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Weed eater spool fell off

Several strong strands of a plant wrapped themselves above the weed eater spool. When I restarted, the spool fell off. I didn't find any metal item that may have held the spool onto the shaft.

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  • CDFCPAMAN May 24, 2009

    Homelite Bandit SX135, model UT-20601. I do not know how it was connected previously. I remember disconnecting it one time to grease the shaft but I cannot recall how it was connected. I looked on the Homelite website but could not find an answer.

  • Dan Todd May 11, 2010

    Without knowing exactly what brand you have and how it is fastened on, I would think you have tabs that come through slots and hold it on. Can you supply more info about how it was connected?

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The spool goes on first then a big spring and finally the cap and the screw thats all

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