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Ryobi trimmer feeds line constantly


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06-05-05, 06:55 AM   #1  
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Ryobi trimmer feeds line constantly

I have a Ryobi 700R gas powered trimmer that has run well for the five years that I have had it. The one glaring problem I have involves its trimmer line feed mechanism. It seems to feed line constantly so that a spool of line lasts about as long as a tank full of fuel lasts. The bump feed function seems to work as intended when you bump it, but for some reason the thing must be releasing line gradually while I am trimming, even when I don't bump the head. I am sure that I am reloading the spool with new line wrapped in the correct direction. The problem persists regardless of the diameter of the line and whether I use purchased "pre-loaded" spools of line or install the line on a spool myself. Can anybody offer any words of wisdom? Thanks, Forgetful

 
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06-06-05, 11:57 PM   #2  
Hello Forgetful!

Sounds like the head itself may be bad. It has tabs on the inside that hold the spool in position, only releasing it when you hit the bump knob. If these tabs wear down, the spool will slip and feed line at any given time.


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06-11-05, 07:05 AM   #3  
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Thanks Cheese. I will investigate the head. Funny thing is that this has been a problem from the get go (I've just lived with the problem for years). I don't think wear has contributed to whatever is going on. Forgetful

 
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06-12-05, 02:30 AM   #4  
Could the spool be in upside down? Is the inside of the head assembled according to the manual? May be defective. It's not a self feeding head is it?


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