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Wecutgrass
02-02-2012, 04:35 PM
What do y'all use? i use .105 gatorline. just curious if theres anything better out there.

KrayzKajun
02-02-2012, 04:57 PM
Depends which trimmer. I use .95 on my Echo SRM-210's & .105 on my 230s & bigger.
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Wecutgrass
02-02-2012, 05:14 PM
I'm using a sthil Fs 110 and when I had my 80 I ran .105 in that as well.
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Ridin' Green
02-02-2012, 05:18 PM
I've always run Gator Magnum round or square in .095", but when the last of the GM is gone, I'm gonna be starting in on the spool of Echo Crossfire that I picked up at the very end of last season. The .095" seems to do everything I need it to do including edging, so I'll probably stick with it.

orangemower
02-02-2012, 05:54 PM
I use .095 Echo Crossfire as well. I tried others but like the Crossfire best.

Wecutgrass
02-02-2012, 05:55 PM
Is that the same kind you buy at home depot?
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Ridin' Green
02-02-2012, 05:57 PM
Is that the same kind you buy at home depot?
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Yep. HD, Lowe's, outdoor power dealers etc. I have found them all to be about the same price too.

Wecutgrass
02-02-2012, 05:59 PM
O I used to use that but I found it to be junk and switched to gator line
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Ridin' Green
02-02-2012, 06:01 PM
I have always been exremely happy with GM, but after reading so many positive things about Crossfire here on LS, I thought I'd give it a try. If I have bad luck, you can bet I'll say so here too.:)

watsmi57
02-02-2012, 08:03 PM
stihl x line. the flourescent green stuff. 95.

Wecutgrass
02-02-2012, 08:14 PM
On average how many lawns can you trim before you need to resprool?
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Wecutgrass
02-02-2012, 08:15 PM
And how many arm lengths do you spool on each side?
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ALEX'S LANDSCAPING
02-02-2012, 08:21 PM
What I use is the Stihl branded line 0.95.
In the 1 pound package that the dealer told me is the "best"
thinking of switching to the grass gator line because I have heard good things about it.

Ridin' Green
02-02-2012, 08:25 PM
On average how many lawns can you trim before you need to resprool?
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With the GM line, I can go from 15-20 yards (depending on hw much chain link, trees, brick flower bed edging etc), and that includes edging drives and walks with it. I load the max recommended for my trimmer which is about 25 feet (FS 90R).

Wecutgrass
02-02-2012, 08:29 PM
Holy smokes I re string every 4 or 5 yards. And that's with 12 feet on each side
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Ridin' Green
02-02-2012, 08:35 PM
I think it's just in the way I do things, because I've read others here who are more like you. I don't bump the spool as often as others do. For one thing, I don't ditch with mine, and I don't feel the need to keep the line to max length outside the spool constantly. When it gets down to about 5" or so out of the spool, I bump it out to max, or whenever it is really needed. Plus, the gator Magnum is some tough, tough line.

Wecutgrass
02-02-2012, 08:37 PM
Do you have the Gaurd on or off? Mine is on.
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Ridin' Green
02-02-2012, 09:08 PM
I keep the gaurd on since it doesn't bother me, and I don't use my trimmer as mower.

Wecutgrass
02-02-2012, 09:16 PM
I don't either, I like my Gaurd on it helps me edge
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weeze
02-02-2012, 09:26 PM
the kind i'm using now is rotary square line .095. i spool 4 arm lengths (from one hand stretched out to the other hand) so i'm guessing 20ft or close to that??? it lasts me a month before i have to respool. i bump the line out maybe 2-3 times per yard (sometimes more, sometimes less) and i always keep it out as far as it will go (i have guard on). i have a 4-stroke trimmer so i dunno if that has anything to do with anything or not. it has more torque than a 2-stroke. usually i'm using it between 1/2-3/4 throttle. i never go full throttle with is because it's not needed. i saw some string online one day in the shape of a triangle so i may try that next. i've used round line before and i dont' like it. it doesn't cut as well. i try to use octagon, star shaped, square, or whatever. anything is better than round line.

orangemower
02-02-2012, 09:28 PM
I don't either, I like my Guard on it helps me edge
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You should try an Edgit.

www.edgit.com

Wecutgrass
02-02-2012, 09:31 PM
I can edge fine with the trimmer it just helps me line it up. Bump 2 or 3 times a yard? Damn I bump almost after every line I edge.
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orangemower
02-02-2012, 09:39 PM
You're the one that said the guard helps you edge. The Edgit works great. I've had mine for 4 years.

