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Engine runs, but spool with trimmer line doesn't spin. Is it repairable?

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If the spool doesnt spin check the driveline for damage.

If you just have a broken drive cable you can replace or repair it.

If the drive cable is spinning but the connection to the spool is bad then you might look for a replacement spool.

The problem is that the cost of buying these parts is on par with about 40-50% of the cost of replacing the whole unit.

Good luck and be careful!

Posted on Aug 06, 2010


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Avoid winding the line tight like fishing line on a reel and while winding occasionally dust it with baby powder.
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