I just bought on line from home depot this trimmer that had a lot of
positive feedback and features, which to the best of my limited
knowledge in the subject am not aware of any other brand that does the
same thing. Unfortunately, the first couple of minutes of using it,
the spool would 'eat' up completely the line that was exposed. Each
time i manually had to feed the line and each time it would eat up the
line. I suspected a malfunction of the spool. It was so chintzy
looking that I just couldn't see myself having to go through the same
process each time I had to use it. I called the company and they said
it that it sounds like a spring problem. They refused to send me
another spool to see if that were the case, unless I buy them. Judging
by the chintzy look of that spool, i was not encouraged to do it and i
returned it to my local home depot and got my refund. I had 2 weeks to
go before I would not be able to get a refund at all, then it would be
repairs. BTW, the company is WORX. Designed in Italy, manufactured in
The feature that i liked most was that just by stepping on the bottom
of the trimmer, it would go into a horizontal position, which in my
backyard would have been handy. Does anyone know of a good trimmer
that is capable of doing the same? Oh yes it was a ni-cad battery
cordless ( not sorry to see that part go anyway ).I am talking about a
I saw an attachment at Home Depot that you replace the auto-feed
mechanism with. You manually insert four of the largest diameter plastic
line you can buy.
Apparently, the reason the plastic line breaks so quickly is that all
the stress is right where the line exits the hole in the cutting spool
enclosure, but this doesn't happen with this device.
It says that it's for "gas trimmers" but I think it might fit some of
the higher end electric trimmers as well.
There's only one review, but it raves about it because the plastic line
lasts so long.
For a cordless I like the Black and Decker 9". My mom has one and
although I'm not a fan of corded or cordless electric trimmers I'd
have to say this one is one of the better ones. I use it when I mow
and trim her 1/2 acre lot instead of dragging one of my two Echo gas
trimmers. It is almost as heavy as my small Echo trimmer, has auto
line advance and uses a good diameter line. And it's not a bump and go
line feed it does it when the line reachs a certain length. It has
plenty of speed an power to do your basic trimming and edging and can
be purchased at Lowes.
My only comment is that trimmers/edgers are limited mostly by the experience
of the user. These things are not indestructible, although you can buy
spinning blades that are better than the spinning strings. Knowing how to
use the tool can allow you to use it to the maximum capacity THAT THE TOOL
WILL PERFORM AT. Going past that brings up the conversation you have
I don't see how the spool can eat up the line.
What eats up the line is running it against, too close to, something
it can't cut, like the sidewalk, a wall, a fence.
Have you prior experience using a string trimmer? If so, perhaps at
your previous location you trimmed around flower beds where there was
nothing to break the line, or around sidewalks that were lower into
the ground, so the grass could be trimmed without hitting the
Good point about how to use a trimmer, my 300$ Sthil was eating line
till I learned "How" to use it. Someone new expects miracles from a
tool. On my Echo I use the heaviest line made, gauge of line makes all
the difference in life
Well each new tool introduces a new dimension, even if one has had
previous experiences. I had a weedeater for a little over 3 years and
had no problems with that one until the motor just upped and died. In
this case I just wanted to try at edging first to see if the line
would work. In a matter of a few seconds the line would completely
disappear into the spool, not even showing at all as it was cut
off..this happened 3 times after manually feeding the line. The only
thing i had hit was the soil not a sidewalk or whatever..Today, I
noticed at Lowes that they are selling WorX for the first time, the
same machine i bought online for $119, so i may give it another go
Possibly i got a lemon the first time.
A new string trimmer will likely have a smaller line gauge. They want
it to break, so you buy more.
Take a piece of your line and then compare that to a replacement line
(they call them "string" trimmers, but the thing uses "fishing" line)
Well, the weedeater that i used and this one and I must say most of
them use the .065 line. So they are the same guage. I do not see the
problem in the line itself, in the mechanism that controls it...the
I dind't know until today that you had bought a WorX. Is that a Worx
GT, the same one that has 30 minute commercials on late-night tv? ONe
just started at 1AM on 7.3, Retro TV. Originally I was only watching
it because Alfred Hitchcock Presents was over and I was reading usenet
and didn't want to get up to change stations in the other room.
Now it's 9 minutes in and they haven't given a price, and probably
won't until the very ned. I generally avoid buying anything that has
an infomercial, but there may be things I've bought that have
infomercials I had never seen.
Indeed they push that it does both edgining and trimming, but IME most
trimmers do, although without the box in front of one, one can easily
Another thing, they started out saying that if the string gets
shortened, it "automatically advances more string". I thought that
part might not be working and that might be your problem, but 5
minutes later they said that you had to pull the trigger and then it
automatically advanced more string. They clearly don't know or don't
care what the word automatically means. If you have to pull the
trigger, it's not automatic.
I can see how a missing spring, if they forgot to put it in, more
likely I think than a broken spring, would cause it not to feed the
string. Lots of trimmers enable you to feed the string without
bending over, and even without bumping the bottom on pavement (or
grass?) I have a black and decker with a feed lever near the top and
it works well. My model requires an extension cord. I doubt it was
more than 50, I got it used, and I don't know how much of that price
difference was because it's not battery powered. Batteries wear out
(Would anyone call a toaster automatic if you had to lift the lever at
the end or push a button when you wanted the toast to come up and stop
toasting?) The commercial is over now and I saw no evidence who is
running this infomercial. It could be the company or some
distributor, I think, but they still shouldn't permit it to be called
They say no more winding a line on a spool, but most weed wackers have
available pre-wound spools. It's just cheaper, and maybe more
convenient, to buy line and wrap them. It says you get a lifetime
supply of sppols, but maybe that's not true the way you bought yours.
Well, they gave an 800 number 800-583-0994, which had two options, buy
and check on order. They answered the phone quickly and she spoke a
couple lines and asked if she could continue. I said I just had one
question, price, and she said 3 payments of 39.95 and one payment of
xxx, I forget but then she said 120 plus 26.12 shipping and handling.
That's a little more than you paid, and maybe that pays for the extra
spools or maybe somehow you
Now at 20 after they give the 3 payments part, butand shipping, but
they don't say how much shipping is. Free wall mount, Free lifetime
supply of noine, 30 day no risk money back guarantee and they pay
return shipping (but they don't say they refund original shipping and
they probably don.t.)
aCCORDding to the commercial they have been making tools for 15 years
and make blowers (which I think are a big waste of time money
andnoise, but others make them too) and lawnmowers.
Googling worx gt I don't see a page that compares prices
including shipping, although I'm sure there is one, but just with my
own eyes not counting shipping (which can vary a lot)
there's more than one model WG150 and 151 and sears sells both at 100
and 130. So I'm not going to try to compare prices after all.
You were smart to buy from some place you could return in person, no
2nd shipping charge. Did they refund the first chipping charge, and
even if not, it was probably less than 26 dollars like this place is
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