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Old 07-01-2013, 01:47 PM
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any tips? I use .065 plastic line. runs fine for a while then breaks off. should I continually like every minute or so feed out more string? oil it? thoughts
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are we talking weed eaters?
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Originally Posted by creekman View Post
are we talking weed eaters?
I hope so. I have a Stihl string trimmer and the string that came from the factory lasted about a month. I trimmed several acres worth of weeds and grass without incident. Now I cannot get the string (Stihl brand string) to last more than an hour before it breaks off or gets tangled/stuck inside the trimmer head. I even tried following the directions.

Hoping to learn some tricks from those in the know...
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I switched to one of those heads that uses two pieces of string at a time (less than 12"), changed my whole outlook on weed eating. Takes 2 seconds to pop in new string.
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use .95 string. I asked my maintenance guy today and he says twisty, hex, round... doesnt matter, just get .95.
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Originally Posted by creekman View Post
I switched to one of those heads that uses two pieces of string at a time (less than 12"), changed my whole outlook on weed eating. Takes 2 seconds to pop in new string.
when i used to mow my own yard this is what I did too. way better and 1 piece lasts the whole yard. It's really thick
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New and improved "gator blades" ... they last for months.
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I've always used Yeri commercial grade trimmer line - 0.95......the stuff last forever!
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Originally Posted by VanderLaan View Post
I hope so. I have a Stihl string trimmer and the string that came from the factory lasted about a month. I trimmed several acres worth of weeds and grass without incident. Now I cannot get the string (Stihl brand string) to last more than an hour before it breaks off or gets tangled/stuck inside the trimmer head. I even tried following the directions.

Hoping to learn some tricks from those in the know...
Hahahahaha!!!

That was me all weekend! It's driving me nuts...
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Originally Posted by demjjm View Post
New and improved "gator blades" ... they last for months.
They last forever but be careful around small rocks. First time I used it I sent a rock thru the back window. Next time a rock went through the backdoor at about 200 mph. After replacing the door with a $1,000 french door, I went back to string
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Originally Posted by VanderLaan View Post
I hope so. I have a Stihl string trimmer and the string that came from the factory lasted about a month. I trimmed several acres worth of weeds and grass without incident. Now I cannot get the string (Stihl brand string) to last more than an hour before it breaks off or gets tangled/stuck inside the trimmer head. I even tried following the directions.

Hoping to learn some tricks from those in the know...
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Hahahahaha!!!

That was me all weekend! It's driving me nuts...
Can you guys not use a blade? When I'm thrashing I always put the blade on and save the line for hard surface edging.
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Originally Posted by creekman View Post
I switched to one of those heads that uses two pieces of string at a time (less than 12"), changed my whole outlook on weed eating. Takes 2 seconds to pop in new string.
Best move that I've made too. They sell line with wire in the middle - super tough.
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If your weed eater will swing it, I would get .130 string. I buy the Husqvarna .130 titanium string and it seems to work pretty well.
For the more serious blackberry brambles etc, I switch to a three sided blade.
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I use the quick change .095" strings like others in this thread. They're FAR less frustrating than the old 'bump' style spool feeders.

Those blades look nice but I have concerns that my el' cheapo Bollin's can swing them without destroying the motor and bearings because of the added weight and drag. Plus I'd be worried about them damaging my expensive vinyl fence that I have to trim against.
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Originally Posted by triguy7 View Post
Best move that I've made too. They sell line with wire in the middle - super tough.
I bought one of these too, is yours the type that 2 strings will make 4 strings on the cutter head? Where did you buy the line w/ steel in it?

Why doesn't anyone make a braided steel line that would last a very long time??
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My Stihl uses 095 and broke the line more often then I liked so I tried these blades.
They worked as long as you didn't go too close against something solid like the sidewalk edges, light poles or rocks.
The line is more forgiving.
Going back to it after I break the last blade.
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Thanks to ethanol, I am in the process of replacing all the fuel lines on mine. But, when it runs, I use .095 line.
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
Can you guys not use a blade? When I'm thrashing I always put the blade on and save the line for hard surface edging.
I have given blades some thought. However, I am afraid I would end up murdering my young trees and fruit bushes. Will likely try the heavier string when I use up the rest of this Stihl .065 string.
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I, too, have wrestled with the string. Used to spend most of my trim time opening up the head to get the ends out.

Guy at the shop told me that under load, the string heats up where it exits the head. Said if you look, you'll notice it's melted, not broken. The heat is from rapid bending back and forth at the exit point while the string is rapidly loaded / unloaded as it spins.

He suggested I intersperse a couple of seconds of free running between every few seconds of cutting to allow the string to cool in the air stream.

I tried this and it helped. I also found that if I trim every time I mow (I'm lazy and try to stretch out the interval), the work on the string is lighter, and I don't get as many breaks.

My dad took the other approach, and bolted an old skil saw blade onto his trimmer. Bonus is, he's ready for the zombie apocalypse!
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I always save old trolling wire, comes in handy around the house, I was thinking of trying some in my weed eater.

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