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I run this trimmer head on my T260. Its been reliable for 2 years I recently bought 2 new eyelets for it. Its far and away better than any other trimmer head I've used. It usually take me about 1-2 minutes to respool. I run .105 and I do light brush cutting with it too.

Shindiawa sells a UNIVERSAL version too. I see a lot of stihl guys using this head.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA2qoeToSL8
 

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Looks interesting, who sells Shindiawa? Bet it is not at Home Depot.
 

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shindiawa dealers. But they sell a universal version as well as a few seperate adapters
 

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Do you have to run the guard with the auto head? If Im remembering correctly Shindaiwa called their auto head the brain, and it was sensitive to rpm? It fed automatically and the guard kept the length in check.
 

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I found a head at the junkyard yesterday that takes 1/8 string...
You keep 6" chunks in your pocket and just push them in little holes in the head and it locks onto the string... It really looks tough and I'm going to give it a try...
 

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I found a head at the junkyard yesterday that takes 1/8 string...
You keep 6" chunks in your pocket and just push them in little holes in the head and it locks onto the string... It really looks tough and I'm going to give it a try...
The head I have on my John Deere straight arm is like that. Held up for two seasons now. Really fast and simple to load, and apparently pretty tough too.
 

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I still think Husqvarna's bump-feed heads are the best. Take up to 8 metres of trimmer line at a time, so less re-filling. The head just clips on with two push in clips, takes no time at all to pop it off and re-fill :)

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Well If I was going to run a conventional loading head it would be a redmax commercial with a steel insert.
 

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I like it! I'd buy it is a second to replace the one on my Echo srm2100. Wonder if they'll offer a kit to change over. The Echo design works fine but is no where near as simple as this!

Duh, I see you said they offer a universal setup. I guess I need to see how universal they are. Not alot of dealers carry this brand around here.
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that is the EXACT same thing as the Troy Bilts at Lowes that have the red Speed Spools on them. So it's not "revolutionary", Nothing new to me. I pretty much demonstrate that type of head every day for customers.
 

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Do you have to run the guard with the auto head? If Im remembering correctly Shindaiwa called their auto head the brain, and it was sensitive to rpm? It fed automatically and the guard kept the length in check.

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as far as I know, THE BRAIN is a Tanaka made head ... I recently bought a TBC-280 trimmer and that's the head it came with stock ... it holds 20 feet of .095 line and is supposed to be one of the best commercial bump heads made

I had the dealer swap out 'the brain' for a 'NO-BRAINER' so I could run thicker line (and I confess, I really didn't like the idea of spooling line into the auto head, even though it would be infrequent and easy) ... the auto head sells for $45 and the 'no-brainer' was $20 - both appear to be great quality IMO

if anyone's interested in a BRAND NEW Tanaka 'The Brain' auto bump head (fresh off of the trimmer - still has a full spool of line in it and everything) let me know and I'd sell it for better than anywhere you can buy them online ... it WILL fit on other brands too - this will bolt right on to Stihl, Echo and just about all other trimmers (except for the lowest of the low walmart style trimmers that don't have real bolts holding them together) with no modifications besides maybe a bushing or something simple like that (which is included in the 'universal attachment kit' that came with the 'no-brainer' head that I bought, and since it was going on a Tanaka, I didn't even have to open the attachment kit ... it would come with the auto head) ... PM me if anyone's interested - it's 100% mint and unused ... I'm not really looking to sell it, as I was planning on keeping it to increase the resale value of my trimmer if I ever get rid of it - but if someone here wants one and it will help them out, I don't mind parting with it at all




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wow - that video really makes it look easy ... that head looks a little different than The Brain, but same basic principal ... Shindiawa makes really top end gear, I'm sure that's an excellent head
 

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Viewed from top, what direction does your trimmer haed turn?
 

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From the top it turns counter clockwise. But to reverse the head you just pop it apart and flip the spool over inside. If you put the spool in backwards it will still work but if you try to advance the line at high rpms it will suck the line back in.
 
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