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Anis Mohamed

removing a trimmer head I want to replace the trimmer head on my craftsman weed wacker. I don't know how to loosen it or how it actually comes off.

I have a craftsman 2 cycle speedstart gas weedwacker. I would like to take the head out and replace it with a grass gator head.

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Sam A
Thank you for your question on removing the cutter head.

Remove any string left in the head. Then pull the cap off the head. Then remove the C clip inside on the shaft. Then remove the back of the string head.

You will now have a spindle shaft protruding from the driver head.

There will be a slot in the drive head just above the spindle shaft. Put a large flat bladed screwdriver in the slot to hold the driver head while you unscrew the spindle from the head.

You can then replace the Hassle Free head with another style.

Sam A.
by Sam A Earned 707 community points in Craftsman
August 22nd, 2012
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How do i remove the cutting head for the craftsman 4-cycle weed wacker gas trimmer model no. 316.711700
by Manage My Life
August 21st, 2012
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Sam A
The instructions below are directly from the manufacture of the trimmer.


Small Bump Head Removal:



Unscrew the bump knob

Remove inner reel and spring

Outer reel is held on to the shaft with a pal-nut

Cut or break the pal nut with a pair needle nose pliers or whatever you have to remove the nut.


Outer reel should fall off.

If you need to replace this nut for a later time the part number is: 791-610660 for about $ 4.00 and you can order it from: [Sears Parts Direct | searspartsdirect.com?sid=MMLxexpertxmerch] .


I hope this will help.

Sam A.
by Sam A Earned 707 community points in Craftsman
July 13th, 2011
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Anis Mohamed
hi Sam A. i took some photo of the trimmer head but it would not let me upload it because i have a macbook. So is there any other way i can send you these photos
by Anis Mohamed
July 12th, 2011
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Anis Mohamed
hi sam a. i tried to do what u told me but what would be really helpful if u can provide me with some kind of image or images that would help me understand.
by Anis Mohamed
July 12th, 2011
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Sam A
Thank you for the update. I you remove the trimmer head off the mounting shaft it should make it easier.
Remove the cap on the trimmer head then remove the spool, spring, and C clip that holds the trimmer head back housing onto the shaft. Slide the housing down and off the shaft and this will allow you to get a wrench onto the two pieces of the drive shaft. There should be a slot in the piece that's at the bottom of the drive shaft and the squared part on the dive link below. Put a screw driver in the slot and use a wrench on the bottom piece where the back hub of the trimmer head was and separate the two pieces.

Sam A.
by Sam A Earned 707 community points in Craftsman
July 2nd, 2011
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Anis Mohamed
I see a nut. A pair of pliers wouldn't do it unless they were really skinny. It's a tight fit and I can't find the right tool that is thin enough to hold on the nut. Any suggestions on a tool or something. Thank you
by Anis Mohamed
July 2nd, 2011
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Sam A
Thank you for your question.

I can understand wanting to change to a different head on your trimmer.

Thank you for the model number.

If you look at the black shoulder of the head as it comes out of the down tube you will see a slot in the rotating housing.

Put a large flat bladed screw driver in the slot and push it in far enough to lock the rotor and then you can unscrew the threaded head off the trimmer.

If it is a bent shaft unit, remove the head by turning counterclockwise. If it is a straight shaft model you will need to turn the head clockwise to remove the head.

I hope this will help.

Thank you for using Manage My Life.
by Sam A Earned 707 community points in Craftsman
July 1st, 2011
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Anis Mohamed
The model # for the trimmer is 316.791191
by Anis Mohamed
June 30th, 2011
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Manage My Life
Trimmer heads are one item many need some help in taking off. I find my owner's manual is the best help. If you have the model number for your trimmer and add it to the Manual link below, you can access the online manual. Also if you add the model to this thread it will help the expert provide a better answer.
by Manage My Life
June 30th, 2011
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