How to Wind a Stihl Trimmer Head

In this blog post, we’ll show you how to wind a Stihl Trimmer head, step by step. By following these instructions, you’ll have your trimmer head wound and ready to go in no time!

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Most Stihl trimmers use a bump feed trimmer head, meaning you must tap the head on the ground to release more line. Over time, the trimmer line will become too short to be effective, or it may break from being used too much. When this happens, you will need to wind more line onto the trimmer head. You can do this by following a few simple steps.

What You’ll Need

-Stihl trimmer head
-Stihl 0.80-inch trimmer line
-Measuring tape

Start by measuring out 30 feet of trimmer line. Cut the trimmer line at this point with a pair of scissors. Grab one end of the trimmer line in each hand, and insert the center of the line into the hole in the spool. Begin winding the line around the spool in a clockwise direction, being sure to keep the line taut. Continue winding until you have used up all of the trimmer line.

Step One: Remove the Trimmer Head

Before you canWind a Stihl Trimmer Head, you must first remove it from the trimmer. To do this, first locate the knob at the base of the trimmer head. This knob is used to loosen and tighten the trimmer head onto the trimmer shaft.

Loosen the knob by turning it counterclockwise. Once the knob is loose, remove the trimmer head from the trimmer shaft. If there is any line remaining on the trimmer head, use a pair of scissors to cut it off.

Step Two: Inspect the Trimmer Head

Before you begin, make sure that the trimmer head is not damaged in any way. If there are any cracks or chips in the head, it will need to be replaced before you can continue.

Once you have confirmed that the trimmer head is in good condition, you can proceed to the next step.

Step Three: Clean the Trimmer Head

Be sure to clean the trimmer head before you start winding the line. A build-up of debris can make it difficult to wind the line correctly. You can use a brush or compressed air to remove any debris from the trimmer head.

Step Four: Install the New Trimmer Head

Installing the new trimmer head is the reverse of the process for removing the old one. Begin by threading the adapter onto the trimmer shaft, then screw on the trimmer head. Hand-tighten the trimmer head until it is snug against the adapter, then use the supplied wrench to tighten it an additional quarter-turn.

Step Five: Secure the Trimmer Head

Now that the trimmer head is full of line, you need to secure it so that the line doesn’t come out while you’re trimming. To do this, find the locking tab on the trimmer head. The location of this tab will vary depending on the model of trimmer head you have, but it is usually located on the side of the head opposite the side you were holding while winding the line. Once you’ve found the locking tab, push it in until it clicks into place. This will ensure that the line stays in place while you’re using your trimmer.


These steps will show you how to wind a Stihl trimmer head. While there are many different models of Stihl trimmers, the process for winding the head is generally the same. With a little practice, you should be able to wind your trimmer head quickly and easily.

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