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Best String Trimmer Head Reviews

Lawncare takes on many different forms.

When you are starting out, you’ll need to keep the birds away from your grass seed.

Once your seed has germinated and the lawn comes through bright and green, you need to make sure you water the grass thoroughly and regularly.

Proper fertilizer is also key.

With your lawn flourishing, mowing it and finishing it off with a weed eater – also know as a string trimmer – will give your garden a professional edge.

Using String Trimmer Head

Today, we’ll look at the best string trimmer head you can get for your edging tools.

As well as making sure you have enough trimmer line, you’ll also possibly need a replacement head. The head is vulnerable. It slices through weeds and foliage and can also come into contact with other garden debris so replacing it might be necessary at any stage.

Luckily, a good string trimmer heads are not expensive.

What should you watch out for when buying one?

What To Look For When Buying a String Trimmer Head

There are 3 main types of string trimmer head:

  • Fixed Head / Line
  • Automatic Feed
  • Bump Feed

Fixed Head / Line

A fixed head system is also called a line system.

With this type of trimmer head, you thread in individual pieces of line as required.

The advantage of this method is that you can eliminate some of the niggle of winding spools of line onto your trimmer head. It takes the sting out of the whole procedure.

If you have a commercial weed eater or a larger trimmer that calls for thick line, fixed heads are commonplace. With thicker line, you’ll get less breakage. This reduces the frequency with which you’ll need to feed in more line.

On the downside, you need to grind to a halt every time you have to add new line with a fixed head.

Automatic Feed

Many string trimmers now come with automatic feed on the head.

A nifty line spooling motor means there’s no effort required on your part. The trimmer does not need to be stopped so there’s no interruption to your work.

With automatic feed systems, you can focus on your cutting without needing to worry about the line.

The motor is a moving part so you might encounter problems at some stage. Unfortunately, if this motor starts playing up, it’s often most cost-effective to replace the strimmer itself.

Bump Feed

With a bump feed head, you wind lengths of line around the string trimmer’s spool. 2 lengths are fed through openings in the head.

Gently tapping your trimmer on the ground as you cut activates this system.

Bump feed strimmers are extremely easy to use and highly reliable. They are probably the single most popular type.

Although you have superior control, the continued bumping of the head on the ground can lead to premature damage and replacement.

Tips For Using Your String Trimmer Effectively

Preparation

The weather conditions affect strimming quite strongly. If it’s raining or your grass is still wet, leave the trimmer aside for another day.

Not only is working in the wet potentially dangerous, the strimmer will not operate at full capacity and it can damage it leading to the need for a replacement.

Clear your working area of anything that might be flicked up by the trimmer. The last thing you want is metal objects or wire flying. Your weed eater can hurl debris up to 50 feet with ease so it really does pay to prepare properly.

Safety Equipment

When you are working around lots of debris that could easily fly in your direction, dressing appropriately for trimming is essential.

Ditch the shorts and T-shirt in favor of long sleeves and pants. Safety boots are ideal but closed shoes should be the minimum.

Safety goggles or glasses, a face mask and ear defenders are all worth considering.

Get The Speed Right

You need to set the power so it’s just enough to cut through the grass or weeds you are working on.

Running your string trimmer too quickly simply uses up excessive amounts of line while kicking off more noise and vibration.

Height

Some string trimmers come equipped with a harness. With others, you have adjustable handles.

Check the instruction manual and become acquainted with the height adjustment so you can work safely and comfortably.

Use The Correct Line

Getting the line right is critical. If you use the wrong thickness, it won’t feed through properly.

Round line will last longest while shaped line has more cutting power but tends to break more frequently.

To Tap or Not To Tap?

If you need to tap your trimmer to play out some more line, do this on grass rather than concrete.

A single tap should give you 2 inches of line.

Go careful or you risk damaging the head prematurely.

Cut From Top To Bottom

Dealing with long grass and weeds demands a little patience.

Start from the top and work downward rather than trying to hack everything off with a single stroke.

Direction

Working from right to left with your trimmer usually produces the best cutting results. This is because the heads of trimmers usually rotate counterclockwise.

You can check with your manual or observe the trimmer at very low speed to get this right.

Use a Blade For Heavy Cutting

If you plan to deal with heavier bush or very stubborn weeds, swap out the string for a blade.

When you are using a blade for heavy-duty projects, use full throttle and keep the blade ultra-sharp.

Maintenance

After using your string trimmer, it’s a must to rinse it down then brush off any lingering grass and debris.

