Model #917773705 CRAFTSMAN Line Trimmers/Weedwackers, Gas

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Q:

craftman high wheel weed trimmer

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Managemylife.com has answers to questions like yours on the Craftsman trimmer. Other members have issue with starting the trimmer, as described in the link provided below. Hope this is helpful while an expert responds with additional information.

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Anna T -
October 07, 2012
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You need to remove the cover to the engine pulley to make sure the belt is routed to include the idler pulley, that should be engaged and disengaged by pulling and releasing the safety bail on the handle of the machine. My machine managed to get about a 1/2 inch diameter dried black-berry stalk jammed into my machine's idler pulley mechanism and I had to do the above. Nothing was damaged and the idler pulley mechanism, cable and bail has worked fine for going on 8 years now. Good luck and enjoy that high-wheel trimmer. They're awesome little beasts on all sorts of brush and black-berry vine encroachment areas. This is also the machine to trim back ground cover where tree stumps, tree limbs, sprinkler heads, jeep bumpers, chain, barbed wire, aircraft cable, tomato cages, vodka bottles, axe heads, machinery gears and barrel hoops might just RUIN a steel bladed walk behind mower or even a belt driven ride-on mower set of blades (50 bucks).

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Adam -
October 08, 2012
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Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the trimmer. If the cutter head will not stop turning I recommend checking the idler return spring. If the spring is not connected, the idler is not pulled back when the lever is disengaged. The image below shows the spring location. If you are having a problem with the engine starting, I recommend checking the fuel supply first. If it is older than 5 weeks old, it should be drained and refilled with fresh. If it still is hard to start, I recommend cleaning the carburetor. I found a video that shows how to clean the carburetor. Click here to watch the video.

Be sure to work in a well ventilated area.



I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

Thank you for using Manage My Life!

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
October 08, 2012
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Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the trimmer. If the cutter head will not stop turning I recommend checking the idler return spring. If the spring is not connected, the idler is not pulled back when the lever is disengaged. The image below shows the spring location. If you are having a problem with the engine starting, I recommend checking the fuel supply first. If it is older than 5 weeks old, it should be drained and refilled with fresh. If it still is hard to start, I recommend cleaning the carburetor. I found a video that shows how to clean the carburetor. Click here to watch the video.

Be sure to work in a well ventilated area.



I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

Thank you for using Manage My Life!

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
October 08, 2012
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I own a 5.5 horsepower 22" wheeled weed trimmer .craftsman that I cant find line for. I have .155 lie that is to thin. I've been to 5 sears stores and no one knows where I can find it. its very thick perhaps 1/4"

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william -
July 14, 2015
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v-belt for wheeled weed trimmer 917.773705

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Thank you for choosing Searspartsdirect.com and being a valued member. I can certainly assist you.

You would need to contact our customer care department so they can put a research in on the part. I show that the belt was substituted, but may be a longer belt. Our customer care team will be able to get the information you need.

 
You can also visit searpartsdirect.com for parts, diagrams, and repair information.

 

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

Thank you for your question. Have a great day.

SAFETY NOTICE: Be sure to disconnect power to the appliance before performing any repairs. If you are not comfortable with doing any voltage checks that might be recommended, please contact your local service provider for repairs. Be aware that there could be sharp edges inside the appliance that could cause cuts or other injuries to yourself or others.

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Natasha12 -
Sears Technician
July 12, 2015
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craftsman bushwacker

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I know how important it is to have a good working trimmer in the home so that you can keep your grass edged up. I did some research and I was able to find a link with a similar question. I hope this helps with your repairs while you wait for your expert response.

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Joseph P. -
October 16, 2012
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Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the trimmer. The trimmer does not have a belt adjustment. If the belt is slipping, I recommend checking the condition of the belt first. I posted an image below that show how to access the belt. Just click on the image to enlarge it. If the belt looks ok, have a helper engage the cutter with the engine off. Once engaged the spring on the end of the cable should be stretched and the belt should be tight. If it is not tight, check the idler pivot. If it moves freely, I recommend replacing the belt.

I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
October 17, 2012
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