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Aug 10, 2018 - 9:25:15 AM
698 posts since 2/10/2013

I am looking for a cordless lawn trimmer. But I don't want one of those darn &$#$@ so called automatic line feeding spools. I spend more time fooling with the spool and messing with the electric chord than I do trimming my lawn. Decades back, my first trimmer just had a place where I inserted 10-12" of line in a hole and tightened a good sized plastic screw. Took less than a minute and never worried about malfunctions/problems.

A guy told me trimmers like this were available. I browsed but couldn't find any. I really wish manufacturers placed more emphasis on simplification. In 10 years we will need an engineer to change windshield wiper blades on our cars. Maybe somebody should manufacture a car with everything standard except air conditioning. And only a few colors. Make everything simple, accessible, and very inexpensive. I bet it would be very popular. My first Honda was like that.
I loved that car and wish I could buy another just like it.

Edited by - Lynne on 08/10/2018 11:06:25

Aug 10, 2018 - 9:35:58 AM



23004 posts since 7/22/2007

Worx cordless trimmer has worked flawlessly for me for the past 5 years.

You can find them in any Sears/ Kmart/ Fleet Farms/ etc.

Might get more answers if posted in off topic.  

Edited by - dmiller on 08/10/2018 09:40:23

Aug 10, 2018 - 11:00:22 AM



2568 posts since 11/29/2007

I recently bought a Sears Craftsman trimmer that is optional line feed. You can tap the spool for feed or use straight-line string. I prefer the straight-line as well.


Aug 10, 2018 - 11:15:40 AM

Brian T


14060 posts since 6/5/2008

Stihl Commercial gas engine for real muscle in tall & ripe/tough grass.
They make a head with swinging steel blades, too.

Aug 10, 2018 - 11:56:42 AM
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433 posts since 11/3/2016

Goats require little adjustment

Aug 10, 2018 - 2:03:33 PM
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1453 posts since 11/17/2015

I use a Ryobi cordless trimmer that uses the same universal batteries as all their other tools, and I usually keep several batteries on the charger, since it takes me about 2 hours to do all my weed-eating.

I do use the spool of string, but you can buy heads that replace the spools and have blades. One that I used for a number of years had 3 plastic swinging blades, and they would cut through thicker brush and weeds than any plastic string. But on the other hand, they would also chew up fence or any other stuff they touch too. The blades were easy to replace, and the head usually came with several spares (or you could buy spare packages of plastic blades). They sell them at Home Depot and Lowes.

Aug 10, 2018 - 4:39:37 PM



1236 posts since 11/29/2012

The Echo looks like a spool feed, but you cut the line in2, 8 inch segments that are inserted into the head. Same line, no winding or tangles, quick and easy to replace.

Aug 10, 2018 - 4:40:29 PM

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1006 posts since 2/3/2012

Originally posted by heavy5

Goats require little adjustment

One of the things that always makes me smile when I think about it---- folks who get paid to graze their goat herd on land with noxious weeds (mainly leafy spurge).  What a business plan!  As someone who grazed cattle on land, both owned and rented, for many years and, who spent the summer spraying noxious weeds (Musk Thistle, Canadian Thistle, Scotch Thistle and Leafy Spurge) on a daily basis for 5-6 months, the idea of getting paid to graze animals tickles me quite a bit. smiley

Aug 10, 2018 - 6:14:46 PM

698 posts since 2/10/2013

Tobin - I could be wrong, but I when I bought blades for one of my trimmers, I was informed that only worked on gas powered trimmers. Fortunately the trimmer I had at the time was gas powered. That sucker worked liked a bush hog. But like you said, I had to be careful because it would cut just about anything I might find in my yard.

Aug 10, 2018 - 8:06:20 PM

1053 posts since 1/16/2010

Richard, you may have to find a second hand machine on Craigslist or offer up. I bought a 20 year old Stihl FS81 straight shaft weed eater a few years ago at a yard sale...$20. It has the spool on the end with the screw you were talking about, super easy to adjust, maintain, operate. The stuff today can’t compare. If you’re handy.....2nd hand is the way to go. Good luck.


Aug 11, 2018 - 8:07:39 AM

129 posts since 11/28/2012

Saw a pic of using zip ties instead of trimmer line.

Aug 11, 2018 - 8:20:40 AM



6966 posts since 4/19/2004

I have a Stihl FS 36. Instead of wrapping the line around the spool, I get heavy trimmer line, cut an 8" piece, knot the end, and put the individual lines through the feed holes inside the spool--where the line comes out normally. The knot holds it in place. Its a 30 sec job to replace them.

Aug 11, 2018 - 8:40:14 AM

698 posts since 2/10/2013

I have a fairly expensive lawn trimmer, and "zip ties" seems to be the answer. I can replace zip ties in less than a minute, and also use heavier material than those $#@#$ supposedly self feeding spools. Why are effective simple answers so hard to come up with. BTW, I kept the spool clean and refilled according to instructions - and it still didn't work. Finally, this is not the first lawn trimmer that gave me that problem sooner or later.

Thanks for the suggestion.

Aug 11, 2018 - 8:50:09 AM



10987 posts since 9/27/2007

Maybe Dyson makes a bladeless one? (kidding!)

Aug 11, 2018 - 2:42:22 PM

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1915 posts since 6/30/2015
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I always end up with after market spools that don't use feeder. There are several available. But since I purchased a DR walk behind trimmer mower I barely use my line trimmer anymore.

Aug 11, 2018 - 5:13:48 PM
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8845 posts since 8/25/2004

While I have a big Husqavarna (however you spell it) now with a feeder, a number of years ago I moved to a place with a massive patch of 'ditch weed' (low THC hemp plants everywhere).  Nothing worked on these plants (there's a reason why hemp rope makes so much sense).  I ended up mounting a circular saw blade on the end. Probably crazy stupid dangerous, but it worked like a charm.  Desperate times call for desperate measures 

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