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Old 07-09-2016, 11:12 AM   #1
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Weedwacker/String Trimmer Question


I have a Troy Built TB625EC string trimmer with one of those 4 double string heads on it. The thing is crap. Hard to start and when it does start it runs like crap. To me it doesn't seem to cut worth a damn either - complete junk.

We live in Boynton Beach Florida and have a lot of lawn, so conversely we have a lot of areas that have to be cut with a trimmer along patio/fence/trees/garden. Our "lawn" is about half wild grass and things grow very fast down here. Because we are trying to sell a house in Arizona we have to go back and forth a lot so there are times when the grass is growing for 2-3 weeks when we can't get at it. Can get 6-10 inches high. The riding lawn mower takes care of the lawn - the trimming is what is putting me in the grave.

I need something that cuts good and is light weight. (sorry for this long winded post)

A lot of the weeds/grass we have to trim is along fence and concrete block walls, around trees, etc.

Here are my two main questions - feel free to comment on anything:

1. Because of trimming around hard objects using a trimmer with those hard plastic blades probably would not work - correct?

2. Is there any particular type of string head that cuts better than others.
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Old 07-09-2016, 11:34 AM   #2
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I have a smaller yard and encountered similar problems with a name brand power trimmer and switched to an electric version. I have been very pleased at its cutting power and most importantly, it starts every time. I run it on up to 300 ft of heavy power cord but if a longer run was needed I could create an extended power point to work from.

I have followed some discussions on powered trimmers and Echo seemed to get a lot of good comments, but I have never owned one.

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It seems you have multiple problems. They will need to be addressed one at a time.

I have a Troy and when cold it is a PITA to start. I bought a jump starter, battery version and that solved that problem. Running it in choke position 2 enriches the mix enough that once it starts it runs well. Always use Stabil in you gas oil mix.

IMO, all spooling heads are crap. I bought a Shakespeare quick change head and precut my own .095 line to feed the beast. Note that installing this head on a TB trimmer is a fair sized project that requires you making a bushing.

Hardscape and chain link will wear out and break string pretty quickly. I know of no solution other than not hitting it. I can edge 75 foot of beds and only add string once. 80 foot of sidewalk edging can take 20 changes.

The plastic blades are probably not a good ideal.
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Only time I use my trimmer with the plastic blades is when cutting heavy brush and really tall grass,
Hit any landscape stone with it and there trashed.
I've own 2, Stihi FS80R's for many years and have the same power head on a pole saw.
They start every time and have for at least the past 4 or 5 years.
I can swap out the head and use an edger, hedge trimmer, chainsaw.
One way to get out of doing so much trimming is to hit some of those areas with Total Veg, Killer, There's no good reason to have grass growing up and around a chain link fence or landscape stones or even up against the foundation.
I'm mowing and trimming up to 17 yards a week and may only need to replace the line twice a week.
I do all my edging with an edger attachment, not the line trimmer.
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My only experience is with Stihl trimmers that run well. I agree that string trimmer heads can be a PITA to reload but I would not use plastic blades. I used to use .095" line on the farm but now that we in a normal house and lot I went back to the lighter line (.060"?). It doesn't take as much abuse but is gentler on trees and things.

Those tiny 2-cycle engines have equally tiny carburetors with tiny passages. They need fresh clean fuel and to be run at or near full throttle. I don't know about Troybilt but most manufacturers are sourcing engines from offshore and many are proving to be garbage. +1 on using Stabil or Seafoam. I know many advocate for using ethanol-free fuel but I have never had a problem with that.
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Is there any difference in cutting ability between a head that has 2, 3 or 4 strings; and same question for those quick load heads that have double strings.
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i use that string that is NOT round. it is sharp and cuts real well.
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I just got a Ryobi 40v electric weed eater. No starting troubles ever. Battery doesn't last too long but during the charge you can drown at least a half a six pack.
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I just got a Ryobi 40v electric weed eater. No starting troubles ever. Battery doesn't last too long but during the charge you can drown at least a half a six pack.

About how long does it last? Is it fairly light weight?


@Splais As often as I say RTFM it pains me to confess that I have for some time confused the choke symbols on the housing and starting mine with "no choke". Take your air filter off and verify which is open and which is closed.
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Probably about 1/2 hour of heavy use. An inherent disadvantage. But none of the BS associated with a 2-stroke engine.

It's not extremely light but it's well balanced so you aren't nearly as fatigued. And the vibration is way less then a gasser.
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Some of the herbicide will rust a chain link fence, just a heads up. As for the effects of ethanol on small gas engines:

http://www.tractorsupply.com/know-ho...ower-equipment

Or do your own search. I won't use ethanol in any of my small engines.
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