Weed Trimmer Maintenance

 

Weed Trimmer Maintenance

As a homeowner, you like to keep your yard looking nice and clean. Part of this process is using a power tool such as a weed trimmer or grass trimmer to trim areas of your yard that your mower cannot reach. Owning a trimmer requires some weed trimmer maintenance that should be done to extend the life of your tool. There are also some safety tips you need to know so that you do not get hurt while using this valuable tool around the yard. This article will cover maintenance for gas, electric and cordless trimmer models.

Gas Powered Trimmer Models

Here are some gas powered trimmer maintenance and safety tips:

  • Always wear protective goggles or some type of safety glasses when trimming as this will prevent injury to the eyes.
  • Wear gloves.
  • Always use fresh gasoline at the start of the trimming season.
  • Drain out the old gas at the end of the trimming season or let the motor run until it stops.
  • Dispose the old gas in the gas can according to local the ordinances.
  • Store gasoline in an approved container.
  • Never pour gasoline in the tank when the engine is hot allow it to cool first.
  • For two-cycle models, mix the gasoline and oil according the instructions in the owner’s manual.
  • Replace the spark plug after two years of use.
  • Check the air filter to determine if it needs cleaning. Trimming creates dust and the filter needs to be clean for the engine to run smoothly. Replace the filter with the one specified in the owner’s manual.
  • Replace the fuel filter every third year according to the owner’s manual.
  • Wear long trousers and sturdy shoes as exposed skin can get scratched from debris being tossed with the force of a weed trimmer.
  • Check the gearbox on the trimmer head. It uses grease. Refill the grease according to the instructions in the owner’s manual.
  • Clean out any carbon buildup in the muffler.
  • Blow out the cooling fins on the engine. This will prevent the engine from overheating.
  • Replace the line with the size according to the instructions in the owner’s manual.
  • Rewind the line according to the owner’s manual.
  • Replace the head as necessary.

Electric Trimmers

Here are some electric trimmer’s maintenance and safety tips:

  • Always wear protective goggles or some type of safety glasses.
  • Wear long trousers and study shoes.
  • Wear gloves.
  • Check the extension cord for any wear or cracks. Replace the cord with the type specified in the owner’s manual.
  • Check the gearbox on the trimmer head. It uses grease. Refill the grease according to the instructions in the owner’s manual.
  • Replace the line with the size according to the owner’s manual.
  • Rewind the line and replace the head as necessary according to the instructions in the owner’s manual.
  • Blow out the cooling fins on the engine to prevent overheating.
  • Check the air filter if your model has one, to determine if it needs cleaning. Trimming creates dust and the filter needs to be clean for the engine to run smoothly. Replace the filter with the one specified in the owner’s manual.
  • Store trimmer.

Battery Powered Trimmers

Here are some battery powered trimmer maintenance and safety tips:

  • Always wear safety glasses or goggles when trimming to protect the eyes from injury.
  • Wear trousers and sturdy shoes.
  • Wear gloves.
  • Check the battery for any wear, cracks or leaks. Replace with the type specified in the owner’s manual.
  • Replace the line with the size according to the owner’s manual.
  • Rewind the line and replace the head as necessary according to the instructions in the owner’s manual.
  • Blow out the cooling fins on the engine to prevent overheating.
  • Check the air filter if your model has one, to determine if it needs cleaning. Trimming creates dust and the filter needs to be clean for the engine to run smoothly. Replace the filter with the one specified in the owner’s manual.
  • Check the gearbox on the trimmer head. It uses grease. Refill the grease according to the instructions in the owner’s manual.
  • Store trimmer.

Conclusion

One final tip, centrifugal clutches are notoriously unreliable. Always shut the engine off before servicing the head if your model comes with one as not all models have a centrifugal clutch.

Warranty information on weed trimmers vary from 1 to 7 years depending upon the manufacturer and model purchased.

We hope that this weed trimmer maintenance article has been helpful for your trimming needs. If you properly maintain your trimmer, it should last you a very long time.

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Weed Trimmer Review

 

Weed Trimmers

Trimmers Trim in Areas Where Mowers Cannot Reach

Do you have places where your lawn mower cannot cut? Do you have difficulty in mowing the grass along a fence or post? Do you have bushes where the grass seems to grow and the lawn mower cannot reach? If your answer to any of these questions is a yes, then you need to consider purchasing a weed trimmer. The weed trimmer review will provide the consumer with information about weed trimmers (grass trimmers, line trimmers, string trimmers or weed eaters) are some other names these power tools go by in the trade.

