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Weedeater Trimmer Stuck Automatic Clutch?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Fooltergeist, Jun 24, 2006.

  1. Fooltergeist

    Fooltergeist LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    My el cheapo Weeedeater Featherlite grass trimmer appears to have a stuck automatic centrifugal clutch. When I pull the rope briskly at full or half choke, the engine does not cough or sputter as it normally does. Instead, the trimmer head rotates at the same rate of speed as the starter pulley. It is as if the head and the pulley are connected by a direct drive shaft. This leads me to believe that the centrifugal clutch is stuck and this puts a pre-starting load on the engine that prevents it from attaining enough speed to turn over and start.

    Is my diagnosis correct? How do I unstuck a sticking centrifugal clutch and is this a job for a homeowner? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
  2. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Jayhawk
    Messages: 2,249

    If indeed you have a clutch on your trimmer it is likely that one or both of the springs that retracts the clutch shoes as rpm is reduced are broken. Replace the clutch and inspect the drum for excessive wear. If parts are available and you can do the job yourself it is probably cost effective. In my opinion it would not be cost effective to take it to a shop.

  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,449

    Usually easy to get the clutch housing off just four bolts on Echo and disconnect the of/off wires. Not real simple but like previous post says it will probably cost $50 to repair at shop.
  4. AAELI

    AAELI LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 360

    As Dutch stated the springs that retract the shoes at idle speed have gone south. It is a simple job on the weedeater. As Ed says the dealer repair costs are almost as much as a new 'disposeable' weedeater. My advice for what it is worth is to work on it only if you really like this value of equipment. Otherwise invest in something more durable to make do the job.
    Al Eli
  5. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    That happened to my Robin trimmer last week, I broke a spring, it cost $2.98 and the dealer charged me $8.00 for labor total was $10.98.Ive bought numerous trimmers and equipment from him. It was about a 15-20 minute job for him, I figure it would of taken me 1-2 hours just because Ive never had one apart before and it would of been a learning exp. I go along with the other post, if you can do it yourself then go for it, if you take it to a dealer........maybe 30- 50 bux almost 50% cost of replacing the trimmer

  6. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Buy a new trimmer, those are throwaways.

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