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Speed Feed experiences

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by crammit442, Nov 19, 2017.

  1. crammit442

    crammit442 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105

    Like everyone else, I've got a drawer full of the "greatest ever" trimmer heads. I've played w/the Speed Feed 400 on and off for a while now and while I like the easy loading, it doesn't hold tons of line. Mine also tends to have feed problems more than I'd like. My thinking is that because the line isn't under any tension while loading that it wraps loosely and tends to not feed if its even slightly overfilled. I've also got a Maruyama M-Twist head that's very similar, but has a metal insert on the bump cap to help with wear, which is nice. My question is if I got the larger Speed Feed 450, would the additional capacity make a noticeable difference? My old Echomatic heads take longer to load, but hold more line and almost never have feed issues. With several extra spools, it's doesn't really cost me that much more time either. Does anyone use as any other trimmer head that they think is better than others. Thanks in advance.
    Charles
     
  2. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,649

    Both the 450 and 400 hold 25' of line. I have put that amount into my 400 since new with no trouble at all, and it feeds flawlessly and always has with any type of line. Supposedly the older 375 and 450's are going away and only the newer 400 will remain.
     
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  3. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,616

    personally i went back to the regular husqvarna head on my trimmer. the speedfeed isn't any better to me. when you hold it and turn the head to wind up the trimmer line it wraps around your arm and you have to constantly pull your arm out of it and start over. it's kind of annoying to me. i guess i'm doing it wrong and you should keep that arm still and turn it with the other hand? i dunno that doesn't seem right to me either.

    really i can't see it's any faster than a regular trimmer head.
     
  4. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,649

    Definitely faster to load, and yes, if it is wrapping your arm with line, you are twisting the wrong hand/part. Hold the lower part of the head and twist the serrated piece on top. It tensions the line right when done that way. Plus, no bump knob to snag in the grass or on roots etc like with a std head. BTW- I do love the T-35 heads, so it isn't that I am knocking them in favor of the SF.
     
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  5. ltdlawn

    ltdlawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,651

    Large sf is my favorite but have read good things about the t35 on here
     
  6. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,616

    i really can't notice much of a difference with either one. both are easy to load and easy to use. the big plus for the husqvarna is you just replace the little blue knob which is super cheap. the echo part isn't so cheap to replace if it wears out.

    i kept the echo head as a backup for my battery powered echo trimmer and put the husqvarna head back on my husqvarna 525LK. :D
     
  7. ZLCLawnCare

    ZLCLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 831

    the bump head on the SF is only like 5 or 6 bucks if i remember correctly.

    to the OP make sure the middle piece is inserted correctly. if put in upside down it can cause issues with line breaking ect.
     
  8. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,616

    yeah the blue part on the husqvarna is like $2. :laugh: 1/3 the price.
     
  9. JaekayDesign

    JaekayDesign LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    I guess I am in the dark here.. but.. are these that much better than the Stihl 25-2 heads? That’s about all I know.. and I have tons of parts and keep mine up pretty good. But, all I’ve ever run is Stihl
     
  10. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,649

    Far better IMO. I have a few Stihl 25-2 heads just sitting in the shop now. Both the T-35 and SF 400 are vastly superior IMP/IME..
     

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