Changing weed trimmer line can be a frustrating experience, but there's an easier way. Instead of struggling with big, tangled spools, just lock short lengths into a special replacement head.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:May 2002
Remove the spool of line from the trimmer housing. The
most common method is to push in, twist and pull off the
spool. If your trimmer head differs, follow the manufacturer's
instructions to remove the old head. The head is attached
to the trimmer with a retaining nut or bolt. Ratchet it free and
pull it off (some nuts and bolts will be reverse-threaded).
over the threaded
shaft and the
head over the
onto the shaft
and align with
recess in the
Slide the small fender washer
over the triangular adapter piece,
attach the retaining nut and
tighten it securely.
If you've ever struggled to replace or pull
out a string trimmer line, you'll love this
fix! The frustrating old trimmer head can
be replaced with an easy-loading version (adapter required for some models).
Echo Inc. (echo-usa.com) produces a universal
trimmer head with a string-loading system so
simple your kindergartner could figure it out.
Short pieces of string line are pushed into the
trimmer head, and a locking system catches the
line like a fish on a hook. To change the line,
simply pull it through the cutter head and push
in a new piece.
Remove the old trimmer head as shown in
Photo 1. Mounting procedures vary slightly,
depending on the brand of trimmer you own,
so consult the manual before attaching the new
head. Photos 2 and 3 show how to mount the
replacement head on machines with threaded
shafts. Before mounting the new head, determine
which triangular adapter piece and
retaining nut fit the threaded shaft.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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