Have recently bought a Homelite Weed-wacker. Works just fine, but that "Bump-Feed" mechanism they have is just driving me crazy. It's an inexpensive weed-wacker, and by now I figure I should bave spent another $ 30 or so and gotten a Sears with the individual strings. This bump-feed is a real horror.
Anyway, I would like to aske the following, please:
a. I saw some replacement "heads" that take individual pieces of already cut string, that presumably would fit my Homelite. But they all seems to be around $35 or so. Since the complete unit only cost me $ 65, this doesn't make much sense. Can't imagine why they are so expensive; it's a relatively simple part. They probably make all their profit in selling the individual cut line string.
Are there any available heads that would be in the $ 10- 15 range ? Do these replacement heads work, ginerally, well, and is replacing the head a good idea, or... ?
b. When replacing the string on the bump feed, it says to wind in a ccw direction. Is this ccw direction while looking down the shaft from the engine to the spool direction, or upwards at the spool from the cutting edge ?
They aren't too clear on this.
c. any "tricks" in getting this thing to feed fairly reliably, that perhaps others have learned ?
Much thanks, Bob