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Ryobi 18v String Trimmer Troubleshooting – Fix 8 Common Problems

Ryobi is one of our favorite brands for yard tools. Their products are less expensive than many out there and often function as well as the professional brands for light to medium-duty jobs.

Of course, there is a downside to choosing these less expensive options. And that is that they often run into little glitches and problems. This is especially true, we’ve noticed, with the Ryobi 18v string trimmer.

Luckily, many of the common issues seen with this tool can be easily fixed with a few simple steps.

In our Ryobi 18v string trimmer troubleshooting guide, we’ll look at the most common problems with this tool and walk you through how to fix them.

Ryobi 18V Trimmer Won’t Start

If your Ryobi 18v weed wacker won’t start when you depress the switch trigger, the problem is most likely due to the batteries, a connection issue, or a mechanical problem. Luckily, most of these are easy to fix with a few short steps.

The shaft isn’t connected completely

If the shaft is not securely connected at all points, the power from the battery can’t reach the motor to turn it over.

The battery pack isn’t secured

If the battery pack isn’t connected completely, it won’t make good enough contact with the terminals to start the motor.

  • Remove the battery.
  • Clear away any debris on the battery and head terminals.
  • Resecure the battery, pressing until you hear the click.

The battery isn’t charged

If the above solutions don’t work, your trimmer most likely won’t start because the battery does not have enough juice to turn over the motor.

  • Remove the battery and place it on the charger.
  • The charging indicator light should start blinking. If you get an error or the light does not come on, see #6 below.
  • Wait until the battery is completely charged before trying again.

Broken connection

Multiple wires connect the battery terminal and switches in the handle to the motor in the head of the trimmer. If any of these connections break, the motor won’t engage.

The most likely wire to become disconnected is the white wire that connects the motor to the shaft. Luckily, this is an easy problem to check and fix.

  • Remove the screws in the trimmer head to open it up.
  • Carefully lift off one side and examine the wiring inside. The two black wires should be securely connected, as should the white wire from the shaft and the red wire from the motor, as shown in the diagram below.
  • Ensure all connections are secure, then close the housing and test.
  • If this doesn’t work, there may be a loose connection in the handle. Remove the screws in the handle to open it up.
  • Assure all connection points (see picture below) and securely connected.

Note: If none of these solutions work, then it’s likely one of your components has burnt out or malfunctioned. Contact the manufacturer for a replacement if the unit is still under warranty.

Ryobi Cordless String Trimmer Stalls

Electric trimmers like this one stall for one reason: something is overheating, causing one of the temperature sensors to switch the unit off to avoid damage. Overheating is typically caused by vent blockage around the battery contact plate, around the motor, or a problem with the motor itself.

Dirty air vents

The 18v electric trimmer doesn’t have an air filter like the gas version. But it does have air vents around the motor and battery contact plate (on some models) that can become blocked with debris.

  • Visually check for debris stuck in the vent holes around the contact plate (located just below where the battery attaches) and around the motor (above the spool housing, in most models). Manually remove what you can.
  • Use a shop vacuum with a brush attachment to clear away fine debris from both vents.

Malfunctioning motor or contact plate

If cleaning the vents does not help, then there is likely a problem with the motor or contact plate. Your best bet here is to call the company, especially if the unit is still under warranty.

If it’s not under warranty, try these steps:

  • Identify which end the problem is occurring in by feeling for obvious heat buildup after the unit stalls out. If the handle is hot, your problem is the battery contact or associated switch. If the head is hot, the motor is likely the issue.
  • Open the handle or motor head (whichever is overheating) by removing the necessary screws.
  • Examine the part for obvious damage or dysfunction. If everything looks normal, use a can of air to remove any debris that’s built up.
  • Resecure the housing and test.

If this doesn’t work and the motor and battery contact appears to be in good working order, you may be able to create a workaround by installing an external fan to help keep the problem area cool. There are many DIY options for this described on the web, including this simple hack that uses two 24-volt fans.

Runs Rough

A rough-running gas trimmer can be caused by a plethora of issues. Luckily, with an electric unit, the causes are far fewer. In fact, a rough-running Ryobi 18v trimmer that chugs, slows, and speeds up without input, is likely suffering the same issues as one that stalls completely.

If your trimmer is experiencing this problem, it’s important to act fast before the issue becomes worse and causes the tool to stall.

