When it comes time to string a weed eater, shaking, sweating, screaming, and downright hysteria can break lose if you have never done it before. The good news? Well, once you know how to string your weed eater, the second, third, and fiftieth time will likely be a walk in the park.
When do I Need to String My Weed Eater?
If your weed eater head is spinning, but nothing is being cut, this is the first sign that it’s time to whip out the new string. Over time, this is totally normal. Hitting rocks, concrete, posts, and any number of obstacles will gradually wear down your trimmer line.
As you check your weed eater head, if it needs string, you will notice the weed eater string line is either extremely short or totally gone. If it is short, you need to release more string from the head. The normal length for weed eater string is around 6 inches. If it is too much shorter or longer than that, trimming around your lawn or garden will be a much tougher task. Here is picture of a good length for string on a weed eater.
What String Do I Need?
It’s important to invest in the correct replacement line gauge, and these range anything from 0.065 inch to 0.095 inch. Typically, a cordless trimmer or electric trimmer will use thinner gauge string and a gas trimmer will use larger gauge string, but these sizes can vary, so don’t forget to check your manual. If you do use line that is heavier than the manufacturer’s recommendations, it can cause the engine to wear out in a rather rapid fashion, so it’s a good idea to have the right string.
If stringing your weed eater seems daunting, it is usually possible to buy a replacement line which is already pre-loaded onto an appropriate spool. This is easier, but is up to ten times more expensive in the long run. Knowing how to string a weed eater can be a little tough at first, but will save you time and money in the long run.
One last note before we get down to it.
Weed eaters come in all shapes and sizes. When it comes to stringing one of these bad boys, it’s important to note that weed eater heads can vary as well. We will do our best to give general instructions on how to string a weed eater, but if we what we are describing looks nothing like your weed eater, you may still need to glance at your instruction manual.
How to String a Weed Eater Tutorial Video
If you are a visual learner, here is one of the best videos we’ve found that describes different weed eater heads and the methods used to string them.
How to String a Weed Eater Written Steps
If you prefer to quickly read through the steps you take to string a weed eater, we’ve listed them below.
Step #1: Removing the Spool Cover from the Trimmer Head
Removing the spool cover is typically done one of three ways
- Push in tabs holding the spool and then pull it up towards you
- Push the lock inwards and then turn the spool in a counter-clockwise motion taking it to the furthest point. Then, pull the cover upwards and towards you
- Turn the knob holding the spool the direction of the arrow on your cover
Step #2: Removing the Lock Ring Check
Check to see if there is a security device ring in place. If so, remove it.
Step #3: Removing the Feed Button
Locate the automatic feed button and remove it.
Step #4: Dislodge and Remove any Debris
Remove any debris – weeds and grass clippings for example, that might have become caught up in the weed eater.
Step #5: Release the Spool
The spool should be pushed in a downwards motion in order to release the locking tabs. Next, pull the spool from the chamber.
Step #6: Feed and then Wrap the Line
It’s time to feed the line into the inferior deck. It’s actually wise to feed the line in what could be described as an inverted ‘J’ motion, so as to protect the end. Then, continue onwards and wrap the line in the direction the arrows indicate. Wrap enough line so it reaches the top of the chamber.
Step #7: Securing the Line
Make sure that once the line has reached the top of the chamber, it is secured in the upper and lower deck grooves. Next, snap the spool snugly in place. Grabbing both ends of the line, pull them simultaneously. Then, if there was a locking ring, replace this now.
If you follow-through with these simple steps, you’ll know how to string a weed eater in no time! With the correct replacement of the line and of course, a regular maintenance program, you’ll likely enjoy continual use for many years to come.