Attaching the line reel to the Stihl trimmer

How to put the knife on the trimmer

Storage space for spare coil

It is very simple to install such a fishing line into the reel. according to the internal scheme inside the reel. We insert the center of the line with a metal mount in the upper part of the reel, and draw the ends of the line along the grooves and bring it out.

In addition to the standard lawn line, my trimmer also has a thick line for cutting rough weeds. It has the shape of a pigtail, i.e. three lines are tightly intertwined. This line has its own spool.

Thick line

It is stored at the top of the trimmer body.

Winding Algorithm

Insert the resulting loop into the groove.

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Lay the line in the direction indicated on the element body.

Insert the short end into the slot on the side of the spool.

Secure the long end in the opposite groove.

Place the spool of coiled line into the spool body.

Pull the line out of the locking grooves.

Put on the cover and fix.

Trim the ends of the line, leaving 10 to 15 centimeters.

The replacement of the line is completed and now all that remains is to screw the bobbin onto the trimmer and you can work.

Trimming the line into the trimmer.

I want to devote today’s article to the sore subject of summer residents and gardeners of the entire post-Soviet space “How to fill the line in the trimmer.” Not many trimmer manufacturers answer this question in their instruction manuals. Therefore, it is also difficult for simple gardeners to figure out how to do it correctly.

I want to start with a brief description of the technical characteristics of the trimmers.

So, trimmers are electric and gasoline. The cutting element for trimmers can be a line and a knife. The fishing line is ordinary, four. pentahedral and intertwined (in the form of a pigtail). Knives come in 2, 3 and 4 bladed knives. Knives also come in plastic and metal.

The line feed system from the trimmer is manual, semi-automatic and automatic.

The development engineers who create new models of trimmers accurately calculate the diameter (thickness) of the line and the number of knife blades, according to the power of the trimmers. Otherwise, the engine is overloaded, resulting in damage to the engine. And these are additional and significant costs.

Trimmers on the market today:

With one nozzle. only a line.
With two nozzles. a fishing line and a three-four-blade knife.
With one nozzle. only three to four blades.

Our Kulibins have long ago learned to improve any mechanisms. So, for example, some gardeners make successful, in their opinion, replacement of fishing line with a metal cable, or fishing line. But at the same time, they do not think about the safety of their own and their loved ones, because, like a cable with the power of a working trimmer, it can easily break out and not only injure the mower and others, but leave him crippled for life. Using a fishing line can and gives a better effect, I have never personally tried it than a trimmer line, but such work has a number of inconveniences: when it comes into contact with hard objects, it loosens or can simply be pulled out of the reel without limit.

So, what is called closer to the topic. Here is an example of how to thread the line into the trimmer (Trimmer BOSCH Art 30). Everything is very simple. Started.

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After you have chosen the line for refueling, you need to cut off the required amount of line, because all the line in a skein will not be wound into a reel.

Cut off and start reeling.

Remove the coil and the protective cover from the coil.

They took it off. We fix one end of the line in the gap and carefully and evenly wind the line.

The amount of line should be such that the protective cover of the reel closes and the line on the reel unwinds a little by itself.

We put the other end of the line into the hole on the protective casing.

Next, we take the coil and the protective cover of the coil. We squirt the end of the line from the reel into the metal hole on the reel’s protective cover. Tighten the line a little.

We put it all on the trimmer. Turn the coil clockwise until it clicks.

They fixed it. Now we connect the trimmer to the network. We put the trimmer in the starting position for work. We turn on the trimmer. Excess line length will be cut on the trimming blade.

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Coil in trimmer

That’s all we start to work.

How to install the Brush Knife to the STIHL Weed Eater

Method 1. how to properly wind the line or put it on a reel and choose the required length

To implement this method, you will need to first prepare a fishing line of the required length (usually up to 4 meters). It all depends on the thickness of the equipment used, as well as the design of the coil. There is an easy way to find out how much line you need to refuel to charge the reel. To do this, wind the rig inside the coil until it is level with the side protrusions. In this case, the rigging should not go beyond these extreme protrusions.

