ECHO Black Diamond Trimmer Line is Awesome

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I just went to Home Depot for the first time in about a month and I saw this black diamond trimmer line and decided to try it out because I saw it had the twist that I prefer in trimmer line and because I had Rino-Tuff heavy duty twist 0.095 inch line and it was welding in my 15 inch weedeater way too often (which isn't really a 15 incher because I never use the guard), and this black diamond line is absolutely amazing.  It cut, to my surprise, noticeably faster than any of the trimmer line that I've used, and it was extremely quiet, though its size seemed to fall short of 0.095 inches, it still cut very very well.  

A lot of people have disliked much of the trimmer line that they've tried, and I've seen people complaining about the line that comes with the 15 inch trimmer, and though I have only used this black diamond line for about 5 minutes, I would recommend that you all give it a try.  It seems to be a perfect match to the 15 inch trimmer.  It even looks cool, black line on the green spool.  It also should make it much easier to use the string trimmer to make a nice, straight edge, it doesn't fight me half as much as other kinds of line do.

So yeah, I'm really liking this line.  I also would suggest that if this line continues to perform well, if it continues to feed well and go on without welding, I would suggest that EGO sell the trimmers with a little bit of this line instead of that orange line that they've been using.  Check the reviews of this line on Home Depot.  I am going to further test this line and see how long it lasts and how much of a beating it can take and how hot it can get before it starts to weld.
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Please explain the welding problem?
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What happens is that the temperature of the line on the spool can sometimes increase enough due to friction of the line against the line or the line against the spool that the plastic melts enough for the pressures to cause the string to bind to itself, and because of the softening, one of the lines protruding from the spool and the base of the line, now a new end from which string tore from, binds to the rest of the string on the spool and requires pliers to remove and reset.  It is essentially a phenomenon that happens when the temperature of the line in the spool nears the melting point of the trimmer line and/or the spool.  I have had parts of line weld to the spool before.  I am hoping that this black diamond string's melting point is higher than that of the Rino-Tuff string.
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I am have that problem with this line,and was looking for help,I have a STIHL FS 91 R trimmer,the line that I bought at the dealer didn't wield ,but the black diamond cuts a little better.I hate stopping and messing with the line feeder
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Atom Twister, somewhere recently I read that Oregon Magnum Gatorline was the hot setup for not welding.  I tried looking for it and could only find it at Amazon or other on line outlets.  I was hoping to buy it either at Home Depot or Lowes.  No have.

Have you ever used that particular line, and how does the Echo line do in comparison.  I just checked and my Home Depot does have the Echo line.  Something to be said for going 5 miles and picking it up rather than waiting to get it from Amazon.  

I realize that you don't have much experience with the Echo Line yet, so keep us posted. 
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I just purchased the Stihl last Sat,I paid a neighbor with a tractor for the past 8 year,I have about 3/8 an acre in the mountains and he retired,charge me less then $150.Got a quote for $600,I couldn't find anyone who would just come in and weed abate (weed eater) for less the $300,and then they wouldn't show up.I hate doing weed abatement,and I haven't liked any of the weed eaters I ve purchased in the past 10 years,I live in Calif.and they all just dont work for nothing.So far the Stihl is by far the best trimmer Ive ever used or owned,I only purchased 115" of the Rotary,but not one time did I have to mess with the feeder,with the Echo,every spool becomes a problem,when it running ,it cuts a little better then the Rotary,it has a tendency to twist and bind up in the spool though.
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Several if you asked me to update you on my use with the Echo Black Diamond. .095 line. Today was the day to break this bad boy line in since we've had rain here in Southern California again.

The line cut cleanly and tackled some nasty woody weeds. Not the waist high crap from earlier this spring but stalks up to .5 inch thick. The link e ran well but could not even but a dent in the big stuff. It had no problem with woody stalks up to about 1/8 of an inch thick.

The line jammed twice and since I was unable to remove the speed feed head, even using a screw driver and hammer I drive it down to the tool rental department at my local Home Depot. It took the 3 of us to hold the unit, pry the speed head off with a screw driver while a guy pressed the prongs in. Seems like some sap got in there as it felt sticky. So the good news is I can now load the string with no pro Lem but can not get the speed head off with my small hands. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

I had spooled in 16' of line and thought it was too much given the larger size. I cut the line to about 10' however it still jammed a second and third time.

I used 10 feet of the Black Diamond line in about 60 minutes of trimming t

My impression is the line is quite good. Definitely fast and definitely binds in the machine.

Today I learned to add scizzors, a hammer and large screw driver to the garden kit. I will pick up a clamp to add as a third hand for taking the head on and off.

Home Depot tool rental in Monrovia, Ca did the work for free. They were excited to see the 15" Ego in use as they had not had the opportunity to work on one. I had a chance to demo the unit for 4 customers waiting in line who expressed curiousity about the unit. Everyone got to handle the trimmer, feel it run and test the balance and wait. Monrovia is not my home store so it was fun showing off my new toy and talking shop.
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I was going to try this line, but I decided I wanted a toy at Amazon and I needed something else to get my order up to get free shipping, so I ordered the Oregon Magnum SuperTwist Gator Line.  It is supposed to be tough and resists welding.  Still waiting for it to be shipped.  Its fairly expensive so I am hoping it works well.  
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Thanks for the report, Beth!  Unless you can fertilize and water your way to larger hands I'm not sure there's a whole lot you can do to get that head apart easier.  Staying away from those sticky weeds might work, but that doesn't seem like an option.

Perhaps working one clip at a time and then moving to the other side without letting the first one slip back in might work?
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I plan on trying that. We inherited some large 1960's vintage screw drivers so one should work.
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Egocentric, Can't wait to hear an update on the Oregon Magnum Super twist line. Be sure and let us know how it performed.
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I use this same string in my ego. I LOVE the cut it gives, but I am unable to get the line to advance. I have to take it apart and refeed the line every time it breaks. How is your experience with the string advancing?