How to wind the line for trimmer on the grass trimmer spool
If you are regularly engaged in mowing the lawn, sooner or later you will want to know how to wind the line for the trimmer on the grass trimmer. Trimmer manufacturers do not provide this information, so machine owners often find themselves in a quandary. Warranty wearout of the line requires its regular replacement, otherwise it cuts the grass poorly or removes only young plants. To change the consumable material is not difficult. it is enough to watch a video or read our instructions, which will greatly facilitate the process.
The usual nylon scaffolding (cord) is used for installation on brushcutters. The material may have different thickness, depending on the type and power of the tool. Figuring out how to refill the grass trimmer reel, it is advisable to read the manufacturer’s instructions, where the allowable values of the line for a particular model are given. As a rule, its thickness is:
- for low-power electric trimmers. from 1 to 1,6 mm;
- For electric trimmers from 0.5 kW. from 2 to 2.4 mm;
- for gasoline-powered devices. in the range of 2.4-3.2 mm.
It is a good idea to consider the construction of the scaffolding when you buy it. Shaped is more suitable for cutting young plants, round. for coarser grass, and with notches. for thin stems. On average, you need 2-4 meters of cord to fill the spool. If more is wound than recommended by the manufacturer, this can make it difficult to move the line and lead to difficulties in pulling the new ends in the process of mowing the lawn.
How to tuck the line for the trimmer into the grass trimmer: some simple tips
Thanks to modern power tools, a person has many opportunities to reduce manual labor. Such innovations include the grass trimmer, which greatly facilitates the process of cutting the grass and lawn care. This device reduces the time for gardening work, turning difficult physical labor into entertainment. The trimmer uses a trimmer line as a cutting tool. It is very taut, so it can cut almost any height of grass. It is easy enough to operate the power tool, but the problem arises when the cutting material runs out. Not everyone will immediately understand how to tuck the line for the trimmer in the grass trimmer. Although it is a simple operation, a person who encounters this task for the first time does not always understand how to wind it correctly on the spool. The more so that the instructions may not specify information on how to choose and replace the trimmer line for trimmer.
When you understand how to change the cutting material, it becomes much easier to continue using and caring for your electric trimmer. To wind the line for the grass trimmer trimmer, it is necessary to perform several operations, namely:
- Unscrew the nozzle by turning the drum to the right side. You will have the head with the remains of the old thread in your hands. Open it with a screwdriver or squeeze the catch and twist the cover in the direction of the arrow. Carry out this operation should be careful, since there is a spring inside, which, straightening, can throw out all the internal parts of the drum. To change the fishing line for the trimmer in the trimmer, you need to take out the spool and remove the remaining material.
- Take 5 meters of new thread and fold it in half. In the middle of the spool there is a hole in which you need to insert the material. There is also an arrow there, indicating the direction to wind the line for the grass trimmer. It is important to consider some points. If the spool has two holes, then half of the line for the grass trimmer should be tucked in one direction, and the other in the opposite direction. When finishing inserting the material, it is better to leave 15-20 cm of it free.
- Reassemble the drum, put the spring and washers in place. Then, holding the spool, tuck the ends of the fishing line into the holes on the sides of the attachment. Then reattach the mowing head by pulling on the cutting material.
As a rule, you need to change the trimmer line in a trimmer once a whole season. However, if the mowing area and grass height are large, this consumable will need to be installed more often. If you need to tuck the line for the trimmer for grass trimmer TM “Makita” or another manufacturer, you can buy it in the online store “Toolparts”.
What line to choose for your trimmer?
Before you stock up on this material to put in your grass trimmer, you need to decide on a choice of. After all, the usual so-called round line for the trimmer is not the only type that exists. How to choose the most suitable one?? First you need to determine the working conditions.
Choosing by type. A line for trimmer with a round section is the most common. It will fit any reel, with very few exceptions. This type of consumable material is suitable for mowing fresh, succulent grass. But it may not be able to mow what are known as dead wood anymore. Attempts to mow bushes with this thread are pointless to even mention.
In addition to the usual type there are others with sharp edges. Usually they are made in “star” or “square” patterns. The presence of sharp edges is the main feature and the key difference of these lines.
