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RichardW



Joined: 24 Aug 2006
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Location: Llyn Peninsular North Wales
PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 13 7:40 pm    Post subject: Strimmer cable, which one?  Reply with quote    

The last time I needed to buy strimmer cable the choices were very limited. Standard round or some square with ali powdered in it.

Now there seems to be a plethora of plastic types, more profiles than you can shake a stick at (star, square, round, lumpy, twisty ect) & some made with an outer & inner core both made of different plastics with differing properties.

So what do you all use?

Cheap & cheerful & lots of it or better quality & it lasts longer?

If it makes any difference it will be for mixed use, grass, weeds, brambles on rough ground & neat grass around mown lawn edges & trees / plants.

perlogalism



Joined: 27 Nov 2009
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Location: Near Welshpool
PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 13 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cheap & cheerful (Oregon) for me. I bought 90m years ago and still have loads left.

Woo



Joined: 19 Sep 2011
Posts: 787
Location: Mayenne, Pays de Loire
PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 13 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

we went for expensive with the core stuff and havent looked back. especially when you consider the time you spend feedng the cheep stuff through when it snaps.
we cut all sorts here, brambles, grass, the occasional hidden toy!
i couldnt tell you the brand but it made me wince when the till rang!

vegplot



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 13 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I need to buy some more. Same quandary as you.

RichardW



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 13 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have been recommended this strimmer line & it seems a good price as its free del.

Woo



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Location: Mayenne, Pays de Loire
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 13 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i went and found the packaging of the tough stuff we use. its oregen, like the chain saws.

onemanband



Joined: 26 Dec 2010
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Location: NCA90
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 13 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Garden-machinery-repair-bloke I bought my strimmer off told me it was all about the rpm.Too thick a line will spin slower and could burn out the clutch.
Currently using about 2mm Stihl line. Ok on general weeds and young brambles, but thicker brambles snag and wear line too rapid. I use hedge trimmer for thick brambles.
Tried a thicker line but that didn't feed out too well.
Tried screwfix line and that just wore out too quick.
Tried the circular saw type blade that came with strimmer, but found that was pants.
I have been recommended the triangular plastic blades for rough ground, but haven't tried these - line seems to work fine for what I'm using it for (mostly following-up after ride on mower at very large care home grounds).

I wonder if diamond profile feeds out ok ?

Woo



Joined: 19 Sep 2011
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Location: Mayenne, Pays de Loire
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 13 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the oregon stuff is 2.4mm and a bit like a four peteled flower with a differant colour core. the smooth edges help with the feeding out but still give extra surface area i surpose.

RichardW



Joined: 24 Aug 2006
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Location: Llyn Peninsular North Wales
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 13 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Like THIS stuff?

Woo



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Location: Mayenne, Pays de Loire
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 13 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

now thats going to leave a mark!

Woo



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 13 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

however on further study its more bikini line i would say, so perhaps he can hide it with a one piece!

12Bore



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Location: Paddling in the Mersey
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 13 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

RichardW wrote:
Like THIS stuff?


onemanband



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 13 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

RichardW wrote:
Like THIS stuff?


He's in-line for a Darwin award, cutting wood with an angle grinder ...... and with no guard.

RichardW



Joined: 24 Aug 2006
Posts: 8433
Location: Llyn Peninsular North Wales
PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 13 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not sure how that happened. The link I meant was this one.

Woo



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Location: Mayenne, Pays de Loire
PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 13 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes that's the stuff we have.
And After working the ED for 20 years with too many conversations starting "you see duck,I was just cutting this bit of wood while balancing on one leg off a stool and..." I am pretty unshockable!

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