A string trimmer is essential for my property. The municipality won’t allow keeping goats although one has been seen in the neighbourhood…
This has been a pretty good year for weeds. We had modest rains in the heat of summer so the weeds slowed while we planted TLW’s trees. Now that the rains of August have arrived, the weeds are trying to take over. We’ve gone through three string trimmers in the last year. They are not very durable. The latest was a Homelite curved shaft 26cm3 beauty. It’s light, cuts well, has great balance and fit me well. Alas, the head end melted down. I smelt hot plastic, and found the shield had sagged and was rubbing on the hub. Replacement parts are available at a decent price but freight is a killer. To replace the lower boom, for instance, the part costs $15 but the shipping is $30. We decided to buy a second unit to get back into business. It was only $94 CDN at Home Depot. There are advantages to having two. TLW likes to whack weeds too. In fact she has snipped several of my seedling trees… This new one should last us this season and next year, with my annuity plumped up, we can order several parts to keep in stock with less shipping overhead. Here are pictures of the carton and the contents before and after assembly.
On the first start, I flooded the carburetor. The manual says to run it for 10s to warm up and then disable the choke. Apparently, the carburetor is a bit rich and only a few seconds are necessary or desirable. I may have to tweak it a bit after break-in. As expected the machine cut like a Tasmanian devil and was effortless to control with finesse. It just seems to fit my body. My hands were “buzzing” for a while afterwards, so I guess there is some vibration. I will pace myself… 😉 The damage done to the weeds was more than worth this little inconvenience. The wing-nut clamping the shield to the shaft loosened but I spotted it as I was putting it away and gave it another turn or two. That clamp is just plastic and I was afraid to give it much torque for fear of cracking it. I guess I was too cautious.
Besides the ease of use this trimmer has some quirks. The lower boom is not user-serviceable. I can’t just disassemble it and keep it greased to avoid the inevitable meltdown. Fortunately, today, despite heavy use, the shaft barely warmed up. We’re good for the season, likely.