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Working Safely With a Garden Strimmer or Lawn Mower

Staying safe when working in your garden is paramount and like so much in life it's all in the approach; preparation really is key. You can find some tips here to help you stay safe when working outside in your garden with your strimmer/brush cutter and petrol lawn mower

Below you'll find a check list of key points to consider before working with your gardening machine, be it a two stroke garden trimmer or a four stroke petrol lawn mower.

#1 Know Your Machine

Knowing your machine well certainly helps. It might be stating the obvious but it's surprising how many people feel familiar with, for example, a two stroke engine and fail to read the manual. Each machine has specific requirements, as simple as they be, and taking time to read through the manual is time well invested.

#2 Check the fuel and oil

On a two stoke engine you will have to check the ratio that you are required to use. This will likely be 25:1 (such as on ParkerBrand chainsaw for example), 40:1 or perhaps 50:1 This will be clear in your manual. Parkerbrand always supply a free mix bottle but if you're using another brand you might want to make use of a mix chart. Four stroke engines don't require a fuel mix. Instead check the oil type required in your manual and make sure the oil level is high. Make sure you are using fresh clean petrol in the petrol tank. Aged petrol can cause your machine to run badly or even damage the engine over time.

#3 Check your machine over

It's always a good idea to physically check your machine over before you start it. Check all fixtures and make sure everything is assembled as it should be as per the manual. Key points might be to check they all bolts are tight, handle bars or harnesses are all in good order and adjusted correctly. if you have grease ports or nipples, check they they have been topped up so that smooth operation is guaranteed.

Check the blade on your mower or brush cutter - make sure they aren't notched and are sharp and in good order. This mean you'll get the cut you want and won't risk any further damage to your machine. Check your wire-filled spool is well filled and is tight and serviceable.

#4 PPE- Personal Protective Equipment

It's common sense really, but you'd be surprised! Using strimmers especially, as well as mowers, will mean that there will be debris flying from the business end or from a exit point such as a mulching port on a mower. A good pair of safety goggles or glasses and a face shield are essential for your safety. Ear defenders are a very good idea too - no one said 'as quiet as a two stroke motor'! Any machine, no matter the brand, has a certain level of vibration, so check the manual for the recommended period of use and take regular breaks.

#6 Check the working area for hazards

Check teh area where you are going to be working. Obvious trip hazards are common sense of course (and free roaming pest - pop them indoors). But, it also makes sense to check the area you'll be working in for hidden hazards such as stones and debris on a lawn, such as fallen branches and the like. On an over grown lawn or grassy area they may well be hidden and can damage your mower blade, brush cutter blade or wire-filled spool. A walk around teh working area before getting started can save a lot of trouble and is a simple habit to get in to.

#7 Start your machine correctly

Start your machine exactly as recommended - always check the manual. Machine and brands differ can from one another and despite habits we may have formed and it pays to have read and understood your manual. If you aren't sure, contact the seller of your machine - a responsible company will have a contact phone number and email and will have dedicated team to take care of customers. . Make sure you are wearing your PPE! Make sure any harness is comfortable and the machine is well balanced - in the case of mowers make sure that the handle bars are in the right position/height for you .

#6 Take Breaks!

if you've got a fair bit to do it is important to take breaks. This means that you don't loose concentration and can keep your awareness levels up, but equally as importantly, avoids the adverse effect of vibration on your hands and arms. A short break will also allow you to stay hydrated. For sure most gardening is done in the summer, so this can be a genuine issue. A nice cold soft drink will work wonders: but keep the beer on ice for when you can admire your manicured and maintained garden!

#7 Clean down and run dry

Cleaning your machine will add to it's longevity. Allowing machines to stay clogged with grass and dirt will be storing up issues for the future. It won't take long to clean/brush and wipe your machine down and is a great habit to form. if you don't expect to use your machine for some time it s a great idea to run your machine dry. This lessens the accumulative effect of petrol on pipe work/fuel lines and other components such as carburettors. Two strokes can especially suffer as two-stoke oil left in the fuel system can cause blockages and effect the performance of your machine at a later date. Fuel left in mower tanks gets old, giving a poor performance next time or after really extended periods can help deteriorate fuel tanks.

To Run Dry:

  1. Empty the fuel from the fuel tank
  2. Wipe the inside of the fuel cap
  3. Start your machine as if to use your machine - and run until it stops.  This prevents fuel from sitting in the system and clogging your carb with two stroke oil or depreciating your fuel lines.
  4. Remove the spark plug and put a few drops of oil in the spark plug hole then pull the recoil a few times to lubricate the cylinder. This extra drop of lubrication means that your piston won't seize as it is sat over the storage period.

A well maintained garden is a thing of genuine pleasure to both the eye and spirit. That said, your garden is almost a mini nature reserve these days and the hard-hit insects and birds will see your garden and lawn as an ever dwindling resource. Think about leaving a section of your garden lawn to grown to full height and follow it's totally natural cycle. This will provide a haven for insects and butterflies. It can look really fascinating too and be a great feature.

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