Echo easy-load string doesn't!

dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)July 31, 2010

My 3 month old Echo string trimmer won't accept the line on one side. Any suggestions about what I can do? I bought an Echo because of the good reports I found on this forum. It has probably had about 3 hours of use so far.

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fruitjarfla

5 year warranty?

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 8:23AM
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dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)

Yes -- I was just hoping that there was something I was doing wrong and there might be an easy fix. Thanks.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 11:02AM
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ewalk

Dotty: What exactly do you mean won't accept . It ran well for 3 mths so what has changed . Review the Operators Manual and follow the load instructions , be sure to use the proper size line . What Model is it ?

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 12:16PM
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dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)

It is a GT-225. I am using the line recommended by the salesperson at home depot who sold me the machine. As I said, it only has at most 3 hours running time on it. Yesterday, I hit a wire fence with the string. When I went to replace the strings, one went in easily, as usual, the other one will not enter the hole. The operators manual has no troubleshooting for the string loader, just the normal loading instructions which of course I have followed.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 2:31PM
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evdpgh

If you have the rapid load head and cannot insert one of the lines there is probably a piece of old line still in the head. You'll have to disassemble the head and get it out. The manual tells you how to disassemble and reassemble it. It isn't that difficult. I have an Echo SRM-225. This can happen with that head.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 4:43PM
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ewalk

Dotty: As Evd has stated you have caused the line to overheat and swell within the Head . It actually has probably welded itself to the plastic head . You will have to disassemble and scrap the end from the internal drum . Try to use lower speed when you are around fences and cement works. You will get better performance and increased line use with more practice , you have a very good model .

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 5:21PM
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evdpgh

It doesn't really have to overheat. The line just has to break of inside the head and you won't see it or know it's there until you try to insert a new line and can't. It's really no big deal to take this trimmer head apart and put it back together. FYI this head is compatible with all trimmer line from .080 to .105 in.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 8:06PM
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ewalk

Evd: Not seem ,any quality trimmer line break unless it has been exposed to UV Light for numerous yrs. I assume it may break on occasion but more readily heats up when strikes immovable abrasive objects until it meets its tensile yield (stretch) . I have witnessed it actually fuse itself to the mechanical release mechanism or centrifugal clutch style bump and go heads. Either way my point is taken . Don't over speed the head around obstacles . My Neighbour has a over 8 yr Old 225 that he just asked me to respooled with Double Helix Style Line .080 . Work like a charm he says and he has harsh weeds and Milk Weed areas to trim .

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 8:25PM
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dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)

Thanks everyone for the advice. I took the trimmer to HD and the man in the parts department used a tiny screwdriver to move the wheel that tightens against the line, and we were able to get the line in properly. I had tried to do this but was afraid that I might damage it more and void the warranty. It's always hard to keep away from fences but I will try to do so. Thanks, again.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 8:32PM
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ewalk

Well it appears Dotty that you came to the end of the usable line and the centrifugal force , as usual spit out the last section of line . If it was not fused to the Roller you did not overheat (over speed) the head during you cutting . The Roller Mechanism are stiff by design . Look at it this way you have 1st hand trained experience within your trimmer. Good luck and don't forget your hearing and eye protection . How are the fires out West ? Hopefully they have them under control . Raining here today in Northern Ontario .

    Bookmark   August 2, 2010 at 7:33AM
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ewalk

Well it appears Dotty that you came to the end of the usable line and the centrifugal force , as usual spit out the last section of line . If it was not fused to the Roller you did not overheat (over speed) the head during you cutting . The Roller Mechanism are stiff by design . Look at it this way you have 1st hand trained experience within your trimmer. Good luck and don't forget your hearing and eye protection . How are the fires out West ? Hopefully they have them under control . Raining here today in Northern Ontario .

    Bookmark   August 2, 2010 at 7:35AM
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dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)

Thanks for the response ewalk. Yes, I'm very careful about safety glasses and ear muffs. Strangely, here on Vancouver Island, we have had a cooler than usual summer and although we haven't had any rain for months, not a lot of fires. Yesterday, it was so cold I wore a sweater -- very unusual for Aug 1st!

    Bookmark   August 2, 2010 at 1:38PM
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ewalk

Yes very Strange indeed , was on the Island back in 1999 late summer after the Winter Olympics Hubbub had died down , Tofino Beach Area Great Fishing and beautiful Beach Area . You take care enjoy the last part of summer !

    Bookmark   August 2, 2010 at 7:25PM
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