Tricks for Winding a Trimmer Line

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Tricks for Winding a Trimmer Line
Tricks of the trade. (line trimmers image by Horticulture from Fotolia.com)

Loading trimmer line can be a challenging task. Trimmer line can get tangled or even come unwound when loading up the spool. It is very easy for the spool to slip in your hand when winding line or even fall out of your hand all together. Winding trimmer line can be a huge waste of time if it is not done properly.

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Spring

Trimmers have a spring on the spool that allows it to be removed for the purpose of winding line. Keep the spring in place on the spool when removing it to wind trimmer line. This spring also allows the spool to firmly reattach to the trimmer. If this spring comes out. it can be difficult to put it back into the spool correctly. This spring is also very easily lost because of its relatively small size (usually no bigger than a few inches). If you lose the spring while winding line, the trimmer will not function properly.

Length

Wind only 7 feet of trimmer line on the spool at once. Most trimmers can take up to 9 feet of line. However, it is easier to wind only 7 feet at a time.This is easier because the last 2 feet of trimmer line sometimes do not wind on evenly. The reason for this is that the spool is already 75 per cent full of line and the last 2 feet tend to get tangled.

Direction

Check the spool for an arrow that tells you which way to wind the line. It is important to wind the line on to the spool in the direction that the arrow indicates. If you accidentally wind it on in the opposite direction, you will have to start over and rewind the line in the proper direction.

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