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Homelite 24v cordless lawn mower.
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TAUNTON, MASSACHUSETTS -- I bought a Homelite 24v cordless lawn mower last year. In the 1st season I used it, it had a power surge that melted the key to the handle. Seeing it was still under warranty, I returned it & got another one. I should have thought twice before doing that. Now it being the 2nd season, with a new Homelite 24v cordless lawn mower, fresh out of the box, the battery doesn't charge properly.
Seeing that half of my lawn is mowed, I need to go get another lawn mower & NOT a Homelite cordless!
It is apparently obvious, that this mower has too many issues and/or bugs that the company needs to work out. It shouldn't be on the market.
     
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Slimjim on 08/23/2012:
I wonder have effective a cordless mower would be as I'm thinking of getting away from a gas one. I can say this, I bought a cordless Weedeater and find it far underperforms compared to my old gas models. I also used to get cordless hedge trimmers, which did work OK, but the batteries would be shot within a couple years.
prince caesar on 08/23/2012:
I've heard nothing but negative things about cordless mowers. From being too weak, to mechanical problems....Id never buy one. I have a briggs and stratton gasoline lawn mower and I love it.
JB on 11/05/2012:
We also have a melted key since September. It has been backordered until December. Prior to this the battery had to be replaced as well. DO NOT PURCHASE THIS MOWER - MODEL UT13126.
Steve on 05/09/2013:
I just got the Homelite 24v. Cordless in the middle of 2011 it worked great for those two months and even the whole summer of 2012 this year I used it once it was fine no problem went to use it a week later, had it on the charger until it read fully charged took it off the charger and started cutting the grass only half the lawn was cut befor the charge was low again so I put it on the charger again for about 30 minutes in hopes theres enough charge to finish the lawn anyway started back where I left off started the mower moved two feet and it totally died. Once again charged it until it read fully charged went to use it and it did not work so I found myself hooking up a battery starter to the motor in order to finish the lawn and yes I know that's getto but it worked
rick on 11/16/2013:
its all about making money. With technology comes a high cost. Imagine replacing a battery at 60.00 every year or two. What No limit charger IO thought this was illegal not to sell a rechargeable w/o a limit for charging/auto shut off. Homelite will never get my business ever again. Whata China freeken creeps crooks scum bags to do this to people and the Gov does nothing AGAIN. Hate all this crap one day revolution and its comin.
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Repairs Parts "No Longer Available" After Only 6.5 Years
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I purchased a Homelite portable gas generator 6.5 years ago, and have used it approximately 8 hours over that time frame. The carburetor literally fell apart during its most recent use. My local repair shop could not do anything because parts are no longer available for this Chinese mfr'd engine. After 7 phone calls to Homelite, being disconnected or put on hold the first 5 times, I was finally able to speak with a manager who told me the same thing - no parts. Homelite is unwilling to do anything whatsoever - no buyback, no exchange - nothing. I can purchase parts for just about any piece of machinery or equipment far older than this generator and keep the products in working order for very long periods of time.

The fact that this Homelite equipment failed after such little use (it still looks brand new!)' and yet repair/replacement parts are no longer mfd. is ludicrous. The lack of ANY compensatory help from Homelite is shameful in this age of customer service.

I would not purchase anything manufactured by Homelite or their other companies for fear of the same thing happening again. A $650 dollar piece of equipment that is of no use whatsoever after such little time and use should make everyone question the quality of Homelite products.
     
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MIkeBrady on 10/30/2013:
Light use is likely what caused your issue. Gas engines that are not used frequently should be drained of gas. Gasoline gums up after time and will destroy a carburetor. Next time, drain it or run it until it is empty.
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Homrlite of Homelite product
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- I bought a Homelite Weed Trimmer and after few uses noticed the engine would not start. Called customer service and walla it can only be repaired by dealer. Did some study and found out it needs carburator adjustent and when tried to adjust carburator noticed they had special screws that needed special tool from Homelite. This company is a rip off. Carburator adjustment by dealer only, special weird screws that can only be tightened by Homelite and dealer, parts only available through Homelite, in the mean time I can't trim and care for my lawn. What a miserable company product rip off. Extremely. dissatisfied
     
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trmn8r on 05/27/2012:
Yes, they have at least 3 special screw heads - single D, double D (my favorite), and Pac-Man.

You can get cheap versions of a tool for about $4 on Ebay.

My guess is they don't want consumers adjusting the mixture too lean, burning the motor up, and then returning the trimmer for warranty repair. On my Stihl chainsaw, they have a "stop" that prevents the mixture screws from being turned very far.
Mr Prosser on 12/13/2013:
Now on my second Homelite HLT25CNB, a retailer replacement for the first one with a faulty cutting head. After an hour of use, the cutting head on this second one has disintegrated, become unbalanced and melted. I can't even remove the damned thing. Don't waste your money on this Chinese-made rubbish.
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Won't start
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Of all the gasoline lawn mowers and trimmers I have used down through the years, this handheld "weed wacker" is the most difficult to start of all of them and I have not been able to start it this season at all. It is stored indoors and fuel is replaced each year. Yet even with starting fluid the thing will not start. The instructions say to pull the cord 8 times on full choke, then 6 times at half choke BUT NO MORE. It does not say what to do after this if it does not start.

