Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell

Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell Outdoor power equipment discussions. Questions on commercial lawn mowers, lawn mower, mower parts, lawn tractors, engines, edgers, trimmers, pole saws, aerators, hydro seeders, snow plows, chain saws, stump grinders, trucks and trailers?

Trimmer Bump Spools


Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell

Outdoor power equipment discussions. Questions on commercial lawn mowers, lawn mower, mower parts, lawn tractors, engines, edgers, trimmers, pole saws, aerators, hydro seeders, snow plows, chain saws, stump grinders, trucks and trailers?
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 02-23-2009, 04:05 PM
FaccLndscpng FaccLndscpng is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Phila PA
Posts: 118
Rep Power: 6
FaccLndscpng is on a distinguished road
Default Trimmer Bump Spools

Does anyone else go through trimmer spools, I have a Red Max which I replace like 2-3 times a season and Echos that last longer but I still replace like once every 2 seasons. But from being bumped on the concrete they wear out and the more worn down they get the harder my guys bump the head and this only creates an even bigger problem. A tip that I cam up with is to drive a bunch of like 1"- 1 1/2" drivewall screws into the head to last longer. It seems to work for me but you have to drive the screws in and only leave like 1/16" of the head exposed I will try to get some pics up, but I also put about 6-8 screws in a pattern like your lug nuts on your tires. try to keep them all the same length and the metal will last longer than the plastic.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 02-23-2009, 10:26 PM
ritchiem
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I use redmax trimmers as well...if I use the trimmer I can make a head last over a full season. If I get my staff to use them they can eat them up in a month. You need to make sure you are at full throttle before you bump...and gently bump or tap. I wish they would understand...I should start charging them for equipment wear and maybe they would be more careful.

I know how you feel FaccLndscpng
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-23-2009, 10:32 PM
jsthomas06 jsthomas06 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Age: 30
Posts: 14
Rep Power: 6
jsthomas06 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by FaccLndscpng View Post
Does anyone else go through trimmer spools, I have a Red Max which I replace like 2-3 times a season and Echos that last longer but I still replace like once every 2 seasons. But from being bumped on the concrete they wear out and the more worn down they get the harder my guys bump the head and this only creates an even bigger problem. A tip that I cam up with is to drive a bunch of like 1"- 1 1/2" drivewall screws into the head to last longer. It seems to work for me but you have to drive the screws in and only leave like 1/16" of the head exposed I will try to get some pics up, but I also put about 6-8 screws in a pattern like your lug nuts on your tires. try to keep them all the same length and the metal will last longer than the plastic.
Thats a great Idea! I worked in a small engine shop and we would put a bolt in the middle of the head. Same basic concept. The only thing you have to be careful about is that is does not make the head off balance. But putting them in a lug nut pattern would make the chances less of being off balance.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-23-2009, 10:34 PM
ritchiem
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

the redmax OEM heads I use have a thick washer built into the tap...it does help thats for sure.
Reply With Quote
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-23-2009, 10:41 PM
musician/lawnman's Avatar
musician/lawnman musician/lawnman is offline
Chuck
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: South West Florida
Posts: 919
Rep Power: 7
musician/lawnman is on a distinguished road
Default

Rich,

Not for wear purposes but..... you realy should try the shindiawa speed feed heads. Thay are made to fit most comercial trimmer brands ( I use them on echo trimmers). Bad *** heads. No more taking them apart to reline! fast & easy with less aggrivation & thay take even the thickest of lines easily (I use the large head version) where as echos' quick feed heads are a pain in the *** if you use heavy line & they are just a crappier design in general as far as ease of use. Check em out!
__________________
AAA QUALITY CLEAN CUT, LLC.
LAWN CARE & LANDSCAPING
Visit us here:

Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-23-2009, 10:53 PM
musician/lawnman's Avatar
musician/lawnman musician/lawnman is offline
Chuck
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: South West Florida
Posts: 919
Rep Power: 7
musician/lawnman is on a distinguished road
Default

Found an Image of those heads for you.
http://www.edgeandengine.com/store/i...roducts_id=214
__________________
AAA QUALITY CLEAN CUT, LLC.
LAWN CARE & LANDSCAPING
Visit us here:

