Starting a Stubborn Weed Eater: Tips!

Part of living green means that we utilize our tools, take care of them properly, and use them to preserve our lawn, garden, and home. The tool that I would like to focus on today is the weed eaters.  Weeds grow every where and using a weed wacker is a better choice than spraying toxic chemicals on lawn. Whether you’re using weed eaters or other tools proper maintenance and preventive care is important to save energy, money and keep your lawn and garden looking beautiful. With the proper knowledge and care you can keep your weed eater running for many years without spending a lot of time and money. Below are some tips to help you start your weed eater and prevent breakdowns. 

If you buy a strong weed eater/wacker you may not find it difficult to start the first time. But, as the machine gets older and the years go by, you may begin to find it difficult to start. This is because the more you use a machine, the more it wears out. Older machines, including weed eaters, do not get gas easily into their cylinder head and you may have to do that yourself in order to start it. 

Hard starting is not only limited to old weed eaters. Sometimes, new weed eaters may be hard to start. If you are finding it difficult to start your weed eater, you might find this article helpful.

Check the gas tank to ensure there is gas in it.

Sometimes some people may not know that there is no gas or fuel in their gas tank. They think that their string trimmer is not functioning very well only to discover later that there is no fuel in the gas tank. So, make sure that there is enough fuel in your tank before concluding that it is hard-starting. This might seem obvious, but on occasion all of us can make silly mistakes like this!

Use a spark plug wrench to remove the plug from the machine.
  • Sometimes, accumulation of carbon deposit on the rim point of the spark plug may cause it not to start. If there is build up of carbon there, remove it and clean the spark plug using a small flat head screwdriver or steel wool. But you have to be careful when you are removing the carbon build-up so that you will not break the white ceramic insulator on the head. After getting rid of the carbon, you can replace the spark plug into the chamber.
  • Put on the choke and prime it 3 times. Whenever you prime it you have to wait for 4 seconds before priming again.
Pull the starter rope.
  • Having gone through the above steps, now it is the time to try again to start your string trimmer. Draw the starter rope continuously until the engine starts. Since the choke is the first step, it has to rev up a little and stop. Now put off the choke and pull the starter rope again a couple of times. If the spark plug is good the engine should start. But if it is already dead, the engine will not start. In that case you have to put on a replacement spark plug. However, ensure that you put on the correct spark plug. Write down the number of the old spark plug and order a similar one.
Clean the spark plug arrestor screen
  • This feature ensures that hot particles do not escape the muffler. The escape of hot particles from the muffler can lead to dangerous sparks that might cause a fire. However, it is also possible for the plug arrestor screen to be clogged up. If it is clogged, it can cause the engine not to start. So, you have to clean it and then put it back

By following the steps above, you should be able to start almost any gas weed eater. If you still can’t get it to start, you may have to consider taking it to a technician to see if they can figure out the problem.

Take care of your lawn and garden by using the proper tools and make your lawn the envy of the neighborhood!

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Weed eaters are a great gift for that gardener in your family — whether it’s a last-minute Christmas gift or any time of the year!

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