This blog post will teach you how to string a trimmer, a necessary skill for any lawn care enthusiast. By following these simple steps, you’ll have your trimmer up and running in no time.
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The Different Types of Trimmer Line
There are many types of trimmer line out there, and it can be confusing to know which one to use for your trimmer. The type of trimmer line you use will depend on the type of trimmer you have, the type of grass you are cutting, and your personal preference. In this article, we will discuss the different types of trimmer line so that you can make an informed decision about which one to use.
Standard Trimmer Line
Standard trimmer line is the most common type that you’ll find. It’s made of polyethylene which is a durable material that can withstand a lot of wear and tear. This type of trimmer line is designed to be used with gas-powered trimmers and it’s available in a variety of thicknesses. The thicker the line, the more durable it will be but it will also be more difficult to feed through the trimmer head.
Dual-Purpose Trimmer Line
Dual-purpose trimmer line is a bit of a misnomer, as it is actually two different types of trimmer line fused together. The inner core is made from a flexible plastic that is twisted into a spiral shape. This type of trimmer line is very forgiving, and if it hits a hard object, it will simply bounce off without breaking. The outer layer is made from a harder plastic that has been molded into sharp barbs or teeth. This type of trimmer line is great for cutting through thicker grass and weeds.
Heavy-Duty Trimmer Line
If you have a lot of heavy weeds and brush to clear, you need a trimmer line that can take a beating. That’s where heavy-duty trimmer line comes in. This type of line is made from nylon or other synthetic materials that are designed to withstand abrasions and wear.
While heavy-duty trimmer line is more expensive than standard line, it will last much longer – often up to five times as long. That means you won’t have to stop as often to change the line, which can save you a lot of time and hassle in the long run.
Heavy-duty trimmer line is also a good choice if you have a lot of tough weeds and brush to clear. The thicker Gauge of the line means it can handle more abuse without breaking. And, because it’s made from synthetic materials, it’s less likely to fray or wear down as quickly as standard trimmer line.
If you need a trimmer line that can handle tough jobs, heavy-duty trimmer line is the way to go.
How to String a Trimmer
You will need to gather a few items before you start. You will need your trimmer, some fresh line, and a pair of gloves. It is also a good idea to have a rag or a piece of paper towel handy to wipe away any excess grease. Let’s get started.
Step One: Prepare the Trimmer
Before you start stringing your trimmer, you need to do some preparation. Start by taking the trimmer head off of the trimmer. Once the head is off, remove any spools or spool covers that are in the way. If your trimmer has a guard, remove it as well. Take a look at your trimmer and make sure that there are no other obstacles in the way of you being able to access the cutting head.
Step Two: Cut the Trimmer Line
Use pruning shears, scissors, or a utility knife to cut the trimmer line to the desired length. If you are using a pre-wound spool of trimmer line, use the built-in line cutter on the spool. For most applications, 12 to 15 feet (3.7 to 4.6 m) of trimmer line is sufficient.
Step Three: Attach the Trimmer Line
With the cap back on, hold the trimmer so that the cutting head is pointing away from you. Slide the spool of trimmer line onto the housing until it clicks into place. If you’re using a 0.065-inch line, you’ll need to put about 12 feet on the spool. For thicker lines, put on about 10 feet.
Step Four: Trim the Line
Now that the trimmer is fueled up and the cutting line is properly tensioned, you’re ready to start trimming. Hold the trimmer so that the cutting line is parallel to the ground and close enough to the ground that it will actually make contact with whatever you’re trimming. Gently guide the trimmer along as it trims.
How to Maintain Your Trimmer
Strings are an important part of maintaining your trimmer. When you first get your trimmer, make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to string the trimmer. You will need to know the right type and size of string for your trimmer. You will also need to know how to properly tension the string. In this section, we will go over all of these things so that you can keep your trimmer in top condition.
Cleaning the Trimmer
Use a soft brush to remove any dirt or debris that has built up on the trimmer. Be sure to brush away from the blades to avoid injury. You can also use a cloth dampened with water to wipe down the trimmer. Avoid getting the electrical components of the trimmer wet.
If your trimmer has removable blades, you can remove them and clean them separately. Use a soft brush or cloth to remove any buildup of hair or debris. You can also soak the blades in a solution of mild soap and water for a few minutes, then rinse them thoroughly and dry them before reattaching them to the trimmer.
Replacing the Trimmer Line
To keep your trimmer running at peak performance, it is important to replace the cutting line when it starts to wear down. In this guide, we will show you how to replace the trimmer line on a Ryobi 18-volt string trimmer. You will need a new spool of cutting line and a screwdriver.
Before beginning, make sure that the trimmer is unplugged and the battery is removed. Then, open up the spool housing by removing the two screws on the side with a screwdriver.
Next, remove the old spool of cutting line from the housing and discard it. Then, take your new spool of cutting line and thread it through the eyelet on the spool housing. Make sure that you leave about 12 inches of slack before you start winding the line onto the spool.
Once you have wound enough line onto the spool, place it back into the housing and replace the two screws to secure it in place. Finally, reattach the battery and plug in the trimmer to test it out.