Our daily routine may include a lot of attention and dedication to take care about our garden, grass blades and, weeds. When we need to work in our garden we are always searching for the best technique and most efficient devices. Usually small gardens don’t require those big machines in wheels in order to cut grass, but you can mow and keep it clean thanks to different weed eaters that you can buy in the market.
Using a weed eater can be quite easy but also dangerous. It is easy because it does the work for you. All you have to do is hold the weed eater and these types of “monsters” will keep your enemies away from you. On the other hand, it is necessary to understand the risk when you hold the weed eater and also the proper way to use it to avoid any damage.
Besides being easy and dangerous, you should also know and memorize all the necessary steps of how to start the weed eater and make it function. Nowadays weed eaters can work with gas or with electricity thanks to a plugging cord. Most of these devices have their manual and written instructions on the shaft, which will ease the way you can run them.
Even though these instructions might be quite detailed following them appropriately will help you learn and remember the procedure by heart. Below, we are going to show you how to start a weed eater easily and all the relevant information that you will need to turn on your weed eater.
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Key Steps to Follow
Step 1: Prepare Yourself
First of all, you need to wear the right equipment, such as gloves and the protective goggles. The gloves are necessary for you to safely hold the device in your hand and also to have a better control of it. It will also help in avoiding any unnecessary slip that might cause serious harm. Also, you need to wear your protective goggles to protect your eyes from potential weed leaves, mulch or dirt that tend to fly around while your device is doing its work.
Step 2: Find the Best Terrain
You need to follow the proper rules to make sure your weed eater device works properly. They are not like any other simple equipment which start functioning on a single button push. In order to reduce any possible danger, it is very important to lay down the device on an open field with nothing surrounding it. Thus, when you put it to work you will find it very easy to move the device and mow according to your needs.
Step 3: Check the Fuel Tank
It may look like an unnecessary or added step, but like planes and vehicles that get checked before run, you need to check whether you have filled the fuel tank of a weed eater. Weed eaters have a visible deposit, which makes it easy to notice whether the device has fuel or not.
So, check it. Then you can go ahead with the next step. You should keep this step in mind when you use weed eaters that work with gas. However, for the electricity-run weed eaters, all you have to do is charge the battery and plug it when you want to use it.
Step 4: Into the Topic
After the first three precautionary steps, we are ready to make our weed eater start. Firstly, don’t forget to turn on the device. There is an On-Off button, which is easy to notice. Always press it before moving to the other steps. On the engine part, whether it is on the left or on the right, depending on the brand of the device that you use, you will see a rubber visible button that allows you to notice the fuel.
This button is called the primer bulb. You have to press this bulb five to ten times, depending on the inner reaction of the gas moving from the tank through the lines. The exact number of the pressing depends on the time when the primer bulb starts to strengthen. Then you will have to pass to the next step.
Step 5: Air – Fuel Balance
Once you have pumped enough fuel in the carburetor you will have to keep in mind whether you have used the device lately or stored it for quiet some time without using it. This step is very important because at the choke button, which works as a gear, you will notice a normal run option a cold start option and a third option in between the first two known as half choke.
As we mentioned already, if you have used your weed eater lately, then the normal choke button will be enough as the engine tends to keep the necessary inner energy to start without pressing it hard. If you haven’t been using your device for quit sometime, then you need to set the choke button at the cold start option. After that, you needed to press the throttle to keep the right balance between the fuel and the air.
Step 6: Pull the Rope
Whether your weed eater is on the cold start or the normal run, you will have to pull the rope several times until the propeller of the weed eater starts working. If you have switched the choke button to the cold run, it would be advisable to lower one position of the button into the middle position.
This way, the engine would not strain. After that, you will have to pull the rope again and the machine will start operating. Now, you can switch the choke button into the normal run option.
Step 7: Enjoy Your Weed Eater
Finally, when you want to start your weed eater, you must show high care and hold the weed eater on those to specific parts of the structure. One hand, usually the right one, sticks to the upper part of the weed eater, at the clutch button and your left hand, at the circle part, in the middle of the weed eater.
You need to raise your weed eater to the height of the grass and weed you need to cut and, move it all around your lawn. Also, these weed eaters are equipped with a protective plastic part to restrain leaves and dirt flying and falling into your face and eyes.
Step 8: Take Care of Your Weed Eater
Your weed eater will cut and mow grass on those tiny corner parts of your garden. Where big machines with wheels will not go, your weed eater will do the job. All you have to do is take care of your device. After having done the work, you need to clean the product and remove all the dirt and leaves that might have stuck during the mowing process.
Cleaning is a very easy job, all you have to do is buy one of those cleaning products for weed eaters, use it to spray the whole structure of the weed eater and brush it for a couple of minutes. All the dirt will go away. Also, you have to pay special attention to the propeller, because it is the part that collects a lot of dirt and dust.
Tips to Help You
After showing you the key steps to start your weed eater, all you need to do is mowing and cutting the grass to keep your backyard clean. First of all never forget your goggles as it is very important to cover your eyes. Debris fly everywhere and your eyes can accidentally get hit with something while cleaning.
Also, you can put earmuffs or your headphones if you do not like the noise of your weed eater. Secondly, the way you can hold your weed eater differs on different people. Whether you are a right-handed or left-handed defines on which hand you will hold the trigger and which hand will keep the throttle. You can use your weed eater both ways, as you press the trigger with your point finger or your thumb.
The movement can also be two ways: you can go in a straight direction, keeping your weed eater in a slope position but, you can also move backwards. This way you have to control your speed as you are throwing your steps one at a time. Thirdly, when using a weed eater you can stay on your pavement and cleaning all the edges from the grass or, you can also stay on your grass and directing the device to every angle and corner.
Also, you can use the propeller both ways: vertically to cut the tiny parts of grass or those narrow edges and, horizontally to give your weed eater a much more expansion thus, cutting more grass in a quicker time. Remember that a weed eater can also be used to cut leaves on the trees as all you have to do is to rise the propeller and point it towards your target.