Trimmer trouble

helpless_n_ny(z6 NY)March 30, 2010

I have a Craftsman 2 cycle trimmer model # 316.791810 which seems to have its flexible drive shaft disconnected at the engine. I can pull the trigger and the engine will rev but the head doesn't turn. When turned off, you can hear the shaft end move around at the handle. Does anyone know the most direct way to disconnect the shaft from the engine? I know that sound dumb, but the shrouding makes it look like there is a scenic route and hopefully a direct way to do the job. If its possible to remove 4 screws instead of 12, I'll go for the 4. Also, does anyone know the manufacturer of the trimmer? All help is greatly appreciated.


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316 is Ryobi. Maybe the outer housing slipped down out of the handle a half inch and all you have to do is loosen the screws a tad and wiggle it into place whilst turning the spool.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2010 at 12:13AM
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helpless_n_ny(z6 NY)

I took the trimmer apart today and the drive cable is snapped at the clutch housing. I went to the Sears parts site(whose parts diagrams really helped this first timer), but they didn't show a drive cable for my trimmer. I took a rough measurement of 49". Are drive cables generic and come in various lengths with squared ends? Would any good OPE dealer carry one?

    Bookmark   March 31, 2010 at 5:51PM
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753-05030 is not correct? Ref# 17 .You may find one at a dealer. Length has to be correct.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2010 at 10:46PM
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