How to String a Dual-Sided Weed Eater Spool

The weed eater comes with either a single-sided spool or a dual-sided one. The manufacturers have their own specs when it comes to how the trimmer line should be stringed on the spool, what direction should it be wounded to, or whether or not the lines should be wrapped in just one direction. It is important for the owner of a weed eater to know all of this important information to properly restring the spool.

The single-sided spool weed eaters might be the most popular ones. However, the dual-sided weed eater spools are also useful. One of the popular brands that are popular with others is the Craftsman 358.791590 model. This weed eater is a dual-sided spool which requires a 0.095 trimmer line loaded onto the weed eater spool that is wound in the same direction.

You might think that replacing the string of a dual-sided weed eater spool is a difficult task. Actually, that is not the case. As long as you have the right tools and you follow the right steps for it, you can easily string the dual-sided weed eater spool.

Steps on How You Can String a Dual-side Weed Eater Spool

Step 1: Start by turning off the weed eater. Just unplug it if it is an electric weed eater. If it is a gas powered weed eater, then you simply have to press the off button.

Step 2: Do not immediately open the cutting head, especially if you have just used the weed eater. The cutting head might be too hot to the touch. If you do not let it cool down enough, then you will end up burning yourself when you remove the weed eater spool.

Step 3: Once the head is cooled down enough, you can then remove the spool. Just squeeze together the release tabs you can find on the cover of your weed eater head. By doing that, you can detach the cover and the spool from the weed eater.

Step 4: If there is any line left over on the spool, just pull it off and throw it away. Grass clippings and dirt should be cleaned away from the spool and cutting head.

Step 5: Check with the operator’s manual of your weed eater to see how much length you should have for your trimmer line. Cut a piece according to the indicated length on the operator’s manual. The length might vary according to the manufacturer. For the Craftsman 358.791590 model, you will be required to cut 15 feet. Your objective is to avoid filling the spool with the line to the point that it will bulge off. A bulging off spool will never fit snugly into the cover. If the spool is under-filled, while it may not cause problems, you will be required to refill it more often.

Step 6: Fold the line you have cut into two. After that, you will need to insert the said line straight into the spool’s center slot, right at its folded point. Remember to place the index finger in between the lines. Make sure to hold these lines taught with your thumb and the other fingers. Use your other hand to turn the spool. This way, the lines will wind clockwise around the spool. Also, make sure that one line is in each of the spool’s guide.

Step 7: Find the exit holes. They are usually on the spools outside part. After winding the lines around the spool, you should make sure to leave approximately 12 inches of lines unwound. Then, push these lines’ ends through the spool’s exist holes. There should be one line per hole.

Step 8: Slide the pool back right into the cover. You also have to make sure that the lines can still move freely. Put the cover back into the weed eater’s cutting head. The lines should be trimmed to the length where they are no longer than the limiter blade on the weed eater’s shield.

Step 9: Try to turn the engine on. Turn the knob for starting the engine on the first level. Start the engine up and make it sputter to release air from the carburetor. After that, turn the knob up for a bit. This should allow the engine to fully start.

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