Written by Dale Richardson - Updated: June 23, 2023
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Strimmers are super handy little devices. They make trimming everything from lawns to weeds a breeze and save your back a load of pain. But just like every other mechanical contraption, they have their own assortment of issues. If you’re wondering why your strimmer wire keeps snapping, whether or not you can use your strimmer on wet grass, or the type and quantity of oil to use, you’re in the right place. Those of us at Fraffles decided it was time to put together this handy-dandy little FAQ for all of those questions.
Today’s Topics Include:
There’s a lot to cover today, so let’s just dive in, yeah?
Now we started with a clear question – why does your strimmer wire keep snapping? While we gave a super brief answer, it’s only fair to dive a bit more deeply, so let’s just get going. We want to make sure your strimmer is operating perfectly, so let’s get it fixed, yeah?
If your strimmer wire keeps snapping, there are three likely causes – rocks, improper parts, or a straight-up broken or poorly aged wire. Here’s what to do in order to fix this conundrum:
In short, check your line, parts, and the area you’re trimming to ensure the line doesn’t snap.
This is a super short section, but it’s asked enough that we felt it was necessary. If you’re wondering what you can use instead of strimmer wire, I have good news – there’s quite a bit! Keep in mind, though, that your strimmer was designed with the intent you’re using the standard nylon line. Anything else runs the risk of damageing your strimmer (look above).
But to answer the question, you can use each of the following in place of strimmer wire:
Just be sure to properly trim whatever you’re using and to walk the area you’re planning on trimming. Hitting a rock with a nylon line is bad – hitting a rock with a steel cable could cost you a limb.
In short, you can use everything from zip ties to a steel cable in place of strimmer wire. However, this runs the risk of damageing the device and potentially causing serious injury without the proper protective equipment.
And in the same line of discussion, it’s worth talking about the actual recommended size of strimmer line for various tasks. If you’re wondering what size of strimmer line you need, good news! There’s a list right below:
Just remember that the thicker your line, the more resistance it’ll encounter and the slower it’ll swing. If you have a super heavy-duty strimmer with a beast of a motor, this won’t be a concern, but those with “strimmer lite” models will notice a change in performance. Don’t let this scare you – it’s normal.
In short, the size strimmer line you need varies on the task. Grass and small weeds need something small, taller grass and tougher weeds need a middling size line, and stuff like brush and branches will require a high-gauge line.
Strimmers are super handy contraptions, but they come with a slew of knowledge that’s needed to properly use them. What type of oil (and how much) do they take? Can you replace their line, and what with? What about maintenance and best practises? Each of these questions should have been answered in this handy little list, meaning now you get to do the fun part – actually trimming things!
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