Another trimmer line thread. Oregon Magnum gatorline vs platinum gatorline

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by smallstripesnc, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,758

    As stated, I've never used the Magnum SuperTwist (or any other shape), but I will get some soon for comparison sake. But, what I like about the Platinum is how the outside casing wears away leaving the thinner inside core to allow for detailed work around more delicate items like wood fences/posts, trees, etc... This is a fabulous trimmer line with a ton of strength. Prolly not to the level of Magnum, but I very impressed with it at this juncture.
  2. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,763

    I don't trim professionally, so a spool lasts me years. I was working on a Stihl X shaped spool of .095 line that was starting to get brittle and annoy the crap out of me. Soaking it in water for a few days made it almost as good as new, but after reading about the Platinum line, I had to give it a try.

    I bought a spool of Gator Magnum Platinum in .095 super twist. First thing I noticed was that it was a loose fit in the sockets of my trimmer head. I had to wrap the end of each piece in a turn of masking tape to get it to stay in the trimmer as I wound the spool. Funny, because .095 was always a tight fit in there, so this stuff runs on the thin side. I think that next time I might try .105.

    Then I started trimming with it. Against a brick retaining wall, sidewalk, metal fencing and sign posts, all things that would rapidly destroy regular monofilament, this stuff is amazing. I'm getting at least three times as much work done between bumps. And being thinner, it cuts better. I'm not sure if it is quieter, but I can feel that the machine (FS-110) revs up faster, and the line spins faster too. Probably either because the line is thinner, or the super twist shape that is supposed to offer less air resistance. Whatever the secret is, it works great.
  3. CurbAppealKS

    CurbAppealKS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 448

    You should try the square magnum next time. You will never buy another line.
  4. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,758

    Is it Magnum Gatorline OR Platinum Gatorline??

    :confused: :laugh:

    From all of our ramblings and having time to digest it all, I'm going to 'guess' that it is the Magnum Gatorlines that are being blamed for damaging trimmer guards. Since this line with the aramid core is tougher than Platinum, it just makes sense.

    As stated, my Honda's guard is removed and I have only used the Platinum Gatorline. Great line for my residential needs.
  5. austins35

    austins35 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    I use .095 square magnum on trimmers up to my FS110R, the 130's and 250's blades are used

    My line doesn't seem to last to long I'm constantly changing spools

    I'm gonna soak the line in water an add a bit of fabric softener an see of that helps the breakage..

    if that doesn't help I'll buy a spool of the twist
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2013
  6. CurbAppealKS

    CurbAppealKS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 448

    I don't know what you are trimming, but if the square magnum isn't working for you then don't waste your money on the platinum. I do some heavy trimming with the magnum and recently bought some platinum to try, let me tell you that it will not last as long as magnum.
  7. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    Maybe you need jump up to the 105 magnum square
    I run FS110 and FS130
    I tried the twist in 105 its doesn't last like the magnum
    I don't run feed heads I run polycot 40-3 heads Fix string
  8. austins35

    austins35 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    Pepsi Challenge this weekend

    I soaked one spool of my platinum .095 in water with a little bit of fabric softener (been doing this with cast nets for years an years)

    some platinum .095 in just plain water

    soaked some Stihl X line which I have had never good luck using (breaks easily)

    I bought some Oregon supertwist new Platinum Gatorline trimmer line .155

    Gonna all the above in some extremely high an thick grass and weeds

    I'm more than likely just gonna drill the spools on most of my trimmers to Fit the .130 and or .155 line
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2013

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