The thicker the equipment used, the shorter its length will be needed and vice versa, the thinner, the longer the segment will be needed.

The instruction on how to properly tuck the equipment into the trimmer or lawn mowers is as follows:

    To begin with, a piece of fishing line that was prepared to be installed in a reel must be folded in half. In this case, one edge should protrude more than the second by 10-15 cm

After that, take the second end from the other side, and fold it in half. Move to it so that the measured protrusion of 15 cm is preserved

There is a slot in the inner baffle of the coil, into which the resulting loop should be inserted. The cut in the wall is shown in the photo below.

Next, we find out the direction of winding the line. If you wind the rig in the wrong direction, then it will not function correctly, and you will need to redo the work. To insert the line and wind it in the correct direction, inspect the surface of the spool. It should indicate the direction of winding (in 99% of cases, this direction is indicated). What the direction indicator on the coil looks like is shown in the photo below.

This arrow-shaped pointer can also have the designation, as in the example above “WIND LINE”, which means the direction of winding. If the pointer is missing on the reel, then you need to look at the head. There is a direction of its rotation on the head, and in order to properly wind the fishing line, wind it on the drum in the opposite direction to the indication of the arrow indicator. So, if the arrow is on the tip, then you need to wind in the indicated direction, and if it is not there, then you should wind against the direction of the arrow on the surface of the head

Having decided on the direction of rotation, you should start winding. Each end should be guided in its own groove. If there is no separator, then the equipment must be laid in the appropriate distribution order.

When almost all the fishing line is wound on a reel, you will need to do the following. place a short part in the hole of the side wall of the pickup, the protrusion of which should be up to 10-15 cm, and then similarly do the procedure with the other end, placing it in the hole on the parallel side

We insert the coil into the head, first passing the ends of the fishing line into the holes of the drum

We put the drum in place and, pulling the ends of the line, disengage them from the temporary clamps in the wall of the reel. After that, you can put on the cover until the latch engages.

  • At this point, the process of how to replace the fishing line on the trimmer is completed, and if necessary, you can only trim the ends (if their length does not suit), and install the assembled drum on the tool
  • With how to put the drum in place, no difficulties arise. There is also a second way, how to charge the mowing equipment in the lawn mower. What is the difference, and how is the second method of threading the line on the reel of lawn mowers carried out, we will find out in detail.

    How to remove the spool from the trimmer and remove the line

    Initially, remove the line from the trimmer spool before threading it into the trimmer spool. A reel or aiming device is a device that sits inside the mowing head, bobbin or drum. There are different types of heads (depending on the manufacturer), but the principle of replacing the line on the reel is the same for everyone. First of all, we will figure out how to remove the head from the tool, as well as how to get the drum and fishing line out of it.

    It is interesting!
    The tooling can be changed directly on the tool, but if you are doing this for the first time, it is still recommended to remove the head and study the detailed winding process. After the technology has been mastered, you can perform replacement work on a trimmer lawn mower or lawn mower.
    The instruction on how to unscrew the manual head on the trimmer is as follows:

      Turn the tool upside down and, if necessary, clean it from dirt. With two fingers of one hand, grip the cover latches (on the mowing head), which are symmetrically positioned to each other. After lightly pressing them inward, remove the protective cover from the drum

    Next, remove the line spool from the drum shaft. It is mounted on a shaft without fasteners, therefore it can be removed with one hand.

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    The main part of the drum is fixed with a screw, which must be unscrewed with a screwdriver with an appropriate tip or bit

    To unscrew it, hold the drum base with one hand, and unscrew it counterclockwise with a screwdriver with the other.

    After that, you can start dismantling. To do this, you do not need to pull it with all your strength, but by slightly shaking it to the sides, slowly disengage it from the metal shaft on which the drum is seated.

