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Weed Eater Guide Makes Trimmer Easy To Use
Using a "Weed Eater" line trimmer to trim along fences or buildings or next to side-walks is easy for Dennis Lenart, Waco, Texas, who modified his Stihl "Weed Eater" by mounting a steel ring on the shaft just above the head.
"It virtually eliminates the need to constantly rethread the spool and makes the trimmer much easier to use," says Lenart. "The big problem with string śWeed Eaters' is that whenever the string breaks it pops back inside the spool. You have to take the spool apart and rethread the string, then screw the head back on. The ring serves as a guide and takes the guesswork out of placing the head so that the string always stays long enough to self-feed. It substantially reduces the amount of line that's used.
"I can roll the ring along the side of a house or fence, or turn it up on its edge and roll it along the edge of a sidewalk."
The one-piece unit is made from 1/4-in. dia. cold rolled steel rod and has a 1-in. dia. plastic bearing in the middle and four steel spokes. The diameter of the ring is 1 1/2 in. smaller than the diameter of the swing of the string. To install the ring Lenart removed the guard and head. Then he slid the bearing up the weed eater shaft and mounted the ring on it.
Lenart says he could sell plans if there's enough interest.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dennis Lenart, Rt. 8, Box 1306W, Waco, Texas 76705 (ph 817 867-6915).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #3