Trimming the long persistent weeds that spoil your garden is essential for a neat-looking lawn. That’s when weed eaters come in handy!
Weed eaters are divided into two types: electric and gas trimmers. Electric trimmers are further divided into corded and cordless (battery-powered) trimmers.
So, how long does an electric weed eater last?
An electric weed eater can last from three to seven years. It can last even longer with correct usage and proper maintenance.
What Shortens the Lifespan of a Weed Eater?
Shaping your garden with your weed eater or weed whacker routinely will help you maintain a tidy yard. However, wrong practices can shorten the life expectancy of your weed eater.
For instance, overcharging the batteries can significantly reduce their cycle, even if the expected lifespan is several years.
Furthermore, dropping the trimmer or the batteries can damage them and reduce their lifespan. Also, storing a weed whacker in areas that are too humid can shorten its life.
Skipping regular maintenance and preventive care can cut some years off the weed whacker’s lifespan as well.
Tips to Increase the Life of a Weed Eater
The correct usage and maintenance can prolong the life of a trimmer’s batteries significantly. Here are some tips to increase the lifespan of a weed eater.
Change the Spark Plugs
Dirty and soiled spark plugs may stop your weed eater from working. If you try to start the engine and it doesn’t work or find it operating poorly, check the spark plugs. They could be clogged by dirt and mud.
If that’s the case, remove the spark plug and examine it for any damages. Then, clean the plug and fix it back in place. But if you spot any damage in the spark plug, replace it with a new one.
Replace the String Trimmer Line
Trimmer lines usually require replacement after some time of use. According to the weed eater model you’re using, you’ll make your replacement. Some weed whackers have single lines. Others utilize dual lines.
There are several methods to replace your string line. You can wind the line yourself or use pre-cut pieces.
Protip: Keep an extra line available for emergency replacements during work.
Don’t Skip the Manufacturer’s Instructions
The manufacturer’s instructions are specific for each model. Make sure to read them carefully. For optimized battery usage, you have to follow the instructions.
Each manual has a section specific to the maintenance of its model. In this section, you’ll find all the information and services you need to keep your trimmer functioning properly.
For example, it should include when is the ideal time to change the spark plugs as it may vary across different brands. It also includes additional safety instructions for models that don’t have double insulation construction.
For unassembled models, the manual should include a detailed guide for the required tools assembly instructions.
Store the Weed Whacker Properly
First, you need to allow the weed whacker to cool down before storage. Next, clean it and brush off any attached mud or debris. Finally, store it in a cool, dry place with proper ventilation.
How to Use a Weed Eater Safely
When using a weed eater, you should take utmost care to avoid injury and damage. The chopped material usually projects upwards at high speed. Therefore, it can spoil nearby walls and surfaces. It can also cause severe bodily injuries.
With these simple tips, you’ll know how to use a weed eater properly and avoid injury.
- Check the floor before starting your trimmer. Tiny bits of metals, wood, or glass can get snatched and dashed by the weed eater causing injury or damage.
- Put on personal protective equipment. Total face protection is important, but eye protection is a must. Avoid wearing shorts or open sandals and gear up on safety shoes.
- Angle your weed eater when you’re trimming so that the chopped material isn’t directed at you.
- Watch out for cables lying around on your lawn, especially if you’re using a corded electric trimmer.
- Look out for bystanders. Since the cut debris usually travels upwards, it can reach the eye level of someone standing next to you.
- Never use lawnmowers around children. The speed of the debris can cause serious injuries.
- Inspect your trimmer regularly. Check for loose wires and broken parts.
- Don’t operate your weed eater around cars or glass windows. The flying debris or pebbles can cause cracks in the glass.
The Key to Optimal Battery Life and Power
For proper handling of your battery-powered weed eater, you need to understand the different battery types and specs.
There are four main types: lead-acid batteries, nickel-cadmium batteries, nickel-metal hydride batteries, and lithium-ion batteries.
Lead-acid and nickel-cadmium batteries aren’t typically used for household tools. This leaves the debate to the lithium-ion and the nickel-metal hydride batteries. Lithium-ion batteries have magnificent energy storage capabilities.
On the other hand, nickel-metal hydride batteries provide great ignition power, but it doesn’t last as long. Therefore, lithium batteries are more preferred.
The battery voltage is another important factor. The voltage determines the power with which your weed eater will operate. If your lawn requires heavy mowing, consider investing in a high voltage battery.
For example, 40 volts to 80 volts weed eaters are ideal choices for lawns of about half to one acre. Remember that more voltage means more power.
Battery Capacity and Run Time
Battery capacity is the amount of energy or electric charge it can support. The run time of a battery refers to the amount of time it takes until it drains entirely.
For example, an 80 volts weed eater runs for about 90 minutes on just a single charge. Make your pick according to the size of your lawn and the time it takes to trim it.
Electric weed eaters don’t produce harmful fumes. They’re environmentally friendly, and they provide excellent noise reduction.
Remember to change the spark plugs and string trimmer lines when needed, check the manufacturer instructions and store the trimmer properly. With these tips, you can use your weed whacker safely and increase its lifespan.