    When reinstalling, fit the head into the square slots

    This process is not difficult, and as you know, there is no need to dismantle the entire head if you know how the replacement is performed. When dismantling, consider the following nuances:

    • It is recommended to remove the head periodically to prevent corrosion of the threaded connection. If you never unscrew the screw, then if necessary, it will be difficult and even impossible to do this.
    • If the screw has a four-sided bore of the head, then for unscrewing it is necessary to select a screwdriver or bits of a suitable size in order to exclude the licking of the edges on the head
    • When assembling the unit, treat the threaded seat with lubricants, for example, grease or machine oil.
    • If the edges on the screw are licked, then special clamping pliers can be used to unscrew it.
    • There are drums that do not require preliminary disassembly. To dismantle them, grab it and rotate in the opposite direction of the clockwise direction

    Knowing how to disassemble the drum, you should continue to figure out how to replace the trimmer line. The video below shows a detailed process on how to open the trimmer coil and disassemble it.

    What you need to know about trimmer line

    A fishing line is a consumable made of nylon that serves as a cutting device. By means of this equipment, the grass is cut, which is ensured by rotating the tool head at a high frequency. This material has a different thickness, which depends on its use on the corresponding tools, low-power electric (from 1 to 1.6 mm), electric from 500 W (2 to 2.4 mm) and gasoline trimmers with lawn mowers (from 2.4 to 3. 2 mm).

    The more powerful the tool, the correspondingly thicker the cutting equipment should be. This affects not only the quality of the grass cut, but also the service life of the material. If you are wondering how to wind the trimmer coil, then it is time to change and reload the tool. With the onset of spring, this question is becoming more and more popular, so it’s time to figure out the step-by-step instructions for replacing the line in the trimmer reel.

    Self-made bobbin

    Quite often, the trimmer is operated away from places where you can buy spare parts for the mowing head if it breaks down. In this case, instead of a broken mechanism, you can install a self-made coil, simple in design. To do this, you need a sheet of plywood (textolite, metal, etc.), eyelets, screws or screws. The process includes several stages.
    • A disc is cut out of the plywood sheet, the diameter corresponding to the failed spool.
    • In the center of the disc, a hole is drilled that coincides in diameter with the trimmer shaft.
    • On opposite sides of the disc, small eyes are attached, which will serve for threading the fishing line.
    • The fishing line is passed through the eyes and fixed with ordinary screws or screws. The coil is ready to work.
  • Clamping the manufactured bobbin between two washers, it is attached to the trimmer shaft with a nut.
  • Important! It must be remembered that it will not be possible to tighten or unscrew the nut without rigid fixation of the shaft.

    To replace the line on a homemade reel, you will have to loosen the fixing screws, insert a new piece of string and tighten the fasteners again. It is not necessary to remove the coil from the trimmer shaft in this case, however, it is necessary to exclude the possibility of spontaneous starting of the motor.

    So, above, the methods for repairing the string head were described step by step with pictures. As you can see, the process is not complicated. And most of the breakdowns are directly related to inaccurate threading of the string and its unsatisfactory quality. You can clearly see all the stages of the process in the video.

    Learning to properly wind the line on the trimmer reel and lawn mowers installation instructions

    A gasoline or electric trimmer is an indispensable tool in the arsenal of a modern summer resident or owner of his own home.

    Thanks to these garden tools, even a large garden plot can be mowed with ease. After purchasing this tool and performing several mows, many people think about how to properly wind the line on the trimmer reel. For an inexperienced user, the first operation to replace it will seem problematic and time-consuming, since the developers often do not fully reflect the instructions for replacing the fishing line in the operating manual.

