Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 37
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Greg Great tool... but WARNING!
Did not run out of the box...
Called Poulan and they said, "The carburetor needs to be adjusted because it was tuned to California standards at the factory." Because I lived in Michigan, something about the altitude difference caused it not to run properly (air/fuel mixture in the carb).
Also, be aware that the government EPA has enacted a new law that only authorized dealers can tune the adjustment screws on two stroke carburetors (for emissions reasons). Because of this, you need a special tool (illegal to sell to non-authorized dealers) to tune the carb.
Anyways, I got the trimmer tuned for free (under warranty), and it works great now.
June 6, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by GardenerBob Disappointing
I bought this model to replace an older version of it that I've had for about 10 years. I love the twist n edge feature and I'm an avid gardener. The biggest disappointment with this new model is the trimmer head that is supposed to automatically advance and keep the trimming line at just the right length. It doesn't do a good enough job at keeping up with me in heavier grasses. I also don't like that it is limited to just the one kind of trimmer line, as I prefer lines of other strengths and shapes. I think I will replace the trimming head with a different one if I can find one available.
September 4, 2010
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Stinger23 Love the Twist & Edge Concept But...
I was ecstatic when I found this trimmer online because I used to have a Craftsman trimmer that was just like it. I used that trimmer for 10 years but Sears doesn't carry it anymore. This Poulan version is identical except everything on it is more plasticy and more cheaply made. I was very disappointed when I took it out the box. The handle feels like it could fall off at any time. It took me forever to get it started and then it wouldn't stay running. The next time I tried using brand new gas and oil hoping that would help but to no availa Once you do get it started, it does a nice job trimming, but that usually takes 15-20 minutes and your arm is practically pulled out of it's socket by then. Not sure how if I'll make it through the first summer with this thing.
May 15, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Frach Good Trimmer with Edger Option
This trimmer has the same features of my weedeater weed wacker that I had for 15 years. This trimmer is self feeding without having to hit the head on the ground. I'm not always confident that the wire extends completely each and every time though. The weed wacker is not light when you're working on a big yard. It is also rather loud as compared to other weed wackers that I have used. I've since used a straight shaft trimmer and I would almost prefer this type in the future for ease of use and light weight.
May 14, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Dveeus Work's OK
I read the reviews before purchasing and I was a little leery about the starting issue. However, I followed the instruction even to the tune of purchasing the 2 cycle oil it recommends and on the second pull it started right up and has run very well. However, I do no not like the cutting or trimming park. I can't seem to get the string at the right height to cut effectively. Too low and no trimming or to high and no trim. I have to keep trying to find the right height to hold the trimmer in order to trim. This is very cumbersome. My old trimmer just cut. It did not matter what height you held it at. This model is very finicky. When you find the right height, it works very well other than that you are using a pumping action looking for the right effective cutting height..
August 6, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by EBoo7 Product has great features for the cost.
Only have had the trimmer for a couple of weeks. It is very lightweight and handles well. The item is rather hard to start cold, pretty good after it warms up. I'm not sure about the automatic line feed. Guess you just have to figure out how tight or loose it needs for that feature to work.
Don't like the line advancing when trying to get it started, again that might be how tight or loose it is.
It is quiet and works well.
Hope things straighten out after more use for this first time gas trimmer purchase.
June 18, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by WFRCB1 This is the only trimmer which incorporates the weedeater Twist 'n edge feature which allows quick change of the trimmer from a trimmer to edger.
This model was puchased to replace my Weedeater twist 'n edge that finally died after 11 years. This model uses the same feature which I like, especially for edging. The purchase was only available online. When it arrived the trimmer's choke lever was broken inside the box in addiiton to the air cleaner cover. Poulan customer service directed me to the local repair facility. It took two weeks plus to get the trimmer back, primarily because the replacement choke lever arrived broken, finally a new unit was shipped. The build quality is not to the same standard of eleven years ago. The repair shop found most of the screw fasteners loose, requiring re-tightening.
The shop also adjusted the carb settings. The repair shop did great work!
After all of this, the trimmer worked fine first time out.
June 21, 2011
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by BamaOutlaw Could've Done Better
My first curved shaft trimmer, not really fond of it so far but maybe it'll grow on me. On the plus side, it has started up first time every time so far. (4 weeks) Super easy to use, I like the auto feed line, as I'm a bumper, and typically waste a lot of string with the bump feed models, and I'm still on the line that it came pre-spun with, a month later, so that's great! Also, the twist and edge feature rocks for going around the house as well as sidewalks!
April 8, 2013