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Old 05-16-2009, 03:20 AM
FastMan FastMan is offline
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Lets talk trimmer line

I'm about to stock up on trimmer line for the season. Now that I'm on this forum I'd like to hear what peoples feelings are on string type before I make my purchase. Things like what shapes do you like best and why. What shape/size/manufacturer have you found lasts the longest. Cuts the best. Do you put a priority on cost? I certainly have not tried them all, and would like to hear others experiences with various types.
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Old 05-16-2009, 04:14 AM
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We use a square .095 string. Anything less just wont cut.
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Old 05-16-2009, 06:45 AM
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.095 is good
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Old 05-16-2009, 08:59 AM
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We use the stihl square line. lasts a long time and cuts great.
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Old 05-16-2009, 09:32 AM
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I prefer .080. It's more flexable and I can run it a little longer. I also use the Shakespere Extreme line. It's square and has a white stripe on it. I've found it at Lowes. I'm sure there's stuff that's just as good out there, but I prefer this line. I've used the Stihl, Echo, and Husqvarna lines, and they all SUCKED compared to the extreme stuff.
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Old 05-16-2009, 09:38 AM
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i use some cheap crap from hd and i love it its a cross shape and works wonders
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Old 05-16-2009, 09:56 AM
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I think it's all the same garbage too, round, square, it's probably all a marketing gimmick...

For me it boiled down to price.
I bought the first thing I found CHEAP, just so happened to be .080 round.

The only thing I learned:
Trimmer string is sold by WEIGHT!
Not by length.

Because for me it boils down to practice, doesn't much matter what kind of string.

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Old 05-16-2009, 11:03 AM
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I can't remember what diameter or anything but we love shakespeare blue twist. I can't remember if that is the exact name but that describes it pretty well. I learned that it is made by the brand Sufix, who makes fishing line. It stands up to fences really well, doesn't heat up too much when you edge with it. I'm pretty sure it's between .8 and .95 because we were given a bigger diameter of twist from some other brand name and it just didn't cut near as well. The bigger diameter twist was good for kind of outlaw trimming getting like saplings and such but for just straight grass it didn't work well. I hear that that gatorline twist doesn't cut grass as well. 2 years ago we went on a line spree and bought quite a few different kinds and ended with this stuff. From my research trying to find a place to buy it i've found out that quite a few people like it and buy it all up whenever it's in stock.
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Old 05-16-2009, 12:22 PM
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ts - ide bet a grand square and round doesnt perform same . square cuts better than round . youll get a cleaner cut and be able to move faster with square

i use kawasaki pro cut .80 square , like jr i like the .80 for its agility .
the thicker stuff like .95 you cant cut as detailed with in tight spaces ,
the extra flex in the .80 makes for greater precision

we keep an old beat up whip around with .95 or heavier in case we get into any big area / long grass type whip work
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Old 05-16-2009, 02:14 PM
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.095 echo cross fire string is the best stuff i have found
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