Lawn Treatment: A Great-looking Lawn is in the Details
The Right Fit
* Before purchasing you should handle several different models and determine which feels best in your hands.
* Taller people might prefer a straight shaft string trimmer, which allows for greater reach and less strain on your back.
* Look for a “split-boom” trimmer -- these are the most versatile trimmers on the market and allow you to add attachments.
* Make sure the model you are considering has a “bump feed” line advance system.
* Those who prefer lightweight tools and have less total area to trim, may find an electric model a wise choice because they are generally lighter and easier to operate.
If you already have a string trimmer, keeping up with annual maintenance as noted in your owner’s manual is the key to keeping it running year after year. Here are a few tips:
* Check the spark plug regularly for wear and gap, replace it annually.
* Check and ensure straps, handles, nuts and bolts are secure.
* Clean the air filter in the middle of the season and replace annually.
* Check and make sure you have a sufficient supply of new trimmer line.
Now that you’ve purchased a trimmer or tuned up your old one, it’s time to trim, but before starting it up, don’t forget these important safety tips:
* Always remove stones, sticks and other objects from the area before you begin trimming.
* Make sure children and pets are a safe distance away before starting the unit.
* Dress properly for the job, wearing boots, gloves, long pants and close fitting-clothes. Wear safety glasses or goggles, and hearing protection.
* Fill the gasoline tank only while the engine is cool.
For more information on trimmers, chainsaws, blowers and attachments please call (800) CHAINSAW.
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