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The 8 Best Weed Eater Heads For 2019 – Reviews Buying Guide

Best Weed Eater Trimmer Heads You Can Buy in 2019

While many people wouldn’t think of using anything but Factory (OEM) Parts – String Trimmers are a very customizable piece of outdoor equipment. Today there are many great trimmer replacement head options – easily allowing you to locate the Best weed eater heads for your trimmer.

Today, there are many “Universal” weed eater head options to choose from.  They not only give your string trimmer enhanced capabilities – but with an easy load weed eater trimmer head, provide you with much faster trimmer line changes – than you ever thought possible.

Stand By – Your weed eater work-out is about to get much easier!

Today we’ll show you the 8 Best “Universal” string trimmer replacement head models are. These trimmer replacement heads are some of the very best on the market and fit almost any weed eater.

 

Editor’s ChoiceRunner UpBest Value
Shindaiwa 78890-30000 Speed-Feed 400 Universal Bump Feed Trimmer HeadWW EZ Lock HeadBetter Heads LLC MaxPower's PivoTrim Universal Replacement 3317233 Head Uses .095-Inch Pre-Cut Trimmer Line, 11.25' L x 7.5' W x 4' H, Multi
Shindaiwa 78890-30000 Speed-Feed 400 Universal Bump Feed Trimmer HeadWW EZ Lock HeadBetter Heads LLC MaxPower's PivoTrim Universal Replacement 3317233 Head Uses .095-Inch Pre-Cut Trimmer Line, 11.25" L x 7.5" W x 4" H, Multi
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But we didn’t just stop there – Check out the bottom of this post, where we have also included the 8 BestBrand Specific” string trimmer replacement head models. These trimmer heads or trimmer line “Spools” are replacements for each specific brand.

3 Different Types – String Trimmer Replacement Heads

Before jumping into our best string trimmer replacement head reviews, let’s quickly go over the Three major types of weed eater trimmer replacement heads – so you can pick the right one for your trimmer.

The Best Weed Eater Replacement Head generally falls into three main categories; Fixed-line, Bump-feed, and Automatic (or Speed-feed) trimmer head models.

Fixed-line trimmers:

fixed line trimmer head | best home gear
Fixed Line Trimmer Head – BestHomeGear.Com

 

This type of replacement head uses pre-cut lengths of trimmer line held in place by a locking mechanism. This head design does not require manually winding trimmer line onto a spool.

Bump-Feed models:

Bump Feed Head Design – BestHomeGear.Com

 

The bump-feed type of replacement head does require winding of trimmer line – but allows you to go much longer between changes because of the large capacity of trimmer line on each spool.

Speed-Feed trimmer heads:

Echo Speed Feed Head | Best Home Gear
Automatic (speed-feed) Head – BestHomeGear.Com

 

Also sometimes referred to as Automatic trimmer heads – Speed-feed heads are usually the most expensive types of replacement heads. And for good reason.

This type of head requires a string trimmer line to be wound onto an internal spool. However, a speed-feed head includes a built-in winding mechanism – that makes it very quick work.

With a speed-feed head, users feed the line into the trimmer automatically as it winds onto the spool without having to take the trimmer head apart.

Speed-feed heads tend to offer the very best combination of speed and convenience and are for this reason, most often used by landscape maintenance crews.

Beyond these three basic types of weed eater trimmer line heads, there are also a few Specialty varieties.

“Optional” – Replacement Trimmer Head Designs

Steel Blade Design

Certain companies offer a replacement trimmer head with “Steel blades” instead of string trimmer line. A steel blade replacement head is generally used for trimming thicker weeds or brush. See Options below.

Plastic Blade Design

Alternatively, there are some replacement heads that offer “Plastic blades”. These heads while not offering steel blades, do offer a heavier duty application to cut thicker grass or weeds than traditional trimmer line, See options below.

Best “Universal” String Trimmer Replacement Head

The following are The Best Weed Eater Replacement Head designs – All to be compatible with “Most String Trimmers”.

We do recommend, however, that you consult each brand’s specifications to ensure the replacement head will fit your own weed eater model.

