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Do you soak your trimmer line in water before using it?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by monoshock, Jul 16, 2013.


Do you soak you trimmer line before using it?

Poll closed Oct 24, 2013.
  1. Yes, I soak my line, and it helps.

  2. No, it doesn't matter.

  3. Yes, but just because it makes me sound cool that I do, and don't know if it helps.

  1. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,319

    Do you soak your trimmer line in water before using it?
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2013
  2. zo6

    zo6 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 417

    i think it helps, doesnt fray as much
  3. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,319

    I remember a guy I use to work with that always said it helped, but that was over 15 years ago.
    Don't forget to vote.
  4. zo6

    zo6 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 417

    i think it does, not sure how much line it actually saves you though... I always vote, just not for the dirtbag that won...
  5. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,319

    Maybe Rand Paul next time around. ;)
  6. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 969

    How do you do this? Do you keep a bucket of water in the trailer, or soak the new spool when you buy it, then it holds moisture?
  7. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,319

    I'm not sure, I'm going to just drop it in a 5 gal bucket for a day or two and see what happens.
  8. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 14,127

    I've been doing it for a long time now. I soak a 3 or 5lb spool of line twice a year for a full 24 hours in a 3 gallon bucket of water. You can definitely see and feel the difference in the way it moves/bends/twists etc and notice the difference in the way it feels to the touch.

    It makes the line last longer because it doesn't break or fray near as quickly and it makes it easier to re-spool. Plus it seems to feed easier too. It really helps if you edge or trim a lot of chainlink with your trimmer.
  9. WilsonBoud

    WilsonBoud LawnSite Member
    Posts: 222

    I first read of this issue for the first time here on LawnSite some three months ago. I mentioned it to my Cheetah dealer, and my Stihl dealer. They both concur with the process. So I'm trying it.

    BUT, do I soak the line for 24 hours before using, or do I just drop the contents of the line in water and forget about it until I need another twenty foot piece to re-spool the trimmer.

    I used some unknown string (from Lowe's) for several years. I though it was a good idea buying a five pound package of this stuff. I quickly discovered the poor quality when I found my self bumping the trimmer "every few feet" (I trim 1450 feet every time I cut grass, no roundup).

    Well, I finally used up all that awful string (five pounds of it), and am using my first spool of Maruyama M FORCE EDGE premium string. I find myself bumping the trimmer head far less often (that's a good thing right...???).

    I discovered this Maruyama string while searching & reading this site about the ultimate string. So, I went out and purchased a half-pound package. I also have a one-pound package of Oregon Magnum Gator line (super twist) waiting to be used.

    I have thought about using the two lines intermittenly throughout the summer until the M Force line is used up. That would give my quick info about which one is serving me best.

    Any thoughts on this matter ...???

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  10. Blades Lawn Maintenance

    Blades Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Baton Rouge, La
    Posts: 1,233

    I'll have to give it a try

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