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23 reviews | 2 out of 5
easy to use for a person who knows nothing about doing yard work
We had this for one season before the mottor kicked the bucket. The mottor is only 5 amps, we are going to try a stronger one. The spool was a nightmare to try and put in and if you do it wrong, you will spend several hours trying to feed line through. You get what you pay for with this one.
I've been using this weedeater for the past hour and I have to say I'll be returning it. I purchased this model to replace my old reliable weed eater expecting the same reliability, boy was I wrong. Most of my hour of "yard work" has been spent manually feeding the line, replacing the line that has broken off in the head (and I have to take the whole thing apart). The automatic feed simply does not work. wish they had the older model, at least it worked. I want to give it .25 stars, but i had to click one.
This weed eater is being replaced tomorrow.I bought it in 2004 and it has worked fine althought it was not used hard.
The unit still works but the head got moisture in it and I can't replace the cartridge filled with trimmer line.
A bit of advice,if you buy one don't try to wind up new string into the cartridge,buy a whole new cartridge,about $9.00 and save yourself a lot of aggravation.
I've owned about 6 electric weedeaters and this is BY FAR the worst one yet. When the line breaks, you can't bump it to get more line. Instead, you have to stop the wheel from spinning and then push a button on the side of the wheel and pull on the line simultaneously. The line would break every 10 or so feet.
Many times, the line would break off completely, requiring you to pull off the cap, take out the line reel, unwind it, place the end back thru the wheel's line hole and then reassemble. I had to do the latter task three times within a fifteen-foot stretch earlier today. When it broke a fourth time three feet later, I gave up and threw it in the trash where it belongs. Everytime I've used it, this stuff would happen.
DO NOT waste your money on this junk, spend $10-20 more and get something worthwhile. A different brand is recommendable.
This is a worthless piece of junk. I spent so much time trying to do my yard that I just gave up.
I wished that I had never bought this. WARNING TO ANYONE LOOKING FOR A WEED EATER, DON'T BUY THIS PRODUCT!!
I bought this weekeater last year as something that wasn't the cheapest, but it would be light weight for me to use to trim the weeds around my home. Well, after using this weed eater for one season, the weed eater started smoking and then flames shot out of the head of it. Although I love fireworks on the 4th of July, this incident on the 2nd of July just didn't cut it for me and the fireworks. Not only did I have problems with the fire, but trying to change the spindal out made it quite difficutl to use....do not buy ....save the money and find something of better quality!
The trimmer does a good job but replacing the trimmer line is difficult and time consuming. The instructions in the owners manual to manually feed the string is difficult to follow and the string does not automatically feed after you replace it. Wal Mart only carries the replacement string and not the replacement spools for this model. If you buy this trimmer order the replacement spool from Weed Eater you will save yourself alot of time and head ache.
After 10 years, I'm having to replace my weedeater... and I am buying the same model, mainly because it's easy to use. Yes, it has it's challenges with repacing the line & the line feed, but it's dependable & lightweight (compared to the gas models).
This product is one reason people don't work on their yards. I've used it 3 times and it ran out of line on the 3rd try. Bought some new line, which the clerk said was the root of my trouble. The line breaks every 3 feet while edging causing you to remove the cap and manually feed the line through. My neighbor grimaces (or laughs) evertime he hears the fequency change on the weedeater (line eater). He knows it just broke. I should have read the reviews first. What a piece of junk!!! I will say it does one thing very good. It flys 30 feet further than it can edge without breaking.
Here's a usage tip "Use something else".
I previously owned (and loved) the gas-version of this weedeater, but was due for a new one. I very much enjoyed the trimming/edge combo, but it appears that weedeater no longer makes the gas model of this trimmer, so I purchased this electric model.
After three tries, I am extremely disappointed.
The .65 line breaks very quickly, and the automatic line feed never works, so what should take just a few minutes turns into half an hour, easily. After reading the instruction manual and giving this thing three chances, I am returning it to Wal Mart and looking for another brand.
I have used gas weedeaters with satisfaction for over ten years, so I was surprised and disgusted with the (lack of) quality with this one.
If I had to do it again, I would use my wife's good scissors before I would use this weedeater.
I just bought this to clean up my yard, and it works like it says. I was able cut those ugly grassy weeds on the side of my house with no problem.
This product is a piece of junk. On the positive side, it is fairly lightweight and not too tiring on the hands and arms for extended periods of time. All the rest of the review is negative. It is constantly breaking the line, it does NOT automatically feed through, and you are constantly stopping and removing the spool to either untangle OR pull out additional line. I had this weed eater less than one full year, with moderate use (about once a week on a small yard). It was only used to do edging and, if it worked the way it should, about 15 minutes worth of work each time. I would spend an HOUR each time because it was constantly breaking the line and I had to re-thread it. One day, after using it in the yard, the motor made a sharp sound and just quit on me. It had always been kept indoors and was well taken care of. Less than 8 months old and the motor went out on it. I would NOT recommend this product.
I have bought Weed Eater brands for many years but now I am searching for one like they used to make. I despise having to keep winding the string on & taking it apart to get it unstuck. Getting no more than 4 to 5 ft. at a time. Disgusting. GO BASCK TO THE CARTRIDGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
returned product within 3 hours,auto line feed does not work,great in theory but horrible design, absolute piece of junk more reviews will reveal lack of quality.
I'ts just powerful enough for your average jobs.Cuts 2-3 inch grass fairly well .Good buy for small to average grass area jobs.I would recommend this to my friends/family.
This weedeater was a great value and does a good job.
If I had know that you had to buy the replacement spool instead of rewinding it yourself I never
would have purchased this model. The spool is around 7 to 8 dollars. By the time you buy
3 spools you could just buy a new weed eater. If you want one that you can rewind do not
buy this model.
I have a '75 x 175 foot piece of land. With all the rain we got last year and this spring, it's been hard to find a dry day to trim the ditch running along side my property. So the weeds get fairly high by the time I can get to them. I am sure with a small flat piece of property this product would be a good product to use. But if you have a large piece of land or you have ditches or uneven property to deal with or you live in an area that has had a lot of rain, allowing for overgrowth of weeds, I don't recommend this product. One, the cord sometimes slips off the product and you have to plug the cord back in. Two, you constantly have to stop and manually feed the string because the string doesn't feed properly (this is a BIG headache). Also, I had it only two years and this season the motor burned out. I'm not sure if it was due to the tall weeds or because I couldn't wait any longer for the ditch to dry, the weeds had to come down. So it might have been over worked or maybe isn't designed to handle damp weeds. This product is only designed for light use. Not heavy duty. It's true what they say, you get what you pay for.
I bought this to replace our OLD Weed Eater brand weed eater and I am extremely disappointed! I wish I would've read the reviews before purchasing, lesson learned. I would give it 0 stars if that was possible. I share the sentiment of others who have issues with the auto feeding, not being able to reload the line, and I wish it had the tap mechanism like the old reliable one did. I almost threw this in the creek behind our house the last time I used it because I was SOOOO frustrated!! I have used it 3 times and will not use it again. It adds at least 1-2 hours on my yard work time which means less time to relax and enjoy my beautiful yard when it's done...I HATE THIS WEED EATER and I don't ever use the word HATE. Please save your money, read reviews and save yourself a big headache!