 

Editors Pick: Shindaiwa- “Universal” Speed-Feed

Shindaiwa 78890-30000 Speed-Feed 400 Universal Bump Feed Trimmer Head

The Shindaiwa Speed Feed 400  – Bump -To-Advance Replacement head, Is not only designed to fit Echo curved and straight shaft trimmers, but it is also compatible with many other weed eaters including Stihl, Ryobi, Black & Decker, and Husqvarna to name a few.

With the new and improved speed-feed design from Shindaiwa – you simply feed 20ft. Of .095 trimmer line into the spool, pull equal 10’ lengths to either side, turn the spool cap to wind up string – and you’re done – a very quick change out.

Check out this 2-minute video and See just how Easy it works!

 

Bottom line: If you have a large lot, and do a ton of weed whacking – this is the replacement head you want. Assuming it is compatible with your string trimmer model that is.

Note:  Echo and Shindaiwa are owned by the same parent company – their products are the same or similar, branded under the Echo & Shindaiwa names.

Most users claim this is a “one and done” replacement head – and it is also one that many professional landscapers choose to use.

All you need on hand – is an extra spool of Gator trimmer line. This choice at Amazon for Gator line includes 680 Ft. of .095 trimmer line. No wonder the professionals love this trimmer head!

See More Information on  Shindaiwa Speed Feed Head

 

 

Runner Up: WW EZ Lock

WW EZ Lock Head

Why We Like It

In a twist on the fixed-line concept, the WW EZ Lock trimmer head uses two short pieces of .095 trimmer line-oriented into a loop. These replacement trimmer line pieces are inserted or removed using the two locking levers on the trimmer head body, making for quick and easy line changes.

This model fits on approximately 99 percent of gas trimmers, including both straight and curved shaft models.

Our Take Away

For the money, and with fantastic user reviews, we think it’s hard to beat the WW EZ Lock trimmer head. WW EZ offers replacement fixed-lines which allows you to keep the replacement head – and simply change the trimmer line pieces individually.

Because of this feature and its amazing longevity – The WW EZ is actually considered a good choice for professional landscapers as well.

See More Information on WW EZ Lock Head

 

 

Best Value: Pivotrim – “Maxpower”

Better Heads LLC MaxPower's PivoTrim Universal Replacement 3317233 Head Uses .095-Inch Pre-Cut Trimmer Line, 11.25' L x 7.5' W x 4' H, Multi

 

Why We Like It

The Pivotrim Maxpower Fixed-Line head is a very well-constructed weed wacker trimmer head that fits practically any modern string trimmer brand.

With its “pre-packaged” clips of powerful .095 trimmer line – and pivoting head – the Pivotrim Maxpower head reduces line breakage by flexing when lines hit a solid object.

The Pivotrim replacement head is also extremely easy to install and comes with a variety of accessories making it suitable for almost any trimmer configuration.

Our Takeaway

Some reviews claim this head lasted them over a year. Of course, your duration will depend on your own specific uses.

This Pivot trimmer head is easily one of the best replacement trimmer heads on the market when it comes to convenience and ease of use.

Best of all, it is an easy load trimmer head that uses pre-cut line pieces, preventing you from having to deal with the hassles of using a standard bump feed spool.

You may say “goodbye forever” to conventional “line trimmer spools” after trying out this fixed-line trimmer head design.

A quick (and Cheesy) Pivotrim video – but the best one we could find to show you what the Pivotrim replacement head can do 🙂

 

 See more Information on the Pivotrim Weed Eater Head

 

 

Best “Plastic Blade” – Weed Warrior Replacement Head

Weed Warrior 14867B Push-N-Load 3 Blade Head

 

Why We Like It

Turning away from a Fixed- Trimmer Head, we come now to a somewhat unique replacement head that features three plastic Blades instead of string trimmer line.

The Weed Warrior 14867B is meant to cut thick, high grass and light brush quickly and easily. While blades on this head will wear out eventually, they can easily be changed by way of the push-button release found on the trimmer head.

