Trimming: String length?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Insometry, Jul 30, 2004.

  1. Insometry

    Insometry LawnSite Member
    from Kansas
    Posts: 43

    Just wondering what others do.

    I take my protective guard off and use almost a 10 inch long single piece of string at low RPMs. Use the same for edging.

    Do you use a guard? Long string or short? Fast or slow? Do you think running low RPMs is bad for the weedeater? (I know stihl says to only cut at full speed...)

    just wondering
  2. EastTnLC

    EastTnLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 131

    My guard is off and htats the first thing I do when I get trimmers. But I carry around wire stripers. that way if my line gets too long just cut and go. You can really hear the motor start to bog down so I cut my line to where I have about 3" of line on each side. You dont want your line too long because it can cause premature clutch failure, overheating, and can also cause your spark arrestor to clog. Trust me been there and learned from it.
  3. EastTnLC

    EastTnLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 131

    thats* sorry typo

    ADLAWNCUTTERS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 191

    They Say It's Not The Size Of It ,It's How You Use It.:D
  5. stevo22

    stevo22 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 344

    no wire cutters for me...if i bump too much line out, i turn it on edge and wer it down a tad on some concrete..
  6. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Posts: 1,878

    And the time you'll save using 10" of string over 3" will more than pay for a new trimmer in a couple of years. 3"?? I'd fire you on the spot. Talk about high RPM, if I ran my shins at 3", they'd all be in the trash.
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  7. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 4,235

    Eleven inches, one line [with manual head that's been balanced]and run R's at any length I want.
  8. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 821

    I use a Shindaiwa T-230 with manual head (dual line). I lay the line across the head and go about 2" past the edge.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    I don't know the exact length, but I like it as long as possible. These machines are not gonna last forever anyway, if you get a couple good years out of them, great. So I don't worry about damaging them with too long line.
  10. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 4,235

    I've never killed a t-27, or t-270, although after eight or ten years it just mader more sense to replace entire unit than all the small parts that wear out, and listen to piston slap.

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