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I currently use a bump feed head made by Gardener's Gear. I am not unhappy with them, just thought there could be something better. I just ordered a bump feed pro head from J Thomas. Seems like all the heads that come with the machines are a PTIA.
 

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I just picked up a shindaiwa t230 and purchased a "speed feed" head to go with it. I'm very pleased with it so far. Its very responsive, and hasn't tangled up once yet. Re-spooling this head is a piece of cake.
 

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I've been wondering about the speed feed head. I've read where some people love it and some people think it's a POS. What is the price on it?
 

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In my opinion, Redmax makes the best trimmer head that can be had. Whether or not it qualifies as "after market", I dont know. I have purchased them separately and installed them on Echo trimmers.
 

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locutus said:
In my opinion, Redmax makes the best trimmer head that can be had. Whether or not it qualifies as "after market", I don't know. I have purchased them separately and installed them on Echo trimmers.
Is it a bump feed? How much? Where can I buy one?
 

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I like the heads that Echo puts on most of their trimmers. I get them aftermarket and use them on all of our other brands. Stihl, Tanaka, etc.. You can get them from the Rotary Corp online.
 

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Blk94fiveOh said:
I just picked up a shindaiwa t230 and purchased a "speed feed" head to go with it. I'm very pleased with it so far. Its very responsive, and hasn't tangled up once yet. Re-spooling this head is a piece of cake.
I picked up a speed feed head back in early march when I bought my first Shindaiwa T231. What a total piece of crap! It did not even last 2 weeks before the bottom fell out of it. I took it back to the dealer and demanded they replace it with the stock head, which I really do like. At the time I only had about 30 accounts per week, and it still didn't hold up. Total gimmick IMO just like their crappy silent twist trimmer line. Who the hell cares if your trimmer line is aerodynamic and makes less noise, especially with a rippin' 2 stroke behind it?

I also have upgraded to 261's since and will be selling the 231. :blob3:
 

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the best thing is the echo head and buy extra spools we have 2 spools per trimmer al prewound. only way to go never run out. best I have found yet. we trim alot we care for multiple cemetaries.
 

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I also love the echo head, holds lots of string and easy to load. Saw that speed head the other day interesting cocept, maybe it will be made more durable soon. The nice thing about the echo head is you can get extra spools, dont have to replace the hole head and you can keep an extra loaded with you for a quick change out....I have noticed I use a bit more string with them, but hey that may add up to an extra 4-5 bucks a season lol.
 

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I really like the Stihl Auto-Cut 25-2 head.

Simple to deal with.
Easy to load.
Easy to bump feed.
Never tangles.
 

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I HATE the Echo head. Takes forever for me to release the line when i go to pop the spool in. I really like the regular Shindy head until the indicators wear off. But, by then it's time for a new head anyway.
 

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The new Shindaiwa speed feed head is great. We have 4 that run 20 + hours every week and have had zero problems with them. 12 years in the business and they are my favorite head yet. We have run 15 pounds of .095 line through them already.

Scott
 

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Backing Locutus=Redmax makes the best head bar none ,easy to load and feed heck man we are running 130 line in these.
 

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The Shindaiwa rep gave me the new Speed Feed head to use. We have Shindaiwa and Redmax trimmers. We have been using the RedMax head on both. The Shindaiwa regular head is junk. (The Shindaiwa rep even agreed)

What i like about the Speed Feed head; It is easy to replace line. Saves us alot of time replacing line, replacement parts are relatively inexpensive,(evbrything around $5), well built, holds a decent amount of line.

What i don't like; Replacement parts take forever to get in right now, the head requires different arbors for RedMax trimmers, sometimes the line is difficult to feed thru the hole if the line is not cut perfectly.

They are all we run now. We put around 30 hours use each week. We have run thru a couple of bottoms already.
 

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I also think that the stock Shinny heads are not that great (yeah, they do suck), but I was waiting for my dealer to get the Speed Feed head and finally got it a couple months ago and, BY GAWD, I love it. Not a single tangle, and I just don't see how you could load a head any faster!!!! I don't see how you could wear out the bottoms so quickly, try bump feeding on something soft like the grass instead of the concrete or pavement. :rolleyes: I did sorta learn how to live with (and load) the stock head, but my search for the perfect head is over IMHO.
 

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steve225 said:
I have never seen the Redmax heads.

Steve
I have seen them, but never inspected inside of them.
There are two types, and I don't know which of them these guys like.
One is a huge red one.
The other is smaller and black.
 
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