  #7  
Old 02-24-2009, 10:15 AM
FaccLndscpng FaccLndscpng is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Phila PA
Posts: 118
Rep Power: 6
FaccLndscpng is on a distinguished road
Default

when I used to work alone I never had to replace a head and I had the red max for atleast 2 years, then once my guys come into the picture its all I do replace heads. but I also tried a single bolt and found that it more or less got in the way, the lug nut pattern with dry wall screws has worked in the past and prolongs the problem. I recently saw the heads that your talking about chuck in my dealers store and was wondering how they were, I will give them a shot this season, thanks for the tip, they looked heavy plastic so they should last alot longer, and I dont know how many times I had to jump off the mower to help someone trying to re string, to find them like 10 minutes in with knots everywhere.
George
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-24-2009, 04:07 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,181
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
but I also tried a single bolt and found that it more or less got in the way, the lug nut pattern with dry wall screws has worked in the past and prolongs the problem.
Does anyone have a picture of this they can show us?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-25-2009, 02:51 PM
Mike's LawnCare Landscape's Avatar
Mike's LawnCare Landscape Mike's LawnCare Landscape is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Hendersonville NC
Posts: 67
Rep Power: 6
Mike's LawnCare Landscape is on a distinguished road
Default

OK im lost with the redmax head?? How can you use 2 or 3 in one year ?Are they the new one that has the metal in them ??
I have 3 red max trimmers and in the last 2 years have not replaced one head yet. But they are all the ones that have the metal ring in them . I will take a pic soon LOL I hope !!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-26-2009, 08:46 PM
FaccLndscpng FaccLndscpng is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Phila PA
Posts: 118
Rep Power: 6
FaccLndscpng is on a distinguished road
Default

well the problem isnt with the redmax heads, the problem is the person using the trimmer, as rich said when you use the equipt yourself you dont have to replace anything but once your workers come into the picture all hell breaks loose. I also know that sometimes the line wraps itself and gets so hot sometimes that it welds onto itself so it dosent automatically feed when you bump the head, you have to take it apart and fix the problem. and we as the owner of the equipt would take our time and see whats going on with the line but everyone else just keeps on bumping the head untill something comes out, they dont think to take it apart and see why the line is stuck, so the more they bump the more plastic gets rubbed off. I will have to look and see if mine have plastic in the heads but I still think I am done with regular heads I think I am getting the speed feed heads this season. I will try to get some pics up but I always have trouble trying to upload I have been trying to get pics of my truck and graphics up for a while now and still cant so I will have to mess with it one day, I will keep you posted.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
heads, trimmer

