In order to keep your weed eater functioning very well, it is important you maintain it regularly and one of the key maintenance routines is regular cleaning. Cleaning here does not mean dousing or spraying water on the spring trimmer. Washing the tool will actual spoil it rather than keeping it in a good working condition. Besides, cleaning your weed eater entails carefulness so that you will not wound yourself. You have free your machine of grasses and weeds accumulated on the trimmer and which have become caked overtime. This will keep it functioning very well and make you have the best weed wacker for your garden. This will make your tool to look neat, eliminates rusting and damaging of the parts. Below are some of the tips to apply in order to keep your string trimmer clean.
- Disconnect from the power source
There are different types of weed eaters based on their power sources. Whether you are using electric, battery or fuel powered weed eater, it is important that you disconnect the device from its power source before you start anything you want to do on the machine. If it is electric powered, you have to unplug from electric outlet to avoid electrocution. The battery if you are using battery powered weed eater and then switch off the unit. You can empty the tank of your weed eater if your are using gas powered unit but it all depends on the types of cleaning you want to do.
- Use a stiff brush to eliminate unwanted material
Normally, some debris and pieces of weeds and grasses are left on the body or some parts of weed eaters after some hours or minutes of cutting. Don’t leave those particles and pieces of weeds and debris on your weed whacker. Use a stiff brush to brush them off so that they will not become caked on the tool. When brush the dirt, you should not apply a lot of force. Gently, move the brush forward and backwards in order to get rid of stubborn caked particles. In case you have any need to apply water or liquid, just dip the brush in soapy but warm water. The weight brush is all you need to soften and brush off stubborn particles. After brushing it, you have to dry it with dry and clean rag.
Always wash your air filter with soapy water. After that use clean water to rinse it and then allow it to dry very well. When it is properly dry, you have to apply oil on it. Make sure that you use the right motor oil for the coating of the air filter. When you have apply oil on it, you have to put it back. Use a socket wrench to remove the spark plug and then use a brake cleaner to clean and remove dirt and debris from the plug.
Put back the power source. At this stage, you can store your weed eater if you are not working with it. If you are working with, it is ready to be used at this stage.
- Precaution to take
When you are cleaning your weed whacker, you should not utilize any harsh detergents and cleaner. Any cleaning solution or agent that has aromatic oils or kerosene should not be used for the cleaning of your weed whacker.
The above are some of the tips to apply in order to clean a string trimmer.