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strimmer line

Hi Guys

Just a quick couple of questions - what strimmer line do you all use?? Which one works the best for which situation??

I currently have a new-ish Stihl strimmer and use it mainly for clearing long grass before mowing and edging.

Any advice would be appreciated.



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  • PRO

    What model and cc is your strimmer ?

  • Sorry it's the smallest petrol one FS 40 C. Line width 2mm.


  • Husqvarna Whisper is what I use as it's quite tough so lasts longer than others, and it also cuts fairly cleanly.

  • I used to use black, nice and thick but if you caught any thing hard it snapped, now I use yellow, cuts grass and does not snap as soon as it catches any thing hard, 2.4mm I think

    My strimmer is a FS400

  • Thanks for the prompt replies Guys.

    I think my neighbour also mentioned that strimmer line 'dries out' so he wets his to stop it breaking.

    Anybody else had this problem??


  • PRO

    for that size of machine and for domestic use, go along to your local B & Q and buy a pack of the green 2mm twine. Its costs around 12 quid and it will last you all season. I use the yellow 2.4mm twine ( I actually bought some today) for my lighter strimming works, but it will also handle heavier strimming, but that wont be case with your FS 40. Anything thicker or heavier will not suit the FS 40.

  • I just use what the dealer who sold me the strimmer gives me when I run out!

    Might sound like I don't pay attention, but he knows what I've bought, and the use it gets, as it's what he recommended. I just need to ask for a chain, a filter, some oil or grease, and it's all either in his mind, or on his computer. A few less things for me to think about.

  • PRO

    it wont dry out, but will become brittle over a long time if not used, but your talking many many months

    Debbie Merryweather said:

    Thanks for the prompt replies Guys.

    I think my neighbour also mentioned that strimmer line 'dries out' so he wets his to stop it breaking.

    Anybody else had this problem??


  • PRO

    I use shindaiwa blue cord armorline 2.3 or 7 mm and I have used loads of different stuff and its the best I have ever used but hard to get hold of now.

  • Hi Debbie,

    2mm line is a problem as its mostly for electric and small petrol strimmers, most of the "round" line is ok for gentle duties, sometimes it welds itself together inside the strimmer head.

    I am only doing garden maintenance with the odd ditch thrown in! My Stihl is running 2.4 and I use the square yellow/black or diamond aluminium coated line from B&Q about £16 for 87 metres, this goes through nettles and brambles with ease, also wire fences.... opps.

    Screwfix also I see do a Professional 2mm line 126metres for £16 Part No73380

    (and yes I do own the company)

    A good Stihl dealer/supplier of this type of equipment should also be able to help you

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