Trimmer head tip?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Likestomow, Aug 1, 2003.

  1. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 997

    When the aluminum eyelets wear egg-shaped, here’s how you can extend it’s life a little bit.

    Take a side-cutter, bite into the eyelet and then turn it either 90 or 180 degrees. Spaying a little WD-50 first will help it turn.

    Remember.... pay it forward!
  2. svlandscape

    svlandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    Good tip! I will remeber that!

    But I usually wear out the bump head out before the eyelets and replace the whole thing. How do you make your trimmer head last long enough to have to turn the eyelets?
  3. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 997

    All my trimmers have the universal head that comes standard on Echo, Husqvarna, Kawasaki, etc. The spool has the bump knob, so the spools get replaced long before the head is shot.

    By the way, I even converted my Stihl FS-85 over to this head.
  4. svlandscape

    svlandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    I am familiar with the Echo bump heads, but I was not very happy with them. Youknow the two little male knobs that insert into the bump head and you turn to lock it into place? Well they would always come loose and the whole thing would unravel.

    What I woul really like is to be able to put some type of metal cap that is replaceable on the bump part of the trimmer head which is what wears out before anything else.

    Anybody do something like this before?
  5. EJK2352

    EJK2352 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,150

    Redmax has a new head with a metal insert in the bump knob.
  6. Mr Lucky

    Mr Lucky LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    I buy a new bump knob,new bottom plate and 2 new eyes, all for about 13 dollars. This is for my Shindiawa 230.
  7. 1grnlwn

    1grnlwn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,261

    Here is what I have learned about trimmer heads:
    1. Any string profile other than round will double the wear on eyelets.
    2. Do not bump feed on hard surfaces and bump on deceleration and you will loose the spool before it wears out.
    3. Some echo style spools are made to fit CW and CCW models. THerefore you must lock them in the right way or they will come out while trimming.
    4. People do not listen or even come close to being thorough enough when winding and installing spools to get it right.
    5 A pair of nylons beat a full house of vinal.
  8. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    Messages: 8,745

    had bad luck with shindawia bump wore out only after 1 months time. And no we don't abuse them. We have trimmers over 3 years old that the heads have never worn out.

    Well I took it into the dealer and told him of the problem. He told me that they had a recall on the part and he gave me a heavy duty bumb head...and then he charged me for it. I was so mad that he would even consider to charge me for something that was recalled. So far it has been 1 1/2 years, and I still haven't went back to him for anything because of that situation.
  9. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    Bump head? What's that? ha ha ha I got off that bus and installed a kwik loader. Before I bought commercial equipment I had a couple of Ryobis that loaded from the outside, very simple. I noticed Stihl has one similar and it will fit other units also. Now I have a Robin nb253, I just got tired of fooling with it and never knowing how much line I had left. Now, I just look down to see what's left and when it needs a refill I pull 2 pieces from the pouch on my belt loop.
  10. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    I hate those head on the shindawia 230's,. their is always crap inside them so you cant twist that stupid head off and then jugle the 3 different pieces just to wind the line.........uhhhhh no thanks Ill stick with the 1 piece heads....

    But it still is good advice if you like those kinds of heads.

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