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Cutter spins freely

My 30cc craftsmanweedwacker runs well but the cutter head does not seem to be connected to the drive shaft

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The driveshaft is broke in the tube or the head drive is broken or srtipped out. Take head off and pull out the cable. It just slides out.

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