Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > General Discussions > Other Talk
Reload this Page >

Any of the string replacements for trimmers any good?

Other Talk "Otterville" plus Religion/Politics

Any of the string replacements for trimmers any good?

Old 07-26-10, 02:35 PM
  #1  
DVD Talk Hero
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Home again, Big D
Posts: 29,211
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Any of the string replacements for trimmers any good?

I have a dual line Black and Decker sting trimmer I use for both edging and weed "eating".

I like the unit except for the string part. I've tried buying the replacement spools and replacing the line myself. But no matter what I do it always gets tangled, doesn't deliver the right amount of sting (it is automatic), etc.

So I thought I'd try one of those 3rd party universal replacement heads. Anyone use one that words well? This is for light weight work and should not be an issue, but the sting part on the B&D just sucks.

Something like this, but this one looks gimmicky.

http://www.cmdproducts.com/Grass%20Gator%206650.html

Again, this is light weight work. Edging the grass and cutting the grass.
Old 07-26-10, 02:39 PM
  #2  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Th0r S1mpson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 36,443
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: Any of the string replacements for trimmers any good?

Old 07-26-10, 02:41 PM
  #3  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Th0r S1mpson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 36,443
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: Any of the string replacements for trimmers any good?

Sounds like your edger isn't very good. I have one that also is cheap, but the replacement string things work fine with it. Maybe you are using the wrong thickness of string. There are different sizes.
Old 07-26-10, 02:52 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Hero
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Home again, Big D
Posts: 29,211
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Re: Any of the string replacements for trimmers any good?

This is the one I have. Have only had it about 6 months. The first spool was a little off, but then the next one I bought worked fine. I than I restringed it myself and it didn't work well. So I bought one it still didn't work well and haven't had any luck yet. Yea, I'm aware of the different sting sizes.



http://www.blackanddecker.com/Produc...roductID=17677

It is really powerful for electric. But I'm about to break it in half over the damn string.
Old 07-26-10, 03:02 PM
  #5  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Earth
Posts: 2,046
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: Any of the string replacements for trimmers any good?

Are the replacement spools drop in or are they bulk and you have to wind the string on the original spool?
Old 07-26-10, 04:25 PM
  #6  
DVD Talk Legend
 
wishbone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 20,969
Likes: 0
Received 10 Likes on 8 Posts
Re: Any of the string replacements for trimmers any good?



I have a fifteen-year-old Echo trimmer with a bump feed spool. I don't mess with trying to spool for dual feed though.
Old 07-26-10, 04:36 PM
  #7  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 3,393
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: Any of the string replacements for trimmers any good?

I hate the spool ones. I like the ones where you pre-cut a length of string, and feed that through some holes on the head. Yeah, you have to change the string pretty frequently, but it takes very little time to do that, and has much fewer moving parts to complicate things in the long run.
Old 07-26-10, 05:45 PM
  #8  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 5,663
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: Any of the string replacements for trimmers any good?

Originally Posted by TheMadMonk View Post
I hate the spool ones. I like the ones where you pre-cut a length of string, and feed that through some holes on the head. Yeah, you have to change the string pretty frequently, but it takes very little time to do that, and has much fewer moving parts to complicate things in the long run.
This is what I have. Luckily I can make it through the whole yard on one piece.
Old 07-26-10, 06:08 PM
  #9  
DVD Talk Legend & 2019 TOTY Winner
 
Bacon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: the 870
Posts: 21,255
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Re: Any of the string replacements for trimmers any good?

I have plastic blades that work really well
much better than the string,only down side is the edge of the house/drive way eats away at the blades so I have to chance them out after 2 uses but they're cheap
Old 07-26-10, 06:09 PM
  #10  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Th0r S1mpson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 36,443
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: Any of the string replacements for trimmers any good?

Originally Posted by Canadian Bacon View Post
I have plastic blades that work really well
much better than the string,only down side is the edge of the house/drive way eats away at the blades so I have to chance them out after 2 uses but they're cheap
Man, someone should really invent something stronger than plastic. They could call it "metal."
Old 07-26-10, 06:12 PM
  #11  
DVD Talk Legend & 2019 TOTY Winner
 
Bacon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: the 870
Posts: 21,255
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Re: Any of the string replacements for trimmers any good?