Start by cleaning the vents as described above. If that doesn’t work, open the motor compartment and handle and clean and inspect the motor and battery contact.

Ryobi Line Trimmer Head Won’t Spin

If the head of your trimmer suddenly stops spinning mid-use or doesn’t start spinning when the unit is turned on, you likely have one of two problems. Either the string is bound up in the spool and physically preventing the head from spinning, or the motor is not engaging with the trimmer head.

Bound-up spool

A bound-up spool can quickly overtax your trimmer and cause damage to the motor, so it’s important to turn the trimmer off immediately if the head stops spinning. From there, you can easily identify and solve the issue.

  • With the trimmer powered off, remove the string head.
  • Open the spool as you would to install a new string (see video below).
  • The tangled string will be obvious. Unwind it manually and rewind the string cleanly, then reinstall the spool and try again.

If you don’t see any obvious tangles in the line, then the issue is likely a problem with the motor. You can buy a replacement motor online through various retailers using your tool’s model number.

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Note: If you don’t see any obvious tangles in the line, then the issue is likely a problem with the motor. You can buy a replacement motor online through various retailers using your tool’s model number.

Ryobi 18V Trimmer String Line Won’t Feed

There are a number of reasons that your auto feed spool can fail or that you cannot advance the line manually. Luckily, the fix for each issue is generally pretty straightforward.

Note: Make sure the trimmer is powered off before attempting these fixes.

  • The line is too short. If the string has been sheared off too short to engage the auto feed, use needle nose pliers to manually pull on the string while depressing the feed button.
  • The line is tangled. If the line cannot be advanced manually, a tangle is likely. Remove the string housing and rewind the string cleanly.
  • The string has welded to itself. If you cannot easily unwind the string to rewind it (and it is not obviously tangled), try lubricating it with some silicone spray, replacing the spool, and then advancing it manually.
  • The string has run low. If there isn’t enough string left on the spool to advance, replace it with a fresh spool.

If troubleshooting issues with the string does not solve the problem, there may be something wrong with the string housing itself. You can contact customer service for a replacement part or order an aftermarket replacement yourself.

Ryobi Cordless Weed Wacker Battery Won’t Charge

By far, one of the most common problems with Ryobi products is with the batteries not charging. If you get the blinking lights of death when you place your batteries on the charger, one of four common issues is likely to be the problem.

Batteries are too hot or cold

If you’ve just pulled your batteries off the trimmer after a long job, it’s possible they won’t charge because they’re too hot. Try placing them in the fridge for about ten minutes and then trying them on the charger again.

If the batteries have been in storage in the garage or shed, then it’s possible they’ve gotten too cold to charge. Bring them inside and let them warm up to normal room temperature before trying to charge them again.

Corroded or dirty terminals

If the terminals on your battery or charging dock are dirty, the battery won’t charge. This type of charging failure usually does not elicit the blinking lights of death because the charger won’t register that the battery has been loaded.

For corroded terminals, use a piece of fine sandpaper to remove the corrosion.

If dirt or debris is the problem, use a wire brush and alcohol wipes to get them clean. Then try loading the battery again.

Faulty charger

It’s possible the problem is not your battery but the charger.

To test this theory, bring one of your batteries to the closest home improvement store and test it on one of their battery chargers. If it works, you might as well buy a new charger while you’re there because yours has likely failed.

The battery is in sleep mode

This is by far the most common cause of battery failure in Ryobi batteries (but also the most time-consuming to troubleshoot, which is why we saved it for last).

When batteries are stored dead, it’s possible for the power to drop so low that the charger can’t detect whether the battery is healthy or not. To avoid damage, the charger won’t connect to these batteries to charge them. Most chargers have a boost feature that overcomes this, but not Ryobi chargers.

If your battery has entered sleep mode, you’ll need to get it back to the minimum power level before you can charge it regularly. The easiest way to do this is with micro charges.

  • Place the battery on the charger, then count how long it takes for the lights to start flashing.
  • Remove the battery.
  • Place the battery back on the charger and start counting, removing it one second before the lights would have started flashing.
  • Repeat this step multiple times until the charger flashes green and begins charging the battery normally.

If this doesn’t work to wake your battery up, there are other options for boosting a sleeping battery. You can check our guide on how to fix common Ryobi 40v battery problems.

Engine Emits Smoke

There are many stories of Ryobi trimmers smoking, both from the motor and the handle. When this happens to an older model, it is typically a sign of wear and subsequent motor failure. In newer units, it is likely a matter of a manufacturer defect.