If you need to conduct any repairs, switch the engine off and disconnect the spark plugs.

You shouldn’t need much by the way of maintenance so keep things clean and store the string trimmer carefully. In return, it should reward you with years of service.

OK…

Now you have an idea about what to look for in a good string trimmer head, it’s time for our trimmer head reviews.

5 Best String Trimmer Head Reviews

Product Name

Image

Size of Line (inches)

Type

Price

Our Rating

MaxPower 1101PT

MaxPower 1101PT

0.095

Pre-cut

$$$

#1
Editor Choice

Grass Gator 8010

Grass Gator 8010

0.130

Load and cut

$$

#2

Echo Speed-Feed

Echo Speed-Feed

0.08 to 0.095

Bump feed

$$$

#3

WW EZLock Head

WW EZ Lock Head

0.08 to 0.095

Pre-cut

$

#4

Rino TuffPivotrim

Rino Tuff Pivotrim

3

Pre-cut

$$

#5

Kicking off our reviews is a flexible and durable option from MaxPower.

As with most trimmer heads, this will fit well with pretty much any trimmer on the market. Be certain to check for compatibility before purchase.

Using all-purpose 0.095-inch diameter line, you can take care of most regular gardening duties with this head.

The design limits breakage so you can work for longer without needing to down tools.

Installation is super-simple so if your head has become damaged, order up this replacement and get straight back to work.

For a versatile and durable trimmer head that will fit almost all commercial brands of gas weed eaters, Grass Gator’s 8010 is well worth checking out.

The 0.130-inch line works well on grass and weeds.

Bump feed trimmer heads can be awkward. With the 8010, you simply feed in pre-cut lengths of line where it will lock into position automatically. This is a hassle-free delivery system.

You can set up this head quickly, easily and without needing tools.

If you are looking for a no-nonsense trimmer head that takes the sting out of feeding in line, look no further than Grass Gator.

With the Echo Speed-Feed trimmer head, all of the grief is removed from reloading your weed eater.

The Speed-Feed is rather more limited. It fits curved shaft Echo, Husqvarna and Homelite string trimmers. It will not work with straight shaft trimmers. An adapter is included to increase the range of compatible models.

As far as bump feeds go, the Echo is a breeze. You can reload using 3 simple steps in as little as 30 seconds. Just tap as you advance and you’re good to go.

The Echo will accept up to 20 feet of line anywhere from 0.080 to 0.095 inches in diameter.

If you are happy using a bump feed trimmer head and you have a suitable weed eater to mesh with the Echo Speed-Feed head, this makes a smart choice.

Next up in our look at the string trimmer heads is the WW EZ Lock Head from Weed Warrior.

This pre-cut system allows for super-swift line loads. You can use a variety of line from 0.080 inches through to thicker 0.095-inch line.

The EZ Lock Head will fit most strimmers, whether straight or curved shaft.

Using 4 lines to cut, you should be able to work your way through most light to medium cutting projects without straining yourself.

If you dislike using the long spools that come with some trimmer heads, this basic but effective head offers a combination of power and durability without breaking the bank.

Rounding out our reviews is another pre-cut system, the Rino Tuff Pivotrim.

The universal fit means that this head will fit nicely onto the vast majority of standard weed eaters.

For general gardening duties, cutting and weeding, the Pivotrim works wonders.

Installation couldn’t be easier and you’ll get 6 line strips cut down to length.

The product name comes from a handy inbuilt feature. The line will pivot to lessen the chance of breakage when you are cutting against hard surfaces like concrete or asphalt.

You can use 0.095-inch line with the Pivotrim. You can easily cut this down to size yourself.

For a solid and dependable strimmer head that’s a cinch to use and also very affordable, pop the Pivotrim on your shortlist.

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Dianne T. Lampe
 

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Bryant - May 14, 2017

I have been using a bump feed trimmer for my work and I end up having quite a bit of breakage I have been interested in going to a fixed line because the line is thicker and seems more durable. Time is money with my work and I am wondering how lengthy of a process it is to replace the precut wire on the maxpower head? thanks!

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    Dianne T. Lampe - May 16, 2017

    Hi there Bryant!

    We understand what you mean with the bump feed system.

    Luckily, swapping out the line on the Maxpower head is super-simple.

    From one user review: “If you hate dealing with traditional weed eater spools, this will change your life. It makes weedeating painless. When a piece gets worn down, it takes 5 seconds to replace it with a new one.”

    We hope that helps!

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