Also, at times it is incredibly difficult to pull the start cord. It feels as though pressure or resistance of some sort builds up in the cylinders as you pull the start cord a few times. Then its gone in the next few pulls and builds up again as you continue to pull the cord.

     
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jktshff1 on 06/04/2011:
tried changing the sparkplug and cleaning the filter?
MRM on 06/04/2011:
I have bought a Black & Decker weed wacker that runs on 18v battery and I love it! No more depending on gas, no more pulling start cord, and its quiet.

See my review of the cordless weed wacker here: http://community.my3cents.com/showTopic.cgi?id=23546
madconsumer on 06/04/2011:
I am thinking the same as with jkt. have you verified there is a spark?
GenuineNerd on 06/04/2011:
Does this weed eater have a 2-cycle engine (meaning that you have to mix 2-cycle oil with the gasoline, usually at 50:1)? Sometimes, if the oil/gas mix isn't exactly right, either the weed eater won't start at all, or will smoke badly when started. I once had a gas weed eater that I got from my stepfather (don't remember the brand offhand), but for both him and me, getting the thing started and running was sheer aggravation. Eventually the weed eater had to be thrown in the trash since it started leaking fuel badly...I ended up buying an electric one as a replacement.
Anonymous on 06/04/2011:
MRM> I was at Lowes yesterday, and was looking at trimmers, and I couldn't help but fall in love with the 18V cordless/fuel-less model.
MRM on 06/04/2011:
Whatever cordless trimmer you choose, get the one that comes with two 18v batteries as mine has.
trmn8r on 06/04/2011:
You should, if you aren't already, run the trimmer out of gas at the end of each season while it is running. Gas will start to gum up after 3 or 4 months sitting in the carburetor, and may cause hard starting and poor running.

I'm noticing the gas vs. battery debate has popped up. Two different animals, and not everyone who uses one would want the other.
Slimster on 06/04/2011:
Sounds like you're not getting any spark, you're flooding it out resulting in the difficult pull, etc. Pull the plug and see if it appears wet after your next attempt at starting - if this is the case, you're definitely flooding it out, - change the plug, cut back on the choking and give it a try. If you don't get even a whimper out of it, toss it in the trash and get a different brand.
olie on 06/04/2011:
How old is this Weedeater? You mention that the fuel is replaced "each year".

Perhaps it has just plain worn out?
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Homelite Chain Saw
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UNKNOWN HOME DEPOT, CALIFORNIA -- We bought this chainsaw from Home Depot in may of 2011 it would not cut anything the second season and so I took it in to a saw repair shop where they told me the oil pump was done AFTER ONE SEASON????? we will never buy any Homelite product again they are garbage
     
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Bad customer service and products
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ANDERSON, SOUTH CAROLINA -- First, I purchased a leaf blower only a couple of years ago. It has always been hard to start and now will not run for more than 30 seconds. When checking on the warranty and service, I find it is probably cheaper to throw
it away and purchase another one.

Today, I bought a chain saw. I know something about them and knew I needed bar oil. No where on the box indicated that it wasn't already some in the box. Now, I need to go back to the store and purchase some.

The Homelite web site does not give a customer a place to lodge a complaint. Therefore, I am using this web site and the BBB for Anderson, South Carolina to file this complaint.
     
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Poor Starting Of Homelite Engines
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I own three Homelite tools. I have had a Homelite chainsaw for over 15 years and it still works well. I have a Homelite string trimmer (less than a year old) that is very hard to start. If you are lucky enough to get it started, you have to run it on Half Choke. I spent 65 dollars on it but still have the problem. It won't start at all now. I also own a Homelite leaf blower and the starting problems are the same as the trimmer.

I have had the blower since July. Needless to say I probably won't purchase any more Homelite tools.
     
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Anonymous on 09/10/2008:
Consider changing to a higher octane fuel. If your state is a proponent of the 10% ethanol fuel, it makes these two cycle engines tougher to start.
Dractulmede on 06/04/2011:
If a higher octane fuel is needed for these devices or if a certain type of fuel makes it more difficult to use, this should be specified in the instruction manual.
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Bad product
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SHINGLE SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA -- I bought a vac attack blower from Home Depot. It did not start properly. It took about 15 minutes to get it started. I took it back to Home Depot and they exchanged it for another one. This one is just as bad. Today I spent at least 30 minutes trying to start this blower, but no luck. I threw it in the trash.
     
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Anonymous on 06/20/2007:
You should have at least attempted to contact the manufacturer. Talk about just throwing your money away.

adzidek on 06/20/2007:
You threw it in the trash????? Why didn't you just return it?? Do you have too much money? 'Cause I'll take some off your hands.
shawnp80 on 06/20/2007:
I have the same blower. No problems with mine for 2 years now. It starts right up. You're probably doing something wrong.
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