Has your Black and Decker trimmer stopped working? Using a weed trimmer is an easy and convenient way of maintaining your lawn and yard. However, you might find yourself at a loss when it stops working.
Luckily, some of the Black & Decker weed trimmer issues are minor. Therefore, before calling in a professional, or even purchasing a new trimmer, you should try troubleshooting it.
Below, we have listed some of the common problems affecting Black & Decker trimmers, and their quick solutions.
Common problem and fixes for Black & Decker weed trimmer
If you are having issues with your weed trimmer, one of the following is likely to be the cause:
1. A jammed line
Black & Decker string strimmer problems are some of the most common that you’ll come across. You will know that your automatic feed not working correctly when:
- The line is not winded tightly in the spool.
- When there are overlapping lines, which causes the spool to clog
- When using a spare line with a different diameter – this causes the string not to fit in the pool, thus leading to a jam.
Luckily, you can fix these issues by replacing the old line. Below is a look at how to restring a Black and Decker automatic feed spool:
- With the trimmer turned off (unplugged or battery removed), remove the cap from the trimmer head.
- Cut about 20 feet of a monofilament string. Make sure it is the same thickness as your old line.
- Turn the spool hub to find the side with two string holes and an arrow. Insert the string into one of them, and tightly pull it the corresponding notch.
- Then, wind it around the groove of the hub in the direction of the arrow.
- Leave about 6 inches of the string and hook and pull it through the other notch.
With the line restrung, you can now replace the spool back into the trimmer head then lock down the cap.
2. A sticky or broken spool
When running the trimmer, foreign objects (mud, dirt, weeds, etc.) can find their way inside the trimmer head. As they accumulate over time, they can stick on the spool or the string line, causing the feed system to fail. Cleaning the spool with a household detergent and rinsing with warm water will get rid of any foreign objects or grime.
On top of being sticky, the spool can also wear and tear over time. Therefore, when troubleshooting your trimmer, make sure to check for cracks or other signs of damage on the spool.
If there are any, you need to replace it with a new one for your trimmer to function. When doing so, be sure to refer to the Black & Decker trimmer easy feed spool instructions for your model to avoid any further issues.
3. A broken spring
The spring found inside the trimmer head is a vital component, which ensures the continuous feeding of the string line. If the spring is broken, bent, or has lost its resistance, the feeding system will fail.
Luckily, replacing the spring will solve the issue. Purchase a new spring for your Black & Decker trimmer model and replace the old one. With the new spring in place, the trimmer feed system will have no issues advancing more lines.
4. A damaged trimmer head cap
The trimmer head cap is another crucial component of the Black & Decker trimmer. It allows for the feed line to advance when it is tapped on the ground. However, if it is broken or damaged, the feed system will have issues.
Usually, you will find that the feeding system feeds too much line when the cap is damaged – which makes it harder to control the trimmer. A damaged bump head cap can also cause the spool line to jam as it is advancing.
The good news is a new bump head cap will fix these issues. Simply purchase the correct one for your model and replace the old one.
5. A broken or missing lever
Some Black & Decker trimmer models come with an auto-feed lever that controls the feeding system. When the lever is in place and functioning optimally, the spool will turn freely, but lock in place. When it is not, the spool will continue to turn, which will lead to the automatic feed not working when the trimmer is in use.
Therefore, if you are having issues, the lever is one of the places you should look at. First, remove the trimmer head cap and the spool and check if the lever is in place. Then check for any signs of cracking, damage, or wear and tear. If the lever is missing or damaged, you need to replace it with a new one for your feed system to work.
The issues above are some of the main reasons why your Black & Decker trimmer easy feed may fail to work. Fortunately, they are easy to troubleshoot and fix. However, if you are unable to identify the cause of the issue or fix it, you should consider calling a professional to repair your trimmer.
IW’s Chief Editor and a lover of green spaces.