A new weed eater head can make your yard work less frustrating, but it can also extend the life of your trimmer line, saving you a lot of money in the long run. If you’re new to yard work, trying to shop for a new trimmer head online can be a daunting task.
There are hundreds of models, and it’s not always clear which ones are good deals, and which ones aren’t worth the money. Manufacturers often downplay what their products can’t do, and sometimes promote meaningless features, so if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you might get a bad deal.
We think that well-informed customers make great decisions, so we assembled these reviews of the best weed eater heads of 2020 so that you can learn about them and find one that works for you. We also created a buyer’s guide so you can learn more about these products in general before you buy.
|Pivotrim Maxpower 3317233|
|0.080-inch and 0.095-inch||4.8/5|
|WW EZ Lock Head 16741B|
|0.080-inch to 0.105-inch||4.5/5|
|Husqvarna 966674401 T25||0.065-inch, 0.080-inch or 0.095-inch||4.2/5|
|Shakespear Push N Load 14547||0.095-inch||4.0/5|
The Pivotrim Maxpower 3317233 is a great choice for anyone who wants to reduce the amount of trimmer line that they use, and also works in situations that are difficult for standard weed eaters. The design helps line recoil when it strikes surfaces that aren’t plants, like fences and concrete, which means it’s far less likely to break. If you’ve been frustrated with your weed eater because you have to change out your string a lot, this model could solve that problem for you. It works with precut line, which makes changing it fast, or you can cut a line of your choice down to size before loading.
Loading this head is easy, as you just slide each line through a pair of holes, and you’re done. No endless fussing around with the string to get it just right, and you don’t have to bump repeatedly to get the line to dispense. The fact that you have six lines out at once instead of just two also puts strain on the motor. If you don’t have a powerful weed eater, you may find that this head can overwhelm it, though it’s a great buy if you have a powerful model.
The Tanaka 32308 is a great all-around weed eater head. What makes it special is how easy it is to use. Just press the button on the center of the head, pull out the old string, push a new piece through, and release the button. You’re done at that point, which means you don’t have to worry about bumping or goosing an auto-feed head just right. It also works with trimmer line ranging from .080 to .155, so you can use the line of your choice.
It’s also very easy to connect to your weed eater relative to most aftermarket trimmer heads, and the manufacturer estimates that it works with 95-percent of all weed eaters, so it’s likely to work with one you already own. Since it’s so simple, it’s also lightweight, which means it puts less strain on your weed eater, and you might get higher RPMs, which mean you’ll get done faster. It doesn’t have the same features that make it great in tough situations like our top model, like working well around fences and sidewalks. However, it is good enough to earn the second spot on our list.
The WW EZ Lock Head 16741B is the best for the money on our list. You can get it for about half the price of the other models on our list, which makes it a good deal on that factor alone. It also comes with easy line loads. While they’re not the easiest on our list, they are still fairly simple, and just require pulling back a pair of metal hooks to slide in the line and then pulling back on the line to secure it in place. It uses two lines per side, with each doubled over to give you four lines of cutting power.
This means that you can use precut line, which can save you some time during the reload phase. However, this model isn’t without flaws. It’s relatively heavy, and the use of four lines means that it puts a lot of strain on weaker weed eaters. The string can also get stuck inside this model if it breaks right at the edge, which can be very hard to get out. If you’re looking for a good deal, this is a good choice for you, though you might spend more to get a less frustrating model.
The Husqvarna 966674401 T25 is a good choice if you have one of the relatively few weed eaters that is available with it, and don’t care much about upgrading your experience. It uses a large blue button on the bottom to tap advance, so if that’s your preferred method of using line you’ll like this part quite a bit. It’s also extremely fast to install, but that’s largely because it’s not compatible with many weed eaters and doesn’t come with attachment options that would allow it to work with a wider variety.
It does hold multiple trimmer line gauges, which means you do have good options and can change gauge based on each task’s needs. However, it’s not the most durable product on the market, and you can expect to wear it out in a year or two of use, which is far shorter than you would expect for a product like this. It also doesn’t have any features that extend the string’s life. If it were more durably-made and had a much wider range of compatibility with weed eaters, we would rank this model much higher on our list.
