string jams in Echo trimmer

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by yardmonkey, May 20, 2000.

  1. yardmonkey

    yardmonkey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    I have been using an Echo SRM2100SB trimmer.<br>Seems to be a pretty good machine, except for<br>one problem. Sometimes the string will not feed out (it has bump feed) and I have to<br>take the head apart and fix the string. What<br>I find is the the strings have crossed over<br>each other (it is a dual-string head).<br>I wonder if there is some kind of solution for this? Also I notice in reading some of<br>the threads that people seem to like the<br>Shindaiwa trimmers. Would they have this<br>problem also. I have seen in the Shindaiwa<br>literature that they are available with<br>various different heads. What kinds of<br>heads would be prefered and why?<br>And I wonder if I can use any other heads on<br>the Echo?<br>Thanks.<br>
  2. Getmow

    Getmow LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 445

    First make sure your eyelets are round so they don't grab the string. Second, make sure when you wrap your spool that the string is tight and not crossed. I found that the round string &quot;welds&quot; more than square. I have 2501's and 2601's and use 095 square line.
  3. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 11,807

    I agree with Getmow. And to this is going to happen sometimes with most weedeaters.But hey, no one said this business was easy. You may have to restring once or twice a day
  4. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,009

    make sure you are winding the string the right way on the spool. this is not a dumb suggestion. I've worked at home depot befor and people bring 'em in backwards all the time.<p>to prevent &quot;welding&quot; og the line and break off at the head, tap the head and advance the line till the cutter clips off just the tip of the line on a frequent basis.<p>very mportant: use good line. I like weed terminator brand.<p>oh by the way...I had a srm 2100...HATED IT! took it back. I hope you are liking yours just fine.<p>HTH<p>GEO<p><p><font size="1">Edited by: geogunn
  5. bridges

    bridges LawnSite Member
    from RI
    Messages: 196

    I have used echo all my life. I have not had that promblem, but my help had the problem, i always had to restring for them. Make sure that you tap the head often, cause if let the string get short that will happen.<p>----------<br>Tony<br>
  6. pete

    pete LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    I think the shindaiwa heads are junk. I put a hard head on mine. We just got 2 new echos and ive been thinking about changing to hardheads on those. Bump feeds always seem to be a pain. These echos havent been too bad so im not sure. A hard head is is just a plastic head that has 4 holes in it. you cut a pice of line tie a knot in the middle of it and stick it through 2 of the holes. Sounds like a pain but its real easy and fast.
  7. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,214

    I'm glad I switched to plastic blades several years back. No more wasted time messing with tangled line.
  8. Currier

    Currier LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 564

    Ihave an echo srm2601 I was constantly running in to your problem. Iwas stopping several ttimes per lawn and using a ton of line. I was going to trade the machine in for a stihl....When I went to the dealer they simply put a stihl head on the echo. That was two years ago. The trimmer works great'slife expectancy was very short before!
  9. Northwest

    Northwest LawnSite Member
    Messages: 144

    Speaking of Stihl heads they are great. Easy to take off and respool. I have a Shindawia and a Stihl. The Stihl head is definitely better designed.
  10. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    We use &quot;hard heads&quot; on pur Stihls but they<br>are made of aluminium.They are great.Chuck<br>the bump feed head in the bin.<p>Karl<br>

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