How To Use a String Trimmer The Right Way

How to Use a String Trimmer Like a Pro?

In this article, I will give you a few tips on how to use a string trimmer better. In addition, I’ll show you several techniques that can get be used with your string trimmer.

1) How to Properly Hold the String Trimmer?

First of all, let’s see how you should hold the device to work more efficiently. It is very important because if you don’t do it correctly it could cause an accident or just unpleasantly tiring your hands and arms. Here are some guidelines to use a string trimmer:

Hold the device with both hands so that one hand supports the other. The palm of your dominant hand (the one closest to the trigger) must rest on top of the handle while your non-dominant hand will be below the upper handle. The palms of both hands should be as close to each other as possible and never more than 30 cm apart.

When trimming, keep your arms and elbows straight and let the device do all the work. Do not bend or use your wrist to press down the trimmer trigger. This movement should come from your elbow.

2) How Far away Should I hold my String Trimmer?

For safety reasons, you shouldn’t endanger anyone (especially children) by working too close to them. When using a string trimmer for long edges like along a fence or near pavers, try holding it at least 1 meter away from these objects and work perpendicularly just a few centimeters from them.

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3) Tips to Use a String Trimmer

  • When starting up your trimmer, make sure you press the safety button first – this starts the trimmer up so you don’t accidentally bump the trigger and send a whirring blade towards your face.
  • The trimmer line comes out at a 90-degree angle from the head of the trimmer. If you aren’t sure, take it off and look. The head is easy to remove if you need to do some tidying up or replace the line.
  • If you tap the cutting head against a wall or other solid object, it will cause the line to break off and get all tangled up inside. To fix this, simply remove the spool from the trimmer and cut away any twine that’s snagged on anything. Then there should be enough left to re-spool into place by hand.
  • Keep your line sharp by filing it occasionally. This is done with a special tool that can be purchased cheaply at most hardware stores. Make sure you file in only one direction: if you angle it too much, you’ll damage the line and have to replace it again.
How to use a string trimmer
How to use a string trimmer

4) Spin Direction

It’s important to know which side your cordless string trimmer is on because it can help prevent injury and keep you from cutting grass into flower beds. A right-handed propels debris out of its cut path with the same method as sawing or using other tools, like hacksaws. If one spins clockwise (as seen when looking down at them), then they eject material leftward but are best operated by someone who has their hands closer towards weeds so that head will do most work for them there and vice versa.

It’s important to know which way your trimmer is facing when operating it, and the direction in which you want material ejected. If going forward will put too much stress on a cutter head or shaft of trimmer blades then spin counterclockwise instead.

5) Cutting Technique

What’s the first thing you think of when someone mentions cutting grass with a string trimmer? “It’ll be easy-peasy.” Well, sorry to disappoint but that just isn’t true.

The best way to get the most from your trimmer is by using some tips and tricks. You can cut more precisely than before with these handy tools that will help you save time in painstaking tasks like trimming branches or bushes.

1:  Tapering

Tapering is the gradual reduction in height from your strimmer cut to a finer, closer finish. It allows you some extra room for tapering near objects without cutting too close and damaging your grass by tilting the trimmer head slightly when angling string into the object being trimmed towards.

2:  Edging

To give your grass line an edge, you need a weed wacker with an edging attachment. This is where the blade cuts off at the driveway or sidewalk and makes it look more uniform in appearance by making straight lines instead of curves like before.

Always make sure that when using this type of cutter head on any model trimmer – even ones without customizations-that if there are options available they should be set to vertical strand direction after turning over. So, you get nice clean bumps rather than messy jagged edges.

The trimmer is walked the cut route so it can eject material in a direction opposite from where you are cutting. Be aware that dirt, rocks, and other debris might get pulled up because of this process but by doing it gradually over time with patience-you will avoid any jagged edges or harsh cuts when getting an attractive finish on your project.

3:  Scything

When you need to trim the grass, make a shallow ‘U’ motion with your trimmer as it enters and exits. This will give an even cut that is easy on fences or other obstacles nearby.

4:  Screeding

Screeding is a fast and efficient solution in which you move the trimmer into cracks, cutting evenly against the pavement with ends just glancing off. If done correctly, this will leave your driveway weed-free for years to come.

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How to use a string trimmer

How to Use String Trimmer For Longer?

Keeps your trimmer running smoothly with some preventive maintenance. If you use it as an edger, don’t take the line into thick brush or twigs because this can cause binding and even fracturing of string. When tapping on the ground to extend out extra-long strings so they’re less likely to touch dirt which could sever them completely; make sure that if there are any rocks around where these tasks need to be done then a level surface is used for best results.

If you want to make sure your yard looks its best, use the right equipment. The sound of a string trimmer is important because it tells us how many lines we have and if there are any problems with extension or length that need fixing immediately.

So, they don’t worsen over time since this will cause more work for us in future trimming sessions. Feeding only needs doing when necessary as improper feeding can lead directly toward faster wear on our tools which equals higher costs due to needing new parts.

1: Spool Dimensions

When shopping for a trimmer line, pay attention to the size of the spool head. A larger one will give you more wiggle room in case your string breaks or gets worn down before it’s time.

2: String Sizes

When you’re out fishing with your buddies, do not be that guy who brings the wrong line. The right size and type of string can make all the difference in keeping up appearances – so get it right.

There are many different types to choose from: light-medium duty (.050″–08″), medium/heavyweight (up.105″), or heavy-duty strings exceeding this range will give strong resistance against tangling.

If you find yourself spending more time winding or unwinding your spool, here are three ways that will extend the life of a gas trimmer string:

1) Always store on their side for an even trimming experience.

2) Store with other tools in a dry place without any direct sunlight exposure because this can cause water absorption which weakens strings over time

3). If possible buy new ones rather than re-stringing old ones as they wear out quicker

How to use a string trimmer
How to use a string trimmer


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