10:57PM | 04/14/03
Member Since: 04/14/03
1 lifetime posts
I have a crafstman weedeater with an "automatic feed" that isn't working. Even with it not running I can't get it to let out string so I have to take it apart every minute or so of use -- very frustrating.

I've already replaced the head with no improvement. The only thing I haven't tried is newly purchased string. Can the string get too brittle to work right or is there something else that might be wrong?

If it matters, my weedeater requires .080 inch string and that is what I have.

Jim D

12:03AM | 04/16/03
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
Tifaustin - hi, I was having the same problem before with a Ryobi unit. The first error/problem I discovered was I fed the string in the wrong way. (My unit allows new string to be installed without removing the head...but you have to feed it CCW and I was feeding it CW.) Then, after taking the head off to give the unit a good cleaning, I caused myself another problem - I tightened the nut that holds the head on too tightly. That prevented the automatic feed from "bumping" properly to feed the string.

I don't know if either of these will help you but they're good things to check out. Also, yes - if the string gets too old it can start to jam. The plastic string can get warm while the unit's operating and will eventually get stiff/brittle. It can also become slightly too large to allow the automatic feed to work right, or so I was told. Regards! Jim D/Heathsville, VA

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