I purchased a model 128LD trimmer based on a couple years of very good service with a 125L trimmer. While the 128 works as nicely as the 125 it has been no where near as reliable; the recoil start can best be described as frail and the fuel system has been very problematic.
In regards to the starter; the "Smart Start" has an extra spring in the system as compared to the usual; in my case the spring's ends eventually worked their way out of the plastic bosses they engage, jamming the starter. I could re-engage the spring but it would work for fewer starts as the plastic became more damaged. I see other reviewer's have had similar troubles; perhaps Husqvarna had a bad batch of parts at some point? (Otherwise; it's just a poorly executed design)
On the plus side; the replacement starter assembly is reasonably priced. I have one on order; but for me, it's a long way to go to a service center so I've temporarily repaired the unit myself by discarding the spring and replacing it with a roll pin.
In regards to the fuel system; the trimmer ran well for only a couple of weeks when it then started to behave erratically as if it was having fuel starvation problems. It would need partial choke to run at times; at other times it could run a whole tank of fuel with no trouble.
Since the problem was obvious I eventually took the carburetor apart expecting to find damage to the fuel pump; I was shocked to find the pump packed full of fine debris to the point that the pump's valves could not function properly. (Out on the "farm" I can't always access perfectly filtered fuel)
I immediately became suspicious of the "clunk" filter inside the fuel tank; I thought it might be damaged in some manner. I was quite surprised to find that the "clunk" wasn't even attached to the fuel line; it makes me wonder if it was ever hooked up or just fell off early on. Upon fishing the "clunk" out of the tank I found it to be in pristine condition as if it had never been used!
At any rate, since re-installing the "clunk" the trimmer has run fine!
June 2, 2013
I purchased this based on reviews and also recommendations for the brand from friends. Started up easily and I had no problems getting my yard done. I've had cheaper trimmers in the past and have had a lot of problems, this was worth the investment. My yard has an incline which I can't cut with a mower so I need a trimmer. I was able to get through the longer grass and weeds without it tangling. Got around trees, rocks, along my house - every where I needed to get to without any issues. I am very happy with this product.
May 30, 2013
OK except for:
I used this trimmer just a about 6 or 8 times and it worked perfect until when I pulled the starter cord it would not go back in. Got online to order a new starter kit but the lousy web sight sent me only one part. I called again, ordered the starting rope complete kit again. Guess what they sent me just another SINGLE part. Each time costing me 12.50 shipping for their less then $11.00 part. Now I will probably have to take it to a dealer and pay more. Don't buy this 128LD.
May 26, 2013
Not a good trimmer
When i first baught my trimmer from lowes I thaught I had a good one until it got to wear it would not run right at half throttle and full throttle, so I cleaned the carb and put a new gasket kit in it, well it didn't fix it so I went to the Husqvarna dealer to get a new carb and the man told me that they didn't even carry the that part and that I would be wasting my money trying to fix it and I asked him so your saying that baught a piece of junk right, he said yes and said if you would spend just a little bit more money and get a good one from the Husqvarna dealer not lowes.so this trimmer is a piece because the dealer don't even carry it in there store or atleast mine doesn't. I have always been a fan of Husqvarna products except for this one, I have had better luck out of $65.00 trimmer from walmart.
May 9, 2013
All I can compare the 128LD trimmer to is an old Black and Decker electric and an old Bolens gas trimmer.
This new trimmer did a fantastic job of cutting down knee high weeds on my 1/3 acre property.
It was easy to assemble and start out of the box.
Starts with one pull when hot and about 3-5 pulls when cold.
It does start to get a little heavy after about an hour,but thats to be expected.
April 6, 2013
Very good trimmer
Easy to start, easy to use, I have 5 acres to maintain, and have no problem carrying it around the property.
October 2, 2012
back to 2 strokes
Tried a 4 stroke Troy built and I am back to 2 strokes! The 128L is lighter , easier to start and seemes much better quality. Troy built 4 stroke only lasted 2 years and I had to replace primer bulb and fuel lines for splitting. By end of second year there was no compression and would no longer start.
October 1, 2012
DO NOT BUY. PULL START MAY BREAK AROUND 1 YEAR OF USE
DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT. ONLY HAD ONE YEAR. STRING STUCK ALL THE WAY OUT. SHOULD NOT HAPPEN IN A YEAR OLD PRODUCT. EXTREMELY DISSATISFIED!
September 30, 2012