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If you consult the manual, you find that the part the line comes out of comes apart to expose a bobbin inside of the housing. You need to find out what the recommended diameter of the line is for the trimmer and get a spool of replacement line. Hand rewind the bobbin in the proper direction, usually they have an arrow on them to tell you this. Poke the ...


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Weed Eater is the brand name of the first string trimmers. These days, people use Weed Eater and trimmer interchangeably the same way most people call facial tissue Kleenex (even though Kleenex is only one brand of facial tissue) or they say then need to Xerox something (even though Xerox is only a brand of copier). As for insights into what to look for - ...


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You have several options. Gas trimmer (no power head option). These can be a bit cheaper than a power head option, but have less versatility, you can't convert them to a brush cutter, limb trimmer or rototiller. They might also have more durability as they don't have to worry about the connection between the power head and the attachment. There aren't a ...


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Use a Spark tester (which can be found at any automotive supply store), to test the spark. To use it: Remove the boot from the spark plug on the trimmer. Plug the end of the tester with the metal probe into the boot. Connect the other end of the tester to the spark plug. Give the trimmer a couple pulls, while watching the testers spark chamber. No Spark ...


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It looks like it could fit (in a pinch). I have successfully used different guages of line on other weedeaters (although I have never used this particular weed eater). So I'm just going to list some of the possible pros and cons. Pros 0.08" is commonly available, and might be cheaper (by the foot) in some areas. Thicker line should be more durable; so if ...


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A lot of people recommend soaking the trimmer line in water for a couple of days so that it's more pliable and breaks less. I've even seen it recommended from manufacturers of trimmer and trimmer line. Some lawn professionals I've seen buy a big spool of line and keep it in a 5 gallon bucket of water all the time. Nylon is hygroscopic and does absorb water. ...


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String trimmers tend to leave the cut edges of grass rough and ragged, which is unsightly as well as not good for the grass plants. The strings on the trimmer are also generally not good for more than just a few yards of heavy cutting before they become weak and start to break off, requiring more string be let out of the reel to continue working. This can ...


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On top of Tester's excellent answer, here are some quick and easy ways to get it working without going through the trouble of replacing the ignition system or buying special diagnostic tools. Clean the Spark Plug Take a bit of fine sandpaper and try to rub the grime and dirt off of the spark plug. Give it a little bit of a shine and try again. You can ...


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A dedicated cultivator is a heavy machine that uses its weight to dig deep. A trimmer cultivator attachment won't go nearly as deep. Ours (a Ryobi) is relatively heavy, and will go around 4 or 5 inches, but I think many won't even go that far. This probably varies with the model, but with our string trimmer roots get wrapped up in it and I have to cut/...


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My lot is only 60x110 but I bought a Ryobi lithium cordless trimmer and it works great. I spend about 15 minutes trimming the entire yard and can get around 3 trims on one charge. Sounds like that might work for your 1/2 acre (charging after every trim). It's powerful enough to cut down numerous weeds, it's quiet and the battery works in other ryobi devices....


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I'm going to answer this part of your question: Also, any insights as to what to look for when buying a weed eater/trimmer + edger would be very helpful. I'm by no means an expert, but having played with head replacement lately, I'll try some advice. The main body of the trimmer will likely have options for larger engine sizes, which might limit the ...


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A gas powered line strimmer a word I've never heard to call what we call 'weed wackers' or line trimmer. Good for you! Gas is the best way to go for power. These are able to cut through 1/2" branches but not quickly and you have to 'bounce' the line tips off the branch. Giving it 'English', grins, what people do when playing pool? Quickly hitting the ...


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I bought a Ryobi trimmer many years ago that allowed several different attachments to be used. I have replaced the power head twice since then, but still have all the original attachments, along with two new ones I bought with the new Sears 4 cycle head. The attachments I have are: bump out string trimmer, heavy duty string trimmer, Brush cutter with blunt ...


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The manual that came with my string trimmer recommended a specific thickness of line. Then it said if thine was line too thin will have lower aerodynamic drag allowing the motor to spin to fast and overheat the motor. If the line was to thick the motor would not be able to spin it fast enough to cut.


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You can test the spark using a short test lead with alligator clips. Remove the spark plug, reconnect the plug wire and using the test lead, connect the plug ground electrode to a good engine ground point. Turn on the ignition switch and pull the starting cord quickly. You should see a spark in the plug gap. Since the spark may be faint, it may help to do ...


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Weed Eater is a brand name but it's also become the generic term for a string trimmer. The one you need really depends on the size of your lawn and how tough the stuff is that you're going to need to trim. For a smaller lawn and grass trimming an electric weed eater will be your best bet from a price / performance point. For larger lawns and tougher weeds or ...


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For any line trimmer, I think, one can get a different head other than the bump and go. Gotta wear glasses and be on your toes about where you send rocks and other stuff that can kill, blind or bust out windows. Those shields help but they actually cause more harm because we think they are protecting us from flying rocks. Bump and go heads with shields are ...


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Basic rule of thumb is.. If head spins clockwise debris exits on the left and it's best to cut from the right. For counter-clockwise it's the opposite. You want debris to blow away from the area you're cutting and away from you. That will indicate which direction you walk to as you want to walk towards the uncut area. Personally though I find that sometimes ...


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Stormy at a nice and generic answer. You must read it, but I complement it. Your question is difficult to answer because you have the wrong assumption. I found the packet grass the most difficult thing to cut with trimmer, not the weeds with larger diameter. You should care about the power of the string trimmers. A powerful trimmer can maintain constant ...


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They are a bit tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, and get a feel for them, they can save you tons of time. It's not super easy to understand from a step by step guide, but I'll try. Once you do it, it becomes fairly simple (like riding a bike). Look for tabs on either side of the head. If there are tabs, push both in while pulling away, the ...


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I follow the mulched circle method, where I use a collar about 18" wide around the tree, mulched with shredded bark or wood chips. You have to re-do the mulch every spring, but the advantage here is that you don't have to get close at all to the trunk with your mower. If you do this, you want to make sure that you don't "volcano" the mulch around the trunk - ...


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I would keep that trimmer head flat. You're most important job is to keep the lines exactly even, cutting them doesn't work. Are you using a bounce head? Or a straight head? I prefer straight heads without shields...when you are more proficient. Before using your trimmer for the grass, turn it on, turn the entire thing upside down, using concrete or a ...


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In the long term you could easily do enough damage to kill the trees. The "active" part of the trunk transporting fluids between the roots and the branches is close to the outside of the tree, just under the bark. Any local damage to the bark can affect that process, weaken the growth of the tree, and also allow pests and diseases a way in. Stripping off ...


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Get rid of that bump and go trimmer head! What headaches! Take it in and get a 'fixed head' for that trimmer. Get rid of the shield. The shield is supposed to be for safety but it is hard to see exactly what you are doing and I think that is far more important and safer to see what you are trimming. I did this for a living and almost! went into ...


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For dealing with particularly thick grass, there are a number of companies that make 'brush cutting' heads that use replaceable blades (plastic or metal) instead of spools of string. Unfortunately, they don't work with all string trimmers. I don't believe that any of them state they'll work with electric string trimmers, and I many state that they should ...


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