Ridin' Green
02-02-2012, 09:42 PM
I'm hoping the Crossfire will do as well edging. I asked here in the past, and several guys said it does well. I guess I'll soon find out.

The edging is why I love gator Magnum. I do a church, and I edge about 400 feet of cement sidewalk/paved parking lot, and I only need to bump the line out maybe 2-3 times for all of that. Edging is another reason I like the guard on my trimmer. I'm ugly enough without adding to the mess LOL

Wecutgrass
02-02-2012, 09:45 PM
^^^haha I think ima switch trimmer lines next time I run out to a square line
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Ridin' Green
02-02-2012, 09:48 PM
^^^haha I think ima switch trimmer lines next time I run out to a square line
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Just buy a small spool to start with. Your trimmer may not feed out sqaure line worth a crap. Mine doesn't, but fortunately for me, the Gator Magnum round really cuts well for round line.

One tip you may know, or may not know- try to trim with just the end of your line. I know that sounds simple and logical, but I see far too many guys really forcing their line into the grass around walls, trees etc, and that can break off several inches at a time, which is another reason lots of guys go through more line per week than I do.

weeze
02-02-2012, 09:51 PM
well if you do alot of edging you have to bump it a bit more. the key to edging with a trimmer is don't hit the concrete with the line. the more you hit the concrete edge the more line you are gonna have to use. i've edged an entire driveway and sidewalk without bumping the line at all. probably 30ft of sidewalk (15ft each side) and 100ft of driveway (50ft per side). a long driveway you may have to bump more out. i think my method is different than most. i dont' hold the trimmer to the side while edging. i find it's harder to keep a straight line doing it that way. i hold the trimmer vertical/straight up and down with my right hand on the trigger and my left hand on the shaft to guide it. i walk to the right while walking on the pavement. i find that's easier than walking on the grass side. here's the line i'm using right now.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Rotary-27-12150-Diamond-Cut-trimmer-line-095-x-755-/230695420483?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35b684c243

weeze
02-02-2012, 10:17 PM
this is the kind i wanna try next:

http://www.homedepot.com/buy/rino-tuff/095-heavy-duty-trimmer-line-21854.html

R & R Yard Designs
02-02-2012, 10:20 PM
On any given day we edge about 3-5 miles of walks and drives. Yes miles 4 days a week every week and have two edgeits and the guys love them.
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Wecutgrass
02-03-2012, 12:04 AM
You should try an Edgit.

www.edgit.com

can you trim while the edgit or no?;)

orangemower
02-03-2012, 07:40 AM
can you trim while the edgit or no?;)

Sure can. Check out the videos on the site.

ralph02813
02-03-2012, 08:53 AM
redmax line .095 about 4 arm lengths, just over 20', my guard is always on, it seems to last forever. I also use it to keep garden edges fresh.

BestImpressions99
02-03-2012, 11:52 AM
I have Lesco .095 on my trimmers and LOVE it. Dad uses Echo .095. I think we go through it faster.

P&N LL
02-04-2012, 02:10 PM
I use rhino tuff 0.080. This stuff is light weight and stronger than every 0.095 i've ever used. Easier on the wips and does a better job...especially without a guard. I get this spools from mowmore.com

dwlah
02-04-2012, 06:48 PM
095 redmax until the middle or so of this upcoming season
works good 95% of the time
4 arms length per spool usually go most of the day on 1 spool
I keep a 1 lb spool of 105 for when I have a lot of cleanup/out to do

mikeypizano
02-04-2012, 09:40 PM
I am using Stihl X-Line 0.95 as well. It works good for me. I did try "ugly line" at Lowes and it worked nice as well. I will buy the Stihl line because I can support my dealer. I don't know how long it lasts or how much I put on though.