How To Start A Weed Wacker: There are several types of weed wacker available in the market. So beginning with a weed wacker that you have not used before can be hard to use. Weed wacker is used to trim weeds. This is a piece of very strong and efficient lawn equipment and very popular among gardeners. In this article, you will learn briefly on how to start and use a weed wacker properly.
How To Start A Weed Wacker
Normally weed wackers are classified into two categories:
- Gas-fuelled Wacker.
- Electric wacker.
Gas-fuelled wackers are more complex than electric wacker. Starting a gas wacker is like starting a car with tons of functions to look at while starting an electric weed wacker is as simpler as normal home electronics. At first, we will learn to start a gas-fulled weed wacker and then jump into an electric weed wacker.
Starting a Gas Weed Wacker
- Obstacle free Place: Take the wacker on an obstacle-free place that will help to start it easily and fast. Moreover, you would not like obstacles that disturb you and the machine. It will help the spinning area of the wacker to work properly.
- Gas tank and gas: Before starting your wacker, make sure of the gas tank is locked and sealed properly. Use the right gas mixture as instructed because some weed wacker works in two cycles.
- Switch for Engine: You will find a switch somewhere on the shaft. Turn on the switch. Sometimes the position of the switch varies depending on the brand and manufacturer design. It is often known as an on/off switch. This switch monitor and controls the electricity flow to the motor. The engine won’t start if it is turned off.
- Chock Switch: If the temperature of the environment is colder than normal temperature, there may have difficulties starting the engine. In this situation, you can turn on the chock switch. It will restrict the flow of cold air into the engine.
- Purge Valve or Prime Valve: Find the purge valve or prime valve. Normally it is made of rubber or rubber-like fabrics and looks like the tip of the finger. Push it down for 5-7 times. It will allow entering fresh and normal temperature air to the carburetor. Press this valve more times if your engine were sitting for a long time without running and doesn’t starting. Now your engine will start easily without any difficulties whether in cold temperatures.
- Pre-Warm Engine: However if you were running the engine within the past 5-10 minutes then you need not turn the chock switch. Because in this your engine will be warm enough to start again.
- Throttle Lock: Now you are going to start the engine to work. For this, you will need the throttle lock lever. It is a small cord lever that is usually can be found on the top of the wacker shaft. Don’t mess it up with the on/off switch described first. That on/off switch only allows the power supply to the engine but doesn’t start the engine. A throttle lock switch will start the engine to work. The process of starting the engine will be in two-stage. Firstly the temporary start and secondly the permanent start.
- Temporary start: In this stage, you don’t have to give gas for the wacker to start. Make sure the trigger situated below the shaft is off. Now pull the cord until you hear the sound of the engine to start. If the process followed properly then a few seconds later the engine will stop automatically. Now jump into the permanent starting stage.
- Permanent start: Turn off the chock switch that you turned on previously. Now you will be able to start the engine to work. Pull the cord again and the engine will work now. Allow proper airflow to the engine to let it work efficiently. Although the chock switch allows the cold engine to start normally, it can increase the fuel consumption rate.
Now your gas engine wacker is ready to work. You don’t need to mess up with the purge valve, rather be sure about the chock switch is placed on run position.
Starting an Electric Weed Wacker:
- Wired Electric Wacker: Your weed wacker may run only with directly wired connection electricity. In this case, you have to be sure about the area that you’re going to work with the wacker because of the limited wire length. Make sure you have enough long wire. If you don’t have a long wire with your wacker then buy or manually make a long wire set up with a plug and connect your wacker with that plug. Then connect your set up with a power supply line that is allowed by the wacker power input manual.
- Battery-Powered Wacker: Nowadays many electric wackers are available with battery. Those batteries are capable of working for a long duration. In this case, first, make sure you charged your battery as much as possible. Make sure the trigger is turned off. You don’t need any wire connection in this case and you can take it anywhere you want without any limit.
- Start the wacker: Electric weed wackers are always ready to use once they are changed or plugged in a power line. Now turn the trigger on. You can find it on the shaft where you keep your hand holding the wacker. As soon as you turn on the trigger the trimmer blades will start spinning. Keep your weed wacker away from any surface that can be damaged with that spinning blade.
Differences between Electric and gas wacker
- A gas-powered wacker has many functions and steps before starting while the electric weed wacker is very much simple to use.
- A gas-powered wacker has different switches for a different purpose to make the machine work properly while the electric wacker contains only one switch that can control everything.
- A gas-powered wacker is heavier than an electric-powered heavier
- You can easily maintain an electric-powered wacker than a gas-powered wacker.
- Try to start it every month if you keep it in store.
- Don’t allow children near it.
- Clean it after using.
- Keep your feet in a safe distance while working Weed.
- Try to avoid hard things like stones, pebbles, bricks, strong root, etc.