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Since a smoking trimmer has the potential to catch fire, you should immediately turn the trimmer off and remove the battery if you see or smell smoke. Leave the trimmer to cool on the sidewalk or driveway, away from flammable debris.

For new trimmers, contact the store you purchased it from or the manufacturer right away. It should be covered under the manufacturer’s warranty, and they will replace it. For older models, you can try replacing the motor but proceed with caution.

Grass Wraps Around String Head

Tall grass can easily become wrapped around the boom housing and string head, causing it to stall. This is especially likely to happen when you’re trimming long, wet grass. Luckily, there are a few tips you can follow to reduce how often this happens:

  • Always trim tall grass from the top down. Move the trimmer back and forth over the grass, taking a few inches off with each pass until you get to the ground rather than starting at ground level.
  • Use higher speeds when trimming tall grass. This will help assure the grass blades are cut and thrown away instead and being bent and pulled into the housing.
  • Wait until the grass dries.Dry grass is much less likely to bend and get sucked into string housing than wet grass.

If you’re still struggling to get your Ryobi 18v string trimmer to run well after completing this troubleshooting guide, then it may be time to purchase a new trimmer. Our battery powered string trimmer reviews can help!

How to Turbo Charge your Line Trimmer

This page is about how you can sometimes buy a product that’s the worst in its class, and make a simple modification that turns it into the best in its class. Specifically, it’s about how you can turn a cheap electric line trimmer into a weed whacking monster.

First, a cultural note for lovers of the language. It makes me smile that a simple tool whose only goal in life is to help you clean up your property has fun names in different parts of the world. When I lived on a farm in Australia, it was a brush cutter. In the States, it’s a weed whacker. And if you’re using the kind that works with a nylon line rather than a blade, it’s a string trimmer in North America and a line trimmer in the southern hemisphere.

In Australia, on the 40-acre property where I was helping out, I used the grunty kind that works with a blade and gives off the two-stroke smell that reminds one of mopeds, old tin boats or chainsaws. Weed whackers need to be grunty in the northernmost reaches of New South Wales, as weeds grow madly in its sub-tropical sun. Grunty can mean deadly. I remember the sad day when one of our brushcutters accidentally sent off a friendly old python to the other world. (I’m glad to report that I wasn’t at the commands that day). We cooked it up to honor its sacrifice. It meat was awfully chewy.

In New Zealand, we live on a small section—not even a quarter of an acre. There are no snakes on those remote islands a few hours North from Antarctica. Our section is small but narrow and therefore long, so that it can feel that we have quite a jungle at the back. Because of the slope, mowing is not an option. Because of the size and the neighbors, whose eardrums I like to spare, for our garden tools, electrical motors appeal to me more than petrol motors. They are also far cheaper to buy and don’t require the constant trips to the repair shop that seem to be the major character trait of two-stroke engines. To make a long story short, I went out and bought myself an electrical line trimmer.

How to Choose an Electric Line Trimmer

How did I go about picking the perfect weed whacker? As often, I started with reviews on an American review site. They seemed impressed with a STIHL model. The problem is that in New Zealand tools cost two to four times what they do in the States. For this reason I often have tools shipped from the States—a 3000-Watt transformer lets me run 110-Volt US appliances on the 240-Volt current we have here. But the shipping cost on a line trimmer would have been prohibitive.

My next step when researching a product is to check, a New Zealand fee-based review site, then to match their advice to consumer reviews on an Australian website, as models in the two countries are often the same and as Australia has a large-enough population to support a meaningful review site. This research yielded an unusual solution.

There was a model whose electric motor everyone loved: the Ryobi ELT1100A. At 1100 Watts, the motor was twice as powerful as that of the STIHL model that cost twice as much, and some people who seemed competent with engineering found it beautifully made. A top-notch motor? That was a great start. However, all the reviewers hated the Ryobi’s cutting head (the circular black part at the bottom left of the picture above). Apparently, it was just useless.

But one guy said that by fitting a replacement head by an Australian company called Alex Brushcutter Heads, his string trimmer had been turned into a monster. The head was expensive, he said, but well worth it. Then in the footnotes of the review, I read that some people had recommended replacing their line trimmer heads with ones made by a company called Littl’ Juey. I compared the prices: 70 Australian dollars plus shipping for the Alex head from Australia, 40 New Zealand dollars for the Littl’ Juey at the local store in New Zealand.

