Bump feed question new Trimmer

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Bump feed question - just got one of these on ebay for a decent price, with 2.5 battery, used.

Jury is out still, I *think* I like it, but.....I'm scared to smack that thing on the ground as hard as it seems I have to, to get the string to feed.  I have noticed that it's way more powerful with more string out.

I have both a Black and Decker (good for edging) and a Ryobi, decent for trimming.  I had to have the Ego because I read somewhere (I think here) that it is powerful enough to cut thru 1" bamboo.  That is, in my experience so far, categorically not true.  I have some unruly bamboo I was hoping to trim with it, but, yeah, no, it isn't cutting thru it, even 1/2" bamboo..

Main questions, is, do I really have to smack that sucker this hard on the ground, and do you smack it while it is spinning???

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Hello bloomz,

There are a lot of things to try.  I had great luck changing to a non-twisted line, thicker.  Also, since you purchased it used, you may want to clean the inside of the compartment that holds the string and wipe it out with some silicone spray. I barely have to bump to get a full line, I use thick orange grooved line.  I am not at home, so do not have the brand or thickness with me.

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I've found the 15-inch trimmer feeds the string very well, but brand does seem to matter. I've had good luck with Echo as well as my current fave, Husqvarna's Titanium line.
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Bloomz, the bump feed works really well on the 15" trimmer as long as you have it spinning at or near full speed; the centrifugal force of the line is necessary to advance the spool. It doesn't need too hard of a hit to feed if it's spinning fast enough.

Once you get the hang of the bump feed I think you're gonna love it!

Having said that, I don't think cutting bamboo is a fair expectation of any trimmer that uses non-metallic line. Bamboo is tough stuff more suited to a brush cutter I would think. Maybe Ego will fill that niche with a future model. :-)
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I hand feed mine most of the time. I push the button and pull the string on each side. When I do bump feed I do what BA does with spinning at full speed and lightly tapping the trimmer to a flat hard surface. Bumping in the lawn as mixed results. :)
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Absolutely, bumping on the lawn at full tilt is a recipe for a circular divot in your grass!!!

I always find something hard to bump feed on, like a stone garden edge, house foundation, etc.
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Or bump the spool head on your neighbor's lawn instead ... just kidding.  I usually bump the spool head on the corner of my yard, so if a divot was created in the process, it won't be too noticeable.  I like my EGO too much to hit that thing on a "hard" surface, but that's just me - others have no problem hitting it on a hard surface, like Kite Army in the video.
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Bloomz, I bought my 15" trimmer back in May of this year and have been using it regularly without any incident.  Matter of fact, I am still using the "original" strings which came with it, and like everyone else, I don't have to "hit" the bump head that hard at all, and the strings come out just fine.  As SCDC suggested, clean the inside compartment will probably get you "back up and running" smoothly - good luck!
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Thanks!  It also may be a hand wrapped line that came with it.  With all my trimmers I never had good luck wrapping my own spools and on the other 2 have gone back to factory spools.

Yesterday I bought an Ego predone line and spool, maybe that will help.

I just felt I was banging it too hard and scared of breaking it.

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When I bought my trimmer, I didn't know how "fast or slow" I would run through the trimmer line, so I bought this brand (see picture below) from HD for future replacement.  But as of today, I still have plenty to go with the original trimmer line - so I will have to wait and get back to you later about my spool head.  Being that the new string is "Universal Trimmer Line" with the same thickness (0.095"), I don't see this to be a problem - hopefully!!!!


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One more thing Bloomz, this YouTube video from Kite Army is another good review on EGO trimmer tune up - that might help you as well.  The video is only 7.22 minutes long, so easy viewing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLeHcL5nK34
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Do note however, that's the 12" model in that video. ;-)
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You are correct Blue, but the "tune up" process and the "winding" of the strings are essentially similar with the 15" model.
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Just thought I'd point that out since he doesn't specify in the video that it's the 12" model people were having trouble with (at least I don't think he does). I believe that video was released before the 15" trimmer hit the market.
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Agreed!