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Stihl trimmer line replacement

Replacing the trimmer line on a stihl weed eater FS-90

I've sort of dreaded the day when our Stihl FS-90R trimmer would need to have its spool restrung.

Turns out to be easier than I thought thanks to an informative 3 minute video from Youtube user donyboy73.

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Hi guys - long time reader, first time commenter keep up the inspiring work!

Just thought I would add that for a Ryobi line trimmer i have we attached a Pro Cut head, which is a lot simpler and quicker to install the trimmer line. I'd be willing to bet you can get these for your Stihl tool also, as they definitely use this type of head on the pro level tools in their range.

A neat solution I find especially if you pre-cut the line pieces and have them ready to go when you're out and working. I've found I get a bit more cutting power with the Pro Cut head too, maybe less working in it allows more of the power to transfer to the head.

Comment by Linc Tue Aug 28 03:58:04 2012

Linc --- I think that's what Mark was telling me was going to be his backup plan if he couldn't figure out how to wind the string. :-)

Thanks for reading!

Comment by anna Tue Aug 28 08:12:50 2012
I've got the same weed-eater, it works great and I've run miles of line through it without a hitch.Because so much of our land is very steep and quite often it is a fistfight to get back to where it's easy to rewind the string without having to do a balancing act on the side of a hill I bought a bunch of extra spools and I prewind them all on the flatland where it is convenient to do so and then toss them in a pocket where they are ready to go.Buy the titanium string, it lasts much much longer.When you buy the extra spools don't forget the springs that go with them.Bob.
Comment by bob Tue Aug 28 09:31:50 2012
I remember the day I figured out what the holes and tabs were for. I kicked myself for making things so difficult for so long.
Comment by Everett Tue Aug 28 09:34:51 2012

Bob --- It sounds like you're a serious weedeater! Very smart idea to pre-wind multiple spools and have them ready to go for a long day of mowing.

Everett --- I was very impressed by how easy it looked once Mark started slipping string through holes and tabs. Maybe the weedeater head should have a little diagram to show us how so folks don't try to reinvent the wheel?

Comment by anna Tue Aug 28 14:10:50 2012
I bought the trimmer 1 year ago and it is still very good. You should buy it for your yard. Thanks for sharing!
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