echo string trimmer/wasted line

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Old 08-25-19, 04:14 PM
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echo string trimmer/wasted line

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I have a new Echo 21.2 cc string trimmer that I got for clearing hiking trail in our area. In my first two trips out, it stopped feeding line with 8' and 12' feet of trimmer line remaining in the 'speed-feed' head. Is there a trick to getting this thing to feed out out the last few feet? I'd rather not waste a third or a quarter of the line I buy.

When it stopped feeding line out I was able to disassemble and rethread it, but only for another foot or so. It flat out refused after that.

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Old 08-25-19, 04:36 PM
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My experiences anyway, the string melts to itself enough to prevent it from feeding, and you'll see that as you unspool it, sort of sticking to itself like licorice left in a hot car. Since you said new I'm guessing you mean this year, so probably not from setting on the spool too long, but a couple other culprits can be leaving it set in the sun for extended periods of time or not wrapping it tight enough so that it's constantly rubbing against itself.
 
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Definitely not sitting around, we're clearing trail by the mile. The string was wrapped same day as used. As to not wrapping tightly enough, I'm using the speed feed head to do the wrapping.
 
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Your trimmer head may not have sufficient drag on the line as it's loading. As you turn the speed feed to load try letting the both sides of the line drag through your fingers. See if that helps.
 
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Check the manual for how to load, my Echo trimmer goes to the very end of the loaded material and has never stuck or melted to anything!

I'll bet it's not being wound correctly!
 
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I'll try increasing the drag when I load. For some reason the manual doesn't seem to have a page on loading.
 
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Reviews on the head say the instructions are lacking. Loading it is pretty simple, though - align the marks, stick the line through the head, and turn the knob. Not much to it.
 
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String type

I assume you are using the correct diameter of string?
 
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Yes on correct diameter (94 mil) and yes on simplicity of loading. Except next time I'll try pulling a little tension on the line while doing it.
 
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