From our research – new blades are changed out quicker than traditional trimmer line spools.

Our Take Away

With its unique design and great reviews – we think that the Weed Warrior 14867B is a very good option for homeowners who deal with dense grass and light brush regularly.

The blades are quite resistant to wear, making them preferable to the traditional bump-feed trimmer line design, especially for heavy work.

 

Best Combo Blade & Trimmer Line Combo: Pivotrim – “Rino Tuff”

Pivotrim Rino Tuff Universal Hybrid String and Bladed Trimmer Head Replacement

Why We Like It

This head Fits most gas trimmers. This very unique combination of blade and line replacement head offers the best of a regular .095 fixed line head and a bladed trimmer head.

The line can efficiently work through weeds and grasses, while the blades can be attached when it’s time to get into the brush.

Each line section is mounted on a swivel to reduce breakage, and the entire assembly can be added to a trimmer without the need for installation tools.

Our Take Away

By combining two useful cutting systems, the Pivotrim – Rino Tuff offers versatility and robust cutting power at a price point that’s hard to beat. If you’re looking for an excellent trimmer head for all occasions, this one is a great option.

If we were to recommend a “premium upgrade” in our fixed-line replacement head line up – it might be this one.

See More Information on the Rino-Tuff Trimmer Head

 

 

Best Steel Blade for Brush: Grass Gator 4680

Grass Gator 4680 Brush Cutter Extra Heavy Duty Replacement Trimmer Head

Why We Like It

The 4680 Grass Gator trimmer head fits almost any gas trimmer and includes a steel bladed head meant for tackling heavy weeds and brush. When mounted, this head can make short work of dense weed cover.

At just over one pound in overall weight, it is also among the most substantial and durable replacement heads on the market.

Our Take Away

We find the Grass Gator 4680 to be an excellent tool for going through unruly weeds, even on huge properties. One thing to note, though, is that it should be mounted on a reasonably powerful string trimmer for optimal results.

The manufacturer also recommends the use of this steel blade head – for gas trimmers 25cc or higher.

See More Information on the Grass Gator Blade Head

 

 

Best Fixed “6-Steel Blade”: Replacement Head – Kingdoway

KIING DO WAY Trimmer Head Cutter Trimmer Replacement Head 6 Steel Blades Razors 65Mn Trimmer Head Cutter Grass Weed Eater Brush Cutter Tool for String Trimmer

Why We Like It

6 Razor Sharp steel blades for heavy-duty weed and light brush trimming. Good reviews from users.

Our Take Away

While innovative and more unique than the Gator model on this list, the Kingdoway is an extremely well-designed replacement trimmer head that offers more capability than either traditional trimmer line or plastic blade options.

We’ve found that this trimmer head is durable, easy to use, and very suitable for the homeowner who frequently trims heavy brush as well as grass. Caution in making sure it is compatible with your trimmer.

“Great user reviews” for this product – but many mentions also about needing washers for adapting this head to your trimmer. This product is not sold with adapters or washers.

See More Information on The KingDoway Trimmer Head

 

 

Best “Brand Specific” Trimmer Heads and Spools

The following Replacement Heads or Spools – Are Made for a Specific String trimmer Brand.

 

 

Oregon Gator SpeedLoad: For Stihl – Husqvarna Brand Trimmers

Oregon Gator SpeedLoad #24-200 4-1/4' Replacement String Trimmer Head & Line System for Gas Trimmers. Fits Ryobi, Homelite & More

 

Why We Like It

Another variant of a fixed-line head is the Oregon Gator SpeedLoad, which uses a “pre-coiled” disk which includes .095 upgraded trimmer line. The spool which can be loaded in 20 seconds – is done with No Tools and No Winding making this patented system “frustration-free”.

Like other universal trimmer head replacements, the Oregon Gator SpeedLoad is also extremely versatile and is said to fit about 95 percent of gas string trimmers on the market.

It should be noted that this model does not work as an electric string trimmer replacement head.

