String trimming - two questions

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by BigDave, May 14, 2003.

  1. BigDave

    BigDave LawnSite Member
    Posts: 148

    1. I use my Homelite string trimmer for edging. I notice that it sure brings up a lot of dirt and blows it into oblivion. Should I be concerned about this "soil removal" and perhaps buy a dedicated edger, or am I being way too cautious?

    2. What are the pros and cons of thicker and thinner string? I'm assuming that thicker string such as .095 inch will break less easily - but then why would someone buy thinner string such as .080 inch?

    Thanks all!
  2. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Posts: 1,484

    i believe the thickness of string goes with the type of material u are cutting. if you are using the trimmer for a lot of edgine u want thicker, if you are using it for long thick overgrown grass you want thicker, but if you are using it for maintained grass trimming you want thinner as it will give you a better cut.
  3. KerryB

    KerryB LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 661

    I use .105 string. Works better for me.
    As for edging I only use my trimmer to freshen up an edge. I use a Stihl edger to do my edging.
  4. BigDave

    BigDave LawnSite Member
    Posts: 148

    Thanks! Good explanations on string thickness - it makes sense.

    Any thoughts on my first question? Is using a string trimmer for edging unhealthy because it blows away too much soil?
  5. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Posts: 1,484

    if done properly no harm at all.
  6. Doogiegh

    Doogiegh LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 871

    Before you buy a whole roll of .095, check to see if your trimmer can use it. Some trimmers feed holes are drilled only so big and only allow .080..

  7. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
    Posts: 648

    Once you have an edge established, there should be only minimal dirt removal. You may be trying to edge too deeply.
  8. stevieraysod

    stevieraysod LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    I've read that .95 line is a little weighty for curved shaft trimmers and is hard on the driveshaft. Best to stick with .80 in curved shaft models. .95 is OK in straight shaft units.
  9. BigDave

    BigDave LawnSite Member
    Posts: 148

    Thanks all! It makes a lot of sense to establish and maintain an edge to minimize soil removal. And, I did notice last night that my .95" string had a harder time slicing through thick grass than the .80" did -- so will plan to go back to .80" when I'm done with this spool (if the ol' Homelite lasts that long).

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