I have had this trimmer for a couple of months now and have used it for a total of 5 hours. I was very apprehensive about the single line head, as I have always used either a bump or auto line feed head. My fears were unfounded, as I love the single-line head and would never go back to the others. I have a lot of chain-link fence to trim (over 500 feet), sidewalks/driveway, tall grass at the dock by our pond, etc (in all about 1 1/2 hours worth of trimming). This last time I only had to change the string out once! I am using Craftsman .105 trimmer line that I bought in a roll and cut myself, rather than the expensive .115 Poulan pre-cut line. I suppose if I ran the trimmer full blast against my chain-link fence and concrete steps, it would use the line up quickly. However, this is not necessary and if you use a little common sense the line will last a long time.
I too had to adjust the throttle in order for it to run smoothly out of the box. Every so often you may have to adjust it again until it gets broken in. Not a big deal - again - anyone with a screwdriver and some common sense can turn a screw until the motor runs smoothly.
One unexpected feature of this trimmer is that the head rotates in a counter-clockwise direction. As I have always cut with the left side of the head, grass is thrown all over me. I read where the new Craftsman trimmers do the same thing, so maybe this is the trend. Because of this it's even more important to wear safety glasses.
In summary, this trimmer is MUCH more powerful than previous trimmers I have used, and therefore I am able to trim thicker stuff that I struggled to trim before. If you only have light trimming to do, then you should purchase a lighter less powerful trimmer. If you have a lot of area to cover that has thick weeds as I do, and/or you would like to use attachments, then this trimmer is all you'll need.
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