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Trimmer line will not engage. It runs but will not spin.

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Yes you should be able to repair it. Is it a flex or shaft drive? If it'a a shaft, it is the coupler at the motor. If it is a flexible drive the cable may be broken. B&D is is seldom worth repairing. The majority of lawnmower shops won't repair them because of cost.You can try, but you need the owners paperwork to order the right parts. Good luck and at the least, tear it down and see what failed. Start at the string end.. Good luck and make sure it's not plugged in. - Ned -

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