Replacement String Trimmer Head w/Plastic Cutters

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Rick Jones, Jun 26, 2003.

  1. Rick Jones

    Rick Jones LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 427

    I was just wondering if anybody has used those string trimmer replacement heads with the plastic "fingers"? I can't think of the name of it, but they are one of those "as seen on TV" products? Anyway, I had a customer stop me while I was trimming and told me I should get one of those things. Said the last guy had one. Would be nice not to have to restring the trimmer, but I've never seen any pros use them. Must be some reason...
  2. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    Imagine hitting a drainpipe??!! Ive never used them....seemed impractical.....plastic breaking, etc.
  3. Rick Jones

    Rick Jones LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 427

    Yeah that's what I figured. I have to remember to never listen to a customer's advice concerning equipment.
  4. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I wouldn't feel that they would have any give for when you hit something. Waste of money is what I think, but of course I can not come to a complete and accurate discision until I try them.
  5. saw man

    saw man LawnSite Bronze Member
    from utah
    Messages: 1,033

    they do have give when you hit something, but i do no find them pratical for trimming.
    if you are trimming thicker stock then the plastic flail heads work good
  6. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    they have this thing called the "weed thrasher" which is also an as seen on tv product (could be the equation for piece of shyt) and its just a gold head which you install of your trimmer in place of whatever head you have on now. Then they just have red pieces of string that snap into the head.

    A similar product is sold by echo called the cross fire head.....
    My experience with the echo model is piece of ****, its just 095 line that you feed in and when you want to change it you have to stop the trimmer, reach into your pocket for 2 new pieces of line and then fight to get the short line out of the head..

    The biggest problem is that dirt, grass and other **** gets caught in the head (because its open and not closed) so more times than not you have to get all the **** out of the way before the line will actually come out of the head.

    ********IN CONCLUSION*************

    its better of to just stay with the BUMPNFEED heads
  7. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,981

    They SUCK,

    They are ONLY good for tall grass (bushhogging)

    GrassGator is what it's called it is great for heavy duty jobs but trimming forget it. Back it went.
  8. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    I would not even try something like that but that is just me. That would be too expensive to replace the "fingers" when you hit something.

  9. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,093

    I run the Stihl poly cut blades. The blades take alot less power in heavy grass weeds, and they hold up pretty good until you hit a stick or something hard. The Stihl version lets you put string in with the blades to help protect them and prolong their life. If the going gets tough the blades get the job done.

    I wouldnt try the "seen on TV" junk but the Stihl definately has its place. If you have to cut heavy grass in the wet they are a must have.

    I think its overkill for regular trimming but I have noticed that its much easier to see how close you are to objects with the white blades. Also the blades tend to cut the grass clean instead of ripping it out by the roots. Ever notice the grass receding along your edges??? Its because your string it ripping it out by the root a little every week.

  10. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087


    Do you use the Poly Cut all the time or just for the heavy stuff? Also, does it cause extra vibration you can fel in your hands?

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