The Tanaka string trimmer turns out to be another high cost, low quality item. I purchased my trimmer 1 year ago. I applied for the rebate but never received it. The trimmer functioned great during the last part of the 2010 season when I used it. It starts well and has as much power as expected for a 21cc trimmer. It is a nice light weight unit.
Now for the bad news. I stored it without fuel last year in an inside area. This year I get it out and the fuel lines are swelled and cracked. I get my other trimmer out that is 4 years old, add fuel, and it starts and runs great. It is a larger unit with a saw attachment but cost 1/3 the cost of the Tanaka. I believe it is reasonable to say the Tanaka should not have fuel lines that full off after one year of use. When I read the 7 year warranty it indicates fuel lines are not covered.
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