Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 55
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mechanic Echo Speed Feed 400
I recently purchased the Echo Speed Feed 400 for a commercial trimmer that it did not fit and I just thought I wonder if this fits on my Toro commercial string trimmer with the Expand It straight shaft trimmer attatchment that I purchased from HD.......and it does. I then tried it on my Ryobi 40 volt trimmer with the Expand It Attatchment and it fit also. So far it seems to be a nice upgrade over the factory installed trimmer head.
There are some questions about the product where the answer says it won't fit the Expand It straight trimmer attachment so I have included a few pics to verify the fact that it does. It loads and feeds the trimmer line very smoothly and as far as the reviews that say it doesn't last and it wears out fast .......I guess only time will tell. If that be the case I will post an update. I am honestly posting now for those who want to purchase the Echo Speed Feed 400 for the Toro or Ryobi and I can only guess but it is almost a 100 percent positive guess that it will also fit the Homelite Expand It straight trimmer attatchment also since all are made by Techtronic Industries
To get the Echo Speed Feed 400 to fit on the straight shaft Expand It Trimmer attatchment. You will need to remove the factory installed adapter bushing (see pic) using two16 mm wrenches or a wrench on the bottom hex and a socket.on the top adapter. They are left hand threads so loosening is turning the adapter in a clockwise manner. Clockwise and counter clockwise are determined as you are facing the bolt or adapter bushing looking at it from the top.
After removal of the factory adapter ( see pic) you will see the threaded shaft that the Speed Feed 400 adapter bushing must thread on to. You will need to remove the installed adapter pressed into the Speed Feed 400 trimmer head since that is not the correct one for the Expand it attatchment. You will have to disassemble the Speed Feed 400 head to remove the factory installed threaded adapter. No worry it presses out with just fingertip pressure but it comes factory pre installed to fit Echo Shindaiwa products and not Expand It attatchment trimmers. Take pics of the Speed Feed 400 on your phone or some type of photographi device or video as you disassemble it to help with reassembly if need to. It will be easier to reassemble the trimmer head without the trimmer line installed plus it will give you an idea as to how it works also. Also the trimmer spool can be installed backwards if disassembled and the reassembled incorrectly. It comes pre installed for straight shaft left hand rotation trimmers but it can also be reversed for curved shaft right hand rotation trimmers as well so make sure the L is facing out. A piece of tape or mark on the trimmer line spool on the side facing out or the ground side as you are trimming with it will help with the correct orientation as you reassemble it. As long as you see the L however meaning for left hand rotation straight shaft trimmers you have installed it correctly. If you see the R then you should be installing the Speed Feed 400 on a right hand rotation curved shaft trimmer.
Find the adapter bushing in the Speed Feed 400 kit that fits the Expand It attatchment threads and press this one in place of the factory installed adapter bushing installed in the same way as the one you removed. Reassemble the Speed Feed 400 without trimmer line after installing the correct adapter bushing and thread it onto the Expand it shaft. it threads and tightens in a counter clockwise rotation. Remember they are left hand threads and loosening and tightening are opposite the more popular right hand threads. Now you will also see how easy it is to load the trimmer line and as you use your new Echo Speed Feed 400 trimmer head on your Ryobi Toro Homelite Expand it straight shaft trimmer hopefully your experience will be a pleasant one also.
June 13, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Rustyplbg Average to better trim head
I have an Echo trimmer so all the attachments are unnecessary - instructions don't say that. Missing tool to remove old head, probably should be included in package. Instructions to reload new trim line were cartoonish and did not explain process very well. However, it works well and was easy to reload the new line.
One problem is that the lower half is a two prong friction fit attachment. I see this wearing out very quickly and me being in need of another trim head. Planned obsolecence.......
June 14, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jonesboy Loading String Is Not a Chore Now!
I have mowed lawns for 20+ years now, and have never used a trimmer head that is this easy to load and it still operates as good as any trimmer head I have used before. This is the only one I will use from now on! Cut a 15-20' piece of trimmer line, feed it through the eyelets evenly, twist the head to load the trimmer line, and take off trimming again! Be sure to hold the top piece of the trimmer head that meets your trimmer shaft while twisting the actual trimmer head to load the trimmer line. You can load the line in 20-30 seconds!!! Fit perfectly on our Redmax Trimmer.
May 17, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by OldChief So far, so good!
I purchased this for my Stihl Kombi split shaft line trimmer attachment. Everything I needed was in the package. I used the green universal fit female bushing adapter and it screwed right on the threaded, rotating spindle of the attachment. I had to use the included spacer. I loaded string and took it out for a "spin". It worked very well. The only draw back to the Universal Speed Feed head is the spacer. There's a large gap between the trimmer head and the Kombi's factory face plate that will allow long grass & weed stems to get wound up between the face plate and the trimmer head. Other than that, the Echo Universal Speed Feed 400 trimmer head is working very well. Now, I no longer have to dismantle the line head, being careful not to lose the spring and other parts/pieces, remove the internal spool, rewind new line, then reassemble. With some pre-cut line in my pocket, I can reload the trimmer head in 30 seconds and be back up and running. Time will tell as to the durability of the product with use.
June 6, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by mikeydug JUNK!
will not advance line, or snaps line off at exit holes, is easy to load but that's it, have to manually advance line.
June 18, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Greatsaw Good trimmer
Installation instructions could be more clear as to how to install the unit.
May 31, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by cubcadetfan EXCELLENT BUY
Easy fit, screwed right on. Comes with super tough line. Bump n feed works perfect. Simple to reload and wind new line. Highly recommend this.
May 25, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kennybob66 Great Purchase!!!
This was esy to install and worked even better than expected. I had pyrchased other peoducts that did not perform as well. Thank You!!!
June 7, 2016