Black & Decker makes some of the best electric trimmers. They are light and perfect for home use. Since the trimmers do not use gasoline, they have fewer mechanical problems. However, like other trimmers, the string will eventually run out. If that happens, you have two options to solve the problem.
You can either re-string the spool or replace the head with a pre-strung one. To fix your Black and Decker string trimmer using any of the two options, you only need normal tools at your workshop. However, due to the complexity of re-stringing the trimmer’s head, it is advisable to remove and replace it with a new one.
So, how do you remove the Black and Decker electric trimmer head? First, ensure that the trimmer is cool. On the bottom of the trimmer head, take away the bump knob. Using the small screwdriver, remove the screws holding the trimmer’s head in position. For the nut at the center, use a wrench to remove it. Finally, pull the head out of the trimmer.
Replacing a Black and Decker trimmer head
While replacing a faulty trimmer head is not a complicated process, you need to have the right set of tools. You may need a screwdriver, a wrenching machine, and a shop towel. Also, wear protective clothing such as closed shoes, goggles, and long pants.
To replace the trimmer head:
1. Wipe off the trimmer head
Using the shop towel, wipe the trimmer head. The main goal in this stage is to remove grass debris and clipping. The process may take more time if the trimmer head has more dirt.
2. Remove the head
Once the trimmer’s head is clean, you need to separate it from the machine. Since different makes have different screws’ placements, start with the bump knob.
- Locate the bump knob at the button of your trimmer head.
- Turn the bump knob in an anticlockwise direction.
- Once you have removed the bump knob, pull the trimmer line spool from the head.
- Using the screwdriver, remove the screws holding the head in position.
- For the center nut, use a wrench.
- Pull off the trimmer head from the trimmer shaft.
This is a mechanical process which means that you should protect your eyes, hands, and toes from any danger. Also, be gentle not to break any other part.
3. Insert the new trimmer head on the shaft
The final step is to put the new Black and Decker trimmer head replacement on the shaft.
- Start by using a wrenching machine to put the center nut. However, do not tighten it at this stage.
- Using a screwdriver, put the two small screws on the small holes.
- Tighten the two screws
- Go back to the center nut, tighten it too.
- Put the bump knob back.
If you have never removed a trimmer head, the golden rule is to take time.
Once you have placed the trimmer head, you can try using it. If it works perfectly, you do not need to repeat the process. However, if the trimmer head does not feel comfortable, repeat the above steps and tighten the screws.
In some unfortunate instances, retightening the screws may not solve the problem. If that is the case, contact Black & Decker for more assistance.
Contact Black & Decker support
In some cases, replacing the trimmer head may not solve the auto-feed problem. If any of the above solutions did not work, contacting the customer care representative is the final solution. The company will require you to fill in a request. Once they receive it, they will redirect you to a retailer close to you.
If the electric trimmer is under warranty, the retailer will take care of all repair costs. However, if it is not under warranty, you may pay the repair cost.
Fixed the Black & Decker electric trimmer head?
Removing the Black & Decker electric trimmer head and replacing it with a new head trimmer saves time. However, you must have the right tools and ensure that your hands, toes, and eyes are safe from potential danger. Also, ensure that the head trimmer replacement is from a trusted source.