How to String a Craftsman Weed Eater

If you’re like most homeowners, you probably have a Craftsman weed eater that you use to keep your lawn looking neat and tidy. These trimmers are incredibly handy tools, but they can only do their job well if the line is properly strung. In this article, we will show you how to string a Craftsman weed eater in just a few simple steps. We will also provide some tips on choosing the right line for your trimmer.

craftsman weed eater bump head and string

Replacing the string on a Craftsman string trimmer is not difficult. With a little help, you’ll have your weed eater ready to tackle those weeds in no time.

Step 1: Preparing The Right Line

It’s important to choose the perfect string that  will work with your Craftsman trimmer. The best way to do this is by checking the Craftsman owner’s manual that came with your trimmer. This will tell you what type and size of line is recommended for your specific model.

Step 2: Make Sure Your Trimmer is Turned Off

Once you’ve selected the right line, it’s time to prep it for use. Start by making sure that the trimmer’s engine is turned off.

Step 3: Remove the Retaining Cap

This will probably involve either unscrewing it,  pushing it in, or sliding it off. Some models  will have a knob on the side that you turn to loosen the cap before removing it. If there is no obvious way to remove the retaining cap, consult your model’s user manual.

Step 4: Find The Starter Hole in The Opened Spool

If you don’t have an open spool, you can start by gently pushing the line through the eyelet on the inside of the spool until it comes out of the other side. Once the line is in place, hold onto both ends and pull tight. You should feel some resistance, but the line shouldn’t be too tight. If it’s too loose, it’ll come out easily when you’re trimming; too tight and it will break under pressure. The sweet spot is somewhere in between.

Step 5: Line Up The Retainer With The Slot on The Outside of The Head

Now that you have the retaining cap removed, you will need to find the starter hole on the outside of the trimmer head. This is where you will insert the new line. Once you have found the starter hole, take your time to line up the retainer with the slot. This can be a little tricky, but it is important that you get it lined up correctly. If you do not, then your new line will not be able to feed through properly and you will end up with a tangled mess.

Step 6: Attach The Spool To The Trimmer Head

To attach the spool to the trimmer head, first find the starter hole in the opened spool. Line up the retainer with the slot on the outside of the head, and then push down until you hear a click. That means it’s locked in place. Finally, screw on the cap until it’s snug. And that’s it! You’ve now successfully loaded your trimmer with fresh line. Time to get trimming!

If you found this guide helpful, be sure to check out our other “How-To” blogs for more tips and tricks on getting your outdoor power equipment ready for springtime yard work. From chainsaw maintenance to snowblower troubles.

Check out this video guide on how to restring a craftsman trimmer.

How to Choose Best Trimmer Line for Your Craftsman Weed Eater

Choosing the best trimmer line for your Craftsman weed eater can be a daunting task. With so many different types and sizes of trimmer line on the market, how do you know which one is right for you? Here are a few tips to help you choose the best trimmer line for your needs:

  • The first thing you need to consider is what type of vegetation you will be cutting. If you’re only going to be trimming grass, then any type of trimmer line will work. However, if you plan on cutting thicker weeds or brush, then you will need a heavier-duty trimmer line.
  • Next, consider the size of the area you will be cutting. If you only need to trim a small area, then you can get away with using a lighter-duty trimmer line. However, if you plan on cutting a large area of brush or weeds, then you will need a heavier-duty trimmer line.
  • Finally, consider the type of terrain you will be cutting. If you’re only going to be trimming grass on flat ground, then any type of trimmer line will work. However, if you plan on cutting thick weeds or brush on hilly or uneven terrain, then you will need a heavier-duty trimmer line.

For a Craftsman weed eater, Black or red braided line is generally recommended.

String Size

The next thing you need to consider is the size of the trimmer line. The size of the trimmer line is measured in diameter and is typically between 0.065 inches and 0.130 inches. The size of the trimmer line you need will depend on the type of vegetation you plan on cutting, as well as the size of the area you plan on cutting.

If you only need to trim grass, then you can get away with using a lighter-duty trimmer line with a smaller diameter. However, if you plan on cutting thicker weeds or brush, then you will need a heavier-duty trimmer line with a larger diameter.

String Shape

The next thing you need to consider is the shape of the trimmer line. The three most common shapes of the trimmer line are round, square, and star.

Round trimmer line is the most common type of trimmer line and is best suited for cutting grass. However, it can also be used for cutting weeds and brush if it is the right size and diameter.

Square trimmer line is best suited for cutting thick weeds and brush. It is less likely to get tangled in the weeds and brush, and it will also give you a cleaner cut.

Star trimmer line is best suited for cutting very thick weeds and brush. It is even less likely to get tangled in the weeds and brush, and it will give you an even cleaner cut.

Conclusion

Now that you know how to string a Craftsman weed eater, as well as what type of trimmer line to use, you’re ready to get out there and start trimming! Be sure to follow all safety precautions when using any type of outdoor power equipment. And if you ever have any questions, be sure to consult us at EdgeYourLawn.com.

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