How to Use a Gas Weed Eater

You could hire a professional landscape gardener to come in and maintain your garden but this can be quite expensive. There is also nothing more rewarding than standing back and admiring your own hard work. For this reason, many people decide to invest in a gas weed eater.

If you’ve never used a gas weed eater for your lawn before, it’s important to learn how to use a weed eater before you get started.

Choosing the Best Type of Gas Weed Eater

There are two types of gas weed eaters- the two-cycle and four-cycle. The main difference between the two is that a two-cycle weed eater requires you to mix oil with the gasoline before use, while a four-cycle weed eater doesn’t require any mixing.

Two-Cycle Weed Eater

If you choose a two-cycle weed eater, you’ll need to mix gas and oil in order to use it. The gas to oil ratio for a two-cycle weed eater is usually 32:1

To do this, simply pour in half a gallon of gas into a gas can, and then add one pint of motor oil. Once the gas and oil are mixed together, you’re ready to fill up your gas weed eater.

Four Cycle Weed Eater

A four-cycle weed eater doesn’t require any mixing of gas and oil- you can simply fill it up with gas and go. The main advantage of a four-cycle weed eater is that it’s less smelly than a two-cycle weed eater, as the gas and oil aren’t mixed together.

Preparing Your Lawn Before Using Your Weed Eater

Before you start weed eating, it’s important to clear the area of any objects that could get in the way- such as rocks, sticks or toys. You should also trim back any overgrown areas before you start weed eating.

Starting Your Weed Eater

Once you’ve filled up your weed eater with gas and oil (if necessary), it’s time to start it up. Different weed eaters have different starting procedures, so it’s important to read the instruction manual before you get started.

Step 1: Check the Gas and Oil Levels

Before you start your weed eater, it’s important to check the gas and oil levels. The gas tank should be filled up to the top with gas, and then add a few drops of oil into the engine.

Step 2: Turn on the Switch and Close the Choke or Push The Priming Bulb

Once the gas and oil levels are checked, it’s time to start the weed eater. Turn on the switch, and then close the choke or push the priming bulb.

Step 3: Pull the Starting Cord

Once the choke or primer bulb is pushed, it’s time to start pulling the starting cord. You should pull the cord quickly and steadily until you hear the engine start-up.

Using Your Weed Eater

Step 1: Pull and hold the gas trigger

Once the weed eater is started, you can begin using it. Pull and hold the gas trigger to let the weed eater run.

Step 2: Cut The Grass in a Forward Motion

When cutting the grass with your weed eater, always move it in a forward motion.  Never cut the grass in a backward motion, as this could damage the weed eater.

Steps to Take If Your Weed Eater won’t Start

If your weed eater won’t start, there are a few things you can do to try and fix the problem.

  • Check that the gas tank is full and that there is oil in the  engine
  • Clean the spark plug and air filter
  • Prime the bulb or close the choke
  • If none of these steps work, take your weed eater to a professional for servicing.

By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to use your gas weed eater like a pro in no time! Be sure to read the instruction manual

Other Tips for Using Your Weed Eater

  • Be careful not to let the weed eater go too fast, as this could damage your lawn
  • Always wear eye protection and a dust mask when using a gas weed eater.
  • Don’t use your weed eater near children or pets.
  • If you’re finished using your weed eater, be sure to turn off the gas and oil levels.
  • Store your weed eater in a safe place when not in use.

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