I have a Homelite string trimmer I bought at Home Depot. It uses
0.080 line fed from a bump-feed head. In 20 minutes of trimming
(mostly walking around), I have to feed line out at least 10 times,
usually requiring several bumps each time. When trimming against an
obstacle such my foundation or even a wood fence, the line lasts about
20 seconds or less before it's mostly gone.
I've seen "fixed line heads" for sale that use pre-cut lengths of
heavy line. Before I waste $10 - $15 on one of these, are they any
better? They seem wastefull, since once the line is about halfway
gone (or as short as you can stand it, I guess), you discard the rest
Thanks for any tips!
Don;t tink I would want to use that type around trees and fences and
foundation walls........but yes they make a head that utilizes a
section of chainsaw chain.
I made my own fixed line push type string trimmer, powered by a 6 1/2
hp engine. I use .105" line and previously I used .080" line on it,
and got a lot more wear and usage thanyou are. It may help to buy a
top quality line, instead of some off market brands such as is sold by
mass marketers that peddle stuff in HOme Depot etc. The line Stihl and
Husky makes is pretty darn good, and even in my hand held trimmer I
get lots of mileage from it. I forget what brand it is offhand, but
its a silver color and has the word titanium in it, but no this line
doesnot have real titanium in it, its a catchall for getting your eye,
but it is some pretty darn good line.
So try changing brands.
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They were discontinued and maybe even recalled because of their
ability to cut deeply into flesh. String trimmers were originally
invented as a much safer alternative to metal cutters that wouldn't
cause serious injury even to bare feet (don't test this yourself).
g'day shooter dude,
my brushcutter has a manual feed head, less parts to wear (on it's
second brushcutter now) plus i have better control over line economy.
there is a bit of an art to using nylon line no matter what the
machine, maybe take it a little easier and learn to work the tip of
the nylon, you can still trim grass away from concrete etc.,. and get
quiet quick and good at it just takes a bit of patience and practise.
i tried heavier line in mine at one stage thinking it would help with
heavier work but about all it did was make more work for the motor,
the motor needing to use more torque to spin up the line, it was only
the next size up line, but reckon i do heaps better with the right
size or slightly under size as the machine can spin it up easier and
hold its torque, just needed to back off on the grass load got the job
done probably not much slower. don't know about using chain? but
reckon ther could be all sorts of other problems there.
best thing if you want to be economical on line is to get a manual
head and learn the art of using the the line tip to you benefit.
'it works for me it could work for you,'
This is correct. You have to match the line size to the motor. When you
have a bigger motor you can run larger line which prevents having to feed
continuously. I run line size .095 which is recommended for my trimmer. I
only have to feed once or twice for my entire lawn.
the manufacturer will recommend an ideal line size (the size usually
relates to the 'cc' capacity of the motor) so the machine all runs in
balance, then the user needs to take a little tiem in practsing to sue
the line tip for best economy, with practise i found you can get quiet
quick at trimming and not use much line.
'it works for me it could work for you,'
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use .105 string, with a cross profile (Not round) You'll last a lot
longer. Also, keep it bumped as long as possible (Don't let it get
down too short) and be careful how close you get to objects.
String replacements are not that great. The plastic ones shatter and
the chain ones can be scary.
First of all - next time you by a trimmer, stay away from the cheapos like
Homelite, Weed Eater, etc. Don't buy one with a curved shaft.
Reason: On the cheapos, the engine is a piece of junk. Actually the crank
shaft has a bearing on only one end. The engines rarely last even the
200 hours for which they are rated. Also, when you let off the throttle
to idle, the string continues to spin. This is because it has no clutch.
Therefore when you walk from the back fence to the front of the house, the
string is rotating - wear and dangerous.
For the least expensive good trimmer, I suggest Echo (probably about $200).
It has a well bearing'ed engine, rated at 1000 hours (and usually lasts
longer if you always use the correct oil/gas mixture). It is well balance
and easy to use. It has a centrigul clutch. You get five time the use for
less than twice the money. There are several good brands such as John
Deere, Huskie, etc that are even better, but you get into some high dollars.
For home use, I'd go with Echo. They will use .095 line and it works
If you buy something quality, it only hurts one time - when you pay for it.
If you buy something inferior for the cheap price - it hurts every time you
.08 line is correct for this unit. Don't use anything heavier because it
is harder on the engine (reduces life) and heavier line may not work as
Don't waste your money!!!!!!!
Know it is too late on this trimmer since you already bought it and will
have to suffer with it until it konks out or you get disgustted and sell it
at a garage sale. But it might help on your next one.
For important tools, buy the best you can afford. They will last longer
and do a better job. Caveat: they need maintenance.
Two philosophies on tools for casual use:
Buy a good one (not the best and/or most expensive). It will last longer
and actually have some resale value (assuming it gets maintenance).
For tools that get excessive use or neglect, buy the cheapo. Due to
neglect and hard use, neither the cheapo or the good one will last.
I go through shovels. I used to buy $5 shovels. They last about 2 years
before they break (usually the handles, but yes, I have broken the blade
on a couple). One year I splurged and bought a couple of high end
shovels around $25-30 apiece. They lasted two years. I now buy $5
shovels (although the price has gone to $6 or 7).
Any project worth its salt is an excuse for a new tool.
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