Trimmer bump head life

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grassmasterswilson, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    What do you guys do?

    Read up here one time someone used a but and bolt. Was wonder what size worked best? Maybe just a screw?
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  2. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    Not worth monkeying around with I just buy a new one every other year.
     
  3. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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    Self tapping Screws is what I use. With the height of cut requirements on SA we can not bump on soft turf, so they are being bumped on concrete or other hard surfaces, so the self tapping screws have slowed down wear dramatically.
     
  4. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I was kinda thinking the same thing.
     
  5. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Since I switched to all speed feeds they seem to lasting longer. U~turds barely made 6 months then punched out the button head. I teach the guys to use something besides the turf or cement . A curb, paver, tree root or something softer. The speed feeds also feed at idle. Something U~turds didn't seem to do. Did I mention I really like the speed feeds?
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  6. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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    What type of feed speed head you using? I tried Stihl's version and did not care for it much.
     
  7. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    The big Oregon model.
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  8. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Have not done this but I have thought about it. We go through bump heads like underwear...far more than every other year...more like several times per season.

    The thing I'm working on is a solution for the $14 wear plates on Stihl straight shaft edgers. I've welded armor on them and still wear them out . I'm in the process of have some manufactured that should eliminate this problem. It's nice to have a friend with a computer controlled water jet metal cutter and a full machine shop.
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  9. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I use speed feeds as well. When the bottom wears out I just replace the bottom instead of buying a whole unit. I think I pay around $6 for a bottom.
     
  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Which brand and model?
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