So the plan was simple: buy a Ryobi ELT1100A (affordable at NZ110), a Littl’ Juey head (NZ40), and dump the original head right away. For NZ150 (US120), I’d have a superior brushcutter to the far dearer STIHL.

At Bunnings (a local equivalent of Home Depot), I was faced with a choice. There was one beaten up box of the model I wanted, the ELT1100-A. And there were four shiny boxes of a newer model, the ELT100-QFA. Was the newer “QFA” better than old plain “A”? Both appeared to have the same motor. But the QFA’s shaft came in two pieces, allowing you to mount other Ryobi attachments, such as a pruning chainsaw. It was twenty dollars higher. Well, selling additional attachments might be great for Ryobi, but which do you think is more solid: a one-piece shaft, or a two-piece shaft? Even in the store, the two-piece shaft had a nasty wiggle. I took my chances and chose the beaten up box.

Further down the aisle, there was a stack of Littl’ Juey heads. There were two models, but no indication of how they differed, which somewhat put me off. The package said that the head fit 99 percent of models. I flipped a virtual coin and took one of the two kinds of Littl’ Juey heads home.

Littl’ Juey: Not for Me, Thanks

With excitement, I sat down on the porch and set out to take off my new line trimmer’s head, without even giving it a spin. Then I proceeded to install the Littl’ Juey head. Ah. Two problems. First, you would clearly need some kind of spacer for the head to fit the Ryobi. No sign of that in the package, nor even a mention. Second problem: the thread of the provided bolts did not fit my shaft. (The Ryobi must have a right-hand thread, which is not a great design on tools that rotate clockwise.) Well, when a product breaks its first promise (“fits 99 percent of models”), for me that means it’s time to break-up. There were far fewer than a hundred line trimmers at Bunnings… Was it amazingly unlucky that this head happened not to fit the one trimmer I’d chosen, or was it just the sign I needed to exit the situation before things turned from bad to worse? I took the Juey head off and put it on the side to return to Bunnings.

Ian’s Turbo 3 Line Trimmer Head

At that stage, I knew I’d have to order the expensive head from Australia. To delay the pain, I mounted the original head on and took it for a whirl in the garden. The reviewers had not exaggerated. It was awful. If, a long time ago, my eyes had not overdosed on the primitive web designs we used to have around 1995, I would take the word “awful”, render it in red ink, put it in all caps and give it a blinking effect. How awful exactly?

So I was now ready to suck it up and order my luxury brush cutter head from Australia. A luxury it was: for his Turbo 3 head (the model for bent shaft trimmers), Ian Alex’s company charges seventy Australian dollars (US73 or NZ91 as of November 2011). What do you get for that price? A carefully engineered piece made of marine-grade aluminium, custom-fitted for your particular trimmer (remember the right-hand thread on my Ryobi). The website promised that the line was very easy to load; claimed that the company’s “supercut line” allowed one hour of continuous cutting; and assured that hundreds of bodies such as town councils, road authorities, national parks and professional contractors had adopted the company’s brushcutter heads.

That head sounded awesome. If these heads were good enough for council workers working nonstop in a country where grass grows as tough as the land is harsh, surely they were good enough for occasional use in my backyard in temperate New Zealand. I got on Skype and gave the company a ring. Soon, I was on the phone with Ian Alex. He asked what model of line trimmer I had. He would make the thread to fit my shaft and mail the Turbo 3 in the afternoon. I added a pack of the company’s gorgeous orange-glo 2.7mm supercut line (which is square) to my order. Since it was an international order, Ian removed the GST (local sales tax) from the price quoted on the website, but I still had to take a deep breath: the total was a hundred Australian dollars—130 New Zealand dollars, more than I’d paid for the brushcutter itself! Two days later, via the magic of international postal routing, the package was in my mailbox.

How the Turbo 3 Performs

In the hand, the Turbo 3 feels like a really well-made part. The system to feed the line is beautifully simple. You unscrew the bottom part by a couple of turns, feed line, tighten again, and you’re done. With the spacer Ian had included, the head fit perfectly on the Ryobi. On the picture to the left, you can see the Turbo 3, two strands of line, the spacer, and two pins that lodge perfectly into cavities to help you unscrew the head, should it be too tight to the hand. On the picture to the right, you can see the mounted head, with the pins sticking out of it just to show how they fit.

