What makes you go through the string or wire on a weed wacker? When our neighbor
kid uses it we go through a spool of string/wire in nothing flat. When I use it
we go through 2 spools a summer. At $8 a spool (in the 3 pkg) that adds up. Any
suggestions I can pass onto our young friend? This is a battery operated
machine...I don't think that matters, but thought you might want to know.
On Monday, July 2, 2018 at 5:21:31 PM UTC-4, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
Also, how does string get fed out? The older ones, you bumped it to get
string to come out. If you keep bumping it when it doesn't need a new
string, you'd go through it fast. New ones I think have some auto
mechanism. But for sure if you're hitting trees, poles, sidewalk instead
of weeds, it will go fast.
If like the one my wife bought with spools and battery operated I noted
the spools do not contain that much string and restrung her one used
spool from a large pack of string I bought years ago for my gas powered
On the old corded units and my present battery powered B&D -
the string will last me almost all summer. It disappears faster
when low, and when cutting aroiund chain link fences.
Perhaps if you watched your neighbour kid working - something
would stand-out as different ..
My Ryobi advances the string 1/4" each time you let go of the
trigger...if it get too long, it cuts it off and throws it away.
It's very convenient...but wasteful.
AFIK, spools cost WAY more than rethreading the old one.
The B&D I have advances the string only when you press the button. You can tell when you
press it enough times the string hits the "cutoff" knife. I just do that when I see it's
not cutting. I bought 3 spools of supposedly compatible string for 10 bucks. A spool has
only 30 feet of string, and I haven't yet exhausted the original spool, but it gets pretty
When I run it out I'll see how easy it is to restring the spool. It might not be worth the
hassle. Some kind of plastic gear mechanism in there, and I imagine it wears out pretty
Yes. I used to use one to do edging. As it would hit concrete, a spool
didn't last long. I bought a big spool put it on the spool myself. It
takes a few minutes, but I could use a rest anyway.
I don't do that any more, since I got a real edger (with a blade instead
of cutting line). It does a much better job. Now I just use the string
trimmer for it's intended use and the line lasts much longer.
At the very least, the kid should be wearing safety glasses/face shield, full length blue jeans, heavy leather footwear and leather gloves. I'll bet he doesn't.
And when a small stone ricochets up into his eye, who do you think will be paying the hospital bill? Can you say lawsuit?
Truth be told, it's best not to hire any neighbor kid to do any task. If you don't believe me, ask your lawyer and/or insurance agent.
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