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weedeater shafts

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Randocammando, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. Randocammando

    Randocammando LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    Dumb question Is it possible to change a curved shaft to a straight shaft for attachments. Or half to buy a new weedeater
  2. GlynnC

    GlynnC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    Depending upon the brand, it is certainly possible, I've done it several times. The problem is that for most brands, the curved shaft is a different diameter than the straight shaft. Also, unless you can find a scraped out unit, it's not cost effective to buy new parts for the conversion.

    It's probably better to buy a new unit.
  3. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    remember with the straight shaft you'd also need the gear box at the end of the shaft and probably a new inner drive shaft as well, anbd maybe a clutch i'd put those parts easily over 100 bucks... and when a new ryobi or echo is less than 200 at a big box...why mess with it. buy a new one and sell the old on CL....
  4. Randocammando

    Randocammando LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    Well dang i think im staying with the curved sounds way over my head thought it was something fairly simple guess not thanks guys

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