What size string for a string trimmer?
Somewhere I got the idea that each string trimmer was designed for a
certain diameterr, but I have two on which I can find no
recommendation. Maybe on one it was scuffed off when it was hit on
the ground to feed more string, but I don't think so.
Is there a problem using string too thin? Or too thick? How do I
know what to use?
(I'm either planning for next year or late for last year.)
BTW, I've googled them both already with no success, but the ones I
have are a black and decker st6000, and a Sears 358.798020 . They are
both electric, running off cords (the B&D seems to make one with the
same model # that runs on batteries!) Although SearsPartsDirect is
closed all night due to scheduled maintenance until 7:00ET, but I
doubt it will give more than the same part list that other sites copy
from its data, like with the Kenmore refrigerator.
They don't make it easy because they want you to buy a replacement spool.
I suspect the suggestion by bok is about right (.060, .065). If it feeds it
is fine is also good advice.
Of course if you can find a tiny fragment in your yard a quick trip to the
BORG will allow you to match the existing and new sizes.
I realize this is nearly four years too late, but I was trying to determine the
line size for my Sears /Craftsman 1/4 Horse Power Electric Weedwacker, model
378.798020 (12" Cutting Path) and was disappointed to see that the Sears site no
longer had Owner's manuals available (most manufacturers offer PDFs of the
manuals for free). I dug around and found that I had kept the manual (received
in 1988). This model takes .065" diameter line.
The more owerfulll the unit the thicker the string, my gas Echo it
might be .130, its not auto fed, my Sthil if I use thicker than stated
it wont feed, thicker string lasts longer instead of breaking all the
time and wasting string but you can only use it so thick , then it
wont feed right
No one has suggested looking at the booklet that same with the
trimmer, commonly known as the owners manual. Try it. You just might
find something there. OR, try the manufacturers website or maybe even
a phone number in the manual or on the web site, or maybe a local
dealer of the same brand of trimmer.
On 10/31/2010 2:46 PM, hr(bob) email@example.com wrote:
Valid advice if you bought the trimmer new, and can find the manual, or
it still has a legible data plate to tell the model number. For those of
us that buy lawn tools at garage sales for ten cents on the dollar, not
so much. I know my electric trimmer is a Toro, but can find no trace of
a model number on it. For the couple hours a year that I use it, the ten
bucks I paid was the most I was willing to invest. I think I am using
the HF 'universal' string in it at the moment.
That's right. I know the model numbers but there are no manuals on
the web, even for Sears and B&D. Now that it's not Saturday night and
Searspartsdirect.com is running, it has a diagram and substitutes for
most of the parts, and it has a spool with string available, but
Colbyt is probably right, they dont' want to tell me the size.
I don't know where I got the idea that size was so narrowly defined.
Probably from the manual for the first one I bought.
Universal string is good. You can use it for macrame and yoyos and
marionettes and string theory, everything really.
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