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Craftsman 21212 Review

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued.

Our Verdict

This lightweight electric weed eater will cut your grass and give you a 12-inch cutting base.

For

  • This electric string trimmer comes with two feed lines and the speed you'll need to cut through grass and weeds.

Against

  • The Craftsman electric trimmer has a bump feed instead of an automatic feed, which may be less convenient.
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This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows an illustration on the weed eater.

This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows an illustration on the weed eater.
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This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows a parts list and numbers corresponding to the parts.

This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows a parts list and numbers corresponding to the parts.
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This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows where the main features are on the trimmer.

This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows where the main features are on the trimmer.
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This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows how attach the grass deflector.

This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows how attach the grass deflector.
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This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows where the power trigger and extension cord outlet are located.

This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows where the power trigger and extension cord outlet are located.
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This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows where to attach the grass deflector.

This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows where to attach the grass deflector.
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This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows how to loop the extension cord around the retention hook to help keep the extension cord plugged in.

This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows how to loop the extension cord around the retention hook to help keep the extension cord plugged in.
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This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows the front and rear handle.

This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows the front and rear handle.
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This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows the proper operating position.

This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows the proper operating position.
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This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows how to advance the string by gently bumping the head of the trimmer on the ground.

This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows how to advance the string by gently bumping the head of the trimmer on the ground.
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This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows a close-up view of the pivot button.

This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows a close-up view of the pivot button.
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This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows how the trimmer looks when you convert it to an edger.

This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows how the trimmer looks when you convert it to an edger.
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This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows the rotation direction and best cutting area on the trimmer.

This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows the rotation direction and best cutting area on the trimmer.
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This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows how to rotate the shaft.

This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows how to rotate the shaft.
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This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows all of the parts included in the head of the equipment.

This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows all of the parts included in the head of the equipment.
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This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows a magnified view of the telescoping boom coupler.

This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows a magnified view of the telescoping boom coupler.
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This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows how the edger guide can move into position if you need it and you can move it out of the way if you prefer to work without it.

This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows how the edger guide can move into position if you need it and you can move it out of the way if you prefer to work without it.
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This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows the proper way to wind the string.

This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows the proper way to wind the string.
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This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows the rear handle of the trimmer.

This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows the rear handle of the trimmer.
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This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows the front-facing handle.

This image of the Craftsman 21212 electric string trimmer shows the front-facing handle.

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

The Craftsman electric trimmer (model number 21212) certainly has the speed behind it to buzz through your grass. It also has two feed lines to do twice as much work. The head on the trimmer tilts in two different working positions to help you get the right trimming angle. This electric string trimmer is a good choice because Craftsman offers a customer help line that has a short waiting time and friendly customer-service representatives.

The head on this electric string trimmer moves at 9,000 rotations per minute (rpm). This is on the high end for the electric weed trimmers we reviewed. The power and the speed for these machines are important because they factor together to enable your trimmer to cut through weeds. While this electric line trimmer has plenty of speed in its rotations, its power is not as great as some of the other products we reviewed. The Craftsman electric trimmer has 4 amperes (amp) of power behind it.

This electric weed whacker is good for light trimming, such as grass. It has a 12-inch cutting swath to make trimming large areas quick work. It only weighs 5.24 pounds, so your arms won't become fatigued as fast as they would with heavier electric string trimmers.

To advance the line, bump the head where the line feed is located on the ground lightly. Some people like the bump mechanism over the automatic string advancement because you can more easily monitor how much line you use as you trim. This electric string trimmer uses the standard 0.065-inch diameter line. Additionally, the Craftsman electric trimmer has two feed lines for twice the effectiveness.

Another feature we liked is the telescoping shaft just below the front handle. The handle rotates 180 degrees so you can go directly from trimming to edging. The telescoping shaft also enables you to adjust the shaft length. According to the customer help line, with the shaft fully extended, this electric string trimmer is about 4 feet long. The Craftsman electric trimmer comes with a straight shaft so you can reach under areas with low clearance. The owner's manual reminds you to unplug it before adjusting the telescoping handle or adjusting any of the parts.

It has two handles, one on the top and another in front, so you can keep better control of where you're moving the Craftsman electric trimmer. It also makes it easier to hold than an electric string trimmer with only one handle. You can lock the rear handle into two positions.

The head tilts in three different positions, ensuring you'll be able to get just the right angle for the job. Two of the positions are for trimming and edging. The third is for storing the unit. To adjust the head to the various angles, all you have to do is press the pivot button.

With the edge guard on this electric weed eater, you don't have to worry about chopping more than you planned. The edge guard keeps you from getting too close to flowerbeds, shrubberies and your prized garden gnome. The edge guard isn't retractable; it's a permanent fixture.

The Craftsman electric trimmer also comes with a grass deflector that helps protect you from debris. The deflector goes over the back of the head and the area where the string spins in the back. Even though the grass deflector is in place, you should still always wear protective footwear to lessen the likelihood of injury.

This is a corded electric string trimmer, which means it requires you to plug an extension cord into the trimmer and a power outlet. Be aware that most electric weed trimmers, including this one, don't include an extension cord. The rear handle has a hook in it to keep the power cord plugged into the trimmer. Now, if only there was a hook to keep your power cord plugged into the outlet.

You don't have to use any tools to insert more line into your machine or adjust its working angle. You will need a screwdriver, however, when you assemble the Craftsman electric trimmer. Assembly is limited to attaching the grass deflector and the front handle. Although the electric weed whacker doesn't come with an extension cord, the manual gives you information about which cord wire size (AWG) is appropriate for the amps your electric weed eater uses.

An owner's manual comes with the electric string trimmer. It has information and directions in English and Spanish. The manual walks you through the steps of assembling the parts and teaches you how to use the machine safely. You can also find reference numbers for the spool and line in the Features section.

It provides a telephone number for the customer help line you can call if any of the parts are damaged or missing. The telephone number is printed on the front of the operation manual, as well as throughout the manual for easy access. We called the help line several times and had next to no waiting time. The customer service was friendly, and the representative answered our questions promptly.

On the manufacturer's website, you can find a telephone number for stores that sell the electric weed whacker, an email address for tech support, information on repairs and an online manual. You can also find information on product recalls, accessories and shipping options.

The Craftsman electric trimmer comes with a two-year warranty. The product is covered against defects in the workmanship or materials. If your electric string trimmer has a defect, Craftsman will repair it or give you a new one. The warranty doesn't cover the line or the spool.

The Craftsman electric trimmer has the speed to chop through weeds and grass. It doesn't have as much power as some of the electric string trimmers we reviewed, but the increase in speed helps make up for any lack of power. The Craftsman electric trimmer (model number 21212) allows you to adjust the head of the trimmer as well as the length and direction of the telescoping handle. With this trimmer and edger, you'll be able to tackle your lawn upkeep.