After the final grass cut of the season, you can store your brushcutter or edger until the following mowing season. Simple suggestions and a few part swaps will have your machine up and running again in the spring.
Your brushcutter is a machine that has been put through rigorous testing, including abrupt movements, ground shocks, and hard contact. Regularly weeding the deflector, lubricating the control cables, blowing out the air filter, cleaning the spark plug, recharging your wire, inspecting the head, and lubricating the angle transmission are critical yearly maintenance tasks. Do you want to know how to maintain your brushcutter properly? Follow the leader!
How to maintain your brushcutters - Steps to follow
Clean The Air Filter
To clean your air filter, use a paintbrush or a soft brush.
Foam filters should be cleaned with warm, soapy water. Rinse and allow to dry. Then put it back in the right way in your weed eater.
If the filter is made up of strips, separate them. Clean them between the strips with a soft tool.
Then use compressed air to clear away the dust.
Before reassembling the filter, wipe the compartment's edges with a cloth or degreaser.
Dismantle your brushcutter cover to clean and lubricate the control wires. Use the throttle to circulate the lubrication better.
Monitor the condition of the hoses
The combo of gasoline and oil is highly corrosive.
These procedures should be performed at least once a year, and the air filter should be replaced every two years.
Maintain or change the spark plug
Clean your spark plugs annually. Disassemble it with a pipe wrench or a spark plug wrench, often included with your weed eater purchase. Carburation is shown by the color of the spark plug electrodes. If the carburation is good, they are light brown. If the spark plug cap is black, there is an excessive mixing oil. Manufacturers generally suggest 3%, but you should drop it to 2.5 percent.
Brush the electrodes clean using a little wire brush. It is possible to use more abrasive sandpaper, but remember to slide it between the two electrodes gently. Use a spark plug shim to verify that the electrodes are correctly spaced at 0.7mm.
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Grease the bevel gear
The angle transmission is a mechanical mechanism in which all components are in contact with one another. That's why it needs regular lubrication. Brush cutter heads and blades are attached to the driveshaft with this component. Due to shocks, it is one of the most vulnerable elements of your brushcutter.
To keep the transmission's small gears lubricated, you must lubricate the side screw first. Note that this process is not required on some brush cutters since the angle transmission is lubricated in the factory for the duration of the machine's life. See the manufacturer's manual for help.
The circular area at the base of the trimmer head is the second area to be greased. Unscrew your tool, wirehead, blade, disc, or brush to complete this action. Remove any grass residue that has gathered around the axis. To lubricate this fast-rotating item, you must refill a grease reserve near the axis.
Maintain cutting accessories: blades or line
There are four types of cutting accessories for a brushcutter head: Nylon threads, blades, discs and brushes.
Nylon threads, which is good for edging, should be kept in a moist environment. If the area is arid, soak the thread spool in a pail of water for a few hours. You can keep the wire's properties suitable for a long time when you do this.
For blades and discs, sharpen them with a flat-file for flat knife blades and with a round file for circular saw discs, except carbide-tipped discs, which do not sharpen.
Grease or spray the blades before an extended period of inactivity. As a result, moisture and dust are prevented from damaging the metal.
Spray a lubricant on steel brushes to preserve them from corrosion. Use warm water and soap to clean nylon brushes.
Clean the protective housing and the cutting head
Cleaning the cutting head and housing after each brush cutting session is not required to the tool's functionality but is recommended. Remove clumped debris using a wooden squeegee. To complete the work, a moist towel soapy water will be enough.
You may also use a high-pressure washer or a water jet to protect the engine. The casings sustain significant shocks as a result of the rigorous cleaning. Here is a selection of our protective casings.
Utilize this maintenance to clean the brushcutter's transmission shaft. Over time, the grass spatter is quite abrasive. And, as with the casings, use a rag, soap, and elbow grease to complete the job!
It is a part that is screwed onto the bevel gear. It is the part that receives all the shocks due to clearing. The bowl is constantly in touch with the earth. With the scratchy vegetation and rapid shifts, it's easy to see why this section is the Achilles' heel.
Carry out winter storage operations
First and foremost, do the maintenance procedures outlined above. Then, drain all of the gasoline from the machine. Indeed, an old gasoline mixture loses its properties and might clog hoses and filters.
This is why it is not advisable to prepare a combination in advance or store it for more than two months. Here is how to do it: Drain the tank by idling the engine until the carburetor runs out of gasoline.
Store your machine
Now that your weed eater or edger is clean store it in a dry location. Suspend the machine if possible.
Maintenance Period Table
Clean the air filter
Once a year
Clean the spark plug
Every 2 years
Change the air filter
Drain the fuel tank and engine