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Trimmer string

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by greenchoppers, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. greenchoppers

    greenchoppers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 162

    Hello Members,

    We are using .095 Diamond Edge trimmer line (the orange one). We are having problems with the string sticking inside the spools while sitting in our trailer.

    We have tried spraying silicone lubricant on the heads with little success. It seems the string is kind of melting together. If you take the spool out of the head, sometimes we cannot physically pull the string off the spool so naturally it will not dispense freely.

    This problem only happens on string sitting in the trimmers between yards etc. It does not happen with pre-filled spools sitting in the truck or while the string is still on the big spool.

    We have an open trailer and the string is exposed to the elements. We have been told to keep the string inside but our dispenser is mounted on the trailer and I don't really want it inside the truck.

    Any suggestions?

    Thank you in advance.
  2. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    try greasing the trimmer head gears on it.
  3. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,578

    I've had this problem before and the dealer told me to put less string in the head so it wont "weld" together. Sounds backwards I know, but it seems to have helped the issue.
  4. LibertyFarmLandscaping

    LibertyFarmLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE TX
    Messages: 1,091

    You might try the Stihl x-line string. We use it in .95 and .105 on open trailers with no problems. The cost is kind of high but it lasts much longer than alot of other brands that we tried.
  5. gasracer

    gasracer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,049

    Keep your string inside something and out of the sun. Something like a soft sided cooler. If it gets some age on it you can soak the whole spool in water overnight. Like All Toro said don't fill the spool all the way up. The "welding together" sounds like either the sun or age issue.
  6. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,642

    Spray the spool and string down with Fluid Film....it works great.
  7. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,353

    I don't see this as a string issue. I have never had a head or gear housing heat up to the point of melting the line. I think greg is right and your grease is gone causing overheated gears.
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  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    One trimmer, 2 operators. The trimmer line only welds when one operator uses it. Why???

    The operator that has a welding problem tends to wait until there is only about an inch of line sticking out of the head before he advances the line. The operator that keeps plenty of line out has no problems with welding.

    It is true and I had a helper for a couple of days and he would run the line right down to the head before he would try to advance it. Of course by then there wasn't enough momentum in the line to pull it out of the head. Then he would just keep on using it and I guess the RPM got so high that the head got a little warm and welded the line in place. I had to disassemble the head about once every half hour and fix it for him.

    Which guy are you?
  9. The Captain

    The Captain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    Had the same problem after I hired a helper. Myself, I've used miles of the Echo Crossfire line on their bumpheads without a problem. After I saw what Richard experienced, and I explained the principles of centrifical force to the helper, we didn't have that problem again either. (Now he goes through line like I own stock in Echo.)
  10. Lefet

    Lefet LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,887

    Never had that problem but if I do, I'm already 2 steps ahead of the game!

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