Grass Trimmer Buying Guide
Grass Trimmers 101
Types of Grass Trimmers
Grass Trimmer Safety Tips:
• Wear hearing protection for all trimmers that emit noise
• Ensure rocks and small animals are out of the path of your trimmer
• Do not operate the trimmer in rain or cut wet or damp grass
• Before use, make sure your trimmer is securely assembled and not damaged
• Always cut away from yourself, never toward yourself
Grass Trimmer Features
Straight Shaft +
The trimmer's shaft transfers power from your trimmer’s motor to its blades. A straight shaft provides longer reach that comes in handy for getting under bushes and shrubs.
Curved Shaft +
A curved shaft is lighter and easier to handle than a straight shaft. This design is best suited for short-range lawn tasks such as precision trimming.
Spilt Shaft +
A spilt-shaft design allows easy conversion of the trimmer to an edger, leaf blower and similar tools.
Rotating Head +
Some trimmers have rotating heads that can be swivelled to a vertical position for edging. It’s great for small areas, but bigger jobs are better tackled with a dedicated edger.
Bump Advance +
A bump advance feeds new line to your trimmer with just a quick bump to the trimmer head. Manual line feeding interrupts your work and usually dirties your hands.
Carry Aid +
Prolonged trimming can tax your back, arm and shoulder muscles. This feature allows you to carry your trimmer easily with the help of a shoulder harness.
Top-Mounted Motor +
Trimmers with top-mounted motors are easier to handle and better balanced. All gas trimmers have top-mounted motors.
Engine Type +
If you’re looking for a quick-start gas trimmer, then you should opt for a four-stroke engine. These models also pollute less than the two-stroke variety, but they do weigh a bit more.
Centrifugal Clutch +
A centrifugal clutch is a nice safety add-on for gas trimmers; it allows the motor to operate without the cutting line spinning.
Starting Aids +
It can be challenging at times to get a gas-powered trimmer started. A spring-assisted starting aid makes that process easier. It especially comes in handy for cold days when your trimmer engine needs time to heat up.
Translucent Fuel Tank +
This allows you to see exactly when your fuel tank is running low. You’ll know when to buy more gas, and are less likely to be stuck with a dead trimmer halfway through a job.
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Grass Trimmer Maintenance Tips:
• Filters (air and fuel) must be cleaned on a regular basis to prevent dirt and debris from getting into the engine
• Replace filters every season
• Clean your trimmer and spray it with degreaser before storing. This will prevent rusting and future malfunction due to caked-on dirt.
• Replace the cutting line of your trimmer every season as it will degrade over time
• Change the oil on your gas trimmer after the first 10 hours and then after every 25 hours