It is because of this feature that these types of threads are able to mow dry weeds. But sharp-edged filaments are not without disadvantages, the main of which can be called a rapid wear and tear, which is noticeably inferior to the round type.
In addition to the types of fishing line already mentioned, there are other interesting and common varieties. Particularly noteworthy among them are fishing lines with a metal wire running inside them. Threads of this type are often used in gasoline-powered tools with an engine more powerful than one and a half horsepower.
Filaments with a metal core can be both with a circular cross section and with sharp edges. Regardless of the cross section type, such threads are the best for overcoming hard-to-mow plants. Not only dry grass, but also small bushes can be easily mowed with this type of thread.
Filaments with a wire inside compare favorably with other types of consumables by their incredible durability. But unfortunately, this feature has more than a noticeable impact on the price of this type. The cost of threads with a core is much higher than the cost of other types of threads.
Choosing by thickness
over, special attention should be paid to the thickness of the material. For mowing young grass, a thread with a diameter in the range of one and a half millimeters is suitable. The larger the diameter of the line, the drier and rougher the weeds it can handle.
When choosing a line by thickness, there is a “but”. It is important not only to assess the material’s capabilities, but also to take into account the features of the grass trimmer. Be sure to look in the owner’s manual that came with the tool and find information about the requirements for the cutting element.
Using the wrong thread can cause the tool to malfunction. Using too thick a thread will overload the engine of the device. And using too fine a thread will increase the wear on the torque mechanism many times over.
That’s why the choice of consumable material should be approached with no less responsibility than to fill it in the trimmer for grass. When a suitable line for your trimmer is found and purchased, you can begin to consider how to wind it on the spool.
Step by step instructions
Done! The hardest part of the whole process. Wrap the line for the trimmer on the spool, as it constantly tends to slip out of your fingers.
Finally, I would like to add that it is necessary to pay attention to the thickness of the line, which you will “tuck” into your trimmer for grass. I advise to buy a line for a trimmer thicker, then it will last longer and it will wear out more slowly.
Nikita Khlintsov. Foresta gardening equipment specialist.
Published by DecorateMe. Updated June 23, 2021.
How to change trimmer line on the trimmer
Below we’ve provided step-by-step instructions on how to change the grass trimmer’s filament.
The first thing to do is to unplug the tool and turn off the motor. Then you need to remove the grass trimmer head. This can be done using a simple screwdriver dropping it into the gearbox hole to avoid turning the shaft. And then just unscrew
Unscrew usually clockwise, but different models have different mechanisms, so you may have to twist in the opposite direction. But if suddenly, for some reason you can not figure out, then we strongly recommend that you refer to the user manual to understand how to disconnect it
Second. After removing the mowing head you need to open it. This can be done by means of the clips, which are opposite each other. By clicking on them, you can remove the head cover, and then pull out of it the spool, on which the line for the trimmer is wound. After taking it out you can determine what type it belongs to. There are one-sectional and two-sectional bobbins
Let’s understand how to tuck the line for the trimmer into the grass trimmer spool in two options
So, option one. we charge the line for the trimmer in the one-section reel. The prepared piece of thread is folded in half and slipped into the bobbin. Then, begin to wind both ends in the same direction, which will be indicated by an arrow on the bobbin. At the end of the winding, do not forget to control that the different ends of the thread look in different directions
Option two is to wind a line on a two-sectional spool. The thread prepared in advance is divided into two parts, and the ends must be secured: this should be done by placing them in special fasteners
Winding is done as in the first case. by the arrow on the bobbin. Both sections should be wound so that they do not cross over. Next, the ends of the thread should be fixed in the grooves and spread on opposite sides
After that, the spring is inserted into the spool, and the whole thing is placed in the mowing head. Putting the spool in the grass trimmer you need to gently hold the spring in parallel, inserting the line for the trimmer into the slots of the brushcutter head. And finally, it just needs to be secured with the final part, i.e. the cover.
Once you’ve inserted the string into the grass trimmer, it needs to be checked. If you did everything correctly, everything will work, but if you made a mistake, we recommend you to read the article again, and even better, if you watch the video how to install the line for the trimmer on the spool in the trimmer.
