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Old 09-28-11, 03:18 PM
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I have a Bolens BL110 gas trimmer that I can't get to work. The cutter head will not spin because the cable that comes from the motor keeps slipping out of the cutter head. I have had it apart three times and each time I get it together and start it the same thing happens. The cable somehow slips out of the cutter head. At the upper end of the shaft there is a part that controls the cable and makes it spin but there seems to be a lot of play and therefore the cable doesn't stay in the cutter head. I don't know if I'm missing a part but I don't see how since today is the first time I took it apart.
 
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Old 09-29-11, 04:32 AM
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Ernie, are both the power head and the receiver head slipped on the shaft as far as they will go? Sometimes if there is any slack, it can be corrected by loosening one of the heads and slamming it further down on the shaft and securing it. You haven't replaced the cable with a "too short" one, have you? Does the spool head spin freely without the cable inserted? Sometimes, too, if there is a movement problem with the head, the cable will kink up and pull out of the head (saving the cable, but a real PITA).
 
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Old 09-29-11, 06:26 AM
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I could check to see if the power head and the receiver head can be moved but if either did it was during operation. I really don't know yet but it is a possibility. I have not replaced the cable at all, and the spool head spins very freely. Thanks for the reply.
 
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I just took it apart again and when I had it back together it did the same thing. It seems as if the drive cable is too short but I don't how that can be since I had never had it apart before. That is unless something broke inside. It almost seems to me that there might be some sort of pin that might keep the cable onto the cutter head, which I haven't taken apart yet. When I take apart the trigger housing and the pull cord housing the cable is too far up the shaft towards the motor. Inside the pull cord housing is a small conical piece into which the cable goes and hooks onto from the inside. There seems to be about 3/4 to 1 inch play inside the tube onto which the cable would fit. If there was a spacer inside that tube the cable would be held closer to the cutter head and it would work but like I said it was never apart before so I can't see where I am missing a piece. I will try to take the cutter head off and see if something might be amiss there.
 
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Old 09-29-11, 08:18 AM
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I took off the cutter head with some difficulty because of that notched washer that held it on. There is a small tube that the head was on and at the inside end next to the main shaft is a washer and nut that I can't get off. It doesn't seem to turn either way and at that I am stuck. When I turn the small tube by hand I can hear the drive cable move inside the shaft but I still don't know why the head won't turn when I turn on the trimmer.
 
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