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4.0 out of 5 starsGood trimmer but not without issues
Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2011
I got this trimmer because it's four stroke and works with propane. I do not get along with two stroke oil burners.
It assembled easily but did not start so easy. After many, many pulls on the rope it started and worked fine. But every time I need to restart it was another workout for my pulling arm. Turns out it was a faulty carburetor. The company sent me a new one, which took two weeks due to it being "back-ordered"; they forgot to send it after my first call.
Replacing the carburetor was simple, but you will need to review a YouTube video to learn how to adjust the throttle needle; the new carb did not come with instructions and none can be found on the Lehr website. Once the new carb was in place the trimmer started and restarted just as advertised; one or two pulls.
The string head hit something on the first use and now has a hole in it, but it still functions. I would replace it but can not find any after-market parts for a Lehr. The bump feature for string release does not work dependably, this may be because in Florida we have soft sand and the button can not make solid contact with the ground in order to operate properly.
The strap is useless. I'm 6' tall and using the strap places the trimmer head at an angle to the ground, but it's light enough just to hold with two hands.
I have not been able to get two hours of use out of one canister of propane, as advertised, only about 90 minutes.
If there were no problems with this trimmer I would be singing its praises, but it has quality control issues as others have also stated. So if you don't mind dealing with a few issues, and are looking for an eco-friendly trimmer, I think it's a good buy.
PROPANE POWERED TRIMMER
16.4 oz. / 465 g propane bottle
For assistance with assembly
or operation call:
CAUTION: Before using
this product, read this
manual and follow all
safety rules and operating
Sears, Roebuck and Co., Ho man Estates, IL 60179, U.S.A.
Visit our web site: www.sears.com/craftsman
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Propane Powered Lawn Trimmer and Sears Fall Short in Green Effort
25 Jun 2009 Propane Powered Lawn Trimmer and Sears Fall Short in Green Effort
Posted at 06:01h in Sustainable Perspective by Dennis Salazar
Recently on this blog we published a post applauding mega retailer Home Depot for going above and beyond in their garden department by making it easy for their customers to return their empty polystyrene floral containers. They could have decided their responsibility ended at the cash register but opted to assume some level of responsibility after the sale.
If we praise effort like Home Depot’s, we also have to condemn a retailer like Sears who is most definitely guilty of promoting a product for its green benefits; in this case a zero emission, propane powered lawn trimmer, and failing to assume the post sale responsibility that is certainly theirs.
Are Propane Powered Garden Tools Really Green?
The Green Product
The problems really started when I realized the propane fuel tanks my new trimmer would use are not refillable. So I asked a friendly Sears employee about recycling and disposal. The propane tanks are metal so if not refillable, certainly they have to be recyclable, right? The minimal information provided indicated each tank lasts approximately two hours so it did not take a mathematician or landscaper to determine I was likely to create an empty cylinder every other week or ten to twelve cylinders over the course of a single Chicago summer. I was surprised when the man offering “trained Sears’s assistance” said he had no idea about disposal or recycling. I guess that was not covered in sales training class.
The Search for Information and Eco Truth
The Green Pitch
Recalling we do business with a company for propane for our fork lift, I thought they might have some answers. They were kind enough to tell me that they would accept one or two empty tanks but did not want to be a collection point since the small, empty canisters I was eager to get rid of had no value, only cost to them.
I turned to our local village for assistance and they quickly sent me to a county department in charge of hazardous waste. The lady who answered the phone immediately understood the problem and told me I was the fourth call that day on the same topic. She admitted her family used a similar propane cylinder for cooking while camping but told me they (county government) could not accept the cylinders because they were not considered hazardous. “What do you do with yours?” I naively asked. “I bury and hide them in my kitchen garbage bags” she replied, “Otherwise our waste hauler won’t take them.”
Sustainability and the Return of the Propane Grass Trimmer
I saw no choice but to take the trimmer back to Sears for a refund. I then went to another retailer and bought an 18 volt rechargeable model that was Energy Star rated. Not exactly what I had in mind but I decided it was the best possible option for now as I imagined thousands or ten of thousands of these supposedly empty propane tanks soon buried in our landfills.
What About Sears?
The Green Problem
From a marketing perspective, I also thought about how sad it is with all of their resources and people that Sears never realized what a huge opportunity this new source of power is for them. If they thought beyond the cash register, what if they decided to be a collection point for the empty propane tanks? What if in exchange for empty propane tanks Sears rewarded eco minded customers with a discount coupon or other incentive designed to bring customers back to their stores?
Going forward the market is sure to judge retailers who don’t do the right thing every bit as harshly as retailers who do the wrong thing. Green washing by conveniently dropping the sustainable ball on the products they sell, is really no different than lying through omission or even outright deception. Call it eco consistency and you know I do, but Sears failed to look beyond the sale and has missed a tremendous opportunity to be a market leader and a good environmental citizen.
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