Originally Posted by Thor Simpson View Post
Man, someone should really invent something stronger than plastic. They could call it "metal."
metal would probably wreck the concrete
Old 07-26-10, 06:21 PM
  #12  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Posts: 1,369
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: Any of the string replacements for trimmers any good?

Originally Posted by TheMadMonk View Post
I hate the spool ones. I like the ones where you pre-cut a length of string, and feed that through some holes on the head. Yeah, you have to change the string pretty frequently, but it takes very little time to do that, and has much fewer moving parts to complicate things in the long run.
This!
Best investment ever in yard related items!


http://www.amazon.com/Tanaka-32308-Brainer-Straight-Trimmers/dp/B0015Z1IY6/ref=pd_bxgy_ol_img_b
Old 07-26-10, 06:25 PM
  #13  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Th0r S1mpson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 36,443
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: Any of the string replacements for trimmers any good?

Originally Posted by Canadian Bacon View Post
metal would probably wreck the concrete
Sorry, I assumed everyone here already installed adamantium walkways.
Old 07-26-10, 06:44 PM
  #14  
DVD Talk Hero
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Home again, Big D
Posts: 29,211
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Re: Any of the string replacements for trimmers any good?

Originally Posted by GMan2819 View Post
Are the replacement spools drop in or are they bulk and you have to wind the string on the original spool?
They are spools. Each replacement spool is $7.00!! But you can respool them yourself. I had luck doing this with my older cheap trimmer that finally gave out. I bought this nicer one (which I know is still not that great) thinking it would be 10X better. So far, not so much.

I went to Home Depot and talked to them. He basically talked me out of the 3rd party adapters they had. I was thinking he was helping me, till he told me "string trimmers really shouldn't be used for edging. That I should buy a metal bladed edger". While I agree that would solve the problem, I don't have that much to truly edge. Some of which a true edger would not work anyway (due to location).

He did say if I didn't use the metal guard/guide I could be letting the head get to close to the grass and this is causing the problem. I still bet I can find something better.
Old 07-26-10, 06:58 PM
  #15  
DVD Talk Hero
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Home again, Big D
Posts: 29,211
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Re: Any of the string replacements for trimmers any good?

Originally Posted by Nugent View Post
I have a curved shaft and I can't find Black & Decker listed as one that it would work on.

Similar idea, but looks like might work...

http://www.amazon.com/Grass-Gator-80.../dp/B000RMQ8AW
Old 07-26-10, 07:11 PM
  #16  
DVD Talk Legend
 
wishbone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 20,969
Likes: 0
Received 10 Likes on 8 Posts
Re: Any of the string replacements for trimmers any good?

Originally Posted by Sdallnct View Post
He did say if I didn't use the metal guard/guide I could be letting the head get to close to the grass and this is causing the problem. I still bet I can find something better.
For most trimming you only need the outer edge of the string. This creates a nice cut and you use less string.
Old 07-26-10, 07:20 PM
  #17  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Th0r S1mpson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 36,443
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: Any of the string replacements for trimmers any good?

Originally Posted by Sdallnct View Post
I have a curved shaft
That what she... never mind.
Old 07-26-10, 07:26 PM
  #18  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Posts: 1,369
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: Any of the string replacements for trimmers any good?

Originally Posted by Sdallnct View Post
I have a curved shaft and I can't find Black & Decker listed as one that it would work on.

Similar idea, but looks like might work...

http://www.amazon.com/Grass-Gator-80.../dp/B000RMQ8AW
I have a nice straight shaft gas Tanaka model that I use the one I linked to.

That one you linked looks to be the same concept fo sure.

There was nothing worse than being hot and sweaty and having that string run out during the middle of my weed whacking. Now it takes all of 30 seconds to poke another piece of string in the hole and keep on rolling!
Old 07-27-10, 10:19 AM
  #19  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: chicago
Posts: 3,103
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: Any of the string replacements for trimmers any good?

Originally Posted by Sdallnct View Post
This is the one I have. Have only had it about 6 months. The first spool was a little off, but then the next one I bought worked fine. I than I restringed it myself and it didn't work well. So I bought one it still didn't work well and haven't had any luck yet. Yea, I'm aware of the different sting sizes.



http://www.blackanddecker.com/Produc...roductID=17677

It is really powerful for electric. But I'm about to break it in half over the damn string.
weird i have the same model and mine works great. its very easy to restring and doesnt get tangled.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.