Weed Eater Maintenance: How To Change The Twine

Weed eaters are a handy device for trimming around your yard. Learn how to change the twine.

The first weed eater was introduced to the public in the early 1970s. Technically, this device is actually a line trimmer since it uses a roll of spinning twine or string to cut down grasses and weeds. No matter what you may choose to call it, a weed eater is a popular machine that saves valuable time in taking care of lawns across the United States. Weed eaters are handy for cutting down unwanted plant growth around trees, flower beds, fences, walls, et cetera.

There are several types of weed eaters from manufacturers like Ryobi, Poulan, and Black & Decker. Basically, all weed eaters operate the same way. They are long, stick - like devices that have a round protector head on one end, and a throttle or a speed control at the handle end. Weed eaters are either gas or electrically operated. So, once they are gassed up or supplied electricity to, the string head spins independently around inside the protector head. The speed is controlled by the throttle or the speed control. While the string head spins, a length of string attached to it, spins around. The spinning string provides the cutting action of the weed eater. You can purchase a wide variety of attachments to make a weed eater perform additional duties too. A sturdy metal blade, for example, can be exchanged for the string head so the weed eater can cut down heavier weeds, and even small saplings.

Another advantage of using a weed eater is that they require little maintenance. The most common maintenance need is to change the twine or string when it is used up. The string tends to weaken and snap off as the eater is used. Older models that have "manual" heads require additional down time when the operator has to stop periodically to unwind more string from the head. If the string head is "fixed", then there is no extra string, so a new string must be installed. Newer models feature the popular "tap and go" type of string feeder. This allows the operator to tap the head of the weed eater on the ground whenever more string is needed. This increases productivity time because the operator doesn't have to stop the machine for maintenance.

If you own any type of weed eater other than a "tap and go", then you will need to know how to change the twine or string. When a "manual" head runs completely out of string, all you have to do is shut the device off. Then, for safety's sake, disconnect the spark plug wire before you perform any type of maintenance if the weed eater runs on gasoline. If it runs on electricity, then you will need to unplug it from its power source. Then, unsnap the old string head out of its casing and snap in a new, string - filled head.

If the string head is "fixed", then you must install a new string once the old one is used up. To do this, simply detach the stub of the old string from inside the string head. Attach the new string, reconnect the power, and your weed eater is ready for more use.

A cheaper alternative to buying replacement string heads or precut string is to buy some string in bulk from your local home supply store. You can refill your existing string head by wrapping it with the needed amount of new string. Or, you can simply cut off the amount of string or twine you need to install it on a "fixed" head.

Finally, make sure that you always wear appropriate eye protection, as well as leather gloves, when you are operating a weed eater.

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