No matter the type of weed eater you have, it is important that you maintain it so that it will last longer for you. Each type of weed eater is maintained in different ways. However, there are maintenance strategies and guidelines that are similar for all of them. Here are some maintenance tips to apply regardless of the type of weed eater that you have:
Go through the maintenance page of your user manual
- Most weed eater owners do not even look at the user manual once before throwing it away with the box it came in. The user manual contains useful information not just on how to assemble and start using the tool but also on how to maintain it so that it will continue to function effectively. So, when you buy your weed eater, take time to go through the user manual in order to know the necessary things that you are supposed to do to maintain your weed eater.
Inspect the trimmer before using it
- Before you start trimming at all, it is advisable that you first check and inspect your weed eater. There are some important parts to check depending on the type of weed eater that you are using. Check the parts and screws to see if any are loosening from the constant vibrations. You should also take a look at the deflector to make sure that it is not broken.
- The head of the trimmer is another important part that you should check in order to ensure that the shaft is free of any debris from the last trimming.
- If you are using a gas powered weed eater, you have to check the fuel tank for leakage. If the tank is empty and you are sure that you did not empty the tank before moving it into store, it is a clear indication that the tank is leaking.
- If you are using a corded weed eater, check the cord and electric outlet to make sure that everything is fine.
- Check the battery if your weed eater is battery powered. In fact, make sure that the battery is charged to the full every time before you start working with it or before you store the batteries.
Always warm up the engine
- Before you start trimming with the machine, it is advisable that you allow it a few minutes to warm up after you have started it. Make sure that the operating temperature has become normal. Release the accelerator trigger to keep the line from spinning while it's idling. However, make sure that the engine is still running. This tip is only applicable for gasoline weed eaters.
- If you are using a gas-powered weed eater, clean and adjust the settings of the carburetor. But, before adjusting the settings of the carburetor, replace the air filters of the carburetor and spark arrestor screens first if necessary.
- Check if the vibration of the trimmer is normal or not by first running the trimmer at the normal operating speed. Check the grips as well as the controls to make sure that all parts are okay and that no metal springs or rubber anti-vibration bushings are missing or broken. This is important because improper vibration can affect your health and also result in operator’s fatigue and numbness in the fingers.
Clean the machine after usage
- After trimming with the machine, make sure that you clean and remove any debris from the machine before moving it into store. Also, it's a good idea to inspect the weed eater again. If your weed eater comes with a catalytic converter exhaust system then you have to check the spark arrestor screen on the muffler exhaust port to ensure that it is not blocked by debris. If the exhaust flow is being blocked by debris then you have to replace the muffler screen.
- If your weed trimmer is powered by gas then you have to change the spark plug after using it for 100 hours. The correct gap setting will normally be stipulated in the user manual and so you can check it for specific advice.
- Check the gearbox at the base of the cutting head for lubricant once a week. Check for grease by removing the cap on the gearbox. You can add more grease if the grease is not sufficient. However, make sure that the gear box is not filled up to the brim.
- If you are using a 2 cycle engine you have to decarbonize the engine after every 150 hours of usage using the right fuel additive. Clean the combustion chamber with the correct two cycle engine additive which is made to clean the combustion chamber and free the rings. Make sure that the tank is filled completely and then use up all fuel before filling it again.