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Baylor3217

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Quality weed whipper?
« on: August 23, 2013, 07:28:09 PM »
I've got an electric weed whipper which suffers the general problem of the chord not staying effective because it sucks into the unit.

Any recommendations?

madage

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Re: Quality weed whipper?
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2013, 08:49:03 PM »
I have a gas-powered Stihl and it's awesome. Electric trimmers don't work very well on our St. Augustine grass.

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Re: Quality weed whipper?
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2013, 09:51:44 AM »
I use a gas Stihl at work everyday and could not recommend one more.

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Re: Quality weed whipper?
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2013, 10:02:01 AM »
I have a Ryobi One cordless electric, and it's decent. Going strong after two seasons. Not a ton of power, but just fine for regular yard trimming.

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Re: Quality weed whipper?
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2013, 11:36:40 AM »
I bought the cheapest one I could find when I moved into a house.  Big mistake.  I hate it and it always has problems.  My parents have a stihl I've used a few times and it's great.

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Re: Quality weed whipper?
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2013, 11:55:45 AM »
B&D 36 Volt rechargeable one gets through whatever I through at it so far

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Re: Quality weed whipper?
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2013, 11:57:14 AM »
I've got a cheap electric Craftsman unit from Sears.  I wouldn't use it for anything heavy, but no cordsuck issues.

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Re: Quality weed whipper?
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2013, 12:40:38 PM »
Before you buy an entirely new machine, you may first want to try ditching the off-the-shelf cord assemblies. 

I always had trouble with the cord on my machine.  But this summer, rather than buying entire replacement spools I simply bought inexpensive replacement cord and wound it myself.  Strange thing happened -- I have no more issues with the cord.  I haven't isolated exactly why it works so much better, but my two theories are that 1) My method for winding the cord is better than the stock version, and 2) when the plastic cord is pre-wound and sits on the shelf for a long time, it "takes a set" where it loses some of its flexibility.

YMMV, but give it a try.  It could save you some money.

BlueMR2

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Re: Quality weed whipper?
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2013, 03:28:28 PM »
But this summer, rather than buying entire replacement spools I simply bought inexpensive replacement cord and wound it myself.  Strange thing happened -- I have no more issues with the cord.

Good point.  I've always wound my own, so I never would have experienced cord that had taken a set.

Baylor3217

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Re: Quality weed whipper?
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2013, 08:07:05 PM »
Yep. Cord suck is my major problem. If it would quit sucking it wouldn't suck so much