How To Mow Electric Trimmer With Fishing Line
Working with a trimmer is quite simple. Simpler than with an ordinary scythe-Lithuanian. But everywhere there is a specificity, therefore, before mastering a new technique, you should do what many leave for later. Carefully read the instructions. This is already enough to roughly understand how to use the trimmer, refuel it, figure out how to charge its battery or connect it to the mains.
Getting started with safety
Of the protective devices, glasses and gloves recommended by the instructions do not interfere, but the most important is the protection of the legs. A cutting tool, especially when mowed with a gas trimmer with metal knives, rotating at high speeds, picks up debris, pebbles and scraps of vegetation that fly apart at such a speed that they can cause injury to humans. Therefore, it is advisable to work in trousers and closed shoes or boots.
What will happen if you don’t protect your legs?
As for ear protection, a tangible need for this arises only for the “loudest” gas trimmer. Based on a two-stroke engine. They are usually equipped with special headphones with a headband necessary to reduce sound pressure on the eardrum.
Preparing the trimmer for work
Preparation of the trimmer for work begins with a check of the condition of all parts and assembly according to the instructions. At the same time, you need to make sure that there is lubricant in the gearbox, and that there is enough oil in the crankcase of the four-stroke gasoline trimmer. The fuel, depending on the type of engine, two- or four-stroke, is a mixture of gasoline with special oil in a ratio of 40-50: 1 or, accordingly, pure gasoline. After the fuel tank is full, it remains only to open the faucet and you can try to start the trimmer, not forgetting that before mowing it is necessary that it runs at idle for 2-3 minutes.
With an electric cordless tool, everything is simple. After checking for grease, just insert a charged battery into the appropriate socket so that it is ready for use. If the tool is powered by the mains, then an extension cord will be required to the intended place for cutting. The wire must be placed outside the range of the possible action of the trimmer knives.
The site should be maximally free of foreign objects: glass, stones, wire, snags, etc. The presence of people closer than 15 meters is also undesirable. Depending on the capabilities of the particular trimmer and the intended work, you need to choose the appropriate cutting nozzle. You can use a mowing head with fishing line for grass, metal knives for weeds or harvesting hay, or a saw for shrubs. Mowing should be planned in such a way as to advance, moving away from buildings and people.
How to mow with a trimmer
The trimmer should “lie” well in the hand. Many people prefer a rather light tool that can be used “on weight”. Otherwise, it should be well balanced, on a convenient belt or knapsack suspension, since it is impossible to mow correctly with a trimmer without this. A tool with a bicycle handle is very convenient, when mowing it is easy to hold the mowing head at about a constant height, and the tip of the cutting tool at the right distance from the ground. In order for the fishing line to last longer, it is undesirable to bring it close to fences, borders, brickwork and other hard objects. In addition, do not touch the ground head unnecessarily.
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General principles of grass trimmer
As a rule, the cutting tool rotates counterclockwise, so you can work with a trimmer in the same way as an oblique casting, doing 1-2 strokes from right to left with a gradual advance of 15-30 cm. Then the mowed grass remains on the treated surface on the left. Since the line cuts best with the tip, the sweep speed and grapple are selected empirically. With quick wiring, the cut occurs along the entire length of the cutting tool, in which case the motor is overloaded too much, and the grass is often wound around the head.
If the site is large and even, and the grass is quite soft, it is more convenient to mow along imaginary squares, mentally breaking the entire area into them. After preliminary mowing the grass around the perimeter of the first, continue to work along the tapering square spiral clockwise until the site is completely mowed. Then proceed to the next square. With this method, mowed grass always remains on the treated surface on the left side. In order to mow vegetation at the very root, it is necessary to keep the cutting plane at an angle of 30 °, with the tip of the fishing line almost touching the ground.
Of course, it is better to mow even lawns with a lawnmower-cart, which allows you to make a more even cut and collects the mowed grass in a special grass catcher. This lawn mower is described in this article.
In this case, it is more convenient to mow in both directions. The first pass is from left to right, cutting the tops of the grass, and then, lowering the tool to the desired level, the lower part is cut off by reverse movement. Mowed grass also remains on the treated surface on the left side. If the thickets of weeds are too high, then in order to reduce the likelihood of winding grass on the drum, you have to mow several times from top to bottom, but this is fraught with increased consumption of fishing line.