The Shakespear Push N Load 14547 has some potential, but it has far more downside than upside. It does use two trimmer lines at once, each pushed through the center and out the other side, giving it four cutting surfaces. In theory, you’re also supposed to be able to install this head without tools, which is a nice feature that should get you up and going fast.
However, this model has several serious problems. A significant one is that the string can get stuck inside, and there’s no way to get it out without opening the head. The head is also heavy on its own, but also uses two long pieces of string, which adds to the weight. This puts a lot of stress on your weed eater, and can lead to it dying prematurely, or may result in it not having enough torque to get the job done. The strings also wear out quickly on this model, as it puts more pressure on them than competing models. Overall, if this model was very cheap, it might earn a higher position on our list, but it’s also very expensive, which sinks it to the bottom.
We hope that our reviews already have you thinking about the features that you want to have in your need weed eater head. If you haven’t yet decided which model is the right one for you, don’t worry. This buyer’s guide is packed full of good information designed to help you learn about these products so that you can buy with confidence. It also serves as a good refresher course for someone who hasn’t bought a weed eater head in a long time and wants to get up to speed with new developments in the market, before they buy.
The most recent and most important development in the field is the creation of weed eater heads that extend the life of your trimmer line by protecting them from surfaces that are too hard. While that may sound magical, the science is simple. If a string hits a surface that is significantly harder than a plant, like a fence post or a concrete sidewalk, the connection point on the trimmer head rotates backward briefly with the trimmer line. This lowers the force applied to the line and keeps it from breaking as often. If it hits something soft like a plant, it doesn’t recoil, and so you still get full power from your weed eater on soft surfaces.
That means that if you get a head with those life-extending features, you get a lot more use out of your trimmer line before it finally breaks, which means you save a lot of money in the long run. These models are also easier than average to load since they don’t require you to thread the string through the center of the head.
The good news is that this feature is inexpensive. You don’t have to pay a lot of money to get a weed eater head that has this feature, so if you’re already looking to upgrade, there’s really no reason to skip this.
Something else that you should keep in mind while you browse is the ease of reloading. This varies quite a bit from model to model, so if you want to get the most out of your weed eater head, you’ll want to invest in a model that makes this process easy.
The general consensus is that heads that allow you to use precut lines and don’t require winding a lot of trimmer line are the easiest to reload. Since you can just slide in a piece of precut line, you don’t have to stop for that long before you get back to work.
Keep in mind that most trimmer line that is sold precut has a large markup on it. You can save some money by buying line you like and then trimming it down to size yourself.
Most weed eater heads are made from plastic, so it can be hard to judge how durable they are from looks alone. A good rule of thumb is that the less moving parts the head has, the better, but that’s not always the case. If you’re shopping in the store, there may be no way of knowing at all. However, if you’re shopping online, reading reviews is a great way to get a feel for a tool or part like this.
If it doesn’t hold up well over time, people will complain about it. You should consider reviews your best friend while you shop online.
Weed eater heads tend to be very close in price. When you’re shopping online, it can be easy to find them for an even lower price than you can find them in the store. So, with weed eater heads, it’s all about finding one with the features you need.
What features you need depends on your yard. If you’re going to be working around fence posts, trees, bushes, or sidewalks, you’ll want to invest in a model with life-extending features. You’ll save a lot of money in the long run if you do so.
However, if there are few hard obstacles, you may want to invest in a model that has the fastest changes you can find, so that you can spend as much time working and as little time resetting as possible.
As long as you figure out what your needs are first, you’ll always be able to find a weed eater head that’s a great fit for you.
The Pivotrim Maxpower 3317233 is our top model, due to the way it reduces line breakage, works wells in difficult situations, and how easy it is to load-lines. The Tanaka 32308 comes in second due to its compatibility with multiple line sizes, its lightweight, tough the strain it puts on weed eaters keeps it out of first. The WW EZ Lock Head 16741B features easy line loads, can use two lines and take advantage of precut line, and you can get it for a great price, making it the best value on our list. The Husqvarna 966674401 T25 isn’t compatible with many weed eaters, but its compatibility with multiple line gauges earns it a spot on our list. The Shakespear Push N Load 14547 comes with toolless head installation, but it’s expensive, heavy, and wears out strings quickly, which drops it to the bottom of our list.
We hope that our reviews and buyer’s guide have given you a good idea about what to look for when you shop for a new weed eater head. You should be able to use this information to find a model that will keep you happy for a long time.
Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!