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strimmer problems

hi all. two problems with this f00king strimmer. 

first, i cant get the spool off. I did put it on without the spring cos it wasnt doing anyway.

second, when i put the line stimmer on i forgot to put the adaptor disk on first. Now i cant get the line strimmer off. I want to swap over and use the brush cutter blade. Have tried locking the mechanism with the drive shift and vice grips but its not helping.

thinking of just drilling the whole thing off and buying a new spool head

anyone else done this


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  • PRO

    Are you turning it the right way?

  • PRO

    Try one of these


    Last resort is to take exhaust off and block the piston with a piece of wood.


    i don’t see how you will be able to drill it off anyway

    Nylon Piston Stop Block Plug 10mm & 14mm Suits 2 & 4 Stroke Engines | eBay
    Nylon Piston Stop Block Plug 10mm & 14mm Suits 2 & 4 Stroke Engines
  • I really can't understand what you're on about to be honest!!                  I did put it on without the spring cos it wasnt doing anyway ??    Have tried locking the mechanism with the drive shift and vice grips??  (just realised its drive shaft!)       thinking of just drilling the whole thing off ??    Without more info, it really doesn't make any sense whatsoever.   Unless I'm misunderstanding things here, locking the piston won't do anything unless you managed to lock up the centrifugal clutch.... doing this or clamping the drive shaft is more likely to just snap the drive shaft so not recommended at all.  On Stihl equipment, theres a small hole on the head gearbox where you can insert a small screwdriver to lock things up so you can unscrew the head.............. is there something similar on yours? Have a good read through the manual............ I'm sure it'll give the necessary info. 

    • PRO

      That’s a good point! Too much sun today!

      i think the bump head isn’t working (not letting line out with spring in for whatever reason prime suspect being a cheap tool)I seem to remember that graham bought a cheap multi tool. lock washer not in place so can’t undo it! I would throw it in the bin and get a decent machinebut that’s me.

  • put the locking key into the hole on the top side of the head then unscrew the head not forgetting it will be a left hand thread 

  • maybe didnt explain the problems very well.

    But i fixed both problems in the end.

    just to clarify, it wasnt an engine issue. And i removed the spring from the spool cos the spool never fed out the line anyway. 

    admin can close this thread now. thanks

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