How to get the trimmer line out of the grass trimmer spool
Over time, the cutting element of the head wears out, and it becomes necessary to remove the remains of the old line. Not everyone knows how to do this. Our step-by-step instructions plus a video on how to pull the thread out of the grass trimmer spool, which you can find on the web, will help in solving this issue
You need to disassemble the mowing head
Difficult ? Of course not. But if you still have doubts that you for some reason you can not do it, then of course find and watch the video how to pull out or how to wind the thread on the spool of a brushcutter.
Choosing a line
To easily wind the line for the trimmer on the grass trimmer reel, it is worth deciding what tasks the garden tool will perform. The thicker the thread, tucked into the head, the more difficult the tasks it will be able to perform. It should be noted that often a universal thread is used, the width of which does not exceed 2 mm. You, in turn, can determine the dimensions by using the following methods:
- read the information in the manufacturer’s instructions;
- Check the suitability of the line for use yourself by trying to insert it into the hole of the spool;
- Examine the bobbin for information on the diameters allowed for use.
You can choose your lines for the grass trimmer reel by type of motor. For example, excessively thick fishing line may cause an increase in rotational resistance. This will increase the load on the motor, which will certainly affect the quality and service life of the motor in the future.
Avoiding negative consequences is easy. To do this, consider that for electric motors with power up to 500 watts is ideal for trimmer line with a diameter of up to 1.2 mm. If you can’t get such thread, you can use 1.6 mm cord. 2mm filament is for engines with more than 1kW. Please note that 2 mm cords are often used as wraps on curved mowers. If a gasoline-powered device has a straight shaft, you should use 2.5 or 3 mm thread. The thickest lines are installed only on devices whose power is equal to or greater than 1.3 kW.
Last, but not least, is the type of line cross-section. When selecting it, it is worth focusing on the tasks set for the garden tool. There are several in-demand cross-sectional options:
- Twisted. has a small margin of safety, which makes it suitable only for young grass;
- serrated. characterized by sharp edges, suitable for work on overgrown areas of weeds;
- round. the most common cross-section. Such lines cope well with fresh grass, but are not suitable for shrubs and dead wood;
- rectangular, square and star-shaped cross-section types. because of their low strength are used for working on lawns.
The strongest and most versatile cord is the two-piece trimmer line with a round section and a core inside. This is the kind of thread suitable for most jobs. Remember, however, that the use of fishing line, ordinary wire and other third-party materials as a cord is dangerous to others.
Each trimmer manufacturer recommends a trimmer line, or cord, with a certain diameter. the reel is made for it. It can be from 1.2 to 4 mm: you should look at the instruction manual to see what size of line is acceptable for your tool. For example, many trimmers have a maximum value of 3 mm (recommended for hard grass). a thicker cord cannot be installed. For mowing young, soft vegetation, a fine trimmer line with a diameter of 1.2 to 1.6 mm is suitable. Also when choosing, pay attention to the cord structure: round cord is the strongest and suitable for rough grass, curly cord. for soft grass, twisted or notched cord. for thin stems. Depending on whether you have grass or weeds, buy the right kind of material. The winding length can be several tens of meters to several hundreds of meters, and its price depends on it. The amount of work to be done should be taken into account. If you use a grass trimmer in a private household, there is no need to buy more than 100 m of fishing line.
Important to know! Buy only brand-name line for your trimmer, recommended by the grass trimmer manufacturer. It is made of quality materials and is durable. it will cut the grass perfectly and not wear out so quickly.
For one filling of line in the bobbin a 2 to 4 meter section is necessary, depending on line thickness and manufacturer’s recommendations. If you wind more, the movement of the line will be difficult, and in the process of work may have problems with pulling the new ends. Unwind the desired amount and cut it off with a knife.
Useful tip: Place a piece of filament in water for 30 minutes so that it becomes more elastic and stronger.
To insert the trimmer line into the trimmer head, you must remove it from the tool. Depending on the design, this can be done by pushing on the catches or unscrewing the winglet. Pay attention to the direction of thread. right or left. and depending on this, turn the wingnut. Usually the direction of rotation is indicated by an arrow on the trimmer head body. We recommend wearing gloves for this operation. your fingers won’t slip and your hands won’t get dirty.
