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Soaking Weedeater String??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by deereequipment, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. deereequipment

    deereequipment LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Anyone ever heard of soaking spools in water to prevent them from getting brittle?
  2. GlynnC

    GlynnC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 913

    Yes, I've read in several different places that soaking line 12-24 hours ahead of use will help prevent breaking for older line. Tried it in a large coffee can, hauled it around for awhile, decided it was too much trouble.

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,526

    i tried it this spring soaked it for about 2 days and it is still just as brittle
  4. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,116

    It's easier to just keep it out of the sun.
  5. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    it works- there is a diff esp with string that severl years old. i keep an old h20 cooler in the bed of the truck for soaking trimmer string
  6. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    Ive heard this only works with older line, and has no effect on new line. But if you all are like me, I never have old line around. I buy a 3lb spool every spring and its gone by october, so old line isnt an issue for me, but if you have lots of older line lying around, I guess its good to do?
  7. clean_cut

    clean_cut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,327

    Interesting, I've never heard of this before, kinda neat idea.
  8. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    we have tons of unused spools for future use, have thought of soaking in water, but can you imagine the funk all that water would become over time, we are talking about a 55 gal drum to keep all our spools in so not an option imo

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    i keep a large spool in my garage out of the sun and a few pre cut pieces for if i run out during the day
  10. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    true=only works on old line.

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