    Method 2. how to properly put the line on the reel of lawn mowers with photo description and video

    The second method differs from the first in that it is not a single piece of equipment that is charged into the coil, but segments from two parts. This method is used by manufacturers, and it is also suitable for those who have leftover material. The principle of how to insert two lengths of line into a lawn mower’s line is the same as with the first method, and to make sure of this, below are detailed instructions:

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      There are two equal length pieces of material that you can use.
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    One piece is taken, and the edge is bent in the form of a clamping bracket or hook, with which the fishing line will be secured

    Inside the coil there are holes in the form of a bracket for fixing, which are there for a reason. If they are not there, then the second option will not work. The appearance of these brackets is shown in the photo below. Each bracket is in its own half

    The brace of the fishing line should be hooked on the bracket, and wind it in observing the direction of the arrow

  • The rig is wound until a 10-15 cm segment remains, which is fixed in the corresponding hole on the side of the guide
  • Manipulations with the second end of the fishing line are carried out in the same way.
  • The protrusions are inserted into the holes of the head, and then, removing the equipment from the temporary fasteners in the coil, the cover with the latches is installed
  • The above instructions on how to install a fishing line in the lawnmower will help not only correctly, but also quickly make the replacement procedure. Assembling the trimmer coil, as mentioned above, can be done without removing the head, but in this case, you will need to conveniently fix the tool. Video instruction is presented below.

    How does a line head work on a lawn mower why you need to know how it works

    Depending on the manufacturer, the heads differ structurally not only externally, but also internally. Most drums have a pressure spring inside (semi-automatic and automatic). Above is an instruction on how to disassemble the trimmer head without a spring, i.e. on the head of the manual type. The principle of dismantling a semi-automatic head with a spring inside is almost identical to the instructions described above.

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    The principle of operation of the semi-automatic trimmer coil is as follows:

    • Inside the head there is a coil, which is fitted on the slots, which prevent its free movement.
    • A spring acts on the coil, which presses it against the slots in the cover structure
    • A fishing line is wound on the tip, the length of which depends on the tool itself. Typically this length is between 1 and 4 meters.
    • During the performance of work, if it is necessary to increase the length of the line, the protruding part of the drum is pressed, whereby it disengages from the splines. In this case, the line is unwound from the drum, increasing in length
    • After releasing the required amount of fishing line, release the pressure and continue cutting the grass

    The advantage of a tool with a line is that this consumable does not require sharpening, compared to metal discs. In addition, if a stone or a tree comes across on the way, the line simply breaks off, without adversely affecting the gearbox and engine of the tool, as is the case with metal cutting discs.

    How to feed a Stihl FS 45 Line Trimmer

    Knowing the design and device of the types of mowing or trimmer heads, it is necessary to go on to consider the process of threading the line into the trimmer spool. After all, it is this moment that causes difficulties for most owners of special tools.

    Preliminary preparation

    First of all, to wind the fishing line, you need to remove the spool (bobbin, spool) from the trimmer. specific actions will depend on the complexity of the configuration and the type of the product itself:

    • small electric trimmers with a working position of the engine and spools at the bottom, as a rule, have side buttons on both sides of the bobbin. When pressed at the same time, the upper part of the spool together with the inner content for winding the line is detached, while the lower part remains on the trimmer. It is advisable to disassemble the bobbin on a flat, smooth place so that the spring included in the structure does not jump out and is not lost;
    • electric and gasoline trimmers with a curved bar without the possibility of installing a knife, as a rule, have spools with a special wing: in such designs, hold the spool in a stationary position with one hand, and rotate the locking reel on the bar with the wing nut counterclockwise with the other. After disconnecting the nut, the entire bobbin is removed.
    • electric and gasoline trimmers with the ability to install a knife on a straight bar (for example, Stihl trimmers) have a hole under the reel. To keep the rod stationary, a screwdriver or other suitable object is inserted into this hole and, with slow rotation, such a mutual position is achieved when the screwdriver enters the hole and the bobbin is fixed. After that, the coil body is scrolled clockwise (with a left-hand thread) and removed from the trimmer.

    For the second and third cases, the coils, depending on the design, are disassembled in different ways. In bobbins with a lamb, a lamb is unscrewed, in coils with latches, the latches are pressed and one part of the coil is released from the other. If the halves of the bobbin are connected by thread, then it is enough to turn them by hand in opposite directions until they are completely unscrewed.