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07-18-05, 04:44 PM   #1  
WeedEater Woes

Hello all - I put a scrub brush attachment on my weedeater, and it was working wonders for scrubbing the concrete. However, it snagged on a corner and now the head does not turn. It's like the shaft has become disconnected - the bottom just spins freely. This is a Weedeater featherlite. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks a lot!

 
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07-18-05, 11:59 PM   #2  
Sounds like either the flex cable broke, or came out of the socket in the engine. Either way, remove the trigger assembly and loosen the clamp screw that holds the shaft tight with the engine. Slide the shaft out and inspect the cable in it. If it's not broken, try reinstalling it with the shaft pushed as far as it will go into the engine.


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07-19-05, 04:48 AM   #3  
I can't picture what you have on for an attachment but I dare say it is too much mass for a FeatherLite. These are very lightweight units and are worth nothing more than very light work with only moderate growth.

 
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07-19-05, 05:21 AM   #4  
Thanks for the replies. I will try taking the shaft off and inspect the flex cable.
Here is what the attachment is:
http://www.portek.co.uk/grassgatorturbos.html

 
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07-20-05, 02:55 PM   #5  
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Have you had a chance to open the unit up yet?
I made the mistake of putting a GrassGator on my HomeLite Trim'n'Edge, I have the same situation... I figured i'd check around before i just cracked it open,... at least try to be able to have the unit functional again.
Please let me know, Thanks.... Patrick

 
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07-20-05, 05:16 PM   #6  
No, I haven't but it's interesting that someone has the same situation. I had to mow today, the grass is growing so fast! Have to cut it every 5 days or so.
I'm going to try to fix it tomorrow and will report back how badly I've screwed it up

 
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07-20-05, 07:40 PM   #7  
I did it...

for what it's worth,.. I took it apart,.. and the cable came out at the spinner head,.. power end looks okay,.. but I can't get the socket out of the bottom to look further

 
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07-21-05, 05:47 AM   #8  
I was afraid of that...I'm not sure how to get the end off either...

 
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07-21-05, 08:18 AM   #9  
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If you are talking about the head, there may be a spot to put a screwdriver or similar to hold the head while loosening the bolt. Look at the head where it goes to the shaft. While spinning the head you may see a collar that remains stationary with a space in it. Looking in the void you should see the heads shoulder spin inside the collar. Line up the spaces and place a suitable tool in it to hold while loosening the nut/bolt.

 
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07-21-05, 11:09 AM   #10  
Update

I wasn't able to get under the head, at least not without flaring out the aluminum tube,.. looking around online,.. it appears as this shaft assy is a one piece,. the tube is actually crimped around it,..

Now, Here's the News,.. I went to the grassgator site,.. and found the contact list, and emailed everyone on the list,. about wht I did, and what their product did,..and how much money it's going to cost me I rec'd an email back from them, asking me to call them. when I did,.. the gentleman I spoke to, asked for my information, and the models of trimmer and grassgator, (he said that he gets so many calls like this) after giving the information, he gave me a fax number,.. and told me to get my trimmer repaired, and they would cover repair . The response was fast, and no-nonsense. As long as they follow up, i'll be satisfied.

 
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07-21-05, 03:39 PM   #11  
I decided to give grassgator a call (CMD products). I explained the problem to their technician and he immediately gave me his fax number where I could send the repair bill. They will pay for the repair or replacement of the trimmer (up to $70). Not bad!
Thanks for the heads up pjtaft

 
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07-21-05, 11:58 PM   #12  
Wow! Now that's almost unheard of these days. I can respect and reccomend a product that the manufacturer stands behind like that. I wouldn't reccomend using it on a light duty machine like a featherlight though.


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