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Homelite trimmer

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by valley boy, Mar 1, 2004.

  1. valley boy

    valley boy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 85

    My homelite trimmer when idling keeps spinning ??? does this mean the clutch is sticking or seized . Starts ok and works fine just hard to put down account head is always spinning any ideasa???.
  2. deere mowers

    deere mowers Banned
    Posts: 29

    not for sure on that type, but my father-in-law has one of those . i think that is the nature of the beist with that make of trimmer. do you use that for comm. use? hope this helps
  3. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,170

    It's a homelite... thats your first problem. I'm not sure what it is, maybe someone else can help here. BTW, welcome to the site!
  4. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,345

    I had one of those home cheapo $50. red things along time ago and from day one it spun at idle. I even turned the idle down a bit thinking it was set to high. I think thats just how they are,
  5. GTLC

    GTLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 700

    yeah i've got an old POS Homelite trimmer. it did spin a little when idling, but not much.
  6. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,925

    I hate to say it but I have a homelite and I belive a few do here also. It still starts on one or 2 pulls. Run it as a back up and at least one day a week during season to keep it movin. I have had it for probably 8 years. I now have commercial trimmers and would recomend them due to the extra power.
    Any ways to your question. Adjust your idle and see if that helps. on the side near the carburator there are two screws, Low and High. Adjust the low idle screw till it stops spinning.
    Either 1 your trimmer wont run and there is another problem to be addressed or 2 it stops spinning at least enough to hurt anything when you set it down.
    Good luck.
  7. Rick Jones

    Rick Jones LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 427

    A lot of the cheap trimmers don't have a clutch. I've got a Homelite backup trimmer that doesn't have a clutch. My uncle bought a brand new Homelite back in '95 and that didn't have a clutch. You don't get a whole lot for sixty bucks!
  8. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,503

    Has the head always turned when the engine was running?? Some of the cheapest ones do turn all the time, but some of the more exspensive models do have a clutch
    When i started out in buisness I had a Homelight that had the clutch, it served me well, but i trimed with it i didnt try to use it for a brush cutter. I had it for 4 years till one day i got in a hurry and didnt place it in the truck bed very well and it fell out on the road and i ran over it with the trailer
  9. lawnagent

    lawnagent LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 529

    Ditto that. I bought one in 95 because I was in a pinch after someone helped themselves to my Echos in the back of my truck. That Homelite had no cluch either.
  10. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,656

    I have seen clutches fail and stick so they dont release. It may just be rusted and needs a little lube.

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