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Craftsman 79120

*Est. $160
Reviewed
June 2012
by ConsumerSearch
Craftsman 79120

Pros
  • Powerful
  • Easy to start
  • Can tackle tall weeds
  • Accepts attachments
  • Attractive price for a gas trimmer
Cons
  • Handling is somewhat awkward
  • Gets hot
  • Noisy
  • Goes through string quickly

Reviewers say the Craftsman 79120 gas-powered string trimmer packs a punch at a relatively modest price. This 27 cc trimmer performs well in professional testing, especially against tall grass and weeds -- although testers note that overall ease of handling and maneuverability is only so-so. Users also say it starts easily and is very powerful.

They also have a few complaints: The trimmer is hot when held close to the operator's body, it's loud and it tends to run through string quickly. A nice feature of the Craftsman 79120 is that unlike most string trimmers, it can accept attachments like a blower, brush cutter or hedge trimmer. That allows the user to do multiple jobs with one basic tool. However, it doesn't have the low emissions and all-around performance of the slightly more expensive Hitachi CG22EASSLP (*Est. $190) .

The Craftsman 79120 is one of more than two dozen gas-powered string trimmers included in tests at ConsumerReports.org. Each is rated for trimming and edging performance, ability to tackle tall grass and weeds, handling and general ease of use. Results are reported in a chart, making it easy to compare different models. We found about 45 owner reviews for this trimmer at Sears.com, the only website that sells Craftsman tools.

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Editors include the Craftsman 79120 among the gas-powered string trimmers they subject to detailed testing. Each trimmer is rated on its performance at trimming, edging and taking down tall weeds, as well as overall handling and ease of use

Review: String Trimmers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Updated May 2012

2. Sears.com

We found more than 40 reviews for the Craftsman 79120 at Sears.com, the exclusive retailer of Craftsman tools. Owners say the trimmer starts easily and delivers great power and good value. Their most common complaint is that the trimmer is too hot when held close to the body. Overall, users give the trimmer 4 stars out of a possible 5, and 69 percent of owners say they would recommend it.

Review: Craftsman 27 cc* 2-Cycle Crank Straight Shaft Weedwacker Gas Trimmer, Contributors to Sears.com

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