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How to change string head for blade on Homelite St385

How do you change the string head and attach a blade on the Homelite ST385

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  • same463 May 11, 2010

    I need to know more on the Model Number as there are many to choose from. This includes the UT number. Normally any weedeater that comes with both string head and blade has the hardware for attaching the blade such as a L.H. hex nut and two separate flanged washers.

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SOURCE: Replacing the bump head on homelite string trimmer

undo the 2 screws on top of the carb. The bulb is part of a 2 piece cap undo that and it fall out.

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Use a large pair of pliers to hold the turning metal ring above the T35 trimmer head. I used a medium-sized pair of Channel Lock pliers. Then, turn the trimmer head counter-clockwise and it should unscrew from the mount. There's no need to open the trimmer head for this operation. Then, follow the parts diagram in the trimmer user manual to install the blade parts in the right order.

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SOURCE: Homelite trimmer runs, but can't run attachments very fast.

Doesn't sound like piston and ring problem. Sounds more like the flex shaft that connects to the engine may have an end that is worn not allowing for the extra load when you connect the attachments. Check the ends of the top flex shaft.

Posted on Jun 19, 2009

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