How to Start a Weed Wacker

How to Start a Weed WackerHow to Start a Weed Wacker: There are several types of weed wacker available in the market. So beginning with a weed whacker that you have not used before can be hard to use. Weed Wacker is used to trimming 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 whacker properly.

How to Start a Weed Wacker

Normally weed whackers are classified into two categories:

  1. Gas-fuelled Whacker.
  2. Electric whacker.

Gas-fuelled whackers are more complex than electric whacker. Starting a gas whacker is like starting a car with tons of functions to look at while starting an electric weed whacker is as simpler as normal home electronics. At first, we will learn to start a gas-fuelled weed whacker and then jump into an electric weed whacker.

Starting a Gas Weed Whacker

  1. Obstacle free Place: Take the whacker 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 whacker to work properly.
  2. Gas tank and gas: Before starting your whacker, make sure of the gas tank is locked and sealed properly. Use the right gas mixture as instructed because some weed whacker works in two cycles.
  3. 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 monitors and controls the electricity flow to the motor. The engine won’t start if it is turned off.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 whacker 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.
  8. Temporary start: In this stage, you don’t have to give gas for the whacker 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.
  9. 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 whacker 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 Whacker:

  1. Wired Electric Whacker: your weed whacker 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 whacker because of the limited wire length. Make sure you have enough long wire. If you don’t have a long wire with your whacker then buy or manually make a long wire set up with a plug and connect your whacker with that plug. Then connect your set up with a power supply line that is allowed by the whacker power input manual.
  2. Battery-Powered Whacker: Nowadays many electric whackers 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.
  3. Start the whacker: Electric weed whackers 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 whacker. As soon as you turn on the trigger the trimmer blades will start spinning. Keep your weed whacker away from any surface that can be damaged with that spinning blade.

Differences between Electric and gas whacker

  • A gas-powered whacker has many functions and steps before starting while the electric weed whacker is very much simple to use.
  • A gas-powered whacker has different switches for a different purpose to make the machine work properly while the electric whacker contains only one switch that can control everything.
  • A gas-powered whacker is heavier than an electric-powered heavier
  • You can easily maintain an electric-powered whacker than a gas-powered whacker.


  • Try to start it every month if you keep it in store.
  • Don’t allow children near it.
  • Clean it after using it.
  • Keep your feet in a safe distance while working Weed.
  • Try to avoid hard things like stones, pebbles, bricks, strong roots, etc.