Disassembling the mowing head
the line for the trimmer is wound onto the bobbin, which is hidden in the body of the trimmer head. To get to it, you need to disassemble the element. On the body there are locking latches, by pressing them the cover of the body can be easily removed. Sometimes disassembly is performed by unscrewing the body.
Take care! Note the order in which the parts are installed, the location of the spring and the retaining screw inside the head. Carefully stack all of the parts in one place so that nothing gets lost and no problems arise during assembly.
How to replace string trimmer edger line
Trimmer heads are differentiated by construction, type of spool and how the line is pulled. When you take apart the case, you will see the bobbin and determine what type it belongs to. There are products with a rim in the middle, which divides the spool into upper and lower parts for each end of the line. Without a bobbin, the bobbin is wound solid. To make the process clearer we suggest to use the table.
Winding lines on different types of spools
With a separating edge
Without a separating bead
We have described how to wind the line for the trimmer in the grass trimmer reel with two tendrils. This is the most common option. But there are other methods. For example, if the mowing head has one tendril, then the winding is carried out without folding the line for the trimmer. Rotate in the direction indicated on the bobbin case and temporarily fix the loose end of the cords in the slots on the case. For trimmers with four strands, the consumables are four short pieces that are inserted one by one into the holes of the already assembled head.
Useful tip: When winding the fishing line carefully, do not overtighten it so that it does not sit very tight in the reel. Ensure its free movement for subsequent pulling.
Assembling the trimmer head
After the line for the trimmer is wound on the bobbin, you need to assemble the body. Position the spool so that the line ends can be pulled through the exit holes of the trimmer head. The slots in the bobbin where they were temporarily inserted will keep them from slipping out. If these slots are not present, hold the ends with your fingers as you place the bobbin in the housing. After pulling the loose ends into the outlet holes, close the cover and secure it with snaps or screws. Place the mowing head on the grass trimmer and extend the line ends to the correct length so that they do not touch the blade guard when working. Done! You can get down to work!
Thus, theoretically knowing the algorithm for replacing the fishing line in the trimmer head, you can easily and quickly cope with this task. Take your time and look closely at the construction of the bobbin before you change it for the first time. If there are difficulties with disassembly of the body, you can always refer to the instruction manual, which necessarily indicates the mechanisms of fixation. This will help avoid breakages due to negligence. Buy fishing line for your trimmer and other trimmer consumables at our online store.
Tips and trimmer fishing line and what you need to know
There are some useful tips and recommendations, which will be useful to learn not only for beginners, but also for experienced craftsmen. These tips will help prevent negative consequences in the form of injuries and malfunctioning of the mechanism. These recommendations state the following:
- Make sure to install the cover until it clicks into place. And it is 2 or more clicks, depending on the number of latches. If one catch does not click into place, the reel can jump out when the tool is started and injure a person
- Do not coil up the line for trimmer with a strong pulling on it, and also in an amount greater than it is possible to put it in place. It is better not to reel in more fishing line than to reel it in, as this will have the disadvantage that it cannot be reeled out as needed
- If you own the tool not with two line outputs, but with one (usually these are low-powered units), then the winding process is performed in a similar sequence as described above, only with the difference in the absence of the middle rim between the extreme bases of the spool
- After the replacement of the material, you must first check the serviceability of the tool, and only after proceed to mow the grass. If you do not make a preliminary check, the scaffolding can unwind, and injure a person
This is interesting!Choose the right quality material so as not to get injured when working with gasoline mowers, trimmers and brushcutters. During grass mowing small stones and other materials fall under the rotating parts, which can fly long distances. Therefore, despite the fact that the line for the trimmer is not a knife, work with the tool should be carried out in special protective outfit. The result of the work done is the following. after replacing the new material, the normal material is enough for an area of up to 600 square meters, but taking into account the presence of a reinforcing layer on the line. Conventional nylon materials last less, which is important to consider when working. Do not try to mow thick-stemmed grass with a fishing line, as there are special metal discs or knives for this purpose.