String trimmer issue

My son reports his B&D string trimmer has a flaw: it dumps out too much string, going thru the entire supply in relatively short order.
He has discovered that, by going slowly, the string usage is not quite so bad. Any attempt to attack a clump, such that the motor slows, generally results in excessive usage, with hunks of string littering the landscape.
Any suggestions anyone?
Thanks
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Try a heavier gauge line, but it's a b&d
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On 8/14/2012 7:27 PM, HeyBub wrote:

Googled:
http://support.blackanddecker.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/927/~/levers-%28auto-feed-string-trimmers%29 Friend this am was telling me about his autofeed. Sounded good till I read your post.
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On 8/14/2012 6:27 PM, HeyBub wrote:

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On Tue, 14 Aug 2012 20:00:38 -0500, Steve Barker

I like this one- (Amazon.com product link shortened)
No bumping or winding. On my old poulan 6 feet of string outlasted 12' on the 'bumper'.
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On Tuesday, August 14, 2012 7:27:47 PM UTC-4, HeyBub wrote:

I annoyed myself for years with the string trimmers. Now I have a Stihl with three plastic blades on the head; works a lot better.

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Well, we finally have some 'common ground'.<g> I got mine 3 years ago & love it.
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I use the yellow pre made single heavy duty strings, after drilling two holes in hub, insert right in and replace as necessary. My little battery unit uses replaceable plastic blades. Only one blade necessary. I would never use a feeding system, ever ever ever again.
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Started using these when HF carried them. I could make my own if I found crimpable ferrules.
http://www.shopping.com/Weed-Tiger-Precut-Trimmer-Line/info
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If I was already using that system, I might be tempted to just melt a blob onto the end of some string and see how well it stays on.
The pivotrim is $20 -- but the payback over buying those would be less than one year for me. You can use bulk string and just cut to length on the Pivotrim- (Amazon.com product link shortened)?
Jim
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On 8/14/2012 8:25 PM, Jim Elbrecht wrote:

how much do the "strings" cost, and how many do you go through a year?
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On Tue, 14 Aug 2012 22:23:15 -0500, Steve Barker

I dumpster dove a big reel of line that will likely last me a liftetime. The one I have is Diamond Edge- and I'll never use any other line, even if I have to buy some.
http://www.alamia.us/Diamond_Edge_Trimmer_Line_s/220.htm 3 lbs .095- $21.70
I snip a couple dozen pieces at a time, and change them about every other gas tank- unless I try to fight with a fence. Every so often I need to poke one out with an ice pick, but usually the remnants of the old strings pop out easily.
I'm not a 'weekly' trimmer. I only go through a couple gallons of trimmer gas in a season. But the trimming I do is hard stuff-- I show the machine no mercy around rocks, trees, or fences. There is 3 years of work on my pivotrim and I was just looking closely at it the other day. It shows no signs of wear.
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On 8/15/2012 6:38 AM, Jim Elbrecht wrote:

so, what you're saying is that it takes regular string? and not some special pieces you have to buy from them?
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-snip-

Yep! .095 string-- it is held in place by the fold. Takes a whole minute to cut and re-load 4 strings.
And I'd buy the pivotrim from Amazon or someplace that gives you a deal, not a sales pitch. (Amazon.com product link shortened)?
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wrote:

Thanks for that pointer. On your advice (and pretty good reviews) I just ordered this for my cheap Craftsman curved shaft. Bought the wacker about 7 years ago and I'm on the second string head. Single-line self-feeder. Shaft flips for edging Just yesterday the line broke again inside, and I'm tired of it. Can't complain much as each head lasts a few years before the string doesn't feed right, and I'm using thicker string than the spec. I just want to spend some money and try multiple strings. Got me an LED Maglite to bump total cost up to free shipping. So I don't really care if this trimmer head works anyway. Hell, I don't even want to trim either. Won't bother me. Mostly just want to try out my new flashlight.
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On Wed, 15 Aug 2012 14:21:04 -0500, Vic Smith

Tried this out a little bit with the strings that come with it. That string is no good for edging - it melts. I'll cut some of my Craftsman string later and use that. I know it abrades away and doesn't melt. Just a warning not to buy extra PivoTrim string. It's no good if you're hitting rock/concrete. Otherwise, the head seems good, and gives you the flexibility to use more strings. My wacker came equipped with a single-string head. And I'm not throwing it away yet.
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On 8/15/2012 1:52 PM, Jim Elbrecht wrote:

(Amazon.com product link shortened)?
thanks, got one in my amazon cart.
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