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Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

May 31, 2009
6:37 PM

Post #6622507

I gave away the new Craftsman because I couldn't get it started.

I need one that's not a big monster, and EASY to start. I'm 62 and aint what I used to be, booo.

Thanks for your help!
Shenandoah Valley, VA

May 31, 2009
11:46 PM

Post #6623719

Molamola, look at the Black and Decker rechargeable ones. No starting problems at all and no cords like the electric ones. I have one and just love it because I don't have to worry about getting it started.


Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 3, 2009
2:22 PM

Post #6635692

hart, you beat me to it! Another plus is the other B and D tools that use the exact same battery pack which is efficient.
Shenandoah Valley, VA

June 3, 2009
2:45 PM

Post #6635812

Yes, so if you need more whacking time, just steal the battery from your husband's drill. LOL Actually, really kidding. They come with two batteries and I actually own just as many power tools as my guy.
Kearney, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 23, 2011
7:51 AM

Post #8515123

My husband was having trouble starting our Craftsman Weed Eater, both in pulling & keeping it "lit". He has had 1 shoulder surgery & needs another, Lowe's, in our area, sells several different models from Troy Bilt with an optional electric start thingy. That was $34.95. The salesman was kind enough to tell us that you could put the right size of Allen wrench in a drill to start it. Since we have 3 acres, that makes it handy to bring a drill with you rather than having to go to the house to restart it. The model we picked was 4 cycle with a curved head for $174.95. He threw in a strap since that model didn't include one. There are several attachments available.

Since we have had rain/hail since we purchased it, I can't report as to how well it works, but will post later.

The salesman said someone who purchased it cut off an Allen wrench so he would have a straight "bit" & it worked great.

Kearney, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 1, 2011
6:23 AM

Post #8531820

It took awhile for the rain to stop, but the elec. start is a big hit. None of the Allen wrenches, including metric, were compatible. But, instead of buying the $34.95 starter, Lowe's has a Troy Bilt bit that fits in a drill for $9.95. It has to be a high speed drill. It started right up with the starter & by pulling the rope.

As a side note, all of our Craftsman attachments fit the Troy Bilt.

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