String Up My String Trimmer
April 10, 2012 3:11 PM Subscribe
I need advice on loading and threading the string on a gas-powered weed-eater/string trimmer. I have owned many of them in my adult life, and either they all suck, or I'm doing something fundamentally wrong.
posted by aabbbiee to Home & Garden (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I hate weed-eaters. Every one I've used in the last six years, I've wanted to throw under the wheels of the nearest bus or drive over repeatedly with my car out of frustration.
That said, I am currently using a Poulon gas-powered trimmer that actually works. It is pretty much like every other gas-powered string trimmer I've ever owned (I've owned many of them in different brands), especially with regards to the problem I have with the string. Namely:
- There is no tension to the spooled string, so that it spools out easily as it runs.
- Or there is too much tension to the spooled string, which breaks off every five minutes, so that I have to sit down, take the whole top of the trimmer off, thread it back through, and restart the trimmer. I rarely have a chance to "bump" the bottom to let more string out before it breaks off again. Often, it can't "bump" because the string has tightened on itself on the spool, so that I have to pick at the string with my nails to get it to unwind enough to thread through the top again.
Overall, I go through a lot of string. I have to fill the spool of string almost every time or every other time I trim the yard. I don't think this is normal. I used my dad's string trimmer when I was a teenager, and I remember that it would allow me to "bump" the bottom frequently with the string never breaking off. I don't remember ever having to take the top off and rethread it, let alone every five minutes like I do now.
Let's just assume that I am using the right kind of string for the trimmer. I know, assumptions. But I have this problem even with brand new spools loaded by the manufacturer.
Also, my lawn is pretty standard suburban Midwestern USA. I have a lot of sidewalks to go around and a big wooden fence in the backyard. No brush, no tough weeds. I'm mostly trimming back grass and dandelions.
Can you offer any tricks for winding the string on the spool to make the proper tension for the damn thing to work correctly? Is there an art to this that I am missing?