Safety Practices When Using a String Trimmer

String trimmers may have a minimalist design but can cause serious injuries. And, even with the most careful use, the risk of hurting yourself still exists. But, it doesn’t have to be that way, not when you apply the following safety tips.

Protect Yourself to a Tee

This is the number one rule when it comes to using lawn mowing equipment. You must wear protective clothing for safety in case anything goes wrong. You will need to wear a face mask, goggles, long pants, and hand gloves. Be sure to cover your ears as well for sound protection.

Use the Trimmer Correctly

You may wear protective equipment, but you must know how to operate the trimmer in the first place. If you’re a first time user, read the user manual to make sure that you’re familiar with the machine’s operation. You may consider asking for help from a seasoned user or take lessons to get well-acquainted with the basics.

You’re more likely to injure yourself with a string trimmer if you don’t know how to operate it. And just to get you started, you should never refuel your machine when the engine is running. Place the trimmer on a flat surface and never leave it on grass for long. Also, be careful when refueling to avoid unnecessary spills or over filling.

Use one Attachment at a Time

Sure, accessories will increase the efficiency and usability of your string trimmer. However, you should only attach what the machine can handle. Never overload your trimmer. Make sure you that you’re using the correct edging blade and string. You should also know that certain accessories will only work for particular trimmer models. Read the owner’s manual to find what which accessory is compatible with your machine.

Note – Using the wrong attachment can lead to tear and wear not to mention unnecessary vibration. It also increases the risk of injury.

Remember, your machine’s horsepower determines its performance and effectiveness. You should, therefore, conduct due diligence before spending your money on any particular unit. Visit to check the power ratings of various string trimmer models and what to expect with each.

The Bottom Line

It’s not that hard to use a safety trimmer. However, it only takes the split of a second for a flying rock to injure your eye, so you need to take the necessary safety precautions. One more thing, make sure that there are no bystanders or pets nearby as you operate your machine.

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