My cheapo Ryobi trimmer is a PITA! Feed failures and jam-ups are routine
even with a new spool. Almost impossible to keep it working if I rethread it
from bulk string.
I've got to believe there's something better out there that doesn't cost an
arm and a leg.
Suggestions (besides read the manual and all the obvious)?
I do an entire acre of lawn with a scythe (it has to be a hobby
to consider doing it that way) but a scythe also does string trimmer
http://www.scythesupply.com is where I got more stuff than you'd
believe ; but you need snath, blade, whetstone & carrier, anvil,
bar-peen hammer. Keeping the blade very sharp is what makes it all
For people who think manual reel push mowers are boring.
We use a corded (have bad shoulder so shy away from pull starts) Ryobi (60
or 70 $) with
bulk .080 octagon line. It works as well (and better than some) as any
moderate priced gas weed eaters I have used in the past. It's about 6 or 7
years old and has been used twice weekly on a large corner lot for 6 or 7
years now and is still going strong. RM ~
I have one too. I like it but I have learned not to let the two strings
wear down too short. If you do, you'll wind up getting too close to
something and break the string where it comes out of the spool. Then you'll
have to open up the spool assembly and rewind. PITA!
I suspect that it has more to do with the string than the trimmer. My
experience is that the cheap replacement string is much more likely to jam
up in the spool or break off right at the outlet point than is the more
expensive name brand. Also, the .095" string that my 4 cycle Ryobi uses
lasts longer and doesn't jam as much as the .080" string for the previous
trimmer that I wore out.
I haven't had any problems that I would attribute to kinking of the line.
What I have seen is either the line breaking off very short so it doesn't
feed, or the line getting caught up on itself in the reel.
My suggestion si to buy the the line sold by by the maker of your trimmer,
Ryobi in this case. Avoid all the cheap store brands. Stay away from the
lines with ridges that is supposed to cut better. It is more likely to get
caught up on itself.
Also, be careful when you load the string on the reel. Wrap it on neatly
and don't let it loosen up. This lets the wraps get out of order and overlap
in the wrong way.
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