Pros / The curved 52-inch shaft is perfect for shorter users.
Cons / At 108 decibels, it’s one of the loudest gas trimmers we tested.
Verdict / The Craftsman Gas Trimmer is compact and lightweight, but the motor produces a lot of vibration and noise. This is a good choice for a small yard without a lot of hard-to-reach areas.
The Craftsman 25cc 2-Cycle gas weed whacker has a user-friendly curved shaft that gets into hard-to-reach spots in your yard. The shaft is 52 inches long, and while the curved end doesn't wear out your arms as quickly, it reduces the length you can reach in front of you, increasing the likelihood of accidentally hitting your shoes or pant legs.
Like all of the weed whackers we tested, the string has a dual-line function, so two strings rotate when the head is in motion for more precise cuts. The string, however, doesn't wind. Instead, you must use cut string that threads through the head. You can purchase pre-cut strings or a spool of string from your local Craftsman store to replace the string when it wears down. While the thought of not having to take apart the spool and rewind the string was appealing, it took just as much effort to stop and remove the worn-down nubs of string. We were not impressed with the downtime this created during testing.
In our testing, this gas trimmer was decent for cutting grass, weeds and small branches. It does vibrate a lot, which can tire your arms out over time. Our biggest complaint, though, was the noise. The Craftsman measured at a loud 108 decibels (dB), which ties it for the loudest weed trimmer in our lineup. By comparison, the best weed eaters are 96 dB or lower. That may not sound like much of a difference, but on a loudness scale, 10 additional decibels is equivalent to tripling in volume. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) recommends wearing hearing protection when you're exposed to constant sounds louder than 85 dB. If you’re interested in a quieter option, the Weed Eater W25SFK is a quieter machine with similar functionality.
For its compact size, the Craftsman gas trimmer has a wide 16-inch cutting path, which is above average. It only holds 10 ounces of gas, so it runs low quickly. However, this trimmer does save gas by stopping the head when the engine idles – a feature we appreciated, especially since it substantially reduced the noise level when idling.
This gas trimmer comes with a standard two-year warranty and good online support. If you ever have problems, you can use the service center locator on the manufacturer website.
The Craftsman 25cc 2-Cycle weed whacker is a compact, lightweight trimmer that is easy to carry around the yard. Unfortunately, it has a small gas tank and it runs very loud and vibrates more than our top-ranked weed whackers. It’s a valid option for small yards that don’t have many hard-to-reach areas.