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Bent Shaft Trimmer with .065 Line - Wow

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Flex-Deck, May 9, 2008.

  1. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,846

    I have tried straight shaft trimmers, but I could never get used to the counter clockwise rotation. I am right handed, and the curved shaft trimmers that rotate clockwise just make life easier.

    Admitted, I enjoyed the extra power available in those rare instances it was needed in the harness up-straight shafts, but was always willing to take a bit more time with the bent shaft to wade thru tall stuff when the occassion presented itself.

    It seems, that trimmers, and threads keep wanting to put on heavier and heavier line, but one day, I used the 18 Volt rechargable Black and Decker trimmer that I bought my wife, (she can't start a gas trimmer - just can't pull fast enough on the rope) - it had .065 line in it, and has auto advance (no tap), and I was amazed at how fast and efficient it cut tall or short stuff.

    The next logical step was to see if this light string would work on the bent shaft (JD 105C). First of all, I got the professional grade, I found that I could wrap about 2 times as much string on the spool, Here is what happened.

    1. Cuts way faster with less fraying than the heavier line.
    2. Fuel lasts longer
    3. The only concern I had was would there be enough momentum for the string to advance when tapped, and that turned out to be no problem.

    I will never go back to thick diameter string - It is like mowing with a dull blade on the mower - Takes way to much power.
  2. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,364

    i first used on my stihl .095 and went to .080 spiral and found out the same results, so thats all i use now.
  3. Cooter

    Cooter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Iowa
    Posts: 510

    I will agree that the thinner line will cut regular grass better. But that size wouldn't last long. .080 is a good size unless you have a lot of heavy weeds/brush.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    That's what I use.
  5. Nosmo

    Nosmo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,216

    I'll agree larger line lasts longer , cuts slower and needs more throttle to use. I've used 1.05 .95 and .80. Its seems the .80 plain round line works best in most situations for me.
  6. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,846

    I do have to tap the advance a bit more often, but I can wrap almost 2 times as much on the spool, so in essence, the spool lasts longer and one other thing that has become apparant is that there seems to be less fraying. Might just be an impression that is not true, but it seems that way.

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