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hedge Trimmer Andrew's Lawn Care Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 6 06-21-2008 12:07 AM
NEW TRIMMER! LGYardService Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 9 06-02-2008 09:00 PM
New Trimmer makbootzy Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 10 03-07-2008 07:59 PM
Trimmer racks S.P.Martin Lawn Care Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 9 11-16-2007 10:27 PM
NASCAR hits a speed bump? Steve General Business Discussions 1 11-16-2006 07:34 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Today 03:55 PM
by stevef1201
75 4,253
Should I ?
googus
Yesterday 04:06 PM
Today 03:48 PM
by googus
3 102
need professional advice...
Fiddlers_green
07-20-2014 07:21 PM
Today 12:42 PM
by Steve
3 128
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 10:20 PM
Today 12:40 PM
by Steve
15 1,305
Need help determining...
Jbss861
07-20-2014 02:33 PM
Today 12:35 PM
by Steve
10 221
Customer letters
kslawn
Today 06:17 AM
Today 12:33 PM
by Steve
1 37
My First Apartment...
SSLCtn
05-26-2014 10:17 PM
Today 12:14 PM
by Steve
14 815
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 09:19 PM
Today 11:55 AM
by Steve
26 1,103
Scag new "Eliminator"......
ExtremeLawncareServices
07-20-2014 10:45 AM
Today 11:50 AM
by Steve
8 192
Lawn Service back in...
LawnCareMan280
07-18-2014 09:00 PM
Today 11:48 AM
by Steve
4 171
Overspray?
stevef1201
07-21-2014 04:20 PM
Today 11:39 AM
by Steve
3 83
Hello Everyone! Newbie...
SLKlawn
07-17-2014 06:22 PM
Yesterday 01:53 PM
by Steve
6 205
Proper height for lawn
rob lederhilger
05-26-2014 08:01 AM
07-21-2014 02:53 PM
by LawnDoctor
9 606
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 12:31 PM
07-21-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
9 442
What's my business worth?
Chaz
07-16-2014 01:35 PM
07-21-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
4 218
Single tree, mow customer
WesleySnips
06-27-2014 10:12 AM
07-21-2014 01:04 PM
by Steve
12 495
1.5 Acre Jungle
WesleySnips
07-15-2014 05:57 PM
07-20-2014 11:31 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
21 515
Selling lawns like...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:51 PM
07-20-2014 08:03 AM
by kslawn
1 149
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
07-19-2014 05:40 PM
by kslawn
1 110
Gopher schedule software
Ray
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
by Ray
0 111
2006 Chevy fuel pump...
KevinsLawns
07-17-2014 08:39 PM
07-18-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
1 115
Halfway point of year!
Steve
07-01-2014 12:08 PM
07-18-2014 11:38 AM
by Steve
14 656
I got told to leave and...
gwilson98
06-16-2014 02:07 PM
07-17-2014 11:43 AM
by Steve
16 969
Hey guys this is the...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-07-2014 08:23 PM
07-16-2014 08:10 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
28 704
Mowing the hills
prmenter@gmail.com
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
07-16-2014 05:00 PM
by Just for Cuts
18 640
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
07-15-2014 05:38 PM
by icon2000
1,184 318,454
need some help geting...
dalvan0
07-13-2014 09:28 PM
07-15-2014 11:56 AM
by Steve
5 216
new trailer help
mattthelawnguy
07-11-2014 08:21 PM
07-15-2014 11:42 AM
by Steve
9 318
Classified Ad Template...
bcfb
06-05-2013 02:40 AM
07-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
15 3,654
Husqvarna pz 60
CDLAWNCARE
07-06-2014 06:50 PM
07-15-2014 08:53 AM
by kslawn
10 392
Lowballers
Chaz
07-11-2014 03:55 PM
07-14-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
5 323
My new side job
Sprinkler Buddy
05-10-2014 05:23 AM
07-14-2014 12:15 PM
by Steve
10 785
Illegal spraying
GoGreenerKS
07-04-2014 09:11 AM
07-13-2014 10:36 PM
by GoGreenerKS
10 503
New Mower and Trailer
Chaz
06-25-2014 12:04 PM
07-13-2014 06:25 PM
by SGL1
7 508
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
07-12-2014 07:36 PM
by SGL1
21 1,826
Fuel and fuel additives
SGL1
07-06-2014 10:23 AM
07-11-2014 07:53 PM
by SGL1
15 499
Questions for a patchy...
jumcgee
07-09-2014 08:42 AM
07-11-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
1 176
toro proline blades wont...
boog
06-25-2014 06:26 PM
07-11-2014 05:28 AM
by kslawn
18 607
Contents of Marketing to...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-09-2014 05:25 PM
07-10-2014 03:23 PM
by Steve
3 260
Shindaiwa
CLB454
05-13-2014 09:04 PM
07-10-2014 03:04 PM
by Steve
14 740
Starting New in FL
mmcuttrim
08-06-2010 09:22 AM
07-10-2014 02:44 PM
by Steve
48 11,195
Bid help 45 on acre...
Priggan
06-26-2014 12:56 PM
07-09-2014 08:38 AM
by kslawn
7 484
need help bidding fence...
veteranslawncaresystems
07-03-2014 10:33 AM
07-08-2014 12:00 PM
by Steve
5 346
Trimmer or Knife?
gwilson98
07-04-2014 09:56 PM
07-07-2014 02:41 PM
by Steve
6 311
Started a New Solar Lawn...
Solar Lawn Care
06-08-2013 01:40 AM
07-07-2014 01:55 PM
by Steve
37 7,373
New Canadian Member
coppervalley
07-04-2014 02:15 PM
07-07-2014 01:12 PM
by Steve
1 212
Happy Independance...
stevef1201
07-04-2014 07:05 AM
07-07-2014 01:01 PM
by Steve
2 212
Echo PE 266 edger
stevef1201
07-01-2014 01:28 PM
07-07-2014 12:47 PM
by Steve
4 291
30 Inch Push Mowers Pros...
Billy Goat
06-27-2013 08:07 PM
07-06-2014 01:50 PM
by SGL1
21 5,186
Poulan Pro trimmers
SGL1
06-30-2014 11:16 PM
07-05-2014 09:32 PM
by SGL1
20 491
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 34'' ads birdscaping blades charge christmas christmas light hanging commercial craigslist customers ditches employee problems exmark fall ferris financing franchise gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business health holiday how much to charge installation invoice labor cost late lawn lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo leaf cleanup lesco lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mechanic mowing new and restored landscapes new buisness new business podcast promotion riding mower running a business savannah scag seo social media starting a business steep lawns stihl sulky theft of services tips top dresser toro tree care truck new used landscape upsell walk behind walker won't return
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:00 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:00 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy