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naturescape
08-17-2005, 05:22 PM
Narrower diameter line is INHERENTLY sharper, and you'll get a faster, cleaner cut. I use Sufix Megatwist .095 which is actually narrower than round .080 line. It cuts cleaner, faster, and I can use a smaller-engine, lightweight trimmer (Tanaka 230) and still cut a wider path than if I use larger diameter line.

A larger diameter line might last a little longer than smaller diameter line. But who cares -- using thinner line you can wind more on a spool anyway, and it takes me no more than 3 minutes to wind a spool with fresh line.

And oh yes, I've tried MANY different types of line in different diameters.

Fubba
08-17-2005, 05:33 PM
I think most use .095 man. I use .095 and .105. .105 is used more for brush and other areas where thicker line is more efficient.

LawnBrother
08-17-2005, 05:55 PM
.105 and .095 both have a place in my set up. I have one trimmer wound with .095 and one wound with .105.
.105 is better for edging, sidewalk cracks, and thicker stuff. It's less forgiving of mistakes but is also ok for all around trimming.
.095 gets used up quicker but is a little easier to use and gives a cleaner cut.
It just depends on the situation.

mcwlandscaping
08-17-2005, 06:53 PM
I like the thicker better so i can edge without having to let ourt more line every two feet. Also good for thick grass. I use .095 on my stihl.

RedWingsDet
08-17-2005, 06:56 PM
I keep .95 and put in a bucket of cold water over night. It makes it last longer. At least thats what my dealer told me.

TClawn
08-17-2005, 07:16 PM
I use .130 shindaiwa quetwist in all my bumps. it is about the same diameter as .095 line, but wears forever. same with .095 grass attack, but that leaves a uneven cut.

naturescape
08-18-2005, 09:59 AM
I use .130 shindaiwa quetwist in all my bumps. it is about the same diameter as .095 line, but wears forever. same with .095 grass attack, but that leaves a uneven cut.

How do you like the Quietwist?

But most of these responses prove my point -- most use .095 or larger. Go ahead, use it for trimming and edging - but you won't get a clean or quick cut.

Pro-Scapes
08-18-2005, 10:58 AM
I like light trimmers and .080 or .095 the .080 just slices luike a razor at full trottle but does wear quickly when used aginst buildings and such. I for have some .105 for thicker stuff but preffer the smaller for the quick clean cut.

Its just a prefference and very dependant on your style and the conditions in which you trim most. I like the husq titanium line. Sseems to get good wear. Going to pick up some .095 echo crossfire next week and try soaking it in water like Mark said.

No matter which line you use keeping it out of the sunlight will help it last longer. I build a small rack inside my tool box to hold it.

hamsey
08-18-2005, 01:37 PM
Suffix megatwist .095 when trimming nice lawns, Echo crossfire .105 when trimming the big stuff.

Norm

gogetter
08-21-2005, 12:50 AM
who cares

You said it! :D

SproulsLawnCare
08-21-2005, 12:47 PM
I have used .080 for years and just switched to .095 last year. I have to agree that .080 does cut a little faster that the .095 in light grass, but at the cost of like two or three times more line. One other big selling point for me was nearly zero line weld. I had to constantly beat the crap out of my trimmer to get it to feed line until I switched to the .095. I don't see me changing back any time soon. Apparently I have even given away, or thrown away the 5 lb. spool of .080 because I can't find it now.

naturescape
08-21-2005, 01:19 PM
I have used .080 for years and just switched to .095 last year. I have to agree that .080 does cut a little faster that the .095 in light grass, but at the cost of like two or three times more line. One other big selling point for me was nearly zero line weld. I had to constantly beat the crap out of my trimmer to get it to feed line until I switched to the .095. I don't see me changing back any time soon. Apparently I have even given away, or thrown away the 5 lb. spool of .080 because I can't find it now.

I find myself in the same boat giving away spools of .095! :p

SproulsLawnCare
08-21-2005, 05:35 PM
[QUOTE=naturescape]I find myself in the same boat giving away spools of .095! :p[/QUOTE

Send them my way :p

all ferris
08-21-2005, 05:46 PM
Redmax make .100 that works real well

LawnSmith
08-21-2005, 06:40 PM
I use Sufix Megatwist .095


we use(d) that for many years until this season. my dealer doesnt stock it anymore because he said they cant get it. i was upset at the time but even more upset when he said the Shindaiwa twist was similar. comparing the shindaiwa twist to the sufix twist is like comparing a vette to a pinto, IMO. i checked the suffix website for dealer and/or ordering information with not much luck.

would you mind giving me your dealers contact info so i can give them a call? i would like to see if they would ship me out a few spools of the good stuff. we go through about 10lbs a month of string and all i hear from the guys is how much the new shindaiwa stuff sucks! they are using some old shindaiwa red round line that has been sitting in the corner for over 2 years if that tells ya anything.

thanks!

GR8LAWNS
08-21-2005, 06:48 PM
105. just my preference...as far as the soaking in water....i store mine in water all the time, have a 2 gallon bucket, drop spool in, cut a hole in the top to pull the line thru, fill with water...works great