The following collection of tips and advice will, we hope, save you time and enable you to use your Petrol hedgetrimmer with total confidence.
Preparation: Before you use the trimmer for the first time…
- Make sure you get used to the weight of your hedgetrimmer. Try lifting and wielding it without being switched on to get used to it.
- Check all your bolts/nuts/screws are tight before using
Engine Information: If your engine is a 4-stroke, you need only remember to use fresh, unleaded fuel in your engine and never leave petrol in the tank for more than 30 days (see below)
If your engine is a two –stroke there are a few things you need to be aware of
- You have to mix the petrol with engine oil and get the mix right. We recommend the following ratio:
Synthetic Oil: (red or blue) 40:1 Mineral Oil: (green) 25:1
- A two-stroke engine needs three things to work - air, fuel and a spark. If your engine won’t start or there is a problem, it is likely to be one of these, or lack of one of these, that is causing it.
- Two-stroke engines are very easy to flood so try not to over crank when starting
Performance & Usage: Your Petrol Hedgetrimmer should be fairly easy to use, but it is worth remembering a couple of things
- You should trim or cut the sides (the vertical) of a hedge first. Use a sweeping action both up and down mowing forward along the hedge as you go.
- For the top of the hedge, try to keep the blades at an angle of around 10° (degrees) against the horizontal plane and this time use a horizontal sweeping motion to cut.
Maintenance: Here are a few useful tips to keep your trimmer working well…
- If you are storing your Hedgetrimmer away for a long period, empty out the petrol as it modern fuel will deteriorate, leave deposits and, can damage your engine.
- Always keep your fuel cap clean any dirt in the engine can cause problems
- Make sure you clean the blades after each use so no sap or other substance can clog up or damage them
- After every use, check that no pieces of foliage, twigs or other detritus have got into the mechanism
- Give the trimmer a good wipe after every use to avoid moisture-causing damage.
- Always keep your blades well lubricated. Lubricate them after each use with WD 40 or similar with the machine safely switched off and before each use as well. If you can.
- Store your Hedgetrimmer in a clean, dry place between uses
Servicing: Don’t forget that Annual Servicing is a recommended by the manufacturers and is a requirement if you want to extend the guarantee beyond the first year. An out of tune engine, for example, can reduce performance.
Health & Safety: Like any powered equipment, it pays to take care…
- It is advisable to wear safety goggles when using your Hedgetrimmer to avoid potential injury from flying twigs or fronds. A pair of sturdy work boots and good, strong gardening gloves is also highly advisable as are ear defenders as engine noise can cause harm after long periods.
- Keep any other persons a good distance away while you are operating the Hedgetrimmer
- Make sure you keep your hands clear of the trimmer during operation and always use the hand guard where fitted.
We sincerely hope this has been helpful and you enjoy using your Petrol Hedgetrimmer and if you have questions or issues not covered in this guide, don’t hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org