The slope is also treated according to the principle of “mowed grass to the left”, choosing the direction so that its top is on the right. When they reach the end of the site, they return to the starting point, rise higher by the width of the swing and mow the next strip.
Trees and bushes
In the area where there are many similar obstacles, the trimmer is simply irreplaceable, since mowing the grass with an ordinary scythe is not enough scope, and the lawn mower is too large. The fishing line is best for this. Before you begin to process the site, you need to cut each tree or bush from all sides. In order not to damage them, you need to hold the trimmer with a protective cover almost close to them, slightly tilting the head to the ground and going around from left to right.
It is convenient to trim the flower beds, lawns and paths along the edges with a trimmer with a lower engine, since its cutting plane can be set vertically. For an even greater effect on the cutting line, it is useful to dig a groove of about 4×4 cm. Then the line will cut the grass below ground level without touching its surface. The result is a very clean, flawless vertical haircut.
If there is a need to trim with a trimmer in any weather, then it should definitely be gasoline, since it tolerates wet weather well. Although, according to the instructions, work in the rain or on wet grass by some manufacturers of such gasoline equipment is also prohibited. When choosing a trimmer, it is also worth paying attention to.
The electric motor is the most vulnerable place for moisture in battery trimmers. Accordingly, if it is located on top, then there is less chance of moisture getting there from the grass, but in rainy weather they can’t work either.
Typically, water gets from wet grass to the extension cords, where an electric arc can occur that could ignite the insulating plastic or cause a short circuit. Such a defect is “fixed” by buying a new extension cord or replacing the plug, but moisture entering the engine or control circuit leads to irreversible damage to the trimmer. In addition, working with such an instrument in the rain is simply dangerous, since there is a high probability of electric shock.
Storage and care of the trimmer
Special care is required petrol trimmers. In addition to cleaning and lubricating cutting and rubbing surfaces from plant sap and dirt, you must also take care of the engine. The air filter is most likely to clog him. The frequency of cleaning is approximately 10 hours. Besides, engine cooling radiator fins are sometimes dirty, why it quickly overheats, and this can lead to its jamming. How to clean the radiator and air filter is described in the instructions for a particular gas trimmer.
Before leaving the trimmer for long-term storage at the end of the season, all fuel should be drained from it., then start the engine and wait for it to stop. This ensures a complete lack of fuel in the tank and carburetor. After the motor cools down, you need to unscrew the candle, pour 30-40 ml of two-stroke oil into the cylinder, slowly crank the crankshaft with the starter cable so that it spreads over all the cavities inside the engine, then tighten the candle. After this, you need to disassemble the rod, if it is disassembled, cover with a preservative lubricant all metal parts that may rust and then store the trimmer in a place protected from moisture.
After finishing work at electric trimmers it is necessary to wipe and curl the wires and extension cords, and for batteries, put the battery on charge, since it is not recommended to keep the trimmer even for a very short time with a discharged battery. This leads to a quick failure. Thereafter the head should be removed, since the protective cover and the inside of the drum itself will have to be cleaned. If this is not done, the grass juice may dry on them and cause the bobbin with the mechanism that fixes the fishing line to stop functioning normally the next time it starts.
Preparing electric trimmers for long-term storage is much easier. The main thing is to protect them from moisture from getting inside the control circuit and the engine, as well as from rust on unprotected metal elements using preservative grease. Be sure to charge the battery before storage, then your spring trimmer will be as good as new.
- Features of the trimmer with fishing line and cord
- Trimmer preparation
- Preparing a gas trimmer for work
- Correct mowing of young grass
- Mowing tall grass using fishing line
Mowing the lawn is the main way to give the grassy area a well-groomed appearance. Not wanting to mow an ordinary scythe manually, the modern owner acquires a mechanical scythe or trimmer. If the choice fell on the trimmer machine, the question arises, how to gently mow the grass so that it does not damage the trees and shrubs (if any).
Features of the trimmer with fishing line and cord
The trimmer. The machine is more delicate than a full-fledged electric or lawn mowing machine. A trimmer that works not with cord but with fishing line is an even more delicate device. Cord. In essence, wire. Can damage the lower part of the trunk of young trees, turning into the root, which can not be said about the fishing line. With thick stems of weeds. For example, who started tillering weeds. The fishing line may not have time to cut all the weeds.
