Weedeater GTI 17 xp line timmer - auto feed ?

rkpattSeptember 7, 2009

I was recently given an old but rarely used Weedeater GTI 17 XP curved shaft gas line trimmer by a neighbor without the manual. I changed the brittle fuel line and it started right up and runs great . However, I am having a problem with the "SensorFeed TM" automatic feed line head . It doesn't seem to feed properly . I have double checked the routing of the line accord to the diagram inside the head and found that I have done it correctly . Maybe there is a part missing or broken (like a spring ?). Would someone here familiar with those Sensor Feed trimmer heads please

give me some advice. Manual ?

See pictures in the link below.

- Thanks

Here is a link that might be useful: Photos of Weedeater GTI 17 XP line timmer head

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I know this is a late reply, but I think you've got it right.

If I understand the function of the sensor feed head correctly, it feeds once the tension on the line reduces, which is a result of the line growing short. If you use too heavy a line, it will never feed, or will only feed a bit. If you use too light a line, it will continuously feed and empty the spool quickly.

I tried using the new spiral line, and because it is actually lighter, it used up a nearly full spool in minutes. I replaced the line with the standard .080 round stuff, and it is now behaving.

I'm considering replacing the head with something more modern, like the bump feed type.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2010 at 2:27PM
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Actually. it was very timely reply as I was about put this machine out for a "curb alert donation " . I will see if I can scrounge some samples of different sized line and try them first .

I see the consumer gas trimmers that need minor fuel system repairs for free (or close ) and I will just get another with better feed mechanism .

I landscaper friend lent me a more powerful Stihl trimmer with an aluminum Oregon head with manually installed 0.155" line like the the "trimmer mowers use" . That is Overkill for most people . That worked well for edging and cutting some small brush , If my trimmer had more power and was used a lot , I might consider buying one of those heads .

- Thanks

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 6:28PM
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