You toiled over an hour mowing your lawn to return it to its finely manicured appearance. The easy part of the lawn care job involves working the trimmer around the edge of your lawn. However, halfway through the trimming job, the line breaks.
Although it is inevitable at some point that your trimmer line will break, you can take steps to reduce the number of trimmer line breaks. A broken trimmer line is easy to replace, but you can save some time by knowing why trimmer lines break, as well as three tips that keep your trimmer line performing flawlessly.
Three Common Causes of Trimmer Line Breaks
Contact with an object in the grass or along the lawn perimeter represents the most frequent cause of trimmer line breaks. The trimmer head hits a wall, paving edge, garden stone, or some other type of object. Trimmer lines must rotate freely or else tension builds up until the line breaks.
Another avoidable cause of trimmer line breaks is the use of the wrong replacement parts. Manufacturers design trimmers with specifications that homeowners must follow. If you need a part for a trimmer, make sure it is designed by the original manufacturer.
Finally, wear and tear caused by frequent use eventually causes a trimmer line to break. Store your trimmer in a shed or garage during winter to avoid corrosion that leads to exposed sections of the trimmer head.
Clean Your Trimmer
After every trimming job, take the time to clean the trimmer head and remove debris from the line. If anything, a cleaned trimmer performs much better than a trimmer caked in mud and grass. Clogged trimmer heads often disrupt the line-feed mechanism that creates correct line tension.
Slack is Good
We do not mean take the rest of the afternoon off, but instead, create enough line slack to prevent the line from getting too rigid. A rigid line has a much better chance of breaking than a trimmer line that slices with plenty of slack. Many manufacturers design trimmer heads to include an edge that cuts excess trimmer line.
Once Again, Use the Manufacturer’s Trimmer Line
We cannot emphasize this enough: if your trimmer line breaks, purchase a replacement line made by the original manufacturer. In addition, the replacement line must be compatible with the model designed by the original manufacturer. Some trimmer models handle heavy-duty jobs for lawn care companies, while other trimmer models handle your average homeowner trimming jobs.