Despite the obvious convenience, on uneven and non-standard areas, mowing the grass in one place and moving to another, you restart the motor. The way out is the transition to semi-automatic control: the trimmer in the working part has a separate button that is easily pressed when the drum head contacts the ground. The fishing line will immediately eject from the cutting part.
The length of the fishing line should not be more than 15 cm in working condition. A longer fishing line will get tangled, a smaller one will not mow effectively. The optimum diameter of the fishing line is 2-3 mm.
If it is raining or has just ended, you may get an electric shock when cutting wet grass. Before turning it on for the first time, make sure that you assembled the device correctly — some models come unassembled. Accurate assembly will protect you from injuries, and the unit itself. From failures and sudden breakdowns. Trimmer assembly instructions are described in the user manual.
When using a trimmer charge the battery (if the device provides for autonomous operation). Lubricate the mechanical gearbox with lithol or solid oil. If the battery is not in the device circuit – Plug the plug into a power outlet and get into work.
Preparing a gas trimmer for work
Pour gasoline (or diesel) into the tank without overfilling it. Two-stroke trim motors require mixing gasoline with motor oil (not car) in a ratio of 1: 32-1: 50. You need to know what oil in what proportion mixes with gasoline exactly for your model. In four-stroke trimmers, you will need to pour oil and gasoline into different tanks. Again, according to the instructions.
Grasp the handle of the device as instructed. Some trimmers feature a double handle that resembles a bicycle handlebar. Now follow these steps:
- Close the air damper;
- Turn on the ignition circuit using a key or button;
- If there is a booster mini-pump on the carburetor. Pump a little fuel into the engine by making 3-5 clicks on the rocking lever;
- Pull the starter cord until significant resistance to its movement appears;
- Pull the cord sharply up to 5 times.
The engine will start. When mowing the grass, use goggles or a helmet with a net, which prevents the grass from spreading towards the face.
Correct mowing of young grass
To make the device work with maximum efficiency and last several times longer than the warranty period, mow the grass correctly, observing the following recommendations.
- Do not lower the coil (drum) of the device under the very roots of the weed. The distance to the ground is at least 5 cm.
- When mowing higher grass, mow its top first. Mowing the grass close to the root without removing the upper part of the stems will lead to tangling of the fishing line, stopping the drum before its forced shutdown.
- Do not mow grass against drum travel.
- Mow the grass near the walls or fence of the site, used as decoration, without mowing the trimmer drum too far. This will save the engine from overload.
- Every 15 minutes of operation of the trimmer, it is necessary to allow the engine to cool. It takes at least 20 minutes.
But gas trimmers have a large temporary supply. 50 minutes to work and 20 minutes to break.
Mowing tall grass using fishing line
For thick stems of grass (weeds), a more powerful trimmer with thick fishing line is used. However, in areas where large weeds grow, the soil is often uneven. Clinging to clods of earth, the trimmer motor will brake sharply. By abusing this, you can easily damage the engine. Having mowed the upper tier, you will see where the grass reaches its greatest length. In deeper places. Focusing on such “height differences”, you will equalize the “mowing” of the lawn, bringing its appearance closer to the ideal.
Mowed grass is suitable for both hay and lawn feeding. At the same time, the course of mowing the grass is easier to plan, and the process will go faster.
Tips for mowing tall grass are as follows.
- The engine should not be overloaded.
- If the line gets tangled on uneven ground or in tall grass, turn off the engine immediately.
- When using gasoline or diesel as an energy source, wet grass cannot be mowed.
- The trimmer needs to be moved right in front of it and to the left, because the mowed grass falls on a previously processed sector. Thus, the upper tier of the grass stand is cut off. The lower layers cough when you have already gone in the opposite direction.
- If the cultivated area is very large. Mow one conditional zone after another, into which you divided the territory before work.
- Move precisely on the outside so as not to trample the grass, making your result inconspicuous.
- The mowing line should be parallel to each other. This will allow you to easily bypass the trees found on the site, while overloading the motor is excluded.
Subject to these recommendations, the grass will not scatter around during work, and the process itself will be simplified and accelerated significantly.
See how to mow grass with a trimmer correctly.