Homelite Trimmer Problems

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Mitchell, Sep 22, 2000.

  1. Mitchell

    Mitchell LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    I have a Homelite 2 string straight shaft trimmer that I have been using for some commercial accounts and the string continues to dig into the string on the head. Sometimes it wont spool out when I bump the head. I have to stop and push the head in and manually pull the lines out. Sometimes one line will go back into the head and I have to dig it out between the wrapped line. I have cleaned the head and even bought a new one , but the problems continues. I am using .80 Echo line. Does anyone have a cure? Thanks
  2. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 10,857

    Throw it away and buy a real commercial grade weedeater. Or that is just the beginning of your problems
  3. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,262

    Mitchell, Welcome to the forum:) . Put your trimmer behind your rear tire, then back up. Just kidding! I agree with Charles, get a commercial trimmer. I like Shindaiwa's. Do a search on this topic. I know we have all boasted about what trimmers we prefer!
  4. sage

    sage LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I agree. You definitely need to get a commercial trimmer. I like Kawasaki.
  5. Mitchell

    Mitchell LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    Guys, I know I need a commercial trimmer, but this is not helping me with the problem that I have at hand. Does anyone own a Homelite that has had these problems? Any advice (Not go buy a commercial trimmer) would be appreciated>
  6. Doc

    Doc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    Hi Mitchell,

    Sorry you are having trouble with your trimmer. I have 1 cent worth to add. I take it that you are loading string properly. I spray the loaded string with WD-40 or Silicone. It works for me I hope for you too.

    Doc Scrub

    [Edited by Doc on 09-23-2000 at 10:32 PM]
  7. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    Check to see if you have it wound backwards, that will cause problems, big time.
  8. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    You do not need a commercial trimmer,I use homelites commercailly going on 14 yrs,they are tough enough to do the job for a couple of yrs,besides Mitchell is doing residentail work,so why should he spend 3-400 on a trimmer?I open up the holes inmy trimmers head to accept comrcial .105 string,Ive had no problems since then.Make sure the spring is under the spool or it wont advance either.The WD40 does help too,it also keeps it cleaner inside.I have 3 of these now at my golf course,they are great to give to summer help(kids) who will wrap the shaft around a tree anyway or let it fall out of the work cart at 18mph.
  9. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    jon, you should be ashamed of yourself using a homelite trimmer and advising others to do so...lol! have you tried a qualty trimmer like a redmax? if so how can you ever go back to using a residential timmmer again?
  10. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 10,857

    John the man said "commercial accounts" Homelite is a step down from Crapsman. I advised him to junk it because he could go out and buy a echo 2100 for around 200$. This is a minimum commercial. But great for the little work he has. Homelite is even too much of a headache for a homeowner.

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