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Idiot proof trimmer head

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jeffyr, Jul 15, 2001.

  1. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    My neighbor asked me how to wind the line on his Weed Eater brand trimmer since he didn't know how. I opened the head, and on the spool there was a disc in the center that ran around the spool where the line is threaded. It's a partition for the line so it can't cross over itself in the head no matter how poorly it is wound. The center of the line gets hooked on a groove in the divider, and the spool is wound with 1 part of the string on the top and 1 part on the bottom of the divider. I haven't seen anything like this before--neat idea. I have an echo and a red max and neither have this idiot proof feature ( I wish they did so the summer help could wind line that wouldn't jam up). I was thinking about making a divider to try it out.

    Has anyone seen this before ?
  2. bubble boy

    bubble boy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    i've got a stihl head like that.
  3. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    That's a cool little feature.
  4. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
    Messages: 1,540

    The Homelites are divided like that too...except instead of the groove in the divider they have a hole in each string 'compartment' to start the string in (2 pieces of string instead of 1).

    You are right about the 'idiot-proof' design. Takes less than a minute to disassemble, re-load, and reassemble once you do it a couple of times.

    I've used a Homelite for 2 seasons now and it NEVER has feeding or 'fusing' problems...just replace the 'tap' button every once in a while....it also still starts on the first tug and runs perfectly.

    I hope the RedMax I'm getting ready to purchase will do as well.

    If not I'll still have the 'ol Homey to fall back on. ;)
  5. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876


    I bought the Red Max first and then the Echo. Both are light duty commercials--I got the Echo cheap as a refurb from Home Cheapo as a backup. Turns out the Red Max is the backup now. I am 6'3" and the longer shaft on the Echo is more comfortable.

  6. lawnboy82

    lawnboy82 Banned
    Messages: 957

    i think that is a good idea, however for it to work we need to get rid of all the idiot trimmer operators. i got a guy workin with me now. one time i took him with me to cut grass. usually i have another guy go. we cut 3 lawns that day. guy trimmed around everything 2 times, all the gardens, trees, driveway, i mean everything. i was using a 60" great dane stander, and i got finished before he did on a property that was probably an acre and a half or so of cutting. then to top it all off, when i started chasing him with the machine when i finished, he didnt even know that you tap the head to make the line come out, so he was trimming with a small stub on either side of the head. what a moron. socka la makina!
  7. jnjnlc

    jnjnlc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 231

    I found a head at Lowes that I use. It has the divider in it to seperate the line. It works great for 15 bucks. I buy a new one every once and a while to replace the bump part.
  8. cp

    cp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    Hell I'm still trying to figure out if you wrap the string in the direction of C or CC??????:p
  9. jnjnlc

    jnjnlc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 231

    I just remembered the name of the head. It is made by Suffix. Sold at Lowes and John Deere Landscapes. It has several different thread sizes for different trimmers. Since I have been using them I have not had trouble with the line hanging up.

    Matter of fact I just bought a new Husquavarna trimmer that came with a bump head. I used it one time and took it off and put my Suffix head on. I use .105 string. No problems. As far as winding it I just place that bump button against my stomach and tread them line from right to left through the holes. Works every time.
  10. jack carson

    jack carson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    I;m trying to find out if those weed eater disc wheels I saw a trade show are any good. Have you ever tryed one:?

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