Now it was the moment of truth. I rushed to the jungle at the back, and…

It was (and still is) a dream. The head cuts. Nonstop. The line doesn’t break. That’s all there is to it, but that’s all the difference between a piece of junk and a powerful electrical brushcutter that’s a pleasure to use. And that justifies the price, doesn’t it? All it means is that the price for a beautiful, high-performance electrical brushcutter is not about a hundred bucks, as you might believe by browsing at Bunnings, but about twice that amount. That’s reality, and that’s just how it is. I feel lucky that the option even exists.

Oh, and that price is still less than that for a STIHL that’s half the power.

Which Line for your Brushcutter?

I love the orange square line I bought from Alex Brushcutters. It’s made of a nylon and polypropylene composite that is proving extremely tough. Ian says that on my line trimmer, even though the Turbo 3 takes two lines, one line would work just as well. I can see how using one line instead of two could reduce the load on the motor (half the cutting), but so far I have only driven my Ryobi with two lines.

I love the “supercut”, but I’m on a small budget, and on my first order the price gave me pause.

The line comes precut in lengths of 35mm. The small pack contains 40 strands. At AU19 a pack, that’s AU1.35 (NZ1.75) a meter. The large pack contains 150 strands. At AU55 a pack, that’s AU1.05 (NZ1.35) a meter.

The good news is that each strand goes a long way, as the line seems to last forever.

I source a lot of things from Amazon, so I had a look at string trimmer line over there. The Oregon 22-405 Gatorline has really high reviews. It is also square, and its.105″ gauge translates into 2.7mm, just like the supercut. It is also a polymer, and it advertises some features that promise a long life: a strong inner core so it doesn’t break, and an outer layer of aramid fibers so it doesn’t weld. At 15.25 a 179-foot coil, it’s 28 US cents a meter (36 NZ cents), about a quarter the price of the supercut in the large pack. If you go with the bigger spool, you get down to 20 NZ cents. But then you’d have enough line to last you two lifetimes. Of course you’d have to add shipping from the States (US19), and I’m not sure how that compares to shipping from Australia. If you add to your Amazon order, you can spread the shipping over multiple items.

I haven’t tried that Oregon line, so I can’t say how it compares to the supercut. And for now I have enough supercut to last me a long time. But I thought I’d mention it as it’s always nice to know your options.

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The Ryobi 40V Expand-It String Trimmer Review

Ryobi 40V Expand-It Attachment Capable String Trimmer

Manufacturer: Ryobi Model number: RY40250 Power source: 40V Lithium-Ion Battery Weight: 8.92 Lbs.

This is a review of the new Ryobi 40V Expand-It Attachment Capable String Trimmer Model #RY40250. This tool is part of the new line of Ryobi 40V outdoor power equipment and is interchangeable with a large selection of attachments. information about this line is available at the Ryobi website.

A string trimmer is one of the cornerstone tools of any property owner’s power equipment arsenal. In the past battery powered versions of these tools have been under powered or had short run times.

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TheRyobi 40V EXPAND-IT String Trimmer

Ryobi addressed these issue by introducing new and improved 40V lithium-ion battery technology into their new Attachment Capable (AC) String Trimmer. The attachment capable system allows you to separate the power head from the trimmer unit and swap it out for any tool head from the Ryobi line.

All of this convenience is combined into a tool that is well balanced and offers impressive performance and ease of use.

Ryobi 40V EXPAND-IT String Trimmer Specifications:

  • Battery: 40V 4.0 Ah Lithium-Ion
  • Cut Swath: Adjustable 13-15”
  • Line Advancement: Bump Head Feed
  • Line Size: 0.080”
  • Trigger: Variable Speed
  • Warranty: 5 Year Limited

Ryobi 40V EXPAND-IT String Trimmer Features:

The Ryobi 40V EXPAND-IT String Trimmer has power that Ryobi describes as GAS-LIKE and after using this tool I agree! It was able to power through thick grass and low weeds as well as a conventional homeowner gas powered model.

40 Volt Battery Powered

The power comes from Ryobi’s improved 40V batteries and a 4.0Ah version is included with the tool. The battery includes a clip on style charger that doubles as a power station. I discussed the battery and charger features in another recent review which can be found here.

My battery came dead in the box and took approximately two hours to get a full charge using the provided charger. While the power was impressive for a cordless tool, it is not at the same level as a commercial gas powered straight shaft trimmer.

