Gatorline experience = HORRIBLE

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dwost, May 12, 2010.

  1. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,667

    After reading many reviews on here I decided to give this a shot and bought a spool. All I can say is this stuff is CRAP. I was expecting much longer run time based on what others have reported but I will tell you this is not the least bit true. I loaded my Speedfeed up with it and decided to give it a shot edging a curb that had some serious overgrowth. It literally took about 10 seconds to wear it down to the point of where I needed to feed the head. I've been using some cheap stuff that I grabbed at Home Depot and it runs circles around the Gatorline. I'm bummed as I hoped this would be much better than it was.
  2. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 42,007

    Yeah, I thought I was the only one that hated gator line. Maybe I'm not using it right, but my Echo Crossfire line will run circles around gator line. The Red Max twist is good also, but I prefer the Echo above all else.
  3. fredmullegun

    fredmullegun LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 317

    What size line? Same size as the cheap stuff?
  4. AllSeasonServices

    AllSeasonServices LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    Im using the Stihl square line. It wears out faster than some others but I got a good deal on it at the trade show this year... And yea gatorline is awful, it seems to throw debris everywhere when edging. Maybe its just me but I swear I was getting hit with rocks all the time when I tried that stuff.
  5. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,667

    Yup, I'm running .095 for both. I just checked and the stuff I like is "Grass Gator Shaped Line" It works great.
  6. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    Is that a bright orange line you got at Home depot? I think I am using the same stuff as you, it is great, and I paid only like $14. for a 3lb spool! it is some kind of multi edge line? I am actually going to buy a few more spools in case they stop making it or raise the price, I go thru about one 3lb. spool per season. I am thinking of going up to .105 line from 095 though since I have the big redmax and it can probably handle it. Do you all think I will notice a big difference in performance in switching to the bigger line?
  7. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,667

    Yup, that's the stuff. I got a similar deal. I think its either the 3 or 5lb spool and it was like $10.
  8. bigshow825

    bigshow825 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    i also run the redmax twist line, it seems to last a decent amout of time.
  9. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    I would love to find it in a 5lb spool, but I think it only comes in 3lb size. It is odd for a super cheap line like this to be that good, it is even better than the Stihl X-line I think.
  10. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,719

    Are you running the Magnum Gatorline or the regular Gatorline? There is a difference.

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