August 20, 2003


We're in the market for a weed wacker too. WS seized up the motor on ours before he left for Sturgis. We need to find one that is compatible with the mini-tiller head that we have (it works really nicely). Oh, by the way, I use the work "we" loosely. This is something WS is probably going to pick out (although I did help pick out the last one).

One thing that they don't tell us about weed whackers is that one winds up with 1/8-inch pieces of plastic all over the place. I was puzzled the first time I ran into a little piece of green plastic while weeding. It's the little tips that keep breaking off of the end of the line. We don't have to "bump" to advance the line in ours--a Craftsman 25cc model. HH maintains the whacker (it took me a season before I could even start the thing, myself); but, I run it (usually). This season, it's been giving us fits because, instead of the line's advancing as it's supposed to, once in a while the line just disappears inside the spool (well, the first couple of times, the head actually flew off!) It now pulls the disappearing line trick about once for each hour of use. You can imagine with our woods and large lawn that it gets a real workout (it would get a humongous workout if it would keep working so that I could get more done before frustration sets in).

Yeah, I've done the "flying head" trick and the "disappearing line" trick a few times. I've learned that once the string gets "so" short, it's time to bump it even if you don't think it needs it. I also learned, through trial and error, how to wind the spool so the line doesn't "heat weld" itself inside or get tangled. I screwed up once and counter wound the string. I WISHED the head would have flown off that time. With all the string UNWOUND inside, I thought I would have to use a hammer to get the head off.

We have three acres of grove and lawn to manage. Dear Husband went out and chose the best professional model gas trimmer he could find. It comes with four different heads, one of which will cut down small trees. Now, if only he had hired the HULK to use it, things would be fine. I don't have the upper body strength to do the string pull start, and my arms are quivering after an hour of use, just from trying to keep the head at the right height and angle.

I finally went out and bought a little Toro electric string trimmer, and I do all the trimming for the acre around the house and gardens. DH hasn't taken the other trimmer down in a couple of years.

When you have a moment, I could use some instruction on winding my own reels....

Buffy, Instuctions are fairly easy depending if you have a single or dual feed advance head (single string or two). Winding the string I can help you with, getting the head off the machine differs between trimmers.The process is simple but "I" may get lengthy, so drop me an e-mail and I'll see what I can do.

32cc Craftsman WeedWhacker that I bought last year at Sears: Had to adjust fuel ratio to get it to run. It performed flawlessly until the other day, when it promptly died. Upon diagnosing the problem (plenty of gas, compression - no spark), found the ignition module to have failed.

Went to Sears website: $26 plus shipping - or take to local small engine shop and let them make repair for about $75

Weedwhacker is JUST out of warranty. Won't shop Sears again for one.

Had a Paramount (commercial Poulon Pro) for 12 years - only added fuel mixture, never even changed the spark plug. Kill switch stopped it, going to repair it for a backup (didn't mess with it as long as the Craftsman was running).

Bought Echo trimmer, lesson learned.

I've heard Echo is a good brand, but for the prices I've seen around here, I could BUY a couple Craftsman, or other trimmers, for the cost of one Echo. Maybe they were just designed to be disposable, like lighters or computers.

i have an older 21cc craftsman wedwhacker, 16"...
my mom gave me, but i dont know the fuel/oil mixture..
Any help out there?

dan--We have a Craftsman 21 cc 17-inch weedwhacker and it takes 40:1 gasoline:2-cycle air-cooled engine oil, per the instruction booklet. Hope that helps.

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