What Is A Weed Trimmer?

A weed trimmer is a power tool that uses one or two nylon lines which are powered with such force to cut (trim) grass and weeds in places where the lawn mower cannot reach. They work very well along fences, posts, edges of sidewalks and driveways, and under bushes. Most of these models can even trim tall weeds. Using a weed trimmer helps your yard looking great.

What Is The Power Formats of Trimmers?

Weed trimmers come in three main power formats and they are: cordless or battery, electric and gas powered models.  We will explain each of these formats in greater detail below to help you determine which one is best for you.

If you are concerned about the environment, then consider buying an electric or battery powered weed trimmer.

Cordless or Battery Powered Trimmers

Here is some battery or cordless trimmer information:

  • Battery powered or cordless electric trimmers are Eco-friendly and offer push-button starts and easy upkeep.
  • Limited run time.
  • Depending upon the manufacturer, the run times can vary from 24 minutes and up to 1 hour.
  • Re-charging the battery may take from a few hours and up to 10 hours or more.
  • It’s recommend that you consider purchasing a back-up battery so you can trim longer to complete the job.
  • These models are less noisy and do not require earplugs.
  • These models are generally less expensive than gas powered trimmers.

Electric Power Trimmers

Electric power trimmer information:

  • Electric power trimmers are Eco-friendly for the environment.
  • Provide unlimited run time.
  • Limitation only to the location of a power outlet.
  • Limited to the length of the extension cord.
  • Easy upkeep.
  • Easy starting.
  • Less noisy and some models do not require earplugs.
  • These models are generally less expensive than gas powered trimmers.

Gas Powered Trimmers

Gas power trimmer information:

  • Gas powered trimmers provide great mobility.
  • Unlimited run time.
  • Require refueling.
  • Some models cannot be used in California due to CARB (California Air Resource Board) compliance restrictions.
  • Require maintenance and upkeep.
  • Storage of gas.
  • Gas stabilizer should be used to keep gas fresh.
  • Noisy and wearing earplugs are recommended.
  • More expensive than battery or electric powered models.

Conclusion

Deciding on which weed trimmer to purchase will depend upon some factors such as your budget and the amount of trimming your yard needs after mowing. Another factor to consider is the knowing the farthest location from the electric outlet you need to trim if purchasing an electric model. Most electric trimmer manufacturers have a restriction of 100 feet for the extension cord. Be sure your electric model will reach that point.

We hope that this weed trimmer review was helpful and has provided you with knowledge so you can purchase the weed trimmer that is best for your needs. Please review our article on weed trimmer maintenance as this information should be helpful in keeping your trimmer in top shape.

Some of these weed trimmers have been reviewed by Consumer Reports Magazine May, 2011 issue and come highly recommended by them.

Happy trimming!

Shop Weed Trimmers

You can shop for weed trimmers in this section. Just click on an image of interest and you will be taken to Amazon to make your purchase and see the latest prices.

Gas Powered Trimmers


Craftsman Gas Powered Trimmer

Husqvarna Gas Powered Trimmer

Husqvarna Curved Shaft Gas Powered Trimmer

Lawn Master Gas Powered Trimmer

Battery Powered Trimmers


GreenWorks 40V 12-Inch Cordless Trimmer

GreenWorks 24V Battery Trimmer

Black & Decker Hedge Trimmer

WORKS 12-Inch 20V Battery Trimmer

Electric Trimmers


Earthwise 2-1 Electric Trimmer

GreenWorks 13-Inch Electric Trimmer

Black & Decker Electric Trimmer

WORX Electric Lawn Edger

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Weed Trimmers

 

Do you have a yard where the lawn mower cannot mow certain areas? Do you have weeds that need trimming? This is where weed trimmers come to the rescue. These tools are also known as string trimmers or grass trimmers in the trade.

There are three basic types of weed trimmers and they are battery or cordless, electric and gas powered models. Read our article on weed trimmer review to help you decide on which model is best for your needs. The article provides information on the three types of trimmers.

These tools also need upkeep and maintenance to keep them running in tip top shape. Read our article on weed trimmer maintenance to learn what type of maintenance is required for the type of model purchased.

Below you will find some of the top selling weed trimmers. Some of these models come highly recommended by Consumer Reports May, 2011 issue. If you like to see all of the models, select the link that you direct you to the weed trimmer store where you will find over hundreds of models to choose from and accessories.

Check out these weed trimmers and order yours now!

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