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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dcplace2004, Jul 27, 2005.

  1. dcplace2004

    dcplace2004 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 423

    I spent good money on a trimmer and the head is spinning at idle--bought on 7-5-05--sometime fast, sometimes slow...I was told this is normal, but I don't belive that a 400 dollar trimmer that has the color orange should be told me that their may be debris in the clutch or that it may be catching????...WTF...even the cheapo echo from HD head did not spin at idle...any thought???...thanks...
  2. jt5019

    jt5019 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,432

    My new redmax is spinning at idle after about two weeks. Dont know why ,tried adjusting the idle it doesnt help.Seems to be working fine besides that.
  3. dcplace2004

    dcplace2004 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 423

    no in is dangerous to have a blade spinning at idle...the thing worked properly when i bought it and it should not be doing it after three weeks...
  4. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,793

    id take it back to stihl and tell them to fix it or give you a new one
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Did you try turning the idle down a hair?
  6. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    exactly, dont change the idle. The clutch is the problem.
  7. dcplace2004

    dcplace2004 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 423

    they adjusted it again and the head it not spinning...thanks...
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Mine have spun on idle for years, now. No biggy. I don't even worry about the clutches long as they engage, that's all that matters. This concern goes in the same category as the "blade brakes" on the mowers. After awhile, it just doesn't really matter that much.
  9. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    My "orange" trimmers also spin at idle. It is a very slow spin. Does not bother me.
  10. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    Just wondering, have you been running it with the guard off and alot of string out? This will usually do it (some brands, esp. orange) quicker than others. If you are running it with the guards off, be sure that you always run it wide open throttle, or premature clutch failure is much more likely.

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