How to Load Trimmer Line in 5 Easy Steps

Looking to load trimmer line into your weed whacker? Check out this quick and easy guide! In just 5 steps, you’ll be ready to get trimming in no time.

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It’s important to keep your trimmer line properly loaded so that your trimmer works efficiently and doesn’t overheat. Luckily, it’s easy to do and only takes a few minutes. In this guide, we’ll show you how to load trimmer line in 5 easy steps.

Step One: Open the Spool

Before you can load new trimmer line, you need to access the spool. Start by opening the spool housing, which is usually located on the side of the trimmer. If you can’t find the release button or catch, consult your trimmer’s manual for assistance.

Step Two: Cut the Line
Once you have access to the spool, cut off a length of trimmer line that is about 18 inches long. You can use a pair of scissors or a utility knife to make the cut.

Step Three: Insert the Line into the Spool
Thread one end of the trimmer line through the eyelet on the spool, then wind it around the spool in a clockwise direction. Make sure that you don’t cross or overlap the line as you’re winding it; otherwise, it could become tangled.

Step Four: Close the Spool Housing
When you’ve finished winding the trimmer line around the spool, close up the spool housing and snap it shut. You may need to hold onto the ends of the line while you’re doing this to keep them from popping out.

Step Five: Trim off any Excess Line
Once you’ve loaded new trimmer line onto your spool, trim off any excess line that’s sticking out. You don’t want there to be any loose ends because they could get tangled in the trimmer head.

Step Two: Insert the Trimmer Line

Now that you have your spool of trimmer line, it’s time to get it into the trimmer. Begin by taking off the trimmer head, if necessary. If your model has a bump feed system, you’ll need to remove the entire head. With a fixed line system, you may only need to remove the cap.

Once the head is off, take a look at the spool. You’ll notice that there are two halves to the spool – one with a hole in the middle and one without. The half without the hole is where the trimmer line winds around.

Take your spool of trimmer line and insert it into the side of the spool with the hole. Push it in until you hear a click, which indicates that it’s locked into place.

Step Three: Cut the Trimmer Line

Now that you have the right amount of trimmer line, it’s time to cut it to the correct length. Be sure to take into account the size of your trimmer head as well as the amount of line that you need to replace. In general, you will want to cut the line so that it is about two feet longer than the circumference of the trimmer head. This will give you enough line to work with and allow for some overlap when you attach it to the spool.

Step Four: Close the Spool

Once you have pulled out the desired amount of trimmer line, you will need to close the spool. To do this, find the knob or latch that is holding the spool in place and turn it to the closed position. Be sure that the trimmer line is not sticking out from under the closed spool before proceeding to the next step.


Now that you know how to load trimmer line in 5 easy steps, you can get back to work on your lawn with confidence. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions for your specific model of trimmer, and always wear gloves and eye protection when working with power tools. With a little practice, you’ll be able to load trimmer line like a pro in no time.

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