Strimmers and line thickness

I've recently bought a 52cc petrol strimmer / brush cutter and I was wondering if anyone has any advice on line thicknesses. For years I've been using a Robin / Makita 20cc machine which uses 2.4mm line and I'm interested to know if anyone has experience or recommendations of thicker lines and profiles such as square, twisted or serrated. 

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  • PerkiPerki Rossendale - LancashirePosts: 1,550
    What sort of strimmer have you bought ? Its quite a size for a strimmer. Normally when I use a big strimmer I use 3mm line sometimes 3.3mm but the 3.3mm can be difficult to thread through the eyelets so that something else to think about.

    I wouldn't worry about profile of the line as long as it cuts and its strong, I can't say I've use serrated or square line. Round is mostly commonly used , I've used the twisted line which is good and strong compared to round and I've used a triangle shape a while back which I like as well. 
  • glasgowdanglasgowdan Posts: 440
    edited 29 May
    What are you using it for? Lawn edging, or clearance? I assume it's a harness/handlebar machine? 
  • Strimmer model is the SGS 52cc Professional, quite heavy but a bit of a beast. I'll use it mostly for clearance of heavy brambles and yes it's a handlebar and harness jobbie. For lLawn clearance 2.4mm would be fine but for heavier stuffI'm not sure how thick to go. It sounds like 3.00  would be a good compromise but I see even 4mm is available for the real heavy stuff, which makes me think that a carbide blade would be better than 3.5mm or 4.00mm. Thanks for the replies gents.
  • glasgowdanglasgowdan Posts: 440
    You're bang on. No need for any line over 3mm. Thick line doesn't cut as well, and fpr brambles etc I'd want a blade anyway. 

    I use whisper x as a general cutting line. 2.4mm for lawns, 3mm for cutting bankings and big lawn edge jobs
  • Thank you Glasgow Dan, just what I needed to know.
  • HelixHelix 704m altitude...Posts: 496
    For heavier work we use a 3mm bi-material twisted line (ie plastic & wire). Cuts well, lasts much longer than plastic alone so worth the extra price.  Also means we rarely have to change to the brush cutter head, even with brambles.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 13,642
    The man who strims my brambles always uses a blade.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • HelixHelix 704m altitude...Posts: 496
    I’m a bit scared of the blade, especially doing brambles as so easy to trip, so prefer to work with a strong line. 
  • Yes indeed Helix. I have been using a tungsten carbide blade with about 80 teeth on it and although nothing stands in its path and it makes light work of it, if it ever came off....
  • Plot75Plot75 SurreyPosts: 54
    Not sure if this would work for you but my dad used to ditch the strimmer lines and used thick cable ties. 
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