How to Remove the Cap to Replace the Line of a Homelite Trimmer


Since George Ballas’s invention of the tool in the early 1970s, Homelite has been in the string trimmer business, manufacturing and selling a variety of string trimmer types. The Homelite design has seen several changes over the years, and as a result, the most recent iterations, which may have either a straight or curved shaft, are both more efficient and lighter than their predecessors. The trimmer head, which is responsible for holding the spool that is home to the string, has also undergone development and is now more dependable and simpler to rewind than its predecessors. These days, the head of a string trimmer often has either a cover with tabs or one that screws onto the trimmer shaft. There are a few different approaches to taking off the coverings.

  1. To stop the engine on the Homelite string trimmer, turn the power off. Disable the device by detaching its power supply or pulling the spark plug wire from its ignition.

  2. Flip the trimmer over and take a look at its cutting head. If there is a nut in the centre of the cover, then the cover cannot be removed unless the nut has been unscrewed first. In the event that you do not find a nut, the cover may have tabs that need to be pressed in order for the cover to be removed.

  3. If the cover has a nut in the middle of it, you should hold the string head. If the nut is black, you may unscrew it by rotating it in the opposite direction of clockwise. To unscrew the nut, spin it counterclockwise if it is red in colour. After the nut has been removed, the cover may be removed from the head by lifting it off.

    If the cover doesn’t contain a nut, you should rest your hand on the cover itself. Put your fingertips over the cover so that you can feel the two tabs that are located on opposing sides of the cover. Pull up on the lid while simultaneously squeezing the tabs together to open the package. The cover ought should peel off without any difficulty.


    If you need to change the line on the string trimmer, be sure you use the line size that is advised for the specific type of string trimmer you have. The majority of models accept line with a diameter between 0.80 and 0.95 inches, however some can take line with a wider diameter for tasks that need greater force.


    Under no circumstances should you attempt to change the string while the motor of the trimmer is still running. If the clutch is engaged and the head rotates, you run the risk of suffering significant injuries.