Our Take Away

Given its unique and innovative solution to the problem of winding line onto a spool, the Oregon Gator SpeedLoad stands out in our view. We believe that this model dramatically improves the trimming capabilities of most machines and will help you make easy work of your lawn weeds

While the manufacturer claims it fits 95% of Weed Eaters manufactured, the specs only indicate the Big 3 and a few others. Contact Oregon Mfg. to confirm your size – if questions.

See More Information on the Gator Speed Load Head

 

 

EGO Power+ AH1300 – 15” Trimmer Head (Cordless Weed Eater)

EGO Power+ AH1300 15-Inch String Trimmer Head with Pre-Wound Spool for EGO 15-Inch String Trimmer ST1501-S/ST1500-S

 

Why We Like It

This replacement head for EGO’s line of 56-volt battery-powered trimmers is a bump feed model that comes already wound with 15 feet of .095 string trimmer line.

This replacement head is designed to fit the EGO ST-1501S and ST-1500S models, and the Power+ AH1300 model string trimmers.

This EGO factory replacement head features an Easy-load trimmer head system. When you run low, you can also opt to buy an additional trimmer line spool only- and be ready to replace this one without hassle.

Our Take Away

The AH1300 trimmer head is made with EGO’s inherent quality, and we found this head does a great job under almost any conditions.

The natural feed feature is a particular time-saver, This head features the convenience of utilizing a pre-loaded bump feed spool.

See More Information on the EGO Trimmer Head Replacement

 

 

Black & Decker – “Eventronic”

Eventronic Line String Trimmer Replacement Spool, 30ft 0.065' Autofeed Replacement Spools Compatible with Black+Decker String Trimmers (8-Line Spool + 1 Cap+1 Spring)

 

Why We Like It

This “8-Pack” of automatic feed replacement spool makes it easy to change nearly the entire line up of Black & Decker trimmers.

These spools come with a whopping 30 ft. of .065 trimmer line that can be installed simply by removing the trimmer cap, removing the old spool and inserting the new one. No hand winding is required. Swap it – And Go.

Our Take Away

The Black & Decker Eventronic replacement trimmer line head is a major convenience for owners of Black & Decker electric trimmers. We think that this spool replacement system is one of the standout replacement heads for electric trimmer models and Black & Decker in particular.

Get More Information on the Black & Decker Head from Eventronic

 

 

Greenworks Brand – Replacement Trimmer “Spools” (3-Pack)

Greenworks .065-Inch Dual Line String Trimmer Replacement Spool 3-Pack 2900719

Why We Like It

Like the previously listed EGO model, the Greenworks (3-Pack) replacement heads, are easily changeable spools that come pre-loaded with trimmer line for user convenience.

These spools are compatible with the Greenworks 2101602 and 2101602A models and come loaded with 0.065-inch trimmer line.

Our Take Away

The Greenworks replacement spools are a fast and easy way to keep your Greenworks trimmer working without the hassle of winding new line onto empty spools.

Instead of spending your time tediously putting line onto a spool, you can spend more of your valuable time accomplishing useful yard tasks.

See More Information for the Greenworks Replacement Spools

 

Craftsman Brand – Replacement Trimmer “Spools”

CRAFTSMAN String Trimmer Line, 0.065- Inch, 3-Pack Spools (CMZST0653)

 

Why We Like It

Craftsman’s replacement spools are made specifically to fit the company’s top line of electric weed trimmers. As such, they are made well and come loaded with 30 ft of .065 quality trimmer line that stands up to hard use for tall grass and weeds.

Our Take Away

If you own a Craftsman electric trimmer, we strongly recommend this three-pack of pre-loaded spools. Having an extra spool or two on hand is always wise, and using pre-wound replacement spools helps ensure that your up and running again quickly.  See the model compatibility to confirm these replacement spools will fit your string trimmer.

See More Information for Craftsman Replacement Spools

 

WORX Brand- 6-pack Replacement “Spools”

WORX WA0010 6-Pack Replacement Trimmer Line for Select Electric String Trimmers

Why We Like It

This 6-pack of WORX replacement spools shows the brand’s attention to convenience and quality. Each spool comes loaded with DNA2 Double-Helix .065 cutting line that is rated at a tensile strength of 100 pounds.

