used to be a pretty die-hard fan of Craftsman products but their quality is slipping fast. I had a 32cc convertible Craftsman weed-wacker for about 5 years and took average care of if. Since it was an inexpensive model I really wasn't worried about how long it would last and was pretty surprised to get 5 years out of it with a lot of use. I probably only changed the spark plug twice and the air filter once, but I did winterize it. I trimmed the grass, use the edger attachement every other weekend, and even tilled flower beds with the tiller attachment. It held up well for 2-cycle slightly north of $100. Since all good things come to an end the engine started vibrating and eventually seized. I quickly got online and found this intermediate 27cc wacker. I was pretty shocked to see that every other wacker south of $200 had poor reviews. Despite not wanting an engine downsize I went with this one based on reviews for the sake of weight and ergonomics. It started quickly after priming and performed well for roughly three weeks. After three weeks it was very difficult to hot re-start and started having terrible throttle response. It could no longer achieve peak power (audibly easy to hear that it was weak) and overall performed poorly. Given enough patience holding the throttle it would eventually reach enough power to perform the tasks at hand but was extremely frustrating. Fast forward another month and engine would no longer idle and would instantly go lean with increased throttle. The wacker became useless. Since I will no longer be purchasing Craftsman products without perfect reviews (some are still acceptable) I started to tamper with the carburetor (which voids the warranty). It took me about 20 minutes to get the accleration dialed in, the idle stabilized, and the main jet to hold peak power. I'm a younger guy and calibrate engines for a major OEM and usually joke with my older co-workers about how easy they had it when all they had to do was turn a few screws to calibrate a carb. I guess Craftsman now has a bunch of young guys who can't use their smartphone apps to calibrate old technology. Oh, and 27cc is fine for slapping grass but it's too weak for every other attachment. Do not purchase this junk. Spend the money for a reputable stand-alone weed wacker.


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Wetry

Gwynn Oak, MD

Aug 30 , 2013
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Good, but

It is pretty noisy. I like the extra start I tried it and it works fine. I would recommend to others.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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ORW

Greenfield, OH

Aug 28 , 2013
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much better

So far - so good! Will know more as time goes on.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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projectsman

Canterbury, NH

Aug 14 , 2013
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newtoys

light weight easy to use. Ok on grass, works harder in bigger weeds on a woods walkway.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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