Adjustable Height

The Ryobi 40V EXPAND-IT String Trimmer has an ergonomic grip with rubber over molding and a variable speed trigger that is responsive and spools the trimmer up immediately. A padded U shaped grip is included that the user can set the height on.

This allows good balance of the tool for your height and desired trimming position. I am tall with long arms and had to shift the handle all the way up to make it comfortable for extended use. The 40V AC Trimmer lacks the felt vibration of a conventional gas powered model. It was smooth and comfortable in hand.

The head of the Ryobi 40V EXPAND-IT String Trimmer is a traditional bump feed design and uses 0.080” line. A couple lengths of line are included, but any trimmer line of the same size will work. The coolest part though is how you change the line.

Crank until the head is fully wound. This process can be done in about a minute once you get the hang of it.

Reel-Easy Speed Winder

Ryobi refers to this as their REEL-EASY SPEED WINDER technology. Lock the head into the feed potion, feed in a 16’ length of trimmer line and center it, then use the provided plastic crank like a spanner wrench on the outside of the head to wind the spool. This is hands down the easiest reel head I have ever used to re-spool! It works very well and can be done in under a minute. The cut swath on the head is adjustable from 13-15” by moving the cutting blade on the head guard.

Available Accessories:

One of the stand out features is the EXPAND-IT capability from Ryobi. The tool can be broken down at the midpoint of the shaft to allow the changing of implements. The trimmer head can be changed out for a variety of attachments;

  • Landscaping Edger
  • 10” Pole Saw
  • Soil Cultivator
  • Fixed Hedge Trimmer
  • 15” Articulating Hedge Trimmer
  • Jet Fan Blower
  • Snow Thrower
  • Sweeper

The 40V AC Trimmer uses a spring loaded detent ball to lock the shaft of each attachment in place. A plastic collar mechanism with hand crank to applies tension down on the shaft. This locks the attachment down without any play. I was skeptical of the locking mechanism at first, but it has held up well for me during use.

Pricing and Availability:

The Ryobi 40V EXPAND-IT String Trimmer is currently available through Home Depot and Amazon. Pricing online is 159.00 for the kit with charger and 4.0Ah battery at the Home Depot website. Overall this is an outstanding value for an out of the box tool that is good to go for any homeowner.

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Cutting through tall grass with the 40V AC trimmer.

Who Is This Tool For?

The Ryobi 40V EXPAND-IT String Trimmer is a great option for a homeowner looking for the power of a corded tool with the convenience of a cordless tool. It is not a brush cutter and it is not meant for all day commercial use. The trimmer would be right at home for trimming around patios, trees, or hard to reach spots, but lacks the grunt of a true pro grade trimmer.

The tool world is evolving into cordless everything and the outdoor power equipment world is no exception. Let’s face it, after a long and aggravating day the last thing you want to worry about is if your mixed gas is still good or if your trimmer will spark.

The Ryobi 40V ATTACMENT-CAPABLE String Trimmer is a convenient tool that is well balanced and surprisingly powerful with an easy to load reel head. While I think the ATTACHMENT-CAPABLE locking mechanism has room for improvement, this tool is still a great option for making a homeowner’s yard work easier.

Cutting through tall grass with the 40V AC trimmer. The traditional bump feed style head. To load new line, turn the green dial to the load position and line up the arrows. Feed through a length of 0.080″ line up to 16′ long and pull till even on each side. Use the provided green plastic crank to wind the spool head. I wrote the gauge of the line on the side of the tool so I don’t forget. Crank until the head is fully wound. This process can be done in about a minute once you get the hang of it.

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Wes Bartosik

Wes Bartosik is a Connecticut native with strong family ties to the construction world. Wes’ father and grandfather both were builders and developers and taught Wes the values of doing things right from an early age and getting hands on experience with every facet of the construction industry. Wes apprenticed with a carpenter throughout high school and would later attend Central Connecticut State University earning a bachelor’s degree in construction management all while working for a large excavation contractor throughout. Wes would go on to work for a local heavy-highway construction company and gain further experience with all the skilled trades associated with large civil engineering and utility projects. Though working as a manager now, Wes’ true passion is working in the field alongside the tradesman and laborers on site. Wes has been involved in community based service projects throughout his life as well as emergency services. In his spare time he takes on serious DIY projects for himself, friends and family. He is a firm believer that with a quality tool in your hands and some grit, you can accomplish anything.