Weed Trimmer Stringing Experiment.....by hand

Bambooman

Rookie
Figured I would jump in the "using materials for alternate purposes" pool. Bought a spool of Shakespeare "Ugly Line" from Lowes and strung up a thrift shop Pro Staff 4.7

I have no stringing machine so I just cranked the tension by hand using an inner tube wrapped piece of PVC pipe. The string is a bit big and almost jams in the grommets but I was also just able to use T pins to help lock the tension as best I could. My first attempt I got a little overzealous with the tension near the end and snapped the string.
Got back on the horse and tried again today. Got the tension quite balanced by feel but went a bit low to make sure I at least got the stringing complete.
Took it out for a hit and it plays amazingly well. A couple of the strings were a hair loose so I judiciously added a few leather "power pads" in a few spots to balance the tension a bit. The string is triangular shaped with rounded corners so it really bites into the ball as expected and spins it effortlessly.

All in all a fun experiment.

full disclosure: I messed up the string length and had to stop one cross short at the yoke since I ran out of line.
 

Bambooman

Rookie
Weedwacker string tends to stretch easily.
Definitely. It is generally just nylon monofilament but it is available in a copolymer closer to real string. I just can't seem to readily locate that in a thinner diameter. Maybe I'll try the thicker stuff in a grommet-less frame. Lots of them have very aggressive shapes which should work OK if they don't cut themselves apart first.
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Definitely. It is generally just nylon monofilament but it is available in a copolymer closer to real string. I just can't seem to readily locate that in a thinner diameter. Maybe I'll try the thicker stuff in a grommet-less frame. Lots of them have very aggressive shapes which should work OK if they don't cut themselves apart first.
Or cut your fingers, throw on the maille gauntlet,
 
A grommet-less frame would make it nearly impossible to "clamp" the string with a T pin (unless you're referring to using a wood racket, or course).
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
Back in the Cretaceous, we would ping the string to determine string tension. Locked in tension by using an awl gently pressed into the grommet hole. Back then, real men were living in real caves.
 
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