How to Maintain Your Weed Eater

What do you need to do to take care of a weed eater? We'll explain. Learn how to keep your weed eater working for easy landscaping.

Weed Eater Maintenance: Making Weed Eaters Last Longer

No matter the type of weed eater you have, it is very important to properly maintain it. After a good weed removing session, they need becomes even greater. Timely cleaning and maintenance of weed eaters help to improve their longevity. The task is time-consuming, sure but not that difficult. Once you get your hands set, it'll take only take you a few minutes then. Regardless of the brand and the model, proper maintenance of weed eaters follow similar guidelines.

Here are some of our top tips to help make the task both efficient and effective for you:

Why to Go through the User Manual of your Weed Eater

Remember the small booklet that you received with your weed eater? Take it out. Go through the maintenance page of your user manual. This space will contain all the information that can help you disassemble and assemble the tool when you maintain your weed eater. Knowing the correct around your weed eater will even save you time.

Why to Invest in a High-Quality Detergent for your Weed Eater

In the process of maintaining your weed eater, cleaning is the first step. You just need water and detergent and you are good to go. However, you should avoid harsh detergents as they may harm the structure of the tool. Stick to the gentle dishwasher detergents. Use the water and detergent mixture to clean off any grease stains that you find on the surface of the weed eater. When cleaning the filter of the tool, try to use fresh soapy water as they’re more fragile that the outer surface of weed eaters.

How to Perform a Thorough Inspection of your Weed Eater

A weed eater is a very complicated tool with many screws and parts. To maintain your weed eater, you need to check for any missing parts and screws. Over time these screws and parts tend to become loose due to the vibration of the tool when in use. Always check the head of the weed eater after every use to ensure that no debris stays trapped in it. Even the grass deflector needs to be checked. If any part is found broken or lose, it is better to replace it.

Why you should Keep Replacing the String at Regular Intervals

The string used in a weed eater has a specific lifetime. They need to be changed after a certain period. Replacing strings is one of the key steps for effectively maintaining weed eaters. New strings help to maintain the same level of durability and speed of the tool. You should try to replace the string every three months.

Ensure the Spark Plug of the Weed Eater is Always in Good Condition

The spark plug helps to indicate the total lifetime of the weed eater. It changes color according to its usage by owners. Try to empty the tank every four months. If the spark plug turns black in color, you should immediately get it replaced. It is advisable to get the spark plug changed every hundred hours, depending on your model.

There is another part in a weed eater called the spark arrestor. You should clean the spark arrestor after using your machine for 24 hours in total. A wire brush and carbon cleaner work best for this.

Always Empty the Fuel Tank of the Weed Eater after Every Use

By doing this, you will be able to remove the settling of any oil particle in the tool. Otherwise, the longevity of the weed eater can be negatively affected. The fuel that has been left to sit in weed eaters can cause carbon, varnish, and gum development on the different parts of the weed eater. After emptying the full tank pull the cord a couple of times to clear any fuel from the weed eater’s lines or carburetor. You should take care to ensure that the fuel lines, valves, carburetor, etc., remain clear. You can try installing a fuel stabilizer to the gas can as well.

Safety Tip: Before you start the task of maintaining your weed eater, ensure that the power button of the weed eater is off. The spark plug wire should also be disconnected. In addition to all this, you should empty the gas tank of the tool without fail before every maintenance session.

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