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Line is constantly breaking on my 20V B&D trimmer. Have tried 2 new spools with no luck.

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Strimmer line is consumed constantly in use either by wear against abrasive surfaces or being snagged against stems and suchlike it can't cut through and so tends to break. With lots of patience a lot of those stems can eventually be cut.

Early strimmer users became fed up with the process of stopping work, upturning the machine and releasing more line and starting over and so in order to maintain sales the bump and automatic feed heads were developed.

You description suggests you are using your low powered grass trimmer for heavier work than it is designed for.

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