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Old 04-29-2012, 08:09 PM   #1
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i have a stihl fs55r. it runs great. but the string feeder is a POS. or i am doing something wrong. it just doesn't want to feed the string out all the time. and trying to get it to feed, breaks the string. i then have the take the head off and refeed the string. i had to do this over 10x yesterday. and i only did 1/2 my yard. and my yard isn't that big.

what i am asking = what are good ways to install the string so it works well ?

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Old 04-29-2012, 09:26 PM   #2
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I had a similar problem with my electric cordless. What I ended up doing is pulling all the string off and restringing it, making sure that the string don't overlap. The overlapping is what kept pinching off the string when it tried to feed. Once I took a little more time to wind the string, I haven't had a problem since.

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Old 04-29-2012, 09:28 PM   #3
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I would consider removing the entire spool-head and simply installing a head that recieves "whips" instead. Far less aggrevating, and will never let you down.
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i have a stihl fs55r. it runs great. but the string feeder is a POS. or i am doing something wrong. it just doesn't want to feed the string out all the time. and trying to get it to feed, breaks the string. i then have the take the head off and refeed the string. i had to do this over 10x yesterday. and i only did 1/2 my yard. and my yard isn't that big.

what i am asking = what are good ways to install the string so it works well ?
A Stihl is a good trimmer, so I don't think it's a design flaw. I'd guess you're not getting the line in there correctly. The most likely problem is the possibility that you're winding it backwards.

Is it possible that you're letting the string get too short, before you bump out extra?

And what about the string itself? It could be getting old & brittle. If that's the case, the only cure is to get new line.
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:32 PM   #5
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A Stihl is a good trimmer, so I don't think it's a design flaw. I'd guess you're not getting the line in there correctly. The most likely problem is the possibility that you're winding it backwards.

Is it possible that you're letting the string get too short, before you bump out extra?

And what about the string itself? It could be getting old & brittle. If that's the case, the only cure is to get new line.
i did put new string in it, and it worked much better that the stihl string.
i don't think i have it strung backwards, but i will check on that.

after thinking about it, i think that i am not bumping out new line as often as i should. so i am going to try to bump more often and see what happens.
this is one of those tools that you need experience to make it operate properly. and i haven't used it that much.
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i did put new string in it, and it worked much better that the stihl string.
i don't think i have it strung backwards, but i will check on that.

after thinking about it, i think that i am not bumping out new line as often as i should. so i am going to try to bump more often and see what happens.
this is one of those tools that you need experience to make it operate properly. and i haven't used it that much.
I used a buddy's Stihl line trimmer when a bunch of us were doing a huge yard clean-up for a disabled guy. I loved the thing, but kept waiting too long to bump more line out. Pulled the stupid thing apart about 10 times. Or, probably more accurately, the stupid guy pulled the thing apart about 10 times...
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I read somewhere that if you spray the spool with a little cooking spray, it doesn't hang up as much when you bump feed it. I tried this and it seems better. But after reading this, I suspect that the root of my problem is that I do let it get short before I feed it.
(i keep my headphones on and go 'away' while doing this chore so it takes me a minute to notice I'm making no progress. Lmao!)
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I read somewhere that if you spray the spool with a little cooking spray, it doesn't hang up as much when you bump feed it. I tried this and it seems better. But after reading this, I suspect that the root of my problem is that I do let it get short before I feed it.
(i keep my headphones on and go 'away' while doing this chore so it takes me a minute to notice I'm making no progress. Lmao!)
The down side of that is that dust will stick to that cooking spray, and can make for a huge mess in your spool head.

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