WORX trimmer line strength, allows it to be used on thick grass and weeds without undue amounts of line breakage.

The WORX specially designed trimmer line is designed to give way when you hit a solid object – making it less likely to snap your line when working around trees, fences or rocks.

Our Take Away

WORX electric trimmer owners will do well to pick up one of the 6-pack replacement spool packages. Given their quality and the general durability of WORX products, we find that such a large number of spools can keep you supplied for quite a while.

We also find that these spools are loaded with some of the best string trimmer line available for any electric trimmer.

See More Information for The WORX Replacement Spools

 

 

“Weed Eater Brand” – Replacement Spools (6-Pack)

Thten Weed Eater Spools Compatible with Black and Decker RS-136 ST4500 ST1000 ST4000 GE600 CST800 ST6800 String Trimmer Replacement Spool Line 20ft 0.065' Edger Refills Parts Auto-Feed 4 String+1 Cap

 

Why We Like It

Last on our list of the best weed eater replacement head options is the replacement spool for the Weed Eater brand itself. This spool, loaded with a very generous 30 feet of 0.065 line, comes complete with a built-in trimmer cap and extra retainer and spring.

The sturdy ABS construction of the spool body makes it suitable for extended use, even under challenging conditions.

Our Take Away

As the brand that first introduced string trimmers to the broader consumer market, Weed Eater has always maintained a high product quality.

In our opinion, these replacement spools live up to that reputation and will do an excellent job of cutting through grass and weeds in most contexts.

See More Information for the Weedeater Replacement Spools

 

 

ECHO Brand – “Universal” Speed Feed 400 – Replacement Head

Echo 99944200907 Speed-Feed 400 Universal Trimmer Head

Note: This model is also our Featured “Editors Pick” but is also a genuine Echo OEM part and will fit specific Echo Trimmer models: PAS-225, GT-2200, SRM-225, SRM-280

The Echo Speed Feed 400 (99944200907) – Bump -To-Advance Replacement head Is not only designed to for Echo curved and straight shaft trimmers, but it is also compatible with many other weed eaters including Stihl, & Husqvarna to name a few.

Check out This Echo Speed Feed Demo – To see just How Easy It is To Use!

 


With the speed-feed design from Echo – you simply feed 20ft. Of .095 trimmer line into the spool, pull equal 10’ lengths to either side, turn the spool cap to wind – and you’re done – with a super quick change out.

Bottom line: If you have a large lot, and do a ton of weed whacking – this is definitely one of the very best weed eater heads you can buy.  That is, assuming it’s compatible with your string trimmer model that is.

Most users claim this is a “one and done” replacement head – and it is also one that many professional landscapers choose to use.

See More Information for the ECHO Speed-Feed Head

 

Conclusion:

Regardless of which one of these best string trimmer replacement head options you choose, you’ll find added function and convenience for your trimmer.

We recommend to always check string trimmer compatibility – before buying a trimmer replacement head.

There are few things worse than buying a new head only to discover that it doesn’t quite fit your string trimmer correctly.

To assist with that, we’ve listed a few of the more popular brand-specific heads, that should only be used on those factories specific models.

While the “Universal” trimmer head models typically indicate specific brands they will fit – we also suggest you still make sure the head will fit your weed eater before buying it. When in doubt – contact the supplier first.

Also, keep in mind that instructions on how to replace string trimmer head will vary, so be sure to read all directions before you start trying to install your new replacement head.

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Kevin

As a Homeowner, Builder, and Property Developer/Manager for 30+ years, I’ve worn a lot of “different hats”, and In that capacity, owned or used about every tool or piece of home equipment one can think of. Managing property in Michigan, Arizona, and Florida, also allows us to test many of the products we review firsthand, and in vastly different climates and conditions. Our goal at BestHomeGear.Com is to share the first-hand experience by providing exceptional Home & Garden Techniques, Product Reviews, and useful DIY Guides for our faithful readers - Homeowners like you. We trust you will find BestHomeGear.Com very informative - and extremely helpful.

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